With hardware becoming outdated the moment it is revealed we are perennially faced by the dilemma of choosing a gadget or any electronic item. In terms of gaming, there is no less dilemma. A lot of people are confused between Xbox One, PS4 and a PC. Provided that you will be choosing PC as a primary gaming system, there will be exponentially more problems and dilemmas you’ll have to face, which makes building a PC, a very tedious job. And after all that work, unlike a console, you’ll have to worry about the lifetime of a PC.
Just like other gadgets, the life of a PC depends on what you expect of your PC. Suppose you buy a PC worth INR 60,000. It runs all the recent games on Ultra 60 fps. Now, in another two years, it may not be able to do so. You may get High 40-50 fps. But if you are happy with that, your PC will last longer than a console generation. It’s not like your PC will not be able to run anything after 5-6 years. I have an AMD HD7770, and I’m able to play at 1366*768 High 35-45 fps, till date. Concisely, if you are building a PC to last a whole console generation and are expecting it to perform the same for all the games, you may get disappointed. But that does not mean, you’ll not be able to enjoy the game. Special Note:
As a gamer you are not defined by the settings you play at, rather it is either your passion for games or your skills as a gamer that defines you.
If you are the kind of person who likes to stay on top of technology or does not want anything other than all the settings pushed up to the extreme right of the screen (Generally), you would always have to worry about your parts getting outdated. In this case, I would recommend you to go slightly out of your budget, select better parts and later down the line, in a year or two, sell some of your parts to get new ones. I’ll be emphasizing on selling the parts of your PC and not the whole PC itself, reason being that a PC can be built according to your preferences that’s the beauty of it. You can change the GPU 1-2 years down the line, a processor about 4 years down the line, RAM maybe 6-8 years down the line and so on. I agree that there is recurring cost, but then again you are getting better performance out of that.
That being said, we have given you the basics of what you’d actually expect out of your PC. Questions are always welcome. Also we’d like to know what rigs you have and till when are you expecting your rig to last. Let us know in the comments below. Charlie out.