How to buy a gaming PC without being robbed

When you’re getting ready to get a new gaming PC, there are usually three different ways you can go about it — you can build it yourself, buy one off store shelves (which include, like Amazon), or you can go to the manufacturer’s website and configure the system of your dreams.

Now that it is so hard to find affordable computer components, especially graphics cards, more people are choosing pre-made gaming PCs than ever before. But, when you go to CyberPowerPC, Maingear, or even Dell’s website to configure your Alienware gaming PC, there are plenty of pitfalls that mean you can spend a lot of extra money without resulting in a better experience for you.

Unfortunately, this means that you will need at least some literacy when it comes to PC components to really know how to configure a gaming PC that is actually worth the money you spend on it. But for PC Game Week, we decided it was time to get into the nitty-gritty and give you a few things to keep your eyes open when shopping for a new gaming PC.

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