Over the years, people have made the switch from a compact console to high-performance PCs. This is not a random switch. PCs have exponentially been growing for many, many years. Most PCs give you blazing-fast performance that consoles fail to run at for the same price. Not only do PCs outperform consoles, but they also do things that consoles can never do. PCs offer many advantages, most of which people are looking for and, therefore, get a PC. There are so many games free on the internet and most games are cheap so you can get in on the action.
Most people think that building a PC is hard. They think that their PC will fail without the right amount of RAM or with the wrong GPU. However, this could not be further from the truth. Building a PC is very simple. After getting the hang of it, you can build one in around an hour. The problem is that most games are increasing their graphics and, as new games come out, your PC will start dragging behind and, even though it has excellent performance, there will be a time when that ends.
Building a PC is a good way to prevent this problem. When buying a PC, you usually have two options:
- You can get a prebuilt
- You can build a PC
Out of these two options, building a PC is the better option. If you are unskilled or have never touched a GPU on its own, don’t worry. The process is long but simple. Here is a list of the main parts of a PC build:
- Central Processing Unit (CPU)
- Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
- Random Access Memory (RAM)
- Power Supply
Now that we know the names of the parts required to build a PC, let us go in detail of each part.
Understanding PC Parts
CPU (Central Processing Unit)
A Central Processing Unit, also known as a CPU, is where all the processing and calculations happen in a computer. Think of it as the brain of the computer. The CPU handles the inputs and outputs of a specific system. The speed of a CPU is measured in gigahertz. The higher it is, the faster the CPU.
A CPU has multiple cores. If there are more cores, the work the CPU has is spread out between all cores and, therefore, does tasks faster with more cores. This is one of the reasons Intel Xeon and AMD Threadripper CPUs have above 50 cores, while a normal CPU has around 4 to 8 cores.
Each year, companies keep improving their CPU’s performance and, since most games are dependent on the CPU along with the GPU, FPS increases a lot. Just think about your favourite high-end games. They all are dependent on the CPU.
There are two major companies for CPUs; Intel and AMD.
Intel was dominating for many years but AMD stepped in and proved that they are better by offering better performance for cheaper. This is one of the main reasons why many builds today have AMD CPUs. Not only are they good for a budget, they are also good for high-end models.