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What makes a gaming PC?

Computer gaming is one of the most fun things you can do. It also lets you exercise your creativity and problem solving skills. However, buying a PC to play the latest games can be a little intimidating. With PC makers tossing around hardware jargon and specifications, it’s easy to be overwhelmed when trying to figure out what you need and why. But don’t worry, we’re here to help make it easier by identifying what you need for a gaming PC with a few extra tips to help you make a smart choice.

Processor

The processor is the brain of your PC but you should not compromise when it comes to gaming. For modern games that require serious computing performance, check out the latest 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor or even consider the 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition. The multiple cores and hyper threading technology1 found within them may just help give you the edge in your gaming experience.

Most PC games are usually optimized to run on the Windows* operating system such as Windows 10.

Consider a Solid State Drive (SSD) as it’s built with no moving parts, which can help you to load games quickly and smoothly. Keeping in mind the size of games today, that speed may save you many minutes – time that can be better spent gaming. You may also want to consider having both an SSD and a hard disk drive (HDD) – use the SSD for your high-performance games and the HDD for all other computer data. You should consider a 128GB SSD combined with a regular HDD with 500GB.

Random Access Memory, known commonly as RAM, can be a factor in the speed and performance of your games. Many games will require at least 8GB of RAM. Having at least 16GB will provide you some buffer.

Many games work great with a 5th Gen Intel® Core™ processor’s built-in graphics. However if you’re looking for an even more immersive gaming experience, you may want to consider a high-end graphics card. A good graphics card can help improve your gaming experience in 3D games, first person shooters (FPS) and many massively multiplayer online (MMO) games.

If you’re a fan of MMO, FPS or 3D games, getting an All-in-One PC is a great choice. It packs great performance in a beautifully sleek, clutter-free streamlined desktop system. Now, if you’re constantly on the go, a 2 in 1 may be the better choice. It’s a hybrid device that combines a notebook and a tablet, and lets you play many mainstream games anytime, anywhere.

Is there anything else you need to consider?
While there are many other things that can help improve your gaming experience – screen size, keyboard, mouse, speakers or headphones – it is important to get the basics right first. The other add-ons can make games more fun but you will always need a decent PC to build on. Check out some of the latest All-in-One PCs and start blasting your enemies today.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary.

You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit http://www.intel.com/performance.

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

1 Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at www.intel.com.