First you need to think carefully about what tasks you need a computer for. After all, the concept of “gaming” is very diverse, and different configurations of parts are suitable for different games. Based on this, it will be easier to plan a budget and navigate the range of proposals. PC Power Up selected some PC parts to assist their users.
We will not continue the long-term debate “Intel or AMD”. Just to note that for gaming, Intel processors have long been preferred, despite their higher cost. But in recent years, AMD has been able to offer productive solutions. True, in the AMD-based assembly, additional attention should be paid to the cooling system.
For the basic configuration, CPUs of the latest generation Intel Core i3 (Core i3-8xxx-Core i3-10xxx), with a frequency of 3.6 GHz, or an analog from AMD, for example, AMD Ryzen 3 family chips with four cores.
For a mid-range PC, sixty days are optimal eighth generation Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 series processor.
For a progressive gaming computer, you can choose a CPU for a very long time. We advise you to pay attention to the CPU families of Intel Core i7, latest generation Intel Core i9 or AMD Ryzen 7, with eight cores and a clock speed of 3.6 GHz.
The video adapter should be given maximum attention. It is on the video card that the main load falls in the game. There is no big difference, AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce. Each solution has its own pros and cons, which manifest themselves in different ways in different assemblies. Among the NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, we advise you to pay attention to the models RTX 3070, RTX 3080 TI and, RTX 3090. Among AMD Radeon solutions, the RX 5500 XT stands out.
The memory type is definitely DDR4. The past generation is already hopelessly outdated for modern games. And the new one, DDR5, hasn’t hit the mainstream yet. Accordingly, there is no equipment compatible with it yet. Example is G.Skill game RAM 16 GB (2x8GB) DDR4 4000MHz V Classic Black (F4-4000C18D-16GVK).
A sufficient frequency for a gaming PC can be considered 2133 MHz; this frequency should be taken into account when assembling a computer of a basic level.
As a drive for gaming computers, SSD drives are a must-have. M.2 internal SSDs are considered the most suitable for gaming, optimal PCI Express x4 NVMe interface. For the basic assembly, you can also choose a 2.5-inch solid-state drive with a SATA III connection interface.
The most difficult question of choosing an SSD for a gaming computer is the disk volume, since the capacity directly affects the cost of the drive. Even for a basic PC, models from 240-256 GB are needed. But there is never a lot of space, if the budget allows, the volume can be increased to 1 TB. Otherwise, look for an intermediate option that will not hit your pocket too much.