While the rate at which the global fraternity is embracing gadgets skyrockets at an alarming rate, major gaming console manufacturers are battling with a recession. With statistics showing a definite drop in the total number of gaming console units shipped per year and an increase in the number of people interested in gaming PCs, it could be the ideal time to rephrase the “Is gaming for PCs on its deathbed?” to “Are gaming consoles losing it?”
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As if this infograph is not proof, Diablo III, a PC game, garnered over 6.3 million sales within a week while The Last of US, a PlayStation 3 exclusive took at lest 15 months to breach the 6 million copies bar. This is proof enough that there is hope for PC gaming enthusiasts. It gives you every reason to look for that effective cooling system, get an open high speed processor you can over-clock for better performance and strap-on the best GEFORCE you can afford and get the games rolling!
If you are made of money, you can liberally stroll into any high-end gaming PC store and order a Chillblast Fusion, Vanguish Eclipse or perhaps an Alienware Aurora. If you are on a tight budget, you will have to know what you actually need in a gaming PC and shop for specs – not brand names. Some of the most important things to be on the lookout for include:
Choose a motherboard that is compatible with the best microprocessor technology on the market. Moreover, you might also have to make decisions between which graphics cards to support or alternatively go for a motherboard that can take multiple nVidias or AMD’s. This could let you begin with inferior processors or graphics cards and upgrade whenever you can.
Choose the Right Processor
Instincts have that you would need the brawniest. If you can afford to, go for the extreme Core i7 processors from Intel, which will give you six cores per chip. Alternatively, you could settle for AMD’s FX family that packs up to eight cores per chip. However, for a tighter budget, you could trade the muscle for less powerful but acceptable pieces like the AMD A10 and perhaps Intel i7 processors with four cores.
A slighter dip to the comparatively inferior AMD A8 or Intel Core i5 should still give enough processing juice especially if you are quite pressed on the budget and you are willing to overclock your processors. After all, tests have proven that investing on a more powerful graphics card is more sensible than blowing all your money on a processor.
Though most gamers tend to ignore this, most of the modern day games are RAM ravenous. While 8GB would be sufficient, 16GB will give you fluid gameplay experience regardless of what you are playing. In addition to going for more RAM, consider purchasing high frequency pieces to increase on the RAM throughput and reduce on the latency. DDR3-2133 would be a perfect baseline. Other than just giving your rig better performance, high-speed RAM will make an overclocked CPU more stable and efficient.
The Graphics Card
This is the core of any gaming PC. While integrated graphics fast RAM and a good processor will give you a pass on some games, you will never be able to play top rated games with these. Dedicated graphics cards are mandatory if you want a piece of the AAA games. A brand decision wouldn’t be much of a dilemma since the industry is commandeered by just two brands – AMD and nVidia.
Investing on a graphics card that is within your gaming needs and price reach will help you get the perfect PC without blowing your budget out of proportions. While going for the top range cards like the AMD Radeon HD 7970 or nVidia’s GTX 680 would be a good idea, lesser specifications on a factory-overclocked card will let you achieve higher clock speeds without blasting the bank.
A Cooling System
With an overclocked CPU and graphics card, maintaining the regular cooling system would not only be ridiculous but also disastrous. You will have to invest on heftier heat sinks, some cooling paste, liquid cooling systems and tons of YouTube DIY tutorials. A liquid cooling system will cool components faster with less noise while dust filters will keep the interior cleaner and cooling surfaces exposed.
The last thing to consider should be some gaming pads, a keyboard, sound system and most definitely a display unit. Since the gaming PC would have sapped most of your cash, going for something functional and within budget is totally acceptable. Good news is you can upgrade whenever you want since peripherals are way cheaper in comparison to the hefty purchases you would have made buying your gaming rig innards.