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The “Everything” Computer | Velocity Micro Blog

The “Everything” Computer | Velocity Micro Blog

In the evolving world of content creation and gaming, having a PC that can easily handle both tasks is a must for many users. Whether you are a video editor, CAD user, graphic designer, or an avid gamer, choosing the right components is crucial to ensure optimal performance and a seamless user experience. In this guide, we'll explore the best components to build a PC that excels at both content creation and gaming.

Processor (CPU):

  • For content creation, a multi-core processor is essential. AMD Ryzen 9 or Intel Core i9 CPUs are excellent choices, providing the horsepower needed for tasks like video editing and rendering, which are typically heavily threaded.
  • For gaming, clock speed is the most important thing. Fortunately, high-core-count Ryzen and Intel Core CPUs also have high single-core frequencies and high speeds, meaning they can handle games as well as professional applications.
  • Be sure to research whatever program you'll be using in your creation process – some may require more CPU than GPU, or vice versa.

Graphics Card (GPU):

  • A powerful GPU is essential for gaming and speeds up rendering tasks in content creation. NVIDIA GeForce RTX or AMD Radeon RX series GPUs are the top choices, offering real-time ray tracing for stunning visuals in games and efficient rendering for content creation.
  • As above, keep in mind what your content creation programs use the most, GPU or CPU. That being said, games are really GPU-centric, so if your preferences lean towards gaming, don't be shy about spending a little more here.
  • If the goal is a PC that “does it all,” we recommend staying away from it. Sticking to Professional Quadro Graphics and GeForce. Those cards are more versatile overall.

Memory (RAM):

  • Content creation applications often demand a certain amount of RAM. Aim for 32GB or 64GB to ensure smooth multitasking and faster data access.
  • Opt for faster DDR5 RAM, as this can positively impact gaming performance as well as speed up renders.
  • ECC won't be necessary, unless your work leans heavily towards pro. Even then, we recommend only considering it with 128GB+ configurations.

Storage:

  • Today, PCIe SSDs are the fastest form of drive you can get for your desktop, while being relatively affordable. We recommend getting at least one at 1TB, although since storage prices have come down so much over the past year, the additional investment for 2TB or more is minimal.
  • If you really need the space, but you won't be accessing much of your storage frequently, we recommend a high-capacity HDD, or even an external drive, to keep in a safe place. Would also recommend getting.

Motherboard:

  • Your motherboard's top priority is compatibility. Choose a motherboard that supports the CPU you want and offers features like multiple PCIe slots, USB ports, and enough RAM slots for the rest of your build.
  • Also, consider motherboards with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, or whatever other bells and whistles you use frequently.

Power Supply (PSU):

  • Choose a power supply unit with enough wattage to accommodate the GPU and other components comfortably. A little headroom goes a long way for future upgradability too!
  • With 850W or more, look for a PSU with 80 PLUS Gold or Platinum certification for energy efficiency and long-term cost savings.

Cooling:

  • An efficient cooling solution is essential to maintain stable performance during heavy workloads and gaming sessions.
  • Consider an aftermarket air or liquid cooler for the CPU, and ensure adequate case ventilation with additional fans. This is especially important for high-end and unlocked CPUs.

Case:

  • Choose a spacious and ventilated case to accommodate the components comfortably.
  • Cases feature cable management for a clean and organized build.
  • You should always prioritize function here, but a beautiful case can allow for a desktop that adds to a room or home office rather than needing to be hidden away.

Peripherals:

  • Invest in a high-quality monitor with a high refresh rate for an immersive gaming experience. This is the place Especially Important if you have a powerful GPU – you want a monitor that can turn your video's full capabilities. Look out for high color accuracy and refresh rates (144hz and above). For games, you'll also want to make sure your display has as little latency as possible.
  • Choose a mechanical keyboard and a precision, high-DPI gaming mouse for better control in games. Brands we love. Kecron And Logitechrespectively
  • A good set of speakers or headphones with a microphone is essential for content creation tasks such as video editing and voiceover. Look out for quality all-in-one mics, mic setups that include mixers and phantom power, or just a standard headset with a great condenser mic. Choose whichever setup best suits your needs.

Creating a PC that excels at both content creation and gaming requires careful consideration of each component. By choosing a powerful CPU, GPU, enough RAM, and a well-rounded set of peripherals, you can build a system that meets the demands of modern content creation and gaming. If you'd like to help build your next PC, give us a call at (804) 419-0900 or Visit us on our website. To pick everything you want in your next vein.

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