So maybe you’re reading this in the NAG LAN. Your PC is nice, but you’ve been saving up a bit for a new one. You have about seven grand to spend on the show floor, and ideally an entire new build would be best. You definitely can buy an entire rig at rAge from the various vendors on the floor, but is it possible to build a decent one for less than R7,000? Well, let’s find out.
The rAge rig build – R7,000 Budget
Intel Core i3-6100 (3.7GHz)
Stock Intel cooler
MSI H110M Pro-VD Plus
SK-Hynix 4GB DDR4-2133
MSI Radeon RX 460 2GB GDDR5 OC
Antec VP-500P 500W 80Plus Bronze Semi-modular
Huntkey Spider ATX Black
Solid state drive
Samsung SSD 750 EVO 250GB
Well, I tried. With expos as big as this one, it’s usually never that easy to find good deals, but there are some great ones to be found on the rAge floor.
This build is a lot more capable than the parts lists seems to suggest, primarily because AMD puts their Radeon RX 460 graphics card into the mainstream market, where you’re not necessarily putting all the settings on high, or even most on medium. It’s aimed at MOBA players and eSports games, which is where it sits quite happily at 60fps for most titles.
There are some obvious drawbacks to the build, chief of which is the low amount of RAM and the Huntkey chassis. The former presents a problem for games like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, where a hard 6GB limit means the game won’t boot, while the latter mostly aims to save money wherever possible. If you have a chassis that you won’t be replacing, then you could take that money and put it towards more system RAM, and then the build becomes more versatile.
As for the rest of the components, there’s quality stuff here, especially on the SSD side. Getting SSD 840 EVO performance for half the price is really nice, and it easily earns its keep against the 1TB SATA drives on the floor for cheaper.
So that’s it! If you’re building something at a budget of this size, you can easily find quality components that fit together for a very formidable build. Come down to rAge Expo at the TicketPro dome if you want to see what other hardware is on sale!