NZXT has a bold new strategy for selling pre-built gaming PCs: skip graphics cards altogether. What sounds like a worthless PC at first is actually a good idea. NZXT’s $800 “Foundation” PC contains some nice components, including 500GB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM, and 650W bronze power supply. The part that makes this work is the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G CPU-or APU, technically, because the processor includes on-board graphics processing and can run games without the need for a dedicated graphics card.
According to NZXT, the Foundation PC can run popular lightweight games well. At medium settings and 1080p, it should provide approximately 180 fps in League of Legends and approximately 70 fps in Fortnite. Depending on the game you play, AMD’s APU may be powerful enough to keep you going until you find a good graphics card like RTX 3080 in your inventory.
Of course, you can almost always build your own PC cheaper than buying one, but this allows you to avoid all the complexity of the build, except when the chip shortage is enough to keep the graphics card in inventory for more than 13 seconds.
If your current PC’s CPU and motherboard are aging, but you upgraded your graphics card not long ago, Foundation PC may also make sense. For example, if you have a good graphics card like RTX 2070, you may not want a brand new pre-installed PC to upgrade i7-4690K, because it no longer really plays a role in the game. Almost all pre-made gaming PCs I have seen include a graphics card, but maybe you already have something better than the GTX 1660 Super, which is equipped with a budget PC in the NZXT Foundation price range.
If you want to upgrade, I will still guide you to build your own computer, especially since you might be able to save some money Black Friday PC Promotion Week.
Seeing more options begin to appear in pre-installed PCs, at least a small benefit of the lack of graphics cards. It seems unlikely that NZXT will be the only pre-built company offering such a system.Even if the pre-built is The best way to get a graphics card At present, if you don’t deal with scalpers, PC companies may have some unmovable inventory when GPU supply is so limited. Selling systems without a dedicated graphics card can help solve this problem and provide some people with a way to get an entry-level PC at an affordable price.
I also got a good laugh from the name of Foundation PC, suggesting that this NZXT system is like, most personal computer. Even if it is not made of concrete, it can definitely support things.