Gaming Buyers Guide

 What to consider

  • What type of games you wish to play should guide your purchase. Graphically demanding games such as PUBG, GTA V, Battlefield 1 and The Witcher 3 require a high-end graphics card, a decent CPU and at least 8GB of ram.

  • What resolution you wish to run your games at should also be considered. The main determinant of resolution is your graphics card and some thought should go into picking the right one for your computer.

  • Gaming at 1080p typically only requires a GTX 1060 or RX 580. Gaming at 1440p requires a GTX 1070 or 1070 TI. 4K gaming generally requires a 1080 at the minimum but preferably a 1080 TI for better performance.

Deciding between a gaming desktop or a gaming laptop

  • A desktop will bring you better performance, less noise, cooler temperatures and will allow you to swap out parts if you wish to upgrade in the future.

  • Gaming desktops can sometimes be big and bulky. This means that space can sometimes be an issue. Gaming desktops can also be quite heavy meaning they aren’t nearly as portable as a gaming laptop.

  • A gaming laptop is a more affordable and portable option for casual gamers who may be moving around a lot.

  • Gaming laptops generally don’t have the same performance of a gaming desktop. Performance can still be good, but battery life tends to be a little short whilst gaming.

The key components of a computer

Graphics Card

  • Generates the image on the monitor and is regarded as one of the most important parts for a gaming PC.

  • The core clock and the memory size of the graphics card are the two most important factors to look at when purchasing.

  • It is a good idea to buy a graphics card with the highest memory size and core clock that you can afford to maximise your performance in games.

  • GTX 1050 TI for entry-level 1080p gaming.

  • GTX 1060 or RX 580 for mid-range 1080p gaming.

  • GTX 1070,1070 TI or 1080 for high-end 1080p or 1440p gaming.

  • GTX 1080 TI for extreme high-end 1440p or 4K gaming.


  • The CPU acts like the brain. It runs all the computers programs, calculations and operations.

  • Generally, the higher the clock speed (GHz), the faster the CPU. The more cores, the better the performance and multi-tasking capabilities.

  • Intel core i5 have 4 cores and is good for mid to high-level gaming depending on the model and clock speeds. It is the better option for gamers on a budget.

  • Intel core i7 have 4,6 and 8 cores depending on the model and typically have better performance than an i5 due to more cores and a higher clock speed.

  • Intel core i9 have 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 cores depending on the model and offer extremely high performance for high-level gaming, multi-tasking, professional video/audio editing and 3D rendering.


  • RAM stores small amounts of data but at transfers it at extremely high speeds.

  • DDR4 RAM is the type of RAM that gamers should be looking at, as it offers the highest speeds.

  • It is important to buy the same type & speed of RAM because mixing and matching may cause the RAM to not run at the highest speed possible.

  • 8GB is the minimum amount of RAM that should be considered. 16GB is plenty if you plan on multi-tasking.


  • Pairing a Solid-State Drive with a Hard Disk Drive is the best option for gamers.

  • A SSD generally have high speeds but smaller storage amount while a HDD will have high storage amount but slow speeds.

  • Having Windows and your favourite games installed on the SSD will reduce the loading times and allow you to get into your games a lot faster.

  • Install larger games and other programs on your hard drive to prevent your SSD from filling up.


  • Choose a monitor based on what resolution you wish to play your games at and at the resolution your components allow you to play at.

  • 1080p (1920 x 1080) is the standard resolution for gaming. Look for 144 Hz or above for even better performance in competitive games.

  • 1440p (2,560 x 1,440) is a popular resolution used for better looking graphics paired with great performance. Look for 144Hz and over for a competitive edge in online games.

  • 4K (3840 x 2160) is the best possible resolution for gaming. To run 4K you will need a powerful computer with the latest high-end parts. 

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