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November 9, 2017

Xbox One X – Great Value?


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The Xbox One X is out and you can get one for yourself. The reviews of it have already started rolling out and for the most part people seem to responding very well to it. If you want to check out the review done by Ryan for BeginnersTech, you can so here

In my eyes as a PC gamer it is good value. Yes it doesn’t play every game at native 4K but it is capable of it. Also consider that it costs £450 UK and $499 US for almost everything that you need. If you don’t have a 4K TV then you’d need to add one to the mix and you can get one like this Samsung UE40MU6120 4k HDR TV for £399 and the price does increase to £849. Although if you shop around you may find one cheaper. Now to what you’d get in terms of a full PC.

So for £853.73 you’d be able to get


  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (£164.99)
  • ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 ATX motherboard (£89.76)
  • Kingston Fury 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM (£89.99)
  • Seagate Firecuda 1TB (£59.99)
  • EVGA 1050Ti 4GB (£149.74)
  • Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5 (£44.99)
  • Be quiet 400W PSU (£35.96)
  • Windows 10 (£40)
  • Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite L Combo (£48.33)
  • ASUS VE278H 1080p Monitor (£129.98)

Check out and adapt the list here and of course you would be free to tweak and change this anyway you’d want. Also note that this PC is only 1080p capable, but that is what you’d get for around the same price as a TV and the console.

Of course if you already have a TV and the same for a PC then the cost would not be as much. But even so if you only have max of £450 then you’d still not match the performance. Here is what similar money would get you from a PC.


  • AMD Ryzen 5 1400 (£131.94
  • ASUS Prime A302m (£45.42)
  • G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR4 (£59.30)
  • Seagate Firecuda 1TB (£59.99)
  • Sapphire RX 550 4GB (£93.89)
  • Bitfenix Nova (£26.40)
  • Be quiet 400W PSU (£35.96)
  • Windows 10 (£40)

Total cost £495.78 and you can see the parts here

So with a budget of the same as just the console, you’d still only be able to game at 1080p which is what the One X can do. But then the One X is also capable of 4K. So how much would a 4k PC setup cost? Well here’s what you’d need. Keep in mind that the One X and TV is still £849.


  • Intel i5 8600K (£275.90)
  • Cooler Master Masterliquid 240 (£42.94)
  • ASRock Z370 Pro 4 (£109.93)
  • Corsair Vengeance RGB 16GB 3000MHz (£152.84)
  • WD Green 240GB M.2 (£72.49)
  • Seagate Firecuda 2TB (£86.34)
  • Gigabyte GTX 1080 Windforce OC (£485.99)
  • Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 RGB £64.99)
  • EVGA B3 650W PSU (£69.98)
  • Windows 10 (£40)
  • Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite L Combo (£48.33)
  • ASUS MG28UQ 4K monitor (£371.99)

See the parts here

All in for a full 4K ready system it’ll set you back £1825. Of course if you swap out parts to suit your needs but if you’re building from nothing then this is roughly what it would cost you. The One X isn’t looking to bad now as its less than half the price of this build. Plus the price of the build above is without a 4K capable Blu Ray drive and you can see that the Xbox does represent good value for money, even it you don’t want to admit it. Which to be honest I didn’t at first, but the more I look at it, the more I see its value.

Also to note prices fluctuate really badly so one day these builds could be cheaper or possibly even more expensive. Another point to be made is that you could also swap out any of the parts of the PCs to suit your needs, something the Xbox is incapable of doing.

So lets try and wrap our heads around it all, I’ve made a list of a few pros and cons of each, to try and establish which is truly better for you.

Xbox One X 


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  • Great price to performance
  • Built in 4K Blu ray player
  • HDR ready
  • Good selection of titles with more coming
  • Much cheaper than building a PC
  • If something goes wrong its more easily covered
  • Great for media consumption


  • You get what you get (no real performance upgrade)
  • Could be without a console if something goes wrong
  • Replacing the console when it becomes outdated
  • Can’t get work done on console (documents etc)

Custom PC


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  • Much more flexibility
  • Really rewarding to build your own PC
  • More options to get creative
  • Better performance (at a price)
  • Tonnes of different companies to choose from
  • Better choices to upgrade in the future
  • Wider range of use
  • Games can be found cheaper
  • Also great for media consumption


  • Time to build the system
  • Problems that occur (software and hardware)
  • If a part is faulty or breaks it can leave you without a PC
  • Can become expensive (only if you let it)

Of course there is pros and cons for both and to be honest there is probably a lot more that I haven’t mentioned but its a tough choice. Building a PC can be time consuming and tricky if you are new to it, it can also be expensive, but it offers unrivalled flexibility and performance potential. The only thing to stop a PC from being all it can be is how much you’re willing to spend on it. The Xbox One X also has its plus and minus points but I still can’t deny that its great value for money. You can see that with the proof above, building a PC that can everything the One X can do is not cheap and thats where its value is. If you only have around £500 to spend the One X will hands down beat whatever a PC at that price can do, its just the way it is.

So to wrap this up, is the One X great value? In a word… yes.

PS. Or you could have the best of both worlds and get both.

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Hey I’m Weston and I’d definitely say that I’m a technology enthusiast. I’ve been in the tech space a while and I really love pretty much anything tech or tech related.


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