Since the Xbox One X was first announced at E3 2017, the line has been drawn in the sand, so to speak, and you are either on one side of it – or the other.
On one side, you have the people that love their Xbox’s. They think its an amazing piece of technology, maybe a tad high, but its worth it because of all the features and the 4K.
On the other side, well, you have the Xbox haters, the Xbox lovers that think the Xbox is too grandiose and way too expensive, or you just have the people that could care less.
So what I wanted to do was do a little fun run on how much it would cost IF you created a PC with the same features and same performance as the Xbox One X to find out, truthfully, how much it would cost.
Will it cost more than an Xbox One X? Or are you actually saving money by buying the Xbox One X rather than buying all the parts for a high performance PC?
Lets find out. All of the compentnts and parts in this little activity will be just as powerful as the one in the XBox One X.
First things first. The Xbox One X is coming out later this year. Microsoft has stated that the XBox One X will be $499 for a 1TB drive. Since most ALL of the Xbox packages that have come out over the years have also included a controller, lets also assume that this Xbox One X will do the same – therefore for the PC activity we will also need to add in a price for that as well.
Specs of The Xbox One X
4K Native at all times (down-sampled to 1080p on non-4k displays)
High Res Textures
Higher Polygon count rendering
Longer Draw Distance
Fully Dynamic Shadows in entire environment
Enhanced Shadow Detail
CPU has eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
GPU has 40 customised compute units clocked at 1172GHz
A total of 12GB of GGDR5 RAM (9GB available for game devs)
1TB 2.5 inch hard drive as standard (50 percent faster than the Xbox One)
4K UHD Blu-ray Playback
1- A motherboard – $80
In order to get the most out of the PC and make it as powerful as the Xbox One X, you need a powerful motherboard. The one I am going to choose for this set up is the MSI B350M GAMING PRO Amd Ryzen B350 Ddr4 Vr Ready Hdmi Usb 3 Micro-Atx Gaming Motherboard.
2- A Processor – $110
For this processor I am picking the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 Desktop Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler – for a few different reasons. First off, its incredibly powerful. Second off, its not incredible expensive, but hey it is a processor so its not expected to be super-cheap. Thirdly, this one runs even BETTER than the Xbox One X. This in conjunction with the B350M will mean its super-powered.
3- Graphics Card – $429
Next, the graphics card. the XBox One X is promised to have some of the best graphics you have ever seen – on PC, Xbox and PlayStation. In order to get even close to the graphics on the Xbox One X, you absolutely need to splurge on a good graphics card. The RX 570 Gaming X 4G is one of the best options to consider. Is it expensive? uh yea. Its probably the most expensive part you will be adding to your machine. Is it just as good or better than the Xbox One X? I would say its better.
4- RAM – $76
For the RAM we will be using the Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL14 DIMM Desktop Memory (HX421C14FBK2/8) its around $76 depending on where you shop of course. It has a Dual-channel DDR4 with the ability to crank clocks up to 2666 MHz. at 2666 MHz, gaming performance will likely be well within the ballpark of Haswell i5s, which is pretty damn amazing.
5- Storage –
Okay so here it is. Storage. You can either choose to make your PC JUST as or better than an Xbox One X and include a M.2 SSD – but go way over the price of the XB1X. OR you can take the safe route and have almost as much power and quickness as the XB1X, but go cheap.
A) If you don’t care about money get the M.2 SSD – the B350 has a space for it. But, its going to cost you a pretty penny. This one for example, the WD Blue M.2 1TB Internal SSD Solid State Drive costs almost $300! That can be seen here
B) If you are trying to do a budget build and you are okay with it being “close” to the XB1X check out the WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive for only…. $50.
Yea. Pretty freaking significant change there! That’s a $250 difference, guys.
6- Power Supply – $65
Next you need a power supply. The Ryzen and the Rx from above do not suck up a ton of power, which ultimately means all you really need is a good power source at $65 rather than some huge freaking block of power for $400. You simply don’t need it. Nonetheless, it is good to have a reasonable level of power when it comes to your PC, especially if you are considering overclocking the Processor or the GPU. Because of this, the S12II is a good choice; its reliable, it has a bronze certified PSU and its definitely cost-friendly too.
7- A Case
There are 2 things you need to remember about a case. You can buy a $30 and have it look “eh” or you can buy a more expensive one and have it look amazing. That part will depend on you but Ill include 2 options below. The second thing you need to think about is airflow. You, without a doubt, need reasonable airflow in your case. So make sure you find one that has enough airflow!
A) Cheap: DIYPC Solo-T1-BK Black USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case with 2 x Blue Fans (1 x 120mm LED fan x front, 1x120mm fan x rear) Pre-installed
This one is super cheap – $30. Its not very pretty but hey, that’s up to you if you want it to be pretty or not!
B) More expensive, and one that I would personally choose!: DEEPCOOL GENOME II 360 CPU Water Cooling System Pre-installed ATX Mid Tower Gaming PC Case, White Blue
I don’t necessarily like white, but in combination with the blue and the fact that it has a water cooling system is fan-freaking-tastic to me. This one costs a little over $220. It does come in a few different colors though so don’t smack the white and blue down right away.
Adding everything up the price for the MASTER PC that works just as well, if not better than the XBox One X it would cost between $840 to $1280.
So really when it comes to the price tag of the Xbox One X, its much cheaper compared to the Custom PC we built above.
What do you think? Would you rather have the build above or the actual XB console?