Tips for a Mid Range Gaming Computer
The mid-range gaming computer is all about bang for the buck. How to get right on that edge of
getting performance without paying through the nose for it.
You want a solid mid-range CPU. With new generation of both AMD and Intel, a solid mid-range CPU can more then
handle both the current games and forth coming games.
Overclocking is much, much easier to do now. Frankly, why not take advantage of that instead of upgrading
You know where the money needs to go, it's to your graphics card. Save the bragging rights for it rather then
for your CPU.
Make sure it can support your CPU's capabilities to the fullest. I've used cheap $40 in cheap gamers, I don't
care for Bios in cheap motherboards. Spend a bit more here, it's worth it.
Don't spend less the $125 USD for this the mid-range / casual gaming computer. Frankly, I'd be looking
in the $225 USD GPU range. But then I'm pretty serious about my video cards. In this build, you can go SLI or
CrossFireX, and a lot of gamers do. I'm pretty iffy on that. Hands down I want the best card possible, if that
means in my budget I have to sacrifice a mediocre multiple card solution, to do so I will.
Start with a minimum of 4 GB then increase it to at least 16 GB.
Remember to check not only how much RAM your motherboard supports but also which version of Windows you
Home Basic - 8 GB max
Home Premium - 16 GB max
Professional - 192 GB max
Hard Drives & SSD:
Try to get a hard drive that spins at 10,000 or 15,000. If you can get two of them use RAID 0 and increase your
performance even more. However, if your budget allows it SSD is even better. You'll need a motherboard with Sata
6.0 to take total advantage of the SSD.
If you do a RAID 0 for your c drive you definitely need to store your data elsewhere. RAID 0 hardware failure
means you lose it all. This RAID is about performance only, not redundancy.
- TB(s) drives
- RAID 1, 5 or 10
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