A Gaming PC is a desktop that is designed for maximum gaming performance. Often they are custom made, with each component hand picked for speed and efficiency. For the most part, gaming PC’s are just like their home/office counterparts, with a few select parts being upgraded. The rise of PC gaming has gave way to multiple PC makers and PC parts makers catering to the gaming community with high-end, performance oriented machines.

Why do I need a Gaming PC?

For a hardcore gamer, performance is everything. And in today’s age, the newest PC games can be very computationally demanding. Even with a custom built PC, experiencing lag or slow loading times is possible when playing cutting edge games at the highest specifications. A basic PC meant for your home or office simply lacks the firepower necessary to effectively play modern games.

The Main Differences

There are a few components that draw the line between gaming and non-gaming PCs. The main components are listed below. Of course, each build is different, with different goals in mind, so the order of importance will change for each person.

Graphics Card (GPU)

The biggest difference between a gaming PC and a regular PC is the graphics card or GPU. After all, this is the component responsible for manufacturing the beautiful graphics on your screen. The best graphic cards offer smoother, faster gameplay. If you could only pick one component to upgrade, the GPU most always offers the most bang for your buck.  


The heart of a computer, the processor plays perhaps the biggest role in your system’s overall performance. You will mainly have the choice between dual and quad-core processors, with quad-core always being preferred if budget allows. Many new games utilize multiple cores, limiting a dual-core processor’s performance for some games.


In the old days, loading up with RAM was the preferred way to jack up speed and performance for your PC. While that’s not the best way to build a PC anymore, having the right amount of RAM is definitely important. Simply put, RAM will reduce lag and loading time. 8GB of RAM will handle most games just fine, with 16GB recommended for especially serious gaming PCs.

Specialized Cooling System

The inside of a PC can be a very hot place. Many PC gamers overclock their CPU and GPU, causing even more heat. High-performance components tend to run hot too, meaning a sophisticated cooling system is used to prevent overheating. Overheating can cause lag as well permanent damage for the overheated part. High-end gaming PCs usually use a combination of water cooling alongside traditional cooling fans, to effectively maintain a cool temperature and remove hot air.


Building a gaming PC is a balancing act. For your specific gaming needs, you’ll have to pick out the best options for the components listed above. Choosing pieces that fit well together and compliment each other is important. It’s easy to get sucked into the hype when parts shopping, with custom hardware boasting great performance boosts wrapped up in a shiny package. Often, spending more doesn’t equal any real increase in performance. For these reasons, the best way to build a gaming pc is by filling it with high-quality parts all throughout, rather than going all in on the best of the best for any one component.