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Well-known tech YouTuber declares PS5 dead, wants to provide proof by building his own PC for the same price and fails all along the line

After ten days, the video has over 1.8 million clicks with around 72,000 likes and 2,200 dislikes. (Source: Linus Tech Tips)
After ten days, the video has over 1.8 million clicks with around 72,000 likes and 2,200 dislikes. (Source: Linus Tech Tips)
Tech YouTuber Linus Tech Tips wanted to prove that it is possible to put together a gaming PC that costs no more than the PS5 - but does more. It only worked on paper. It also requires compromises that hardly any gamer would make.

There is no question that a gaming PC offers more possibilities than a games console. However, in terms of cost and user-friendliness, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and the like are superior to computers. Tech YouTuber Linus Tech Tips wanted to prove the opposite and embarked on an ambitious experiment: he put together a gaming PC that would offer better performance than the PS5 at a comparable price. However, a number of difficulties arose that the YouTuber had apparently not considered. The project can therefore be considered a failure.

Cheating on the costs

At a cost of $475, Linus was initially able to obtain all components at a price comparable to the purchase price of the PS5 (currently available with one controller for 499 $ on Amazon). However, this was only possible because the YouTuber decided to buy used hardware without a warranty. The following components were installed:

  • Mainboard: ASRock B450 Pro4 - for 40 $
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X - for 120 $
  • Graphics card: Intel Arc A770 - for 200 $
  • Hard disk: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB NVMe M.2 - for 40 $
  • Case: Cooler Master CM Storm Trooper - for free
  • Power supply: Seasonic X-650 Gold PSU - for 40 $
  • Memory: G.SKILL Trident Z RGB 3600MTs CL18 2x8GB DDR4 - for 35 $

The total price quoted is not really realistic. Linus received the case free of charge due to signs of use. Additional costs would have to be planned for this. The shipping costs for the individual components are also not included in the $475 - nor are the costs for the operating system and peripherals. If you want to rebuild the PC, you have to plan for significantly higher costs. Buying new hardware would cost over $1,000.

Not an option for most gamers

The advantage of games consoles is that they are ready to use straight out of the box. Assembling a PC requires not only technical understanding, but also time, which not everyone wants to spend. As it turned out, the do-it-yourself PC was actually able to achieve a higher frame rate in some games. However, other games only ran after BIOS adjustments. It is therefore unlikely that many gamers will follow the YouTuber's example and build their own PC from used hardware instead of buying a PS5.

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Marius Müller, 2024-03-11 (Update: 2024-03-11)