Can you recommend me some components for a fast gaming PC?

Jorge Rodriguez February 26, 2013

I need some help finding out which parts I should use to make an awesome fast gaming computer!

If you could help that would be great, thanks.

  1. Shahzeb Zafar
    March 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

    hmm your question is a bit difficult to answer as you did not specify your budget but this configuration should work for all your gaming needs
    CPU: the i5 3570k is a beast when it comes to gaming but if you want features such as hyper threading, then i would opt for an i7 3770k.
    M/B: for the motherboard i would recommend you the ASUS P8Z77-VLK which is very nice M/B for it's price point.
    Memory: for the memory you should go with a 16 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600-1866 MHz dual channel kit.
    Graphics: now for the core component of any gaming pc, you could go with either a Nvidia card or an AMD based card. For the Nvidia side i would choose the GTX 660 Ti, MSI for their performance or EVGA for their warranty, due to it's affordable price and performance nearly on par with the 670 and the money you save will allow you to save up for the coming 700 series :D for the AMD card you should go with the 7950 as it is cheaper than the 670 but offers equivalent performance.
    Storage: for storage it is recommended to go with a SSD and HDD combo so for that get at least a 120 GB SSD from either Intel or Kingston along with a 7200 rpm 1 TB drive from any manufacturer of your choice.
    Cooler: you will definitely want a cpu cooler for a K series processor for that the Cooler Master hyper 212 plus evo is an ideal chioce or you could go with liquid cooling like the seidon 120mm or the H70 which will keep temperatures low for effective overclocking.
    Optical Drive: since this will be a new system you will need an optical drive to install the operating system so any 24x drive will do.
    PSU: now you need to be careful on which power supply you choose but for this rig the Corsair HX850 will suffice since it's 80 plus gold certified and capable of SLI ( for future preferences)
    Case: last but no least to hold all the stuff mentioned above together, you are going to need an awesome case for which the Corsair Obsidian Series 550D is the right choice due to it's neat design and large interior.
    OS: i would recommend Window 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    Monitor: any 24"+ 1080p monitor would do
    Mouse, Keyboard etc: peripherals are up to you

  2. Terry Mack
    February 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I have 2 public wishlists on NewEgg where I pieced together computers for a friend. One is around $1500, the other $1100. Both should serve well as gaming machines.

  3. Alan Wade
    February 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Check out your local computer shops for custom built gaming machines. For instance here in Sweden we have an online shop that builds machines to spec but also sells pre-built setups. The gaming machines can get quite expensive so prepare yourself for a shock.

  4. susendeep dutta
    February 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Firstly,you must have specified your budget as the responses you have got here can be costly and out of budget for you.

    Other than that,the hardware components and tips suggested here are fast enough to built a fast PC.

    I would like to suggest a mid range gaming PC configuration -

    Intel core i5 - 3570K

    Asus motherboard of Z series chipset(not specifying any model as your requirements may vary depending upon number of PCI-E slots )

    Cosair,G.Skill,Kingston RAM of 2,300 MHz speed

    SSD for OS and HDD for games and other media files

    Cooler master CPU cooler typically Hyper X 212 EVO model

    GPU depending on whether you would like stable driver - Nvidia or faster GPU performance,bit buggy driver - AMD (minimum 7770 GHZ edition and above series)

    A case with many slots for fan and other peripherals and large enough to hold your large GPU like the starter Cooler master Elite 431 Plus

    Monitor of size you wish and of LED with 1920 * 1080 0r 2560 * xxxx resolution depending upon size of screen.

    Razer keyboard.

    Wireless mouse from Logitech,Microsoft.

    Gamepad if you wish to play games optimized for it.

  5. Aniket Singh
    February 26, 2013 at 9:56 am

    going with tanveer option will be good...........

  6. ha14
    February 26, 2013 at 9:43 am

    more computer or hardware is expensive more powerful it is so more dedicated to heavy use like 3D, games...

    2013 Best Gamer PC Comparisons and Reviews

    The 10 Best Gaming Desktops,2817,2393552,00.asp

    1) go for windows 64bit version to get more ram on pc.
    2) Intel i7-3770 or i53570k
    3) Nvidia GTX 680 or Nvidia GTX 660 Ti or AMD HD 7970
    4) according to your processor choose the motherboard because of the socket. Asus Sabertooth X79, Sapphire Pure Black X79N...
    5) 8GB of RAM best 16GB (1333MHz or1600MHz )
    5) both an SSD (for the (OS) and a hard drive

  7. Bruce Epper
    February 26, 2013 at 9:12 am

    If you want to blow most other systems out of the water and money is no object, go with the following: EVGA Z77 FTW or ASUS Maximus V Extreme mobo, Intel Core i7 3770K, a good liquid cooler such as the Frostbyte 360, EVGA Supernova NEX1500 PSU, 4 NVIDIA GTX Titan graphics cards, 32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1866MHz RAM (4x8GB), 240GB Intel 520 SSD, 1TB WD Velociraptor HDD, ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus sound card, add your favorite mechanical keyboard & gaming mouse. If you want to, you could even double up on both the SSD & HDD, mirror both pairs for a bit of fault tolerance and a slight boost during reads. Also set aside some of the memory for a RAMdisk for temp space so you don't have to run through the drive controllers for everything and you can avoid the mechanical drive for many operations. I didn't price it out, but if you can afford to drop $3500+, this should give you excellent gaming results.

  8. Sas
    February 26, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I recommend for a CPu the Intel i7 3.9 Ghz

  9. Imesh Chandrasiri
    February 26, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I will give you a general component list. No brands.

    Processor : Quad core would do
    Motherboard : GO for high end mother board - High end M/B will allow you to upgrade easily
    Ram : 8GB would do but if you are within the budget go for 16GB
    Graphics : This is the most important - go for a 'Mid - High end' card. for example GTX660ti
    HDD : SSD + a Decent HDD would boost the performance

    this is the basic + if you intent to overclock go for a better cooling. ( don't rely on stock cooling )

  10. Tanveer Ahmed
    February 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I would suggest you the following system, If you can tell me what is your budget then i can help you further
    01. Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W)
    02. Intel® Desktop Board DZ77SL-50K
    03. G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    04. Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Casing
    05. Corsair VS550 - 550 Watt Power Supply
    06. Club3D GTX 660Ti Royal Queen Edition
    07. Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache
    08. Intel® SSD 330 Series (60GB, SATA 6Gb/s, 25nm, MLC)
    09. Samsung SH-S222AB/RSBS 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) SH-S222AB/RSBS
    10. Xigmatek Loki CPU Cooler

  11. Jan Fritsch
    February 26, 2013 at 6:59 am

    If you outline some details like your budget or preferred vendors it would be easier to give you any tips. For example you probably have one or two retailers close by which you'd prefer buying from, right? Retailers usually have only a handful of vendors in their catalog for reasons like easy warranty and repair. This would help narrowing down the suggestions.

    For the CPU the least expensive (low budget) choice would be AMD. However, you will see almost every gaming build out there using an Intel CPU either a Core i5 or i7 depending on the money you want to spent. This is mostly because a gaming rig is usually a bit more expensive (mid-high budget) and Intel offers great performance for the money in that segment.

    For the GPU you get pretty much the same power for the same price whether you chose AMD or NVIDIA ~ it's basically a head to head with every new generation. Personally I prefer NVIDIA simply for their drivers GUI and long-term (satisfied) experience using them. For a gaming rig the best you can get there is the GTX670 as it offers a lot of performance for a reasonable price. This card usually allows you to play all current games at high- to ultra-quality.

    With that card and an Intel Core i5/i7 you'll need some 600-750W power supply. I don't suggest using a PSU with less Watt as it would run at 60% and more utilization causing a lot of heat and wearing on it's internals.

    Also 8GB of RAM and the "required" 64-bit operating system should be the default for a gaming system today.

    Finally, some resources to read through:

    MUO Article: "Buying A New Computer? Our Definitive Guide On How To Pick The Best Parts"

    MUO Guide: "How To Build a Gaming PC"

    bit-tech Hardware Buyer's Guide

  12. Junil Maharjan
    February 26, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Case: If a computer is like a brain, the case is the head that houses it all. Because we're trying to build a small, TV-friendly PC, you might consider Fractal Design's minimalistic Node 304 Mini ITX case ($90). There are plenty of cheaper Mini ITX cases out there, but Fractal Design's build quality, noise minimization, and cooling qualities are excellent.
    CPU: You know the part of your brain that does the whole ‘conscious thought' process? That's a CPU, which comes in two main brands, AMD or Intel. AMD processors tend to be less expensive, so we're picking the AMD A8-3870K, a solid 3 GHZ processor that, at $90, won't break the bank.
    Motherboard: Functioning like your nervous system, the motherboard is the bit all the other bits plug into so they can communicate. Since the processor's an AMD that uses an F1 socket, and the case is designed for the Mini ITX form factor, you'll need a compatible motherboard. ASRock's A75M-ITX is a highly-rated mobo, it's fairly inexpensive, too ($90).
    Graphics Card: Taking on the visual processing duties is the graphics card, which interprets the data it's given to create coherent images. Sapphire's take on AMD's Radeon HD 7770 ($100) won't be running games at 4K resolution, but it won't have a hard time running most games at pleasing settings in 1080p either.
    Hard Drive: Without long-term memory, we'd be like Drew Barrymore in that movie where she forgot stuff all the time. A hard drive is the device that stores a computer's data. For our purposes, a 7200 RPM drive is fine. For this build, we're running with a simple 500 GB Seagate drive ($60).
    Memory: If a hard-drive is long-term memory, then RAM, or memory, is a computer's short-term memory. Data is taken from the slower long-term memory and streamed to the short term memory, which is where the CPU processes the data it's been given. Many people have been recommending picking up Samsung's new 30nm RAM, and it's not hard to see why. It's fast, inexpensive ($25 for 4GB), and draws less power than standard memory.
    Power Supply: Without a power supply, your computer won't run, so it should go without saying that you'll want to pick a good one. In my experience, power supply issues have accounted for nearly all computer-related mishaps, so it's a good idea to pick a supply from a trusted brand. My personal favorite is Corsair, and at $70, you can't really go wrong with their CX 600 series.

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