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What makes a computer a gaming computer?

What makes a computer  gaming worthy? This may be off topic from the normal topics, but we believe these needs to be put out there. While every computer can game technically some computers can game better than others there are many factors why this is true and I will first start by listing the components of the computer.

CPU: Central Processing Unit, every computer has at least one of these and it is the main workhorse of the computer. It does all the hard work and whenever you type a document or go on a website you should thank the CPU.

RAM: Random Access Memory, this is an over thought too many people and for others they believe the more the merrier. Despite common belief you don’t need infinite RAM, a good common and plentiful amount of RAM is 8GB. Any less and chances are you will suffer when you start to do multitasking or use any taxing software like a video editor. Ram is a fast cache for the computer and when you open a program the program will put some data on the RAM. RAM is deleted when there is no power to the computer or device.

GPU: Graphics Processing Unit, this is where all the gaming happens, when you game or use any graphically intensive software you will be taxing the GPU. Not all computers have a dedicated GPU some have something called an APU.*

HDD (Hard Disk Drive)/SSD (Solid State Drive)/SSHD [Hybrid drive](Solid State Hard Drive): This is where all your programs and your operating system are stored. Unlike RAM this is not deleted when you turn off the computer and there are many different variants of this.  The old reliable HDD or the Hard Disk Drive is a physical spinning platter with a head running over the platter to store information, the HDD is slow but comes in large capacities up to 8tb at the making of the blog. The SSD or the Solid State Drive is a newer technology that stores all the information on chips on a PCB, this storage variant is fast the most expansive and it doesn’t come in large capacities, as of the making of this blog the max available is 2.84 TB. Lastly the SSHD or the Solid State Hard Drive or even called the Hybrid drive is a combination of both. Many have 8 GB of Solid State Drive and 1-3Tb of Hard Disk Drive. This uses the SSD storage as a cache that will hold  the current, most used information and store the larger not as commonly accessed information in the Hard Drive platter. The SSD come in 3 types the SATA interface, the M-SATA interface and the PCIE interface; while they are different the description applies to all of these variants.

Motherboard: This is the body of the computer everything is accessed through the motherboard the CPU, GPU, RAM, Storage and even the power supply are all accessed through the motherboard. The motherboard has little to no processing power inside of it, but is still the body of the computer.

Power Supply: This is the part of the compute that powers the whole system. Not much else to say.

Case: All the components are stored inside the case and can also come in the form as a shell for a laptop.

To classify a computer as a truly gaming computer it must have dedicated graphics and should contain an SSD with a combination of an HDD, while these are not necessary it will be a struggle to do any gaming without these components.

*APU: All Processing Unit takes the place of a separate CPU and GPU and does all the hard work by itself. Don’t ever game with one of these or with integrated graphics it is just not worth it.