GAMING PC BUILD
If there is one word that captures what makes a great gaming PC build for us, it’s balance. A great gaming PC build is one in which each component complements the others, rather than overpowering them; after all, there’s little point selecting the best gaming processor money can buy, only to hamstring its performance with a graphics card that doesn’t have the juice to keep up, or vice versa.
By carefully pairing each component with others in the PC that will enhance their performance and extract every frame’s worth of potential, you can achieve incredible PC gaming for a cost far below what you might be expecting, or be asked to pay elsewhere.
And that just happens to be our specialty.
WHICH GAMING PC BUILD IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
The factors upon which you’re choosing your gaming PC will generally be 1) the games you want to play, 2) any hardware or platform preference you have and 3) your budget. We’ve explored the concept of gaming PC tiers in more depth in this article, but generally speaking, gaming PCs at certain price points can be expected to achieve a certain range of frames per second and resolutions, in certain games. Expecting a gaming PC to play a game at a framerate or resolution, or even simply be playable, at a tier outside its capabilities, will ultimately lead to disappointment and frustration.
So, it’s important to know exactly what you want out of your gaming PC to begin with. Are you looking to play more casually, and be happy with middling levels of graphics settings and resolutions across a wide range of popular Esports, FPS, MOBAs, adventure and sports games, and simulators? Are you interested in VR, looking to pair your PC with a headset and immerse yourself in another dimension altogether, or have no restrictions when it comes to what games you play? Or do you want to play the very latest AAA titles at maximum settings, pushing your hardware to the absolute limit?
What we’ve just described above are, essentially, the three tiers of PC gaming builds.
Entry-Level / Low-End Tier:
- Recommended resolution: 1080P
- Recommended graphics settings: Medium for more demanding titles; High for less demanding titles @ 1080P
- Suitable for VR? No (minimum medium-tier GTX 1660 6GB graphics required)
- Processor series: Intel Core i3, AMD Ryzen 3
- Graphics series: AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB/8GB, AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB
- Starting price point elsewhere: $1,000-$1,300
- Recommended resolution: 1080P and 1440P
- Recommended graphics settings: High or Ultra for less demanding titles; Medium or High for more demanding titles @ 1080P; Medium for more demanding titles @ 1440P
- Suitable for VR? Yes
- Processor series: Intel Core i5, AMD Ryzen 5
- Graphics series: AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660, GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB, RTX 2060 6GB, RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB
- Starting price point elsewhere: $1,300 to $2,000+
- Recommended resolution: 1440P and 4K
- Recommended graphics settings: High or Ultra on all games @ 1440P; High or Ultra @ 4K (dependent on title)
- Suitable for VR? Yes
- Processor series: Intel Core i7, AMD Ryzen 7, Intel Core i9, AMD Ryzen 9
- Graphics series: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB, RTX 2080 Super 8GB, NVIDIA RTX 3070 10GB, NVIDIA RTX 3080 10GB, NVIDIA RTX 3090 24GB
- Starting price point elsewhere: $2,500+
Take particular note of those starting price points elsewhere. Gaming PC builds, both from major brands and from your local PC store, can be costly.
But they don’t have to be.
We’re living proof of that.
The Allied Stinger
This pint-sized powerhouse has the looks, features and space-saving size to fit in any gaming setup. Based on M-ATX (micro-ATX) motherboards on both AMD and Intel platforms, it features premium steel construction and tempered glass side panel, mesh-ventilated front panel, and synchronized RGB system cooling fans and case lighting accents.
The base specification is designed as an Entry Level Tier, built upon AMD Ryzen 3 or Intel Core i3 processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX series graphics, AMD and Intel B-series chipsets, 8GB of fast DDR4 memory, and solid state drive storage.
Medium and High-End Tier specifications options are then possible, by choosing upgrades into the AMD Ryzen 5 and 7, and Intel Core i5 and i7 series processors, NVIDIA GTX graphics, and selecting more memory and storage.
The Allied Patriot
Starting out as a Medium Tier but scaling right into Ultra High-End tier with upgrade options made possible by the flexibility of the premium, ATX-sized case with full mesh front and 3 RGB 120mm intake fans, the Patriot is as versatile as it is stunning.
Along with a larger case with enhanced airflow and compatibility for up to 240mm all-in-one liquid coolers, the Patriot is capable of pairing AMD Ryzen/Intel Core R5/i5, R7/i7 and R9/i9 processors with RTX 3000 series and AMD’s “Big Navi” graphics cards, upon their release. This kind of horsepower makes it an ideal gaming, workstation or productivity rig, where unmetered performance meets unrivalled design simplicity.
The Allied M.O.A.B.
When nothing short of an outrageous statement will do, the Allied M.O.A.B. unleashes the full destructive power of the latest AMD Ryzen, Intel Core, AMD Radeon and NVIDIA RTX processors and graphics, on formidable AMD X570 and Intel Z490 chipsets.
A high-grade aluminium alloy chassis construction with cavernous 67L interior, dual toughened tempered glass side panels, and a total of 7 120mm RGB fans deliver the M.O.A.B.’s devastating payload, replete with AMD Ryzen 7 and 9 and Intel Core i7 and 9 processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 series and AMD Big Navi graphics. Paired with blazing fast RAM, chipsets and m.2 NVME storage options, there’s literally no task the High- to Ultra High-End Tier M.O.A.B. can’t obliterate.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUILD A GAMING PC?
When choosing a prebuilt gaming PC from one of the tiers above, the price you pay includes the component, assembly and support costs, and profit margins built in. Naturally, if you opt to purchase your own components and build your PC yourself, you can avoid many of these costs. If you’ve ever built your own PC, there’s a definite sense of satisfaction that comes from hand-picking each component, choosing exactly where each cable is routed, then switching on and using something you’ve assembled yourself.
But by building it yourself, what are you costing yourself?
Unless you purchase every component from the same retailer, warranty repairs on faulty components can be a nightmare – you need to remember where you bought each component from, and could be faced with extended waiting periods as your faulty component is returned back to the original manufacturer, assessed, repaired or replaced, shipped back to the retailer and then back to you. You’re missing out on a central point of contact who will handle any faulty components on your behalf, both during and after your warranty period.
What if you need help selecting your components, run into trouble during your build, or the finished product isn’t performing up to expectations? There’s always YouTube or enthusiast forums, sure, but with so many potential compatibility issues, cabling options, online differences of opinion and vested interests, it can be a minefield. There’s no dedicated team of PC sales and support professionals, whose passion and enthusiasm for PC gaming matches your own, to call upon.
And what about the time it all takes? You can sink dozens upon dozens of hours into research and price comparisons, and then there are individual component delivery times and potential supply issues once ordered, plus you have to find the free time to actually sit down and assemble, integrate and test the whole thing, before you can finally enjoy it. You’re costing yourself real-life gaming time.
Yeah, there are some benefits to building your own. But if that’s not for you, with a simple purchase process, expert PC assembly, testing and after-sales support services, industry-leading turnaround times and industry-busting prices, a prebuilt gaming PC from Allied could be just the thing you’re looking for. And we think that’s worth every cent.
Read more about the cost of Allied’s gaming PCs here, or bring yourself one step closer to the gaming PC you’ve always dreamed of by browsing our range below.