Seven Steps to Choose Your Gaming PC Components
For everyday PC or desktop users, specifications and performance of a desktop computer doesn’t really matter. It’s good enough with some basic RAM or CPU because most are just creating, editing, and saving office files and documents. But for a true PC computer gaming enthusiast, choosing the components of a PC is as vital as choosing your weapons before going to a battle. Only the right hardware with the most optimum performance will do. The gaming PC and its computer hardware should be carefully selected to provide absolute reliability during gaming. You also want reliable components so you don’t need regular computer repairs.
Choose your processor. The processor is the brain of a gaming PC. Therefore, it’s essential that you pick the right one. The two most common processors used in PCs are Intel and AMD, each having a variety of models to choose from.
As a rule of thumb, the more cores a processor has, the better performance it can give. My preference is for Intel as they tend to be more reliable performance.
Good gaming processors range from $200 up to $1000.
Choose a gaming motherboard. If the processor acts as the brain, the motherboard serves as its nervous system, distributing all the commands the processor sends to all the components.
To ensure fast response rate, a motherboard should be able to handle the load of the games being played and should have enough input and output options to allow good connectivity.
You can buy a good motherboard starting around $300.
Good computer motherboard brands are ASUS and Gigabyte.
Beef up your RAM. PC video games require intense memory processing. That’s why in order to help your PC processor do the work, you need a considerably large RAM module.
Typical RAM capacity for gaming PC is around 8 GB to 16 GB. RAM is a relatively cheap computer part so get loads. Make sure your desktop computer has the capacity to take it.
Buy a REALLY good graphics card. Since everything about gaming is visual, a high-performance graphics card is probably the MOST IMPORTANT component. The higher the capacity of the card, the better the visual it can produce.
Video cards, just like CPU or RAM modules, vary in sizes. Intense gaming graphics require at least 1 GB of video memory to produce at least an acceptable display.
You can buy a decent, mid-level graphics card for at least $300, but the high-end ones will cost you at least $500-$1,500.
Common video cards used for gaming PCs are Nvidia and ATI, each have its own various models you can choose from but I would suggest Nvidia as even though their specs are usually lower, I find them more powerful than they say and more compatible with more games.
Choose a high-wattage power supply. PC peripherals designed for gaming requires a lot of power to do all the important processes. Choosing a high-wattage power supply will ensure your rig gets the right amount of electricity it needs to run.
Mid-range gaming PCs will need around 500 watts while high-performance ones can eat power up to 1,000 watts.
Prices of power supplies depend on the wattage rating. You can buy a 650-watt PSU for around $250.
Select the proper casing. Because a gaming PC needs a lot of power to work, it will tend to generate large amount of heat. Choosing the right CPU tower/casing will prevent your rig from overheating. There are a variety of FUN options with coloured lights etc.
Decent cases start from $120.
You can also attach fans or water-cooling systems to help improve the ventilation system. Be aware that if you go for water cooling and it fails it could severely damage your computer – thus needing a lot of computer repairs.
Complete your gaming PC with accessories. Large display monitors, gaming mice and keyboard, and headsets are the common accessories you’ll need with your gaming PC.
Although these items are not completely necessary, it adds to the overall gaming experience and performance of the rig.
Disconnect your PC from any source of electricity before putting it together. You may risk getting electrically shocked if you leave your computer plugged into a power outlet while working on its parts.
Do not put the PC parts anywhere where there might be a source of static electricity to avoid shorting the parts.
Always read the instruction manual of the computer parts you buy. Make sure that you read all the important details first to avoid having any compatibility issues.
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