Best Gaming PC Desktop Computers 2012 - 2013
How to Choose a Gaming PC
A gamer's rig is like a portal that connects them with the online world. A gaming system that doesn't perform well can not only cause frustration, but give your competition the edge over you that they need. Conversely a well-built and maintained gaming computer can make your gaming experience more immersive, fun, and successful.
I highly recommend that once you find the PC that you're looking for you look the GPU up that it comes with on various manufacturer's websites in order to find out what the price is for it. When building a PC I try to dedicate 20-25% of my overall budget to the graphics card, and you should find a gaming PC that has done this as well.
Like your GPU you should look for a PC that has a CPU that uses nearly 1/4 of the overall price. I'd recommend the i5-2500k or i7-2600k for higher end builds and the AMD 1100T for mid-range builds.
8GB of DDR3 memory is more than enough to run today's greatest games but look for a gaming rig that will allow you to upgrade later. While most specification charts will show you exactly what this is, if you can't find it out, then look up the model number of the motherboard in order to find additional details.
If you're able to afford a gaming PC with a Sandy Bridge CPU, then the rig will come with an 1155 socket motherboard. There are 1155 chipsets, the P67, H67, and Z68. Gaming rigs will come with a P67 or Z68 motherboard which allow for a dedicated graphics card. If you can, then I highly recommend you find a rig that is using the Z68 motherboard as it combines the bet of the P67 and H67 chipset while supporting Intel's Smart Response Technology.
To the right is a list of some of the top rated, bestselling Gaming PCs for the last quarter of 2011. While you might be able to save a little bit of money by building your own custom gaming system, if you purchase from a manufacturer, then you can choose from a wide variety of styles with varying performance and leave them on the hook for any warranty issues. In fact, in our opinion warranty and support are the main reason for purchasing a gaming pc online.
Amazon Gaming Computer Wholesalers:
I recommend you shop Amazon's wholesalers for your PC. Not only do you get quality service from any Amazon wholesaler, they also price compete against each other, giving the consumer the power they need to find the best prices available. Combine this with super saver shipping, and various warranty options that are offered through Amazon's sellers, and you'll have everything you need.
*Tip - Look for refurbished items on Amazon. You can save several hundred dollars by purchasing a refurbished product that's been tested and just as good as the new products.
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