50 tips to help you make the best PC gaming device

Pre-purchase decisions 1 If you’re on a tight budget, consider a pre-built gaming computer. Keep in mind that computers marketed as “gaming computers” may be more expensive but may offer the same or similar components as a computer marketed as “desk.” 2 Building a gaming machine from scratch doesn’t have to break the bank. Consider looking at package options that include your motherboard and CPU. 3 When building your own gaming PC, be sure to choose the right size case for your needs: full tower, medium tower, or mini-ITX. For example, a standard ATX motherboard may not fit in a mini-ITX case. 4 Invest in at least a 500GB SSD drive to install your operating system, leaving room for some of your favorite games as well. Hard drives are often cheaper and offer more storage space for the money, but SSDs are faster and better for performance. 5 If you want to go further, NVMe SSDs offer faster data transfer rates compared to SSDs. However, you will need to check how many PCIe slots your motherboard has (if any). 6 For the best gaming PC setup, you’ll want to have at least a 24-inch screen. 1080p screens are great, and you won’t need such powerful hardware, but a 4K (3840 x 2160) screen with a 144Hz refresh rate will provide the best experience for AAA titles. 7 Gaming computers tend to be performance-intensive. This means that you will need to make sure that your computer has adequate cooling to keep temperatures down while gaming. The fans are great and do the job well, but you can use liquid cooling if you want to look great. 8 When purchasing RAM for your computer, make sure that it is compatible with your motherboard. Most new motherboards will offer support for DDR4, and some even go up to DDR5. 9 8GB of RAM is the absolute minimum you should look at when building or upgrading your PC. However, in most cases, it is easy to double the RAM up to 16 GB. Two RAM modules are better than one stick as it offers dual channel memory slots. 10 All the devices in your computer need power, thus you need a PSU to support all of your components. It is recommended to have an 80 Plus Gold or 80 Plus Platinum PSU to improve energy efficiency. You can also use the PSU calculator to determine the wattage you need. 11 In addition to performance, a gaming computer should stand out from the crowd. RGB light strips and RGB fans are an affordable way to make your case look great. 12 If you add a lot of peripherals to your gaming PC, you’ll notice an abundance of wires and cables cluttering your desk. Gaming desks are specifically designed to provide cable management and can often be adjusted to the appropriate height. Accessories 13 Mechanical keyboards are often preferred by computer gamers. This is because they offer low operation (travel distance), responsive keys, and hotkeys that are useful when playing games. 14 Decide whether you want to choose the linear, tactile, or clickable keys on the keyboard. Linear keys tend to be smoother, while touch and click offer confirmation in the sound and feel of the keys when pressed. 15th A DPI adjustable gaming mouse should be considered to receive accurate response times and mouse clicks. For MMO players or competitive players, a mouse with programmable buttons is a must. 16 Although a mouse and keyboard are essential for most PC gaming setups, many games also support game controllers, including the Xbox Series X controller. 17 Keeping your gaming desk tidy and clutter-free is vital. There are plenty of gaming accessories out there that can help with that, including an extended mouse pad, headphone stand, and USB hub. 18 Although your computer will be the bread and butter for gaming setup, it is important to consider comfort, especially when gaming for long hours. A sturdy chair should be taken into account, especially since it offers height adjustment, 4D armrests, and tilt. My voice 19 Some gaming monitors have built-in speakers, but they are often low wattage and won’t feel particularly immersive. PC gaming brands like HyperX, Corsair, and SteelSeries offer amazing gaming headsets. 20 If you plan to go the speaker route and want to connect with your friends, you can invest in a separate speaker and microphone setup. 21 Many PC gamers also enjoy streaming, so it’s important to look at microphone settings that cater to this. Additional accessories such as a boom and pop filter can be useful in reducing background noise and making your microphone more accessible. 22 If you’re into streaming, devices like the Stream Deck can make switching between streaming sites and programs much easier. game platforms 23 Steam is the most popular platform for exploring and buying new games. However, there are other options like Epic Store, GOG Galaxy, Ubisoft Connect, etc. 24 If you are trying to find the best game to play and that meets your needs, be sure to filter the games by genre, for example, Co-op, MMO, FPS, RTS, etc. This will facilitate the search through a library of games. 25 Did you buy a game on Steam that is problematic or not working? Steam offers refunds on games if you play less than 2 hours, within two weeks of purchase. 26 Join the Reddit community of your favorite games to learn new tips and tricks, or join the subreddit to explore different gaming communities and learn new things. Connection 27 Choose a high-end router that offers Wi-Fi 6, such as the TP-Link Archer AX11000. Not only does it offer features like a player-centric interface, but it is extremely powerful and supports Wi-Fi 6. 28 Make sure that your network card is compatible with your router. For example, if your network card does not support Wi-Fi 6, you may need to reconsider your options. 29 Choosing between Wi-Fi and Ethernet for gaming can be overwhelming. While Wi-Fi has greatly improved, nothing compares to connecting your computer directly to your router via an Ethernet connection. 30 If you can’t connect via Ethernet, you should make sure that you can connect to the 5GHz band on your router. The range won’t extend very far, but your performance will increase exponentially over the 2.4GHz band. 31 A Bluetooth adapter isn’t necessary, but it’s definitely useful if you want to connect your computer to a printer, smartphone, or other Bluetooth compatible devices. Software and software 32 You can easily monitor and overclock your GPU with a program like MSI Afterburner. It is free to install and offers complete control over your GPU, allowing you to push its performance to safe limits. 33 Recording gameplay is not only fun, it’s useful for live stream creators. OBS Studio lets you record and broadcast your gameplay, audio options, filters, and more. 34 Mod games can extend their longevity as well as improve gameplay that goes beyond their limits. Nexus Mod Manager allows you to download free mods for specific games from our community mods. 35 If your computer has an NVIDIA graphics card, GeForce Experience is a must. It ensures that your PC is running the latest drivers for your GPU and has a wide range of features including the ability to record and share gameplay. 36 It is no myth that building or upgrading your own computer can become an addiction. Using software like Speccy can help you identify current computer hardware components such as the GPU, RAM, and CPU. It also displays the current temperature of the computers. 37 Managing multiple monitors can be tricky, but with software like UltraMon, it’s easy to apply custom settings to all of your monitors, separately. It comes with support for screensavers and wallpapers as well. 38 Chatting with friends via the messaging system or talking to them via your headset can definitely make your gaming experience more exciting. Discord is a popular free-to-use communication platform. You can create your own servers or join community servers. 39 Many PC gamers like to play with RGB lighting, especially when it’s native to their peripherals such as a gaming keyboard or mouse. iCUE by Corsair allows you to manipulate your RGB lighting and choose custom themes and map keys across different profiles. maintenance 40 Buying a new gaming PC gives you a sense of satisfaction. But do not forget about hardware and software maintenance. Make sure your computer is up to date with the latest drivers and software updates. 41 You can keep your gaming keyboard clean by using keyboard cleaning paste. This will prevent any excess dirt, dust, and debris from getting under the switches and causing any problems. 42 If you have an SSD, you don’t have to defragment your drives. However, if your gaming PC has a hard drive, you may need to run defragmentation software periodically. 43 With Windows 10 Startup Organizer, you can ensure that only essential programs and processes run when you start your PC. This ensures that it does not suffer from any performance issues. 44 If you are fortunate to live in a warmer country, it is worth keeping a few extra cooling fans to keep in place when the weather gets hotter. This will prevent your computer from overheating in the summer months. 45 Every two months, open your computer and dust it off. If enough dust accumulates, it can lead to overheating and damage to components. Overclocking 46 Verify that your CPU supports overclocking by visiting the manufacturer’s website. This will be distinguished by two clear specifications such as “3.4GHz base clock” and “Maximum boost clock 4.9GHz”. 47 You can overclock your AMD or Intel CPU via BIOS. However, if you are a beginner, you can take advantage of Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility or AMD’s Ryzen Master. 48 It is advisable to focus on testing the overclocking settings before applying them. Tools like AIDA64 allow you to test the speed you want to achieve without harming your computer. 49 You can increase your CPU voltage to create a more stable overclock. Do some research on your CPU to see the maximum number of voltages it can handle before changing the settings. 50 Overclocking is not a necessity. If you are satisfied with the performance of your computer, do not press your luck if you are not confident in what you are doing.