The world of video gaming, gaming desktop computers, and online video games has all but exploded into a gargantuan arena of huge online communities, cutting edge video games and extremely fast gaming computer systems.
These gaming systems are insanely powerful and usually have the latest microprocessors, video cards, gaming keyboard, monitor, and gaming mouse. Needless to say they are the most high-end personal computers in the market. But there are options to finding the best pc for gaming that fits your needs.
There are many ways and many places you can go out right now and buy a gaming desktop computer or even a gaming laptop. Obviously everyone has a different price range. If money is no object, you can go out right now and order Origin Computer’s latest gaming juggernaut and spend $6400. The Origin Genesis gaming computer has been recently rated by PC World as the best pc for gaming in the market.
The reality is that most people would rather not spend $6,000 or $7,000 for a gaming computer. The high price point of many of these systems is mostly due to the cost of the CPU, motherboard, and graphics accelerator card. These components make up the bulk of the cost.
For example, the Genesis computer is powered by the Intel’s Core i7-2600K CPU that is over-clocked at 5GHz and they include 3 NVIDIA GTX 580 GPU’s. These are very expensive components indeed.
There are other online retailers that can offer gaming systems for under $1500. For example Cyber Power offers great gaming performance in their Gamer Xtreme 5,000. It is actually powered by the same processor as Origin’s Genesis computer; the Intel Core i7-2600K CPU. It is over-clocked at 4.4GHz and their GPU of choice is a single Nvidia GeForce GTX-570.
It is interesting to note that all of PC World’s top ten picks of the best gaming systems use Intel’s Core i7 CPU’s. A few of them even have the same CPU, the Core i7-2600K. None of the top ten gaming systems used an AMD CPU. Why not? This brings us to the ongoing debate of which gaming CPU is better; an Intel chip or an AMD chip.
The Intel vs. AMD debate is ongoing and not within the scope of this article, but it is related to the search for the best PC for gaming. The AMD CPU’s are much less expensive than the Intel chips. Some tech heads out in the forums contend that they are comparable if not slightly less in quality and performance to the Intel chips.
Companies like Cyber Power PC and iBuypower do provide AMD based models that are even more affordable than the Intel based systems and still pack a powerful gaming punch. The search for the best PC for gaming indeed depends on what the customer is willing to spend and what kind of speed and power he or she is willing to settle for. The options are nearly endless.