Can You Construct a $500 Gaming PC to Match the Xbox One X? No ratings yet.

Microsoft’s Xbox One X bought an official price ticket at E3 final week. At $499, it’s coming in on the identical worth the unique Xbox One debuted at. On this case the extra value has been instantly spent on the platform’s gaming horsepower fairly than its ill-fated Kinect 2 peripheral.

There’s a full of life debate that goes on between pc and console avid gamers over which platforms supply one of the best horsepower in your gaming greenback. Each time a brand new console hits, it’s attention-grabbing to check what it packs with what you should buy in equal PC elements.

The Xbox One X is anticipated to broadly goal 30fps @ 4K, although some video games, like Forza Motorsport 7 can have a 60fps body charge. For our comparability functions, we’ve focused the 30fps mark. However whether or not you possibly can match the Xbox One X with an equal PC construct isn’t nearly horsepower; it’s additionally about the way you outline the phrase ‘match.’

Setting some floor guidelines

The very first thing I need to do is acknowledge there’s by no means going to be a 100-percent-clean matchup between a console and a PC. Not solely are the 2 machines aimed toward completely different environments and have completely different use circumstances, however folks understand these advantages otherwise. To 1 purchaser, spending more cash on a PC nonetheless makes good sense, as a result of that system can also be the first manner they entry the web, do business from home, or use social media. One other purchaser could deal with their shopping from a pill or smartphone, and discover little extra worth in a PC’s flexibility.

These aren’t components we are able to put a greenback worth on, or cleanly estimate for any PC versus  console matchup. Even when we confine ourselves solely to the gaming query, the relative worth of every platform’s ecosystem varies relying on how invested you’re in it. When you’ve got tons of video games on Steam, Xbox Stay, or PSN, that’s going to alter the way you weight every platform.

There’s additionally the query of peripherals and shows. In case you personal a pleasant gaming keyboard, mouse, and 4K monitor, that’s going to push you in the direction of the PC aspect of the equation. In case you’ve already purchased a 4K HDR TV, you is probably not inquisitive about shopping for a separate monitor. Conversely, if you happen to’ve already bought a very nice monitor, you may not need to purchase an costly 4K TV.

When you’ve got a bunch of mates who already personal Xbox Ones or PS4s, then paying a month-to-month charge for on-line providers could not appear that important, particularly when you may get present playing cards that scale back the fee. In case you’re this query from the PC aspect, the place non-MMOs are usually free (and even most MMOs have adopted an F2P mannequin), then chances are you’ll really feel otherwise.

In brief, there’s at all times going to be particular and explicit components that may tilt a gamer in the direction of consoles or in the direction of PCs. I’m not going to fake that we are able to reply these questions simply by evaluating PC and console pricing.

Constructing New

The subsequent matter I need to handle is the query of how we examine PCs with consoles. Because of sheer dimension, Microsoft can get offers on Xbox One X elements that you simply and I merely can’t contact shopping for from Newegg or Amazon. A part of what complicates that is that Microsoft isn’t making any cash on the Xbox One X, which suggests there’s no markup on the components. Bear in mind, our aim right here is to hit the identical general visible high quality and body charge that the Xbox One X is anticipated to supply. Meaning needing higher-end elements than what it takes to ship 1080p.

For my first PC-versus-console comparability, I specced out a PC that may duplicate all of the capabilities of the Xbox One, apart from UHD Blu-ray playback. Whereas this primary construct comprises a Blu-ray optical drive, UHD Blu-ray drives for PCs are nonetheless extraordinarily costly. All costs are present as of 6/18/2017 and have been sourced from Newegg.

Choosing Intel over AMD could also be controversial with some followers, but it surely’s a selection I stand by if the aim is to squeeze into an Xbox One X comparability. AMD’s Ryzen chips are a non-starter; the most affordable Ryzen 5 cores are nonetheless $169. There’s no room in our finances for a chip that expensive. In the meantime, AMD’s FX-class processors are outdated, energy hungry, and sometimes lag behind Intel’s CPUs in minimal body charge occasions. Common fps charges present much less distinction, however excessive minimal body charges are important to creating a recreation really feel easy. Moreover, if you happen to go for the FX household, you’re additionally going to be restricted to DDR3 and don’t have any improve path in any respect. Ryzen Three may give AMD a leg up in these sorts of finances builds, however we’ll have to attend for these CPUs to grow to be accessible earlier than we’ll know.

The Core i3-7350Okay isn’t a quad core, and a quad-core is what we’d choose. Nevertheless it helps two cores, 4 threads, presents overclocking if paired in a appropriate motherboard, and has a excessive four.2GHz clock velocity. We’ve specced out an Asrock Z270M to pair with it for overclocking.

There’s an alternate resolution in order for you an Intel PC with a barely lower cost level. Dropping to an Asrock H270M pulls the value all the way down to $85 for the motherboard, whereas the Intel Pentium G4560 additionally presents Hyper-Threading, however at a decrease Three.5GHz base frequency. Substituting these two components for the Core i3-7350Okay + Asrock Z270M will prevent $25 on the motherboard and $25 on the CPU, for a remaining all-in value of $850.

The case chassis from Thermaltake isn’t the most affordable you should buy. However bigger circumstances are usually simpler to work in and the Thermaltake we picked provides you the choice to construct with a full ATX motherboard as a substitute of being restricted to mATX choices. We opted for a GeForce 1060 6GB as a result of none of AMD’s RX 500-series playing cards are promoting for his or her supposed MSRPs.

There’s additionally some alternative to economize on the Home windows 10 OEM license. I’ve seen different corporations promoting Home windows 10 Dwelling keys for lower than $100 (usually within the $20-$30 vary) however I’m cautious of those sorts of offers with out assurances the product keys are assured to work. $100 displays Newegg’s worth for the OS. Clearly individuals who don’t care about working real software program can get monetary savings there.

However even when we knock $50 off the CPU + motherboard combo, ditch the Blu-ray, and don’t rely any OS value in any respect, the PC continues to be coming in at $704.55. The reply is easy: You may’t equal the horsepower of the Xbox One X inside a $500 finances when constructing your personal PC. That can possible change 2-Three years from now. Right this moment, the Xbox One X is a deal that’s onerous to beat.

What about upgrading?

I’d be remiss, nonetheless, if I didn’t acknowledge most PC avid gamers have been PC avid gamers for years, and have already got present that may be repurposed in a brand new construct. Once more, I can’t account for each eventuality — it’s doable that your gaming rig from 2012 has sufficient CPU horsepower and RAM already that the one factor you want is a brand new GPU (which suggests, sure, you possibly can simply beat the Xbox One X on the $500 worth level). For simplicity’s sake, we’ve thought of a state of affairs the place you want a brand new CPU, GPU, motherboard, and DDR4 RAM, however can supply the remainder of your elements from a earlier construct.


Right here, you’re on a lot stronger floor. In truth, drop to the Pentium G4560 and the Asrock H270M, and also you’ve arrived at a remaining worth of simply $518. In case you’ve bought a Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, or Haswell CPU, you could possibly forego upgrading your motherboard and RAM in any respect, which undoubtedly means you possibly can ship an economical improve above the Xbox One X’s efficiency stage. For extra data on the GTX 1060 and why we’ve picked this GPU particularly, verify Eurogamer’s article on utilizing that card to approximate the 4K capabilities of the PS4 Professional, and the way nicely it really works.

Conclusion: The Xbox One X is technologically robust to beat

Retaining in thoughts that we’re talking strictly about efficiency, fairly than evaluating TCO with included on-line service prices, the Xbox One X is inconceivable to beat if you happen to’re constructing your personal system from scratch. Upgraders, nonetheless, could have significantly better luck, particularly in case your system was high-end inside the previous 5 years. CPUs and motherboards haven’t aged the best way they used to, and loads of top-notch gaming efficiency is on the market from elements that may’ve been far too outdated to be helpful if this was the early 2000s.

However these comparisons will finally stay anchored in questions of non-public worth that no spec sheets can match. If you wish to construct a UHD Blu-ray assortment, the Xbox One’s assist for that commonplace is price a number of hundred on an equal PC proper now. When you’ve got mates who play Xbox One video games, having the ability to play with them is a price chances are you’ll not have the ability to replicate on the PC till and except cross-play turns into much more widespread than it’s now. In case you’ve already bought a 4K TV, chances are you’ll not need to purchase a 4K monitor (or vice-versa). In brief, the various ways in which folks understand this query will proceed to gasoline loads of fanboy arguments for the indefinite future.

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