Video game addicts certainly cannot live without their favorite consoles like Playstation or XBox. Because these game consoles can be very expensive, others, instead, upgrade their PCs into gaming computers.
Obviously, gaming computers are a lot more powerful than standard PCs (which are used for typical office applications). Not only should the computer be able to produce high quality graphics and sound, it needs to keep up with the response times and “wear and tear” that come with vigorous game play.
A good gaming computer should be equipped with a fast high performance processor like Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, or Core 2 Extreme. It should also have a large RAM memory, so that the computer does not slow down or crash right in the middle of the game. For optimal game play, it is necessary to get a RAM memory of 2GB to 4GB of 800 MHz or 1,066 MHz DDR2. In order to get superior graphics, a VRAM memory card, such a Nvidia GeForce or ATI Radeon needs to be installed.
Make sure that you get a good LCD monitor to get the most out of the fantastic graphics and speakers for surround sound. Because a keyboard may be cumbersome for gaming, you can purchase add-ons like game pads or joysticks.
If you are planning to upgrade your PC to a gaming computer, it is important to know what games you are planning to install. Get advise from your local computer shop as they would know what parts needs to be installed in order to get the games you want to run smoothly.