Gamers contemplating building their very first gaming PC rig using off-the-shelf components might be interested in a new DIY gaming PC build demonstration video which has been created by the team over at Digital Foundry.
During the video Digital Foundry created 1080p 60fps gaming system and take you through every step of the build.Check out the video below to see how to create a MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon, Core i5 6600K, 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 gaming PC.
Richard Leadbetter At Eurogamer explains more :
First up, let’s be clear about the parameters here. We’re looking to double console performance, bringing us up from 30fps to 60fps and while improved visual quality is nice, we consider that a bonus. What you shouldn’t expect is a machine to offer a 60fps lock with everything ramped up to ultra – in many cases, this will result in depressed performance. The truth is, you’re sacrificing frame-rate for a very limited return. It’s nice if you can run those settings, but the reality is that ‘one notch down’ generally tends to look superb, matching or indeed exceeding console-level presets.
Out of the box, the Intel Core i5 6600K [?] is fast. It may lack the hyper-threading of the i7, but a 4.4-4.5GHz overclock should be sustainable, as long as you can keep temperatures down. Bumping all cores up to 4GHz is a walk in the park and shouldn’t impact your thermals. The i7 is faster and a minority of games will benefit in certain areas, but for hitting 60fps on most titles, the i5 will do just fine and it should have the legs to keep you future-proofed for a long while.
If there’s one piece of advice we have for ensuring longevity on a gaming PC build, it’s not to skimp on the motherboard. We’ve opted for a MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon [?] board here. Most, if not all, Z170 boards enable a healthy overclock for your K chip and will operate overclockable RAM at their rated speeds. Our build is going to have a clear side-panel, so it doesn’t hurt to have a good-looking board with customisable RGB lighting. M.2 SSD support and USB 3.1 Type-C and Type-A functionality is helpful, along with CrossFire and SLI support. It might sound a little nuts, but we really like MSI’s LED lighting for rear ports.
For more details on the full build jump over to the Eurogamer website via the link below.