While building your gaming PC, you must find how you enjoy playing games, what budget can be allocated to buying that PC and how long that PC can provide support. These are the three key points you must take into consideration before buying a gaming PC. However, in this article, we will be talking about 10 things you must keep in mind before buying any Gaming PC.
10 Tips Before Buying any Gaming PC
1.Allocating the Budget
The most important thing is the price, no matter how you dream of enjoying your video games. The more luxurious your needs, such as 4k gaming at 60 FPS, the costlier the system can become. So, before choosing what to buy, allocating a specific budget is more important. The allocated budget will determine what can be bought, which parts to choose from and what type of gaming you are looking for. For example, a gaming PC, for moderate gaming at low to medium in-game settings, can cost starting from around $700 to $1,000.
On the other hand, high-end gaming which will let you play all the current games at ultra-settings then you should have a budget of more than $2,000. However, it doesn’t matter whether or not you are looking at playing on ultra-settings, what matter is can you afford it. On the plus side, currently, high-end graphics cards can be bought on a reasonable price, for example, GeForce GTX 1080 which beats TITAN X in gaming performance but has a cost cut off by 70%.
Therefore, before choosing what to buy you must start of by allocating a budget. After setting up the budget, comes the hardest thing to do is to choose the best parts for building a gaming PC in that budget. You have to do a lot of research and compare lots of products before buying it.
2.Starting with the Core of the PC
The processor is the most valuable part of the gaming PC. This will also determine the motherboard. Currently, there is 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake processors are in the market, also there are AMD Ryzen’ octa-core processors. Sticking to the 7th generation processors, in case of Intel and buying a DDR4 motherboard is the right decision to make to ensure long-term gaming. You can go for the unlocked processors which gives you an extra boost including overclocking, but they might come with higher prices. If you want to play games as a professional, choosing Core i7 or AMD’s Ryzen processors is a good choice to go for.
If you want a high-end processor for intense gaming performance, there is Core i7 6950x. I wouldn’t recommend going for the Core i3, cause after one or two years you will have to change it if you want to get along with the new releasing AAA games.
Moreover, the overclocked CPUs also requires CPU coolers, where there are two different options, one the old-fashioned fan cooling and the other liquid cooling. I wouldn’t recommend liquid cooling for a budget-friendly setup and if you are not looking for extreme prolonged hours gaming.
As I have said before, the processor will determine the type of the motherboard. The 7th generation Intel processors give support to DDR4 motherboards. However, there is a long list to choose from while choosing the motherboard as there are many different companies making motherboards of different sizes having different features. Compact ATX motherboards can become a problem as it will heat up faster compared to general ATX motherboards.
In the end, it depends on you, how many RAM slots do you need (most of the gaming motherboards support up to 64 GB of RAM), how many GPU you want to input (CrossFire or SLI) and the extra other features such as USB 3.1 or 3.0, built-in sound cards, quality of the board, SATA or SATA express, M.2 for internally mounted SSD etc. These features will surely up the price of the motherboard, however, it depends on what features you need and what features you can afford.
The graphics card is the heart of all gaming computers. The higher the resolution of the monitor, the more powerful graphics card you will need. Also, the factor of what types of games you want to play has to be considered. If you are looking for playing all the new releases and also the games that will be released in the next few years, then you are looking at a price tag which is costlier than the processor.
As I have mentioned before, the current cost for gaming GPUs has dropped with the new additions of graphics cards in the market, choosing a good graphics card will become easier and budget friendly. When GPU is considered, we always see the clash between Nvidia and AMD. If you are looking for the best budget-friendly build, then I would recommend considering AMD RX series. They also support CrossFire which can be useful if you want to update your PC in the future. However, if you are looking for better and high-end gaming, Nvidia’s 10 series is best to go for. In modern best gaming builds are incomplete without GeForce GTX 1080.
5.Random Access Memory
RAM is one of the most important part of the CPU. I would advise keeping 8 GB DDR4 RAM at the starting of your PC build, and if you have enough money left after finishing the build, you can upgrade it to as high as 64 GB. For high end gaming, 16 GB is enough. Also, the frequency of the RAM is also important for professional gamers.
Nowadays, gamers are considering using one SSD alongside the HDD. However, SSDs can be costly but will give you considerably higher speed in transferring and loading data. On the other hand, if you consider HDD, you will get very large memory size at a cheaper price. As of a recommendation, if you are budget is low, there is no need to go for SSDs but for a moderate budget having a 256 GB SSD alongside your 1 or 2 TB HDD can be very beneficial. The games you will be playing now can be stored in the SSD for faster load and the HDD can be used for backup.
Furthermore, other than this two types there are Hybrid Hard Drives which blends HDD with SSD. Here the volume can be as big as HDDs and also can support SSD like faster boot but not as fast. Nonetheless, while writing new data the hybrid will act like an ordinary HDD.
With the deduction of TDP of the graphics cards, a benefit of their new architecture, and processors, modern gaming PCs do not require that much high-powered power supply. Low budget gaming PCs, running at full power will use less than 300W. For overclocked CPUs 500W power supply should be more than enough. While considering what power supply to buy, there many different options in the market. To ensure ab good build power supply there is a voluntary certification program 80 Plus, which comes in Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum each giving higher and better efficiency in energy consumptions respectively.
Choosing the right case depends on the size of the motherboard, the CPU coolers and GPU. Here you can aim for the looks and choose a cooler according to your taste. Better cases come with good USB 3.0 or above plugs in the front, better power and restart buttons, audio output plug, room and structure for better air circulation and places to put up CPU fans. For liquid cooling CPU, cases can also be different. Here I would recommend to look for a budget-friendly one and use the excess money elsewhere in building your CPU for example RAMs.
With the case the CPU is finished. Now is the time for buying the right monitor. For low budget build gaming CPU, a 1366X768 resolution monitor will do fine. However, for moderate gaming I would recommend a monitor with a resolution of 1920X1080 (21.5”) or you can go for the 24” monitor with a resolution of 1980X1200. If you are looking for an extreme setup try putting two or three LED monitors side by side for the ultimate gaming experience. There is also the respond time to consider where some monitors can have response time of 1ms to 8ms. Monitors with lower response time will not let you feel the slightest delay while gaming.
10.Inputs, outputs and controls
The main body is done. Now those that are left are the audio system, keyboard, mouse and if you consider a more comfortable gaming, a controller. For the audio system, 2:1 can be bought as a cheaper option. However, my recommendation is 4:1 or higher for the best gaming experience. As for the keyboard, make sure to buy a gaming keyboard with as much as low response time and higher keystrokes and same goes for the mouse.
Other accessories like, mouse pads, headphones, are the options for better and more comfortable gaming experience. Finally, if you consider having a controller, an Xbox controller will do fine with Windows PCs. However, if you have a Bluetooth receiver you can opt for the Dualshock 4 controller (PS4 controller).
The main part of building a gaming PC is to choose a budget and then buying parts making the best use of it. It must be taken into consideration, that buying a gaming PC can be costly.The development in the PC gaming industry is very fast which means the PC that has been bought now might not provide good support for games that are going to come out after 2 or 3 years. If you take things hastily and start off with a lower budget and spending it without thinking about the future. Then within 1 or 2 years, you might have to spend the same amount again on upgrading your PC.
So, if you are willing to buy a good gaming PC and if you don’t have any plans for spending a high amount of money in upgrading it in the next 4-5 years. Then try to have a starting good budget and aim for the next gen motherboard, processor. Which will give you long-term support in the rest of the parts can be upgraded later down the road. For example, adding one or two more RAMs, buying a new graphics card if you have started with a moderate one etc.