How To Set Up A Mean Gaming Machine

The demand for high end gaming computers has created a new breed of gaming PCs with top-end processors and high quality graphics cards. In order to assemble a mean gaming machine, you first need to identify which hardware components and software programs are of uttermost importance. You also need to figure out this vital question: “Laptop Vs Desktop: Which Is Worth Investing On?”

First, let’s take a look at how you can make yourself a gaming computer right from scratch. And then we can decide if you should invest on a laptop or a desktop.

Hardware

The chain is only as strong as the weakest link, so don’t forget to invest in high-quality parts. In terms of the order of importance, the CPU and GPU come first. However, to avail their maximum potential, they need to be supported by a reliable power supply, good motherboard, ultra-fast memory, and large storage. To avoid creating bottlenecks, make sure you balance your budget so that you can buy high-quality components throughout.

Processor (CPU)

Every processor has a “clock speed”, which is essentially the frequency at which it operates. The higher the frequency the better faster the system runs. Gamers often overclock high-end processors in order to make them run faster than their default frequencies. However, if a processor works fasters than normal, its power consumption as well as heat emission increases. Don’t forget to take a few extra measures to stop your machine from overheating.

Graphics Card (GPU)

This is perhaps the most important component for gamers. The GPU is responsible for the game visuals, including all the stunning special effects. Nvidia and AMD make the best graphic cards. If you are willing to use a low resolution display and tone down on the special effects, you can buy a low cost GPU. However, if you are a dedicated gamer, you would want visuals that are dynamic, smooth, and photorealistic.

Memory (RAM)

The amount of RAM determines how quickly and smoothly your machine functions. While 4GB RAM would work for most gaming systems, it makes sense to buy 8GB or 16GB RAM as memory modules are quite inexpensive.

Storage

Games, videos, and audio files need a lot of storage space. It is important to focus on the amount of space rather than the drive speed when buying a hard disk. SSDs are faster as they do not have movable parts, but their storage capacity is low compared to traditional hard disks. Moreover, SSDs are expensive. If you can afford it, you can go for a combination of both. Use the SSD for your system files and a minimum of 1TB disk drive for gaming purposes.

Power Supply

Selecting a good quality PSU ensures that your machine gets a reliable power supply. A low quality unit may damage the components in your computer over a period of time. Make sure you buy a PSU from a trusted brand, and ensure that it meets all the recommended power requirements of each of your computer components.

Motherboard

The motherboard is like the computers nervous system. All the bits and pieces of the computer are connected to it in order to communicate with each other. It is crucial to buy a motherboard that is compatible with all other components. If you are planning on overclocking your CPU, ensure that you buy a motherboard that can handle the additional pressure. Also, make sure the motherboard has HDMI or Firewire if you wish to make use of them for gaming.

Case

Finally, you need to have a case that safeguards all your expensive computer components. When selecting a case, don’t just go by its looks. Make sure that it has high build quality, enough space for parts, and lots of extra space for cooling fans.

Software

Once the construction is done, you will need to start working on the software. Let us look at what you need to concentrate on.

Operating System

You will certainly want to install an OS that makes full utilization of your PC’s hardware. Depending on what games you like to play, you will have to choose the operating system that best suits your needs. Older games might have compatibility issues with Windows 8. However, games released in 2013 will run smooth on the latest OS from Microsoft.

Programs

The standard platform for PC gaming is a program called Steam. It provides services like the Xbox Live, and other enhanced features like cloud saving and screenshot functionality. It also allows gamers to navigate through their game libraries with a controller, rather than a keyboard and mouse. More importantly, make sure your gaming machine is protected by installing malware and spyware defense software.

Laptop Vs Desktop: Which Is Worth Investing On?

Laptops come with backlit keyboards, and high resolution screens. Laptop manufacturers have started to launch gaming models that have good processors, and better cooling systems. However, desktops are certainly more powerful, and the risk of overheating is low.

Laptops are said to have a shorter life span, and as of now, they don’t have the ability to produce 7.1 surround sounds. In contrast, desktops can be paired with a sound card and suitable speakers to give you an extraordinary gaming experience.

On the bright side, gaming laptops are priced at about INR 44,000, while building a decent gaming PC will set you back about INR 67,000. In addition to the low price, laptops are portable gaming machines that allow you to game from anywhere.

Verdict

If you are the kind of person who likes to game while sitting in your garden, then go for a gaming laptop. However, if a powerful processor is more important to you than portability, then a desktop is a better option.

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  1. Ankur September 23, 2013

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