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How to build a budget Gaming PC (Part 2)

Updated on March 19, 2012

How to build a budget Gaming PC - Part 2 -

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Graphics Card:

Some people think that most important component for Gaming PC is a Graphics Card. I'm not going to get into details about Nvidia vs. AMD (Radeon Cards) simply because, unlike processors, VGA price range matches performance. The main problem here is that we are talking about Gaming PC and it's not an easy task to build a strong, time-proof PC for a hardcore gamer when gaming graphics cards cost fortune. Let me explain what I mean by gaming graphics cards: let's say GeForce GTS 450 1GB with 128MB memory Interface, You will be able to play most games on high settings (if not maxed out) at acceptable FPS, but let me say it one more time, "we are talking about Gaming PC" so unless you have a guarantee that your PC can run every game maxed out at decent FPS, you can't actually call it a "Gaming PC" can you? 1-2 month ago I would have recommended GeForce GTX 460 TOP with 768 MB and 192 bit Interface but today it's undoubtedly GTX 550 Ti with 1GB GDDR5 and 192 Bit Interface. So, as you have already guessed, I recommend not buying anything with less than 192 Bit interface. As for the Card itself, I can assure you; with 550 Ti you can run any game on maximum settings, even "Crysis" and "Crysis 2", at more than playable FPS.

There is a small exception though, Metro 2033. You simply can't run this game maxed out without sacrificing FPS, which leaves no alternative but to decrease settings. No reason to be upset about here, thing is, even the most expensive VGA such as GTX 590 and Radeon 6990 are having troubles with this game. 60 FPS is the highest if I'm not mistaken. While Metro 2033 is being used as a benchmarking system for hardware, in my opinion, it's more like a product of a horrible rendering, then a game with spectacular graphical effects. ultimate electronics can be complicated sometimes, it doesn't hurt to ask for advice sometimes, even if you consider yourself as an expert.

Hard Drive or SSD:

Not much to discuss here. Regular HDD is slower than SSD, but on the other hand SSD is expensive than HDD. But does it worth paying extra let's say hundred Dollars? Yes, it does, you won't believe until you see it yourself. It's extremely fast, so my advice to you, buy SSD 64 GB or even 32 GB, it'll cost you around 120$ for 64 GB and around 80$ for 32 GB. As a secondary drive, go for HDD 500GB or 1 TB with 7200RPM. This way you can keep the games or applications that benefit most from data storage devices on SSD and keep media files, movies, videos etc. on HDD.

Casing, cooling and PSU:

When dealing with ultimate electronics as sensitive as PC, You should always pay more attention to safety and reliability. For the configuration we have listed above, it is best to have a reliable power supply I would recommend a power supply with 500W or higher, if you find a decent case that comes with 500W PSU you should go for it, otherwise you can go for the Corsair CX 500 or 600w. Corsair CX series are reliable and inexpensive. It's not wise to save money on the component that in case of malfunction could literally set your system on fire. PSU is one of the most important components for any PC.

It's not a big secret that AMD Stock coolers, are not too strong and on top of the too noisy. If the noise is not an issue for you and your room temperature isn't too high, you could leave it as it is. Although, if you're planning to do some overclocking, go for the Cooler Master Hyper 212. It's cheap (around 25$) it's highly effective and silent.


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