We build our custom PC gaming machines with a strong base that allows for individual tailoring of hardware choices. Out of the box, our custom gaming machines will play most PC games on the market today with the exception of heavy CPU or GPU usage games like Fallout 4 or Star Wars: Battlefront. However, you can opt for a different processor or graphics card or up the RAM to better cater to your gaming needs.
If you are buying your first PC gaming rig or just getting ready to upgrade your existing system, there are some important questions to ask.
When answering these questions you will probably want to use a chart with the following columns:
Many people have been tricked into believing that building a gaming system is as easy as loading a shopping cart. That's not the way it works in the real world. We often see homebrews come in the shop with hardware conflicts that can't be resolved. Do your homework before you build or order a custom machine, and you will be happier in the end.
Something that puts us at odds with some gamers is that we don't believe in a true gaming laptop. I understand that many believe that portablility is a benefit, but we came from the era where it was nothing to haul your big rig to the LAN party and in this current era of long distance gaming, the portability of your rig really isn't a big concern.
The number one problem with gaming laptops is heat and life expectancy. Basically you have to compress too much power into too little space. Also, upgrading is an issue. It is far easier to upgrade a tower than than a laptop.
Another thing to consider is your display. We have had a lot of people in our shop lately wanting to hook their systems up to their flat screen TVs. Yes, in most cases, this is possible but you need to look at your PC hardware and the TV's inputs. Taking the HDMI to HDMI route is best but you can also adapt a DVI to HDMI (but you will need to hook up sound separately.) However, several people have asked us about going from VGA to HDMI and vice-versa. This is possible with an adapter but surely not optimal. The problem is, that you are going from an analog to a digital signal.
The next hurdles will be to determine if your computer's graphics card will support the resolution of your TV. Some do not. Also, if you are planning to use your TV for gaming, there is the question of input lag. This could cause a problem in games where quick response is necessary.
What we recommend is a high-def gaming monitor. Remember to do your homework here also. You can't mix and match G-sync with FreeSync, so you will need to match your monitor to your GPU.
Currently, we are seeing a lot of confusion over the worthiness of different processors and graphics setups. I will be posting articles here addressing the state of flux in the gaming and hardware industry in response to the crazy new CPU/GPU's available. In the meantime, here is a portion of a great Nvidia presentation showing the power of the GPU....
Here are three of our most popular builds. We do not do liquid cooled systems. Our latest test of liquid coolers did not meet our standards so we will only do traditional cooled builds.
We use AMD FX processors in our true gaming rigs as they are the choice processors for PC gaming enthusiasts looking to tailor and push their rigs to their limits. For more on the difference between Intel and AMD CPUs, see our article below.
We build each system as it is ordered. Please allow 10 days to 2 weeks for delivery. We try to get them out quickly but component supplies vary.
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