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Don’t Make These Mistakes when Building your Gaming PC

 If you are building a gaming PC then you will know what a thrilling experience this can be. With that in mind, you do need to make sure that you don’t make these top mistakes. If you do then you may find that you end up compromising your build, and this is the last thing you need.

Buying a Cheap Power Cable

Building a gaming PC will probably put a bit of a dent in your bank balance. For this reason, you may be tempted to cut back where you can. This is a major mistake though. The power supply is a major component of your PC and normally it is hidden away. That being said, as long as it is providing a good amount of power, that’s all that matters, right? Unfortunately, this is not true.  Picking a cheap power supply means your system might fail, which can lead to fire damage. Although this is rare, it can happen. More premium power supplies tend to come with additional protection and this means they have better circuitry. If you are a little stuck as to what power supply you should be going for then one thing you need to do is make sure that you aim for the top tier. 

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Choosing Poor Monitor

Another major mistake that people make is not making the most out of their graphics card. Your graphics card will usually be your most expensive component. It gives you the chance to play all of your games with stunning graphics, not to mention that you can take advantage of immersive detail too. This investment could well be wasted unless you know that your monitor supports it. Generally speaking, the higher resolution your monitor is, the better graphics card you need. If your monitor is only capable of supporting a certain resolution then you need to choose a graphics card that can match this. If you can’t afford to get a new monitor then getting one used is not a bad idea, as long as it is still on par with the graphics card you have.

Not Having a Suitable Case

You also need to choose a suitable case that has a good level of airflow. Ideally, you want the air being drawn into the system at the front to create cool air. You then want the fans at the back to send the hot air out of the system. If you pick a case that has bad airflow then you will have limited cooling capacities and this means you could well end up running into issues at a later date. This can be overcome with ease though. You just need to choose something that has a mesh front, or a few gaps. If you can do this then you will soon find that airflow can be increased. You can also mitigate this issue by having some great-quality fans. This helps to move air around and it also creates a suitable cooling system for your CPU. It is worth checking out some reviews to see if you can read some reviews on cases, so you can make the best decision regarding your build.

Having an Unbalanced System

The key to having a solid gaming PC would be for you to have a balanced system across every component. You first need to identify the games that you want to play, along with the budget that you have for them. You can then pick suitable components that go on to match your system. If you are playing Klondike solitaire then you probably won’t need to choose something that is as high-spec as something that is used to play RPGs. You need to also avoid spending a lot of money on a single component and then skipping on others. If you do then you will soon find that you have an unbalanced system and this can work against you. While you can choose a great graphics card, you do need to avoid bottlenecking your system. If you do then you may find that you end up struggling in terms of your performance and this is the last thing you want. By pinpointing the bottleneck first, you can then take steps to upgrade the rest of your system which is great, to say the least.

Not Checking Availability

Computer components have been affected quite a lot by global supply. A lot of retailers are struggling to get certain parts available. This primarily applies to graphic cards. People are now joining Discord groups in an attempt to be notified when the new graphic cards are available. So how does this apply to you? First of all, the amount of choice may be somewhat limited. You need to make sure that you always stay aware of what is available and whether or not your system depends on it. If you can make sure that this is the case then you will have an easier time upgrading your system. It also means you can avoid spending money on something, only to find that the compatible part cannot be found anywhere.

Not Checking Compatibility

Compatibility issues go beyond that of your general components. Sure, you have to make sure that your components work with each other but at the same time, you need to make sure that you check your whole system. Most people overlook the practical considerations, such as whether or not their cooler is going to fit in the case. Sometimes you may be limited as to where things can be mounted in terms of heatsinks too. If you are planning to use a large air cooler then you have to make sure that your window can close. It’s worth doing a quick search so you can avoid issues like this as if you don’t then you could be throwing your money down the drain without even realizing it. If you want to work around this then it's worth chatting with other people who have made a gaming PC in the past too, as they can then advise you on what they did, and the mistakes they ran into.

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