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Gaming Desktops | FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Whether you’re playing a power-hungry game, editing a music video or running multiple applications at once, you’ll need a computer that can keep up with everything you throw at it. Performance computers are designed with powerful components to enable resource hungry software to operate at its full potential. And in the case of gaming computers, as the saying goes, work hard, play hard.

What is a gaming computer?

A system with high-end specs, like a powerful processor, a large and optimally configured hard drive, and a dedicated video card, lets you enjoy smooth and visually stunning gameplay. Unlike video game consoles, you can easily customize and upgrade your system to create the best gaming PC for your specific and changing needs.

What are the most important features to consider?

You'll want at least 6GB of system RAM, and a dedicated video card with 2 - 6GB of memory. Games take up a substantial amount of space; a 1TB hard drive is probably a wise investment. A solid state drive offers faster and quieter operation, but less storage than a traditional hard disk drive. A hybrid drive combines the advantages of both, offering swift boot-up and load times, with plenty of space for a collection of games.

What additional components set a gaming PC apart from a regular PC?

On the inside, quality cooling fans ensure your hardworking processors don’t overheat, without generating excessive noise. A good quality sound card delivers what you do want to hear: clear, immersive audio. Look for quality speakers to complete the experience. If you want your gaming machine to visually stand out, you'll find a variety of cool cases, with features like internal LED lighting and unique cooling grill designs.

What should I look for in a gaming computer monitor?

To fully experience the incredible graphics the latest games have to offer, you'll want a high resolution computer monitor, capable of HD, Full HD, or even 4K display. A high refresh rate is important to ensure minimal shutter and motion blur. A 60Hz monitor is sufficient for most games, but if you opt for one with 3D support, you'll want 120Hz or more.

What about PC gaming accessories?

To unleash your full potential as a precision gamer, you might equip yourself with an optimized keyboard, a gaming mouse, a console-style gamepad controller, or joystick. You can even get steering wheels, flight controllers, and a variety of other cool computer gaming accessories.

Want more info? Check out some of our resources:

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