PC game world will never fade away because it continuously gets new innovations and virtual interaction. Today, PC gamers are able to compete or work together, thanks to the online multiplayer option. Many famous game titles brought on game consoles originated on the PC. As long as the computer meets recommended hardware requirements, such games would run smooth, fast and providing utmost quality.
If we want to build a reliable gaming PC, there are some important components we need to have. Here are some important components or hardware that should fulfilled by a good gaming PC:
- The first component is processor. For supporting PC games, we have to use high specification processor. If we cannot fulfill the need, big chance the PC would run slow and it would be unable to bring proper quality.
- The next important component we have to fulfill it the RAM. Every computer needs this little chip to ensure that games run smoothly. Generally, we need to use 3GB or bigger to fulfill minimum requirements.
- Graphic card is the third component or hardware we have to use. Graphic card is the bread and butter of the PC gaming. It is suggested to fulfill optimum settings to ensure that the games run smoothly without lag. We need to adjust the display settings in-game to match the graphics card. However, it can be avoided by obtaining the recommended requirements.
- Last is the intercooler. Most PC gamers have to consider purchasing intercooler. This fan is necessary, especially if the computer will be used for countless hours. Intercoolers will help preventing the hardware from overheating when playing for an extended period of time, so there will be no change for expensive hardware to get damaged.
Many people are hesitate when talking about building a gaming PC. Most of them thought that a gaming computer is very expensive. Actually, building a gaming computer is easy and it can be less expensive. A custom-built computer is generally less expensive than one we would purchase off-the shelf. It is also tailored to our personal needs.
Here are some tips on how to build a reliable, custom gaming
- The first step is to check the system requirements of the PC games we want to play. Basically, we will need to buy the hardware for the games with the highest system requirements.
- Search for a good reputable retailer if we buy the hardware for our gaming computer. We need to read plenty of reviews not just for the store we will buy the hardware from, but also for the product itself.
- Buy CPU separately from the motherboard. If we think that we will upgrade the CPU in future, the motherboard should be able to take a faster CPU than the one we have chosen. Our motherboard should have multiple PCI upgrade slots, PCI express and AGP slot. We also have to ensure that the motherboard has as many USB ports as we will need for various devices, such as a mouse, a joystick and internet access point.
- Follow the instructions on the motherboard’s case before buying RAM. If the instruction says that we need 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DIMMs, of 1GB each, with 1333 of speed, 1066 or 800 MHz, it means we have to buy RAM which suits those specifications. If we buy the wrong RAM, we may find the computer failing to operate. Generally, we need at least 1 to 2 GB of memory to play most graphics-intensive games smoothly.
- Buy the largest and fastest hard drive we can afford. The most common option is SATA drive. Though the price is high, it is suggested to avoid SCSI drive because it does not offer much additional performance.
- Purchase a PCI Express video card if the motherboard supports the specification. Or, we can buy an AGP card. For gaming PC, we will want to at least get the graphics card that supports most demanding games. The most popular options are ATI Radeon and nVidia GeForce. Check and look for graphics memory, GPU speed and what version Pixel Shader the card supports.
- Find an audio card that fits our needs. If we want to play 3D games, we need a sound card which can process 3D sounds. We may need a special sound card for other devices, such as special headphones, MIDI devices, input devices or maybe special speakers.
- Choose a case that will house all the internal devices. We have to make sure that the case and the motherboard have the save form factor. Give attention to whether or not any of the internal devices have front-facing panels, as we will need to buy a case which can hold these. We will need a proper power supply to power the unit. We also need a CPU cooling fan if we have a fast processor.
- Buy a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. There are many combo drives we can find on the market. Whatever we do, make sure that we get a rewritable drive with plenty of speed. It helps us ensuring that the games we play run properly and we will be able to burn any files to disk.
- Select proper monitor. Whether we choose LCD or CRT, it is recommended to use large flat screen monitor. To improve the gaming sensation, we can try to use speaker systems with four or more speakers. We will also need a mouse and keyboard. We may also need a joystick, headphones, cable modem, a router and maybe a wireless access point if we want to play games on the internet. Moreover, do not forget to install original operating system to run the PC.
Finally, we can assemble the gaming PC. Start with installing the CPU, heat sink, fan and RAM on the motherboard. Install the power supply in the CPU case. Install the motherboard and then connect it to the power supply. Continue with any front-facing devices installation. Install cards in the upgrade sockets. Install the hard drive, CD-ROM drives. Connect peripheral devices just after all internal parts have been perfectly installed. Power the gaming PC and troubleshoot as necessary.