With powerful new hardware on the market and graphics cards finally dwindling towards the affordable price point, Adam is ready to build a new gaming desktop. But hold on to your horse: Gordon has five reasons he (and you) should wait a bit before plunging in. Want to know why? Then check out the latest PCWorld YouTube video!
Gordon Ung’s advice should sound familiar to any PC builder out there: new hardware will be so much better. But isn’t that always true? Yes, but right now a bunch of new technologies are on the horizon. A new generation of CPUs in Intel’s 13th Gen Core design and AMD’s Ryzen 4 architecture could be a huge step forward. Those new designs will make DDR5 memory much cheaper and more accessible, and new, more power-hungry GPUs will come with an upgrade to the ATX 3.0 power supply to power them on. Ultimately, all this extra hardware can be limited by the dramatic increase in memory read and write speeds with next-generation PCIe 5 interface-based solid-state drives.
In short, if you can wait six months to a year to start your next release, you’ll find your premium options greatly expanded. Of course, that doesn’t help if you need a new PC right now. If you can’t wait, you’ll still see some incredible performance compared to desktops just a few years ago. If you like this kind of quick video tips, be sure to subscribe to PCWorld on YouTube!