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  1. Hey AJSA! This was something that arose from some comments on a youtube video about next gen consoles, where I said I've had a 'next gen' console for over 3 years (A PC). People got angry but one person in particular told me he wanted to get his first Gaming PC. What are my specs and what should I get? So, a typed a long comment in reply to that and thought to myself: why not post it on the AJSA forums! Maybe some people could find it useful. So I've generalized the whole thing a bit and here it is, nothing special, nothing professional but handy for when you're getting a PC now, since next gen consoles (aka PC's) are also coming out. ''Now this will be extremely long so bear with me, I'll probably use this as a a guide more often and I might even flesh it out some more. For now, here's what I got.'' My specs: I have an Intel 3570k @4.2GHz (CPU), with an AMD HD7970 (GPU) which is just overclocked to maximum settings in the CCC, this along with Corsair Vengeance (8GB, DD3) RAM, CPU is cooled by a pretty standard Cooler Master hyper 212 evo all connected to a Gigabyte GA-z77x-ud3h (motherboard), powered by a Corsair TX650M (PSU) and inside a Corsair 650D (midi-tower case). The PC: Now if you're buying a (your first) gaming PC there is two things to consider beforehand. 1. Do you build it (generally cheaper) 2. Or do you buy a pre-made one such as an Alienware or choose your own specific specs and get it built for you. (usually more expensive). Now one is more work but also more fun I find. You learn from it and its cheaper. If you do want to buy a premade PC that's fine too but avoid Alienware or other fancy 'pay for the fancy case and logo instead of what's inside' brands. Instead, find a computer specialist and pick specs that suit you and let the person do the work; assembling it for you. If you want to build, build! Don't hesitate, watch some videos and you'll be fine. I'll focus on specs. General specs: Specs wise there are many options. Budget gaming PC's (low end), 'mid end', high end and ultra high end. Their limitations vary and so do their prices. A low end PC will obviously not cost as much as a high end one ($400 vs $1000) but will be less powerful, playing on low-medium settings on new games vs playing on high-ultra. I don't know what your budget is of course and I don't know how much you are willing to invest in a Gaming PC but generally if you really want to get something that will be ahead of the next gen consoles you'll have to throw in about 500 - 600 euros which is not that bad seeing as the Xbox One is $500. Now this may seem like a lot for people who are not familiar with PC prices and it might seem cheap to some of the ultra high end PC's out there but I'd say 600 euros is the sweet-spot. But keep in mind, prices on PC hardware go down faster and harder than (very highly inappropriate joke which I will absolutely not make). My PC cost 1200 euros at the time I upgraded (mostly due to the ludicrous price of the HD7970 which was 500 euros when it came out.) but now it might even be half. It does still play pretty much anything on ultra so I'm fine for another half year but it's an indication of how fast these things go. Advice, what to do (CPU, GPU) So my advice, simply: wait. Wait until the new Nvidia series of cards are out and then either get one of those, or get a high end 700 series card which will drop down when the new series hits. Alternatively there is AMD, they produce brilliant cards too (the new 200x GPU's just hit so take a look at that too.) That is, in my opinion, your best bet for the GPU. The CPU is a slightly different story, there are 2 main brands. Intel and AMD, usually the story is: Intel when you have the cash and AMD when you're on a budget. Now I will say, this is in some ways true but not in all. AMD CPU's can be just as good as Intel for a lower price. I went for Intel because at the time it cost only a bit more than a similar AMD card and I'd hear very good stories about Intel. So, what should you do? Intel or AMD? Well ultimately it's your choice, but I'll go with slightly altered version of the original assumption. Get an Intel card if money is not such and issue and get an AMD card when you want a good card but want something that's cheaper. Intel's a bit more ''premium'' (God I hate that word... but it works.) Other hardware: Now I won't go so in depth over all the other parts but generally this is what I try to think when I get the other PC hardware: 1. For the power supply (PSU), do not cheap out. People tend to make this mistake, don't. A good PSU is important in general, but, especially when overclocking. Preferably you want something that's modular or semi modular which means the cables aren't hardwired to the unit but the most important thing is quality (research the brand and model, watch reviews). Also, look for the certification: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum. They factor into the energy efficiency of the unit. 2. The motherboard, also a known piece of kit people cheap out on. The most important thing here is to check compatibility. There are so many different brands and types. Check with all your PC components on what works with what and how it all works together. The motherboard connects everything. Take your time finding the right one. 3. RAM. Ram is usually cheap. This is simple: 8GB will most likely be fine for gaming. If you have a lot of editing/rendering/3d work etc to do, 16GB is better. Get RAM from a good brand (e.g Kingston, Corsair) and I suggest getting RAM running at 1600MHz. 4. The case. My philosophy is: Get something that works, not something that just looks pretty. The Corsair 650D is an example of a case that works, it's solid, big enough, very modular and has tons of cooling. < Features you want to look for in a case. End notes: Did I miss anything? I hope not. Just to summarize. Get something that suits your budget, be patient, don't rush and get stuff you will regret, have fun when building and stay up to date software wise. Do that and you'll have yourself a PC that is capable and unlike a console can be upgraded, because after 7-10 years again console players will be sitting on 7 year old hardware where a PC will be ahead. (P.S: Other hardware like a harddrive, network card, OS are not mentioned. However, I will elaborate a bit more. For your harddrive, SSD is faster but more expensive, HDD is much cheaper but slower, it can also hold tons more content. Generally people get an SSD to put the OS on and HDD for general storage. Some extra advice on HDD's provided by Eric is Raid: ''What can also be mentioned is making your HDD faster is putting them in raid 0, Yes it increases chance in failure (due to 2 harddrives becoming 1 and if 1 breaks you lost the data on the other drive. But if you only install games and that kind of stuff on it, It's not really big of a deal.'' Raid configurations can be quite daunting but it's a good way for faster HDD speeds. I'll link a website here explaining Raid better than I could. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/dsichelp/ds8000ic/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.storage.ssic.help.doc%2Ff2d_raidimplementation_2tkmjp.html For your OS: Get a hold of Windows 7. 8 is a disaster.) Useful video guide for those who want to build their own PC, courtesy of: