Buying a gaming computer is slightly different from buying a work computer (unless gaming is your “work.”) Computers with an average processor, a decent amount of RAM and a good amount of storage are generally sufficient to handle everyday document editing and browsing. Gaming exists on a whole new tier.
Your computer requires a lot of processing power and the ability to run graphics to play games. It would also require above average RAM memory to prevent lagging or crashing when playing games. You would obviously need a lot of storage to hold old the data files and facilitate freeze-free processing.
And that is just scratching the surface of what’s needed for a great gaming computer. Here’s a brief overview of what you need to look for when buying a gaming computer:
The Processor is Crucial
You would essentially need a processor that can handle a massive amount of workload. Most modern processors can handle some amount of gaming. For example, you can play Minecraft on even an Intel Pentium processor.
What you really need to look for in a processor is how many cores it has. A multi-core processor is more efficient than a single core one. Despite popular belief, you don’t need to look for chips with six or eight cores. Four cores are quite enough. If you are on a budget, try a dual-core processor in the least.
You may already have heard that some processors are better than others. For example, an Intel Core i7 processor is more powerful than the Intel Core i5. That doesn’t mean you can’t play games on a Core i5. Just that you would only be able to play some games.
If you want to play the latest graphics intensive games, you would probably need an Intel Core i7 chip. You can buy it’s AMD equivalent Ryzen too. However, independent testing has shown the Core i7 to have a significant leg over Ryzen in gaming.
Core i7 is also the best processor to future-proof your computer unless the Core i9 is already released when you are reading this.
Graphics Card is the Most Important Part You’d Choose
A computer’s visual capabilities are rendered by the graphics card, supported by the processor and RAM. Therefore, how great your gaming computer is will largely depend on how powerful the graphics card is.
You need to pay particular attention if you are buying a gaming laptop. You can’t change the graphics unit in a laptop unlike you can do with a desktop.
There are plenty of graphics cards available in the market. Before you buy any of these, do a basic online search. Find out if the games you want to play are actually supported by the card.
Additionally, try to nab a graphics card with its own dedicated video memory. A card with at least 2GB of VRAM is much better at meeting that 60 fps rate.
RAM is Essential Too
RAM capacity is just as important as the processor and graphics card when it comes to gaming. Essentially, the amount of RAM your computer has determines how efficiently and fast your computer can run the gaming software on your computer.
Gamers are recommended to buy as much RAM as the processor can support. You can technically play games with 4GB of RAM. But for an immersive gaming experience, you need at least 8GB of RAM. Go for 16GB or more if you can afford it.
Speedy SSD Storage will Enhance Your Gaming Experience
Solid state drives as storage options are becoming increasingly popular among gamers. Unlike the traditional, physical HDDs, SSDs depend on flash memory and are thus faster.
SSDs are come highly recommended for gaming to ensure superior speeds. However, you may have to compromise on storage capacity for speed. A 512GB SSD would cost you quite a bit of money. In comparison, a computer with a 500GB SSD costs much less.
If you want storage capacity only, buy a 1TB or more HDD. But for speed, rely on an SSD.
Those are the first specs you need to consider when buying a gaming computer. You can check out the rest of the machine—including the monitor, operating system, and the number of USB ports—after you have looked into the above-mentioned points. Once you meet the most important specs, you know you have a great purchase on your hands.