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High-end gaming PC build guide 2019
No, this isn't a flux capacitor. There's not much you can't do inside of a modern gaming PC these days. You want to outfit it with more LEDs than a Christmas tree? No problem. Would you like to wrap all the power cords with colored sleeving to give it a neurotic yet oddly attractive look? Sure thing.
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If you've never done it before, the idea of building a computer from the ground up can seem very intimidating—but it's one of the most satisfying projects a tech enthusiast can take on. Update: We've got a much larger, more detailed, and up-to-date guide on building your own computer here. This article has some great reasons on why you might want to build over buy, but when it comes time to get your hands dirty, check out our new guide for the step-by-step. Being more of a software gal than a hardware geek myself, I was the only Lifehacker editor who had never built a PC from scratch. So when I needed a new PC late last year, I took the plunge and built my custom system.
There are quite some factors to consider when building a new PC that is mainly targeted at After Effects use. The interface and frame updates in After Effects heavily benefit from high core clocks. This means the more cores you have and the higher those cores are clocked, the better. Unfortunately, there are no CPUs with more than 8 cores that have Turbo-Boost frequencies as high as an i9 K, meaning you will have to trade clock speeds for core-count.