Guide to Best Mid-Range Gaming PC for Overclocking
Our site name implies that we deal with nothing other than overclocking. Obviously it would be impractical to only cover overclocking news and reviews, but it means that overclocking is the driving force behind almost everything we do with computers. Even though I understand that there are some good reasons, I’ve noticed that it doesn’t feel like overclocking has been the mainstay of our site recently. It’s time to change that! I’m not saying we’re going to quit covering gaming mice (You have no idea!), but I want to start steering PureOC back to what we’ve always loved about building computers.
I’ve seen a lot of guides online for finding just the right components in a computer build. I’ve never found one that satisfies the overclocker in me! Rather than trying to complain about everyone else’s decisions, I figured it was time we bring our own guides for building a PC with overclocking in mind. We’re going to start by listing the best components you need for a great mid-range computer, but I plan to expand this with a high-end and budget range guide as well in the future. Each category will have one selection, but we might throw in an honorable mention if we feel like it was a particularly close contest. With mid-range, we’re trying to stay under $1000 while trying to deliver a full quality 1080p experience. I think we can do that fairly well right now.
How did we come to these decisions? Obviously the first consideration goes to whether we can overclock well or not. This will primarily apply to the CPU and GPU. The next step though, is making sure that everything else in the system helps in the overclocking experience. The motherboard needs to have good power delivery. The case needs to have adequate air flow. Even though the CPU and GPU get most of the attention in overclocking, the rest of the components are integral to making the whole system successful. After that, we’ll try and find the best bang for the buck.* We don’t want to skimp on quality, but we want to save dollars where we can. So without further ado, let’s dive into what you need if you want to overclock and get the best for a mid-range PC.
*All prices are at the time of writing, found on Newegg. Amazon links are included, but prices may vary.