Xbox One X PC Build: Can we do it for $500?

Updated Jun 16, 2017: We’ve revised a “upgraded” build to residence a strange motherboard’s disfavour with 4K UHD HDR Blu-Ray playback.

Microsoft’s Xbox One X presents an engaging plea for PC builders. Sure, if we wish tender power, zero beats a PC. But can we put together an Xbox One X homogeneous for $500?

At that cost indicate (and outward of that golden window of Black Friday sales and stellar combo/bundle deals on PC components), you’re pulling a boundary of what’s possible, utterly if we wish to totally replicate a same knowledge Microsoft is earnest hardcore console fans. Given today’s high RAM prices, a low accessibility of certain GPUs, and a default of 4K UHD drives, a formula don’t come out clean in preference of a DIY PC.

Build #1: A elementary 4K/30-fps gaming PC

To start, we’ll travel by a baseline build, that creates a few sacrifices though should still perform during 4K/30 fps.

Build notes

  1. Prices stream as of Jun 15, 2017.
  2. Retailers comparison with shipping costs in mind—and a arrogance many people have an Amazon Prime account.
  3. Cheap AM3+ motherboards like a ASRock 970 Pro R2.0 skip on-board Wi-Fi, so if you wish wireless connectivity, ready to bombard out for possibly a Wi-Fi adapter or a improved motherboard. 
  4. The cost for this ASRock motherboard is after a $20 mail-in rebate.
  5. See a Build Summary territory for records on availability.
  6. This cost is after $20 mail-in rebate.

Build breakdown

When comparing a build to a Xbox One X square by piece, any platform’s advantages are clear. Our PC has some-more coherence and muscle, while a Xbox One X is both rarely compress and set in stone.

For a Xbox One X’s CPU, GPU, and memory, Microsoft chose a tradition AMD APU that facilities 8 2.3GHz tradition x86 cores, 40 Radeon discriminate units regulating during 1,172MHz, and 12GB of GDDR5 memory. AMD doesn’t have an homogeneous APU accessible for DIY build purposes, so we chose to travel a line between a Xbox One X’s specs and endorsed specs for a well-spoken PC gaming experience. In a build is the eight-core 3.3GHz AMD FX-8300, 8GB of DDR3/1600 RAM, and an 8GB Radeon RX 580. (My GPU choice does have one catch, that I’ve remarkable in a Build Summary below.)

dsc01660 Brad Chacos/IDG

This pattern nets we a (faster) eight-core CPU, enough RAM to equivocate bottlenecks in complement performance, and a GPU able of 4K gaming during a smallest of 30 fps on Medium settings. However, some Xbox One X games competence finish adult regulating some-more uniformly or with improved visible fealty on console than on this homebrew 4K machine. Unlike with a PC, developers can fine-tune their games for Microsoft’s console by a low-level API.

For storage, Microsoft hasn’t nonetheless common sum on expostulate speed, type, or interface. All we now know is what Digital Foundry suggested in a Apr 2017 preview: The Xbox One X will have a “1TB tough expostulate with a 50 percent boost in bandwidth.”

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