Some say computer gaming is more expensive than console gaming, but really its not so bad. I built a new computer recently and I noticed something when I looked at the parts I chose. If I wasn’t building a gaming rig, I would have only made one change to the system; the graphics card.
If your looking for the right graphics card for your new system or you want to start playing games with the one you have, this it what I recommend getting. Also if you don’t have a massive display, you don’t need a high end graphics card.
$100 – ATI Radeon 5570 w\ 1024MB GDDR3
$120 – ATI Radeon 5670 w\ 1024MB GDDR5
$145 – ATI Radeon HD 5750 w\ 1024MB GDDR5
$175 – ATI Radeon HD 5770 w\ 1024MB GDDR5
$275 – ATI Radeon HD 5830 w\ 1024MB GDDR5
$320 – ATI Radeon HD 5850 w\ 1024MB GDDR5
$430 – ATI Radeon HD 5870 w\ 1024MB GDDR5
$560 – Nvidia Geforce GTX 480 w\ 1536MB GDDR5
If your upgrading your system with one of these graphics card you may need a new power supply and with the multi-gpu setup, expect to have to get a new motherboard as well.
Just an interesting note, all the graphics cards on this list are more powerful than the graphics chips used in the PS3 and the Xbox 360. So is PC gaming more expensive? I don’t think so.
So you can definitely get into gaming for pretty cheap and you can also spend insane amounts of money. Thats up to you I guess.