What to look for when buying a gaming PC

When it comes to choosing a good gaming computer, it's easy to get lost in a sea of options. There are many articles on choosing a gaming computer to match your budget with various specs to choose from, but few provide a larger overview of the difference and what it means. 

Choosing a good gaming computer is somewhat like choosing a sports car. The choice you make can have a big impact on your overall experience and fun.

Using the car analogy, any car will get you from Point A to B. Similarly any PC will run office software and browse the internet and run simple games at low resolution. 

However, if your goal is to enjoy the act of driving - as you would in the act of playing a computer game - the choice of sports car can completely change your driving experience. The driving differences in a sports car is mostly in its power output and its handling. The difference is in the ability to overtake easily with massive acceleration available at the tap of a foot and with precision tight control as you steer smoothly into those tight curves with ease and confidence. This is what makes a “driving machine” an exciting experience and really where the joy of driving is.

Well, just as a good sports car provides great driving thrills, a high-end gaming computer can provide an amazing gaming experience with heart pounding excitement and thrills. 

Everything in a high end computer game is designed to be as realistic as possible. The audio and video experience is designed to immerse you in a world that is as fantastic, realistic and dynamic as possible. However, this realism is hard to produce and is limited by the performance of the computer and its ability to render complex scenes quickly and respond to your actions fast.

As explained in the article "Why gaming PC performance is limited by power handling" (subscribe below to get the article) the performance of the PC is limited by its ability to absorb the heat generated and cool the system during extreme gameplay. 

As mentioned in this article, for marketing reasons, purely looking at part model numbers is deceptive, as similar model numbers are used for both low power mobile parts as well as high end desktop parts. This is done to sell more parts. I.e. A desktop I9 is not the same as a laptop I9.

The details need to be checked. The reasons for these differences are due to the power handling limitations mentioned above. 

So what should you look for? 

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