9 Important Questions in PC Gaming

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.

9 PC Gaming Questions to Consider:

  • Budget – how much money and how fast do you want to go?
  • What types of games do you plan to play?
  • Cooling – are you going traditional or water cooled
  • Memory – how much, how fast
  • Storage – do you want traditional or SSD
  • Power supply – pick something that is consistent in its load and won't underpower your  system
  • Motherboard – what socket do you need
  • CPU type – are you going Intel or AMD; do you want Skylake or want to wait for Zen
  • Aesthetics – Cases; wired vs. wireless keyboards and mice (remember cool doesn't always mean good latency); monitors and headsets. 

Next, Make a Comparison Chart

When answering these questions you will probably want to use a chart with the following columns:

  • If money were no option, what would I want?
  • What can I afford?
  • Does what I have chosen all play together well?

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.

What about gaming laptops...

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.

Can I hook my computer up to my TV?

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.

Confusion Over CPU vs. 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.

AMD FX Omega       

FX-9590 8-core @ 4.7 GHz (5 GHz turbo) unlocked
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z
mobo
RX 480 8 GB
G.Skill Ripjaws 32 GB RAM
2 TB
Western Digital Black HD
Cooler Master V8 GTS
DVD burner
Rosewill Quark 1200W p/s
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Windows 10 Home

Check the price in our online store


AMD FX Prime 

FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz turbo)
ASUS 970 Pro Gaming / Aura
RX 460 4GB
Kingston HyperX Fury 16 GB 
2 TB
Western Digital Black
Cooler Master V8 GTS
DVD burner
Rosewill Quark 1200W
p/s
Cooler Master HAF 912
Windows 10

Check the price in our online store


AMD FX Ultra
       
AMD FX-6300 6-core @ 3.5 GHz (4.7 GHz turbo)
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 mobo
R7 360 
Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB RAM
1 TB Western Digital Black HD
Cooler Master V8 GTS
DVD burner
Rosewill Quark 750W p/s
Rosewill Nautilus ATX mid tower
Windows 10

Check the price in our online store

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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