Bargain shoppers guide to PC gaming: It's cheaper than you think

Gabe Newell in spaaaaaaaceEveryone knows that a "top-of-the-line" gaming PC is often equivalent to the price of several gaming consoles, that's just a result of it all if you buy one pre-made from popular retailers. However, you can also get on for a much cheaper price if you do your research and/or build it yourself. But I digress already, as that is not the point of this post; instead, I'm here to tell you how to be a PC gamer after you have the rig, and I'm here to tell you how to be a bargain shopper and get games for cheap. PC gaming is all about being smarter and better than everyone else, it is the Master Race, after all.

As you can tell, I will not be condoning pirating or downloading games illegally, I believe in supporting developers and publishers for their work, which involves you know, paying for their product. As such, console gamers and many PC gamers have it ingrained in their mind that a game costs about $60 on release if it's a "AAA" title. I'm here to tell you that's not really the case if you know where to look.

To make things easy for you, I've decided to split this guide up into several different parts, organized pertaining to different concepts. They're all clearly labeled and when combined together, offers plenty of chances for you to save some of your hard-earned cash. After all - if you spent the money to get a great gaming rig, you owe it to yourself to save money on the actual games, right?

1) Buy Digitally

First and foremost, you need to understand that in order to save the most cash as a PC gamer, you're clearly going to need to buy almost entirely digitally. Granted, this has drawbacks, like not being able to sell the games when you don't want them anymore (which is not entirely true) and taking up that precious harddrive space. But I have responses to both of those issues: 1) Some sites DO let you "trade-in" your games for credit and 2) Uninstall the games you aren't playing...duh.

I get the issues that some people have - the fear that one day the internet will implode or the "forces that be" will suddenly decide to take all of their games away. But that's stupid, so stop thinking that. As long as you invest in a decently sized harddrive, you won't have any problems PC gaming. It's actually quite relieving to literally have all of your games a few mouse-clicks away.

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