GAMING PC BUILD
If there is one word that captures what makes a great gaming PC for us as a PC builder, 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 in 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 Virtual Reality? No (minimum medium-tier GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB graphics required)
- Processor series: Intel Core i3, AMD Ryzen 3
- Graphics series: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 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 Virtual Reality? Yes
- Processor series: Intel Core i5, AMD Ryzen 5
- Graphics series: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB, NVIDIA RTX 3060 8GB, AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB
- 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 Virtual Reality? Yes
- Processor series: Intel Core i7, AMD Ryzen 7, Intel Core i9, AMD Ryzen 9
- Graphics series: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB, AMD Radeon RX 6800 16GB, NVIDIA RTX 3080 10GB, AMD RX 6800 XT 16GB, AMD RX 6900 XT, 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, 16GB 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 RTX and AMD Radeon RX 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 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 series and AMD RX 6000 series graphics. 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 RX 6000 series graphics. Paired with blazing-fast RAM, chipsets and m.2 NVME storage options, and CPU cooler options including 360mm and even Allied DeepFreeze processor cooling, from 8K resolution gaming and virtual reality gaming through to high-end workstation and productivity work, 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 a PC builder like 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.