I am looking for general advice on building a PC. I don't have the funds to create the best PC ever but I want mine to be above average. The main purpose will be gaming but I will also need it for work fairly regularly.
The information is overwhelming, especially for a first time builder. I find myself getting very indecisive over what I want or even need.
I want a PC that will run current games extremely well (the quality of graphics are important but I am willing to sacrifice a little on resolution if I can have zero lag) and still have the capabilities to play the games that will come out in the near future at a high level. I do not need to run the graphics on their ultimate highest level, but I definitely want an above average experience from my graphics.
So I guess here are my specific questions:
Will last year's graphics cards run today's games the way I want? Or do I absolutely have to have the newest card to get the look and feel I want?
What parts should I spend the most money on? What parts can I afford to save a little money on?
Do you have any recommendations on builds to roughly follow? Any parts that stick out among the competition?
Literally anything helps, I am very new to the PC world. Thanks!
To be able to better answer your questions, I have a question for you. what kind of budget do you have in mind?
What I typically recommend is allotting as much of your budget as possible toward your GPU, then CPU.
The rest of the parts would take the rest of your budget.
I would recommend checking our article about selecting parts or checking out the recent video from Linus Tech Tips.
I'd be happy to offer more recommendations when we know more.
I am looking to spend between $1300 and $1700 at the absolute most. My main concern is reaching a point that I am overpaying for features that I will most likely not even notice. @LandShark
I'd recommend something about the $1500 price range, as I find it to be the best price to performance range. https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/custom-pc-builder.aspx?load=6f02f1d8-8e74-43a3-9839-8497730b10e2
If I were building a new PC with this budget, this is what I'd build.
Let me know if you have questions!
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