Even as handheld gaming consoles are getting more common, there is simply no match for hardcore PC gaming! With new, exciting game releases like; Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, No More Heroes 3, Warioware: Get It Together, Deathloop, Metroid Dread, Far Cry 6, Battlefield 2042, Guardians of the Galaxy, and many more, you are probably looking to get back in the zone. 

So, if you are considering upgrading your PC for a better experience, this is just the place to get started.

What features would you look for in a gaming PC?

The Pros advise focusing on what games you play- that will determine what features your PC needs. Some games require higher specifications than others. Of course, your budget is the base deciding factor too. Once you get this out of the way, you will need to focus on the CPU and Cooling, Memory, Storage, Audio, and Communication.

So, let’s take a look at what the professionals have to recommend.

  1. GPU and VRAM

“It may sound obvious, but the number one feature you should be looking at when buying a gaming PC is the GPU. Even if you have top-of-the-line parts, a slow GPU can seriously bottleneck your gaming performance. You will want to buy a video card with at least 8GB of VRAM to be able to run the newest games and to last a few years before the next upgrade.”

Tom Winter, Co-Founder of DevSkiller

  1. Motherboard

“You need to start with a solid foundation and choose a PC case that you like. The Motherboard, however, must fit all the needed hardware with the option of expanding/upgrading your PC with new technology when the time is right. For a Gaming PC, speed and performance are equally important, so Graphics and CPU (processor) need to be both strong and compatible with one another. Since the year 2019, a lot of people started using PCs to “Mine” for cryptocurrencies; with that in mind, prices of Graphics have risen, but there are still amazing, not so expensive graphics for PCs that work marvelously.”

Mikkel Andreassen, Customer Experience Manager at Dixa

“As an avid streamer on Twitch and lover of gaming since I was a kid, here are my thoughts.  PC gaming is in a class of its own. If you’re going to invest in a new gaming computer, here are some important things to consider before you start your search. 

  1. Budget

“You have got to start with your budget, of course! You might be surprised to find that a custom-built gaming computer may not be out of reach, so keep that in mind! 

  1. Workstation PC That can Handle it All

“Some games require a lot of RAM, a fast processor, and high-end graphics, while others are less demanding. Consider a workstation PC that can handle all games you may be interested in now or at a later date. 

  1. Graphics Card

“High-end graphics cards are rare, so it’s probably best to purchase a mid-range card and adjust your game settings accordingly.

  1. RAM

“When it comes to memory, it isn’t too expensive right now, so I’d suggest you go for at least 8GB. 

  1. Storage and Audio Coms

“Other things to consider are storage and audio coms; if you plan on playing online multiplayer games, you will also need a quality headset with a microphone.

Mark Stephenson, the Editor at How To Shoe

  1. Processor

“Gaming PCs are designed to have top-tier hardware and be able to run any game with ease, but there are many things you need to consider when buying one. The features of a gaming pc which include CPU, GPU, HDD/SSD, and Gaming Display. Gaming PCs are expensive, but they’re worth it in terms of performance. The best CPUs for Gaming PC should have at least four cores. High-end CPUs such as Intel iCore-i9900x will give you the highest frame rates possible while still being able to play in high settings. Gaming PC prices can vary greatly, so it is important to pick a budget before shopping.”

Michael Sebastian, CMO Skyscraperseo.com

  1. Quality of Hardware, Storage and Compatibility

“When choosing a gaming PC, a couple of the features you need to look into are its hardware, storage, and compatibility. Doing further research on the options you have and taking a look into the quality of their hardware will help you determine whether or not it’s the best option for you.

“Adding onto this, you also need to look into the amount of storage they offer since it will help which and how many games you can play on your device. Lastly, you should check if the said PC is compatible with the games you play and if it allows you to have the ideal gaming experience.”

Simon Elkjær, Chief Marketing Officer, avXperten