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Microsoft's latest Xbox One X console costs at least $499, but when you consider that it brings 4K gaming to the living room, that's quite an aggressive price.

For PC gamers, is it possible to put together a PC with similar functionality for around the same amount of money? We take a look to see if we can throw together a number of builds at multiple price points to return different results in quality and performance.

It is quickly clear that you're going to have a hard time picking components (that are actually in stock) to match those offered by Microsoft in its $500 console form factor. The company (as well as competitors) has the ability to pack in serious power without the asking price skyrocketing. Not only is it able to take a hit to push out more units to consumers, the console itself really isn't going to be powering anything other than games and some streaming.

The same can't be said for an average PC, and that is where things become a little cloudy. With Windows 10 installed, a gaming PC (especially one that can game at 4K) can perform a wide array of tasks that a console simply cannot. But PC builders have to deal with paying for individual components from different companies, whereas console manufacturers likely enjoy a discount for purchasing in bulk.

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Barebones PC

Our first build is a PC that is capable of some solid gaming but that will hit some bottlenecks. That is to be expected when you choose a less powerful AMD Ryzen 3 processor and an affordable GTX 1060 with only 3GB of VRAM.

Component Our ideal pick Price
Case Antec VSK-3000E $23.51
PSU EVGA 500 W1 $40.99
Motherboard ASUS PRIME A320M-K $59.99
CPU Ryzen 3 1200 $109.99
RAM Patriot Viper 3 Series 8GB $59.99
Storage WD Blue 1TB $49.92
GPU PNY GeForce GTX 1060 3GB $238.88
OS Windows 10 $74.99
Total $658.26

Mid-range PC

NVIDIA GTX 1060

This PC build will set you back about $770 and could allow you to enjoy 4K gaming at around 30 frames per second (FPS) at best, with the settings turned down considerably. It won't be the best experience and may not even match that of the Xbox One X. Bringing things down a notch in the settings or opting for a still respectable 1440p resolution will still result in quite the capable machine. We opted to include a Blu-ray drive to match the console for reading disks (though you won't be able to enjoy 4K playback).

Component Our ideal pick Price
Case Antec VSK-3000E $23.51
Blu-ray LG Electronics Blu-ray DVD Writer $49.95
PSU EVGA 500 W1 $40.99
Motherboard ASUS PRIME A320M-K $59.99
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1400 $148.00
RAM Ballistix Tactical 8GB $79.99
Storage WD Blue 1TB $49.92
GPU PNY GeForce GTX 1060 3GB $238.88
OS Windows 10 $74.99
Total $766.22

Powerhouse PC

This is where the PC can really shine over any Xbox. Adding the most powerful components available to the cart and neglecting to check the price will unlock immense amounts of potential in-game. NVIDIA's GTX Titan XP is overkill for most PC gamers, but this GPU card will offer incredible performance at 4K. We also bumped the amount of DDR4 RAM to 32GB, replaced the Ryzen 5 chip with a Ryzen 7 1800X, and opted for a more capable motherboard with the X370 chipset. It's expensive but awesome.

Component Our ideal pick Price
Case Phanteks P400S $84.99
Blu-ray LG Electronics Blu-ray DVD Writer $49.95
PSU EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2 $139.99
Motherboard ASUS Prime X370-Pro $159.96
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (with liquid cooling) $554.88
RAM Kingston HyperX FURY Black 32GB $327.04
SSD Samsung 960 EVO 256GB M.2 $139.95
SSD Samsung 850 PRO 2TB SSD $852.99
GPU NVIDIA GeForce Titan X Pascal 12GB $1,649.99
OS Windows 10 $74.99
Total $4034.73

Prebuilt towers

MSI Trident 3

If you'd rather not build your own PC, and if money isn't an issue, there are a number of powerful mid-tower builds available from various manufacturers. Some of these PCs sport hardware capable of smooth 4K gaming but it should be noted that in order to hit 60 FPS at such a high resolution, you're going to need to invest in the best components on the market (namely the GPU).

Building a 4K gaming PC for the price of Xbox One X ...

If all you care about is gaming at 4K, and you don't want to invest in a prebuilt PC or put together one yourself, the Xbox One X is worth consideration. The bottom line is that building a capable PC to take on the new Xbox spec to spec will cost a fair amount.

Updated November 14, 2017: We updated our PC builds to take into account price fluctuations and to remove listings that were no longer available.