Gaming PC on a PS4 budget: SA pricing

It’s a debate that gamers love to have: is the PlayStation 4 better than a gaming PC when you take bang for your bucks into account?

To try and answer this question, we took a standard PS4 bundle and attempted to build a decent gaming rig for the same price.

The basic PlayStation 4 bundle currently sells for R6,799 in SA, and includes the 500GB console, one controller, and the necessary HDMI and power cables.

In putting together the competing budget PC, we had to source a CPU, GPU, RAM, motherboard, hard drive, power supply, case, keyboard, mouse, and a Windows licence for R6,799.

Below are an AMD and Intel build, based on similar projects conducted by GameSpot and Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, specified to match the gaming performance of the PS4 console.

Both systems were able to run AAA titles such as Battlefield 4 and Thief in 1080p, above 50fps.

Intel System
CPU
R 807.00
GPU
R 2 399.00
RAM
R 522.00
Motherboard
R 907.00
Hard Drive
R 679.00
Case/PSU
R 844.00
Keyboard
R 87.00
Mouse
R 93.00
OS
R 1 075.00
Total
R 7 413.00

The Intel system came in at a few hundred rand more that the PS4 price without compromising on the quality of the components used.

AMD System
CPU
R 1 708.00
GPU
R 2 399.00
RAM
R 522.00
Motherboard
R 943.00
Hard Drive
R 679.00
Case/PSU
R 844.00
Keyboard
R 87.00
Mouse
R 93.00
OS
R 1 075.00
Total
R 8 350.00

The AMD system was slightly more pricey than its Intel alternative, but comes with a more powerful processor.

Our friends over at Evetech showed us how it should be done. Below is their Console Killer deal – a gaming PC for, you guessed it, R6,799.

Evetech’s Console Killer
CPU
Intel Pentium G3220 3GHz
GPU
Radeon R7260X 2GB 128Bit
RAM
8GB DDR3
Motherboard
MSI H81 USB 3.0
Hard Drive
1TB 7200 RPM
Case/PSU
NZXT Trempest 410/500W
Optical
24x Dual Layer DVD Writer

Taking into account the extra R200 for a keyboard and mouse, and Evetech’s deal is close enough to the PS4 price to be a console competitor. It does not include a Windows license, though.

That being said, the PS4 comes in a box, you plug it in, and you are ready to go. PCs have a way of complicating matters sometimes, but that is a discussion for another day.

Here’s your chance PS4 and PC fans – have at each other in the comments and forum.

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