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PARTS IN A PC

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Hi LinusTech Tips. What actually  PC parts makes "GAMING" actually better?. is it the CPU or the GPU or RAM that makes quality gaming???.Thanks and regards.

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28 minutes ago, BrynStorm said:

Hi LinusTech Tips. What actually  PC parts makes "GAMING" actually better?. is it the CPU or the GPU or RAM that makes quality gaming???.Thanks and regards.

The CPU and GPU make the biggest difference in gaming performance but once the CPU becomes powerful enough only the GPU will increase gaming performance 

CPU: Intel i7-4790K @ stock for now --- RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16Gb --- MOBO: Asus Maximus VII Formula --- GPU: MSI Gaming GTX 980ti --- PSU: Corsair AX860i  ---  Storage: Samsung 850 250gb(OS), 3x Western Digital Blue 3tb (one for game and programs, two for media), 3tb WD Green(somewhat backup) and a Crucial M550 120gb SSD (caching games and programs drive)  --- Case: Fractal Define R5 --- Cooler: Corsair H100i with Noctua 2000rpm, Industrial Fans --- OS: Windows 10 --- Monitor: Asus PB298q + AOC l2260SWD --- Mouse: Logitech G502 Spectrum --- Keyboard: Corsair K70 (Cherry MX Red) Red LED's --- Audio: Audio Engine A2's (yes the originals), Sennheiser HD 58x Jubilee Audio-Technica ATH-AD900x, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, Ant Lion Mod Mic V4 --- Laptop: Dell XPS 9750 

 

 

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Mostly GPU. All components are important when it comes how well a computer does, however a GPU is typically the piece that does the most when gaming. Here is a quick overview:

  • CPU: This will effect the overall speed of your system. While important, when it comes to gaming most games are not heavily cpu oriented and so minimal gains will be seen with higher end SKUs.
  • GPU: This will be the powerhouse and the biggest contributor to how games will work with your system. Keep in mind that the higher the SKU the more likley you will see diminishing returns and only marginal performance gains.
  • RAM: The amount and speed of your ram will dictate how much short term memory the programs will have to store information on the current task and how fast they will be able to access the memory. This will impact multitasking and gaming. In gaming It can make a difference as the application will often store data for quick access so it will not always have to load the same asset from storage. not to be mistaken for VRAM.
  • Storage: This is your HDD or SDD this is non volatile storage for long term data storage. The more you have the more data can be stored. The speed of the drive can also effect the system performance when trying to read or write files.

As stated the GPU will have the most impact to gaming performance as long as there are no bottlenecks with the cpu. A good ssd will improve load times. 

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38 minutes ago, Kenzer161 said:

Mostly GPU. All components are important when it comes how well a computer does, however a GPU is typically the piece that does the most when gaming. Here is a quick overview:

  • CPU: This will effect the overall speed of your system. While important, when it comes to gaming most games are not heavily cpu oriented and so minimal gains will be seen with higher end SKUs.
  • GPU: This will be the powerhouse and the biggest contributor to how games will work with your system. Keep in mind that the higher the SKU the more likley you will see diminishing returns and only marginal performance gains.
  • RAM: The amount and speed of your ram will dictate how much short term memory the programs will have to store information on the current task and how fast they will be able to access the memory. This will impact multitasking and gaming. In gaming It can make a difference as the application will often store data for quick access so it will not always have to load the same asset from storage. not to be mistaken for VRAM.
  • Storage: This is your HDD or SDD this is non volatile storage for long term data storage. The more you have the more data can be stored. The speed of the drive can also effect the system performance when trying to read or write files.

As stated the GPU will have the most impact to gaming performance as long as there are no bottlenecks with the cpu. A good ssd will improve load times. 

Thanks Kenzer161..what do you mean by bottlenecks with the CPU and SKU? and does SLI does makes gaming experiences better. 

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First when I said higher end SKUs I mean other higher end versions of a product, like with a CPU an example would be going from an I5 to an I7.

 

Bottle necking is when a task is slowed down because of limitations in a factor. For example if your graphics card was at say 60% load and it was calling upon a function from the CPU, if the CPU is running at high load say 100% the graphics card may have to wait for the CPU to run a task (hindering the speed of the GPU). [Not the best explanation of bottle necking] 

 

SLI is tricky because yes adding another (equivalent) graphics card in an sli config can make the experience better, however it depends on the implementation of the sli configuration and how the game handles the extra power. Not all scenarios will implement the extra power and sometimes it could hinder performance. For better information on SLI check out JayzTwoCents on youtube, he specializes more in GPUs and SLI configs.

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