Modern and cutting edge gaming software requires hardware with the muscle and teeth that only a desktop rig can provide. The following paragraphs cover five essential points to buying the right gaming rig for your desk.
What exact motherboard is inside the case? You need to know not only the manufacturer, but the name, make and year of manufacture. If you are ever going to replace a processor, add a peripheral card or upgrade the RAM, you need to know what your motherboard will support and what it has room for. Boards vary wildly, even if all computer cases look the same from the outside. Knowing what you have means knowing what you can do.
Take a hard look at the graphics card. This one component is singly important when it comes to hardcore gaming. It determines the resolution of your graphics and also the frame rates you can play at. If you ever use your computer as an entertainment center, the graphics card is also very important. Find out the manufacturer and how much specific RAM it has on board.
Also look at how much RAM is in the computer itself. While the amount of RAM on the video card is critical, the motherboard general RAM is also important, although not as much. Depending on the size and distribution of the RAM modules with the system, you may have room for additional chips to be installed. Usually the cheapest and most effective upgrade will suffice. You can also remove and replace small chips, if your slots are limited in number.
The hard disks are worth a little inspection. Good games are going to save your progress routinely so that you do not have to retrace too many steps if and when you die in your adventures or combat. How much space the hard drive has, how fast it spins and how quickly it communicates with the motherboard will all factor into how much your game slows down during saves, if at all.
The last thing to look at is the CPU or main processor aboard the motherboard itself. It needs to be fast enough to handle the massive number of calculations and rendering that cutting edge graphics are going to require. Like the RAM, this can be upgraded though, either in swapping out the chip or through overclocking methods that can be employed.
Modern games consume serious horsepower and resources from the computer expected to run them. If you want to play these games regularly, you need your desktop computer to be able to handle the job. Keep these five factors in mind when you decide to shop for or build your gaming rig.