How to Choose a PC for Home Gaming

In gaming, the console wars have been going on for years – from as far back as during the early 90s. As technology became better, PC gaming became more prevalent. PC gaming has lasted longer than any console in the market since you can switch out parts and upgrade as better components come out. If you’re unsure of what you should prioritize when looking for a decent home gaming PC, here are three things to look for. 

GPU Graphics Cards

Gaming graphics are getting better each year, with new game engines and next-generation graphics. The first thing to look at, and probably the costliest, are graphics cards. The latest and most powerful GPUs have ray-tracing capabilities, which reflect light rays in real-time in the newest games. However, there has been a shortage of these in the last few years due to the boom of cryptocurrency mining. Supply is struggling to reach the demand, which drives prices even higher for gamers.

Nvidia is currently the dominant supplier of GPUs, and a good model goes from a GTX 1080 to an RTX 3090. Most games will run on a standard 1080 but if you’re looking to do VR gaming or have more realistic-looking graphics, it’s best to invest in a higher model. If you are on a budget, the best thing to do is to check the game’s minimum requirements before purchasing.


The next thing to look at is the amount of RAM and what type of processor the PC has. When it comes to RAM, the more the better – but depending on what type of games you play you may not need a lot, so you can save money for other parts.

Processors are basically the brain of the PC, and the speed and strength of the processor determines how many things you can run at any one time. If you like to game, read reviews of, listen to music, video call, watch videos, and record videos then you need a good processor so it can handle all these things at the same time. AMD and Intel have great models for CPUs; just make sure they are cooled proficiently with fans and cooling systems.


Storage is very important when looking at buying a PC, not just for gaming but also for things like video editing or other work purposes. When it comes to hard drives, there are two types: SSD (Solid State Drives) and HDD (Hard Disk Drives). SSD are the faster and more advanced type of storage. They’re usually not as large in terms of storage but much faster than a standard HDD. Obviously, the faster and more storage you get, the better for gaming, but you can mix and match to get a couple of each if required.

Don’t forget all the other peripherals you will be needing such as monitors, mouse and keyboard, good internet, and a comfortable chair – make sure you take these into account too when budgeting for your new gaming PC.

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