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How do I choose the right gaming PC?

PC gaming is at the top of the food chain, but where does this graphic power come from? From video cards to SSD; in this article, I'll tell you what to keep in mind when choosing a smokin' gaming PC.

In short

A complete gaming PC has at least:

  • A NVIDIA GeForce GTX video card
  • An Intel Core i5 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • An SSD

1. The video card

The video card is the heart of your gaming PC. This card processes all visual elements in your favorite games. The faster the video card, the better and more fluent your games will look. To play a game, you need at least 30, but preferably 60, frames per second (fps). Not everyone has the same wishes though, so I've highlighted the most popular video cards and divided them into 3 groups.

Basic dedicated video cards

Man plays game on a computer with video card highlighted in a circle.

Basic dedicated video cards are usually dedicated video cards, but they're not powerful enough for gaming. Examples of basic graphic cards are NVIDIA GeForce MX cards or AMD Radeon RX video cards. An NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 video card is the minimum requirement for gaming on your PC. If you're more demanding and want to at least play games of Full HD image quality at 60 frames per second, you should get a GTX 1060 or better.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX video cards

An NVIDIA GeForce GTX video card.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX cards belong to the previous generation of NVIDIA video cards. This series includes video cards for novice gamers, but also video cards that can effortlessly run the latest games at ultra settings. The GTX 1050 is the entry-level model here, while the GTX 1080 Ti is the top model for the demanding gamer. No matter which game you play, a GTX 10 series video card will always have you covered.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX video cards

An NVIDIA GeForce RTX video card.

NVIDIA's latest video cards are the RTX video cards. These cards are very suitable for the demands of current games. RTX cards have a faster video memory and are mainly focused on ray tracing. This is a technology that displays light and reflections better and more realistically, making it seem like you're watching a movie. Among the RTX video cards, the RTX 2060 is the least powerful version and the RTX 2080Ti is the most powerful one for hardcore gamers.

2. The processor

A shooting game with a processor box highlighted in a circle.

Where the video card takes on all graphic tasks, the processor (CPU) controls the game world. Think of your computer-controlled opponents and where bullets go. The CPU calculates that you are shooting at which the video card shows an explosion. Although the processor is important, the graphics card remains the part that most influences your favorite games. The lower limit when it comes to gaming is with an Intel Core i5 processor.

3. The RAM

Man plays game on computer with RAM highlighted in a circle.

For a gaming computer, a minimum of 8 GB of RAM is sufficient for the time being. The working memory (RAM) is in fact a scrapbook for your processor to quickly access important information. With a new game computer it is useful if you already have DDR4 instead of DDR 3 memory. DDR4 memory is faster, but more economical than its predecessor. If you want to stream games, 16 or 32 GB is not a luxury.

4. The hard drive

Man plays game on computer with SSD highlighted in a circle.

Everyone hates long loading times and gamers can not resist it at all. With an SSD that is a thing of the past. This is because an SSD halves your start-up and loading times, so that you are ready quickly in the next level. If you go one step further, you end up with several SSDs in a RAID setup. At RAID, every SSD does half of the work. This doubles the speed from the same principle as when you would write with 2 hands at the same time.

5. The casing

Various game computers highlighted side by side.

No that you've chosen a gaming PC, the last question you need to answer is: What kind of casing do I want? Computer manufacturers each have their own gaming series, with their own look. Do you want an eye catcher? An MSI desktop might be what you need. Do you want something a bit more subtle? The HP Omen Tower might be something you like. If you want a more futuristic look, the Acer Predators or Medion Erazer might be more up your alley.

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