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You can build a gaming PC on par with the PS4 and Xbox One for $399

Cheap Gaming PC vs. PS4 Xbox One

Ever since the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One last fall, the focus of the gaming world has shifted almost entirely to consoles. Watch Dogs and Destiny have received more attention than any other games over the past year and the holiday season is right around the corner, but even as Sony and Microsoft steal the headlines, PC gaming is still growing at a rapid pace.

Unfortunately, the barrier to entry is often higher for PC gaming, but GamingBolt has put together a handy guide to help you build a suitable gaming PC for the same price as a PS4 or an Xbox One.

These are the components GamingBolt used:

  • AmazonBasics Wired Keyboard and Wired Mouse Bundle Pack
  • MSI AMD Radeon HD 7770
  • Logisys Corp CS369BK USB 3.0 Gaming Case with 480W Dual Fan Power Supply Black) / Ark Technology PA-08 Black ATX Mid Tower / Computer Case with 500W Power Supply
  • Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00
  • Seagate Barracuda ES ST3500630NS – Hard drive – 500 GB – internal – 3.5″ – SATA-300 – 7200 rpm – buffer: 16MB
  • Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-S1 FM2+/FM2 AMD A55 USB2.0 mATX DDR3 2133 Motherboard
  • AMD Athlon X4 AD750KWOHJBOX 100W 3.4Ghz Processor

Keep in mind that this computer is meant solely for gaming, so don’t expect complete proficiency when it comes to video editing or other heavy-lifting tasks. Software costs (like the operating system) are also not included in the price.

You won’t crush the PS4 or Xbox One with this PC, but for $399, it’s about as close as you can get. For a more detailed rundown on each and every component, be sure to click the link in the source below.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.