The $450 Cheap Gaming PC Build for Summer 2016 (console killer)

Whoever said you can't put together a real cheap gaming PC build that can run the latest PC games quite nicely is quite simply misinformed. It's time for another CGB build - this one has been compiled for those of you putting together a new gaming system this summer and looking to maximize gaming performance and reliability for a tight budget of around $450. Let me introduce the Summer 2016 "Console Killer". PC gaming can be an expensive hobby, but it truly doesn't have to be. With the … [Read more...]

Doom 2016 System Requirements Full Breakdown (and the best CPUs & GPUs for Doom domination)

The hugely popular Doom franchise is back better (and gorier) than ever, but the question is, does your current PC setup pack enough punch to allow you to take part in the all-new demon-killing awesomeness? In this breakdown we'll take a close look at the Doom 2016 PC system requirements in plain English and also share some tips for anyone upgrading or building a PC with this resource-intensive game in mind. If you've been living under a depressing Doom-less rock, the Doom series of … [Read more...]

Top 3 Best Gaming Sound Cards for 2016 (maximize your gaming audio)

If you're after the absolute best PC gaming experience possible, the audio capability of your rig plays a decent part in that, and using the built-in audio provided by most motherboards just won't cut it. With a dedicated sound card in your machine your games will come to life like never before with better quality surround sound that'll allow you to hear subtle audio effects with more clarity and make music sound a whole lot better too, making for an overall more immersive and enjoyable … [Read more...]

Recommended Enthusiast Gaming Builds: Dec 2015 ($950 and $1300 Builds)

The following "enthusiast" gaming build examples are here to help you pick the very best bang for your buck components on the market right now when putting together a new gaming PC build. My assistant and I have carefully researched and optimized these builds to show you how to maximize gaming performance firstly for a budget around ~$950, and then for a budget of around ~$1300. Although gaming performance is the top priority, we haven't sacrificed on overall quality, stability and … [Read more...]

Recommended Budget Gaming Builds: December 2015 ($450 and $600 Builds)

  The following budget gaming build examples will show you how to squeeze out the most gaming performance for your money when putting together your own custom build on a tight budget. You can use these builds exactly as they are, or as a base for your own build and make some modifications to suit your wants and needs. The target budget for the first build is $450 which will suit casual gamers or those with a limited budget who still wish to play the latest games quite well. The second … [Read more...]

Recommended Hardcore Gaming Builds for 2015 ($1750 and No-Limit Builds)

If you have a large budget to work with to put together a killer gaming rig the following recommended hardcore gaming builds are here to help you stretch your money as far as possible. The first build shows how to maximize gaming performance for a target of roughly ~$1750, and the second build is an example of the type of dream gaming system you can assemble if you're lucky enough to have zero restrictions on your budget (AKA a PC gamer's wet dream). These builds will dominate absolutely … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Best Monitor for Gaming: The Features That Matter

There are a few important considerations to take into account when choosing the best monitor for gaming. Your display plays an important part in your gaming experience, and it's likely to be one of your longest lasting pieces of hardware (many people keep their monitors for 5+ years) so it's wise to buy a decent one that will last. Not all monitors are created equal, especially when it comes to high-end gaming which is what most of you reading this are all about. The last thing you want to do … [Read more...]

The Best Gaming Video Cards for the Money (August 2015)

If you're putting together a brand new desktop build, or perhaps you're just upgrading the graphics card of your current computer, you may be confused as to which video card is the best buy right now. In this article I round up the best bang for your buck video cards for gaming in different price ranges to help make your decision a lot simpler. I've done the painstaking research for you so you can stretch your money further and get back to gaming as quickly as possible. Choosing between … [Read more...]

The Best Gaming Memory for 2015 (top 3 best gaming RAM sticks for the money)

If you need help choosing the best gaming memory for your new custom build rig I've picked out the best bang for your buck RAM on the market right now for three different price points: budget, standard, and extreme. The amount of memory you choose for your build has a direct influence on the performance of your games and other programs so it's wise to invest in a decent amount of fast RAM. If you need more information on selecting the right RAM for your needs then check out How to Choose the … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting a New Custom PC Build (what to do if your PC doesn’t boot)

So you've finished installing all of your parts for your new custom PC build and you press the power-on button for the very first time with excitement and anticipation, only to experience that sinking feeling when not all that much happens. Now what? Don't freak out as this is a common problem and is more than likely due to a simple error that you've made in the building process that can be quickly fixed. The worst case is that you have a dead component, which y0u'll have to send back for a … [Read more...]