What You Should Not Forget When Setting Up a PC for Gaming

The thought of setting up a unique gaming PC often crosses gamers’ minds. What could be better than getting exactly what you want? Playing games at the desired power supply and ideal frame rates to enjoy smooth performance is heaven for hardcore gamers. 

Setting up your own gaming PC is not only cost-effective but also allows you to keep the door open for upgrades according to your requirements in the future. On average, it costs around $1,200 to buy a gaming computer, but it costs around $750-$1,000 if you build up your own PC. Why pay extra bucks when building your own gaming PC is precisely according to your requirements and is also rewarding as well as fun at the same time? 

Unfortunately, we have seen gamers making some big mistakes while setting up a gaming PC for the first time. It would be best if you did not make the same mistakes, so here is our comprehensive guide about things you must not forget when setting up a PC for gaming. Let’s dig in!

Central Processing Unit – CPU

We recommend you to invest more in buying your CPU, because compromising on its quality will not let you play heavy games smoothly. Basically, the decision to buy a processor depends on these three factors – clock speed, cores, and threads.

In simple terms, clock speed is processing speed. Core’s function is to read and execute program instructions. Having multiple core processors means that it could handle more than one task at once.

Thread is the smallest sequence of program instructions that correspond to cores. Hyper-Threading technology adds additional thread per core, which makes processing faster. The cost of a CPU is directly proportional to these parameters. 

Pick a CPU that is specifically made for gaming; otherwise, it will become overheated in just a few hours.

Versatile Motherboard

Usually, people only consider motherboard compatibility with the CPU, but it is not the only important factor. If you want to overclock, then you must consider motherboards that can increase a component’s clock rate. 

Most gamers buy a motherboard that fits their current requirements. However, it is not the right approach. The motherboard must be versatile to accommodate future hardware upgrades as well. Most importantly, please buy it from a reputable manufacturer; otherwise, it is like setting your own house on fire. 

Graphics Card

Here is the most expensive component of a gaming PC. A CPU monitors and stores the game information, but how will you see that information? The GPU is what displays it on screen. Suppose that you have bought a high-quality GPU but a low-quality CPU. What will happen? The CPU will bottleneck GPU performance. 

So, keep in mind that GPU and CPU should be compatible with each other in terms of performance. VRAM – video Ram is the most crucial parameter for buying GPU. Since new titles with improved graphics are coming rapidly, most graphic cards are no longer useful after a few months. 

You should not accept anything less than the GDDR5 – standard in video ram. Advanced standards are GDDR5X, GDDR6, and HBM. You should buy the latest one so that it does not become redundant in a couple of months.

SSD Storage

There are two storage types: SSD and HDD. SSD is much faster than HDD and is also expensive. HDD is slow and physically bigger as well. So, without a second thought, SSD is the winner.

Another option is that you can use both. SSD will hold your operating system, programs, and competitive games. So, games will run faster. Contrarily, HDD is good for holding media files and containing single-player games. Games loading time will be slow, but it does not matter in non-multiplayer ones.

Power Supply Unit (PSU)

Newbie Gaming PC makers often try to save money on their power supply. This is a big mistake! A cheap PSU will not provide much stability for any overclock and cannot bear the load from a bunch of higher-end components as well. So, it is not a wise decision to bottleneck the system’s performance by saving a few bucks.

Accessories

Playing competitive games without gaming accessories is not an enjoyable experience at all. 

  • Keyboards: If you do not want to hurt your hands while playing games, then go for keyboards explicitly designed for gamers. 
  • Mouse: Getting a gamer mouse with dedicated buttons and illumination features to highlight a particular occurrence is a plus, especially if you play shooters.
  • Headphones: No one likes playing games with poor sound quality. So, buy a comfortable and noise-cancelling gaming headset to enjoy every bit of your game.

Rule of thumb is whatever components you buy; they should be from a well-known and reputable manufacturer. All of them should be compatible with each other, so they must not bottleneck performances.

Now you are all set to build up your first gaming PC.