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When Can a PC Be Considered Budget/Mid-Range/Enthusiast?

So I've had a sort of conundrum on my mind, and that is when can a custom PC be considered for the different categories such as budget, mid-range, and enthusiast.

 

I was discussing my PC specs with a friend and he was asking why I went for an i5 versus an i7, and I referred to the i7 as an enthusiast CPU and the i5 as a generally mid-range one. Then it came to my graphics card and I called my 3GB GTX 1060 a budget card.

 

In a full PC system, what parts can give one's custom PC the titles of budget, mid-range, or enthusiast?

 

For me at least, I feel my PC is a mid-range due to the i5-8600K, 8GB of RAM, but also gives it a budget title thanks to the 3GB GTX 1060 and literal budget CPU cooler.

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I don't think that you can really put general-pc-building into such a simple spectrum. There are too many subcategories - A Enthusiast Gaming PC can be a Budget workstation. In addition, time also effects those categories - an enthusiast rig from '10 would be budget now.

However, in the vein of gaming, I'd think that $200-$699 is budget, $700-$1599 is mid-range, and $1600+ is enthusiast.

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3 minutes ago, MiNy said:

So I've had a sort of conundrum on my mind, and that is when can a custom PC be considered for the different categories such as budget, mid-range, and enthusiast.

 

I was discussing my PC specs with a friend and he was asking why I went for an i5 versus an i7, and I referred to the i7 as an enthusiast CPU and the i5 as a generally mid-range one. Then it came to my graphics card and I called my 3GB GTX 1060 a budget card.

 

In a full PC system, what parts can give one's custom PC the titles of budget, mid-range, or enthusiast?

 

For me at least, I feel my PC is a mid-range due to the i5-8600K, 8GB of RAM, but also gives it a budget title thanks to the 3GB GTX 1060 and literal budget CPU cooler.

I think its subjective and personal opinion, but in my eyes

 

Budget - Pentium CPU, 1050/1050ti/570, 8gb ram, HDD - less than $500

Low end - i3/Ryzen 2200/2400g/Ryzen 1300 - 1400, SSD, 1050ti/1060/580 - Around $800 ish

Mid range - i5/1600/2600X, 1070/vega 56, SSD, HDD, 16gb ram - Around $1100 ish

High End - i7/1700/2700x, 1080/vega 64, SSD, HDD, 16gb ram - around $1500 ish

Enthusiast - i7/2700X, 1080ti, SSD, HDD, 16/32gb ram - around $2000

Work Station/blow the budget - i9/Threadripper, Titan/1080ti (possible SLI), Raid SSD, HDD storage, 32/64gb ram - $2500 - $3000

 

Anymore just aint required

 

 

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tags are just tags, I still would not call mid range an i7 8700k build qitha gtx 1080ti... but there aren't defined lines. 

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i3 or R3, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB RAM = Budget PC

i5 or R5, GTX 1060, 16GB RAM = Mid-Range PC

i7 or R7, GTX 1070+, 16GB+ RAM = High-End PC

 

Anything above this on the x99, x299, x399 or a high end Intel/AMD platform is considered enthusiast

 

Keep in mind that this is all based on opinion of course

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5 minutes ago, stealth80 said:

I think its subjective and personal opinion, but in my eyes

 

Budget - Pentium CPU, 1050/1050ti/570, 8gb ram, HDD - less than $500

Low end - i3/Ryzen 2200/2400g/Ryzen 1300 - 1400, SSD, 1050ti/1060/580 - Around $800 ish

Mid range - i5/1600/2600X, 1070/vega 56, SSD, HDD, 16gb ram - Around $1100 ish

High End - i7/1700/2700x, 1080/vega 64, SSD, HDD, 16gb ram - around $1500 ish

Enthusiast - i7/2700X, 1080ti, SSD, HDD, 16/32gb ram - around $2000

Work Station/blow the budget - i9/Threadripper, Titan/1080ti (possible SLI), Raid SSD, HDD storage, 32/64gb ram - $2500 - $3000

 

Anymore just aint required

I like your view here, it's similar to what I see the categories.

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5 minutes ago, r2724r16 said:

i3 or R3, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB RAM = Budget PC

i5 or R5, GTX 1060, 16GB RAM = Mid-Range PC

i7 or R7, GTX 1070+, 16GB+ RAM = High-End PC

 

Anything above this on the x99, x299, x399 or a high end Intel/AMD platform is considered enthusiast

 

Keep in mind that this is all based on opinion of course

Yeah, this is the most general and most common categorisation I've seen being applied to the PC gaming hardware side of things. I definitely agree that the HEDT chipsets are enthusiast for sure.

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9 minutes ago, Imbellis said:

I don't think that you can really put general-pc-building into such a simple spectrum. There are too many subcategories - A Enthusiast Gaming PC can be a Budget workstation. In addition, time also effects those categories - an enthusiast rig from '10 would be budget now.

However, in the vein of gaming, I'd think that $200-$699 is budget, $700-$1499 is mid-range, and $1500+ is enthusiast.

Yeah, I guess I blurred the lines even further with a general categorisation, but I agree on the gaming side of things.

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8 minutes ago, IAnthonyFX said:

tags are just tags, I still would not call mid range an i7 8700k build qitha gtx 1080ti... but there aren't defined lines. 

I get that, I just like to have a baseline of each of the categories for a quick indication of what sort of hardware to expect from each level.

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8 minutes ago, seoz said:

I get that, I just like to have a baseline of each of the categories for a quick indication of what sort of hardware to expect from each level.

i do not think it is necesary tho, who -besides enthusiats- build sysetms just to fall within a category? systems should be built based on a budget and tasks to peform, not an status. But I guess i am being far to idealistic here

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1 minute ago, IAnthonyFX said:

i do not think it is necesary tho, who -besides enthusiats- build sysetms just to fall within a category? systems should be built based on a budget and tasks to peform, not an status. But I guess i am being far to idealistic here

I built my system for a range of reasons but none of those were so I could say "I have a mid-range PC", but it certainly helps for getting a single-sentence impression on a person's PC, right?

You could tell me you have an enthusiast PC and I'd immediately know you'd be talking about either a Threadripper or Core i9 PC with a GTX 1080 Ti or potentially a Titan.

Sure, it's not completely necessary, but it's nice to tag a PC with a single title to know what type of PC it is without getting a specsheet out.

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For the first one I would not say "Budget" because budget does not mean cheap. It just means a certain price point

Cheap- $200-400

Mid Range- $500-700

Sub-High End- $800-1000

High End- $1100-3000+

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6 minutes ago, 6thOntheLeft said:

budget does not mean cheap. It just means a certain price point

This, this times a million. I hate when people think 'cheap' and 'budget' are interchangeable.

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  1. 1.
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    (of an item for sale) low in price; worth more than its cost.

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if you asked for budget it means pretty any price point

if you say "budget" you might be talking about a 1K+ PC build

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21 minutes ago, 6thOntheLeft said:

For the first one I would not say "Budget" because budget does not mean cheap. It just means a certain price point

Cheap- $200-400

Mid Range- $500-700

Sub-High End- $800-1000

High End- $1100-3000+

usually budget is associated with a tight budget

 

imo it's more this way

  • Banana1 $0-400
  • Entry Level $400-750
  • Mid Range $750-1000
  • Enthusiast $1000-1750
  • High End $1750-3000
  • God Tier $3000+

depends on every component though so the OP's friend would call any i7 an enthusiast build even if it doesn't has a graphics card or has a 80GB drive, just because of the CPU

the 1060 3GB is an entry level card made for those who like games and don't need 400 fps at 8k resolution but also don't want to play at 10 fps with a 480p res, pretty much like the 750/1050Ti

and there's no such thing as a "budget cooler", there's the stock cooler and there are the aftermarket coolers which are considered good or bad depending on their size (air, cooling potential), the materials used (aluminum, copper, alloys) or the TDP.

 

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4 hours ago, stealth80 said:

I think its subjective and personal opinion, but in my eyes

 

Budget - Pentium CPU, 1050/1050ti/570, 8gb ram, HDD - less than $500

Low end - i3/Ryzen 2200/2400g/Ryzen 1300 - 1400, SSD, 1050ti/1060/580 - Around $800 ish

Mid range - i5/1600/2600X, 1070/vega 56, SSD, HDD, 16gb ram - Around $1100 ish

High End - i7/1700/2700x, 1080/vega 64, SSD, HDD, 16gb ram - around $1500 ish

Enthusiast - i7/2700X, 1080ti, SSD, HDD, 16/32gb ram - around $2000

Work Station/blow the budget - i9/Threadripper, Titan/1080ti (possible SLI), Raid SSD, HDD storage, 32/64gb ram - $2500 - $3000

 

Anymore just aint required

 

But that also oversimplifies it too.

 

I have a 7700k, 32GB Ram, 1070, multiple SSDs and my system comes in at just over $3000 including watercooling (about $2500 without peripherals). According to your levels, I'm somewhere between Enthusiast and Mid Range but at Work station budget point?

 

Id say the 1070 is more of a high end card whereas the 1060 is comfortably mid range.

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48 minutes ago, ThatCoolBlueKidd said:

But that also oversimplifies it too.

 

I have a 7700k, 32GB Ram, 1070, multiple SSDs and my system comes in at just over $3000 including watercooling (about $2500 without peripherals). According to your levels, I'm somewhere between Enthusiast and Mid Range but at Work station budget point?

 

Id say the 1070 is more of a high end card whereas the 1060 is comfortably mid range.

Well tbh, it should just mean base level of the PC for it to function. If you've clearly got like 5 SSDs and 1500 quids worth of watercooling it's clearly more than the "average" for the levels he's suggested. Tho i do think the price point he's put for Workstation/Enthusiast level is waaay under. If i was to build my "Enthusiast" rig i'd happily blitz past 5k and beyond. 

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I'd classify all of these not in terms of how much the PC cost, but what kind of specs it has. For example, my PC (CPU wise, anyway) would have been an enthusiast build back when it was released, but now, if you forget that X58 boards are stupidly expensive, I'd consider it a higher-end budget CPU, if that makes sense. The GPU is definitely a budget card, and it was when it was released, so that's a budget part. All-in-all, I'd consider my system a budget system.

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Since when does enthusiast equate to ability to spend more money?

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Linus classifies them as 

Under 500 budget lc

1,000 gaming 

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13 hours ago, ThatCoolBlueKidd said:

But that also oversimplifies it too.

 

I have a 7700k, 32GB Ram, 1070, multiple SSDs and my system comes in at just over $3000 including watercooling (about $2500 without peripherals). According to your levels, I'm somewhere between Enthusiast and Mid Range but at Work station budget point?

 

Id say the 1070 is more of a high end card whereas the 1060 is comfortably mid range.

Not really, you say yourself it includes water cooling, that's obviously not factored, so considering an average loop is around $400 is custom, puts it in the high end. 1070 is mid range, gotta remember theres 1070ti, 1080 and vega 64 for high end, enthusiast would be 1080ti with titan for people with more cash than brains.

 

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