All You Need To Know Before Building a Gaming PC
A gamer is a person who plays interactive games, especially video game.
In this modern world gaming has become a important part of youth specially those who don’t want to interact with people around them.
Gaming can be done on various platforms such as A “PlayStation”, “An XBOX” or a “GAMING PC”.
Though it is known to all Gaming Pc is everyone’s favorite and it is true that it is better than every other platform.
So today lets talk about all you need to know before a building one.
So I would be listing components based on best rated and budget oriented. Let’s first know PC parts list you will need:
- Processor (CPU)
- Motherboard (MOBO)
- Graphic Card (GPU)
- Memory (RAM)
- Storage (SSD or HDD)
- Power Supply Unit (PSU)
- PC Case
Now, let’s walk you through each one.
The processor or simply a CPU is the brain of your computer. It is second most important component in terms of gaming performance just behind GPU and most important thing in terms of creating content. Also in some games CPU may be more important for getting fps like those of first person shooters for getting high FPS.
The most important things in a processor are its clock speed, cores, and threads.
I won’t waste your much time in explanation of these just you should know that clock speed is measure of processing speed in gigahertz (GHz).
Threads are used to correspond to cores.
For a simple sake of information you should know that a quad core 3 GHz CPU from 2012 has different performance than a quad core 3 GHz CPU of 2019
So there are two market-holders in present time in terms of CPU manufacturing.
- Intel Processors- These are knows for their stronger single-core performance, making them particularly suited for gaming.
- AMD Processors- These are known for their stronger multi-core performance, making them ideal for multitasking. Though in recent years they have advanced so much in terms of gaming scenario.
So, lets list some best processors out there based on benchmark scores from benchmarks.ul.com
- AMD Ryzen 9 3950x
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960x
- Intel Core i9 10980x
- AMD Ryzen 9 3900x
- Intel core i9 9960x
- Intel core i9 7980x
- Intel core i9 7960x
- Intel core i9 9900KS
- Intel core i9 9940x
- Intel core i9 7940x
So these were one of the best flagship processors out there in market. Now I’m gonna list some budget processors in market or you can say mid-range.
- Intel Core i5-9400f
- Intel core i3–8100
- AMD Ryzen 3 1200
- AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
- AMD Ryzen 3 1300x
- Intel core i7 2600
- Intel core i5 8400
- AMD Ryzen 5 1600
- Intel Core i7 3770
- Intel core i5 7500
Graphics Card (GPU)
Let’s know its working in a very simple way. So let’s take example of many person’s favorite Fortnite. The CPU is keeping track of what the players are doing on map , where they are, what they are shooting at, even it is not visible to you. The GPU takes this information and renders actual graphics at resolutions and settings given under in game settings.
So let’s list down best GPUs out there in market.
- RTX 2080ti
- RTX 2080 super
- RTX 2070 super
- RX 5700 XT
- RX 5700
- RTX 2060 super
- RX 5600 XT
- RTX 2060
- GTX 1660 super
- GTX 1650 super
OK now I’m gonna list best budget GPUs which are also not less than beast
- Nvidia GTX 1650 super
- AMD RX 580
- GTX 1050 ti
- GT 1030
- GTX 1660
- AMD RX 570
After picking up your CPU and GPU let’s talk a little about motherboard. The main difference between a low-end motherboard and high-end motherboard is overclocking abilities.
After checking up the compatibility the thing which matters is buying from a reputable manufacturer. Gigabyte, Asus, MSI, EVGA, ASRock are highly recommended.
One thing to be noted is that motherboards have least effect on gaming performance though a gamer will always want a gaming motherboard. It’s totally up to you what you really want.
Random Access Memory (RAM)
It is third most important component after CPU and GPU which affects your gaming performance. It is directly attached to your CPU so it is gonna affect your CPU performance.
DDR4 ram is highly recommended only because DDR3 is slower and will be of no use.
What matters is the quantity. The more RAM you have, the better system would be at managing multiple applications.
4GB- Light gaming.
8GB- Great for medium gaming and multitasking.
16GB- Just one word “Enough”.
32GB- Serious production or show off kinda thing.
You can purchase ram from any good reputed company such as “Corsair”, “Kingston”, “Samsung”.
SSD or HDD
SSD or solid state drive, is a storage drive with no moving parts that makes it faster and better than HDD also very much expensive.
For quality get SSD, For quantity get HDD, if affordable “Get Both”.
“Crucial”, “Seagate”, “Transcend”, “Samsung” are one of the best SSD/HDD manufacturers.
Power Supply Unit (PSU)
Not much explanation is needed for PSU is needed I am explaining you in basic steps.
Must be sure about how much power supply is needed fir your GPU. Generally it is listed on GPU but crosscheck once from wattage calculator on internet.
It is highly suggested that prefer buying PSU with 80+ certification.
Again buy only from reputable brand such as “Corsair”, “EVGA”, “SeaSonic”.
It is the simplest thing to decide. At first choose size that matches you motherboard. After it be sure it has enough space for your GPU. ATX and MATX cases are generally OK. Also be sure it has support for USB3 headers.
It must have a proper cooling setup. Like enough space for fans and vents.
OK for now you are done with your basic build, let’s talk about OS, Mouse, Keyboard, Gaming Monitor.
- Operating System- Just get Windows 10 because old operating system are not getting support from Microsoft.
- Mouse and Keyboard- “Razer” and “Logitech” are the best manufacturers for mouse and for keyboard you can go with “AntEsports”, “Logitech” and “Corsair”.
- Gaming Monitor- A monitor with 1080p and 144hz refresh rate is highly recommended though can go with 1440p or 4k with refresh rate of 144/240hz or 60hz respectively depending totally upon you budget.
You can purchase gaming monitor from “BenQ”, “MSI” , “LG”, “Dell, “Asus” or “Samsung”.
Check out tutorials on building a gaming PC if you don’t have any idea about it.