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Tips for buying a Gaming PC

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Decide to update our computer or purchase a new gaming PC It is not a simple task. We have to know some necessary aspects before we start choosing components. To help you decide, we have made a small Updated buying guide for gaming computers. Here we will see the main aspects to consider before starting to look at the components.

Budget I have

The first is know how much money I have available to invest in my new gaming PC. Depending on the amount we have available, we can access one range of components or another.

Unfortunately hardware has become quite expensive in recent years. Upper-middle-range processors and mid-range graphics cards quickly go over € 300. If we want something top of the range, the processors can go to € 500-600 with peace of mind and the graphics cards from € 800 upwards.

Don't worry, there are always cheaper solutions that allow us to develop a gaming system for very little. A great option are AMD Ryzen APU. These processors integrate graphics capable of moving games in 1080p with an acceptable graphic quality. Normally they range between € 100-200, but they also allow us to save the dedicated graphics card and the heatsink, so we already save a significant pinch.


Intel or AMD, which is the best option?

This is where there is not the slightest consensus. The Intel processors, due to their working frequencies, are better in games. While it is true that AMD Ryzen processors have more cores and are usually more restrained in terms of price.

If you are looking for a computer just to play games and get the higher FPS rate, possibly the optimal for you is a Intel processor. On the other hand, if you are developing a multipurpose computer that lasts time, the AMD Ryzen may be a better option.

Intel processors, on the other hand, all have integrated graphics, except for models ending in 'F', whose integrated graphics are disabled. On the other hand, the Ryzen processors lack integrated graphics, except in the APU models, which usually have a limit of 4 cores and 8 threads.

We must also take into account the overclocking ability or to raise the working frequency of the processor. This practice may help you in the future to get a little extra performance. All Ryzen processors are compatible with this practice, but they tend to have trouble improving the frequency because they arrive too squeezed from the factory. On the other hand, Intel processors are more overclocking friendly and allows to increase the frequency in a simple way. Keep in mind that for all cases you will need a powerful heatsink and that this will be the one who really limits the increase in frequency.


What motherboard do I need

The motherboard of our gaming PC will always depend on the processor we choose. If it is an Intel processor, we will need a motherboard with a chipset and socket that support this processor. In case of acquiring an AMD processor, we will need a compatible chipset and socket. You cannot install an Intel processor on an AMD motherboard and vice versa.

The format (motherboard size) already depends more on the space we have on our desk. There are currently motherboards of all formats and features on the market.

We recommend that you choose something that is mid-range, with heatsink on VRM phases. It would be interesting that had at least one M.2 NVMe port and one shielded PCIe 3.0 x16 port.

Regarding connectivity, the truth is that it is not something problematic either. Most motherboards have a large number of USB ports, typically 3.0 or higher. All motherboards typically have DVI video output, and many even have DisplayPort.

If it's going to be a system for long time, surely you are interested in integrating a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C with Thunderbolt support. This type of port, through additional hubs, usually allows video output and increases USB connectivity, among others.


Amount of RAM

Before getting into this point, you should be very clear about what kind of games you want to play. The Triple A games they usually recommend at least 8GB DDR4 RAM, but the ideal is to already use 16GB DDR4. While if we are going to play eSports titles like Counter Strike, Fortnite or Dota, with 8GB DDR4 we will have more than enough.

For both Intel and p processorsAMD rocessors, are recommended 3.200MH modulesz. Although for Ryzen 5000 processors are already recommended 3.600MHz modules. You must bear in mind that the working frequencies of the RAM modules, the higher it is, the more expensive the module.

Then we must take into account the type of heatsink, assuming that we will take modules of 3.200MHz or more. If you want a minimal amount of RGB, modules with a single heatsink are best. These modules are usually quite inexpensive and offer good performance. Modules with RGB tend to be quite expensive due to the fact that they include lighting.

VERY IMPORTANT. If you are going to build a gaming team, always buy two modules of RAM memory for Dual Channel configurations. Let's say the processor can write to DDR4 via two roads and this increases performance.


Hard drive type and capacity

Currently SSD have very affordable prices, so using a conventional HDD as the primary drive is pointless. In addition, a 500GB SSD can cost about € 60 and it is usually more than enough.

Many users tend to bet on installing an SSD as the primary drive for the operating system and games to install them on the HDD. If we have a 500GB SSD, it would not be necessary to have a secondary hard drive. We must also bear in mind that surely a 500GB SSD will pay off more than not buying a small SSD and an HDD.

If you have a budget, we recommend an M.2 NVMe SSD drive for your gaming PC. These types of storage drives install directly onto the motherboard and offer up to 6x faster transfer speeds than SATA SSDs.


Resolution, refresh rate and graphic quality at which we want to play

We can currently play 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions. We must bear in mind that the size of the textures increases according to the resolution. Basically the 4K resolution has 4 times more pixels than 1080p resolution, so more computing power is required.

This is why the 1080p resolution has remained as a graphic resolution for competitive games or eSports. High-end graphics cards can offer more than 100FPS in competitive games like Fortnite or CS: GO, where a high frame rate can be decisive to generate losses. While 4K resolution is usually more restrictive in frame rate and is more designed for those who want a better experience.

Logically the graphic quality is an important factor In all this. Depending on the graphic quality at which we want to run the game, the FPS rate will be higher or lower. A game with average graphic quality in 1080p will offer more FPS than if we run it at the maximum graphic quality.

So we must weigh the resolution, if we want a high FPS rate and the graphic quality to which we want the game to run. All these factors will imply that we have to choose one graphic or another, being able to make our future PC Gaming more expensive.


RayTracing technology

Despite initial criticism of the RayTracing technology, first supported by NVIDIA, has come to stay. The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 technically support ray tracing thanks to hardware developed by AMD. Although the reality is that there is little information about the support of this technology in Radeon graphics.

NVIDIA in its graphics offers ray tracing and DLSS technology. This technology based on Deep Learning helps to compensate for the losses produced by ray tracing. Performing ray tracing calculations is not easy and requires a lot of computing power, affecting performance. DLSS allows RayTracing images to be resized from lower to higher resolution with little loss in graphic quality.

AMD supports RayTracing on its Radeon graphics, although in an initial way. They do not have a technology that compensates for the losses due to the use of ray tracing, which leaves it at a disadvantage compared to its competitor.

If you don't care about ray tracing, you can find powerful solutions on the market without support for this technology. In case you want to play with everything, you will have to scratch your pocket well. The good news is that NVIDIA's RTX 3000s are much more powerful than the company's RTX 2000s and cheaper. If you want a gaming PC for time, it is almost mandatory that you buy an NVIDIA graphics.

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Robert Sole

Director of Contents and Writing of this same website, technician in renewable energy generation systems and low voltage electrical technician. I work in front of a PC, in my free time I am in front of a PC and when I leave the house I am glued to the screen of my smartphone. Every morning when I wake up I walk across the Stargate to make some coffee and start watching YouTube videos. I once saw a dragon ... or was it a Dragonite?

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