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Budget Gaming PC, April 2015

The concept of a "Gaming PC" often gets a bad rap. You'll get a lot of people looking at the cost of a top-of-the-line $2000 pre-built system (or just an overpriced gaming system) and wondering, "Who on earth would spend that much money on a system that's just for playing games!?" Obviously, the idea that a gaming PC is just for playing games is ludicrous -- any modern PC that can play games can inherently do all of the other PC-centric tasks equally well, if not better than the average non-gaming PC.

And since most homes in developed countries already have at least one PC, the true cost of a "gaming PC" is often the price of a graphics card. We already discussed the subject of graphics cards in our previous post, so today we're going to flesh things out with a look at what to use when putting together a complete budget gaming PC. Our goal is to have a system that can handle all the latest games at reasonable quality setting, priced at less than $750.

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4K Gaming Thoughts

I've recently acquired a new 4K display, to be specific it's the Acer XB280HK 28" G-SYNC enabled display. That means several things are now in progress. First, 4K gaming benchmarks are going to be run on all of the games, at least with GPUs where it makes sense. (Hint: 4K gaming on a low-end GPU or Intel's Processor Graphics isn't going to happen!) Second, I have some thoughts in general on the subject of 4K gaming, and I also wanted to chime in with some thoughts on the Acer XB280HK display and NVIDIA's G-SYNC Technology. So let's take those in order -- the benchmarks will be updated when results are available, though you can always check the Gaming Benchmarks page for a preview of games that are being tested.
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GPU Performance – Test Systems

Performance benchmarking with graphics cards (GPUs, aka Graphics Processing Units) is what we at Gaming Bench are here to provide, but if you want to know what sort of GPU Performance you can expect, it helps to know what we're using for our test systems. It might seem a little late in coming, since we've already posted results for five games, but we're still early in the game. We'll of course update our selection of hardware as time passes, but let's get to the current selection.
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