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50 Tips to Help You Get the Best PC Gaming Machine

Pre-purchase decisions 1 If you’re on a budget, consider a pre-built gaming PC. Keep in mind that PCs marketed as a “gaming PC” may be more expensive, but may offer the same or similar components to a PC marketed as a “desktop”. 2 Building a gaming rig from scratch doesn’t have to break the bank. Consider looking at bundled options that include a motherboard and processor. 3 When building your own gaming PC, be sure to choose the right size case for your needs: full tower, mid tower, or mini-ITX. For example, a standard ATX motherboard may not fit in a mini-ITX case. 4 Invest in an SSD of at least 500 GB on which your operating system will be installed, also leaving room for some of your favorite games. HDDs are often cheaper and offer more storage for the money, but SSDs are faster and better for performance. 5 If you want to get a head start, NVMe SSDs offer faster data transfer rates than SSDs. However, you will need to check how many PCIe slots your motherboard has (if any). 6 For the ultimate gaming PC setup, you’ll want to get at least a 24-inch monitor. 1080p monitors are great and you won’t need such powerful hardware, but a 4K (3840×2160) monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate will provide the best experience for AAA titles. seven Gaming PCs tend to be performance-hungry. This means you’ll need to make sure your PC has adequate cooling to keep temperatures down while you game. The fans are great and do the job well, but you can opt for liquid cooling if you want it to look fancy. 8 When buying RAM for your PC, make sure it is compatible with your motherboard. Most new motherboards will support DDR4, and some even go up to DDR5. 9 8GB of RAM is the absolute minimum to consider when building or upgrading your PC. However, in most cases, doubling up to 16GB of RAM is just as affordable. Two sticks of RAM are also better than one since they offer dual-channel memory slots. ten All of your PC’s hardware needs power, so you need a power supply to support all of your components. It is recommended to get an 80 Plus Gold or 80 Plus Platinum PSU for better power efficiency. You can also use a PSU calculator to determine how much power you need. 11 In addition to performance, a gaming PC should stand out from the crowd. RGB lighting strips and RGB fans are an affordable way to make your case look impressive. 12 If you add a lot of peripherals to your gaming PC, you’ll notice the abundance of wires and cables cluttering up your desk. Gaming desks are specially designed to provide cable management and can often be adjusted to the correct height. Peripheral devices 13 Mechanical keyboards are often preferred by PC gamers. This is because they offer low actuation (travel distance), responsive keys and useful hotkeys for playing games. 14 Decide if you want linear, tactile or clicky switches on your keyboard. Linear switches tend to be smoother, while touch and click provide confirmation of how the keys sound and feel when pressed. 15 An adjustable DPI gaming mouse should be considered in order to receive accurate response times and mouse clicks. For MMOs or competitive gamers, a mouse with programmable buttons is essential. 16 Although a mouse and keyboard are required for most PC gaming setups, many games also support game controllers, including the Xbox Series X controller. 17 Keeping your gaming desk tidy and clutter-free is essential. There are plenty of gaming accessories that can help you out, including an extended mouse pad, headphone stands, and a USB hub. 18 While your PC is the bread and butter of your gaming setup, it’s important to consider comfort, especially when gaming for long hours. A sturdy chair should be considered, especially one that offers height adjustment, 4D armrests and tilt. audio 19 Some gaming monitors include built-in speakers, but these are often underpowered and won’t feel particularly immersive. PC gaming brands like HyperX, Corsair, and SteelSeries offer amazing gaming headsets. 20 If you plan to go the speakerphone route and want to communicate with your friends, you can invest in a separate speakerphone and microphone setup. 21 Many PC gamers also enjoy streaming, so it’s important to look at microphone setups that cater to that. Additional accessories like a boom arm and a pop filter can be useful to dampen background noise and make your microphone more accessible. 22 If you’re an avid streamer, hardware like Stream Deck could make switching between streaming sites and programs much easier. Game platforms 23 Steam is by far the most popular platform for exploring and buying new games. However, there are other options like Epic Store, GOG Galaxy, Ubisoft Connect, etc. 24 If you are trying to find the best game to play that suits your needs, be sure to filter the games by type, such as Co-op, MMO, FPS, RTS, etc. This will make it easier to search through a Games library. 25 Purchased a game through Steam that is full of issues or not working? Steam is offering refunds on games if you’ve played them for less than two hours, within two weeks of purchase. 26 Join a Reddit community for your favorite games to learn new tips and tricks, or join a subreddit to explore different gaming communities and learn new things. Connectivity 27 Choose a high-end router that offers Wi-Fi 6, like the TP-Link Archer AX11000. Not only does it offer features like a gamer-centric interface, it’s extremely powerful and supports Wi-Fi 6. 28 Make sure your network card is compatible with your router. For example, if your network card does not support Wi-Fi 6, you may need to reconsider your options. 29 Deciding between a Wi-Fi and Ethernet connection for gaming can be confusing. Although Wi-Fi has improved dramatically, nothing compares to connecting your PC directly to your router via an Ethernet connection. 30 If you can’t connect via Ethernet, you need to make sure you can connect to the 5 GHz band on your router. The range won’t extend that far, but your performance will increase dramatically on the 2.4 GHz band. 31 A Bluetooth adapter is not essential, but it is certainly useful if you want to connect your PC to a printer, your smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Software and programs 32 You can easily monitor and overclock your GPU with software like MSI Afterburner. It’s free to install and offers complete control over your GPU, allowing you to push its performance to safe limits. 33 Recording gameplay isn’t just fun, it’s useful for streamers. OBS Studio lets you record and stream your gameplay along with options for audio, filters, and more. 34 Modding games can extend their longevity and also improve the gameplay beyond its limits. Nexus Mod Manager lets you download free mods for select games from community modders. 35 If your PC is equipped with an NVIDIA graphics card, GeForce Experience is essential. It ensures that your PC is running the latest drivers for your GPU and has a host of features, including the ability to record and share gameplay. 36 It’s no myth that building or upgrading your PC can become addictive. Using software like Speccy can help you determine your PC’s current components, such as your GPU, RAM, and CPU. It also displays the current hardware temperature of your PC. 37 Managing multiple monitors can be tricky, but with software like UltraMon, it’s easy to apply custom settings to all of your monitors, separately. It also supports screensavers and wallpapers. 38 Chatting with friends through a messaging system or talking to them through your headset can definitely make your gaming experience more interesting. Discord is a popular and free communication platform. You can create your own private servers or join community servers. 39 Many PC gamers love to play with RGB lighting, especially when it’s native to their peripherals like a gaming keyboard or mouse. Corsair’s iCUE lets you tinker with your RGB lighting, choose custom themes, and map keys to different profiles. Maintenance 40 Buying a new gaming PC feels good. But don’t forget to maintain hardware and software. Make sure to keep your PC up to date with the latest drivers and software updates. 41 You can keep your gaming keyboard clean with keyboard cleaning putty. This will prevent any excess dirt, dust, and debris from getting under the keys and causing problems. 42 If you have an SSD, you won’t have to defragment your drives. However, if your gaming PC has a hard drive, you may need to run defragmentation software periodically. 43 Using the Windows 10 Startup Organizer, you can ensure that only essential programs and processes start when your gaming PC starts up. This ensures that it does not suffer from any performance issues. 44 If you’re lucky enough to live in a warmer country, it’s worth keeping a few extra cooling fans to install when the weather warms up. This will prevent your PC from overheating during the summer months. 45 Every two months, open your PC and dust it off. If enough dust accumulates, it can raise temperatures and damage components. Overclocking 46 Verify that your processor supports overclocking by visiting the manufacturer’s website. This will be marked with two clear specifications like “base clock 3.4GHz” and “max. boost clock 4.9GHz”. 47 You can overclock your AMD or Intel processor through the BIOS. However, if you’re a beginner, you can benefit from Intel’s Extreme Tuning utility or AMD’s Ryzen Master. 48 It is advisable to test your overclocking settings before applying them. Tools like AIDA64 allow you to test the speed you want to achieve without damaging your PC. 49 You can increase your CPU voltage to create a more stable overclock. Research your processor for the maximum number of volts it can handle before changing any settings. 50 Overclocking is not a necessity. If you’re happy with your PC’s performance, don’t push your luck if you’re not sure what you’re doing.

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