Serious Gaming Desktop & All-In-One PCs

How to Find the Right Serious Gaming Desktop or All-in-One PC

In order to find an appropriate gaming PC, you will need to understand the technology of the components inside. Whether you buy new, already opened and used, or refurbished, this brief guide will help you through the basic concepts of a PC.

When should you buy a prebuilt gaming PC?

While some gamers prefer to build their own computer, a prebuilt PC removes much of the difficulty and guesswork from the process. Although you can’t customise each individual part, you do have the guarantee that the PC has been tested by professionals to run well. PC manufacturers may also provide their own pre-installed software, overclocking capabilities, and case design.

How do you choose the right parts of a gaming PC?

These are the most important factors to consider:

  • Case size and design - There is an inherent tradeoff between the size of the case and the ability to upgrade the computer. If you want to retain the option to add parts, then you might want to opt for a larger motherboard and case design. Some companies also offer the option of LEDs and glass casing.
  • GPU - The GPU is the most essential element of any gaming PC. Better graphics quality, higher resolution, and faster framerate all depend on the quality of the GPU and the amount of RAM it contains. It is useful to consult both the recommended requirements and known benchmarks of the games you are interested in playing.
  • CPU - Both the speed and core count of the CPU will affect the quality of games. Recommendations and benchmarks are once again a useful guide.
  • System RAM - You do not always need to binge on RAM, but it is a good idea to meet the recommended requirements: 8 GB is considered the minimum for gaming, with 16 GB considered optimal. You can always add more RAM later.
  • Cooling solution - Most computers use fans to cool the parts, but if your gaming activities produce a lot of heat and noise, or you frequently overclock the parts, then you may want to opt for a liquid cooling solution instead.
What kind of storage is right for a gaming PC?

For many decades, the hard drive was the only storage solution available. But as solid state drives became cheap enough for mass storage, they became an appealing alternative. Their faster loading times make an enormous difference in games, which need to move around a lot of data. That is why many gaming computers now feature a solid state drive. The most common setup is the HDD+SSD combo: the HDD is designed for long-term storage, and the SSD is designed for frequently used programs and games. But if you can afford it, then it may be worth it to opt for an SSD exclusively.