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Are you thinking of stepping into the exciting world of computer gaming? Have you invested in a computer? Often, weekend gamers make use of a rental computer until they become part of the gaming elite that start building their own computers. Building your own computer means you can tweak your PC to your own preferences.
But, whether you are upgrading, buying or renting, here are five of the most basic specs to focus on for gaming enjoyment.
Graphics Card—Realistic Gaming
PC games have come a long way since the basic games from back in the day. Games today are very realistic, complex and more engaging. With this in mind, any seasoned gamer will tell you the graphics card is undoubtedly the most crucial piece of hardware in your gaming PC.
Graphics cards are responsible for the realistic images seen on your monitor by converting data into a signal your monitor can interpret. Built in features allow specific graphical aspects of gameplay such as image rotation. In short, a graphics card boosts the quality of the images you see. A favourite among avid gamers is the Nvida Geforce range.
CPU—the Bigger, the Better
A CPU or central processing unit is your computer’s processor. The computer program’s instructions are carried out by this component. In doing so, the CPU handles the majority of the actual gameplay.
If your primary interest is to improve your PC’s gaming performance, you will be looking at a mid-range Intel Core i5 at least. As you progress in your gaming experience, you can upgrade to the powerful Core i7.
RAM or random access memory, stores the short-term information that’s continuously accessed and used by the CPU. Insufficient RAM means your computer won’t be able to store all the game info it requires to run properly, causing slow frame rates and general poor performance. 8GB of RAM is the general baseline for average gaming.
To put it simply, your hard drive is where the majority of your game “lives”. When you play the game, information is extracted from your hard drive. If your hard drive is slow, your whole game runs at a much slower rate.
Since not all games are the same size, the requirements for storage will be different too. For various games to run optimally, the minimum gaming drive should be 500GB.
All the components of your computer are physically connected by the motherboard. Providing an electrical link between the computer’s crucial parts, the motherboard influences the rate at which information is transferred between different components.
For gaming optimisation, you’ll want a motherboard with space for future RAM upgrades, and at least one full speed PCI express port for a larger graphics cards as your gaming experience progresses.
Gaming is a very engaging hobby and gives you the opportunity to submerge yourself in a totally different world. Ensuring you’ve got the basics in place will only enhance the experience!