Cheap vs. Expensive Gaming!?

  • Published: 25 July 2019
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Comments • 8 749

  • Jed Rinehart
    Jed Rinehart  1 hours back

    Who the frick plays Rocket league with mouse and keyboard

    • Proqwoper
      Proqwoper  1 hours back

      In American or Canadian

      • Zakkazz
        Zakkazz  3 hours back

        the fact that your builds includes periph' and monitor is right on point, every gamer, even richest one includes all of it in the "Budget", it makes less sens for a comparison to just change the specs ! Great video ;)

        • Zakkazz
          Zakkazz  3 hours back

          hey that's MINE logitech cheap keyboard !

          • Zeek M
            Zeek M  5 hours back

            They only give you an idea of how much you're being price gouged.

            • Ph0neutria
              Ph0neutria  6 hours back

              Pretty much two ways to build computers:
              If on budget: Buy used parts and build the computer by yourself or at least used computer with preinstalled OS by the seller if you don't have experience.
              If budget is no problem: Buy new high-end parts / computer.
              I'd never suggest to buy low-end garbage especially something with integrated graphics.

              • Rukashue
                Rukashue  7 hours back

                I just ordered my "el cheapo"! It was actually a little more than your price but I do hope it's worth it! I'm hoping to be able to play a few low low end games and then possibly throw a graphics card into it in a month or two when more funds come my way! Fortnite is within my reach!!!

                • Crisun Hemligt
                  Crisun Hemligt  8 hours back

                  when they show this $ is it us dollars or cad ? i always wounder when they don't say it ,sometimes Linus says this is cad but sometimes like this video no clue

                  • c3ptar gaming
                    c3ptar gaming  10 hours back

                    i wish i had a pc

                    • Ascap 850
                      Ascap 850  12 hours back

                      I built the mid-range for $750 even used a better Mobo the MSI Tomahawk b450

                    • Ascap 850
                      Ascap 850  12 hours back

                      Maybe I'll sell my car too lol

                      • INIKI G4MiNG
                        INIKI G4MiNG  15 hours back

                        F my life lol ......

                        • Nintendo Challenger X
                          Nintendo Challenger X  15 hours back

                          I know someone who wants me to build them that overkill rig.... ooo I can't wait

                          • evan rouse
                            evan rouse  15 hours back

                            $1000 is mid-range. ha.

                            • dodosdoytTOO
                              dodosdoytTOO  16 hours back

                              streamsniping WHAT AN IDIOT

                              • Brett Butterworth
                                Brett Butterworth  16 hours back

                                My favourite video from you guys so far. Nice bit of humour and very informative in a realistic sense about what you need to look for and expect in every budget level. Cheers fellas :)

                                • Planet Xtreme
                                  Planet Xtreme  17 hours back

                                  Spends 6k on pc
                                  *doesn't buy Windows license*

                                  • -Verizon.
                                    -Verizon.  17 hours back

                                    I love how consistent you are with the sponsor's its funny as hell

                                    • Harry Troop
                                      Harry Troop  17 hours back

                                      The mid ranger is like exactly what I'm going to get for my first build.

                                      • NinjaGamer22
                                        NinjaGamer22  19 hours back

                                        Activate windows.

                                        • Daniel Hill
                                          Daniel Hill  20 hours back

                                          This video is very informative and I just wish I watched this before I spent £1700 on my Razer gaming laptop. can you or have you done the same video but on gaming laptops? I understand hardware is, all the same, depending on budget but build has a big part to play with cooling and performance

                                          • jacek ringwelski
                                            jacek ringwelski  21 hours back

                                            I just spent $2700 on mine...

                                            • JamNPeppa
                                              JamNPeppa  21 hours back

                                              And this is the next rig: The... Linus: But what about the monitor?!

                                              • Eriestdoor 7
                                                Eriestdoor 7  21 hours back

                                                I remember when i first built my pc (ryzen 3 gtx 1050ti) and i launched battlefeild 1 and my mind was blown there was too much detail and i was like OMGGGGG I CAN RUN THIS AT 60FPS WWWTTTTFFFFFF. Those were the good days of not wanting to upgrade. Now not a day goes by that i dont spend two hours looking at parts i want lol

                                                Edit: i still use it to this day, same specs lol

                                                • Jack Li
                                                  Jack Li  22 hours back

                                                  Who needs a car to move us around when we can buy an overkill pc and move a virtual car that moves virtual people around?

                                                  • Jack Li
                                                    Jack Li  22 hours back

                                                    Wait but your didnt include headphones/speakers :/

                                                    • Jack Li
                                                      Jack Li  22 hours back

                                                      When your game costs more than your PC :(

                                                      • TAF PI
                                                        TAF PI  24 hours back

                                                        My man flexin on us in the intro

                                                        • Rodrigor Muniz
                                                          Rodrigor Muniz  1 days back

                                                          Putting aside some awkward things about the components on every build (specially the first, second and third ones), I have to ask, why is the wraith prism fan on the Ryzen 5 2600? (thats not the stock fan, isn't it) ? Wasn't that one on the video, the stock fan included with the Ryzen 7 2700x?

                                                          • mixindave1
                                                            mixindave1  1 days back

                                                            anything that plays games from the minimum or recommended requirements. dont thank me later, thank me now!!!!!!!!!

                                                            • Be b e L ok e
                                                              Be b e L ok e  1 days back

                                                              I use a Cromebook to game
                                                              *donate pls* (jk)

                                                              • misfit
                                                                misfit  1 days back

                                                                glad to know my rig is slightly lower than the athlete lmao

                                                                • Jaxon Bound
                                                                  Jaxon Bound  1 days back

                                                                  But can it run Minecraft ray tracing

                                                                  • Joel Hillyard
                                                                    Joel Hillyard  1 days back

                                                                    Riley's voice is so familiar! Who am I thinking he sounds like?!

                                                                  • Dalibor Ignjatijevic
                                                                    Dalibor Ignjatijevic  1 days back

                                                                    THI IS SHIT, zou spend 70 dollars on keyboard, and 1000 dollars ryzen 5 2600, you dont have a point and 70 dollars on psu, you can get same for 20 dollars, zou americans are spoiled

                                                                    • Tomas Gaming
                                                                      Tomas Gaming  1 days back

                                                                      Me be like: A 500? A 1000?? NO! JUST $99!

                                                                      • Joe Shit the Rag Man
                                                                        Joe Shit the Rag Man  1 days back

                                                                        I have one of those gentlemens at home, can't complain

                                                                        • Droid Motorola 388
                                                                          Droid Motorola 388  1 days back

                                                                          pc's are for youtubers, i can play any game at 30-60fps for less than $500 (consoles).just think about it you spend like $2000k for a gaming pc but you also have to buy the games😒

                                                                          • Samuel Lovell
                                                                            Samuel Lovell  2 days back

                                                                            i7 2600+1050ti+75hz 24" monitor= about $350USD. Capable of basically any 1080p mixed settings high FPS. If ur buying that cheap than might as well go used (refurbished graphics card).

                                                                            • Gian Carlo Gonzales
                                                                              Gian Carlo Gonzales  2 days back

                                                                              the other guy looks like Linus who has taken a bath twice as much he did in his whole life.

                                                                              • KingOf_JonnyBoy
                                                                                KingOf_JonnyBoy  2 days back

                                                                                Imma go with that monitor and a 570 with my 2200g cus I only have a 450w PSU

                                                                                • HexitCZ
                                                                                  HexitCZ  2 days back

                                                                                  700 dollar bufget do bf5 ultra 75+ fps

                                                                                  • lolmao500
                                                                                    lolmao500  2 days back

                                                                                    Meanwhile we're watching this in 480p

                                                                                    • Allison Brown
                                                                                      Allison Brown  2 days back

                                                                                      this video is mismatched also though

                                                                                      You should show how these newer games play on the lower budget machines. I.e. I've ran with a 7850 Radeon card for years now and can play most games on 800x600 with decent specs. Is it HD? Absolutely not but you can still have a decent FPS decent experience.

                                                                                      • David Refaely
                                                                                        David Refaely  2 days back

                                                                                        Welp, i'm at the glow-up ,i think, makes me proud

                                                                                        • William Ondell
                                                                                          William Ondell  2 days back

                                                                                          Can you help me with a pc build right now I'm using a inspiron 3668

                                                                                          • Edgaras U.
                                                                                            Edgaras U.  2 days back

                                                                                            Can u combine 20x El Cheapo's to some kind of monster computing power server to stream its power to another El Cheapo like cloud gaming ? XD

                                                                                            • Diz Awn
                                                                                              Diz Awn  2 days back

                                                                                              before you guys go selling your cars for high end PCs - make sure you watch linus' video about a $5000 rig from 10 years ago....