PC gaming can be an expensive hobby particularly if you decide to build your own rig. Monitor, components, controls – it all adds up but you don’t have to blow the budget to create a high end PC gaming system.

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Here are three smart ideas for your PC gaming rig:

  • Buy it ready made. I know this might feel like cheating but buying a ready made rig, even one that has been built around your individual needs is definitely a cost effective not to mention labor saving approach. Check out the custom and off the shelf PC gaming options and you will be surprised at how easy it is to get the high end system of your dreams.
  • Make a plan. If you are really hell bent on building it yourself however you will be surprised how much money you could save just by planning out your rig first. It will stop you buying unnecessary components, parts that aren’t compatible or ending up with a system that doesn’t actually meet your personal gaming needs. Check out gaming forums and website for inspiration and get creative.  Spend time really thinking about what you need from your rig – is it advanced performance, storage, sound? Nail all of this before you have even spent a dollar and you will be off to the best start.
  • Shop around and get personal. You don’t always necessarily get the best deals online so why not visit a PC gaming specialist and see what they have to offer. You can not only check out any sales but can get advice and guidance on the best components for your ideas, the best value for money parts so that you don’t buy something that will be outdated by the time you get it home and even be inspired with a look at what the future of gaming has in store. Gaming fairs and expos are also a great way to meet like minded people to share ideas, dos and don’ts and getter a better understanding of your rig, what you need from it and how you are going to build it.  You will probably get some cracking deals too so take your plan and your wallet with you!

  • Know how to maintain it. There’s no point spending hundreds, even thousands of dollars on a PC rig if you don’t know how to maintain it. Make sure you know how to troubleshoot it, the life expectancy of components and what to do if it does go wrong.  Obviously if you get it ready made you will have the reassurance of some kind of warranty but even if you build it yourself there should be some protection on the new parts so keep any insurances and warranties safe and to hand. Get to know your local IT repair man too, they could be the fourth emergency service if it all does go horribly wrong.

Take your gaming to another level, meet new people and get creative.  There’s no real excuse not to own a PC gaming system.