Computer Specs For Gaming

Computer Specs for gaming are good but not exceptional video game rig, the bottleneck is most likely to be the video card, but you can drop several thousand dollars into them to get to the top of the line. Typically they account for about 50% of the total build budget, with CPU being about 20–30% and all the other stuff taking up the remaining 20–30%.

One positive thing is that because the pc market is moving towards laptops. They are inferior in terms of cost/performance ratio (at present) you are likely to be able to play games on a desktop build until some time after laptops catch up in terms of performance. 

Computer Specs For Gaming: Do They Make Any Sense?
Computer Specs For Gaming: Do They Make Any Sense?

Computer Specs For gaming: Are They Easy to Build?

Computers are elementary to build these days, but two pieces of advice, don’t trust the thermal paste that comes with the processor. Buy a tube and glom a bunch of extra on there. For some reason, CPU manufacturers spend hundreds of dollars on manufacturing their units but skimp on the 20 cents it would take to put an appropriate amount of thermal compound on the items, which can lead to heat buildup and damage.

Also, be extremely sure that your components correctly orient before forcing them. For most builds, you will need to use a certain amount of force to get everything together, but make sure that you are pushing things into the proper slots, or you can irrevocably damage your motherboard or components. It’s not difficult to check and build out properly, but if you don’t put in the effort, it’s not difficult to break either. Ram slots and the locking mechanism for the CPU tend to be machined to very tight tolerances and generally need some pressure to get into place (although slotting the CPU should take no pressure).

Computer Specs For Gaming: Do They Make Any Sense?
Computer Specs For Gaming: Do They Make Any Sense?

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Best of luck with your build. Most of the component analysis has already been taken care of by others. But 8 GB of ram should be plenty if you aren’t multi-threading, graphics card and CPU are both adequate for gaming. Keep in mind that games stress graphics cards more than any other individual component, so it almost always ends up being the limiting factor. An SSD would be faster for reading/write intensive games, but in most cases, you shouldn’t see too much difference between that and 7200 rpm, the other stuff is ancillary; necessary but unlikely to directly impact game performance.

GTX 960 isn’t cost-effective anymore. RX 480 will be a substantial improvement – that, or see if you can get the (slightly more powerful) GTX 1060 for a similar price.

 It’s rather tiny for your system drive but could be useful if configured as a cache for the hard drive.

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