Building the ultimate gaming PC can be a challenge. There are a wide variety of specifications needed to develop a computer that will be able to host the desired games. That means good graphics, minimal loading time, and the capacity to store more than one game on the machine. Here are some recommended specifications and other useful information to take into account when developing a great gaming computer.
This is a key component for a game to run successfully on the machine. The processor will come with two important specifications that should be noted. The first is the number of core, this number ranges from two to six, and the second is the clock speed, which will be expressed in gigahertz. In general, the higher both of these two numbers equals better. As a note, the vast majority of games will run extremely well on a quad core processor. Many gamers also agree that
2GHz and above will be enough to run most games without significant lag time.
This is the part of the computer where all of the pieces are hooked together. The most important thing to note when selecting on is that it is compatible with all the other parts that have been selected for the computer. It is a good idea to check the website of the motherboard for a full list of compatibility specs, as problems with compatibility are very common. A motherboard that is covered by a warranty is also a good idea.
The motherboard should have a modern chipset, such as a Z68, support for IRT, CPU unlocking (which can sometimes enable a gamer to take advantage of additional core on some processors), onboard USB, and SLI/CrossFireX support at a minimum. This part can also come with a range of accessories depending on personal budget.
The Video Graphics Card
This is the part of the computer that is designed to display the high resolution graphics that come with most games. Many people, even gaming enthusiasts, find that the various specifications that come with video graphics cards to be very confusing. When video graphics cards are advertised, the four important numbers typically touted are the core clock, the shader clock, memory frequency, and VRAM, which is the amount of memory the video card works with. The VRAM can range anywhere from 256MB to 1GB.
While these numbers may offer some insight the capacity of the video graphics card, most gamers will find much more useful information by reading the popular reviews of the different cards. There are several sites that put each graphics card through rigorous tests and can give quality performance reviews for the cards based on the types of games they are used for.
Fortunately, one of the benefits to modern technology is that upgrading to the needed amount of RAM to successfully run games is not the hassle it was just a few years ago. A computer with 4GB of RAM should have plenty of memory to successfully run games. Those who are very serious and want to be prepared for the future can go ahead and get 8GB to have more than enough. Most professionals and gamers agree that the number of GB is much more significant than MHz spec offered.
A more sophisticated hard drive is going to lead to faster load times, which can be significant in certain games. There are two options, a standard hard disc drive and a solid state drive. The solid state drive tends to be much faster and have fewer parts, but is also more expensive. One recommended combination is to get a moderately sized SSD, around 128GB for the operating system, and get a large HDD, around 1 terabyte to store everything else. Using the SSD for the currently used game will decrease load times significantly and the HDD will be fine for supporting other games and other storage.
The cooling system can be critical to a machine being used for gaming because overheating can be damaging. Make sure that any case bought for a personally built computer contains ample space for a cooling fan. Even a fan as low as 80 mm should be enough to do the job, but do not skip the part all together.
The PSU needs to be compatible with the specs on the graphics card and other high tech parts. Once the rest of the parts have been selected, the gamer should check with an expert or conduct plenty of research to determine how much power, measured in WATTS, will be needed. A poor quality PSU can damage parts. It is important to note that two PSU with identical voltage can still offer different quality output, so reviews are critical.
Successfully building or finding the perfect PC for gaming can take considerable research and experience, but the information above should get any gamer started on the right path.