Consoles are a great thing and perfect for cozy couch sessions, but we usually only experience the great performance and above all the largest game library through good gaming PCs.
Buying a PC that has already been built is, of course, the simplest solution, but we generally advise against it, because these PCs often have shortcomings in important areas that can be avoided by building a PC yourself. You can often get away with it even cheaper.
Since many gamers, especially those who are just immersed in this wonderful world, are hesitant to build their own gaming PC, we have some important tips for you today.
The most important base is a good processor and a powerful graphics card.
Without a brain, we humans couldn’t do anything. So does the PC. You could roughly describe the processor as the brain of your gaming PC. As with humans, there are brains with less and more power. The performance you need for your PC depends entirely on what you want to do with the computer.
If it’s only enough for a few regular rounds of CS:GO, Fortnite, or maybe The Sims 4, you can save big at this point. However, if you’re looking for performance-demanding games like Eldenring or Far Cry 6, you’ll definitely need to use newer versions and spend a bit more.
We recommend investing straight into one of the newer processors so you can also tackle upcoming games that may require a bit more CPU power. In the long run, this is cheaper than having to update over and over again.
The newer versions of the AMD Ryzen series have proven to be particularly effective. Currently, 6 cores are still completely sufficient for gaming, but since games are making a huge leap in terms of progress, we recommend at least an 8-core processor.
The same selection principle should also be applied to the graphics card. If you’re looking for AAA games and want to keep playing for a while and not have to despair when GTA 6 finally comes out, you should definitely invest in a newer model.
Not least: RAM and hard drive space
The best processor and the best graphics card are useless without enough RAM. To understand: 4 GB of working memory, also known as RAM, is enough for simple MS Office work.
To keep up with the gaming world and have the latest games running, you currently need 16 GB of RAM. If you want to protect yourself in the future and have the means, you can also invest in 32 GB of RAM.
Now we only need space for all the games we plan to play in the future, and since games continue to demand more disk space, you should have at least 1TB, although we recommend more.
In order for the computer to run even faster and load times to be significantly reduced, you should definitely get an SSD hard drive and when it comes to reinstalling the computer, it’s best to create at least 2 partitions (this works at first when you install Windows). .
So create a C partition with about 120 GB, Windows will be installed there with all its components and nothing else. All your games, programs, videos, images, etc. go to the second partition. If you ever get a virus, you just have to wipe the second partition and not set up the computer from scratch.
The right motherboard is essential
The motherboard doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to offer enough space for the individual components. The graphics card, RAM, and hard drive are connected to the motherboard, among other things.
Make sure you have enough space for the RAM bars and that the graphics card slot is also compatible with your graphics card. The processor is at the heart of the motherboard. As a general rule, these are always compatible, but a closer look at the description doesn’t hurt.
Housing, ventilation and power supply.
When it comes down to it, beginners in particular don’t take a closer look or pay more attention to a cool design than to whether it’s practical. The important thing about the case is that it offers enough space, just like the motherboard.
The individual components need space and air to breathe. If you don’t have enough space, components can quickly overheat, and if you’re unlucky, the new graphics card will wear out quickly.
Therefore, good cooling is important. However, it does not have to be an expensive water cooling system, especially since the risk of leaks is still present. If the case only has a fan, it is useless. By now you should already have about four well placed fans in the case.
Last but not least, we need power for our gaming PC, which requires a power supply. For a non-gaming PC, a power supply with about 250-300 watts of power is sufficient. But since a dedicated graphics card, which is needed for gaming, needs a lot of power, it needs about 1000 watts of power for a gaming PC.
In any case, pay attention to the power for which the power supply you are purchasing is designed. You can also make sure the power supply is silent, but of course that’s just practical advice.
In the end, building your own PC isn’t rocket science and you don’t have to be a trained specialist to do it. When connecting the individual components to each other, you must of course follow the instructions exactly, as it can quickly cause something to smoke if the cables are connected incorrectly.
But we believe that with a little logic and confidence, anyone can do it on their own. By the way, we recommend the Alternative page to find the right components. There you can use the PC configurator, which will help you find the right one and immediately assess whether everything is compatible with each other.
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