PC gaming can be quite fun and just like consoles is a form of gaming that has always been readily available. It is fair to say that at one time the PC was not the best platform to play games, but as technology moved on and the processing power increased, graphics cards improved and RAM and storage devices increased in size, the PC became the gaming system that had true power. The only problem with PC gaming is that it can be quite daunting to find that perfect machine to either buy or build.
You’ll notice there, I say build, because yes part of the fun of PC gaming can actually be putting together your own machine. The PC is a versatile machine that that can be upgraded all the time, and mostly just a small component. When new graphics cards come out or you have the need for more memory it’s just a case of pulling out the old one and slotting in the new.
Choosing the Right Machine
The only thing that will hold you back when choosing the right PC is the budget. You have to decide just how much you want to pay, for example if you have enough money why not just buy an Alienware PC? They build machines specifically for gaming, all you have to do is state what you want in the machine itself. The bigger your budget the better the machine.
If you want to build your own machine then the first thing to look at is the processor, if you want to play graphically intensive games like first person shooters then if your budget supports it then it’s probably best to aim for an Intel Core i7 chip, with that you will need to pick a suitable motherboard to fit it into. This should be easily selectable when buying the chip. When looking at the motherboard make sure you also look at how upgradable the board is as it’s the main part of the computer next to the CPU and you’ll want it to last. An example of something to look at in this respect would be the type of memory that is supported, and just how high the capacity can go to. If you look are looking at a board for example that only allows 4GB? Then this is one not to buy. It will also need to be DDR3 too at least.
The graphics card is something that can be quite the money eater, but it can also be the beast that truly makes your games look special. You’ll also need to make sure that your motherboard supports the card that you have chosen. There are some amazing cards coming out at the moment but they also cost as much as a PC in themselves so don’t go crazy, and also remember the amount of power they’ll pull out of the system too.
For storage you’ll need something fast, and this will probably mean a combination of a good hard drive and SSD drive. Placing the operating system on SSD at least will improve the performance of the PC so that you can get the best out of it. If you are on a cheaper budget though and want to save a little money, SSD is probably something you can put on the backburner for now, and purchase later as an upgrade. It’s best to look in terms of terrabytes for hard disk size though, the bigger possible. Remember you’ll need somewhere to store all of your games.
In addition to the hardware remember the power supply. I’ve found that it’s best to make sure you go at a decent amount of power to safeguard your computer. You don’t want to put a strain on the machine so pick at least 500W, but it is a case of the more power the better, especially when you add more hardware to the machine. The most important thing is the budget you have, build your system based on what you can afford, even if you buy one you still have to budget. Get it right and you’ll have a PC that can make your games look better than any of this generations consoles, and maybe even rival the next generation. That’s probably pushing it though in truth.