To be sure you can play the latest PC games from Tesco Direct, you should build your own system. Building your own system means, not picking out a premade computer from an online or physical retailer, but buying all the parts that go into a computer and putting them together yourself. This isn’t as hard as it sounds, but if you don’t think you have the skill to do it, ask a knowledgeable friend to do it for you.
The key to a top-of-the-line gaming experience is picking the right parts, or components, for your system. Some components are more important than others. You want the best command processor, motherboard, memory, hard drive and graphics card; on the rest, you have more flexibility. Here are the essential components you should buy:
Central Processing Unit (CPU): Intel Xeon Octa-core E5-2690 2.90 GHz (Socket LGA-2011)
Motherboard (MB or MOBO): Supermicro X9DAX-7TF
Random Access Memory Modules (RAM): Mushkin 994015
Hard drive (HD): OCZ-Revodrive3-M
Graphics Card (GPC): GeForce GTX 680
Now, RAM is measured in Gigabytes (GB), and comes in modules you plug into your motherboard, with each module having a specific GB capacity. Ideally, you want 64 GB in two 32-GB modules, but you can get away with as little as 16 BG in two 8-GB modules. Two modules are recommended for better performance because your top-end motherboard can take advantage of two separate data streams.
As for HDs, you’re not limited to one. You can take advantage of a MB feature called RAID, which, among other things, enables you to treat two HDs as if they were one. You can theoretically have as many HDs as you want, but in practice you don’t need more than four. In most cases a RAID setup of two HDs in which one is a backup drive used for recovery is sufficient, but for performance you can have a two-drive RAID system where the two drives are treated as one drive that the rest of the computer can access simultaneously as if they were one, boosting performance.
From here on, building your gaming rig is easy!