Gaming PCs are built purely with performance in mind. They all feature dedicated graphics cards, powerful processors and plenty of memory to make sure you get the best out of your games.
PC gamers tend not to replace computers as frequently as normal users. They usually upgrade and add hardware as technology develops to make sure they stay current. Not only is this much more cost-effective over the years, it makes sure you always experience the latest games at their very best.
As you’re likely to be keeping hold of a gaming PC for a good few years, it’s important to choose one with enough performance to keep you current for as long as possible between upgrades.
A graphics card is a processor that deals only with visuals. You can tell the difference in performance by comparing memory size, number of cores and clock speed. A bigger number is typically better, and enables you to run newer and more demanding games at higher graphics settings. We list this info on our gaming PCs to help you find the right one.
You can easily upgrade or even add a second graphics card to your gaming PC, so don’t worry if your budget is preventing you from getting the exact graphics card you want.
Look out for the NVIDA GTX and AMD R9 range to experience today’s games as intended.
Unlike the graphics card, RAM and storage, the processor isn’t particularly easy to upgrade. While it can be done, you’ll have to match a very specific chipset and more than likely upgrade the power supply.
It’s advisable to choose a gaming PC with the most powerful processor you can find within your budget. Even the most demanding games don’t need vast amounts of power, but we’d recommend a quad-core processor with a clock speed of over 3 GHz to prevent it from restricting the graphics card.
Intel™ i5 and AMD FX processors are ideal, although look out for Intel™ i7 processors for top-end performance.
RAM isn’t as important in gaming as it is in design or media editing, as running a game typically doesn’t use that much – anything over 8 GB is plenty. If you find yourself needing more for demanding tasks or the next generation of gaming, RAM is one of the quickest components to upgrade.
Gaming PCs feature plenty of space and ports for adding more, just make sure you match the specification and slot type with the existing RAM. This is as easy as opening the case and having a look at what’s already installed.
Gaming PCs are usually quite spacious inside, which lets you easily customise and add components as you see fit. You can add almost anything you want, including performance storage such as an SSD, a Blu-ray drive or additional graphics card.
This allows you to create the perfect PC over a few years, and when the time comes to replace the whole thing, your upgraded components can easily be swapped over to your new machine.