Welcome to our new guide on How to Build your own Gaming Computer for the coming Mega PC Games. There are some devilishly sexy gaming releases set for the next 6 months. So build your ultimate gaming rig with the help of this tutorial.
Battlefield 4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Have you got the chills yet? There are loads of games set for release in the next six months – the list is damn near endless. And if you want to shoot, stab and hack your way into the glory of these stunners, you’re going to need a fully equipped rig. One that’s aimed at providing you with the best possible experience when you immerse yourself in hours of breath-taking gameplay. Thus, it’s time to introduce the ultimate gaming computer review.
CPU – Better Than C3P0’s Brain
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Ah, the brain. You’re going to need a smart one if you want to run the newest releases on their highest settings and truly appreciate them. The buzz this year is all about the Intel i5 series. And I specifically say i5 not i7, because you’ll be able to run your games on screamingly high settings and still be able to afford it. The i7 series is a little more specialized – graphic design, video encoding – and if you’re just about the games, it’s not entirely necessary. This is why you’ve got to try the Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 . This baby runs like magic and clocks at 3.4GHz. That speed is perfect for all the upcoming games and will last you years.
However, we can’t chuck AMD out the window can we? Regrettably, AMD has been suffering under the pressure of Intel’s i7 series, but – and this is a big but – Battlefield 4 was actually manufactured to run on AMD systems. BAM! Bet you didn’t see that coming. The choice is yours, but if you’re manic about BF, then I suggest you invest in an AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition. This guy has 8 – count ‘em – cores and runs at 4.0GHz. That’s pretty darn fast. Perfect for playing games, cookin’ bacon or anything else you want to do. It trumps the i5 and i7 series by providing more L2 cache per core – it’s accessing more memory quickly and improving performance. But, Intel has focused more on single core efficacy, thus the i5-3570K will run even faster than the AMD FX-8350.
The bottom line is, if you’re looking for a CPU that’s going to run your games smoothly for the next five years or so, go for the Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155.
GPU – Lara Croft’s So Real You Want To Kiss The Screen
Shall we delve into the land of the GPU? Lick your lips kiddies; it’s time to dive into the meaty bits. I’ve selected two graphics cards that will run the newest gaming releases and will pair up admirably with whichever processor you’ve decided to select above.
First up: the apphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHz PCI-Express Graphics Card. AMD system, remember? This bad boy brags a base clock of 1000MHz and a memory clock of 6000MHz. That and it’s cute. This means is that it’s able to process information at this rate.
Overall, that’s damn swift and will give top class performance, but the EVGA GeForce GTX680 SuperClocked 2048MB GDDR5 Graphics Card does that job with a base clock of 1058MHz and a memory clock of 6028MHz. Seems a teensy bit higher, true, but the GTX680
memory clock can be overclocked to 6608MHz for better performance. Basically, this means that the GPU processes data at a faster rate from its memory and gives a higher quality of graphics on the screen.
The rumor is that BF4 runs better with a higher memory clock. So the GTX680 might be the better option here. But the Radeon HD 7970 has an inbuilt GPU cooler and works well on larger monitors. If you’re going for AMD, go all the way with the HD 7970.
Motherboard – Not The Mother of All Bores
The two I’ve got for you here differ from each other in price and the systems they run on, but are both made by ASUS. They offer the same TUF guarantee – they can withstand harsh conditions – and have thermal armor – dual fans for added cooling – and thermal radar which adjusts the speed the fans work at according to its needs. They’re military tested. If you’re eyes aren’t misting over, you’re a little bit crazy.
The BIOS on both these boards is easily accessible and comes with a host of utilities which are totally user friendly.
Snazzy, right? Well, the Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHz PCI-Express Graphics Card suits AMD systems and is biased toward the Windows 8 Operating System. It has brilliant overclocking capabilities – the speedier the better – and high system performance.
The ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard has an 18.6GB cache capacity for data. That means less waiting for you game to load and a lot more playing. It mixes both SSD and HDD for ultimate performance. Basically, the Solid State Drive operates quicker but works hand in hand with the hard-drive capability of the HDD.
While I’m excited about the capabilities of the 990FX and the fact that it’s cheaper than its Intel counterpart, I can’t help but favor the Z77 on this. Intel again, right? But the fact is there are too many good reviews about the Z77 to deny. Intel has taken charge of gaming systems, and it’s essential to consider that when building a rig that’s meant to last for the next 5 years.