If you’re interested in game dev and want to get started on your own, or you just want to play the latest and greatest games on your computer, you need a model that can handle the work. I go with a PC for my gaming stuff based on how easy it is to get into to swap out parts if something goes bad or needs to be upgraded. Some people use laptops for the portability factor, and if that’s important to you, more power to you. I have found that games are a huge battery drain and overheats laptops quickly. Plus, I also have a good sized monitor (it is 32 inches) because it can help with eye strain, so I’m not lugging my stuff anywhere.
Save yourself a lot of aggravation and do not scrimp on the processor. I cannot stress this enough. Get a quad core. The higher the GHz, the faster it will be and the more your computer will be able to handle. This can make or break your gaming computer. Intel is more expensive than AMD but is usually worth the extra money, as their processors are superior.
The next thing is the graphics card. Stay away from those low-end cards and spend the money. It will be worth it in the end. The higher quality the card, the smoother your game is going to look and the better it will run. With the resolution, the higher the numbers, the better it’s going to look, especially if you want an oversized monitor. And speaking of monitors, if you have one in mind, check the hertz rate. Just like on your TV, the faster the refresh rate, the smoother movement will look, so choose accordingly. That slick hi-def monitor won’t do you any good if the card you get can’t handle the refresh rate. Here’s a good rule of thumb when considering the memory you’ll want your card to have: 1GBfor displays below1080p; 2GBfor1080p;anything more than that, you’ll need to go higher.
Next is the hard drive. Hard drives are costly, and so this is something you need to consider before purchasing. Buy only as much as you think you’ll need. The rest of it will just sit there unused, so it won’t help you any. I tend to delete games once I beat them, so I don’t need as much space as you might expect. Check out a few games you’re interested in playing and see how much space they’ll take up. You can always upgrade this part later, through flash drives, additional hard drives, replacement drives, or servers. If you guess wrong, you aren’t doomed. I prefer SSD, especially for laptops (let’s face it, you bang the crap out of those). Yes, they cost more, but they also load faster, which helps with games that take awhile to boot up. It is something you’ll notice, believe me.
The sound card is only important if you want it to be. Typically now sound cards are part of the motherboard itself, so there isn’t as much flexibility there. You can go with a separate card if you like, but keep in mind that it will only sound as good as the speakers/headphones you are planning on using. If you invest in some killer speakers, then a higher quality sound card makes sense. And you’ll need to upgrade it if you want to play in 7.1 surround sound. Honestly, this is a bit tricky, as what sounds good to one person might not to another, and you may not even notice the difference between and upgraded card and the stock one.
RAM isn’t actually as important as you think it is. Again, this is a pricey component, especially if you try to customize a PC from the manufacturer, so buy only what you’re going to need. Check those game boxes and you’ll see most require around 8 GB. If you know what you’re doing, it is pretty easy to add additional RAM (if you don’t know, the internet does, so based on your DIY confidence level, you should be fine), so you can put in more later if you find 8 to be a problem.
That’s all for today. Hope this has given you enough info to help create a game system that’ll work for you.