Updated on March 6th, 2018
A gaming computer is just like a regular PC but equipped with hardware to better accommodate graphics-demanding processes. Most will argue that a gaming PC is defined by its gaming-grade graphics processing unit (GPU) or video card, but there is more to it than just that.
Know What Kind of Gaming Computer to Get
With hundreds of games available and in various genres, there are multiple ways to DIY a gaming computer. The first step to building one is to identify what capabilities are needed. With vast resources over on the internet, there’s almost no reason not to build a gaming computer by yourself. In fact, computer builder websites exist for those who already have an idea what kind of rig to get.
Check Your Budget
Like it or not, money is a constraint most DIY builders face. This doesn’t mean that gaming PC specs are out of reach for those with limited expenditure. Brands and prices vary. There are components that are more affordable than others. A tip is to pinpoint the computer pieces that need more budget than others.
Compatibility Is Key
One of the most important things to consider when building a gaming computer is the compatibility of parts. There’s nothing worse than spending all that time and money and finding out that some of the pieces have specific requirements before they can work together.
Basic research is needed to understand how PC hardware components work before building a gaming rig. The central processing unit (CPU), motherboard, graphics card, RAM, and hard drive make the core parts of a gaming computer. Each part has its own functions.
The CPU expends the most heat, especially if it has multiple cores necessary for mid- to high-spec gaming. You may need liquid cooling systems or cooling fans in order to prevent overheating. The motherboard contains the main circuit of the device and should be compatible with the CPU.
The graphics card is one of the most important parts of a gaming PC. There are many options for a good graphics card without breaking the bank. However, high-end graphics will require a lot more money.
RAM supports the memory demands of a gaming PC. More RAM will mean better gaming.
The hard drive is the storage component of the rig. Builders may opt for the reliable HDD or invest in a hardy but more expensive SSD. There is also an option to have both.
All the components are stored in the chassis or case to help protect the hardware. For PC-building greenhorns, there are tools that provide guides and compatibility checks for budget builds to luxury rigs.
The parts described in this article are only some of the most basic parts a gaming computer. More research is needed for those who are new to building gaming computers. Asking tech experts in forums or asking for assistance are the ways to go for any lingering doubt about novice builds.