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Gaming desktops buying guide

Check out the top 5 things you need to know when buying a new gaming PC with our helpful guide

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Built with high performance in mind, gaming PCs are the cream of the computing crop. Whether you’re taking your first steps into the gaming world or upgrading an existing machine, we’ve outlined the key features you should be looking out for. Discover everything you need to know about awesome graphics cards, powerful processors and much more.

Processor

The processor is the real brains of the computing operation. This clever bit of kit will keep your hi-octane games running quickly, efficiently and smoothly. If you want the ultimate in powerful performance then Intel®'s i9 processor will be perfect for high end gaming and 4K video viewing. Don’t settle for anything less than an Intel® Core™ i5 processor or the faster i7, to make sure your computer will keep up with the pace of the latest gaming titles.

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Graphics

The graphics card is responsible for transmitting high-quality images to your display to bring your chosen game to life. Let’s look at which card is right for your needs:

  • Online games – generally, the NVidia 900 series is the minimum requirement for gaming and will handle your less demanding online titles.
  • Mainstream games – the NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 will do the job. You’ll experience solid frame rates and all the cool effects your games throw at you.
  • Hardcore – if only the best will do, you need the NVidia GeForce GTX 1070 or the epic NVidia GeForce GTX 1080. Be blown away by superior graphics, whatever you play. Including those VR and 4K adventures. For a serious boost, keep an eye out for those machines that pack not one, but two graphics cards. Imagine the visuals!

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RAM

Now that brains and beauty are checked off, you need to think about RAM to give your PC a bit of gaming power. Most games need a minimum of 8GB of RAM to run smoothly, but if you go for 16GB or even 32GB you’ll not only enjoy a seamless gaming experience, your PC will also be able to handle the top titles for years to come.

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Storage

Acting as your computer’s long-term memory, your hard-drive stores and saves all your treasured files. There are two types available - an SSD (solid-state drive) is super-quick, slim and portable, making it the perfect solution for gaming and much more. If an SSD is out of your budget, then we recommend a hard drive with at least 1TB of storage, so you can save and load more of your favourite titles.

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Design

Not only epic in performance, gaming PCs are designed to look the part too. A wide range of machines have cool external LED lights that illuminate the tower to get you in the gaming mood. Desktops come in a range of shapes and sizes, so it’s important to keep in mind the size of the desk you want your chosen PC to sit on. The specifications on our product pages are packed with useful information including the height, width and depth of each model.

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