Mainly because of the corona pandemic, the demand for PCs and laptops has increased. This is mainly due to a plus in the home office and the relocation of school lessons to home. In addition, many other usual leisure activities are no longer available and therefore some users are increasing, again or for the first time dealing with PC gaming and upgrading their PC or buying a new PC.
We have therefore put together four PCs for you for the purpose of self-assembly, which remain priced in the three-digit euro range – the cheapest PC costs a good 500 euros and is absolutely suitable for a game like the brand new F1 2020.
The latter is a good reason for a new PC, but also other current games that make the (re) entry tasty. Next to the Test of F1 2020 we also have a graphic tuning special published for the racing game. In the latter special we tested a PC that uses a Ryzen 5 3600X and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super and costs just under 1000 euros. This is enough to play F1 2020 on high details even in WQHD (2560 by 1440 pixels) with just under 100 FPS (frames per second). On a laptop that only uses an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, F1 2020 runs well on high details in full HD. This enables us to propose four PCs to you, of which the cheapest PC only costs a good 500 euros – if you assemble the components yourself. In the trade there are of course many complete PCs that do not break the magical limit of 1000 euros – but if you are not afraid to assemble the components of a PC yourself, you can often achieve a better price-performance ratio. But we start with a few tips that you should generally consider when putting together a comparatively cheap PC.
Gaming PC: how much should you spend?
At the beginning you should consider how much money you want to invest and which games should run well on the PC. A game like F1 2020 with a proven and constantly optimized engine and a large target group also runs well on rather weak PCs, although of course fewer details can then be seen on the monitor.
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Other games with a more open game world, lots of AI characters and more interactions, as well as graphics in which the developers set the bar high and maybe also deliberately do not allow the detail mode to be stripped down, may run significantly slower – that is, a 500 euro PC may be good enough for F1 2020, but with a "blockbuster" game it can sweat even at low details. On the other hand, PCs for over 1000 euros are a nice thing for many players, but not really necessary. Especially with a look at the fact that you want to buy a new game from time to time, you shouldn't overdo it with the economy, but can also put together very good PCs under 1000 euros. But especially with cheap PCs, a 50 euro difference is a whole lot of pluses or minuses in gaming performance. Because you have to consider: The basic basis of a PC with housing, power supply, hard drive or SSD, mainboard and RAM costs from about 250 euros, no matter which CPU or graphics card you choose. For a sufficiently strong CPU, you calculate at least 100 euros. The graphics card then still has around 150 euros – and exactly in this price range, a graphics card that costs 50 euros more would directly provide 30 percent more FPS – a model for 50 euros less, on the other hand, would almost collapse in performance. We recommend a budget from 700 euros to have solid components and decent gaming performance, but will still present a PC for just 500 euros.