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The lifespan of a gaming PC

Find out how long a gaming PC will run your favourite games for and what you can do to extend its lifespan.

If you’re looking at getting a gaming PC, you’ll want something to entertain you with high-octane racing, realistic interstellar adventures and gripping stories for years to come. As games get more and more sophisticated, the demand on your hardware increases too. To help get your money’s worth, we’ll show you how long a typical gaming PC will last and what you can do to extend the lifespan beyond its years.

How long will a gaming PC last?

Your gaming PC’s lifespan depends on the kind of model you buy. Computers with an NVIDIA GeForce 1050 or 1060 graphics card, an i5 processor and 8GB of RAM should be able to handle any top game for a couple of years without any issues. For something a bit more long-term, a top-spec model with a 1070 or 1080 graphics card, an i7 processor and more RAM will play the newest releases for up for 4 or 5 years without too much slowdown. You may need to drop the settings from high to low as the years go on, but most games will look amazing and play really smoothly.

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Looking at the future

To make sure they can play games on maximum settings for a long time, many gamers upgrade the parts inside their computer. For this you’ll need to choose a desktop, rather than a laptop. It’s not as difficult as it might sound either – many parts are easy to remove and replace with just a small screwdriver. You should check your warranty before you have a tinker, as this might void it, but you shouldn’t need to upgrade until it has expired anyway.

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Keep it in tip top shape

An easy way to make sure your computer has a long and happy life is to make sure that it’s in peak condition. There’s a variety of things you can do, from keeping your device well ventilated to installing some protective antivirus software. For a full breakdown of how you can keep your gaming computer in tip top shape, check out our handy guide.