Buying A Gaming Desktop: What To Look For

So you’re an avid gamer and you’re looking for a new toy – what could be better than a brand new gaming PC so you can play all the latest games? Here’s everything you need to know about buying a desktop for gaming.

Exterior

Gaming PCs come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, so how do you choose? If you have a compact desk, small systems are ideal. They can be noisier than larger towers though and your upgrade options may be limited. Full towers on the other hand can easily be upgraded and are capable of handling larger and more powerful hardware that physically won’t fit into a smaller PC. They are however a little pricier and can sometimes be too large to fit on a desk. Most gamers opt for a mid-tower as a compromise. Able to fit on or under a desk, mid-towers offer decent cooling and are big enough to support future upgrades.

PC Specialist Vanquish Inferno II
PC Specialist Vanquish Inferno II, shop.bt.com

GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)

Depending on your gaming preferences, the GPU can be the most important component of your gaming PC. For playing first person shooters you’ll need to focus on graphics hardware performance. War games on the other hand require a fast processor, while strategy games rely on a good GPU as well as a decent CPU.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 – shop.bt.com

Mid-range graphics cards offer the best price to performance ratio for the majority of gamers and allow most games to be played at 1080p. If you want to play at higher resolutions, allocate a bit more of your budget to buying a higher-end graphics card.

CPU (Central Processing Unit)

For super-fast and reliable performance, you’ll need to invest in a quality CPU. We recommend an Intel quad core processor for optimum performance but if you’re on a tighter budget, AMD offers cheaper processors that are performance-competitive.

Intel Core i7
Intel Core i7, shop.bt.com

RAM

Having more memory than you actually need won’t speed up your games so don’t allocate too much of your budget for RAM. For serious gamers, we recommend 16GB RAM.

PC Specialist Vanquish Destroyer Pro
PC Specialist Vanquish Destroyer Pro, shop.bt.com

HDD/ SSD

The majority of gaming PCs come with 500GB hard drive space but if you can find one in budget that offers 1TB hard drive, even better. If your budget is at the lower end, it’s best to buy as much space as you need. For those with an unlimited budget, consider buying an SSD. Though more expensive for the amount of space, they are ideal for those wanting ultra-fast load times.

PC Specialist Fusion XT II
PC Specialist Fusion XT II, shop.bt.com

To find the best gaming PC for your needs, be sure to choose one which offers components of the same tier. Keep costs low by not investing in unnecessary hardware. Browse the full range of gaming desktops at BT Shop today!

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