10 Tips For Building Your First Gaming PC

A guide to the best specs for your gaming PC

Determining the correct computer specifications depends on the situation, budget, game type, game modes (normal or maximum settings), and aesthetic preference.

. Compatible components help avoid stoppages and delays, and align your cooling strategy.

When choosing components, keep the overall budget in mind. Focus on your budget to get a system of compatible components with high gaming performance. You can’t buy one high-end device and save money on others. Components with lower performance will prevent others from overclocking.

If you want to play 4K, then always focus on the highest specifications, unless other requirements are specified.

CP / processor

Most games require a multithreaded load, and these threads must be distributed across the processor cores.  If the budget is small and you are not running games with maximum settings, then two cores will be enough.

Full HD requires a processor of at least 2.5 GHz. Modern processors are divided into i7 or i5, with the i7 being more powerful.

When trying to overclock, keep in mind that we are talking not only about an increase in power consumption, but also about an increase in the core temperature.  Before taking the very first step, you should check that the installed or target CPU is capable of overclocking, as the processor must be matched with a motherboard that also assists overclocking.

If the system is not overclocked, then the standard fans should work well. Consider the type of RAM, speed, volume, physical size, number of memory slots (slots) provided on the board and in the case of the intended computer. Consider the number of expansion slots and USB ports available to ensure that this number meets your requirements. Almost all boards have LAN ports, but for a wireless connection, you will need an appropriate port. Selected high quality motherboards have built-in wireless adapters.

It is not easy to install two video cards on one computer. Without the right drivers and software, this task is impossible. Dual graphics cards will provide more power, causing heat and noise, so consideration must be given to their effect on computer cooling and overall aesthetics.

Most motherboard sound cards are more than standalone. A separate map for games is rarely needed.

Each board has a unique design, so it is not possible to accidentally install the wrong type of RAM. Different types of memory differ physically.

The limit on the size of the installed memory depends on the number of memory slots on the board. Usually 16 GB is enough for games. Of course, if we are talking about multitasking, running virtual machines and other high loads, then we can talk about 32 GB.

Storage (hard / solid state drive)

For data storage, you can choose from a traditional hard drive or solid state drive. For a hard drive for gaming, choose a 7200 RPM device with 8 MB or 16 MB memory cache. The installed motherboard must have ATA, PATA or SATA interfaces. Generally a reasonable choice for gaming is 250-500GB of storage. Take a look at well-known brands. Quality is related to price, so any super-cheap hard drive may cause problems with other components.

If you need to reduce the read / write latency and speed up the loading of games, you should take a closer look at the solid state drive.  SSDs are more expensive than hard drives, so budget should be checked.

Video / graphics card

Since the graphics card supports gaming graphics, you will need a device to render images according to your selected display settings. The video card must have from 2 to 4 GB of internal memory and constantly confidently render at least 30-60 frames per second. Otherwise there will be visible delays. For virtual reality games, a video card with a characteristic of 90 frames per second is required. Otherwise, jerks will occur during movement.

Requirements can be reduced (depending on the refresh rate of your monitor), but in general a 1080p monitor requires a minimum of 4GB of memory.

In addition, you will need DirectX support for future development and automatic analysis of graphics quality. Make sure that the selected video card has a DVI output (if, of course, your monitor has such a connector). This is a high definition output. If you need to connect your computer to your TV, you need an HDMI connection (HDMI 2.0 for 4K). If installing dual monitors, you will need a card with multiple HDMI, DVI, or VGA connectors. And, of course, you should make sure that the power supply provides the video card with the required power supply. Additionally, you should consider the form factor of the video card. It must fit into the case.

To play in Full HD mode, a clock speed of 600 MHz is required. For 4K gaming, the advantages of installing two cards in tandem (SLI / Crossfire) can be considered, although this is of course already an advanced action.