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Updated: August 13, 2018
Nothing impacts your frame-rate and overall PC gaming quality, smoothness and experience than your graphics card, so you want to make sure you choose wisely and get a card that gives you the performance you're after in the specific games, resolution, refresh rate and settings that you'll be running. This guide covers everything you need to know about buying a GPU in 2018.
Updated: August 9, 2018
Our CPU beginner's guide has undergone a 2018 update and includes our latest general thoughts on Intel vs AMD, the features to consider, and our current recommended models for gamers in different price points. The CPU is one of the most important parts of a gaming computer so you should allocate a healthy portion of your build budget towards a good one.
Updated: August 6, 2018
We've completed our full monthly update to our sample gaming PC builds for any budget, which show how we would strategically choose the best value parts on the market right now to build computers in various price tiers. Our August build lineup introduces an all-new $1000 build tier, which is aimed for those wanting the most cost-effective system possible for 1440p gaming.
Updated: August 3, 2018
We've updated our complete guide to planning the best workstation computer for 3D work such as rendering, animation and 3D modeling which covers the most important things to know in order to pick suitable components for these demanding tasks, plus sample rendering 2018 PC builds for different budgets.
Published: July 31, 2018
When planning a setup for streaming, you can either use one PC for both streaming and gaming which is recommended for most people, or if you're a more serious streamer you can build a dedicated computer just for streaming so you can allocate an entire PC to encoding the highest quality stream possible. This is how we'd build a killer dedicated streaming box for PC or console.
Updated: July 29, 2018
We've given a long-overdue, complete overhaul to our power supply buying guide for beginners which includes a ton of new content on picking the right unit for your gaming PC such as which brands are best, modular vs non modular units, which connectors to look for, efficiency ratings explained, single vs dual rails, how much power you need in 2018, and more.
Updated: July 27, 2018
If you're building, buying or upgrading a new PC as a video editor, certain components are going to be more important than others. In this guide we explain the hardware requirements of editing and how to pick good parts, with included sample video editing PC builds for different budgets.
Published: July 21, 2018
You've basically got two choices to connect your gaming computer online: using a wireless connection from your router or a wired Ethernet cable connection from your modem or router. Find out how each network method stacks up against each other in 2018, and whether or not a wired connection really is that much better for gamers as is assumed by most.
Published: July 20, 2018
Learn the difference between modems, routers, and modem router combo units, and which networking setup you should use for your new gaming PC and your home. If you're confused about the various networking devices available to buy, this beginner-friendly guide examines their pros and cons and will steer you in the right direction.
Updated: July 15, 2018
Sound cards are a luxury add-on component for a PC build that may be worth considering in certain circumstances. Learn everything you need to know about sound cards in our updated 2018 sound card buying guide, including when you would need one, which features and specs to consider, and the current best gaming sound cards on the market right now.
Updated: July 14, 2018
Motherboards can be one of the more confusing PC parts to select for your new build, especially as a newbie. In this guide we explain what you need to know about choosing motherboards so you can more easily, more quickly and more confidently pick the right one for your needs that is compatible, high-quality and has the features you want.
Updated: July 11, 2018
2K to play 4K; if you're building a new gaming system right now, and you don't care to wait for any new releases from NVidia later in the year, with a healthy budget of around $2000 you can put together a very solid 4K-resolution capable machine that'll also dominate high refresh-rate (120/144Hz) 1440p gaming as well.
Updated: July 10, 2018
How we would strategically maximize a budget of under 1500 bucks to assemble the best rig this month for high-end gaming in 1440p, or flawless 1080p gaming on a high refresh-rate monitor such as 120/144Hz or higher. Although this powerful setup would also be suitable for use with a high refresh-rate monitor in 1440p, too. VR and 4K performance is good as well.
Published: July 9, 2018
This build explains how we would carefully pick parts for around 800 bucks if maximum gaming performance is the primary objective. We also consider everything else important to a good PC though; reliability, quality, cooling, expansion options, and lastly, aesthetics. This build is capable of a consistent 60FPS on ultra settings in 1080p for the majority of new games, and decent 1440p performance too.
Published: July 7, 2018
Our latest PC build example with a simple aim: compile the best bang for your buck parts-list for around $600 to get a solid 60FPS in 1080p on medium-high settings in the majority of games. If you don't mind not running on ultra/maxed settings, this is the wallet-friendly gaming computer build for you and will offer a few solid years of a very good 1080p experience.
Updated: July 5, 2018
Our latest July 2018 build for $500 explains how we would strategically maximize this spending amount when building a PC for the fastest gaming performance as well as overall part reliability and longevity. This is a nice amount to spend on your rig that will allow for a very good 1080/FHD frame-rate in most modern PC titles on good settings.
Updated: July 5, 2018
Our latest recommended entry level rig for gamers on a super tight budget features the excellent bang for your buck Ryzen 3 2200G APU which offers playable 1080p performance on low to medium settings and real solid 720p performance. If you're seriously strapped for cash yet still want to build a fairly capable gaming machine to play your favorite games, it's very much possible and this is how you can do it.
Updated: July 4, 2018
Our recommended $400 tier build for gamers has been updated for this month and includes a new, better budget case recommendation whilst all the other parts remain the same. The Ryzen 5 2400G is still a great budget gaming option at this time and looks to remain a great pick for a while to come. Who would have thought integrated graphics could get so good; whilst you can't expect crazy 1080p performance, it'll run the latest games surprisingly well.
Updated: July 1, 2018
This week we released our all-new and improved manual for beginners, covering how to plan, build, troubleshoot, optimize and maintain your first custom computer for gaming which has brand new modules, an overhauled PDF design, and tweaks based on user feedback received on the previous 2 editions of the manual. This will suit first-timers who are a little overwhelmed by building a PC and who prefer learning from an in-depth written (and print-friendly) guide.
Updated: June 30, 2018
Covers the factors to consider when picking a good set of speakers to compliment your new setup. Sound plays a fairly significant part in your overall gaming experience, and you don't want to let down a top-tier rig with subpar quality sound. If you prefer speakers to a headset, read this before hunting for a good set.
Updated: June 24, 2018
What to know about building for streaming which includes our latest 2018 recommendations for streaming hardware, accessories, and builds. Streaming games is fun and thanks to the ease of use of platforms like Twitch you can quite easily reach thousands across the world and, whilst you shouldn't bank on it, there's potential to make some money.
Updated: June 14, 2018
Learn everything you need to know about designing and building a gaming PC with virtual reality in mind. Explains and compares the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, choosing between them, recommended specs for VR, how demanding VR is, choosing the best CPU and GPU for VR, and sample VR PC builds.
Updated: June 12, 2018
We've done an overhaul of our monitor buying guide for gamers which includes additional information on specs to consider when buying a good screen, as well as our updated recommendations of the best value monitors for 1080p, 1440p, and 4K, as well as including our first ever 144Hz monitor recommendations for top-tier builders.
Published: June 11, 2018
This is a reader requested build and the aim is a parts-list around $1000 (USD) that can get 144FPS in Rocket League in 1440p resolution and on medium-high settings. Using a 144Hz screen, and therefore aiming for 144PFS performance, might sound like overkill but for fast-paced titles like Rocket League it definitely makes for the smoothest experience possible if you can afford such a setup.
Updated: June 5, 2018
We used to offer this service on and off for you guys during parts of 2016 and 2017, but then we took it down. We've had a few people ask for it again, and we constantly get asked for parts-list help, so we thought we'd re-open it up again as now that GPU prices are much better we predict the second half of 2018 will be quite popular for building new systems once again.
Updated: May 29, 2018
A newbie overview to the core hardware components and must-have peripherals that are necessary to put together a new fully functional gaming system from scratch, including a list of all the optional add-on parts that you might consider throwing in the mix too to spruce up your build. Read this if you've never built a PC before or if you want a refresher on both what's absolutely needed and also what's possible to include in a new rig.
NOTE: Older updates can be found in our Archives section which contains all our articles (although keep in mind we delete any outdated articles that are no longer relevant)