THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN UPGRADING
If your system is 3-4yrs old or less, then it has a great chance of being updated. If your PC is older than 2014 unfortunately it's probably better off getting a new PC.
A mid-rage PC purchased around 2014, even if its a Dell or HP can be upgraded to a fairly decent gaming PC, saving you some cashola.
Upgrading PCs is a case by case labour of love, and the best way of going about it is to bring your PC into our workshop so that we can see what we can salvage. Just like restoring an old car you can never really tell what needs to be done until you lay eyes on it.
Sometimes all that needs to happen is some new RAM and a new graphics card… or sometimes all that can be salvaged is the CPU. Either way if it saves you $200 then its with looking into.
Additionally if you are interested in trading in some of your older PC gaming gear then we may be able to offer some discounts on your new gaming upgrades.
An investment into a 100% new gaming PC in 2019 means your gaming PC’s ability to play games on high or ultra settings will be the longest time since PCG4M3R was started.
But there can be plenty of life left in older PCs too, and with a few modifications it can be possible to make an older PC a very capable gamer.
Modern gaming PCs are made of 4 major components:
CPU - The gaming PC brain
Needs to be at least a quad core AMD or Intel solution at 3Ghz or above, to meet the expectations of game developers for the next few years.
Modern gaming code has made the CPU far less important than it was in previous years, and your choice of CPU is really about the things you do with your PC outside of gaming
Motherboard - The gaming PC spine
Its easy to think that so long as all the parts get connected together then any motherboard will do, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Having a better than decent motherboard is the difference between a mediocre PC and great one. If you want to get he best out of your graphics card, run your RAM at its full Mhz, overlock your CPU and also get the best read/write perforce form your storage drives all at once! Then only a higher end motherboard is going to meet those expectations.
Solid state drives, SSD - Total recall
The performance boost when having an SSD as the boot drive cannot be underestimated. Even when placing all the programs on a slower storage HDD, keeping windows installed on an SSD makes your whole PC run like its on a never ending adrenaline high. Typically a 120GB SSD is the minimum size we recommend but this must be run in tandem with another HDD of at least 500GB so that you can install all your programs, stem games and media on the HDD keeping your SSD clean.
Graphics card - The voice
The stand out major feature of any gaming PC is the graphics card. This is the one component that will be the most expensive, and have the most influence on your computers gaming capability. Your graphics card is basically a miniature PC inside your PC. It has its own computational core, cooling and RAM just like the gaming PC it sits inside. In 2019 your graphics card should have at least 6GB of its own RAM and as mentioned in our cooling modifications guide (below) you should only ever really be looking at the 2nd or 3rd generation of a new model card. That is unless you like the sound of an aircraft carrier in your house.
This guide is really for 1st generation graphics cards at usually go to market before any 3rd parties have been able to design quieter more efficient cooling solutions for your card.