Emulation is the practice of using a program (called an emulator) on a PC to mimic the behavior of a video game console, in order to play (usually retro) console games on a computer. If you want to put together a PC that will give you the best performance for playing games on emulators at the lowest price, then you’ve come to the right article!

By building a PC for yourself, you can ensure that it is tailor-made for your exact needs with as little waste as possible. Below you’ll find five sections to take you through everything you need to know.

We’ll explain which components are the most important for emulation, and how to get the most out of your new gaming rig.

Let's get to it!

In Section 1, we provide example PC builds that combine components to be well-suited for running emulators.

In Section 2, we’ve got a part-by-part explanation of how to select components for your emulation build.

In Section 3, we’ve got some guidance on different emulation PC gamepad/controller options.

In Section 4, you'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding emulation and PC hardware.

Finally, in Section 5, we have an overview of the most prominent software for emulation.


DISCLAIMER: While emulation itself is a completely legal way to play games, and emulators are a vital (often open-source and volunteer-produced) aspect of the ongoing conservation of aging games—piracy is illegal in the US, and some other countries. Therefore, we here at Logical Increments DO NOT condone piracy in any way.

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