How to Buy a PC for Games

Four Methods:Central Processing Unit (CPU)MotherboardRandom Access Memory (RAM)Where to Buy a PC for Games

The benefit of using a personal computer (PC) for gaming is that you can use the computer to play games as well as do many other tasks such as running more software, chatting and surfing the Internet, whereas a gaming console is much more limited in the tasks that it can perform apart from running games. Whether you want to buy a PC for games or build your own gaming PC, making the right decision is all about choosing the right parts so your computer's hardware can support the games that are played on it. Although you can buy ready-made gaming computers, you must understand what goes into building computers for games in order to decide which PC to buy.

Method 1
Central Processing Unit (CPU)

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    Make sure the computer has a fast CPU. The function of the CPU is to process information and the faster this information can be processed, the smoother your games will run. The speed of a CPU (known as the clock speed) is measured in hertz quantities such as Gigahertz (GHz) or Megahertz (MHz). It is best to choose a CPU by a recognized brand such as Intel or AMD (Advanced Micro Devices).

Method 2

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    Match the motherboard to the CPU. Motherboards usually only support 1 type of CPU, so the motherboard should be compatible with the CPU otherwise the computer will not run properly. You should also check for the following features on the motherboard.
    • RAM capacity: the motherboard on a gaming PC should be able to support at least 1 GHz of RAM.
    • USB and PCI connections: there should be enough ports or slots for you to connect the external devices that you intend to use with your computer while gaming.
    • Sound and video support: some motherboards have built-in sound and video capabilities. A motherboard with high-quality sound and video will offer a better gaming experience.

Method 3
Random Access Memory (RAM)

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    Purchase a computer with enough RAM to temporarily store the games running on it. The amount of RAM is measured in bytes, and computers for games should have at least 1 GB of RAM. The type of RAM also makes a difference.
    • SDRAM: this type of RAM is now almost becoming obsolete and should be avoided for gaming computers.
    • DDR2 RAM: with almost twice the data transfer rate compared to SDRAM, most games can be played with DDR2 RAM without experiencing any lag.
    • DDR3 RAM: purchasing a computer with DDR3 RAM is a great investment because it will not only support games currently available in the market but also newer games that will be launched in future.

Method 4
Where to Buy a PC for Games

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    Shop around on the Internet to find a PC that you like. Here are some companies that you may want to look up.
    • Buy Direct PC: offers computers for all types of gamers and can also build custom computers.
    • I Buy Power: this company specializes in gaming laptops and desktops.
    • Micro Center: you can find computers as well as monitors and gaming accessories on the Micro Center website.
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    Go to local computer and electronics stores to see if they have any good deals. You could try going to the following stores.
    • Best Buy
    • Fry's
    • Circuit City
    • CompUSA


  • Read online reviews about the latest computers available for gamers. Reviews are available on Top Ten Reviews and many other websites.
  • Many other parts play a role in choosing the right computer to play games on. For an enhanced gaming experience, consider buying a computer with a large hard drive capacity, high-definition monitor and high-quality audio and video cards.
  • Always remember to have a powerful Graphics Processor Unit or G.P.U for graphics to run smoothly.

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