How to Choose Parts for a Gaming PC

For common PC users, specifications and performance of a desktop computer doesn’t really matter. It’s good enough as long as it does what it’s supposed to do, like creating, editing, and saving office files and documents. But for a true gaming enthusiast, choosing the components of a PC is as vital as choosing your weapons before going to a battle. Only the right hardware with the most optimum performance will do. Although the two, by essence, is indeed similar, a gaming PC is far from your common desktop computer. Its hardware should be carefully selected to provide absolute reliability during strenuous gaming processes.


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    Choose your processor. Just like any electronic device, the processor is the brain of a gaming PC. Therefore, it’s essential that you pick the right one.
    • The two most common processors used in PCs are Intel and AMD, each having an array of model to choose from.
    • As a rule of thumb, the more cores a processor has, the better performance it can give.
    • Good gaming processors range from $200 up to $1000.
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    Choose a gaming motherboard. If the processor acts as the brain, the motherboard serves as its nervous system, distributing all the commands the processor sends to all the components.
    • To ensure fast response rate, a motherboard should be able to handle the load of the games being played.
    • You can buy a good motherboard starting around $100.
    • Common motherboard brands are ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte.
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    Beef up your RAM. Video games require intense memory processing. That’s why in order to help your processor do the work, you need a considerably large RAM module.
    • Typical RAM capacity for gaming PC is around 4 GB to 16 GB. Check your owner’s manual to know what frequency of RAM/Memory module is compatible with your motherboard.
    • RAM modules costs around $20 a piece, depending on its size.
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    Buy a good graphics card. Since everything about gaming is visual, a high-performance graphics card is a must. The higher the capacity of the card, the better the visual it can produce.
    • Video cards, just like RAM modules, vary in sizes. Intense gaming graphics require at least 1 GB of video memory to produce at least an acceptable display.
    • You can buy a decent, mid-level graphics card for at least $100, but the high-end ones will cost you at least $500-$1,000.
    • Common video cards used for gaming PCs are NVidia and ATI, each have its own various models you can choose from.
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    Choose a high-wattage power supply. PC peripherals designed for gaming requires a lot of power to do all the important processes. Choosing a high-wattage power supply will ensure your rig gets the right amount of electricity it needs to run.
    • Mid-range gaming PCs will need around 500 watts while high-performance ones can eat power up to 1,000 watts.
    • Prices of power supplies depend on the wattage rating. You can buy a 500-watt PSU for around $50 to $200.
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    Select the proper casing. Because a gaming PC needs a lot of power to work, it will tend to generate large amount of heat. Choosing the right CPU tower/casing will prevent your rig from overheating.
    • Decent cases start from $50.
    • You can also attach fans or water-cooling systems to help improve the ventilation system.
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    Complete your gaming PC with accessories. Large display monitors, gaming mice and keyboard, and headsets are the common accessories you’ll need with your gaming PC.
    • Although these items are not completely necessary, it adds to the overall gaming experience and performance of the rig.


  • Disconnect your PC from any source of electricity before putting it together. You may risk getting electrically shocked if you leave your computer plugged into a power outlet while working on its parts.
  • Do not put the PC parts anywhere where there might be a source of static electricity to avoid shorting the parts.


  • Always read the instruction manual of the computer parts you buy. Make sure that you read all the important details first to avoid having any compatibility issues.
  • Let more experienced technicians assemble your gaming PC for your if you don’t have any experience building one.

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