Video games have been a key reason to buy computers since the early nineties. Yet where once games were seen as an accessory for computers, today many people buy a computer with the sole purpose of only using it for gaming. This has led to a whole industry focused on specialized computers designed to run the highest quality games.
A gaming computer is a good investment because it lets you enjoy new and upcoming video games. Developers are continuously pushing the boundaries of their games by providing more content and better environments. But this makes them more graphically demanding. Just last year, Cyberpunk 2077 and Doom Eternal were released — games with the most cutting-edge visuals.
You can always get a pre-built gaming PC. There’s a vast selection of computers for gamers now made by brands like Dell Alienware, MSI, and HP, that cover everything from entry-level devices to high-end dedicated gaming computers. But as a gamer, you need a rig that can meet your requirements, from fast processing speeds to powerful GPUs (more on that later), and many find that building their own PC is the better option. It gives you more opportunities to customize your rig, and it’s also cheaper. So, if you’re looking to build your gaming computer, here are the parts you’ll need:
The Components of a Gaming Computer
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The CPU is the first thing you’ll want to look for when building your PC. You’ll want to choose a CPU with a high core and clock count. The more cores your CPU has, the more actions it can execute simultaneously. A higher clock speed, on the other hand, increases the number of cycles your CPU can execute per second. Both of these improve the efficiency of your processor.
One good option is the AMD Ryzen 5900X, with 12 cores and a 3.7 GHz base clock. For a cheaper alternative, you can opt for the Intel Core i5 11600K, with 6 cores and a 3.9 GHz base clock. While it doesn’t match the Ryzen 5900X, it’s still an efficient and affordable choice.
2. Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
Your GPU helps with processing visuals onto the monitor, and you have two types to choose from: an integrated GPU or a discrete GPU. Integrated GPUs come attached to your CPU already, but their performance is often limited. So, you’ll want to shop for a discrete GPU, which is attached to your computer separately.
Some good options include Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Ti and the AMD Radeon RX 6800.
3. Memory (RAM)
The RAM stores all the data that’s currently being processed by the CPU. So, the more efficient your RAM, the faster your computer will execute commands. RAM comes with different capacities, but as a rule of thumb, the higher its gigabyte capacity, the better it is at storing active data. The more RAM you have, the faster your computer will be.
Some good options for you are the Corsair Vengeance LED and G. Skill Trident Z RGB, both with a 16GB capacity. And for the more budget-friendly option, you can opt for the Kingston HyperX Fury, which comes in capacities ranging from 4GB to 32GB.
4. Storage Device
For storage devices, you have a choice between a solid-state drive (SSD) and a hard disk drive (HDD). Though both function in mostly the same way, the biggest difference between an SSD and an HDD is its speed. SSDs are generally much faster. Additionally, an HDD has moving mechanical parts, which may lead to its slower rate.
So, if you’re looking for a good SSD, some of the best in the market are the Addlink S70, WD Black SN750, and the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB. All of these boost your computer’s current storage, making it easier for you to download huge game files.
5. Cooling Unit
You’ll also need a cooling unit. Because the more work your processor does, the more it generates heat. And that can cause your unit to overheat.
Generally, there are two types of cooling systems for computers: case cooling systems and CPU cooling systems. Case cooling systems come in the form of fans, while CPU cooling systems are devices attached to the central processor. Both are handy in keeping your computer’s temperature down, but take note that some CPUs already come in with a built-in cooler.
The best computer monitors project video games with the best image quality. Some even have 4K displays, which is the best resolution for monitors. When choosing a monitor, make sure it fits your preferences and fits your allotted space for the computer.
Some of the best monitors on the market are the LG 27GN950-B and Gigabyte G27Q. Both have a 27-inch screen, but the LG is known for being the most responsive 4K gaming monitor. For the more affordable option, there’s the Pixio PX277 Prime, with a 27-inch screen and a 1440p resolution.
7. Input Devices
Input devices are your mouse, keyboard, joystick, microphone, and any other device you can use to navigate the computer. The basic ones you’ll want are a keyboard and mouse.
If you’re not a fan of tapping keys, consider getting a quiet gaming keyboard, like the Logitech G915 TKL or the Steelseries Apex Pro. As for your gaming mouse, one of the best choices is the Razer Deathadder V2. It has six buttons and is the best for different hand sizes. There’s also the Logitech G203 Lightsync, with five buttons and is the cheapest, but most efficient gaming mouse on the market.