You have months thinking that you should renew your computer to take a few games to that new game that is about to jump into the market. With greater or lesser success. You want to try it, but you find a ‘but’: If you’re pecero, your old computer may not with so many graphics and realism and the PC Master Race starts to bite you. What can we do?
Let’s get to work. Be more or less limited your budget, today we will talk of the PC in 2015 you need to play. Do you have 600 euros? We have a computer for you. 1200 euros? Also. Do you bathe in bills of 500? How not. Three configurations to match different budgets, along with all the details to keep in mind to get a new team. What else should you do? As simple as continue reading.
Gutting the components
There are thousands of possible combinations among the hundreds of components that exist around the world. And each one of them there is always a reason. If we are looking for a computer to play we need to know what to choose to make the most of our money, and it is for this reason that before entering arena we need to do some appreciations.
There are processors ranging from a few tens of euros to several hundred, and it is of course a hole which can swallow all our money. The processor is important, but not critical, and this is a key aspect when choosing a model especially when we are very limited in budget.
We distinguish two manufacturers, Intel and AMD. The first is the undisputed leader, and for example on Steam three of every four teams assemble Intel chipset; the rest are AMD.
Intel offers options for all ranges and prices, and we will be able to adapt to them to get a good return with a decent cost. His family Pentium It is interesting for the most basic equipment, where for example the G3250 (57 euros, Amazon) Pentium or Pentium G3258 (68 euros, Amazon) are very interesting bets. Double nuclei of modern architectures at very reasonable prices.
In Core i3 and especially Core i5 We would find the intermediate step, processors are already above the € 100 but can prove attractive depending on our budget. We have a Core i3-4170 3.7 Ghz. (116 euros, PCComponents), but above all Core i5 as the quad-core 4590 (195,95 EUR, PCComponents or the 4690 (219 euros, PCComponents).) Here they begin to appear letters as ‘K’ (free for overclocking) or ‘T’ (low energy) that more expensive price at the same time that they do not provide benefits for the majority of users, or even reduce the capabilities of the micro.
Finally in Intel found the Core i7 as the most powerful, and not ‘normal’ but those who go a step further: the most powerful range of Intel micros which are currently the Haswell-E. It is a timid family composed of three models in that it is betting on the Basic, the Core i7 – 5820 K (387 euros, Amazon), although the intermediate – 5930 K i7 can be interesting for certain configurations although with suppose a strong expenditure (582 euros, Amazon).
We must also consider a notice that already we are talking about weather, but that remains in place today: the number of cores and their frequency are not fundamental parameters, since there are many other variables to consider. The best, as always, look for benchmarks that allow us to carry out a comparison of the different models.
In AMD the thing also moves with different families of products. Typically AMD is slightly less than Intel in processor ‘gross’ performance, although that you often offer more affordable prices in their favor. Apart from the APU from AMD that stand out for their GPU integrated – something this article dedicated to PCs gaming leave aside, but with the recommendation of the A10 – 7870K (145 euros, PCComponents)-, must highlight the AMD FX who are a few complete veterans in the market (date of 2013) but that still offer a price/performance that can be interesting for some configurations, thanks in part to the eight nuclei of most of its models.
We have both in economical products as the FX-4300 (73 euros, Amazon) as other intermediates such as the FX-8350 (167 euros, Amazon). In General rarely compensates to go for the higher ranges of AMD as the FX-9590 (250 euros, Amazon) because its price is near the of the Core Intel i5, being these last superior in many aspects.
Except for extreme situations It flees from the coolers ‘in stock’, that you are providing manufacturers (Intel, AMD) chips with some packs of its processors. A simple heatsink is worth $ 20 and worth.
Although it may seem a simple component technology and engineering of the current CPU coolers is bestial, and they really are very complicated. Influence of building materials (aluminium, copper) as mostly format and design, ranging from number of heatpipes to your shape and position. Of course fan is also key, and it will depend on factors such as the noise generated. Next to the CPU heatsink, we must also have a good extraction of air box, from the installation of fans on it depending on our budget.
The best way to find a good sink is by reading about this world in specialized sites. Sites like AnandTech, TomsHardware or TechPowerUp have rankings where scored and talk about multiple models, and are an indispensable resource when choosing one.
Elderly, in recent years is positioning itself in a great way the liquid cooling. Once these handcrafted systems were built, but Corsair is putting on the market multiple models very simple to install and operate, and that they are also safe. Your price is higher than on the solutions by air, but are worth to new equipment with high budget.
The base plate is the element on which all others, interact and It is important to be reliable and show strength in the long term. The first recommendation is to go to renowned manufacturers and prestige, which have shown a good performance and a correct choice of materials in the long term. Examples include ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, AsRock or EVGA.
Plate base first of what we must ensure is our chosen CPU support, something that may not be trivial for users new. Each processor is associated with a set of chipsets, and it is here where we find the second mess: there are multiple supported chipsets, each of them with different characteristics and that limit (or not) to the base plate. The ideal is to go to the page of the manufacturer of the CPU and check both available chipsets and their characteristics, choosing the one that better suits our needs.
The motherboard we must prioritize at least two features: the number of sockets for RAM memory and number of PCIe Sockets for graphics cards. Both one and other will be essential for future expansion, which frequently end with the passage of the years. If our Board surely has only two holes for RAM modules occupy them both home, and this will force us to replace them in the future. It costs nothing to look for a plate with four to play it safe. The PCIe Ditto, while taking into account the number of PCIe (connect a graphic modern to a normal PCI Express, is not waste of money).
Of course there are many other small features which must conform to our requirements, such as support for WiFi networks, the quality of the coolers, support overclocking or the LAN and audio technologies software.
Few gigs of RAM I put him to the team? The million-dollar question. Today and the price they are modules I would not get less than 8 GB, scaling this amount according to budget and focusing on the gaming market, clear.
Other components (graphics, processors, storage) both games are increasingly demanding, and requirements for RAM memory grow year after year. With those 8 GB we will guarantee a good performance for a couple of years.
About brands and models, in recent times has been a very clear distinction between basic and simple, and those that are more advanced. The key can be found in latencies, a classification of type a-b – C-D where each of the four are numbers, and at the very least be… better. You will find this detail included in the technical specifications of each product.
In terms of manufacturers, as there is always a wide variety. G-Skill and Corsair are very well positioned in money, with Kingston who has lost enough bellows in recent years.
We get the jewel in the Crown, graphics card: the element that most influences in video games.
We will prioritize this element on the other. To play I do not recommend anything which is less to a 270/370 R7 AMD or NVidia GTX 750 Ti; both can be achieved by around 150 euros.
Approximately one-third of our total budget It must be intended for the graphics, except for the cases in which we have figures expected in which engulf much of the money intended for other components. Personally I prefer a single graph settings, although the SLI/CrossFire they are interesting if the initial approach is somewhat limited and you want to improve the team in the next few months.
On the (eternal) war AMD-NVidia, NVidia usually the header and currently holds 50% of the GPU referred totals on Steam; AMD, Meanwhile nearly 30%, almost the rest the integrated Intel (20%) take him while other manufacturers (VIA, mainly) have a negligible percentage.
NVidia has traditionally been ahead AMD, both at the level of hardware (GPU architecture) software (level, stability and the drivers options). However, AMD is a very good choice in quality/price especially in the middle and lower ranges, and even more so in these times where just presented products.
If we are talking about a PC for gaming have to speak of SSD, solid state drives. Many times faster than traditional hard drives, do not directly affect performance (fps, FPS rate) video games even if they affect the entire team, and a significant load times.
This makes that experience using a SSD is infinitely better than if we use a HDD. In addition, taking into account the current prices for this technology (about 70 euros SSD 120 GB) allow bet on them without thinking twice. 120 GB is enough to store a couple of games, while elders can acquire a traditional hard drive as secondary storage for 60 euros the terabyte of capacity.
Storage space that we seek will depend only of our expectations and requirements: here to influence both the number of games to be installed and the amount of other files and files that you want to save, as well as of course the digital diogenes having each.
A computer is much more complex than this, and we are only giving a small drizzle each component. The tower or chassis, for example, it is where the base plate rests and is a key element that is intimately related to the cooling. Is also a key aspect in design and aesthetics, of course.
The Tower, it will be important that its size matches the components that you are going to install inside. For example, there are graphics cards of almost 30 centimeters that do not enter into any chassis; or the number of units to be installed, requiring their respective habitats. Our size requirements, If we want to be a media-torre, a large Tower or even a SFF than fashionable are lately.
Next to the Tower we speak of power supply. A computer to play easily can reach the 500 or 600 watts of power at full capacity, about one-quarter of a conventional oven. The power supply must be of quality and a brand recognized and entrenched in the market that can guarantee a correct functioning in the long term.
The labels have been created in this line 80 plus, a kind of quality seals divided into several levels and seeking efficiency to secure stability in the power produced by the source to the other components. This workflow must be stable, and here is where it comes in this set of certifications.
Our budget allows it to us is always advisable to opt for a 80 plus, depending on the total consumption of the computer (usually limited by processor and, above all, graphics/s). In many cases does not involve a considerable increase in price, and an extra of security gives a whole.
Finally, we propose three configurations you adapt to three price ranges: 600, 1200 and 2700 EUR. In all three cases are universal, and basic configurations that can be re-configured and adapted to different uses, expectations and requirements of each user.
Note: below you will find the prices for each component together with an indicative price, which includes a reference to an online store and link of trust that we have found. It is possible that there are dealers with best pricing, although the difference should not be very large.
The basic equipment to play: 600 euros
Our budget of input for the present times. We prioritize graphics card and RAM memory on other factors, Since these two variables significantly affect performance – fps – in a video game:
|Tower||Cooler Master K380||40 euros (PCComponents)|
|Power supply||NOx Urano VX 650W||43 euros (Amazon)|
|CPU heatsink||Arctic Freezer 7 Pro||19 euros (Amazon)|
|Processor||Intel Pentium G3250||57 euros (Alternate)|
|Base plate||Gigabyte GA-H81M-DS2||53 euros (Amazon)|
|RAM||G-Skill Ripjaws 2x4GB DDR3,||54 euros (Alternate)|
|Graphics card||Gigabyte Radeon R9 380 2 GB||215 euros (PCComponents)|
|Storage||Samsung 850 EVO SSD 120 GB||67 euros (Amazon)|
As you can see there are many components that we have chosen among the cheapest possible so to have margin to opt for a newcomer very good graphics card and RAM’s departure more than enough, 8 GB.
Highlights the use of a 128 GB SSD instead of a hard disk. The reason is that, although more limited in capacity and without directly affecting the graphic performance in games, provides a better experience due to load much faster. If you need more capacity, you’ll find magnetic hard drives of 1 TB of capacity for 55 euros.
Neither for you, nor for my: computer to play for 1200 euros
A budget through, neither much nor little. The difference with the previous is obviously brutal because we have incorporated some improvements like a graphic piece, the NVidia GTX 970, or a combo of SSD + HDD to avoid problems of space.
|Tower||Antec Performance One P100||89 euros (Amazon)|
|Power supply||Tacens Radix VII AG 700 watts 80 plus||48 euros (Amazon)|
|CPU heatsink||H5 Cryorig||45 euros (Alternate)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-4690||216 euros (Amazon)|
|Base plate||ASUS Z97-PRO Gamer||144 euros (PCComponents)|
|RAM||16 GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 (8 x 2 GB)||117 euros (Alternate)|
|Graphics card||ASUS GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II 4 GB||382 EUR (PCComponents)|
|Storage||Samsung 850 EVO SSD 120 GB + WD 1 TB Green||121 euros (67 euros + 54 euros, Amazon)|
The processor is also something as serious, nothing of a toy: a Core i5-4690 from the very best in quality/price for this type of computer. This configuration can with all current and safe game that the vast majority of those who are to arrive during the next few years.
We throw the House out the window: PC games for 2,800 euros
There are times you want to pamper yourself. And why not do it on a new computer to play? Well here you have it. We have chosen some of the best components of the market taking into account that we are not to throw away money: is not the most expensive that exists (Yes, we can make a team by a few thousands more), being focused on baggy budgets… like that take advantage of your money.
|Tower||Corsair Obsidian 750 d||168 euros (Coolmod)|
|Power supply||Corsair HX850i 850W 80 plus||189 euros (PCComponents)|
|CPU heatsink||Corsair Cooling Hydro H105||129 euros (Amazon)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 – 5820K||387 euros (Amazon)|
|Base plate||ASUS X 99 Pro||323 euros (Alternate)|
|RAM||32 GB G-Skill Ripjaws (4 x 8 GB)||288 euros (PCComponents)|
|Graphics card||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6 GB||759 euros (Amazon)|
|Storage||2 x Samsung 850 Pro 512 GB (raid 0)||550 euros (275 euros each, Amazon)|
Among the possible improvements to this equipment is enlargement with HDD (do not have enough with a RAID 0 SSD 1 TB of capacity?) or an additional GPU, Another NVidia GTX 980 Ti have a SLI (but be careful, because perhaps to expand power supply by something more powerful). If you have 2,800 euros, this is a great, great choice.
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