One of the biggest reasons why PCs are so popular is their hardware capabilities. Being a PC user means having access to the most potent platform for running AAA games and using demanding software. Learning how to build a PC is one of the best ways to ensure that your machine suits your needs.
Let’s continue by talking a bit about the best ways to ensure that your PC is running at top speed. Don’t leave any performance on the table by avoiding these common mistakes and applying these tricks to your next rig.
Check The Memory
RAM is something that always manages to cause confusion in the ranks of PC enthusiasts. While all current-gen motherboards support DDR4 memory, there’s a lot of diversity in terms of what frequencies are supported between the motherboard and the CPU.
Before you decide on what type of RAM you want, there are a lot of factors that will affect your PC’s speed. We’re talking about cache latency and RAM speed. You want to get lower CL RAM for faster speeds, and higher RAM frequencies for faster memory access. Now, for most applications, it doesn’t really matter if you go for super-fast RAM memory, like 4400+ Hz, but if you’re rocking a Ryzen CPU, then it’s crucial that you opt for the highest frequency RAM that’s available for your motherboard.
If you don’t know what RAM is compatible with your motherboard, check the manufacturer’s website for an updated list. Don’t rely on physical manuals because they’re outdated. Upgrade your motherboard’s BIOS and use the fastest RAM that’s available.
Easily the most time-consuming part of building any system, cable management is often overlooked by rookie builders who don’t understand its importance. One of the best ways to ensure that your PC stays fast for a long time is to invest in good cooling. Cable management will give your components unrestricted airflow, minimizing any dust build-up.
Managing your cables will also translate into a neater, crisper look for your PC. Lastly, one big reason to invest some time into managing your cables is to give your future self quick access to your PC’s components.
Whether you want to upgrade, to reapply thermal paste to your CPU, or to refill your water pump, a neat interior gives you quick access to all of your components. Just grab a few cable ties and velcro straps, you’ll be doing yourself a favor.
If two components are from the same generation of hardware, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re compatible. Hardware compatibility is something that you must research before buying your components if you are to ensure a well-balanced, high-performance system.
The best way to ensure that your components are compatible is to check your motherboard’s manual. There, you can see what types of slots it has, what type of CPU it can slot, and what kind of RAM can it fit. Check your manufacturer’s website for an updated list of components.
The second thing you should do is to ensure that you don’t have any bottlenecking in your build, meaning that your components shouldn’t outperform each other. It’s pretty hard to bottleneck a build nowadays since even low-tier components are pretty powerful. Just make sure not to buy the cheapest CPU and the most expensive GPU. Typically, a CPU with 6 or more cores is fast enough for any GPU on the market.
Don’t Cheap Out On The Case
As mentioned above, cooling and airflow are important factors for your PC’s performance and longevity. A good case is the first step in ensuring that you have good pressure and adequate airflow. Typically, you’re looking for a case that comes with frontal air vents, support for a radiator if you’re planning on liquid cooling and a layout that encourages cable management. Grommets, velcro straps, these are things that you can find in premium cases by default, and they’re not that expensive.
There are a lot of ways to increase your PC’s speed. These are some of the most basic and cost-efficient methods to ensure that your system is running how it’s supposed to. If you’re looking for an even bigger performance boost, consider checking out overclocking, a surefire way to increase your PC’s speed without spending a dime. But before you do that, make sure you’ve invested in good RAM, have good airflow, and components that are fully-compatible with one another.