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  • The Death of the Entry Level Gaming PC and the Most Underrated PC Component
  • The Death of the Entry Level Gaming PC and the Most Underrated PC Component


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 29:04

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    Originally recorded Feburary 2022

    Show Notes

    The Death of the Entry Level Gaming PC
    There was a time when you could build, or buy, a gaming PC for around $600 to $800 USD and yet with the chip shortage and out of control inflation we are finding that the entry level hardware has more than doubled the expected price and the sub $1000 PC market is really what defined the entry level PC.  Unfortunately, with low end graphics cards costing $800 USD and becoming increasingly more difficult to find we feel that Entry Level Gaming has died.

    In this segment we talk about the trouble with the PC market and discuss the many logical alternatives including gaming laptops (shudder), gaming consoles (yuk) and the push for handheld mobile gaming platforms that have dominated the youthful market and anyone who cannot change a tire.

    The Most Underrated PC Component
    A popular clickbait scheme floating around social media is asking a stupid question in hopes that readers will submit an answer.  This interaction helps promote the post so it can be seen by more and more people.

    Well, despite this being the social media version of multi-level marketing there are sometimes a few gems mixed in with the nuggets that rise to the top and prompt further exploration.

    The question this week is from iBuyPower and goes like this:

    What is the most underrated computer component?

    This got us thinking about everything going into a PC and we narrowed it down to just a few overlooked components that either get forgotten or compromised due to budget constraints or in-experience.  Give the segment a listen and let us know your thoughts.

    Episode 132 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)