For months you’ve been following news on an exciting upcoming game release. The day finally comes when you can buy the game. You whip out your credit card, excited to place your pre-order. But then you start skimming over the minimum system requirements. Crestfallen, you put away your card. Your PC can’t possibly run the game.
If all you own a standard consumer PC, that probably happens to you a lot these days. Video games are so sophisticated now that you can explore entire open worlds that are almost photorealistic in their rendering. But the problem is that your typical consumer PC simply cannot handle the graphics and processing required to run these types of games.
Gaming PCs solve this problem by giving both processing power and graphics a major boost.
In fact, a high-end video card is the single most significant defining feature of a gaming PC.
Most consumer PCs have an on-board graphics controller, but the video card in a gaming PC is a standalone unit. It comes with its own GPU and RAM as well as a dedicated cooling system.
A gaming PC also typically includes a number of other powerful features, like a high-quality audio system, overclocked RAM and high-speed CPU. Most also include extra storage space for games.
Gaming PCs vs. Consoles
At this point you may be wondering, “Why would I buy a gaming PC instead of a console like a PS4 or Xbox One?”
Neither option is technically “better” than the other. It all depends on what you are on the market for.
Consoles have the advantage of simplicity. They are streamlined, exist purely for gaming, and are optimized for that purpose. They are low-maintenance and offer access to exclusive titles.
Gaming PCs also have exclusive titles, however, and they confer some significant advantages over consoles. There are limitless possibilities for customization and upgrades (whereas you cannot actually upgrade a console at all). You also have more options with controllers, and backwards compatibility is more extensive. Mod support on some console systems is quite restricted, whereas PC gamers have access to a huge assortment of modified content.
Yes, gaming PCs are more expensive than consoles, but they have come down in price significantly over recent years. Plus, we cannot really talk about the price of a gaming PC without considering the added value, which is this: you are getting a PC! You can use it to browse the internet, surf the web, and do far more than just play games.
Is a Gaming PC Right For You?
Is it worth it for you to throw hundreds of dollars extra into a gaming PC the next time you buy a computer? You need to ask yourself what your priorities are and whether a console or a gaming PC is the right fit for your needs. Nowadays, if you want to enjoy the latest exciting video games on a customizable system with full mod support, it is hard to beat a gaming PC for flexibility, power, and value.
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