So, you have recently made the startling discovery that your puny laptop is no match for the memory-guzzling high-end AAA game that just launched after months of waiting. It decides to hang in the middle, makes more noise than a clunker from the 70s and gets as hot as a pan left out in the desert.
That’s because it’s probably not designed to tackle the power demands of a game. What you need is a gaming pc.
What is a gaming pc?
A gaming PC is a desktop computer or laptop that is designed for high performance applications like games. They are packed with the fastest components that are needed for power-hungry games and will easily outperform any gaming console. They can either be built from scratch or you can pick one off the shelves. Most manufacturers have an ensemble line of gaming PCs for you to choose from. Some of the notable ones are Alienware, Maingear and Falcon Northwest.
How does it differ from a laptop or PC for office use?
Like we said earlier, gaming PCs have a lot more juice than a conventional PC. Some of the main differences are:
- The Processor: Graphic heavy games like modern AI based war games need brute processing power and the processor in a gaming PC is the heart of the system. It can process tons of data in the blink of an eye and will enable you to enjoy jitter free gaming. There are a plethora of options to choose from. It will largely depend on what you can afford to be honest. Intel’s Core i7 range of processors is now considered to be the best ones that money can buy. AMD comes a close second with its immensely popular FX range. Budget priced options include the AMD A8 and the Core i5 from Intel.
- The Memory: Surprisingly enough, most people spend a copious amount of money on the processor and the graphics card without accounting for the memory which is an equally important aspect of a good gaming PC. The bare minimum that you can do with is 8 GB of RAM. However, most of the modern games including CPU titles and first person shooters need at least 16-32 GB of RAM for uninterrupted performance.
- The Graphics card/GPU: The Graphics card is undoubtedly considered to be the most critical part of a gaming pc. For desktops, there’s nothing better than quad-graphics card arrays. One of the most popular ones is the 3 or 4 way SLI from Nvidia which boasts of up to 4 four Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics cards. AMD also has one of the best graphic systems in the CrossFireX range. For a laptop, dual-GPU systems are quite popular among gaming enthusiasts.
- Cooling: All that power and incessant processing is going to generate a lot of heat. So, it is not uncommon for gaming PC manufacturers to throw in a bit of extra cooling beyond the conventional cooling fan. Some high end gaming PCs boast of their own liquid coolant system.
While opting for the top end of these components can make you poorer by a few thousand dollars at least, there are enough budget priced options too that can give you a great gaming experience.