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How do I choose the right gaming PC?

PC gaming is at the top of the graphic food chain, but where exactly does that graphic power come from? In this article, we'll explain what you should keep in mind when buying your game PC.

Choose gaming PC

Gaming PC setup on desk.

Important when choosing a good game PC is what video card you need and which games you want to play. Pay attention to the following parts and minimum specifications:* An NVIDIA GeForce GTX video card or better* An Intel Core i5 processor or better* 8GB RAM or more* An SSD

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

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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 1060 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 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.

The processor

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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.

RAM

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

For a gaming computer, a minimum of 8GB RAM is sufficient. The RAM is like a notepad for your processor to quickly see important information. If you want to stream games, 16 or 32GB is a requirement. With an eye to the future, you want to have at least 16GB RAM or more.

The hard drive

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

Everyone hates loading times, especially gamers. With an SSD, that's a thing of the past. An SSD halves your startup and loading time, so you can get ready for the next level quickly. If you want to take it to the next level, you can choose multiple SSDs in a Raid 0 setup. In a Raid 0 setup, each SSD does half of the work. The speed doubles, just like it would if you were to start writing with two hands.

The case

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. Because taste can differ, it's especially useful to look at what you like. Where one person wants a PC with all the bells and whistles in terms of lighting and decoration, another person wants a somewhat more subtle computer case. As far as the case is concerned, choose what you like.



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