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Why you need a Gaming PC

Gaming is for the PC, not just for consoles

Gaming, no matter how it's done is seriously fun, but playing those games on a gaming PC is so much more rewarding.

A gaming PC is an investment. You pay a little more for it up front, but what it gives back is worth every penny. The machine will last you, and stay up to date, longer than a games console. Games will look incredible and the computer will run faster, giving you a much more satisfying experience.

Games, especially the newer one, require PCs with more graphic and processing power to play at higher quality. In fact, even running a game in the lower settings, normal PCs can struggle to keep up and actually run the game.

When choosing a gaming PC, it's a good idea to know what games you intend to play – this will make picking one with the right graphics card or RAM a little easier. Most games give an indication of the minimum and recommended PC specifications. If your dream PC seems too expensive, don't worry – it's easier than people think to add new components to the machine at a later date. This means you can buy the PC now and enjoy all that PC gaming has to offer, and upgrade to that better graphics card or extra RAM later.

6 Reasons you need a gaming PC

More powerful than a console

Games consoles such as the PS4 or Xbox One get a lot of attention, but most gaming PCs are actually more powerful than the latest games console. This means your games appear in even greater detail and clarity – this is truly how the developers intended for each game to be experienced.

Get a competitive edge

There are so many accessories out there for the PC that make gaming easier, some even give you a serious advantage over your competition. For example, gaming keyboards and mice offer greater accuracy and customisation to get the most out of your game. If you play lots of First Person or RPG games (such as Call of Duty, Fallout 4 or Guild Wars) then you can span your game over three screens for a greater field of view – allowing you to see more of your surroundings and potentially spot threats before they spot you.

The biggest games library in history

The PC games library is huge – not only are almost all of the major game releases available on the PC, every game ever made for the PC is also right at your fingertips. With the exception of some very old titles, all of the PC games you used to play are available to enjoy and relive, time and time again.

You don't need to keep buying a new one

That's right, PCs stay up to date for longer! A good gaming rig will last you for several years without the need to upgrade anything. Eventually, the time will finally come when games and technology move on and your PC doesn't quite keep up like it used to. Instead of buying a whole new machine you can just upgrade the components. Is the machine feeling a little slow and sluggish? Upgrade the RAM. If games start to lag and look a little ropey around the edges, invest in a new graphics card; this is actually a lot easier to do that it might sound. A PC evolves with you and the games you play over time – no more having to buy a whole new console every few years.

Personalise everything

A gaming PC is not just a practical piece of kit, it's a statement. You can customise just about everything on the PC from the specific components to what the case looks like. How about lighting? Coloured lights inside the case not only give the PC a personality of its own, but they illuminate all the fancy components inside too, allowing you to show off your hardware in all of its glory!

And it's a PC!

Not only will a gaming PC play your games with ease, at the end of the day it's still a PC. This means that when you're not burning up the race track or waging war with your friends, you can still use it like any other computer. Send emails, Use Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), or any other programme or piece of software you currently use. What's more, because of their increased power gaming PCs even tend to handle these better than a regular PC.

Components

CPU

The 'Central Processing Unit', or 'Processor' is the brains of your PC. Generally you'll find they come in dual core or quad core. For better performance you should opt for quad core as they can handle and process more tasks at the same time. Another thing to note is the processor speed, this is measured in Gigahertz or GHz. The higher this number, the quicker programs and requests are performed. For gaming, 2GHz should be the minimum, with most games not requiring more than 4GHz.

Motherboard

The motherboard is the largest component in the computer and can often look quite confusing with loads of circuits and wires attached to it. Despite how it looks, the principal function of it is really simple – it manages the communication between all the different systems and components. All of the components 'live' on the motherboard and have their own specific place that they are plugged in to.

Memory (RAM)

Memory, or RAM (Random Access Memory), is the short-term memory that the computer has available. It is used to run the operating system and open and run different programs (for example, Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop). The more RAM your PC has, the more programs you can run at the same time without the PC slowing down. For gaming, although 4GB should be fine, more games are now recommending 8GB to get the best performance.

Hard Drive

RAM is the short-term memory and your hard drive (HDD) is the PCs long term memory. This is where you'll save all your documents, games and other software. For bulk storage, 1TB is fine but if you've got a big games library and play the latest games, 2Tb or more will be a safer option. Some gaming PCs now also include an 'SSD' as well as the HDD. The SSD is usually smaller but doesn't have any moving parts, which means it loads things really fast, meaning you'll be waiting less time for the next level to load.

Graphics Card

No gaming PC is complete without a dedicated graphics card, and if you'll be playing any game from the past decade it's a necessity! Dedicated graphics cards are there to make images and videos look amazing, which is ideal for gaming. The better the graphics card, the better your games will not only look, but actually play. The two big players in graphics cards are AMD and NVIDIA. Both have their pros and cons but on the whole, their cards are equally matched. General rule of the thumb – the higher the model number of the card, the newer and better it is.The NVIDIA 900 series is their most recent offering, whilst AMD are currently supporting the 300 series. The NVIDIA GTX 970 is a great mid-to-upper range card, with AMD offering the R9 380X as their equivalent card.

What are you waiting for

We have a huge range of gaming PCs that are ready to plug in and play, so you can get gaming straight away. From budget entry models, all the way to top of the range options, whatever you need your gaming PC to do, you can be sure to find exactly what you're looking for here.

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