Ok, there are going to be a lot of people looking to get a PC so that they can enter the world of PC gaming, but won’t know where to start because they are coming from the world of consoles, where everything is just plug and play, with no real setup or build process to think of.
To save you some time though, I will be recommending that if you want to get into PC gaming, you should be looking to build yourself a proper gaming PC. Now, if (like the example I gave just before) you are new to PC gaming, and possibly turned away by the idea of building your own PC, then I should say straight away that it’s much easier than you might think, and that in the long run are going to save yourself money whilst learning a new skill as you build the PC itself. Not a bad thing by any means.
Now, when it comes to PC gaming and building your own rig there are three things that should stick out to you when it comes to choosing your hardware. The first of these is your CPU – you need to make sure that whatever processor you choose to put in your PC is both powerful and compatible with the other parts in the PC you are planning to build. Your main two options are AMD and Intel – make sure to explore both of them before you make your final choice.
Then you have to think about your GPU or graphics card. There are lots of different options out there, all at different price points, but the rule of thumb is that half of your PC building budget needs to be dedicated to the graphics card. If you want to know why its because the graphics card is going to power all the games you play on your PC. Pretty important stuff.
And then there is the internal memory of the PC. This is the third most important thing when it comes to building your PC and we can split it into two different categories – RAM, and accrual internal storage. Both of these things are going to have a huge impact on the way that both your games run, and how many games you can actually store on your PC.
That was a really brief run-through of what you need to build your own gaming PC – but it’s the bones of it. So, what if you don’t want to build your own PC, but still want to get into PC gaming?
Well, there are prebuilt gaming PC options out there for you to choose from, but you have to be aware that they are often more expensive versions of PCs you can build yourself. It’s pretty simple maths – add labor onto the total cost of all the parts, and then think about the fact that companies want to make a profit. So, as far as gaming desktops are concerned, there are prebuilt options available, but building your own is definitely the better option.
And yes – there are gaming laptops available. They are cool and super portable (if moving around for localized gaming parties is important to you) and they are often great for more than just gaming – more on that later. But, bear in mind that a gaming laptop is often more expansive than a prebuilt due to its being smaller, and they aren’t as easy to modify or customize. Otherwise, sure the option is there – but you can often get more out of a desktop PC, with a longer upgrade path attached.