How to Buy a Gaming PC

How to Buy a Gaming PC

PC gaming has always attracted gaming fans for the higher engagement experience. Playing on a keyboard offers more control and needs more focus than playing on a console. PC gaming fans claim that the PC offers better graphics and audio. When you are looking for a gaming PC you may think you need a games and computers expert, but you can do it with a few tips.

Processing power

If you are looking to play Call of Duty: Black Ops on the PC you will need sheer raw processing power.  Intel’s line has the Core i7 series with 8 core processors. AMD has the high-end FX series processors with 8 cores. However, remember that the more powerful processors will cost more.  Machines with these high-end processors will cost upwards of $800. If you are on a budget, you can go foe the lower specced Intel Core i7K processor or AMD10 processor.

Memory

Big games are very demanding on the PC’s memory. You will need at the minimum 8GB of RAM. If you need very smooth play budget for 32 GB RAM. Go for faster memory like DDR3-2133/DDR4-2133 or higher series.

While integrated graphics memory was ok for older games like GTA: Vice City, they will not work on newer games. You will need a PC with a separate graphics card or GPU. AMD and NVidia are the leading names in the graphics game.

Virtual Reality

If you are looking to experience Virtual Reality, you will need the NVidia GeForce GTX 960 GPU or AMD Radeon RX 470 GPU carrying 8GB RAM. This will play on Oculus Rift. The Vive VR set needs NVidia GeForce GTX 970 GPU or AMD Radeon 290 carrying 4GB of RAM.

For serious gaming, you may be forced to shell out more dollars for higher specs graphics cards after every 2 years or so as games demand more graphics processing power.

Ports

You will need ports to connect VR sets and HD display units other than the monitor. Look for a system that carries at least 1 HDMI port, 3 Display ports and 6 USB 3.0 ports. In 2017 the USB-C will be coming with more capabilities in data transfer.

Upgrading

If you are an avid gamer, you will find that you need to replace some parts every 2 years or so. Some of the parts that require occasional upgrading include the graphics card and the memory. Look for a case that will support these upgrades.

Pricing

Expect to pay more for a gaming PC than you would for an ordinary office PC.