After years of exploring the modes of Fortnite, Rocket League, and other video games on consoles, the first step towards gamer professionalization is having a custom-tuned computer. For those who dream of becoming esports legends, what is needed to build a gamer PCcheap,without spending more than 130 thousand pesos.
Unlike the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X – which are factory sealed – to design an on-demand computer you can start with a basic configuration and then, little by little, optimizing the hardware.
The advantage of purchasing the components individually is that a partial payment can be made. As a savings, you can divide spending into three or more stages. Neither the monitor nor the peripherals are included in this budget.
To strike a balance, the first group includes motherboard, processor (CPU), and RAM. In the next batch graphics card (AGP) and storage disk. The third comprises the power supply, fans, and cabinet.
Esports do not stop growing. Intel Photo
Thus, the initial combo includes an Intel Core I7 9700k or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor, 16 GB of RAM and an hH310 or B450M chipset. Total, 74 thousand pesos will have to be invested.
An Nvidia Asus Phoenix GeForce 10 Series motherboard, with a Kingston SA400M8 / 480G SSD Disk around 34 thousand pesos. For the end, the Raidmax Neon cabinet with 3 RGB fans and the 750W Giga-Byte Technology source may remain, all for 22 thousand pesos.
The CPU is considered as the second most important component for a gaming PC after the graphics card, but the most important for content management. There are two major manufacturers on the market: Intel and AMD.
AMD Ryzen 5000G Series. $ 52,000.
“The processor is the heart of the team, but the overall configuration is vital. In this sense, if we choose an 11th GEN Intel Core i7 processor, with 8 physical cores, 16 threads and a high Turbo frequency, it is ideal to play and stream at the same time without sacrificing performance ”, says Germán Loureiro, technical engineer Intel for LAR territory.
While the AMD Ryzen 5000G Series with AMD Radeon integrated graphics, allow you to enjoy many frames per second and an immersive experience, with enough power to play in 1080p.
The key aspects of any processor are the speed of your clock, the threads. What’s more, the number of cores, allowing multiple tasks to run simultaneously.
Intel Core i7. $ 50,000.
“The clock speed or frequency, mark the rate at which a processor works. The higher that rate, the performance will be higher. In turn, threads are paths through which sets of instructions pass that reach the CPU for execution. However, between one instruction and another there are lapses. By adding a path or thread, these dead times are optimized ”, indicates Pablo Ance, technology trainer at AMD.
It is the base circuit of computers where the memories, processor and all the components are connected. The motherboard has two main parts: chipset and socket.
The chipset is the communication center of the board since regulates data flow between processor, memory and the different peripherals. While the socket is the connector on the motherboard that the processor sits on.
ASRock B560M Steel Legend. $ 23,000.
“The difference between an intermediate model and a top of the range is given by the chipset and also by its size, the ATX are the most complete. But it also counts the amount of PCI Express slot to add more video cards and the possibility of adding more RGB LEDs “, Hernán Chapitel, ASRock Sales Director for Latin America.
Also called GPU (graphic processing unit) is what defines the power of the computer. They start at 25 thousand pesos, the intermediate one is around 60 thousand and a ceiling exceeds 300 thousand pesos.
“To build a gamer PC it is necessary to define which games to target. If they don’t have as much graphic demand as LOL, Valorant, Fortnite, a GTX 1650 is perfect. For a triple AAA title (Call of Duty, Battlefield, Cyberpunk 2077) of great realism, then the recommended GPU is an RTX 3060 ”, details Alex Ziebert, manager of NVIDIA Latam.
Asus GeForce 10 Series GT 1030. $ 26,000.
While the CPU tracks the physical objects such as players and objects and the location point on the map, the GPU collects this information and processes the graphics to the resolution and graphic quality that one has configured.
“The link between the processor and the graphics card is PCI Express, this is a data bus by which they communicate. Over the years, PCI Express evolved, we went through several generations, which were improving its bandwidth to be able to send more and more data from the GPU to the CPU ”, explains Ance.
The standard was hard drives (HDD), but they are already replaced by solid state disks (SSD), which are faster and quieter, since they do not have moving mechanical parts.
By having an SSD storage drive that is between 5 and 30 times faster than a conventional disc, the difference in overall performance is reflected in the basic tasks as well as the heavier ones, such as playing games or editing videos.
Kingston SA400M8 / 480G. $ 8,000.
The fastest SSD they are NVMe and require a PC that has an M.2 slot. Most computers released in the last 5 years have this slot built in. You can choose a 480 GB one and if you need space, add another.
“The characteristic of the M2 (called NVMe for its interface) is that they are becoming the most popular format over SATA, which is the traditional one. Their advantage is that they are still much faster: at least 4 times faster than a conventional SATA ”, explains José Luis Fernández, technology manager at Kingston.
In addition, there are the NV1, an entry product that “achieves NVme class performance -in the order of 2,100 mega transfers per second- which is at least four times faster than a SATA SSD ”, indicates Fernández.
RAM is the short-term memory of the PC and used to store a series of commands to execute operations. It is measured by its capacity. For a gamer machine, 8GB is considered low-end. What is indicated is that you have at least 16GB and they are of the DDR4 variant.
The assembly cost has a cost of around 2,000 pesos. Photo Kingston
Some are designed to work in dual or quad channel mode. This implies that two or four memories of the same type, capacity and manufacturer, achieve a higher performance if the slots are arranged on the motherboard.
The PSU (Power supply unit) supplies power to all parts. What defines your amperage is the consumption of your units. For an office machine, 550 Watts is sufficient. For something more demanding, consider one of 750 watts or higher.
Watts measure the power of the PSU and the amperage the electrical intensity. A high power that does not arrive with sufficient intensity can damage a component, especially when working at maximum power.
Not all PSUs are the same, not even those that share power, specifications, the type of connectors and the same modular design. Within the 750 Watts there are some of 5 thousand pesos and others that exceed 22 thousand pesos.