PC Gaming Desktop 101

So you’re tired of playing on a console that offers a set processor and you can’t upgrade it. Or maybe you want a more powerful system that runs games perfectly on at least 60 frames per second, unlike the console. So why not switch to a PC?

There has been a few speculations on why PC might not be the best fit for some of the gamers out there. One, some gamers have grew up playing on a console all their lives and haven’t got out of that box (Unfortunately, I fall into this category…). Two, a decent PC gaming desktop tends to run on the expensive side, costing at least twice as much for a console. On top of that, a PCs’ average lifespan is a few years and even if it can make it past that, it’ll be time to upgrade it into a more powerful computer. Three, a PC doesn’t really fit into being a gaming accessory for some. It’s built more for work than play.

Today, PC gaming has been exposed a lot more than previous years since gaming now has integrated more power and high tech to show off their graphic capabilities. Now, it is recommended to switch to a PC since you have more freedom to customize and build your PC to run your games to the maximum setting.

In order to get the best results out of your PC, you need to know the some of the inner workings of a computer. The more you know these components, the better decisions you can make in terms of purchasing a PC or PC parts for gaming. I made this post for those who have no idea what to look for in a gaming PC and how to differentiate it between a productive PC and a gaming PC.

CPU (Central Processing Unit)

This is where your processor is stored. It is a single chip that gathers all the data and information from an app you’re running, decodes the data, and executes its command. On a general scale, it is important to consider what kind of processor it needs for productivity, but for gaming, it is crucial to have this checked out. A lot of the processors’ famous brands are the Intel Cores i3, i5, i7, or  i9 (the higher the number, the more powerful it is) and the AMD/AMX brand. 

The CPU also comes in a number of cores, individual stations located in the processor chip that carry out the main work (decoding, executing, collecting data, calculate, etc.). A processor can have 2 (dual-core), 4 (quad-core), etc. all the way up to 8 cores. Obviously, the more cores the processor has, the quicker the data can be decoded and be executed, thus making the computer faster and able to run more apps at once.

You also need to judge the clock speed on the CPU, that is measured in GHz (gigahertz). To run your apps, the CPU is constantly having to complete the calculations when you use an app, so having a CPU with higher voltage and clock speed (GHz) will make calculations quicker and apps will run smoother and faster.

So putting all this together, what kind of CPU will you need to buy for gaming? If you’re looking for a gaming PC that’ll run Fortnite at the highest setting, find a powerful processor (At least an Intel Core i5-7400) with at least a quad-core and a minimum of 2.0 GHz. Recent games like Red Dead Redemption 2 or Shadows of the Tomb Raider will need a more powerful CPU. If you’re looking for a specific game and want to know what kinds of specs you need, go to the system requirement’s lab website and check it out!

Memory

This piece of hardware, also known as RAM, is the “expedited” space where the CPU can access and calculate data really quickly. The more space, the more data can be calculated quickly, thus more data can be executed. 

So if you see a game that requires 4 GB of RAM and your computer can run only 2 GB of RAM, your gaming will not go smooth or it won’t be playable at all. It’s like saying you’re working at Pizza Hut (COMPUTER) and you have a customer (GAME) who wants a whole pizza (RAM REQUIREMENT) and your oven (RAM) can only make half a pizza at a time, your customer won’t be happy, first of all, but most importantly, you’ll make him/her wait twice as long. So if you like to wait for the game to load twice as long or have pictures really choppy because of half the speed it executes, then you’ll be miserable as a gamer.

In gaming, a lot of data is needed, so having at least 8 GB of RAM is the minimum. But I would recommend getting a 16 GB RAM, since that can run almost all games plus multitasking like browsing on the internet or video streaming. 32 GB of RAM is a bit excessive but it doesn’t hurt to have extra space of memory in your computer. Again, check out the system requirement’s lab to check out the gaming specs requirement of each game.

Graphics Card

If you want your computer to display dazzling visuals on the computer screen, then it is essential to get the correct graphics card that’s powerful enough to display them.

Nvidia, ATI and Intel are the top three graphics card makers so far. I recommend getting both Nvidia and ATI, since Intel integrates their graphics card into their computer brand only and they really don’t sell the graphics card itself.

Hard Drive

This is where you store your games and apps. If you download and install a game into your computer, it goes directly into the hard drive and takes up space in your storage. 

There are two types of hard drives: HDD (Hard Disk Drive) and SSD (Solid State Drive). HDD are less expensive and is able to hold and back up storage data, but they tend to download a lot slower than SSD. SSD is energy friendly and writes & transfers data faster. The lifespan of a SSD is longer too. However, they are more expensive per Gigabyte of storage. So if you’re running low on cash, get the HDD.

If you buy a computer that has 1 TB of hard drive, then you can probably fit 10-15 games into storage. If you want more stored, then you need to buy an external hard drives to store them. I recommend getting a 4 TB SSD hard drive so that you can store a lot of games. If you don’t have the luxury to buy more storage, you can always erase your game and download new ones. Just don’t cry to me when you find out all your saved files have been deleted when you re-download the game.

The Motherboard

For those of you who like to upgrade or are interested in building your PC, having the right motherboard that’ll fit all your chips and RAMs is something you cannot overlook. 

For upgrading, try and find a prebuilt PC that has the upgradable option, where you can open the desktop itself and have access to the motherboard. Make sure you double check the motherboard specs and the number of ample slots it has so that you can pre-plan what you can upgrade and what components you can buy. 

Same thing goes for building. Get a motherboard to your liking! Check out the number of slots you can install like processors, RAM, ample slots for your graphics cards, cooling openings, hard drives, dimensions, etc.. 

Post a comment down below if I am missing anything or if you want me to add more stuff!!

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