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How to build a gaming PC for 2020

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Buying a new gaming PC and kitting it out with accessories is a big investment, one rife with decisions and (unless you're feeling extremely flush) compromises. But as we may all be spending a lot more time at home over the coming months, it could be a purchase you're seriously considering. To guide you through this complex process, here are the essential ingredients of a strong gaming setup for 2020 and beyond. We're aiming for something that will surpass the recommended settings for today's most demanding games, and will at least hit the required settings of major titles in several years time. Helping me select the components are Alan Dexter, senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, Chris Wilson, design director at Cardboard Sword, Al Bickham, communications manager at Creative Assembly, and Nic Claassen, head of product business at Acer UK.

The best graphics cards for PC gaming


Most people who are in the market for a new graphics card have one primary question in mind: Which card will give me the most bang for my buck? Obviously, the answer will vary depending on your budget. Beyond that, there are a number of factors to consider: Raw performance is important, but so are things like noise, the driver experience, and supplemental software. And do you want to pay a premium to get in on the bleeding edge of real-time ray tracing? Let us make it easy for you. We've tested nearly every major GPU that's hit the streets over the past couple of years, from $100 budget cards to $1,200 luxury models. Our knowledge has been distilled into this article--a buying guide with recommendations on which graphics card to buy, no matter what sort of experience you're looking for.

Best gaming laptops 2022: What to look for and highest rated models


Are you looking for a new gaming laptop to play all of your favorite AAA titles on? If so, we've put together a list of our best picks. From their AMD processors to displays with high refresh rates, these laptops can do what many desktops PCs can do. The best part is that we've put every single one of these laptops through a series of stress tests, so we've got the numbers to back up our findings. Whether you're looking for the best 17-inch gaming laptop or the most portable machine, we've got you covered. Read on to learn more. The Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition gets all A's: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6800M, and AMD'Advantage,' meaning it's the first machine to meet AMD guidelines designed to make mid-range gaming laptops better. And yes, it's made by Asus, too. If you're on the hunt for an affordable yet stupidly fast laptop on a medium budget, just stop reading and buy the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition right now because of its stunning price-to-performance ratio. When it comes to gaming laptops, many if not most of them are pretty bulky and heavy, often tipping the scales at five or six pounds.

AMD's budget-friendly Radeon RX 6600 GPU is great for first-time PC builders

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AMD shaved off four compute units, reduced the memory bandwidth, lowered the GPU clocks, and tweaked the card in a few other ways so the RX 6600's performance makes sense at its $329 price point. The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is a standard part of our test bench, but you can pair the RX 6600 with a Ryzen 5 5600 processor and still get the same level of gaming performance. AMD's Radeon RX 6600 is a much better value than its slightly more powerful sibling, the RX 6600 XT. That most likely won't mean much in the current GPU marketplace (thanks, scalpers), but it's still important to look at pricing since the RX 6600 is a close equivalent to the RTX 3060 performance-wise. We tested a total of 12 games at three resolutions (1080p, 1440p, and 4K), four of which are ray tracing compatible.

Best gaming laptop 2022: Top rigs for on-the-go gaming


Gaming laptops have come a long way from their origins, where the very idea of a portable gaming computer was belied by 10-pound behemoths whose battery life could be measured in minutes, not hours. In 2022, you can game just fine on a notebook that's specced out with the right components, without needing strength training to carry one around. You can even play for a few hours without the system needing to be plugged in. While the ultimate gaming performance still requires a desktop rig that can handle the largest graphics cards and house the beefiest power supplies without concern for system weight and battery, the six laptops on this list can deliver plenty of punch while retaining some degree of portability. The latest mobile processors from Intel and AMD continue to improve performance and efficiency as the newest mobile graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia push up games' frames per second in a limited footprint.