Upgrades for a Gaming Computer

As the popularity of computer gaming has increased, so has the hardware demands of the games themselves.  While this article will definitely help you make one or two upgrades to your computer, it should not be taken as a how-to guide on building a computer from scratch or making heavy upgrades.  That process is much more complicated and can not be explained in a single blog post.  However, if you have a relatively new computer that needs one or two tweaks to meet your standards, this article will help you identify what parts don’t really match the levels of the others.

For gaming, the video or graphics card is one of the most important parts of your system.  Most systems today have PCI Express slots, but certain older computers use AGP slots, so first make sure whatever you buy is compatible with your computer.  A video card with at least 1GB is recommended, but if you can afford and have the need for a 2GB card, it will definitely help.

RAM is also a huge factor in gaming, and the more RAM you have, the less lagging occurs.  4GB of DDR3 RAM is considered the minimum, and if 6 or 8GB of DDR3 is in your budget, you should definitely look into it.  Keep in mind that you are adding RAM to your computer, so are most likely augmenting the original RAM component, not replacing it.

You should also make sure that your hard drive has 7200 RPM capabilities and has at least 500GB, if not more.  If you can afford a 1TB hard drive, especially if you have a lot of large files on your computer, you should definitely get one.  A 3.2 or 3.3 GHz Dual-Core processor is recommended for your gaming needs, but you should also look into a quad-core processor if it is within your budget.  Keep in mind that not all processors with the same amount of GHz are created equal, so look into the other qualities of the processors that you are looking into.

None of these components will matter much if you have a substandard display.  Your monitor should have at least 1920×1080 resolution and be in the 21-24” range.  You could go higher on the resolution, but the gains wouldn’t be very noticeable except in a few select situations.

Computer gaming can be very fun, especially when you have the equipment that can meet the demands of the games.  With this information, you should see an improvement in your gaming experience.  You can find information on how to install these components on the Internet, but if you are having trouble or are uncomfortable doing so, please let us know and we can help you out.

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