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  • Building a Budget Gaming PC Using Steam Survey Stats


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 39:12

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    Originally recorded May 2024

    Show Notes

    Gamers are an interesting group of people.  Most are content with what they have provided that what they have will allow them to play the games they own.  Others take their gaming experience seriously and will go to great lengths to ensure that their system is the best version needed to play their favorite gaming titles.

    One of these groups is extremely vocal about their position and can often be found at parties talking about the latest YouTube video they watched while reciting component specs and benchmark numbers they found the week before.

    The other group, has a life, maybe has a girl/boy(friend), could be married and likely drives a car.

    Across these groups is a cross section of computer hardware that can range from a company owned laptop to the latest in multi-GPU powerhouses and the largest monitors available.  So, how can you tell the difference?

    The Steam Hardware & Software Survey

    Basically, If you play games on Steam, a snapshot of your system specs is uploaded to their database, distilled, grouped and made available for anyone to see.  In this episode we go through the survey numbers from April 2024 and highlight some of the abnormalities and no brainers. 

    Later we decide to build the ultimate gaming PC based on the most popular hardware configurations according to the survey results.

    Our Gaming Build based on the Steam Survey (Your mileage may vary)

    • Gamemax Nova N5 Case
    • Montech Gamma II 750w PSU
    • 2x Acer AOPEN 27CV1
    • Cooler Master Hyper 212 Spectrum V3
    • Intel Core i5-11400F Rocket Lake
    • Asus Prime H510M-K Motherboard
    • MSI Ventus RTX 3060 8GB OC
    • Smartbuy 16GB DDR4
    • Seagate ST1000DM003 1TB Hard Drive
    • axGear USB Gaming Wireless Keyboard + Mouse

    Bottom line: for less than $1000USD you can have a computer that is on par with over 50% of gamers playing games on Steam.   

    Related Links
    Steam Hardware & Software Survey

    Episode 159 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)