What is a Gaming PC
I’m not a gamer, but I have always been interested in building a gaming PC. It seems like a pretty wild concept for someone like me, since PC gaming is so intensively controlled by hardware and software. In the end, I still want to find the best solution for my needs and I’m still not completely satisfied with what I have found so far.
I will try to break out of the trap of thinking about this article in terms of PC gaming and try to describe what a gaming PC really is, even though it is unfortunately misrepresented as such by some manufacturers. This is especially true given that at least some of the following products are marketed as “gaming PCs”:
• Hgrades Gaming Desktop
• Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming Motherboard
• Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming CPU
• Asus ROG Maximus VI Hero Motherboard
• Zotac AM3+ Intel Core i7-4790K Processor (8MB Cache)
These are all “Gaming PCs”, but they are all very different from each other. The most important thing we should consider when evaluating these products is that they should be able to play games (and maybe even more), since that is what users want: if you don’t believe me, try setting up a game on Steam (the biggest online distribution service for PC games). The more powerful these things can be made, the better they will be able to play games. So let’s take a look at some considerations when building them and see whether they are worth their price:
1) What kind of graphics card should they support? This is particularly important if you plan on playing modern games at high resolutions (e.g., 4K or above). For older titles, it isn’t too much of an issue as long as you can run them at low resolutions — but it does become an issue when you are designing such things because there are only two choices: Intel HD Graphics or Nvidia GeForce GT 740M/Geforce GTX 750 Ti/GeForce GTX 750 (which were previously called Geforce GT 640M). While Ivy Bridge has added support for NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M and AMD Radeon HD 7770 (specifically with OpenCL), there has been no additional specification for 384-bit memory bus widths since 2008. So unless your motherboard has support for 1GB or 2
Things to Consider When Buying a Gaming PC
When it comes to gaming PCs, you want a computer either for gaming or for your day-to-day needs. There are many things to consider when buying a PC and one of them is the budget.
This list of considerations may not be exhaustive, but these are some of the most important ones:
1) CPU – The CPU is the brain of your computer. It’s the main component which enables it to run programs, play games and basically do anything on a computer. The CPU is also what allows us to connect it all together in the first place (so if we buy a $2,000 desktop we will have to buy at least $2,000 worth of RAM, case and PSU). So choosing your CPU is paramount.
CPUs come in two flavors: Core i3/i5/i7/Xeon (dual core) CPUs or Core i7 CPUs (quad core). You can choose between quad and dual core chips, but don’t forget about their performance differences as well (which would be discussed later in this article). For now though, let’s focus on dual-core vs quad-core CPUs because that is where most of our money goes for our gaming rigs! With that in mind, here are some things to think about when purchasing an AMD or Intel processor:
AMD – When choosing an AMD processor you want something between the FX-4300 – 4350 line which costs around $200-$300 depending on your budget. The FX-8120 ($150) will give you decent performance at around 5% more than a comparable Intel chip at around $130 less. And again we need to keep in mind that dual-core processors are better at gaming than quad cores like the FX-8350 ($400+) so if you have time to spare and want more bang for your buck then this is probably where you should start looking.
Intel – Very few people need more than 4GB of RAM anyways; however if you need 5+ GB then it might be worth looking into Intel’s Optane technology which costs about $100 extra just for memory. Optane does consume extra power so make sure you don’t go overboard with RAM upgrades unless you plan on running multiple graphics cards with SLI or Crossfire support (and know how much power they will draw from each one). On top of that there’s also some hot air from enthusiasts who say that AMD’s Ryzen 7 CPUs are faster than Intel’s Core i7 processors
The Top 5 Best Gaming PCs
One of the great joys of being a gamer is having a PC to play on. But it’s not always easy to find what you want in terms of performance, price, and style. So, we did some research and found that there are many different kinds of gaming PC available.
This is a broad category with several subcategories: i) desktop PCs – low-end systems that are intended to be used at home and don’t require heavy graphics cards; ii) laptop PCs – lower end systems intended for on-the-go use and don’t require much power; iii) mini-PCs – lower end systems meant for use in small spaces where space and power are limited.
Here are some of the best gaming PCs currently available:
1) AMD Ryzen 7 2700X: High end CPU with an obscene amount of performance for the price (and there aren’t many better ones). The 2700X is good enough to play games at medium settings on any game (which is why this model only comes in two models, “Summit Ridge” and “Pinnacle Ridge”). It costs $499 – $599 ($389 for the “Summit Ridge” model).
2) Intel Core i7 7740HQ: This is one of those rare beasts that really does get the job done well — moderately powerful but very affordable. The 7740HQ costs $679 ($649 for the “Rossum Rockettock Edition”).
3) AMD Ryzen 7 2700X: At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show Intel introduced their Kaby Lake Refresh line which features some new features like new graphics engines, improvements in integrated graphics, etc. However, AMD’s Threadripper series ended up taking the lead with its absurdly powerful Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX which costs around $600 for the standard version ($799 for the “Rossum Rockettock Edition”) . The 2700X version comes with integrated Graphics but still costs a lot less than its rival from Intel — it costs about $599 ($699 for “Rossum Rockettock Edition).
4) i5 6700K: This is one of those rare beasts that really does get the job done well — moderately powerful but very affordable. It costs about $500 ($550 for “Rossum Rockettock Edition”). However, if you need more performance than that or want better cooling then