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Computers for Gaming

Updated on May 15, 2014

You can compare a gaming desktop to an advanced gaming console. Gaming consoles are cool - they allow you to play all the new games that come out and at a decent high quality setting. They are also cool because they allow you to invest in your gaming collection and create a fun digital library.

There are some top brands in the gaming desktop field, like Alienware, from Dell, CybertronPC, Cyberpower and iBuyPower. These are just some of the brands that constantly build quality gaming gear, since they focus more on the internal hardware and the final performance output.

These computers need to carry a lot of high-end hardware in order to run modern games on high quality settings. Modern games with high quality settings tend to look more like movies, so you can experience a heightened level of immersion.

There is no sense in buying an office desktop if you are going to use it for gaming. Gaming is more about understanding what your computer needs in order to run games perfectly. In order to play modern games, all you need to have is knowledge that your computer can run the said program and that it does in fact meet the minimum system requirements. All you need is a capable computer. What is a capable computer?

A capable computer is one that carries enough RAM, a decent processor and a high-end graphics card.

The perfect gaming computer carries at least a quad core processor to do its math, at least 6 GB of RAM and one of the new series of graphics cards from NVIDIA or ATI. These cards produce high graphics performance. They can outperform common hardware, which you can find in most office computers nowadays.

You need a good graphics card if you decide to run 3D design programs. These are the cases where the graphics card really shines.

In order to understand graphics cards you will need to do a bit of research yourself and get a good understanding of what it means to have the best graphics performance installed on your computer.

There is no need to invest in a new computer just to throw money away. If you do not understand, at least the main parts of the computer, then do not buy it thinking you are buying a computer for gaming purposes. A good gaming desktop is the one you took a bit of time to research. You understand what each component does and how it influences the overall system performance.

A good gaming desktop is the one you hand pick after careful deliberation.

Specs at a glance
AMD A6-6400K Processor 3.9 GHz
8GB SDRAM DDR3
500 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
AMD Radeon R7 250

CyberpowerPC Zeus Mini Desktop

This is one the best rated gaming PCs on Amazon right now. It's small, powerful and comes a very reasonable price.

It integrates an AMD A6-6400K processor, humming quietly at 3.9 GHz, 8GB of system memory and a 500GB hard drive. Now that's not a lot of space, but then again, this desktop wasn't meant to provide you with the same features a media center would.

The graphics side consists of an integrated Radeon HD 8470D GPU along with a dedicated AMD Radeon R7 250 with 2GB of VRAM. It will run anything you throw at it and it doesn't cost a fortune. Perfect!

Box Contents for the CyberpowerPC Zeus Mini ZMA800A Desktop:

Specs at a glance
Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor
8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
750 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M / 2GB DDR5

Alienware 18 ALW18-2001sLV 18-Inch Gaming Laptop

Here's the flip side: an 18 inch Alienware laptop. Yes, this laptop will set you back quite a lot. But you have to take into account that it's one of the best gaming desktop alternative the market has to offer right now.

There's an Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor inside, 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive. These are just a few common specs you find in most high-end gaming desktops. But this is not where the laptop really shines.

The graphics is where the laptop really differentiates itself from the competition. It carries a dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics card configuration with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM.

The laptop also features A LOT OF PORTS. It carries one RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet IPv6, 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and a USB 3.0 port (which allows you to charge all your portable devices, even when the computer is turned off or in sleep mode). You will also find a mini display port, HDMI 1.4 output / 1.3 input, 9-in-1 media card reader and more connectivity options than I care to mention.

Just look at it! Isn't it the awesomest thing you've seen?

Specs at a glance
Intel Core i5-4570 3.2 GHz Processor
8 GB DDR3 RAM
500 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive, 120 GB Solid State Drive
Radeon R7-260X 2GB Graphics

iBuyPower AM685 Desktop

Here's another bargain in the gaming sector. You remember I mentioned iBuyPower earlier as a top brand which focuses on quality? Well, this remains true for their AM685 desktop.

It comes equipped with an Intel Core i5-4570 3.2 GHz processor which can run intensive tasks pretty well. Also, there are 8 GB DDR3 RAM for all your memory-hungry applications, and a dual hard drive configuration.

There are two hard drives inside this computer: a 500 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive and a 120 GB Solid State Drive. You can use the SSD for the operating system and the larger drive for storage purposes.

You've also got a Radeon R7-260X 2GB graphics card, which meets the recommended system requirements of pretty much any modern game in the market.

Did I mention the system comes with Windows 8.1 preinstalled? Sweet!

Not much to look at on the outside... the magic's on the inside

Specs at a glance
Intel Core i7-4702MQ 2.2 GHz
8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
256 GB Solid-State Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M

Razer Blade 14 Inch Gaming Laptop

Now you might have heard about Razer, right? They are a top gaming peripheral manufacturer known for their gaming mice line. Now here's a gaming laptop they created. Let's see if it has what it takes:

The Blade uses an Intel Core i7-4702MQ processor which runs at 2.2GHz, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive. Now storage-wise, that might not sound like much, but performance-wise this is the best choice for a gaming laptop that's so thin.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M is a top mobile graphics card that will keep you playing down to late hours in the night.

My verdict: a definite win for Razer!


Thin and powerful - just like a razo(e)r blade

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      Bucsa Emanuel Ioan 3 years ago from Baia Mare, Romania

      Thank you KawikaChann for your kind words. Would also love an Alienware laptop myself, but I'm saving up to pay the bills :))

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      KawikaChann 3 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      I love checking out the alienware computers... I would love to have one, but, I have the consoles and I'm saving up for a new iMac for work. But, man, if I could, I would definitely go for the alienware. Upvoted/useful/follow. Peace. Kawi.