rAge 2016: Can you buy or build a gaming PC for less than R7,000?


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

Part Model Vendor Price
Processor Intel Core i3-6100 (3.7GHz) Titan-Ice R2,099
CPU cooler Stock Intel cooler Intel
Motherboard MSI H110M Pro-VD Plus Titan-Ice R957
Memory SK-Hynix 4GB DDR4-2133 Titan-Ice R320
Graphics MSI Radeon RX 460 2GB GDDR5 OC Computersonly R2,099
Power supply Antec VP-500P 500W 80Plus Bronze Semi-modular Computersonly R699
Chassis Huntkey Spider ATX Black Titan-Ice R349
Solid state drive Samsung SSD 750 EVO 250GB Computersonly R1,099
Total (Rands): R7,622

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!

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