Take a high-end PC, a powerful processor, and a GPU that can render millions of pictures in a millisecond and what you get?

A great gaming PC

Gaming computers are not simply high-end desktop PCs. They require a certain amount of processing power and even more importantly, a powerful graphics card that can handle the high demands of our games today.

The two most critical factors you have to look at if you want to make sure your computer can handle all of the latest games are the graphics card and the CPU. Below, we have the minimums you should look for when you are picking out your next gaming PC. We also have the price ranges you should expect for each of the cards.

Graphics Card

The most demanding games on your PC rely on the power of your GPU. These high-end games will usually allow those that have lower-end systems to turn down the graphics to improve performance and responsiveness. If you want the best experience possible, though, you are going to want the graphics turned up all the way. To do that, you will need a powerful GPU.

A graphics card is made up of a graphics processing unit (GPU), and separate video memory. The GPU decrypts information that the game passes through it and displays it on your video screen. Visuals that display millions of polygons at the time are not possible without a powerful graphics card.

When it comes to graphic cards, Nvidia is king. They have a huge line of graphic cards ranging from simple and reliable, to over-the-top power. Another comparable brand is AMD. Like Nvidia, they have released some of the most powerful GPUs on the market.

The most expensive GPUs will cost upwards of $500. These can handle anything you throw at it. If you want a value GPU, you can find quality at the $100-$200 range, though you may have to turn down the graphic levels on these.


In the old days, no longer than 10 years ago, the CPU was the most critical component that separated the best gaming PCs from the rest of the pack. These days, it is still something to consider, but the standard CPUs are slowly creeping up in their performance capabilities to the high-end CPUs. This means you can get by without having the best processor around.

Gaming computers that were built in the last few years have enough processing power to handle most games. If you want to stay on the high end of processing performance, look at the clock speed and core count.

We recommend:

  • A clock speed of at least 3 GHz or higher
  • At least four cores – Most games made in the last few years use two or more cores

If you are building your own gaming PC, a capable processor will run you between $150- $250, while the higher end gaming processors will cost upwards of $400.

Other Factors

There are several other aspects that you have to consider, but in most cases, any recently built computer will have the necessary specs to handle most games. Focus your sights on finding a high-quality GPU and the rest should take care of its self.