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Save Money on Video Games with Terry Stevens: Budget Gamer & Gaming Generations!

by Terry Stevens

Hi, I'm Terry Stevens, Radio Personality, Copywriter, Producer and Budget Gamer.

Whats a Budget Gamer? I'm glad I pretended you asked.

A Budget Gamer is any gamer who has to plan out how he spends his gaming money. As a married father of two who has to pinch pennies so hard that I can make a dime pop out of them, Im always looking for ways to make my gaming habit more affordable. Gaming Generations in Rib Mountain and Rothschild and I have teamed up to help gamers enjoy their hobby while being able to afford food, shelter, clothing, etc.

If you just realized that you're a budget gamer too, read on! If you're like Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark/Scrooge McDuck rich, this series probably isn't for you.

You just know he has an XBox One AND a PS4 AND a Wii-U. Freaking 1-percenter gamer...

PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Howzit, Creative Commons License .

Today's Budget Gamer Blog is about building your own computer.

What? I thought this was about saving money? Now you want me to build my own computer?!?!?!!?

Before you head down to the comments section to tell me what a poopy-head I am, calm down and hear me out.

PC-gaming is some of the most affordable gaming you can get.

Lets say you buy an XBone, PS4, or Wii-U. You know what those consoles are going to be 5 years from now? That's right. They'll still be XBones, PS4s or a Wii-U.

But what if you could just swap out a part on your console and immediately turn it into a high-octane gaming beast? You'd do that, right?

Well, you can't do that on a console, but on a PC, you CAN!

Not only that, but once your gaming PC is up and running, you can get Steam. Steam is LOADED with PC games, everything from $60 new titles to 99-cent classics and everything in-between. Steam is a Budget Gamer's best pal.

Steam . Download it. Love it. Stop going to work because you can't stop gaming on it.

PHOTO CREDIT: By Malomon2 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

But don't I have to be some kind of uber-science-genius to build a computer?

Not at all.

You may want to sit down for this.

I actually built my own computer. For realz. That same idiot you hear telling fart jokes and waxing poetic about metal all the time on Rock 94.7 was actually able to rub two brain cells together and generate enough heat to snap some PC parts together.

Seriously, PCs have come a long way when it comes to ease of use, and ease of construction. If you can follow the instructions on a Lego kit, you can probably build a PC.

You just have to figure out how powerful you want your PC to be and then work backwards from there.

Want the uber-gaming machine? You're going to need an awesome graphics card, along with the processor, motherboard, and power supply to back it up.

Want to build something that grandma can use to download viruses and toolbars? You can slap together a simple web-browsing, word-processing PC for a little bit of nothing.

"I just got the nicest e-mail from a Nigerian Prince!"

PHOTO CREDIT: Cosmic Kitty, Creative Commons License .

Gaming Generations can walk you through the whole process. In fact, theyre having a series of FREE Build Your Own PC Classes starting on April 12th . By the time the class is over, youll be completely confident and competent in your ability to build your own PC (and if you arent, they have some pre-built models you can check out too.)

Until next time, game on!

[Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a sponsored post. The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.]

*** In addition to being a budget gamer, "Scary" Terry Stevens is a radio host for Midwest Communications. You can Book Face with him here .