Every gamer’s biggest dream (well at least PC gamers) is to build a gaming rig that is powerful enough to play games butter smooth, pleasant as well as wild enough to stand out of the crowd. This guide might just help you to build a machine of your dreams.
The first thing to consider is the budget. How much free or tight you might be on your budget, it is important to put your hard-earned money on the right parts. This guide mostly concentrates on the mid-range build, since most of the users will be fine with this range. Lower and higher range build are also discussed.
All the power that your rig has might go to waste if there is not enough space to store your games in it. 1TB of space is the minimum recommended storage for your rig, as anything below that might not be enough. Anything higher or multiple HDDs are even better for a high-end build.
It is very important that you also have an SSD; at least 256GB is recommended for budget and mid-range build; 1TB is recommended for a high end build. The games released these days requires textures to be loaded as quickly as possible from storage to avoid world not being loaded when the player character is moving(Need for Speed 2015 had the problem of the world not being loaded fast enough from normal HDDs and cars just falling inside unloaded roads).
Coming to the HDD, a WD Blue rated 7200rpm or a Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm drive is recommended for lower and mid-range builds. However, for a high end build, a WD Black drives or WD Velociraptor 10000rpm drives are recommended for extreme performance.
For the SSD, a Samsung 850 EVO 256GB is recommended for lower and mid-range builds and a Samsung 850 Pro 1TB for a high-end build.
Even SSDs are not powerful enough to match the speed of a CPU; this is where the RAM comes in to help the CPU fetch the data even faster. For a budget build, a Transcend 8 GB 1333 MHz is recommended. For the mid-range build, Corsair Vengeance 16 GB 1333 MHz is recommended. For the high-end build, Avexir Raiden Series 2666Mhz DDR4 32GB RAM with Plasma-tubes to give your rig an extra touch is recommended.
It is very important to protect your rig from real-world enemies such as surges and spikes; to avoid this choosing a good PSU should be a priority. For a budget build, a Corsair VS550 (check for the Wattage according to your build, VS550 indicates a 550-Watt) is recommended. For the mid-range build, a Corsair TX650M is recommended and for a high-end build, Corsair AX1200i is recommended for the extreme protection of your rig.
Now, this does not mean that Corsair VS Series does not protect your PC. It really does, but on a smaller scale which includes reliability over the years and protection against extreme voltages. But, AX Series does this really good with extreme reliability over the years and maximum protection against surges and spikes in voltages.
Coming to the motherboard, for the budget build, it is worthy to note that single PCI slot configuration should be more than sufficient and MSI B250I Gaming PRO AC or B250 Gaming M3 is highly recommended. For the mid-range build, Asus Z270 Maximus IX Hero is recommended. For the high-end build, ASUS Maximus IX Formula ASUS Maximus IX Formula is recommended. The mid and high-end motherboards mentioned here has the lights on the board to give your rig an extra touch with both of them having multiple graphics card (PCI) slots, in case you want to have multiple GPU configurations.
Coming to the brains of your rig, this is where the budget may differ heavily among different types of builds. Coming to the budget build, an Intel i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X is highly recommended. This CPUs should be quite sufficient for you to play most of the demanding games which are released as of date.
For the mid-range and the high end build, an i7-8700k or a Ryzen 7 1700X is highly recommended. There is another level in CPU where your rig can be an absolute monster.
The below-mentioned CPUs are only recommended for enthusiasts who do not want to compromise in any way. Note that there still aren’t many games that make use of all this power and cores and these CPUs are simply considered to be “over-kill”.
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
- Intel Core i9-7980XE
Last and the most important part of your dream rig is the GPU. This is where you go all in your budget and compromising here simply means compromising on the gaming experience you are going to get.
We are going to mention the GPU in a very simple manner here:
- Budget build: GeForce GTX 1050
- Mid-range: GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 580
- High end: GeForce GTX 1080Ti or GeForce Titan Xp or Radeon RX Vega
The budget built GPU should be able to play latest games on Medium settings at 60fps on 720p resolution. Mid-range GPUs should be able to play latest games at High settings at 30fps to 60fps in 1080p resolution. High-end GPUs should be able to play most of the games at Ultra settings and 4k resolutions, anywhere between 40fps and above.
So there it is! You have now the guide to build a dream gaming rig of your own. Hope this article has helped you a bit in choosing the build that you always wanted to build!
Please make note that we have not covered on the external aspects of the gaming rig such as monitors, keyboards, and mouses as it should be simple enough to find these. There are lots of combos of gaming keyboard and mouse available online with RGB lighting to match your build.
Coming to the cases for the PC, there are lots of them to match the aesthetics of your build with RGB lighting to complete your build. You can either choose a no-fancy simple case to accommodate your components or go for an aggressive build with transparent covers, lightings, and liquid cooling provided your budget is high enough.