As PC gamers, we face a dilemma with the ever-changing landscape of technology. Doesn’t it seem like these days, new hardware is being released just about every few months? With this, it’s easy to feel like your system is being left behind. Luckily, a well-thought out PC case can be time-tested with minimal upgrades to handle the latest gaming demands.
In this article, I’m going to share with you different components of your build that you can change in order to give your gaming pc case that extra oomph!
The video card is the heart of every gaming rig. As the primary power house, it’s usually the first thing gamers will try and upgrade, but it’s also the most expensive. When choosing the right GPU, there’s a few things you must keep in mind:» The graphics card is the most important component, but must work in conjunction with the rest of your components.
» A high-end GPU’s performance can be bottlenecked by an old processor
» Memory size doesn't matter, bandwidth does
» Multipying GPUs can do more harm than good depending on your system goals. Don’t do more than what is necessary.
» Is there built-in cooling on the GPU?
The more RAM you have, the more you benefit when running a game. Why is having adequate RAM necessary? When you don’t have enough, your games will start to use your hard drive for extra memory, slugging your loading down heavily. It also helps you quickly switch between applications in the background alot easier.
So how much RAM exactly do you need? That just depends on the system you want to have. For simple gaming, 8GB works just fine and is actually the most recommended by most games. For anything beyond that like video editing and production, 16GB should work. If you’re looking to improve your framerate, then I’d recommend changing your GPU as a change in RAM may not make much of a difference.
In a previous blog post about which storage type is best for you, I mentioned that SSD are better for speed and performance over HDD. To recap, SSD have no mechanical moving parts; therefore, they’ll boot your applications and games faster. I definitely recommend going with a solid state drive if you’re a gamer looking for optimal speed.
The downside is, SSD are also fairly expensive per GB compared to HDD, especially if you’re looking to go into the higher TB levels. However, an adequate SSD to store your OS and games shouldn't be too fairly expensive. And you’ll be able to use your HDD to store your files, photos, and videos.
In some instances, the power supply could affect the performance of your system. If the PSU isnt supplying enough voltage power, you may experience a significant drop on your frame rates during resource-intensive gaming. Having a PSU that is capable of handling your system components will keep your frame rates consistent no matter the situation.
What to look for in a power supply:
» How many 6-8pin PCIe power connectors does it have
» Amps supplied on 12v rails?
» It’s always better to go with trusted brand names over advertised wattage
If you want a power supply that can be handy for future upgrades, be sure to go with a PSU that can accommodate many PCIe power cables than needed on your GPU.
Does upgrading your gaming rig stop here? Definitely not. I’ve touched on some of the most basic components that you should look at first, but other areas of upgrade also include water cooling, fan ventilation, and processors.
When was the last time you upgraded your case? What was it for and what changes did you have to do? Share it with us in a comment below.