Our moms always told us that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. When it comes to your gaming PC, that age-old adage remains true. 

A high-end gaming PC has some amazing internal equipment. Many PC gamers would agree that buying a PC for gaming is an incredibly personal experience, like curating the perfect cup of coffee. It might even require a few weeks of research, but this should give you a head start.

Chassis

A chassis is an essential part of a gaming PC. It’s essentially the hub of your PC that protects all the hardware that goes into the computer. When deciding on a chassis for your PC build, the three main factors under consideration should be size, flexibility and cooling. 

Ask yourself this: how much space do I need for the future? You will want a large enough case for upgrades, while also providing room for an efficient cooling system (which we’ll talk about later). You need enough room to grow, you know?

MAINGEAR’s VYBE offers a do-it-yourself option, allowing you to customize your PC to match the size of your desk and how many components you want inside, including storage and liquid cooling. We like to think of a chassis as a piece of art you can put in your home or office, making it not only functional, but beautiful to look at as well. 

CPU

Think of the CPU, or Central Processing Unit, as the brain behind your gaming PC. The CPU contains a processor that contains hardware data for your PC. When building a new PC, you have to consider the processing power required to not only get the job done, but get it done right.

The CPU you need will depend on what you’re using your PC for. Remember when we asked you to dig deep and get to know yourself? Here’s where you can apply that knowledge.

If you’re using your PC for eSports, a 4-6 core processor, possibly with an APU with integrated graphics, should work quite well. However, for better PC performance, a 6-8 core processor is best. Not only will it be able to play AAA games, but it will be optimal for eSports as well. Because most creative applications are heavy on the CPU, an 8 core processor and beyond is recommended for creatives.

12-16 cores are recommended for most creative applications, such as the Adobe Creative Cloud. Video processing is an even more intensive task. Regarding brands of processors, AMD and Intel are both awesome choices and you can’t really go wrong with either

RAM

You have the CPU, which is essentially the brain, and now you need some memory to go along with it. That’s where the RAM, or Random Access Memory, comes in. RAM is super fast temporary storage that allows applications and games to run in real-time.

Depending on what purpose your computer serves, the amount of RAM you need will vary. It’s recommended to have about 8 GB for a basic, starter PC, at least 16 GB for a PC intended for AAA gaming and at least 32 GB for a PC if you’ll be doing content creation. 

However, the general rule of thumb is to always purchase more RAM than is needed so that you have additional headroom to work with. In this case, more is better.

Interested in learning more to debunk common PC misconceptions? Check out our all-inclusive guide: How to Buy Your Next PC. You won’t regret it! 

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