How do I get the best PC Gaming Rig?

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Answered by: Joseph, An Expert in the Gaming Hardware Category
As people enter the world of PC gaming and they encounter some of the incredibly graphic intensive games such as any Crysis game ever made, they not only wonder "What do I need to run this game?" No, as a true gamer you begin to wonder "What do I need to crank this game's settings up to the ABSOLUTE MAXIMUM!?" This is a very common and crucial question for many starter PC gamers, whether or not your phrased like I did when I was 13 years old. Yet it may not be as simple as finding *The* Best PC Gaming Rig, but more about finding *You're* Best PC Gaming Rig dependent on the games you play, and what other tasks you'll want your PC to perform for you.



The reason this is so crucial to PC gamers is because part of the draw of using a PC over a console is that PC hardware is released much faster than console hardware, and therefore you can constantly upgrade your system as video game enter the next generation of technology. This can often mean a much better visual experience visual experience for us who enjoy the mouse and keyboard over the gamepad and analog sticks.

The downside of this of course is the money spent. Keeping up with the PC hardware world is no cheap task, and researching the right parts can be fairly time consuming.



You may be tempted to go to any place that sells computer hardware and just buy the most expensive item, but don't get sucked into buying an item because it has an "X9200" vs a "X7500," or whatever arbitrary numbering system that brand uses. Finding the right component isn't just about power, but it's about reliability, consistency, and endurance. If a graphic card can run your favorite game at full settings for 10 minutes than that's great, if you only play you're favorite game for 10 minutes at a time. That is what some of those high ranked cards can give you, but sometimes it's a not so new card that has been more thoroughly tested and tweaked that will give you the more bang for your buck.

When considering a new part, whatever it is, put it through a search engine and find some reviews on it, preferably from a reliable tech website and not a Amazon.com customer review. If you can't find it, at least check those customer reviews on websites like NewEgg.com or TigerDirect.com. These reviews can sometimes lead to common problems you might not be comfortable with, just make sure you find that same problem in multiple reviews, as you don't want to neglect a good piece due to a bad review that may have been a case of user error and not hardware malfunction.

Speaking of user error, aside from researching performance you'll also have to research compatibility. This means that you will have to make sure all the parts you are purchasing go together. For instance, you may have just found an amazing deal on a Quad core processor. It could be the beastliest thing you've ever had in your PC. Yet it will never actually make it into your PC if you don't have a motherboard that supports CPU's socket type. If you are building a brand new rig, and not just upgrading your current rig, it will sometimes help to know the order in which you should be finding your parts. I always start with what kind of motherboard I want. Whether it be an ATX, mini-ATX and so on.

Next will be the CPU as that is one of the few items that is directly affected by the motherboard. Other than that the motherboard should be built for whatever other items you'll need. Following the CPU you'll want the RAM, which is slightly determined by the Motherboard, but you shouldn't be too picky here as speed among different kinds of memory isn't all that fast. Next will be your hard drive and and graphics card. For you're graphics card you'll only want to make sure you have a PCI-E slot on your motherboard, which most modern boards carry.

After you have your components you pick the case that fits it all, and although it can be your last pick, do not underestimate it's importance. The kind of case you choose can determine whether or not all those great parts you picked up actually perform at their best, or if they perform at all. One of the most important things to consider when building a top-end PC rig is heat. Overheating is the top cause of hardware failure, whether it be immediate or overtime. Trying to use the same case as your old dell simply isn't going to cut it.

Finding a good case is pretty easy if you check some good tech review sites, don't trust a case simply because it has large fans and a cool LED light set-ups. Find one that actually works. What you need it to do is efficiently take hot air away from your parts, and push it out of your case. Unless of course you want your case to also act as a light show for house parties.

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