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...]

How to Build a Desktop PC Step by Step Part 3: BIOS Setup and OS Installation

Now that you have installed your gaming hardware and you have turned on your machine successfully for the very first time, it's time for the third and final part of building your very own gaming desktop computer from scratch. The meaty part of the actual build process is out of the way, so now it's onto the easy stuff: how to setup your BIOS and how to install your operating system. How to Setup Your BIOS After turning on your PC for the first time it should indicate on your screen that you … [Read more...]

How to Build a Desktop PC Step by Step Part 2: Install Your Components

Ok now that we've got the important safety precautions out of the way you are ready to get your hands dirty and actually install your components. If you follow these simple instructions in order, at the end of this article you will have finished the physical installation of your new gaming desktop build and you'll be ready for the third and final part of this guide which is to install the operating system. Open the Case Take your case out of its box if you haven't already done so, and remove … [Read more...]

How to Build a Desktop PC Step by Step Part 1: Preparation and Precautions

This is the first part of a comprehensive 3 part step by step guide on how to build a desktop PC from scratch. In this first part you will learn about the safety precautions you need to keep in mind when building your custom computer, and you'll find out what tools you need for the job. If you haven't chosen your components yet, check out the component buying guides and reviews if you want to select your own parts, or take a look at my current build examples if you don't have the time to … [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...]