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Building a nice gaming PC will take a little effort. You should expect this.
As on-line games get more ground-breaking in terms of graphical fidelity, hardware requirements increase exponentially. A computer purchased a couple of years ago will eventually have some trouble running the newest in PC games in the highest settings. To get the best computer gaming experience, players desire a computer designed with the idea that it will last a long time in your mind. As hardware prices start coming down, constructing a computer gaming console is most definitely within your means nowadays.
Here we go:
1. Choose a gaming case to accommodate the system. This is essentially the “tower” that holds all the hardware in. You can go for style or for basic functionality, depending on your budget. The only thing to target with computer towers will be its “form factor”, as I like to call it.
The form factor would be the size and shape of what you have going on; basically how everything is supposed to fit inside, and corresponds with the size the motherboard used. You have to do a little research here based on which motherboard you will buy, but you will be OK (it’s not hard).
The most popular form factor is ATX mid-tower. This could fit the size of most motherboards out there available in the market today.
2. Find a motherboard of matching form with the way your tower was selected before. Get a motherboard that gives a multitude of expansion slots for add-on components, and has now the correct socket type for your intended CPU build.
Mount the motherboard using the included screws and mounting posts. Attach the AC cables from the power supply to your motherboard.
3. Select a processor that will fit the motherboard socket type. Notice now that we are pretty much building a Lego set here. Everything simply needs to fit in place. People start making computer-building a complex process when things like power consumption, efficiency, etc. come to play. But it can be simplified by just putting pieces together.
Generally, users find the motherboard and processor in tandem, so that the socket style matches. The CPU is probably the key hardware component that determines the capabilities of the gaming system. Buy as high-end of any processor as possible (I try to go for i5 processors, but others like i7 for longevity. AMD CPUs are alright too) that I can manage to spend on. Insert the processor in the CPU socket in the motherboard. Obviously you will have to do this later on when you actually put the hardware together.
4. Add memory to the computer. The amount of RAM — random access memory — is a factor that has a direct impact to gaming performance because of how many things videogames have to store at any given time. In its most simple explanation, RAM is used to hold data while a videogame processes. The more you have (16GB and up), the more your system can hold and the less your CPU has to do “re-processing” some things.
In the situation where your memory count is reasonable, add the maximum amount of RAM as your budget allows. Put the RAM in to the memory slots with the motherboard.
5. Choose a graphics card with the PC. The graphics card will be the single most essential part of the system if you are trying to get the best video quality for your games. Today’s games are intensive with their graphics.
Find a graphics card that has incredible graphic rendering capabilities and a solid video RAM (memory). The two industry leaders are NVIDIA and AMD (the Radeon series comes to mind).
Place inside the graphics card in a PCI Express slot for the motherboard.
6. Get a hard disk drive for the machine that offers hasty data access and ample storage area. The harddrive plays a decent role for things, not necessarily for gaming but for the system as a whole. Since it is the one holding all the data, the faster your hard drive (think Solid State Drives), the quicker it can access your files. The faster a pc can access data on the hard drive, the quicker the performance.
Select a model that has speeds of about 7,200 rpm using a SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface. Or, if you have a nice budget, get a good 500GB Solid State Drive in there and watch how fast you can open files, whether it be videos, programs, or games on Steam. Escalate the hard drive on the drive bay with the computer case and connect the SATA cable and strength cable to your drive.
7. Add a sound card towards the PC. This might not be required as a lot of motherboards already come with it. Still, you might want to double check; otherwise, you will not hear any sounds while playing games!
A lot of users decide to stick using the built-in audio capabilities with the motherboard. Serious gamers should have an add-on sound card. Not only does an add-on audio card supply a superior audio experience, what’s more, it frees up the CPU to aid minimize the stress on the device. If you have a decent sound system with speakers and a subwoofer, definitely get a sound card. I have one set up with my favorite gaming headset, and everything sounds amazing in games like Battlefield 4.
Pop from the sound card in a available PCI slot for the motherboard.
8. Buy a sizable LCD monitor. Gaming is essentially a visual experience. Having a large and quality monitor with a quick response time, high contrast ratio and full 1080p (or 4k if you are into that) resolution video enhances that experience. Connect the monitor for the graphics card with the back on the computer case.
9. Build up an optical DVD drive within the drive bay (optional) and fix the drive cables. As a final point, connect the mouse, keyboard and speakers. These components are less critical to the computer, so choosing inexpensive options can conserve some money.
I hope this guide has helped some people build the perfect computer for video gaming needs. Definitely hit me up (via the comments below) if you have any questions or comments. I would be honored to help!
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