5 Components for a Top-Notch Gaming Rig

August 24 20:43 2017 Print This Article

With the rise of high-powered computers for consumer electronics in the last decade, gaming has become a serious business. Gone are the days when teenage boys alone dominated cyberspace in multiplayer arenas; today, grown men – and women – make gaming a part of their everyday lives.

Putting together a gaming computer is a joy in and of itself for many; the following components are generally considered must-haves by any serious gamer.

  1. An Ergonomic Mouse with Multiple Buttons

Even in the age of desktop-centric gamepads, the keyboard and mouse is still a robust factor in some of the best games out there. And, given that you’ll likely be at it for hours on end, you’ll need controls that don’t fatigue your hands.

Therefore, an ergonomic mouse is your first line of defense. With extra buttons on the side and top that can be programmed to fill different in-game functions, it will allow you the use of the full range of game options. Even more importantly, such a mouse will drastically reduce the chances of you getting carpal tunnel syndrome. There is quite a range of manufacturers from which to choose, given the sheer popularity of the device.

  1. High-End Graphics Card

With the type of games you’ll end up playing, the last thing you want is your CPU trying to handle the graphics load. One of the most important aspects of high-end gaming is the frame-rate and in-game details. If you have a lower-end GPU, you won’t be able to visualize awesome games in all their programmed glory. Half the experience of a breathtaking world like Final Fantasy, Skyrim and The Witcher are the graphics.

Furthermore, the speed at which the action moves is important, and GPUs that can’t handle the frame rate will result in a choppy on-screen experience. This will result in lost lives and other annoying occurrences as your actions take too long to play out via the controller.

Take a look at anything by manufacturers Invidia and Radeon, and make sure to match the right generation of graphics card for your budget and to the capability of your power source and computing rig.

  1. Gaming Monitor

This is different from the regular, run-of-the-mill monitor you might use to do work. After all, do you really need a 1080p display for spreadsheets and Microsoft Word documents? For gaming, 1080p is a must – and you certainly shouldn’t settle for lower than 720p.

Many serious gamers have screens capable of displaying 3840 x 1600 resolution for those GPU-crunching games like Time Crysis, Doom and Just Cause 3. These games make use of anti-aliasing capabilities that a monitor with a 720p limit just can’t handle. It would feel like you’re playing in molasses as the frame rate takes a catastrophic dip.

To keep things within your budget, try for a monitor capable of displaying 2560 x 1080 resolution to be on the safe side. Your gaming monitor should also have a good refresh rate and pixel response to keep up with what your GPU is capable of putting out. This means 120Hz refresh rate for the most-demanding games, as well as  pixel response of maybe 2 ms.

  1. Keyboard

This is your base for many different types of games, and you should choose it with an eye towards the “extras.” This includes volume controls on the board, a great feel usually associated with key switches instead of membrane switches, which can feel spongy after hours of gaming. There are even keyboards out there with detachable wrist guards. A backlight is a must-have, too. You can choose all kinds of light-up displays to make your gaming rig look really cool.

Durability is also important; but this would go for almost any application for which you’d use your keyboard. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your list, take a look at anything by Swiss company Logitech – the name rings loud and clear in the computer space for a reason. Their free market has been churning out top-notch computer peripherals for years now.

    1. The PSU – Power Supply

For a true gaming rig capable of handling the most intensive games, the 460 watt PSU of yesteryear simply won’t cut it. Having a subpar power supply means your computer is in for a host of failed boots and in-game bluescreens. In fact; getting a cheaply-made PSU can even be catastrophic for the PC if it explodes inside the bus.For a gaming computer, you want a quality power supply unit with an 80 PLUS rating or higher to be on the safe side. This efficiency rating is an industry standard for higher-end set-ups, and ensures you won’t have any mishaps. After that, the total power is important, and should exceed your system minimums. You can calculate this by simply adding the recommended power drain that each component takes, as well as the extra amount you want for USBs and future upgrades.

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Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson

Jessica is the founder and editor-in-chief of TrustedNerd.com. Covering major tech shows such as CES, Jessica is always there for the latest tech news. Want your gadget to be reviewed or have a release you'd like to be considered for publishing? Send Jessica an email, jessica [at] trustednerd.com

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