What is a gaming PC? 1
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Last Updated on January 22, 2019 by Aether

The personal computer industry is a massively diverse genre. While this is advantageous for those who are up-to-date with current technology and trends, it can sometimes be a little complicated when trying to decide what computer to purchase for your needs. If you are interested in gaming, you want enough power to run your games at their maximum capabilities, but you also don’t want to spend unnecessary money on power that you may not need. At the same time, though, you need to consider the future proof of your gaming rig too, as you don’t want to buy something that is so low spec that it is not powerful enough for games released a couple of years later.

A decade or so ago, the differences between a gaming PC and a regular home PC were not that great. A gaming PC may have had slightly better RAM, as well as a dedicated graphics card, but although this wouldn’t set you back that much money, it would enable you to play most AAA games. However, with the superior technology that we have now, as well as the higher expectations from consumers, the gap between gaming PCs and regular PCs is a big one.

PC games that have been released during recent years require technology that is years ahead of what the average PC has inside of it as standard. To play these games, you will need to have a computer with adequate hardware. Most of this hardware is only found in specially designed gaming computers and will include items such as:

  • Liquid cooling capabilities to allow your hardware to perform at maximum capacity, without risk of it burning out.
  • Incredibly powerful high-end graphics cards. It’s not uncommon for certain PCs to have more than one graphics card.
  • A Cutting-edge CPU.
  • Significant amounts of RAM, as well as it being of the highest quality. Typically, gaming PCs will have somewhere between 16 and 32GB of RAM, whereas regular PCs will usually have somewhere between 4 and 8 GB, at a push.
  • A large enough power supply to grant your whole system enough electricity in order to perform at its optimal level.

Every PC has been designed and built for a specific purpose. Regular computers are mainly built for mundane tasks like sending emails, browsing the internet and downloading files. While they all include a graphics card, RAM, and a PSU, they will be of average quality and will certainly not be adequate to run any high-performance games or applications.

Gaming PCs, due to their more recent technology, are built to last. Regular PCs are usually constructed with technology that could actually be at least five or so years old, which means after you own a PC like that for five years, you actually have technology that is a decade old. Therefore, it’s no surprise that technology that is a decade old is unable to support the high requirements of the latest PC games.

Hopefully, this information that we have provided has enabled you to understand what a gaming PC is, and why it’s important to own one if PC gaming is a passionate hobby of yours. If you are an avid gamer, the investment will allow you to play your favorite games, without compromising the quality and experience of playing them.


Aether has been playing World of Warcraft since 2006. In his youth he raided 7 days a week, but now just plays with friends doing Mythic dungeons and Arena. He swaps his main more often than he should.
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