Getting into PC gaming is nowhere near as prohibitively expensive or difficult as it used to be. While it can still be a little tricky to understand all of the terminology that comes with PC gaming, the fact is that you no longer need to; now, you can get by either with pre-built PCs or even by building one yourself.
With that said, there are a number of things that go into making the perfect gaming PC. A great machine can handle gaming on Betway alongside battling against foes in Call of Duty: Warzone, and it’s not always easy to know how to reconcile the factors that go into making these activities possible. Here are some of the things to look out for in the perfect gaming PC!
A great graphics card
The main thing that makes a gaming PC truly sing is a great graphics card. If your graphics card isn’t up to snuff, then you’re not going to get very far as a PC gamer; your dedicated GPU is the thing that handles 3D rendering in games (as well as more demanding 2D rendering), so skimping in this area really isn’t a good idea.
There are several cards available out there, from budget ranges all the way through to flagship monsters. Nvidia’s RTX 30 range is a good place to start; the 3050 is a decent desktop workhorse that should run many games reasonably, while the 3090 Ti is a demon that will be able to render most modern games in 4k at 60fps.
A solid processor
Your processor is a big part of determining how fast your PC will run and how smoothly it manages to take on the tasks you throw at it. Again, it isn’t worth skimping on a great processor, because even with the best graphics card in the world, your PC might end up running sluggishly without one.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Intel’s Core i(x) range is probably the best lineup you’re going to get for PC gaming. Again, there are budget ranges and top-of-the-line models available, so make sure you go for the processor that best matches your machine’s budget.
As operating systems get more complex and games get more demanding, PCs need more and more RAM to keep up with the multitasking required to run games and systems simultaneously. Once upon a time, 8GB of RAM was considered a huge amount for a gaming system, but that’s no longer the case.
Nowadays, if you’re going to run a gaming PC, you’ll need at least 16GB of RAM. We’d recommend upgrading to 32GB if you’ve got the money, because this will ensure your PC can handle whatever you throw at it. Make sure you get speedy RAM, too, so it performs well!
At the very least, your operating system should be installed on a solid state drive (SSD). Solid state drives have essentially supplanted traditional mechanical disk-based drives within the last decade or so; running an OS from a solid state drive feels like night and day compared to running one from a mechanical drive.
If you want, you can install a mechanical drive alongside your SSD and store static things like files on the drive. This means you won’t be taking up storage on your SSD, which leaves it free to handle whatever games you’re playing right now (as well as your operating system, of course!).
A gaming PC is going to get very hot indeed. After all, your graphics card alone will be doing a lot of work rendering whatever games you’re playing, and your other components will be working overtime as well. That’s why a great cooling system is imperative for a good gaming PC.
As a start, you should have a liquid cooling system installed in your machine, which should help to keep your processor nice and frosty. A set of fans for your case is also essential; installing fans at the top, back, and bottom of your machine means that the heat will be able to escape adequately.
A mechanical keyboard
No serious gamer worth their salt builds a gaming PC without also having a mechanical keyboard. These devices are clicky and tactile; if you’ve ever heard a mechanical keyboard being used, then you know that they can be pretty loud, especially when you’re typing at length.
However, mechanical keyboards also have distinct gaming advantages. Since every keyboard is installed on an individual switch, the precision you’ll be able to exhibit while playing games is greatly increased. Plus, they just feel great – try using one for a little while and then tell us you can go back to standard membrane keyboards!
A good mouse
As well as your mechanical keyboard, your new gaming PC should also have a great mouse. This will vary depending on what you want to do, but as standard, your mouse should have selectable DPI and customisable buttons, because this will allow you to exert more control over your gaming experience.
One of the big debates that’s raging right now in the gaming world is whether or not it’s a good idea to have a wireless gaming mouse. On one hand, many companies make reliable wireless gaming peripherals, but on the other, you’re arguably sacrificing the reliability of a wired connection. Whether or not you go for a wired mouse is up to you, but make sure you make the decision wisely!