Aside from building epic gaming PCs we can do all sorts of custom PC work

  • You want a cheap PC made of 50% ex demo parts? - We got that.
  • You want a gaming PC submerged in oil ? - We got that
  • You want a gaming PC to look like normal PC? - We got that
  • You want a PC built into a desk? - We got that
  • You want to upgrade to something bizarre and amazing? - We got that
  • You want build a PC inside a toolbox? - We got that
  • You want a mini gaming PC for the lounge room - We got that

Screen resolution and gaming performance explained

The most common misunderstanding we see when discussing custom PC builds, is a general lack of understanding around how frame rates are effected by screen size (or resolution).

The first thing you need to do when making decisions about what components will go into your new PC is have a good hard look at what sort of pixel pushing power you will need form your new system.

Your screen resolution has everything to do with your gaming experience.

The amount of pixels you demand from your gaming system is completely dictated by the size of your screen. For example one of my testing rigs has an old Dell 4:3 LCD screen, the kind you see in corporate offices like banks etc. It only has a screen resolution of 1280x960 (less than 720p) the thing is running an old GTX970 graphics card (released in 2014) but can play BF5 (released in 2019) on Ultra settings at a 140fps … a very impressive frame rate.

On the other side of the scale, if you are thinking of going “all out” and trying to get the best frame rate possible at UHD-4K 3480x2160, the maximum possible frame rate you can have with the very latest most powerful card (RTX2080ti) on Ultra settings is in the mid 70fps range.

It can be easier to understand in terms of $ per frame rate

Considering the RTX 2080ti is the top of the line card money can buy. As a $2,000 graphics card and the average 4k Ultra fps is only 75 then…

RTX 2080ti @ 4K = 75fps / $2,000 = $26 this is a crazy $26 per frame investment!!!

This is why we recommended either HD-1080p or QHD-2K-1440p

Let’s be real, if you are playing games around the 60fps mark you may as well own a PS4 or Xbox.

Frame rate is everything to PC gaming and its the main thing that separates PC gaming form the consoles.

So running the same logic as above again using the RTX 2060:
RTX 2060 @ 1080p = 120fps / $600 = $5 per frame
RTX 2060 @ 1440p = 75fps / $600 = $8 per frame

This is a much more realistic budget spend, and has a significant cost reduction of the overall system as well.

So to translate:
720p is a resolution of 1280 x 720
(Standard for console gaming | Very low spec PC gaming)

1080p is a resolution of 1920 x 1080
(HD console gaming | Standard PC gaming)

1440p is a resolution of 2560 x 1440
(Ultra HD for consoles | HD for PC gaming)

4K is a monstrous resolution of 4096 x 2160 !!!
(Impossible for consoles | ULTRA HD PC gaming)

The PCG4M3R recommended gaming PC is based around the most efficient $ per frame spend, for now and the short future.

Be careful when buying a new screen

At PCG4M3R we see many machines come in for upgrades because their owners have purchased a new screen only to suddenly experience much slower game play.