How much are the gaming computers we play on?

This post comes as a sponsor from our favorite computing website, Mysteryblock Reviews. Jake was the one that wrote the article, however we are being sponsored to add more content to our website as well as have a custom name tag on our Steam group.

With that aside, we wanted to write this article for you anyway. It was going to be on a list of items to post, since it would be helpful not only to members of our clan, prospective members, but also for anyone that’s browsing our website since were related to computer gaming anyways. In this piece, we won’t be looking at each individual part for every single member of our clan. That would be too strenuous and quite frankly not worth the effort, when we can just tell you how much each computer is costing us for the games that we play competitively. Do also note, that these are rough estimates of how much are builds cost. We have upgraded them over time and the original cost is not exactly the same as a cost that you see here. With that being said, with a budget of these prices you will be able to achieve the same gaming performance that we get as competitive clan members.


Mace’s computer, despite being the head honcho of the group, is probably the least advanced in terms of hardware and more most expensive pieces. He likes to keep it simple and play without unnecessary graphical changes. Please build clocks in at around $300, and he doesn’t upgrade his parts as often as other members of the group do. In fact, for the past couple of years he has been playing without a graphics card, relying on the integrated desktop graphics of this Intel processor. It was only a while back, that we urged him to play using a graphics card simply because of the fact that we might be moving on to other games in the future. That is also when we decided that playing Counter Strike was not sustainable, at least not playing for several years that is.


So my computer build came in to a rough estimate of $450. That is on a very conservative side of things. I like to upgrade my parts whenever I can, but like everyone else, I don’t need unnecessary upgrades if I don’t play the most graphically intensive video games out there. Counter Strike: Global Offensive is not a graphically intensive video game. You can actually play the game quite consistently on awesome frame rates with the modern day laptop that you can get from Best Buy. For competitive, I don’t recommend the setup. But for approximately the same price that you get from one of these modern-day laptops, you can probably build your own computer that is much stronger, and more consistent with frames on games that rely heavily on high frame rates such as Counter Strike.

For around $450, I got pieces that are able to keep me playing the game and other modern releases, for at least the next few years.


Out of all the old head members, Drew has the most expensive gaming computer. He estimates his computers value, market value that is, at roughly $890. This is after all his upgrades, selling his old parts that he didn’t need, and buying used in the market. As you can tell with my build and Mace’s build, you really don’t need to spend that much money on the computer Bild. However, Drew does play a lot of other single player games when he’s not playing Counter Strike with us.

Interested in budget gaming desktops? Head on over to Mysteryblock Reviews, where they cater to the budget PC gaming audience. For instance, their popular buyer’s guide on the best $1000 gaming computers was the basis for Drew’s build (he did end up customizing it a little more after the purchase, though).

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