Build A Gaming PC – How To Pick Parts You Need! [Buyer’s Guide]

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The rig, the station, the monster, no matter what we call them, they are universally the same thing, the gaming PC.

Make no mistake about it, a gaming PC is not something to take lightly. Gaming on a “family computer” or a cheap laptop will simply not be enough to give you that gaming high.

You need performance, high frame rates, speed, very short response times, massive screen resolutions, and most important of all, no lag.

It should come as no surprise that building a gaming PC can be difficult on a lot of levels, costing us huge sums of money, a great deal of time, and a rather sizable portion of patience.

When done right, “New PC Day” for a gamer is bigger and better than “Christmas” is to a kid, however, doing it right is never easy.

Let’s take it one step at a time and see everything you need to do, and how, to get that ultimate gaming setup up and running.

Your Gaming PC Budget

When is the best time to build a PC? When you have a good chunk of money saved up and can avoid buying minimum spec parts.

Before we start comparing parts, you’re going to have to figure out your total budget. Can you spend $700, $1000, $1500 or more?

 * The chart below is an example of a basic setup and assumes that you already have a desk and chair. The biggest thing to note is the higher % for the more important components.

Gaming PC Parts% Of Total Budget$1500 Example (Prices USD)
RAM (Memory)7%$100.00
Graphics Card25%$350.00
Hard Drive (250GB SSD)7%$100.00
Case / Tower6%$80.00
Power Supply6%$80.00
Headset or Speakers6%$80.00
Monitor (1080p)9%$130.00

If you already have some components that you can use for your new setup, great! If not, be prepared to spend a little more initially.

I’ve included some things in this guide that aren’t essential but are nice to have if you plan on gaming often.

In the comparison chart above, I’ve given budget ratios to help you determine how much you should spend on a gaming build.

Now that your budget is set let’s have a look at what to consider for each part of your build.

Gaming Motherboards

Gaming Motherboard

Top Features To Consider: CPU Socket, Ram slots, other slots.

The motherboard is the foundation upon which you will build your gaming PC and the very first choice that you will need to make.

The most important defining feature of a motherboard is its CPU socket. This is, as the name implies, the socket in which the CPU will be inserted.

There are currently 2 main CPU manufacturers, Intel and AMD, each with their own CPU architecture and designs.

That means that there are 2 main CPU sockets out there:

  1. Intel sockets (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA2066)
  2. AMD sockets (AM2, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1, FM2, FM2+)

These are not interchangeable! Intel processors will not work in AMD sockets or vice versa.

Next thing to look at is the number of RAM slots that the board has. These will always be an even number, usually 2 or 4, sometimes 6, very rarely 8.

Motherboard Ram Slots

The more ram slots you have, the more ram sticks you can attach to the board, however, CPUs have a limit on how much RAM memory they can use (and see). So the sweet spot that you’re looking for is 4 slots.

When it comes to installing your ram, most motherboards have color-coded slots to show you how to use pairs properly. If not, you’ll have to refer to your manual.

You should also consider what other slots the board comes with. These are located on the lower half of the board, and it is where you will be connecting additional cards and adapters.

The thing that the motherboard MUST have is at least 1 PCI Express slot, for your graphics card, and a few PCI-E slots of other general cards and adapters.

It is standard for motherboards to have sound, LAN, and even video capabilities integrated into the chipset of the motherboard itself. Which is why you will see sound, LAN and video connectors amongst the ports that it comes with.


Gaming Processor

Top Features To Consider: Architecture, number of cores, processor frequency.

A processor (CPU) is the brain of the computer itself, the little chip that controls everything that your computer does.

Luckily for us, picking the right processor is not that difficult.

Assuming you have already picked a motherboard, you already know what the architecture and socket of the processor will be (Intel or AMD).

However, that is not where the choices end, it just narrows the selection down a little.

Next, you need to figure out what the processor’s frequency will be.

This is measured in GHz and represents the frequency at which the CPU processes data in one second. It is also known as “clock speed” or “processing speed.”

What Is The minimum CPU Frequency to consider for a gaming PC? Don’t go below 2.9GHz, or 2900MHz.

This is because the processor needs to be able to process a lot of data fast, millions of lines of codes and commands every second, and a slower CPU will simply slow down the game and force you to deal with technical lag.

Next up is the number of cores. A CPU is made up of either 1 or multiple cores, depending on its architecture and design, allowing each core to act and function as a miniature CPU in its own right, taking on simultaneous computations and calculations.

These can be:

  • Single core (1 core)
  • Dual-core (2 cores)
  • Quad-core (4 cores)
  • Hexa-core (6 cores)
  • Octa-core (8 cores)

For a gaming PC, the processor needs to be at least a Quad-core (4 cores) to ensure that it will be able to run the latest games properly, at the frequency above.


Gaming Ram

Top Features To Consider: Total memory, ram type.

Random Access Memory, or RAM, is a type of memory that the computer uses on its own to run programs, computations, calculations, and various other processes at the same time.

This is also a form of memory that you, the end user, do not have access to directly, only the system and programs do.

The amount of RAM memory is crucial for a good gaming system. Simply put, the more RAM you have, the faster and smoother everything will be.

Not to mention the fact that the more RAM you have, the more things you can run at the same time without hindering the system or causing it to lock up.

How much ram do you need for gaming? For a good gaming PC, you will need 16GB of RAM.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Operating system requires 1.7GB of RAM to run properly.
  • The system will cache approximately 3GB of RAM, basically being reserved by the system for it to run properly should the need arise or should too many applications try and access it at the same time.
  • A game will require anything from 1GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM to run, sometimes more, depending on the game leaving 3.3 GB of RAM free for use with other applications, like web browsers, music players, and so on.
  • The type of ram (DDR1, DDR2, DDR3, DDR4, DDR5) is generally dictated by the motherboard and the RAM slots that it has. The most common slots on newer boards are DDR3 and DDR4. However, it can vary from board to board.
  • The frequency of the RAM sticks in of themselves does not matter. What matters the most is that all the RAM sticks have the same frequency.

A good rule of thumb is to buy a pack (2-4 sticks per pack), meaning that the sticks are from the same batch, the same manufacturer and having the same architecture and frequency, thus having optimal synergy with one another.

Graphics Card

Gaming Graphics Card

Top Features To Consider: Video chipset, video processor, bit depth, onboard memory.

The graphics card is the very backbone of a gaming PC, and also one of the most expensive components that you will ever buy. In some cases costing more than the Motherboard and CPU combined.

While motherboards and CPUs have video capabilities, they are sub-par and lacking in every way when it comes to gaming. This is because these integrated video capabilities are for basic operations, such as booting up the computer and running basic programs, maybe watch a video if you’re lucky.

This is well and good for a family computer or an office computer, but unacceptable for a gaming PC.

What Should You Look For In A Graphics Card?

The main thing to look out for is the graphics chipsets. Again, it is split between 2 video superpowers, NVIDIA and AMD. This is not to be confused with the manufacturers of the boards, that’s an entirely different thing.

If you have an Intel processor and motherboard, you will want a NVIDIA graphics card. If you have an AMD CPU and motherboard, you will want an AMD graphics card.

Next up is the model of the card, and this is where it gets tricky.

You will want to look at the processor numbers first. This is your first indication of which one is better and which one is worse.

For example, a GTX 1070 is far better than a GTX 1050 but is worse than a GTX 1080.

Next, you will want to look at the memory that the graphics card packs. This is RAM memory that only the card can use, and is also a clear indication of how fast the card actually is.

For a gaming PC, the very minimum you need here is 2 GB, but I recommend you shoot for 4 GB at least.

Last, but by no means least, you will need to look at the bit depth of the card. This tells you the level of graphics that it can handle. The minimum for a gaming PC is 128-bit depth.

If you plan on playing games at insane resolutions, like 4K, or even in VR, then you will need to raise that requirement up to 256-bit depth.

Hard Drives

Gaming Hard Drives

Top Features To Consider: Size, speed, durability.

The memory banks that you will be used freely, and the most frustrating resource that you will ever have to manage, as a gamer.

There are currently 2 main storage options:

  1. Hard disk drives (HDD), which are a lot larger and with an unlimited number of writes, but slower and with a limited life expectancy.
  2. Solid state drives (SSD), which are a lot faster and with a longer life expectancy, but a lot smaller and with a limited number of writes.

Simply put, with an HDD, you get a lot more space and a lot more freedom with your data management, but you get longer loading times and overall frailty.

With an SSD, you get quick loading times, no frailty, but smaller storage space for the price, and limited data management.


The best setup that you can have, for a gaming PC is as follows:

  • 1 small SSD (around 60 GB) for your operating system with all its apps and programs
  • 1 large SSD (256-500GB or larger) on which you will install your games
  • 1 HDD, (500GB-1TB) for general purpose use, like storing your saved games, your music, your videos, other less important programs, your downloads, etc.

This setup ensures that your operating system and your games will always run at the fastest speeds possible, while at the same time avoiding the limited number of writes or the limited amount of data you can write to an SSD, by having an HDD for general purpose data, and backups.

Towers & Cases

Gaming Tower

Top Features To Consider: Size, the ability to accommodate the components, cable management, cooling.

A computer case, or tower, is a fun and free choice that you can make for your gaming PC.

There are only 3 major requirements that you will need to keep in mind:

  1. The case needs to be big enough to fit everything without having to cram things up.
  2. The case needs to accommodate the cooling choice properly (large open airways for air cooling and large openings to attach vents for water cooling)
  3. The case needs to provide the user with proper cable management options. This includes channels and openings in its frame that you can weave cables through or clamp them using zip ties, clear storage compartments for drives.

Everything else is cosmetic and up to your preference.

All cases have standard openings in the back for motherboard ports, so you have that aspect covered.

There is a wide variety of cases out there, from the standard plain, featureless black box to cases made out of see-through plastic, cases that have weird shapes, fragmented modular cases, even cases made out of glass or wood.

A good rule of thumb here is to inspect the case before buying it. Make sure that it is sturdy and solid enough, especially if it is made out of metal.

Over time, if the metal is thin, it can warp slightly, throwing the components off balance, and cause the fans to wobble a bit, thus creating an annoying grinding humming noise.

PC Cooling

PC Cooling

Top Features To Consider: Stability, cooling performance, noise levels, safety.

Cooling a gaming computer is a more tricky choice that you will have to make.

There are 2 main ways to cool a computer. Water cooling and air cooling.

Air cooling is a more traditional one, which relies on heat sinks to radiate the heat away from components and fans attached to the heat sinks to blow the warm air away from them, thus allowing for more heat to pass through the sinks.

More: Best Case Fans

Water cooling relies on heat sinks made more or less in the same manner as a car radiator, with hoses connecting to them. These hoses connect to pumps, which connect to small reservoirs and finally a cooling unit, usually placed on the side of the case facing outwards.

Water gets pumped from the reservoir, through the hoses, into the heat sinks, where it cools the heat sink by absorbing the heat, then through another set of hoses, into the cooling unit, and back into the reservoir.

Both of them have their pros and cons.

Air cooling pros:

  • Safer
  • Less complicated
  • More stable

Air cooling cons:

  • Can become noisy over time
  • Heavily dependent on the size of the case and how air flows through it
  • Requires periodic cleaning (once every 1-2 years) to clean any dust or dirt from the heat sinks and fans

Water cooling pros:

  • Very quiet
  • Very fast cooling speed
  • Can be connected to additional components like RAM sticks, hard drives, graphics cards, etc.

Water cooling cons:

  • Very complicated and delicate to set up. One mistake and it can have a leak, which can short-circuit your entire rig.
  • Requires regular maintenance. Topping off water levels in the reservoirs, bleeding the system of any air bubbles, cleaning the external radiating unit.
  • Any and all modifications or upgrades made to the system, require you to drain the entire cooling assembly and refill it once you’re done.

All in all, it is up to you to decide how you want your system cooled.

  • Dedicated gamers often prefer using air cooling because it is cheaper, safe and much more reliable.
  • Professional gamers, on the other hand, prefer water cooling because of its increased performances, despite the cost, risks and extra maintenance.

Power Supply

Gaming Power Supply

Top Features To Consider: Wattage, modular, number of cables and connectors, surge protection, on/off switch

Simply put, everything in your system uses power. Not all components use the same amount of power, and generally, the more you push the components, the more power they will require.

Wattage is very important.

With that in mind, for a gaming PC, you will need a power supply that is capable of pumping out at least 700W.

Next, you will need to make sure that the power supply has enough cables for every component that requires being connected to it.

Normally, these components are:

  • Motherboard
  • HDDs (1 cable per drive)
  • SSDs (1 cable per drive)
  • Optical drives such as Blu-Ray drives or DVD drives (1 cable each)
  • Additional miscellaneous drives (1 cable each)
  • Graphics card, if it requires a power supply connection (1-2 cables, depending on card or setup)
  • Cooling system, if it requires a power supply connection (1-2 cables each)
  • Additional miscellaneous internal components or lighting (1 cable each)

Next, you will need to make sure that the power supply has a surge protection mechanism incorporated. This means that if there is a power surge or a sudden power outage, the power supply will stay balanced and not cause your internal components to fry.

Worst case scenario, the power supply fries, but the components are safe.

Next, make sure the power supply has an On/Off switch. This provides additional security for when you have to leave home, and there is a sudden surge, thus keeping the power supply, and the components, safe.

The last thing that you will want to do is see if the power supply comes with any modular cables, splitters or adapters. This helps you reach components a lot easier, as well as connect Molex components to a SATA power supply, or vice versa. These extra cables are usually very cheap, so it’s not that big of a deal if the power supply comes without them.

Gaming Monitors

Gaming Monitor

Top Features To Consider: Resolution, refresh rate, response time, screen size.

Monitors are very important for our experience as a gamer. It can make or break your immersion and your overall gaming experience.

Picking the right monitors is crucial.

For a proper PC gaming setup, you will need at least 2 monitors if your budget allows it.

That is because for simulators you can extend the picture and create a virtual cockpit, for streaming you can use the second monitor to look at chat, and for more strategic and social games like MMORPGs, you can use it as a second active screen.

Playing a game like ARMA 3 and need to see a larger map while playing? You’ll need a second screen so you don’t have to alt-tab out of the game.

For resolution options you have the following:

  • 720p (HD ready)
  • 1080p (Full HD)
  • 2K
  • 4K

These dictate how clear the screen is, what the picture quality and resolution will be, as well as the actual FoV capabilities.

The minimum size of the screen required for a gaming PC is 23 inches. This is because anything smaller than that can cause motion sickness, especially when using extended FoVs, a problem commonly met when playing first-person shooters or first-person adventure games.

The refresh rate is also a key component when playing games with fast-moving scenes. While the standard is 60hz, monitors range up from 60, 90, 120, 144 and even 165hz in the case of the Asus Predator line.

I game at 144hz, see our best 1440p monitor picks, and I feel like things are much smoother and I’m able to react much faster in game. You’re going to need a beefy system to handle higher refresh rates.

Without getting into too much detail, monitor response times are another factor to consider. I find that anything less than 5ms is good for gaming, 1ms if you can afford it.

Depending on your video card, Gsync and Freesync are terms you should be familiar with and take advantage of.

As a rule of thumb, the setup needs to have a very strong and capable main monitor and a weaker smaller secondary monitor. The only exception is for simulation and racing games, where you can extend the picture on both, so both screens should be identical.


Gaming Routers

It is usually a very good idea to have a router so that you have a wired connection for your PC, and a wireless connection for your mobile devices, or your laptop.

The main thing to remember is that the PC connection needs to be wired, not wireless because wireless connections can have a lot of static and a lot of interference.

While this might not be noticeable when watching videos on YouTube or Chatting on Facebook, this can make the difference between a win and a loss when gaming. Not to mention all the lag issues that wireless connections are known to cause.

It doesn’t matter what kind of frequency the router has, as long as it is compatible with your internet connection. You might want to check with your ISP to get your connection details and information beforehand.

Just make sure you have wired LAN ports on the router, meaning that you can connect one or more devices to it via standard LAN cable.

Internet Connection

Internet Connection Speed

Top Features To Consider: Connection stability, download speed, upload speed.

It goes without saying that an internet connection is a necessity in modern times, even more so when it comes to gaming.

Everything is done online these days, from gaming services such as Steam, G2A, and GoG, to cloud storage and online gaming. As well as an increasing number of games that requires an internet connection in order to be played.

The main thing you need to worry about when getting an internet connection is how stable it is. You need to make sure that your provider is solid and that any and all problems are fixed in due time.

Next, you will need to see what connection options you have at your disposal.

You’ll be aiming for the best connection that you can get. Favor high download speeds. High cable connections and fiber are the ones that you’ll be looking for.

As a general download speed, look for at least 5MB/s (megabytes per second).

If you’re planning to stream, or upload gaming videos, you will need to pay close attention to your upload speed as well. You can’t expect it to be on par with the download speed, but at least half of it.

For 1080p FPS game streams, I’d recommend at least a 50 Mbit connection for both download and upload.

Gaming Keyboards

Gaming Keyboard

Top Features To Consider: Mechanical keyboard, switch types and cost.

The biggest option when it comes to keyboards is the choice between mechanical or membrane variations. That refers to the mechanism of transferring a keypress to the input signal received by your PC.

  • Membrane keyboards pass an electrical signal through a membrane to signify a keypress.
  • Mechanical keyboards use a mechanical switch where each key is separate.

For most gamers, mechanical keyboards are preferred. They provide a serious upgrade in precision, and they feel a lot more robust during gameplay.

The biggest drawback is the increase in cost for a mechanical gaming keyboard. These typically have better types of switches that increase response times.

When you’re playing a game that requires fast inputs, you will notice the difference between a generic $20 keyboard versus a $150 gaming keyboard. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to make you a better player.

Other options include backlighting and ergonomic design. Backlighting does not enhance the quality of your play, but it can be set to match the lighting of the other parts of your rig. Ergonomic design refers to the construction of the keyboard as it relates to the natural positioning of your hands.

A quality keyboard should be comfortable even after hours of playtime. If I were working on a tight budget, I would focus my money on other more important computer parts.

Gaming Mouse and Mouse Pads

Gaming Mouse

Top Features To Consider: Size, how the mouse fits, DPI, number of macros and buttons.

The mouse is crucial for gaming, and not just any mouse will do.

You will need a mouse that is tailor-made for gaming, as well as the types of games that you are playing.

First off, you will need to check the DPI (dots per inch) levels of the mouse. That is a way used to measure responsiveness and sensitivity. The higher the DPI levels, the more responsive the mouse is.

Next is the amount of buttons that the mouse has. That differs from game type to game type. For RPGs and MMORPGs, you will want a mouse with a lot of macros and buttons, usually in rows of 3 or 4 on the side of the mouse.

For shooters, you’re looking for a mouse with very high DPI values and only a few extra buttons.

Next, make sure that the mouse fits comfortably in your hand. This helps prevents strain and helps keep your joints healthy.

The mouse pad needs to be big, around 4-5 time the size of a normal mouse pad. When gaming, you don’t want to lift your mouse up and reposition it on the mouse pad. A bigger mouse pad means more room to maneuver.

Some mouse pads are so big that they encompass almost the entire desk. The user putting his or her keyboard, and other devices, on the mouse pad itself.

Gaming Headsets & Microphones

Gaming Headset

Top Features To Consider: Coverage, volume levels, bass and treble levels, speaking comfort.

Sound and communication play a massive role in modern gaming, especially when playing online games with people from all over the world.

There will always be a debate between headphones and speakers.

More: Headset vs Headphones

While speakers can give out amazing quality, if you invest in a proper sound system, a headset simply gives you more privacy and does an overall better job.

For a gaming headset, you’re looking for a pair that, first off, covers your entire earlobe. That is to help drown out external sound and create a proper environment.

Second, you need to see the actual audio ranges of the headset. This includes base levels, treble levels, and so on because you are looking for great audio feedback as well as comfort.

If possible, it is advisable to test headsets out thoroughly before buying one.

The microphone needs to be clear and powerful, however directional. The idea is to be a rigid solid arm, with the microphone pointed towards your mouth. The purpose of this is to pick up the sound that you make, rather than the noise around you or keys clicking from the keyboard.

By default, operating systems come with options to amplify and boost your microphone, so you don’t need to worry about how loud the microphone is.

Something else to check for is that the microphone also has a little sponge covering it. That is known as a pop filter, and it helps to neutralize popping noise levels which often occur when pronouncing the letters “P” and “T.”

Make sure that the microphone is in front of your mouth, and not on the cable to prevent loud rubbing noises.

You might also want to consider a desk microphone if it feels more comfortable for you or your favorite headphones don’t include a mic.


Gaming Webcam

Top Features To Consider: Resolution, FPS, cost.

If you plan to stream your game content, a quality webcam is a necessary item.

Those who watch Esports and gaming streams feel personally connected to the streamers, and a webcam facilitates this relationship.

The two biggest considerations when choosing a webcam are resolution and frames-per-second. Resolution is probably the most important thing to consider.

Higher resolution rates translate to better video quality. They also produce larger video files, so be sure to have enough storage space to accommodate the webcam you choose.

Higher resolutions also facilitate better green screen performance. Overlaying a background by using a green screen relies on the webcam being able to differentiate the pixel color surrounding the individual being recorded. A higher quality webcam will result in a crisper edge around the subject.

Frames-per-second should be at least 30. That is the limit of what the brain can register. There is debate as to whether 60 FPS is best, but I think a good 30 FPS webcam will suffice in most situations. The exception would be slow-motion recording. Higher framerates are required if you want to slow down your footage in post-production.

Many webcams also come with a built-in microphone. For a gamer, this can be quite useful if you’re having trouble with your headset or main mic. A microphone shouldn’t be a purchasing factor for a webcam and only seen as a bonus.

If you don’t plan on streaming, forego a webcam and spend the money on more important parts.

Game Controllers For PC

PC Game Controller

Top Features To Consider: Enough action buttons, comfortable layout, and control scheme, compatibility with the operating system and games.

It might seem a bit weird, or counter-intuitive, but some games are simply better played with controllers, rather than a keyboard and mouse.

Games that require precision adjustments and turning, such as simulators and racing games, are better played with a controller.

Also, games that were designed for specific consoles or gaming machines, like certain platforming games, certain fighting games, even some adventure games are simply better played with a controller.

But What Controller Should I Choose?

Many of the controllers on the market try to emulate 2 main controller designs, the Xbox layout, and the Playstation layout, with exceptions emulating the Atari layout but those are few and far between.

There isn’t a “perfect” controller that is good for everyone. Just one with a control scheme that makes sense to you and makes you feel comfortable when using it.

As a general rule, you want to make sure that the controller in question is compatible with your operating system, and that the games in question support it.

A rule of thumb dictates that the Windows operating system supports Xbox controllers by default because Microsoft also manufactures the Xbox console and the controllers.

Gaming Chairs

Gaming Chair

Top Features To Consider: Support, comfort, promoting proper posture.

Health rarely comes up when discussing gaming, however, it is a very important thing to consider.

You will be spending hours and hours sitting down and playing games, and this can have dire consequences on your body. Back problems, joint pains, stress, fatigue, these are just a few of the things that you will be facing, is using a normal chair.

A gaming chair is designed specifically for gamers.

First off, it is ergonomic, made to fit the physiognomy of the user, offering not just proper lumbar support, but also side and shoulder support, allowing the gamer to sit back, relax and play his or her games while at the same time maintaining proper posture and avoiding future problems.

Another thing to note here is the fact that gaming chairs are, most of the time, shaped like racing seats. The “bucket seat” design allows for more comfort and better posture, while at the same time giving off that gamy vibe.

You will want to make sure that the gaming chair that you are buying has the support that you need. Make sure that the lumbar area is properly supported and that the chair is sturdy enough to support prolonged use repeatedly.

Make sure to try the chair out before buying it, to make sure that it is comfortable and that you feel relaxed when using it.

Desks For Gaming

Gaming Desk

Top Features To Consider: Size, space, cable management options.

The desk is a lot more important than we give it credit for.

The idea here is to have enough room to fit your computer, and stretch your arms properly. So the surface itself needs to be long enough to accommodate the full length of your arm, and wide enough to fit you comfortably at least 2 times.

That will give you enough space for your setup, as well as a bit extra to move around in.

In regards to storage space, you don’t need any drawers or shelves, nor is it recommended keeping in mind that they would restrict your overall movement area. A good idea is to get a roll box and just have it right next to the desk.

Another thing to keep in mind is the cable management solutions that it can offer. See if it has an opening or a hole in it through which you can run cables. That makes it overall a lot cleaner and more pleasant to look at.

It also helps prevent accidentally ripping a cable out of its socket when legs are flailing around during intense gaming moments.

Something very important to remember, keyboard trays are not recommended because of how uncomfortable it is gaming on them. The best way to go about it is to have your keyboard on your desk.

The same goes for special slots for tower cases. Reserving space under the desk is not a good idea in general because you still need to stretch while gaming and your PC needs good air flow.

Overall, make sure that you pick a desk that will fit in your designated gaming space, and that feels comfortable to use. Remember that you will be spending lots of hours at a time using it, so comfort is of paramount importance.

Should You Get An All-In-One PC?

While we’re at it, let’s get this out of the way.

– NO! –

All-In-One PCs are great. Typically, they don’t take as much room as traditional PC setups do, you don’t have to deal with a veritable jungle of wires and cables, and they sport a practical yet enjoyable design.

Sometimes they have touch screens, making it easy to use them like massive tablets for graphical projects.

The problem is that All-In-One systems are not designed for gaming. They are designed for home/office work, in some cases graphic design and music/video editing.

Because of the All-In-One design itself, the designers and manufacturers have had to make some compromises when it comes to the parts used. That being said, these systems are lacking in certain areas.

If you’re on a budget, or feel overwhelemd, consider a Pre-built gaming system that is upgradable.

For example, some systems won’t have enough RAM memory, some will not have a dedicated graphics card, and some systems will not have the storage capacity.

All of the systems, however, lack proper cooling and are incredibly difficult or impossible to upgrade.

Gaming pushes the components of a system and puts a lot of stress on them, making them overheat, meaning that cooling problems can result in burnt components.

Not to mention that games evolve at a rapid pace, and so does technology, meaning that you will find yourself in the awkward position of having to buy a new system to play the latest games rather than some RAM or a new graphics card.

Final Thoughts

Let’s face it gaming is something that we not only enjoy but also take great pride in by boasting about our achievements, the hardest bosses that we beat, the longest (or shortest) runs we had, and so on.

And with it comes the all-important gaming PC, the sacred temple around which every man cave, nerd den, and gaming room is built around.

There are a lot of combinations and options to consider, including software.

While it is true that gaming is one of the most expensive hobbies you can have, it does not necessarily have to be that way.

There are a lot of parts and boards that have upgrade options, saving you money in the long run, as well as a lot of options to shop smart for your components.

The main thing to remember is that the overall performance of your gaming rig is the most important aspect of it, so skimping on performance will defeat the overall purpose.

Make sure you take your time, consider your options, compare component and properly plan your moves. That way, you can design and build your optimal gaming PC, and be able to enjoy it without regretting your decision.