The Ebuyer guide to gaming PCs

What is the best PC hardware for gaming?

  • For anyone who loves PC gaming, the right hardware is essential to ensure you enjoy a seamless entertainment experience.This means not only getting a great computer - or building your own - but also upgrading the hardware on a

  • regular basis. That way, you can rest assured that both you and your PC are ready for whatever challenges a game may offer.

Gaming components

  • Processor power

    Also known as the CPU or central processing unit, the processor is considered the brain of the computer - and a fast one is vital for a PC to perform well.

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    New models, such as those made by companies like Intel and AMD, can make a huge difference to your computer's performance, not only increasing the speed at which tasks are carried out, but also helping to keep the device cooler.

    If you're upgrading your computer's processor, you may also want to consider getting a new fan for the system, as this will prevent overheating.

  • Graphics cards

    These computer components may be small in size, but they have a huge bearing on the images that you see on your computer screen.

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    Manufactured by brands like AMD and Nvidia, graphics cards are responsible for quickly rendering raw data and translating it to your monitor as a precise image.

    With games becoming more and more complicated, and the imagery changing very quickly, it's essential for a graphics card to be up to the task - otherwise, the pictures you see could be jerky or delayed, and this could mean the difference between success and defeat in your game.

  • RAM

    A type of data storage, RAM stands for random access memory. This component is used to store information temporarily as the computer carries out tasks and processes data.

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    By increasing the amount of RAM that your machine has, you will increase the speed at which it processes information, and will allow the PC to carry out more operations at the same time.

  • Monitors

    In addition the components on the inside of your computer, a good, high-quality monitor is essential for a great gaming experience.

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    Bigger is generally better, as a large computer monitor will allow you to feel like you're part of the action. You should also look for monitors that have the best graphics quality - colour, contrast and image rendering are all important - while 3D monitors are a great choice for full-immersion.

    Top brands include Philips, Samsung and LG and options include widescreen, as well as monitors with an aspect ratio of 16:9.

Other things to consider

There's plenty more on offer for those who want to kit out their PCs for the best gaming experience possible, it's simply a question of how you want to set up the equipment. After all, it's not just the computer hardware, but also the peripherals that will help you create the perfect PC.

For example, there are a number of ways to control the computer.

Many PC games use complicated keystrokes to direct the actions of characters, and it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of which buttons do what. That's why special keyboards have been designed specifically for the needs of gamers.

Alternatively, controls like steering wheels, joysticks and gamepads are also available, most of which connect to your machine via a USB cable.

A headset is another must-have accessory for any hardcore gamer. These will help to ensure that you don't annoy the neighbours with loud noises and music. What's more, with their built-in microphones, headsets provide a hands-free way to talk to your teammates or opponents as you work your way through a level.

Of course, you'll also need plenty of games to choose from, and if you're looking for a new title at an excellent price, Ebuyer.com offers a great selection.