Choosing the Best Graphics Card for Gaming: Ultimate 2017 Buying Guide

Last Updated: 25th May, 2017. Welcome to the complete definitive guide on how to choose the best graphics card for gaming where we cover everything you'd ever want to know about picking the right GPU for your high-performance gaming rig. If you're simply after specific graphics card recommendations, we also maintain an updated list of the current best gaming graphics cards on the market. But if you want to get into the nitty-gritty details and understand GPUs that little bit more to make … [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...]

What is the Best OS for Gaming?

Every new PC build requires operating system (OS) software, but which is the best OS for gaming? Since Windows is basically your only realistic option these days for a custom build (I wouldn't recommend Linux even though it is free simply because it doesn't have good gaming support), the real question is "which Windows OS is best for gaming?". To cut to the chase, there are two main players right now. The old, established and much-loved Windows 7. Or the newest kid on the block, Windows … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Best Memory for Gaming

In this article you will learn how to choose the best memory for gaming. There are various types, speeds, and amounts of memory (aka RAM) out there so it's a good idea to know what to look for. When you're building a computer for gaming the memory is an important component and has a direct influence on the performance of your games and other applications. A gaming PC will generally need more memory than a typical standard-use PC because complex 3D games demand a lot of your system and the … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop

Even though this site is geared towards the desktop PC gamer, there are some gamers who place portability high on their priority list, and so building a custom desktop may not be the solution. Sure, you could build a mini desktop PC with a small, semi-portable enclosure, but if you want true portability for gaming on the run you can't go past a laptop. Portability does come with a price though and a typical gaming laptop will generally set you back quite a bit more than an … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Best Processor for Gaming

When you want to build your own custom gaming PC and are in the stage of choosing your parts, the very first part you should select is the CPU. That's because your CPU choice dictates which type of motherboard you can get, which then determines what kind of RAM you can get, and so on. The CPU, also known as the processor, is one of the most important parts of a custom build, especially a gaming build. If you think of the motherboard as the heart of a computer, then the CPU would be the … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Best Motherboard for Gaming

The motherboard, widely known as the "mobo" for short, is a crucial part of your gaming PC. Although it won't directly affect your gaming performance, the motherboard you choose will dictate the overall quality, stability, and upgradability of your build so it's important to pick the right one. But how do you pick the best motherboard for gaming? There are a few factors to consider to make sure you make the right choice for your particular needs. Buying a motherboard can be overwhelming for … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Best Sound Card for Gaming

A sound card is responsible for producing all the sounds and music that you hear in your games. In this article I explain what you need to know to choose the best sound card for gaming, and whether or not you actually need to buy a sound card in the first place. Do You Need a Sound Card? Most good modern motherboards include fairly decent built-in sound cards that would please most casual gamers, and so upgrading your PC's audio quality by getting a dedicated sound card is totally optional. … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Best Power Supply for Gaming

When in the process of selecting your parts for a custom gaming build the most often overlooked component is the power supply (aka the PSU). It's all too common to come across inexperienced first-time builders who don't take their PSU choice seriously and simply think "Oh it's just a power supply, I'll just find the cheapest one that has enough power for my parts and be done with it". Bad move. The poor old power supply never gets the respect it deserves. Sure, it doesn't have a direct affect … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Best Case for Gaming

Your PC case will be the new home of all your expensive computer hardware and is responsible for protecting and cooling them, so even though it won't directly affect gaming performance it's still an important piece of the puzzle for a new custom build. You will want to get your hands on the very best case for gaming for your particular budget, and by that I mean one that is functional, sturdy, and visually-pleasing too. But not all cases are created equal and in this article we will take a … [Read more...]