Gaming Computer System Myths Debunked. The Truth and Lies about Building Your Own Gaming PC
Most gamers have built or considered building a gaming computer system. While this is an exciting endeavor for most, the actual process can be challenging, thanks to misinformation online. Before you build your first gaming PC, it’s important to tell the facts from hearsay.
Myth 1: Gaming PC builds are complicated
While building your own gaming PC may seem like a complicated process for a first-timer, itâ€™s not. Building gaming PCs is like everything else. If you are operating with the right information, the process seizes to be complicated.
A quick glance at computer “internals” may look like a complicated mess with countless wires and spinning parts. However, most computers have the same parts. Understanding the basics (components and their positioning) makes the entire process less complicated. Building a gaming computer can be as simple as replacing basic parts with better ones. However, you must understand the basics first!
Myth 2: You need special equipment to build a gaming PC
While your favorite gaming influencer may have fancy tool kits for their gaming PC rebuild videos, you don’t really need much. A basic head screwdriver and some cable ties can get the job done. There’s no need to buy an entire set of bit screwdrivers and fancy mod mats. You won’t need all that.
It’s more about having the right components to start with and assembling them together. Most components can be installed using a basic screwdriver. Some cable ties are important to avoid a wiring mess. You also need to watch out for static electricity to avoid damaging your components.
Myth 3: Itâ€™s challenging to select compatible components
Building a gaming computer isnâ€™t hard if your build involves updating hardware. Most new parts out there will be compatible with other new and old parts. There are also online resources offering compatibility checks. While you may be confused by technical jargon, there are ways to simplify your decision when selecting parts.
Focus more on potential bottlenecks common when using weak CPUs with new GPUs. Slow CPUs compromise GPU performance (underutilize GPU processing power).
Myth 4: Pair parts from the same company for ultimate PC gaming performance
Most companies will market new products alongside existing products. However, this doesn’t mean pairing those products offers the best performance. You can mix PC parts from many different manufacturers and get better performance than when pairing parts from the same company.
This myth is a common marketing strategy since it helps computer parts manufacturers optimize the use of their current marketed hardware. You should be guided by your workload as opposed to matching brands. Some games may work best with certain GPUs since API’s are fully optimized for those GPUs. If you are building a gaming PC to be used for other applications like video editing, mixing parts i.e., a Ryzen 3950x processor and RTX Quadro graphics card, won’t compromise performance.
Myth 5: High wattage is bad
There’s a misconception that high wattage power supply units tend to damage gaming PC system components. This isn’t true! Many novice gamers building their first gaming PCs buy just enough PSU for their build-out of fear of supplying more electricity than required to different parts and damaging them in the process.
The truth is â€“ power supply units supply power per a componentâ€™s needs. Additional power canâ€™t be sent forcefully to components, so it doesn’t hurt to get a high-wattage PSU, just in case you upgrade components in the future, and they need more power. You should focus on quality PSUs instead. Avoid cheap units as well as those that come with very little to no information. Poorly built units are usually to blame for this myth. Instead, buy 80+ standard/bronze efficiency-rated units that have enough wattage for your current components and leftover just in case you upgrade components in the future.
Myth 6: More RAM = Increased PC performance
Novice PC gamers may be tempted to go for more RAM to boost performance. This shouldnâ€™t be the case. Adding RAM wonâ€™t make your PC at par with some of the fastest PCs today. More RAM should only be considered if your workload is being limited solely by low RAM. Otherwise, youâ€™ll need to go beyond getting more RAM to boost performance.
Myth 7: More Cores translate to a faster PC
Like RAM, cores arenâ€™t the most/only important thing. Cores are separate execution units allowing computers to run many different programs simultaneously. However, having more cores in isolation doesnâ€™t help much. Single-threaded applications canâ€™t run more than one core simultaneously. So, it doesnâ€™t really matter how many cores you have. As a result, a faster 4-core CPU will be faster than a slow 8-core CPU. Most single-threaded applications wonâ€™t take advantage of additional cores. A quad-core gaming PC will be slower than an octa-core PC with identical speeds. As a result, CPU speed is as important as the number of cores.
Myth 8: Overclocking compromises durability
Overclocking PC gaming parts (increasing their output) reduces their lifespan. This isn’t necessarily the case. Overclocking components can increase performance. However, it also increases thermal output, increasing the need for additional cooling. If you have plans for sufficient cooling, overclocking won’t reduce the lifespan of your PC gaming components. Excessive heat will accelerate wear and damage to PC components.
Myth 9: Cables suffocate airflow
There’s a misconception that airflow can be interrupted by too many cables. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Airflow remains constant unless physical objects block the PC case intake. While itâ€™s good practice to manage cables, you need more than untidy cables to suffocate airflow in your gaming PC.
There you go! There are many misconceptions about building the best gaming PC systems. Many people shy away from custom/prebuilt PC gaming computers because of misinformation. Donâ€™t let the benefits of custom-building your own gaming PC or buying a prebuilt gaming PC surpass you because of common myths.
Most importantly, you donâ€™t have to build your first gaming PC system 100% on your own. You can use gaming PC professionals like SkyTech Gaming. You can avoid the tedious, time-consuming, and expensive process of building your first gaming PC through trial and error by choosing prebuilt Gaming PC systems or custom building a PC with SkyTech Gaming â€“ a renowned custom gaming PC company.