Budget PC vs. Xbox One X

With Microsoft’s newest console to be released on November 7th, 2017, The Xbox One X is being advertised as “The World’s Most Powerful Console” having an MSRP of only $499. Microsoft is saying that this new console should be able to play the newest titles at 4K with HDR. This is insane considering that the latest attempt for 4K on a console was the PS4 Pro which has been topping out in the competition for 4K and HDR since November 10, 2016. The PS4 Pro also costs about $100 less too costing only $399, but what we are going to talk about is what about the PC Master Race? How are the Graphics card toting warriors going to fight off the fantastic budget 4K machines that Microsoft and Sony are Putting out?


Before we even get into the PC, what is advertised to be in the Xbox One X? One Microsoft’s launch page it lists a custom 8-core CPU engineered by the wonderful folks at AMD, 12GB of GDDR5 graphics memory, a 6 Teraflop GPU which is the reason it can handle 4K, and better memory bandwidth of 326 GB/Sec. Considering that this all comes in as a full package for under $1,000 is pretty remarkable considering the recent spike in GPU prices due to crypto currency mining which has inflated the GPU market incredibly.Well what can you get for around the same price on the PC side?

The Answer

The question has 3 answers. You can buy a $200 complete system off ebay, like THIS ONE and throwing a $300 graphics card in it hoping it won’t fail or bottleneck or you can do an ultra budget build that will be all new parts and have a decent upgrade path. This is the PcPartPicker list that I have made to the best of my ability to keep prices low: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/pWvYvV . You also can get used parts but those are just waiting for something to fail and you getting let down in the end.

Parts List

For my parts list I tried to get a modern Quad-Core with a motherboard that is decent to not only upgrade in the future but also do small overclocks with stock heatsink. I also picked 8GB of pretty standard DDR4 ram because that the minimum in the PC world for a decent PC. Luckily this motherboard has a place for more ram. Sadly to keep the budget low I had to go for a mechanical hard drive, non-modular PSU, a finger cutter case (although does come with cool blue fan). Luckily I was able to put in one of the best cards in the market in, the GTX 1060 6GB edition. This is the powerhouse needed to play games at almost any reasonable resolution and settings modern games will usually be played at. It also can do Vr with the popular HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. (If any of you have suggestions to the list comment, i’d love to hear for you.)


As of now I don’t have any benchmarks to show you the differences in performance because the new Xbox is not out yet but we are not capable of benchmarking hardware right now. Although through extensive online and video research both rigs will be pretty similar with the Xbox One X coming out over the top in gaming performance but you can use a pc for more than gaming too. So overall both are very similar when it comes to getting what you get for your money and ultimately depends on how the PC market is recovering from the crypto currency hype. So to my surprise, The Xbox One X barely beats the PC of gaming this time at that price if it really holds up to everything that it’s being marketed as.


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