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How to choose components for your first gaming PC

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PC gaming offers a variety of benefits from superior graphics to incredible PC exclusive titles. The control a mouse and keyboard provide is unparalleled, and building a gaming computer can be a wonderful learning experience – however, it can also be overwhelming for your first gaming PC. Before you even begin to learn how the parts fit together, you have to know which parts to buy.

Many factors go into selecting components for your first custom build, the most significant being your budget. From here, it is all about choosing the parts that will deliver the most bang for your PC gaming buck – they will vary depending on what you aim to accomplish.

For example, if you want to play competitive esports titles like CS:GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, etc. you are not going to need a top of the line graphics card or a lightning fast CPU. These games are incredibly well optimised – even a $500 gaming PC could get the job done if the proper parts were selected.

On the other hand, if you want to play more intensive games like Battlefield, PUBG, GTA V etc. you’ll need better hardware. Once again, if you know which components to buy, you can still build a great gaming PC without spending a fortune.

When you are on a budget, it is important to focus your attention on the GPU, rather than the CPU. Any well optimised game will primarily utilize the GPU’s processing power, as it handles all of the 3D rendering. Although Intel may advertise otherwise, buying an expensive Core-i7 processor is not going to cut it. Don’t skimp on the GPU to buy an expensive processor – instead, allocate your funds towards the GPU and buy a CPU that won’t bottleneck. This way, you’ll maximize gaming performance.

Here are some of the PC part buying basics to keep in mind:

How to choose parts for your first gaming PC
How to choose parts for your first gaming PC

Guest post by Jacob Tuwiner from EasyPC

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