In a perfect world or at least in an ideal world, we would all own high-powered gaming computers with tons of storage, high-end graphics cards, powerful CPUs and more. Sadly, that’s not the reality and the truth is, in these tough economic times, there are fewer people willing to spend on luxuries like gaming PCs than ever before.

We tend to mostly only cover high-end products here at NAG, but that doesn’t mean that the budget-conscious consumer should be ignored. There’s actually a strong possibility going forward that this more price-oriented market will be the future of most hardware purchases within our borders. That said, being price conscious does not mean that you’re unable to have fun with your PC. More importantly, if you’re in the market for an affordable gaming machine and anything in the Core i5 and i7 range is out of the question, then the Core i3 is probably your only option.