Gaming is one of the most resource-demanding tasks you can do on a computer. Modern games are packed with incredible details such as HDR, 3D, active physics, and high fidelity surround sound to make the gaming experience enjoyable and the images sharp and crisp even on large led screens. This is all good, but it means that gaming computers must pack a lot of processing power to run games smoothly at full specs.
If you’re new to pc gaming, you might be wondering where to begin; do you buy one of those 1000+-dollar rigs, or build your own hardware from scratch. Custom building your own rig is, of course, a much cheaper option, but buying a ready-made rig saves you the time and trouble of sourcing and assembling the components yourself. Either way, you need to know the key features to look out for in a gaming computer.
The central processing unit (CPU) or processor is the beating heart of any computer. The CPU determines the overall performance of a machine. The rule of thumb when selecting a CPU is going for the one that gives the best performance for your budget. Look at features like the number of cores, multi-threading, overclocking, cache, speed, and of course, motherboard compatibility.
Memory size is the next thing you need to consider. Generally, the more memory you have, the better the performance. Currently, at least looking at the most popular triple-A titles and MMOs, 16 GB of memory is just about enough. You can go for 32 GB if you want to run heavy applications while gaming.
The GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), dictates the machine’s video performance. When it comes to the graphics card, it’s really a matter of how far you want to take your gaming experience. Various product tires have different features and price points. For the basic or standard gaming experience, a GPU capable of rendering HD quality images at a reasonable FPS (30+) without lowering or disabling any graphics features is good to go. If you’re prepared to pay the price, you can have UHD performance, VR, 3D support, high FPS, and even multiple displays.