Do you want to assemble your own gaming desktop but don?t know what components are right for you? Or maybe you just don?t know where to start? Then it is essential that you ask yourself these 5 questions before buying the parts.
Before we begin, I just want to stress out that this guide is for those who want to build a gaming desktop. If you are looking to assemble a PC for casual use like your home or office, then you are at the wrong place.
This is a just rough guide that will point out important things to consider before you decide on building your dream gaming desktop. This will not provide detailed information on which hardware you should choose, but rather aims to help you decide which components are right for you.
There sure is a lot of stuff to consider when building your desktop. But worry not; I have listed the most essential questions to ask for you.
1. How much is my budget?
This should always be the first and perhaps the most important question of all. How much are you willing to spend on your desktop? There is a big difference in performance between a $1000 and a $2000 desktop. Obviously, your budget will depend on what components you will buy. Unless you are growing money in your own backyard, then you must always ask yourself this question before proceeding.
For good measure, here?s a rough estimate on the type of desktop you?re building:
$1000 and below ? budget PC; most games are playable but may not perform well on some titles or you may result to lowering your resolution to improve game performance
$1000 to $1500 ? mid-range PC; will be good enough to play most games
$1500 and above ? high-end PC; expect to play any game without encountering any performance issues
2. What games and applications will I play/use?
What kinds of games and applications will you use the desktop for? Are you going to play graphic-intensive games like Crysis and Farcry? If yes, then you are probably looking for high-end components.
If you are planning to use video editing software, then you might also want to consider buying a better CPU or central processing unit.
3. What desktop resolution will I use?
Are you keeping your old monitor or planning to buy a new one? What desktop resolution do you plan to play with your games? This is actually a very important aspect to consider before buying parts particularly the graphics processing unit (GPU) as this will tell you how powerful your card should be. It is also vital to research the performance of the games at your preferred resolution. Different games may perform better on certain GPU?s, although models at the similar price range will tend to perform similarly.
4. How much RAM do I need?
RAM is not everything but it is important to know how much of it you need to run your favorite games. If you are running on a 32-bit Windows OS, only up to 3 GB of RAM can be read. Nowadays, most games will still run at 2 GB of RAM but I suggest a minimum of 4 GB for optimal performance. You can opt to go for more than 4 GB (up to 16 GB) if you?re running on a 64-bit OS, but normally going higher than 4 GB won?t offer much performance difference when it comes to gaming.
5. Do I plan to upgrade my desktop in the future?
This may seem unnecessary, but if you?re planning to upgrade your desktop in the future, then you might want to choose your components more carefully. You may want to start with the motherboard as this will also determine the other components. The type of CPU?AMD or Intel, GPU configuration?single card or SLI/Crossfire set-up, and type of RAM?DDR2/DDR3/DDR4 are all dependent on the motherboard.
If you are planning to overclock in the future, then you might also want to look for certain motherboard models as some offer better overclocking results and the same goes for CPU and RAM.
You might also want to look to invest in your desktop casing as some components may not fit inside a regular case. Most of the time, going for mid-tower casings will work, but in several high-end setups, some components?usually the motherboard and the GPU?will require a bigger casing.
Of course, there are a whole lot of other things to consider?the power supply unit, amount of storage, etc.?and it is essential for you to do your own research before choosing the components.
The PC hardware industry is fast evolving and what is good today might be forgotten in one year. Therefore, it is just imperative that you choose your components carefully.
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