Gaming PC’s are personal computers designed specifically to meet the needs of modern gamers. They may look similar or even identical to a regular PC, but the internal components are quite different. And it’s these internal components and the way that they work together that ultimately make a gaming PC a gaming PC as opposed to just a regular computer.

A gaming PC offers superior graphics performance, while also being able to handle the strain of the highly demanding processes it has to run to make your game look good and run well.

What are the differences between a gaming PC and a regular PC?

The main difference between a gaming PC and a regular PC is the graphics setup. In a typical desktop PC, there is likely going to be a graphics card—as opposed to a chip that has little to no VRAM—but such graphics cards in regular desktop PCs often have limited capabilities and aren’t optimized or gaming. They may run some games, but graphics quality may be inferior, or they could be completely incompatible with a game and graphics artefacts could start appearing, which is a visual sign that your graphics card is being ruined.
The difference between a regular laptop and a gaming PC is even more dramatic. Regular laptops often don’t have a graphics card at all—just a chip that is typically devoid of VRAM, meaning it doesn’t hold memory on its own and uses the main RAM, which slows things down even more. Some games will work on a good regular laptop, but you can essentially forget about playing new titles—especially on high or ultra graphics settings. Most regular laptops can’t even play modern games on low or medium settings, with a few exceptions. (i.e. The Sims 4 was specifically designed to be playable on anything from the highest end gaming rig to a standard, regular laptop.)

Another difference between gaming PCs and regular PCs is RAM. Gaming PCs typically have 8GB of RAM as a standard with 16GB being preferred for more demanding gaming needs. While 8GB RAM is becoming more common in regular PCs, many are still shipped with 4GB RAM, which is insufficient to play most modern titles.

Finally, screens (also known as displays) are often better in gaming PCs, because if you’re going to have a great graphics card, you want those lush graphics to be on full display.

What to look for in a gaming PC

Always make sure a gaming PC has a minimum of 8GB of RAM. Ideally, a good gaming PC will also be upgradable in RAM so you can later add 16GB if needs be.

Check out the included graphics card and make sure it’s up to snuff. If you have games you already want to play, make sure the card is compatible. Sometimes you can play on cards that aren’t listed as compatible, but that’s a roll of the dice kind of thing.

The CPU should be fast and robust. Also, a great display and sound system will really bring out the awesome features of a gaming PC.