When you’re choosing parts to build a PC, it’s important to keep balance in mind. Your components must be powerful enough for whatever use you plan to use your PC for.
What is a balanced build?
A balanced assembly is one in which all the various components are at a comparable level. In a balanced build, your system won’t be severely limited by one lagging component, so you’ll get the best performance for your money.
For example, you wouldn’t want to have a low power supply if you’re planning on running a pair of super-powerful graphics cards. In this case, the video cards will not receive enough power and you will not be able to get the most out of them.
Similarly, if you have an ancient motherboard and processor, there is no point in buying more RAM and hoping it will make your system run faster.
Choosing the Right Components for Your Needs
When it comes to choosing your components, which components will be most important to you depends on what you will be using your computer for.
For gamers, the most important component in a PC is the graphics card. The higher the settings you want to use in your games, the more powerful your GPU will be.
Depending on the types of games you play, you will most likely need a powerful processor as well. This is especially important for complex games like Civilization, Grand Theft Auto or Cities: Skylines.
You will also need a lot of hard drive space to store all your games. If you have a lot of money, you can buy a high capacity SSD for super fast loading. But if you want to cut the budget, get a smaller SSD for your operating system and a larger HDD for your games.
Powerful hardware means generating a lot of heat, so you’ll also need good cooling and lots of fans. And to power these power-hungry components, you’ll need a relatively high power supply.
If you edit videos frequently, for example because you are a YouTube content creator, then your build will need a lot of RAM. When you’re editing a video file, your system needs space to store the file in memory while you’re working on it, and that’s exactly what RAM does.
Unlike gamers who miss 8GB of RAM most of the time, content creators will want 16GB, 32GB, or even 64GB of RAM. This will make editing video files smoother.
On the other hand, if fast video rendering is your priority, you will have to spend more on the processor and graphics card.