Since the gaming industry is on the rise constantly, more people start to build their PC’s with selected components just to give them the perfect smooth gaming experience. There are a lot of incredible ready-to-buy PC’s and laptops, but there are a lot of benefits that a custom PC could bring to you. For starters, you are going to be able to scale your PC so you use most of the money for the most important component for you.
If you decide to build your PC you have to know that is not that easy and you could easily get things mixed up. Building your PC without any knowledge is like betting on high football odds and there is a big chance that it will not work. That is why in this article we will go through some of the basic steps for building the perfect gaming PC.
Choose your budget
The first step is determining your budget. You have to know how much you are willing to spend on your gaming PC in order to sort the components the right way. For starters, you should need at least $300 for core components. If you want a solid modern gaming PC that is capable of satisfying your gaming needs, you should bump up your budget to $400-600 range.
The PC’s from $700-800 will be high-performance units perfectly capable of VR gaming and content creation. If you want to go extreme from $1000-2000, you have to know that you will not use that extra performance to make it better. It will only be top of the range model with few extra bells and whistles.
Understanding your needs
Before you buy your dream PC, you have to sort out for what you are going to use it. This is extremely important just because different usage requires different parts when constructing your PC. Also, there are different types of games that require different hardware specifications.
When you are building your gaming PC there you have to choose your parts carefully. There are many different things to take into consideration than just price and popularity. Also very important part is the compatibility of the components.
The components that you will need:
- Processor (CPU)
- Graphic Card (GPU)
- Motherboard (MOBO)
- Memory (RAM)
- Storage (SSD or HDD)
- Power Supply Unit (PSU)
- PC Case
This resembles the brain of the computer and is the second most impactful component on gaming performance just behind the GPU. When you are buying your CPU there are three important things to look for: Clock speed which is in GHz measuring the processing speed, Cores which usually help your PC assign different tasks in the same time, Threads that work alongside with the cores and in some high-end processors can add additional thread per core for more pleasant experience.
The compatibility of the motherboard is crucial for all the components to work together even though all on its own it does not have any impact on gaming performance. Motherboards can be different in so many levels such as overclocking CPU capabilities, size (ATX, ITX, or MATX. This means that the smaller the motherboard is the fewer slots for hardware such as RAM are there.
Graphic Card (GPU)
We came to the part that is crucial for building a PC that is capable of tackling any game. If you open any game, the GPU analyses the game and all the information given takes that information and renders the actual graphics that you are seeing. That is why it is considered as the most important element of the gaming PC.
Even being so important element of the PC built, it still cannot function without CPU. There are few spec information to look for such as clock speed and VRAM in order to get what you want. Try not to put anything lower than GDDR6 and depending on the usage try to go from 6GB higher.
Most of the gaming performance is affected by RAM. It is directly connected to your CPU, so if you buy high-end GPU it will be slowed down if connected with low RAM memory. Higher RAM memory means that you will be able to tackle more complexed features and games. Go for at least DDR4 RAM memory and the bare minimum of 4GB. This has a big impact since the most important thing about RAM is quantity, so the bigger the better.
Storage (HDD or SSD)
This is not a crucial part for gaming and it cannot affect the gaming performance directly. However, it can affect the storage capacity and speed. SSD storages are more modern and high-performance components as well as more expensive, as for the HDD is more used for quantity.
You can put both storage units (SSD and HDD) and put your most-used apps and features (windows, games) on the more modern SSD which will boost your performance and keep everything else on the HDD.
Power Supply Unit (PSU)
Choosing the right PSU is a simple process as long as you follow some basic rules such as:
- Must be from a reputable manufacturer
- Make sure you have enough wattage to power you’re all the components
- Efficiency is also very important which is why you have to choose 80+ rating
The case is a variable thing and it depends on the components you choose, make sure you buy a modern case with stable cooling.
These are some of the basic rules for building your PC. The process is not that hard, it just requires a bit of knowledge in order to combine the right components.
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