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What Qualifies a "Budget Build"?

Tatertotsz
  • 3 months ago

I have been sitting on this question for a while and thought I would bring it to OT. What do you guys qualify as a budget Build?

Me personally, As long as the build is under $600, it is a budget build.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

Budget build is kind of a vague term, in my opinion. I feel it gets thrown around kind of loosely.

Budget could be anything really.

  • I have a budget of $600

  • I have a budget of $1600

  • I have a budget of $300

Instead of saying

"I'm trying to put together a budget PC"

it could be

"I'm trying to put together a low (mid, or High) budget PC at around insert amount of money here* "

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Depends on the person i would say really. Some would say $200 and another would say $3000.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I am genuinely curious about what some people qualify. I have seen a lot of posts talking budget builds from $300 to $1000. I just want to see people comment and maybe explain why they think so.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

The person who says $3000 is a moron.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Not if it's a high end database server machine with 10TB of enterprise grade SSD and 512 GB of memory. If I thought I could build one of those for $3K I'd jump on it in a heartbeat.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Depends on the use.

Budget rendering workstation can be way more expensive then a budget gaming rig for example.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Under $600 or $500. 'Budget' implies low cost regarding of use case. It implies needing to compromise and choose which components to go on the cheap side of. It is about dollar value.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Since I use the word "budget build" meaning "low cost pc", it's about ~$1000 USD or less

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

A budget build for me consist of these:

  • Above, or $1000 in average cost
  • Mid-graphics card
  • No i7, no Ryzen 7
  • 1080p monitor

A i3, Ryzen 3 build, under $600 I would qualify as a "low-end" or office build.

Budget for me means the middle ground.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally, I think it depends on a couple things, such as what the user is doing with the PC and what point does further investment in parts hit diminishing returns.

That second point is how I define mid-range; for example, once you get beyond cheap 2060 Supers or so you start paying a pretty hefty premium for extra performance. But, you can get a pretty solid performance increase for the money going from a 1660 Super to a 2060. So for gaming, if the budget is constrained below these types of parts, I'd consider it a "budget build" or perhaps more accurately "entry level." Such as a 2600+1650 Super on a B450 board with a small SSD and used HDD and Corsair CX PSU in a Cougar MX330 would probably be close to an upper boundary for the category.

For an intensive workload like rendering video though, beefier CPUs are commonplace and adding cores may be important. Some programs also don't take much advantage of GPU acceleration, or need more RAM to work properly. An entry level build for these tasks would look different, such as having a 2700x and 32GB of RAM whereas a high end build in the same category may have a 3rd gen Threadripper part.

For some generic office work though, much of the workload isn't intensive and a budget build could involve a Ryzen APU on A320 and a tiny SSD.

So yeah. Depends on the workload. With the right workload there could probably be a case for a 3950x/2070 Super to be a budget option, if it is far more common or preferred that people use Threadrippers and Quadros for the same task.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hardly a rigorous definition, but I generally think of it as one where you have to make at least some compromise on parts due to budget limitations. So it's not really a fixed dollar figure thing, it's more of a trying to save every penny yet the build at least mostly satisfies the requirements or desires.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This topic has been moved from "General > Off Topic" to "General > General Discussion".

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol good question but $600 means different things in different countries. 600USD=800CAD=900AUD.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I view budget builds as something that performs it's intended task adequately, without too much compromise.

So for example running the desired game on medium settings at 60fps.

(Depending on price) Budget builds ignore the unnecessary, such as RGB. And budget builds usually see the owner shopping for the best bargains, and sometimes waiting weeks for sales etc.

It all comes down to each person's perceived cost v's benefit.

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