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last update: May 8 / '19

This page is where I discuss PC gaming hardware. The page is divided into sections and each section contains components that have different levels of importance in the system and different upgrade/life cycles. Along the left side you will see a brief description of the part and it's purpose in the system. To the right you will find discussion on the current options for that part, what I recommend, and future directions or options for that part. One part for each section will have a "fancy carrot" This denotes what I recommend highest in terms of manufacturer, performance, and features, and should provide an excellent gaming experience at a good price. Recommendations are (most often) listed alphabetically by manufacturer (and then ranked by power/features). Hopefully, by translating some of the technospeak that hardware sites use into regular speak you will be better able to choose upgrades that suit your needs and give you a happy computing experience.

The Core
What I call "the core" of the computer are the parts that are the most critical in determining the power of your system. It is these four parts, the central processing unit (CPU), the graphics processing unit (GPU), also known as the graphics card, the random access memory (Ram), and the motherboard. Of all the parts in your system these have the greatest impact on your overall performance.


The Central Processing Unit, or CPU as it is most commonly referred to, is essentially the brain of the computer. Much like a human brain all of the logical processing goes on here.
If you are buying a new CPU, $200-300 seems to be a 'sweet spot' that will last you at least 2 to 3 years. Targeting the $300+ range will put you into the higher-end category and set you up nicely to pair your system with a really great GPU and will last 3, possibly even 4 years. However, I do not recommend spending over $350 on a CPU as CPUs beyond that range often are so far into bleeding edge that their advantages are lost due to lack of current support for those features. By the time those features are closer to mainstream, faster cores are often available. Or, they are simply priced so high due to being bleeding edge and having a small bit more power.

Intel's 8th generation are the newest CPUs on the market releasing in late October, 2017. Though these likely will reach beyond what gamers need since games are not currently coded to take advantage of lots of CPU cores, this will prepare you well for the day that games do. Important note; These CPUs can only be installed on the newest motherboard chipset.

Lifespan: Up to 4 years. I recommend you change the CPU every 3.

Intel socket 1151, 9th generation Recommendations:
Intel Core i5-9600K Coffee Lake - A solid gaming six core CPU for gaming.
Intel Core i7-9700K Coffee Lake - A solid gaming eight core CPU with more than enough power.
Intel Core i9-9900K Coffee Lake - A solid gaming eight core CPU with more than enough power. This likely is beyond the power gamers will need unless you are streaming or otherwise creating media.

AMD Six and Eight Core Recommendations, socket AM4:
The Ryzen (2) line is the newest CPU line from AMD. Note that you will need an AM4 compatible motherboard which has a 4xx series chipset in order to use them.
Ryzen 7 2700X - Eight core CPU.
Ryzen 5 2600X - Eight core CPU.

CPU Cooling

An 'aftermarket cooler' is never required, but they can be cooler and quieter than retail coolers. A good liquid system will keep your temperatures low as well as offering a lower noise volume if it doesn't use fans. However, I only recommend liquid if you are going for a silent system or are going to do extreme overclocking. Although a self-contained smaller liquid cooling system may be the best of both worlds. Most aftermarket air coolers will do just fine under mild overclocking conditions and are a lot lower cost than liquid and much easier to install.

When installing the CPU cooler be careful not to touch the surface with your fingers, particularly the part which contacts the CPU, as finger greases will harm most coolers. Usually you can hold the coolers by their fin areas with little to no danger of harm. I recommend using rubber gloves if you have them.

Self-contained Liquid Recommendations:
Corsair Hydro Series H60 2018 - A solid Corsiar unit. Self contained you don't have to worry about checking liquid levels or leaks. (This is an updated for 2018 model.)
Corsair Hydro Series H115i PRO - A higher-end Corsiar unit which takes up 2 fan spots. Be sure you have room on the case before purchasing this one. Self contained you don't have to worry about checking liquid levels or leaks.
Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO - A higher-end Corsiar unit which takes up 2 fan spots. Be sure you have room on the case before purchasing this one. Self contained you don't have to worry about checking liquid levels or leaks. Many of the larger high-end cases would have room for this, but this much cooling shouldn't be necessary unless you are heavily overclocking.

CPU Cooler Compound / Paste
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound
NewEgg link

Do realize that if you use an aftermarket cooler you will have to apply thermal compound (in almost all cases), whereas retail coolers often have cooling paste pre-applied. It is fairly easy to do this if you follow the directions. The manufacturer should include paste with the cooler, but this can be better than the free stuff for low cost and it reportedly performs at maximum cooling capacity very quickly.

For cleaning off thermal paste you can use "isopropyl rubbing alcohol" which can be found in most regular shoping stores, like Safeway, for about $1.75. I've seen them sold in 70% and 90% bottles. I'm pretty sure either is fine. I use 70%.


The Graphics Processing Unit, or GPU as it is most commonly referred to, is what drives the graphics of the system.

The GPU consists of 2 chips - one drives 2d elements, such as video streams and web sites, and a 3d element, which runs games.

The more powerful your GPU is, the better performance you will have in video and games.

A graphics card worth about $150-300 should cover you for high-end settings on new games for ~2 years depending on the exact settings you use. Typically graphics cards in the $100-150 range will do just fine for mainstream/medium settings and resolutions for new games or slightly higher for games that don't use the most current graphical effects. At $300 and higher you are into the high end and will have a better gaming experience at higher resolutions or higher graphical settings. Note though that the majority of users won't need to spend this much, as the increase is only typically necessary for bleeding-edge games with maximum settings, or very high resolutions such as 2560x1600.

I have developed a rating system that may help people choose which graphics card is best for their resolution and use. Note that this is not an absolute science, as each game varies in how much graphical power it will use, and in-game settings will require different levels of power. Note that these ratings may chang as time goes on and the cards age, are replaced by newer cards, or games require more power.

Hidden advantages:
It is important to note that there are some hidden advantages with your choice of graphic chip manufacturer. Right now all the advantages lie with Nvidia.

ATi: (AMD) ATi cards can do ATi's Eyefinity, a way of using multiple monitors for gaming. While this does get you the potential for a much wider (or larger overall) field of view it can get very expensive buying multiple monitors to support it. Also, at this time there are only a very small number of monitors which support the video input/outputs required for Eyefinity on a single GPU (one monitor must use DisplayPort). Word is that they are working on their own physics acceleration and 3D monitor, but neither has released. In terms of manufacturer advantages there are several Nvidia manufacturers which offer lifetime coverage (and more) while only XFX offers lifetime coverage for ATi cards.

Nvidia: Nvidia's main advantage is PhysX, a method of accelerating physics calculations on the graphics card in order to produce some cool effects. One of the more noteworthy effects is dynamic cloth simulation. While these effects are basically limited to 'eye candy' right now and only appear in a small number of games, adoption of the PhysX engine may become more widespread as more and more PhysX capable cards filter into the hands of consumers. (These are limited to the series 8 and on, so older cards can't do it.) There is also 3D gaming by way of Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision and Vision 2. Currently this is a fairly expensive technology, as the glasses cost $150 and it requires a special monitor. In terms of manufacturer advantages there are several Nvidia manufacturers which offer lifetime coverage (and more). Nvidia can also do Surround, which is their version of multiple monitor support. However, only the series 2 and 4 can do triple monitor, and each graphic card is limited to 2 inputs, meaning if you want to run 3 monitors you will need at least 2 cards. (Though a few special cards circumvent this issue.) Also, when running 3D Vision Surround you have to have identical monitors, meaning they must not only be the same resolution, but the same manufacturer and model number.

Lifespan: About 3 years. I recommend you change your graphics card every 2 to stay completely current in features and power.

Nvidia Recommendations:

GTX 1660 three star - Asus Phoenix Fan GTX 1660 / Evga XC Black GTX 1660
The GTX 1660 should offer solid performance at more modest graphical settings. This should be fine for a gamer who needs to stick to a budget. Note: PCIe plug x1 (8-pin).

GTX 1660 Ti four star - Asus Phoenix GTX 1660 Ti, 6 gig / Asus Dual GTX 1660 Ti, 6 gig
This is a solid mainstream choice. Average ram should be 6 gig. Also note the number of fans can vary by card, ideally you want two or more.Note: PCIe plug x1 (8-pin).

RTX 2060 five star - Asus Dual GeForce RTX 2060, 6 gig / Asus ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2060, 6 gig / Evga RTX 2060 XC BLACK, 6 gig
This is a solid mainstream choice with Nvidia ray tracing. Average ram should be 6 gig, but be careful as some may launch with less. Also note the number of fans can vary by card, ideally you want two or more.Note: PCIe plug x1 (8-pin).

RTX 2070 overkill 1 - Asus RTX 2070 Turbo / Evga RTX 2070 XC
This can run triple monitor on a single card. This is the higher mainstream card with Nvidia ray tracing. Note: 10.5". Note: PCIe plug x2 (one 6-pin and one 8-pin).

RTX 2080 overkill 2 - Asus RTX 2080 / Evga RTX 2080 XC
This can run triple monitor on a single card. This is the high-end mainstream card with Nvidia ray tracing. Note: 10.5". Note: PCIe plug x2 (one 6-pin and one 8-pin).

On the Horizon:
Note: The new RTX series was announced on August 20th. These new cards will feature real-time ray tracing, vastly improving shadow tech, as well as being more powerful than the current 10 series. Note that very few games currently use Ray Tracing, so the current launch prices may not be worth it for your games.


RX 570 three star - ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 570
A great choice for ATi for those looking for a mainstream card. Note: PCIe plug x1 (8-pin).

RX 580 four star - ASUS ROG Radeon RX 580
A great choice for ATi for those looking for a mainstream card. Note: PCIe plug x1 (8-pin).

RX 590 five star - ASUS ROG Radeon RX 590 / XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy
A great choice for ATi for those looking for a mainstream card. Note: PCIe plug x1 PCIe plug x2 (one 6-pin and one 8-pin).

RX Vega 56 overkill 1 - ASUS ROG Radeon RX Vega 56
A great choice for ATi for those looking for a high-mainstream card. Note: PCIe plug x2 (two 8-pin).

Radeon vii overkill 2 - ASUS Radeon vii / XFX Radeon vii
A flagship choice for ATi for those looking for a very high-end card. Note: PCIe plug x2 (two 8-pin).

On the Horizon:
ATi note: none.

one star One star cards will be an entry level or lower mainstream gaming cards. Most games will need to be set at low settings. I only recommend 1 star cards if you can't afford a 2 star, as there will be a big rift between them in power. While a one star card may run the game, you are talking about very low settings.
two star Two star cards are lower mainstream and should be fine for lower or medium settings.
three star Three star cards are a great choice. Most people will want a 3 or 4 star card. Games should run at medium or higher settings.
four star Four star cards are a great choice and have a touch more oomf. Most people will want a 3 or 4 star card. Games should have no problem running at higher settings.
five star Five star cards are higher-end and are best for high-resolution and high settings.
overkill 1 Overkill Rank 1 is a high-end card and has power or features that exceed all but the most demanding games. It is best to avoid this type of card unless you have a high spending limit.
overkill 2 Overkill Rank 2 is a high-end card and has power or features that exceed all but the most demanding games, and likely will remain overkill for quite some time. It is best to avoid this type of card unless you have an unlimited budget.

Note that some cards are 10.5", or larger, and may not fit in all cases. These cards are referenced by a note in the above text. Also note that some cards may require more than one PCIe plug. These are noted in the text above as "Note: PCIe plug x2" with an additional note if they require the 8-pin type.


The Random Access Memory, or Ram as it is more commonly referred to, is effectively the short-term memory of the system.

In general, the more ram a system has the more it can work with at one time. If it has too little information will have to go back and forth between the ram and the hard drive.

Ram has two ratings; one is the overall speed, and one is the timings. "Tighter" timings, those which are smaller numbers, can be "faster" ram. While this may not yield a huge difference compared to regular speed ram, if you can get ram with lower timings for not too much more than regular timings you may want to go for it. If you have a choice of slower overall speed versus tight timing, tight timing will often yield a better rain.

Note that it is ideal to match the ram speed to the (fastest) motherboard FSB speed. I say ideal as most times faster ram speeds will increase the cost, and the gain may be very small for such an increase. However, if you are an overclocker and choose to alter these settings for even higher performance you are free to do so. Additionally, when the system boots, even if you have modified these settings they will be temporarily reset to safe settings during boot to be safe, so you don't have to worry about extreme settings messing things up and preventing a boot cycle.

Lifespan: Add or change as needed. Typically needs change with CPU / Motherboard generations. Roughly 4 years, but I recommend changing with your Motherboard change. Check the standards every other year.

Recommendations DDR4:
Corsair Vengeance LPX - a DDR4 2666 16-gig.
Corsair Vengeance LPX - a DDR4 2666 32-gig.
Corsair Vengeance LPX - a DDR4 3200 16-gig. Faster, but might require manually setting the voltage to run at this speed.
Corsair Vengeance LPX - a DDR4 3200 32-gig. Faster, but might require manually setting the voltage to run at this speed.
HyperX Predator - a DDR4 2666 16-gig.
HyperX Predator - a DDR4 2666 32-gig.


The Motherboard, sometimes abbreviated as MB, is effectively the nervous system in the computer. It controls the flow of information between various locations.
Intel's socket 1151 with the 300 series chipset is the newest board types, releasing in late October, 2017. This type will be required to use the new Intel series 8 chips, and is not compatible with older generation CPUs (of socket 1151). While the higher-end 2066 socket and cores are attractive, they are really only a boon in productivity use (video encoding and compression, etc.)

Lifespan: Motherboard changes are dictated by CPU socket changes. The tech rarely changes during a CPU lifecycle.

Intel Recommendations, socket 1151 with 300 series:
Asus ROG Strix Z390-H - A mainstream board that should be sufficient for any gamer.
Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming - This appears to be a mainstream targeted board that should be sufficient for any gamer with a few extra features for a bit better experince.
Asus ROG Maximus XI Hero - A gamer enthusiast board with a few extra features. This is likely overkill unless you plan on going multi-GPU.
Gigabyte Z390 GAMING X - This appears to be a minimal board that should be sufficient for any gamer. Note: This board only has one GPU slot. While most manufacturers are moving away from multi-GPU design, this may limit upgrade options.
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER - This appears to be a mainstream targeted board that should be sufficient for any gamer with a few extra features for a bit better experince.

AMD AM4 Recommendations:
Asus B450M-A/CSM Prime - a budget single slot GPU motherboard.
Asus B450-F Gaming - a mainstream dual slot GPU motherboard.
Gigabyte B450 AORUS M - a budget single slot GPU motherboard.

Sub-core Systems
The sub-core is what I'd consider the parts of the computer that are required for operation, but are parts that have a far less significant impact on the system's overall performance.

Sound Card / Speakers / Headphones

An add on sound card helps out the CPU by accelerating sound independent of other CPU processes. Additionally some sound cards can greatly increase the quality of the sounds.
For me, good positional audio really increases my enjoyment of a game. Creative Labs used to be king of the hill, but since the launch of Vista they have had compatibility issues (with games) which apparently remain even with Windows 7. Acceleration can, and can not, happen depending on the game. The Asus "Xonar" line emulates the same surround quality that the Creative Labs cards do, though it may suffer similar results.

Lifespan: Sound card tech rarely changes. I recommend updating as needed due to a tech change.

Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 - This card features new SBX features, EAX, and CrystalVoice for cleaner audio input.


I tend to stick with one speaker set and change when the sound technology changes. The technology for speakers tends to change so slowly that a decent speaker set will likely last you several years, possibly through several system builds.

Lifespan: A personal choice, but I recommend every 5 years or as needed.

Logitech Z313 5.1 speaker set - A low cost 2.1 speaker set choice.
Logitech Z506 5.1 speaker set - A very good 5.1 speaker set choice.
Logitech Z623 2.1 speaker set - A 2.1 speaker set with THX certification.
Logitech Z906 5.1 digital speaker set - A high-end speaker set for the true sound enthusiast with THX certification. This is one of the few speaker sets that uses a digital connection. Note that these reportedly get so loud they shake the walls. Do not use these if you live in an apartment and have neighbors close by.
AmazonBasics - If your sound card and speaker set can use a digital connection, this would be a good choice for a cable. At 6' this should be plenty long enough to go from your PC to your speaker set.
Belkin PureAV AV20000 - Another digitial cable.

For those who may want to run a second set of speakers to use for voice chat - so that you can have your game sounds and voice chat on separate speakers - you may want to look at the Logitech V10 USB speakers.


I prefer speakers to headphones, but some people may be gaming on the go or may prefer to use headsets so they don't bother their roommates. It seems there are three types of headsets; the tiny in the ear type (aka "ear buds"), the type you put on your ears (not really sold anymore), and the type which are larger and have foam pads and go around your ears. The tiny in the ear type are not very good for gaming due to their inability to reproduce good tonal range due to the tiny speaker size. (They also tend to have very short cords.) However, there has been a new focus on this type in recent times (2016), as some compeitive gamers are prefering them for their portability and not being a heavy set on their head for multiple hours during a competition. The over the ear type is ideal for extended use and gaming, often superior in tonal range reproduction and volume, but may not be ideal for taking outside of the home due to the size and sometimes weight. Also, this type often features the best microphones.

There is some debate if surround sound actually works with headsets. While headsets can include multiple speakers on each side to truly reproduce surround sound, this will obviously come at a sacrifice of speaker quality due to the multiple smaller speaker size compared to two larger ones. Thus, most 5.1 and 7.1 sound is simulated in that only 2 speakers are acting as several, which is not true surround sound.

USB connections are sharper and clearer in microphone audio quality. If that is important to you, or you happen to be using the microphone for other things such as podcasting, you definitely want to look at a USB type. However, if you chose to use a USB headset be aware that this ignores any add-in sound card you may have, as it is plugged in via USB, not to the sound card. If you have a USB connection type not only will you be unable to use alternate connection points, such as a mobile device or stereo system, but they often also require special drivers in order to get full functionality.

Good headphones can cost as much as a good speaker set, however, they will often have a shorter lifespan due to wear and tear on the cord and headset as you take them off and on. If you are someone who uses a headset frequently and sound quality is not terribly important, it's likely that almost any decent headset ($35-50) will do you just fine. However, if sound quality is important, or if the headphones are your main or only listening device, and you are gentle with equipment, it may be worth it to consider a more expensive headset. (Non-wireless will tend to be around $50-75, with wireless running around $125.)

Note that some new consoles (PlayStation 4) and media devices (phones) are using a new unified single jack. I'll post headphones which could work for PC and consoles when I see them and note them below.

HyperX Cloud II - 4-pole 3.5mm connector and/or USB, 7.1 sound, 53mm size, Frequency response: 15Hz-25KHz - The microphone can not be rotated out of the way, however, it can be removed during times you are not using it. This is a great mainstream gamer headset. It has a unified single jack style used by new consoles (PlayStation 4) and media.
Logitech G230 Gaming Headset - 3.5mm connection type, 2.1 sound, 40mm size, Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz - An over the ear design. Cloth ear covers. The microphone can be rotated up to be out of the way.
Logitech G432 Gaming Headset - USB connection type, 7.1 simulated sound, 50mm size, Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz - An over the ear design. Faux-leathercovers. The microphone can be rotated up to be out of the way.
Logitech G533 Artemis Spectrum - USB connection type, Wireless, 7.1 simulated sound, 40mm size, Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz - An over the ear design. Washable cloth ear covers. The microphone can be rotated up to be out of the way. Dolby DTS Headphone X certified.
Logitech G935 LIGHTSYNC - USB connection type, Wireless, 7.1 simulated sound, 50mm size, Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz - An over the ear design. Washable cloth ear covers. The microphone can be rotated up to be out of the way. Dolby Certified. In-line audio controls.
XXL Sturdy Hard Shell Headphone Carrying Case - Carrying case. While not necessary for a home user, if you are going to travel, particularly if will be doing so frequently, you may want to consider a hard shell carrying case for your headpones.

Hard drive

The hard drive stores all of the information in the computer. You can think of this like your long-term memory. When your PC operates it moves information from the hard drive's long term storage to the system ram.
A solid state hard drive is one of the better choices in terms of improving your game and overall computing experience as it greatly reduces load times. However, note that not all are created equal and there are differences in manufacturing that you can't see. Cheaper drives may be slower than the more expensive drives, but they will always be faster than 'old school' hard drives.

The only real limitation to solid state drives is that they can be a bit pricy in terms of cost per gig (take the formula of ( Price / gig capacity ) to calculate the cost per gig), in comparison to the older drive types. If you tend to store a lot of information on your system besides games (such as music, movies, pictures, homework files, etc.) you will probably want to get a second drive for those files. (I no longer provide recommendations these for gamers, as larger SSDs are becoming cheap enough there should be plenty of room for most people.) For games, even the smaller sized solid state drives (256) should be fine. Most single player games average around 5 gig, while online games will varry between 10 and 20 gig.

Flash storage capabilities and speeds have grown tremendously since the introduction of SSD. We are now seeing a new connection standard, M.2. This will provide even greater speeds than a typical SATA connected SSD. However, note that at this time (April 2017), games don't really need faster speeds than SSD. While it's true some applications may max the speeds of SSDs, in gaming the gains will currently be pretty small. The real gain for M.2 over a SATA SSD won't be apparent outside of heavy transfer applications such as video editing or repeatedly moving huge amounts of files (which games don't do.) For now someone should only consider an M.2 drive (over a standard SSD) as a final upgrade to the system.

NOTE: M.2 drives come basically in two configurations; a standard (not noted) format, and NVMe, which is specificially designed for PCI-Express use and has speeds which are double or greater. While either should fit in your motherboard's M.2 slot, you may need to set the bios to correctly detect the NVMe type since it is still ealy in development of this technology.

Lifespan: Hard drive tech changes rarely, but I recommend changing your hard drive about every 3 to 4 years, whenever it is that you change your motherboard and CPU.

Note that all drives are "OEM" items and do not have a box or cables. However, your motherboard kit should include the necessary Sata cables.

Recommendations; solid state, 2.5":
Samsung 860 Evo, 250 gig - A decent sized drive. Likely ideal for most minimalist gamers.
Samsung 860 Evo, 500 gig - A larger drive. This should be a comefortable amount of space for a gamer to work with.
Samsung 860 Evo, 1 terra A large drive with plenty of space.

Recommendations; solid state, M.2 :
Western Digital Blue SN, 500 gig - NVMe type - Plenty of room for gamers.
Western Digital Black SN750, 500 gig - NVMe type - Plenty of room for gamers.
Western Digital Black SN750, 1 tb - NVMe type - Plenty of room for gamers.
Samsung 970 Evo Plus, 500 gig - NVMe type - Fine for mainstream gamers.
Samsung 970 Evo Plus, 1 tb - NVMe type - Plenty of room for gamers.

Blu-ray /

DVD burners are getting lower in price these days, so there isn't any reason not to get one (compared to getting a CD type). Just be sure it has features and speeds you are happy with. Try and check for a sata connection type and Windows Vista certification.

Lifespan: Media tech changes rarely. I recommend changing as necessary.

Asus DVD/CD burner (DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM) - A good drive that should cover all of your DVD or CD burning and reading needs.
Asus Blu-ray/DVD/CD burner (BD-R 2X BD-RE) - A good drive that should cover all of your Blu-Ray, DVD, or CD burning and reading needs. The free software which is included may not have very many Blu-ray audio playback options. Additional software may be required to get the full uncompressed 5.1 audio. Note that Blu-ray players and burners actually run slightly slower than standard DVD/CD burners when reading. If burning and reading time of media is really important to you, consider carefully if you want a Blu-ray burner.

Power Supply

The power supply unit, or PSU, is basically the heart of your system. It controls where the power goes and how much is sent.
Something new to watch for is compatibility with the new PCI Express 16 Version 2 standard (PCIe v2). This requires an 8-pin power connector for graphic cards. Previously power supplies used a 6-pin type, most on the market only have 6-pin. However, many new power supplies use a "6+2" pin method. My recommendations all have at least one 6+2-pin PCIe connector, with two or more total PCIe connectors.

Lifespan: About 4 years. I recommend changing every 3 years or as needed.


There are three things to consider when purchasing a power supply; the overall Power ratting, the 12 volt rails / total amps, and the Fan size / speed.

Power rating is the overall big number you see listed on the box. Today, right now, you want to target 500w or higher with a new system for single graphic card use, or 750w or higher for dual graphic card use.

The 12v lines and total amps is equally important and equally as tricky to gauge your needs. These are very important for graphics card power, but also important if you run lots of devices (such as multiple hard drives.) The short version is that you want at least 34 total amps these days. If a power supply has multiple 12v lines you can add their amounts together to find the total amps.

Fans are important to consider if you are concerned about noise. Larger fan size doesn't automatically mean that the fan will be quieter, but it does mean that it can run at a lower speed. You will want to be sure that the fan has a speed control, which is critical for keeping noise at a minimum. Some fans run at only one speed, meaning they produce more noise than they have to and will likely be overly loud. Most power supplies these days have variable fan speeds.

Efficiency is also something you may wish to check. Most power supplies these days will have >80% efficiency. Less efficient units will produce more heat and may cost you more in terms of a monthly power bill. (Though this monthly cost increase likely won't be too noticeable.) Also, some fan speeds may increase with heat increasing your noise, so more efficent heat disipation will reduce noise as well. Some will refernce "bronze", "silver", or "gold" certified. Basically any will be fine, as they are all 80%+, with the higher certifications costing more, but also containing better parts.

PCIe connectors are also something you may want to consider. The power supplies I recommend all have at least two PCIe connections that use the new 6+2 pin connectors. Some graphic cards only require one PCIe plug, however, some require two. Depending on how many of which cards you will use you may want one, two, four, or six PCIe connectors total.

While it is tempting to buy a cheap power supply, don't. The power supply is the heart of your system, so you want a good one. Read some reviews and go with a well-known brand that matches your price and performance needs if you are unsure.

Recommendations: All power supplies listed are PCIe v2 compatible and have two or more 8-pin ("6+2") PCIe connection types.
Corsair RM Series RM850X, 850w - Modular, quiet, xGPU+. This is an ideal choice for a multiple graphic card systems. This PSU gets the fancy carrot for having plenty of power for dual GPU systems. The Corsair RM series is both modular and quiet.
Corsair RM Series RM1000X, 1000w - Modular, quiet, xGPU+. This is an ideal choice for a multiple graphic card systems. Having more power ensures things run smoothly, but this may be into the overkill range unless you are running triple GPU. The Corsair RM series is both modular and quiet.
Corsair HXi Series HX850i, 850w - Modular, quiet, xGPU+. This is an ideal choice for a multiple graphic card systems. This PSU gets the fancy carrot for having plenty of power for dual GPU systems. The Corsair HXi series is both modular and quiet, has slightly higher quality parts than the RM series, and may run slightly quieter.
Corsair HXi Series HX1000i, 1000w - Modular, quiet, xGPU+. This is an ideal choice for a multiple graphic card systems. Having more power ensures things run smoothly, but this may be into the overkill range unless you are running triple GPU. The Corsair HXi series is both modular and quiet, has slightly higher quality parts than the RM series, and may run slightly quieter.

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Note that a reference of "Modular" means that you only plug in the power lines that you need, freeing up space for airflow in your case. A reference of "xGPU+" means this power supply could handle two or more graphic cards depending on their plug configurations.


I have to say that the Antec Nine Hundred is an amazingly quiet case and it isn’t overly large like some. I accidentally had one fan bumped to high when I first booted up, boy was that loud, but that's actually a good feature - the fans can be switched between three different settings depending on your cooling needs. The extra room in the case makes it easy to set things up. The fan settings are a great option, allowing you to go for silence or for maximum cooling. There are even thingies in the tray of the case so you can twist tie cables here and there to make cable management easy. The Antec Nine Hundred is easily one of the best cases I have owned. (So far I’ve owned at least 6.)

In my opinion cases that cost more than $100 are too expensive. Usually the features you gain for the really expensive cases simply aren't worth the cost. If you find a case you like, look around for better prices; sometimes you can find really good cases much cheaper at one retailer compared to another. If you like one which is more than $100 look very carefully at the stats, ask yourself if you really need the features it offers compared to a less expensive case.

General case comments:

Drive bays - Each case has a different number of bays. Consider your needs. You likely won't change your needs drastically, so there isn't much point in getting something that would be overkill.

Cooling - Case fans can make a decent amount of difference in the overall temperatures inside your case. Choosing a case with more than one fan, particularly if they can be changed to different speeds, is a good idea. Two should be plenty.

Noise - Few cases are louder than others simply based on design. The exception to this are ones which have open sides or fronts, as the open nature will allow for a little more noise to come out. Basically your noise level will be impacted more by the number and type of fans the case has than by design.

C00ln3ss! - The "coolness" factor of a case can deceptive. Be sure the case meets your needs on the above factors before buying it just becaue it looks cool. Some of those cool design factors may impact the ease of installation of parts or how well the case cools the parts inside.

Size - Some cases (especially the smaller ones) can be difficult to work with (when installing stuff). This can be problematic if you expect to change out parts. While the larger cases can often provide plenty of internal room, they can take up a lot of external room - meaning that large case which is very roomy inside may take up all of the available space you have in your PC area. Balance the case size with your biological size needs - meaning leave enough room for your PC parts as well as enough room for your body parts. Consider where that PC will go in relation to where you will go. Will the size be helpful or harmful to your personal space?

Weight - A minor point, but one to consider none the less. Aluminum cases will be lighter compared to Steel cases. If you are going to be changing parts every now and then, or carrying your PC to a friends for those lan party weekends, you may want to consider a smaller aluminum case.

Lifespan: About 5 years. When you need to change will be determined by changes in the industry which alter Motherboard or graphic card size.

Choose a case that fits your computing needs as well as your personal needs. I'd avoid ones that include 'no name' power supplies, as the power supply is really the heart of your system. (See the power supply section above for details.)

Asus TUF Gaming GT501 - This is somewhere between a mainstream and enthusiast case. It will be large enough to fit all your needs, yet features handles for carrying around to lan events. It includes 4 fans with lots of places to mount additional ones.
Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-06 - This is a great budget case. It comes with two fans, one in front and one in the back, with optional locations to mount fans in several places.
Corsair Graphite Series 760T - This is a great mainstream case with some higher-end features. It comes with two 140mm fans in front, with optional locations to mount fans in many places.

The peripherals are what I'd consider the parts that create an interface between the user and the system. These parts are unlikely to have an impact in terms of hardware performance, but may alter how the user interacts with the system based on their ease of use to their owner.


There are many features to consider when purchasing a mouse, and unfortunately most of them will only be discovered through use. In overall design there are three commonly discussed grip types; claw, palm, and finger-tip. With a claw grip the mouse tends to have a higher curve, or bulge in the middle. People who use a claw grip are more likely to arch their fingers and poke downward on the main buttons. With a palm grip you are more likely to control the mouse with the palm of your hand than your fingers. And a finger-tip user is more likely to touch the mouse with just their finger-tips. With these second two styles the users fingers are more straight than curved. If you aren't sure which kind of mouse would be more comfortable, I'd say try holding your arm in a fairly comfortable position and see if your fingers and palm rest in a more curved or straight position.

The next thing to consider with mice, particularly gaming mice, is where are the buttons placed? Most will only use the primary two buttons, but for some buttons on the side that your thumb can reach may also be useful. I myself only tend to use one button with my thumb because I'm usually lightly holding the mouse with my thumb for control, so using it to press requires I stop movement for that brief second. Button tension should also be noted, as some buttons give a stronger resistance, requiring more force to press them down.

Lastly, some mice have a curve in their design, with the right mouse button side of the mouse being lower than the left button. This may or may not suit your style depending on the kind of grip you use, and the frequency at which you press right mouse. Some games, such as MMOs which use hold right mouse to rotate the screen, or RTS and MOBA style games which use it to tell your character where to move, may require you to be as comfortable clicking on the right mouse as the left. Some designs may not work well based on the games you play and your grip style. Ambidextrous mice may be designed with no such curve, leaving the left and right mouse buttons at an equal height.

Unfortunately, only you will know which mouse is best for you, as this is often one of the most personalized parts of a gamers' system.

Lifespan: About 3 years or as needed.

Recommendations, Wired:
Corsair M65 RGB ELITE - 8 buttons, 18000 dpi max. Certainly a more enthusiast mouse design, but most interesting to me is the large thumb buton on the side. Typically side buttons are placed in poor to reach locaitons, making a side button fairly useless, but this placement looks both easy, and resistant enough to prevent accidental clicking.
Razer DeathAdder 2013 - 5 buttons, 6400 dpi max.
Razer Taipan Ambidextrous - 9 buttons, 8200 dpi max.
Razer Ouroboros Ambidextrous - 9 buttons, 8200 dpi max, charging cord / cordless. For the extreme enthusiast, this mouse features the ability to change its shape for the perfect fit, allowing you to change the side panels and adjust the height and length of the back section.
Logitech G Pro - 6 buttons, 12000 dpi max, profile settings. A solid basic gaming mouse.
Logitech G600 MMO / White version - 20 buttons, 8200 dpi max, profile settings. A ton of buttons if you need that. I've known a few that swear by this kind of mouse, but I've never liked/used more than 4 buttons and find more just interfears with my grip.
Logitech G502 Lightspeed wireless - 11 buttons, 12000 dpi max, profile settings, charging cord / cordless.
Logitech G903 Lightspeed wireless - 11 buttons, 12000 dpi max, profile settings, charging cord / cordless.

Mouse pad:

I don't know how critical exact mousing is to everyone else, but I like my movements to be precise. Fumbling and hitches were left behind long ago when I stopped using non-gaming mice. While I would not recommend an expensive mouse pad to all, for those who don't want their mouse movements disrupted, I'd say get yourself a good one. This one has been used and endorsed by professional gaming teams.

Corsair MM350 Premium Anti-Fray Cloth - 17.7" x 15" - Cloth surface type.
Corsair MM350 Premium Anti-Fray Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad - Extended XL - 36.6" x 15.7" - Cloth surface type.
Logitech G240 - 13.39" x 11.02" - Cloth surface type.
Logitech G440 - 13.39" x 11.02" - Hard surface type.
Logitech G Powerplay - 13.5" x 12.6" - Hard surface with special wireless recharging for the G703 and G903.


Keyboards are on the verge of a change. The mainstream current type uses a method which requires longer keystrokes and more force to push. Newer mechanical types are starting to emerge, offering shorter distances to push and shorter keys (meaning you will get tired less frequently and, in theory, can react quicker), individual mechanical sensors for each key, and padding which allows for a quieter experience. Unfortunately, at this time (early 2013) there are only a few mechanical keyboards to choose from and they are pretty expensive at about $150, particularly compared to a cheaper mainstream type which range around $20.

Lifespan: About 5 years. Change as needed.

Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard - A gaming keyboard for the mainstream gamer who doesn't want a mechanical keyboard.
Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard - A keyboard that has programmable profiles for quick programmable key changes.

Recommendations, Mechanical:
Logitech G513 (Tactile) - This is a basic mechanical keyboard that should be fine for most gamers.
Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - This is a fancier mechanical keyboard that has extra features like saved preference keys.
Razer Blackwidow Tournament - This is a basic mechanical keyboard that should be fine for most gamers.
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate - This is a fancier mechanical keyboard that has extra features like saved preference keys.

Game Controller

At times console ported games may be easier to control with a game pad than with keyboard and mouse. Here are a few suggestions that are both Xbox 360 and PS3 like.

Xbox One Wireless controller for Xbox One/One S, PC - Xbox One style for PC gaming.
Logitech F710 Wireless Gamepad - A solid gamepad. Playstation 'dual shock' style. Cordless.



The newest trend to look for with monitors, particularly for gaming, are speeds of 144Hz or higher. These will allow for faster refresh rates (as your FPS cap is the same as your Hz speed), which is especially important if you are doing competitive gaming.

'4k' monitors are starting to appear, but be mindful that the higher resolution will take significantly more power to run the screen, as the power required is effectively the same as running four 1920x1080 monitors. In my opinion these will not be good for gaming for quite some time, as developers will not fully embrace the resolution and create content for that high of a resolution for quite some time. Also, the aspect ratio is exactly the same as a 1920x1080 monitor.

A newer trend in gaming monitors is a curved monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio. These flagship monitors are running at 3440x1440 and will include higher-end features, such as higher quality panels and Nvidia G-Synch technology. While it may be a while for lower resolution versions to filter into mainstream, I think these will be embraced much more quickly than it took for triple monitor adoption due to the fact that this is a single unified screen (as opposed to the multiple panel format of triple monitor.)

HDR, or high dynamic range, monitors are starting to show up in the market in the high-end. Nvidia has a G-Sync HDR branded tech which will work with their GPU line. While this will offer a much nicer gaming experience in terms of brightness, depth, and vibrance of color, this will not enhance the gaming outside of that. So be mindful of this as the prices will remain very high for these monitors until probably 2020.

The only major disadvantage to the LCD tech is that currently they do not have 'glass screens'. This means that you have to be extremely careful to not get anything on it, point at it with fingers, pens, or other poking devices, squish bugs on it, bump into it, etc. It cannot be cleaned with normal cleaning methods (you have to use a soft cloth and plain water and press pretty carefully, which is best done in vertical and/or horizontal movements or use a special cleaning kit). I think the reason they don't currently have glass covers is that the screen changes color depending on temperature and we don't currently have the technology to place hard glass over the LCD mesh without affecting the temperature.

Lifespan: About 4 years.

1920x1080 res, 16:9 aspect, Recommendations:
Acer GN246HL - 24" HDMI, DVI, VGA. A good size with great res. This is a 144 Hz screen.
Asus ROG Swift PG248Q - 24" HDMI, DisplayPort. A good size with great res. This also has a faster Hz rating for more FPS.

2560 x 1440 res, 144Hz and 165Hz, G-Sync, Recommendations:
Acer Predator XB241YU - 23.8" 144Hz, Display Port, HDMI. A bit higher resolution than the old generation.
Acer Predator Z271U - 27" 165Hz, Display Port, HDMI. A bit higher resolution than the old generation.
Asus ROG Swift PG27VQ - 27" 165Hz, Display Port, HDMI. A bit higher resolution than the old generation.

3840x2160 (4k) res, 16:9 aspect, G-Sync, Recommendations:
Acer Predator XB271HK - 27" Display Port, HDMI. A large size with great res.
Asus ROG PG27AQ - 27" Display Port, HDMI. A large size with great res.

3440x1440 res, 21:9 aspect, AH-IPS screen, G-Sync, Recommendations:
Acer Predator X34 - 34" Display Port, HDMI, DVI. One of the new ultra wide screen monitors.
Asus PG348Q - 34" Display Port, HDMI, DVI. One of the new ultra wide screen monitors.

G-Sync HDR, 4k Recommendations:
ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ - 27" 3840 x 2160 144Hz, Display Port, HDMI. One of the newest HDR compatible monitors.

Monitor stand Recommendation:
Ergotech Triple Horizontal LCD Monitor Arm Desk Stand (100-D16-B03) - An ex-guildie got this when he moved to triple monitor and he really likes it. The max monitor size is only 24", so those with larger monitors are out of luck.

Cable Recommendations:
Belkin - 10' (dual link) DVI cable for ATi Eyefinity or Nvidia 3D Surround (monitors should include shorter DVI cables for free, typically 2-4 feet long). This cable is not only longer, but dual link (which means it supports monitors of 2560x1600 res and higher). If you need a longer cord than is included with your monitor this would be a good option.

A new standard appearing for monitors is DisplayPort. Though HDMI and DVI still seem to be the dominant connector type. 4k monitors are just now starting to show up on the market, but as above, I predict we are looking at 2017 before they really filter into mainstream due to price and graphical power required to run them. In early 2016 we are now seeing new resolution formats appearing, such as ultra wide screen 3440X1440 offering a tempting alternative to triple monitor setups.

Emergent Gaming Tech

ATi Eyefinity

FreeSync is an AMD tech which is built in to monitors to help synchronize fast framerate with the graphics card. In order to use this technology you must have an AMD graphics card and a monitor which supports the feature.

ATi was the first on the scene with true multi-display gaming. The greatest limitation is that, obviously, you need multiple monitors. For balance you are looking at three monitors (one for left view, one for center, and one for right). Currently there are very few monitors which support the DisplayPort, which is the connection Eyefinity prefers and requires for at least one monitor. The easiest setup is using DisplayPort for one monitor (I'd say the center one), a DVI connection running to the second monitor, and a DVI connection running to the third monitor. It is mentioned that the graphics card HDMI port is shared with a DVI port so you effectively can not use the HDMI connection. Setup may be difficult, confusing, and challenging depending on your monitors, but it should be easy if you follow the above configuration. Lastly, note that having three monitors will take up a lot more desk space than just one, be sure that your desk could accommodate the wider size.

If you want to run triple monitor from a single AMD card you must get a DisplayPort to DVI converter, or mini-DisplayPort to DVI converter, as there are not enough DVI ports to run triple monitor from a single card. With this you connect the converter to your graphics card, and then use the standard DVI connection to your monitor. This allows you to use three standard monitors instead of ones which have the DisplayPort, which are often a noticeable amount more expensive. This makes Eyefinity a much cheaper option and within easy grasp. The only limitation is that this single link connection caps at a resolution of 1920x1200, plenty for standard displays, but out of reach of higher resolution monitors.

Maximum Eyefinity: Six displays at 7680 x 3200 resolution.

Lifespan: Until technology changes.

This is a brand new technology and still undergoing tweaks. I haven't heard of any tech-breaking issues other than games not supporting the new technology and the occasional aspect or camera setting glitch.

See this page if you are having trouble setting up Eyefinity

Nvidia G-Sync, Nvidia G-Sync HDR, Nvidia 3D Vision 2, and 3D Vision 2 Surround
G-Sync HDR: G-Sync HDR is Nvidia's newest offering of G-Sync with a high dynamic range monitor. These are expected to finally release in late July of 2018, but due to it taking a couple of years for them to start to appear it likely will be 2020 before their prices are low enough for HDR to start filtering into mainstream gaming. HDR provides brighter and more vibrant and deep colors, allowing for a more realistic color range compared to current monitor technology.

G-Sync: G-Sync is an Nvidia tech which is built in to monitors to help synchronize fast framerate with the graphics card. In order to use this technology you must have an Nvida graphics card and a monitor which supports the feature.

3D Vision 2, 3DVision Surround: Nvidia launched 3D Vision in 2009. This technology gave the viewer 3d images with the use of special monitors and special glasses. Due to the cost and slow adoption rate, Nvidia has decided to stop supporting the technology, as it has basically disappeared from the marketplace (in 2019).

Lifespan: Until technology changes.

HDR gaming will provide a huge leap forward in the enjoyment level of graphics. However, as most gamers won't care about this, and the tech will likely remain expensive for a while, I will guess adoption rate will be very slow, and it could easily be 2020 and beyond before we see them filtering into the mainstream price ranges.

Nvidia Surround

Nvidia cards have the ability to run with multiple monitors. The new 6 series can run triple monitor and a fourth for non-gaming items. Previous series are limited to up to two monitors per card, so you need multiple cards to run triple monitor. This allows Nvidia Surround to compete with ATi's Eyefinity. However, each graphics card can only run two monitors from DVI, meaning you need to use the HDMI port or a DisplayPort to DVI converter to run more, or monitors which natively support DisplayPort. Note that if you are planning to run 3D Vision Surround the monitors must be the exact same model.

Maximum: Three displays at 7680 x 1600 + 1 for non-gaming.

Lifespan: Multiple monitor gaming is dying off in 2018. It never really left the niche user market, and with things like 4k monitors, and ultra-wide 21:9 aspect monitors, the pains of setting up multi-monitor setups is being left behind in favor of much easier to deal with options.

Nvidia G-Sync

G-Sync is a new technology which Nvidia is introducing which is a specialized chip which talks to the monitor, built in to the monitor. This chip reduces the effects of 'tearing', which is a side effect of variable framerates in games and the monitor not quite adapting correctly. This chip helps to correct for that. In 2019 Nvida expanded this technology to certain monitors designed for adaptive framerates, certifying them as G-Sync compaible.

Lifespan: Until technology changes. Or, more likely, once monitor refresh rate again increases and this technology becomes unnecessary.

Operating System

Operating System

There is often little choice in which operating system you use. While non-Microsoft operating systems will work for many non-gaming applications, they really won't work for gamers.

Windows 10 is set to be the 'last Windows version', as Microsoft is claiming all versions after will simply update Windows 10. At the time of this writing (late August) I am seeing reports from a few gamers with issues with Windows 10, but hopefully those are simple driver issues and will be ironed out quickly enough. For someone building a new system I see absolutely no reason why you would not build on Windows 10.

Windows 10 Home - OEM 64-bit - - This is the version most people want to get as it has all the features a gamer needs. This is an OEM version which means it may be missing things that are normally in the box. (Typically this is stuff like marketing materials, non-critical manuals, etc.) I've heard it also does not include free phone support, which the retail version gives you. (Though this is only something like 90-days.)
Windows 10 Home Full Version - 32-bit / 64-bit USB drive - This is the same version as above, but includes the free support and extras the retail packaging would get you.



While testing your system is not critical I will always install the most recent versions of Futuremark's 3dMark software to test my system after I've set it up. I also like to run these tests after I've changed a major part, such as when I upgrade my graphics card, or even if I have changed DirectX versions or updated my GPU drivers.

It is a great way to see if everything is working and if you go online to compare to other people's scores it is also a great way to see if you seem to be near the range of other systems with your parts and operating system.

Futuremark's 3dMark 11

The first DirectX 11 benchmark is out; "Heaven" by Unigine. I don't know what information or ratings it outputs, but it should be very pretty to watch.

Download Unigine's Heaven benchmark

Cleaning and Protection

Spybot Search and Destroy

Disk Cleanup

Disk Defrag

Compressed Air

LCD Cleaning wipes

Digital cleaning:

Your PC constantly builds up little 'bits' of left over information in the system directory, as well as suffers from attack from web pests (adware, spyware, viruses, etc.) In order to keep your system running quickly and smoothly I recommend getting these two programs. I run a Registry sweep about once a month and let Spysweeper run once a week. And to keep things speedy defrag my hard drive once a month as well.

Spybot Search and Destroy will find almost all of the known viruses and you can get it for teh free. It is a touch more limited than the pay antivirus software solutions in that it doesn't have some of the same features (like you can't set up an automatic scan), but the pay versions also don't always offer those either.

Disk Cleanup is a free thing with Windows. You can find it by going to the start menu, accessories, system tools, then "Disk Cleanup". You don't need to do this one very often, but your system does store temporary files that you don't need after a while and this will clean those up. I'd say try and do this maybe every 4 to 6 months.

In some versions of Windows the Disk Defrag can be found in the same area as the Disk Cleanup tool. In others it will be in your control panel under Performance and Maintenance. The hard drive works like a book, and when data is in the proper order it will run quickly. If, however, the 'pages' get all jumbled up looking things up will take a lot longer and performance will be affected. I recommend running a disk defrag once a month or every other month. Note: It is critical that you not defrag your hard drive if it is a solid state drive. Solid state drives do not need to be defragged and doing so may actually reduce their lifespan.

Physical cleaning:

You can get cans of "compressed air" in many different forms. These are typically sold at computer stores, but you can also sometimes find them at other stores, such as gaming stores like GameStop or EB Games. The most common is the "Dust-off" brand. You can often find these sold singly, as a double plack, or in 3 packs. Often a 3 pack is the best deal for the money. I recommend opening up your system and blowing the parts off to get all the dust out once every 6 months, although once every 4 months is probably ideal. Also, you have to be very careful when cleaning an LCD monitor, and the best way to do this is with compressed air, or if you need to get yuck off, use cleaning wipes.


Your system is always at risk of damage from any kind of anomaly on the power line. As such I always recommend people protect their system with a good surge protector or universal power supply (also known as a battery backup). Don't go cheap with these. A good surge protector will stabilize the flow of electricity as well as decrease 'line noise' and help stabilize any over or under current situations. Also, many of them will cut power once power is lost, preventing your system from flickering on and off during a situation when power becomes unstable.

A good surge protector will probably run you between $15-35 and is a very worthwhile investment for any system.

Uninteruptable Power Supplies (UPS) tend to be a lot more expensive and range in price from about $75 to $750. Here is the tricky part - you want a battery backup that will be able to cover your current power needs. This is something you don't have to consider if you are using a simple surge protector. I would say that you probably want to target one which has a "VA rating" equal to, or higher than, your power supply rating. The average gamer doesn't need a battery backup, however, if you would like an extra few minutes to shut the system down after you loose power you may want to consider one. I'd say you probably only want to consider one if you work with media, such as video or audio editing. An gamer doesn't need to spend the money on a UPS.

APC SurgeArrest P8T3 - 1750 joules - This should be all you really need unless your area is prone to surges on data lines (such as an area that gets lightning strikes).
APC SurgeArrest P11VNT3 - 3020 joules - A bit more protection than the base model and a couple more plugs.

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