Gaming Computers Demystified

Tech Talker explains the differences between a gaming computer and a normal computer--and how to pick the best gaming computer for you!

Eric Escobar
4-minute read
Episode #134

The Heat

Another thing to keep in mind is the form factor. Most gamers opt for a desktop computer, because they can easily open it up and make any modifications that they want, or add or change components easily.

If you really want a laptop that has the ability to game, check out Alienware.com, which has some of the best gaming laptops I’ve ever seen. However, be aware these will cost much more than your average laptop.

The other reason that desktops make better gaming computers has to do with heat. Running billions of calculations a second produces a lot of heat, which desktops can vent much more easily than a laptop can.

In fact, these systems can be so loud due to the cooling fans that many gamers will opt for liquid cooling. Essentially, they run cooling liquid into their computer in special tubes. which then gets circulated over the processing chips in order to dissipate heat. This makes the cooling system very quiet and very efficient. Plus. it looks really cool! Here’s a great guide on how to do it, if you’re interested.

If you don’t plan to liquid cool any of your parts, I recommend getting some nice fans so that none of your parts overheat. Here’s a great one that I have.

The Extras

Before we go any farther, let's sum up: we’ve covered the basics of what makes a good gaming computer, including the high-end graphics card, the power supply for the graphics card, and a way to cool everything.

Everything else from here on out is icing on the cake, based on what else can be upgraded on the gaming computer.

My next suggested upgrade would be to add a solid state drive or SSD, which increases the speed of your system dramatically over traditional hard disk drives.

Here are a few preconfigured models to start your looking:

Cybertron PC-5150

Microtel-Computer AMTI9028

Both these computers are awesome and have great reviews, but are priced differently, based on the hardware that they contain.

If you want the cheapest gaming computer possible, I would suggest building your own computer. I generally use PCPartpicker.com to select parts and find prices. This website also tells you if you will have any configuration issues, such as not a large enough power supply or incompatible RAM.

However, that’s a story for next week, when I’ll be covering how to build your own computer!

Well, that’s it for today! Be sure to check out all my earlier episodes at quickanddirtytips.com/tech-talker. And if you have further questions about this podcast, or want to make a suggestion for a future episode, post them on Facebook.com/QDTtechtalker.

Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!



About the Author

Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.