Tips on building the best gaming rig

It’s no secret that the current generation of consoles – and arguably the next – are on their way out as platforms for video gaming. Even if the new PS4 and Xbox 720 are advanced in their capabilities, they too will be outrun by the incredible development of PC processing power.

The latest trend, of course, is to build your own gaming ‘rig’, or computer. New PC games are best played on these types of computers, which are rigged up to provide the best gaming experience possible.

This article goes over just some of the basics to get you started with building your own gaming rig – bear in mind, it’s not an exhaustive list, but just a starting point to some of the more important components.

Picking a processor

When it comes down to gaming, there are only two microprocessor manufacturers – Intel and AMD Intel is the way to go, if you can afford it. AMD processors take up more power and are slower, but are more affordable. Core i7-3770 is extremely popular, not just for gaming, but for other ‘heavy’ tasks like video compression and encoding.

Quad-core processors are something you might want to have a look at, too. Most experts agree that dual-core processors aren’t exactly up to scratch with handling the latest requirements for games.

Graphics card

If you are going to spend most of your money on a single part for your computer, it should definitely be on your graphics card. If you want the absolute best and money is not an obstacle for you, you should go for the NVidia 690 – it’s the best money can buy, so expect to spend in between 800 to 1,000!

Other graphics cards that are close to the top, but cost less include the NVidia GTX 680 or the AMD HD 7970, which both cost around 400. For half that price, you could get the NVidia GTX 670 or 660 Ti.

Motherboard

The more expensive motherboards have additional components inside them, like fan-speed controllers and so on. What you need to concern yourself with is whether or not the socket type of your processor matches up with the motherboard.

Although motherboards support a wide variety of memory speeds, it’s important to match up the right type of memory to your motherboard. As long as you’re packing 8GB of RAM, you should be OK! Take into account whether or not you want to ‘overclock’ your system too.

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