byBellsa02-11-201710:30 AM - edited 03-11-201707:24 PM
This article will take the stance of two extremes; building a PC for either video gaming and/or heavy productivity or one to just get through your light daily tasks. In part 2 of our Building your own PC series, we take a look at the ideal Graphic Processing Units you will need.
Disclaimer: This article will not compare performance between brands especially GPU offerings from Team Green and Team Red. Images with brands are for illustration purposes only.
Before you decide on a GPU, finalise on the function of your PC. If you’re a designer or hardcore gamer, then owning a high performance GPU will allow you to have a seamless user experience. If your PC is not going to run heavy tasks it is likely that you will only need a GPU to run a maximum of 1080p videos.
For easy reference, take this calculation into consideration. Simple tasks including office tools and video playbacks may take up only 20% of your PC’s workload. Therefore, you should only allocate 20% of your budget into your GPU. The heavier the tasks, the higher GPU performance you’ll need - which can cost more.
Let’s first have a look at GPUs that were built for heavy tasks like video editing, designing, and of course, gaming!
These are only two of many GPU options we can find in the market. They are of the upper tier, therefore more expensive. Their graphic processing prowess is to be commended and each unit can alone cost as much as a “basic” laptop for less demanding work. At this time of writing, the demand for GPUs for Bitcoin mining has inflated the prices for certain models.
Gamers, this is for you. When choosing your GPU, consider the type of video games you will play most often. These video games are split into two camps which are CPU intensive (games that run with a lot of individual assets) and GPU Intensive (games that constantly render environments and more).
For example, you may not need a more powerful GPU if you are the type to play games in the Real-Time Strategy genre as these games may focus more on players’ quick reaction to manage their army of tens to hundreds to thousands of units. This may require you to invest more in a more powerful CPU.
City Skylines (pic above) is a strategy game that focuses more on the function of your units rather than detail in graphics. This is a more CPU intensive game.
On the other hand, you may want a more powerful GPU as some games were meant to be enjoyed with to their immersive and detailed graphics. Games in this category may include Third-Person Action/Adventure and First-Person Shooters.
Titles like The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt and GTA 5 are a few of many PC games that are known to be heavy on graphics. A high intensive GPU will produce awesome quality graphics like these pics above!
So, have you decided on what kind of GPU you may want to purchase for your everyday use? Let us know what you think!
Missed the first part of our Building Your PC series? Click here to read more!
Stay tuned to our upcoming articles on more how how to build a PC. Cheers!