Building a Gaming PC: How do I do that?
Today’s Learning Target • Selecting the right video card • What is GPU?
PC Technowizards—2 types of PC owners: • 1. Gamers • 2. Those who don’t know that they are gamers. Yet.
Hard-core Gamers Versus sports car owners GAMER COMPUTER SPORTS CAR OWNERS
“MODDING” • The customizing that PC gamers undertake to create a truly unique look for their favorite computer.
Most Important: Video card (or cards!)!! • You may boost performance to an unbelievable degree by linking more than one video card
A fast cpu never hurts! However, the lion’s share of the work is the video card!
Don’t forget! • Secondary 12 volt, 4 pin power connector • Connects the power supply & the Mobo • Draw enough power for additional lights, fans, and some high-end video cards
Memory is #1! • 3-D games need memory—and lots of it!
What are “Textures?” • Textures are graphics designs that are “wrapped” around a 3-D model to create the inticrate, realistic objects you see onscreen. • Bricks in a wall • Grass on the ground • Long flowing hair
Where are Textures stored? • In part of your video card! • Not the system memory installed in your Mobo. • Current crop of gaming video cards typically offer either 256 or 512 GB of onboard RAM as of my reference’s printing • Go to tomshardware.com or newegg.com and see what the latest amount of RAM is recommended for gaming video cards.
What is GPU Anyway? • GPU stands for Graphic Processing Unit— • It’s the video card equivalent of your Mobo’s CPU • A video card needs it’s own processing power • To draw all those objects • Juggle those textures • Produce realistic affects (clouds & rippling water)