Designing A Budget Computer For Efficient Gaming

by Sherry Hart

If you're not an absolute expert at computer design, the idea of a gaming computer may sound like an expensive investment. Unless you're actively participating in tournaments and broadcasting regular videos about games with high graphics, the cost isn't that much beyond the standard retail computer cost. Before buying into the market hype of gaming computer buzzwords and expensive-looking (but mostly cosmetic) cases, keep a few concepts of computer design in mind to buy and install the parts you need.

What Does A General Computer Have?

There are a few components that personal computers needs in order to handle modern resource demands. The process needs to be fast enough to calculate everything that happens on the computer, you need enough memory to quickly access the most common files and the hard drive needs to be large enough to store whatever you want to use.

Many business owners quickly learned that a 'business' workstation is nothing more than a desktop with a few specific programs that they could get at any time. The hardware is the same; just because a business process is important doesn't mean that faster hardware is needed. You'll just end up with hardware that doesn't reach its maximum potential by the time it finally breaks down.

Compare prices of different computers against their processor speed, amount of installed memory and hard drive space in that order. This order of importance considers the usual cost and difficulty of installation, with processors being the hardest to set in place while hard drives can be plugged up as easily as a lamp to a wall socket.

While looking at the computers, compare those parts against the system requirements of the game or games you want to play. Although there are other requirements that are listed, those core components are the most important in terms of operation and installation difficulty. Pick a general computer that exceeds the system requirements and meets your budget and continue to the key gamer component: the video card.

Video Cards Make The Difference For Computers

Modern computer games produce their graphics with complex instructions that require a specific way of 'thinking' or processing that the standard computer processor doesn't have. It isn't just a question of raw processing power, although a faster general computer can allow you to perform other tasks while playing games, such as looking up quests or techniques while playing online games.

A video card (also known as a graphics card) is like a small computer dedicated to just graphics processing. It contains programming that can handle the unique techniques used to run your games, including a processor, and memory dedicated to just gaming.

Why does your computer need specific requirements if the card brings in resources as well? In order to start the game and hand it off to the video card, your computer still need the power to build and maintain the 'package' that is the game's resource demands. The video card is only helping the main computer system to play the game, and your computer's operating system is still running in the background. 

You don't have to spend a lot of money on a video card. There are specific system requirements for the video card as well, which can be compared and matched against different budget levels to get a card that plays games beautifully. Contact a professional like one from Geek City who is skilled in computer systems to begin planning your upgrade.