I regularly get question about what is a good computer for gaming. I’m not an expert in the domain but here is what I recommend base on my really superficial knowledge of the question.
This guide is made to inform you on the subject. But it is imperative that you should not consider this page as your only source of information on the subject. If you ultimately take a wrong decision by not searching more information well it’s not my fault. All information I give is in good faith but I’m not a computer master,
I’m a gamer.
The first thing you need to understand when you buy a new computer is that it’s not because it’s new that it’s good for gaming.
The Graphic card the most important computer part for games
Most question I get are about the fact that people can’t play game because they don’t have pixel shader 1.1. The main reason is that they buy an onboard graphics card that are not made for today hardware demanding games.
So it’s important that you buy a graphic card that can run todays games. At the moment there are two main graphique card company. Nvidia and ATI/AMD. The most popular card are probably Nvidia but I tend to prefer ATI because they have a good support and release regularly new drivers.
I currently use an ATI HD 3870 pro 512 meg it does the job for the moment but being a hardcore gamer I regularly buy new games. Of course not every one change regularly of games. So if you plan to play the same game, well an ATI HD 3870 pro 512 meg can serve you well for the coming years.
So you need to find the card that will serve your interest depending the use you plan to make from it.
AGP vs PCI Express, confused?
More information on Wikipedia.
If your board support PCI Express… Go with it. Otherwise… not much choice.
Graphic Card for future games on Vista
Vista is the future of gaming because of the evolution of DirectX 9 to DirectX10 stuff.
If you want to enjoy DirectX10 Games that’s an other question for of all you computer will need a PCI-Express board because most card will be PCI-Express.
So At the moment there are only a few graphical card that run directX10 card at the moment.
The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 and the ATI Radeon HD 3870
Those two card are not that expensive but should run DirectX10 game in really great condition. Not to speak of older game.
I think that with current game the minimum RAM you should get is 2 gig of ram, the recommendation would be to have 3 gig of RAM, if you have the money for it. The more RAM you have the better it is for gamings.
The CPU is the brain power of you computer. The speed of computing of the computer is showed by Mhz. The more Mhz your computer will have the faster it will compute information. Now those days there are Multi core chip. Those cpu are better then single core cpu so it’s hard to tell you what is the best because those new technology mess a little the Mhz. But I would say to play game in good condition you need at minimum a 2.6 Ghz or 3 Ghz.
The audio card
Well the audio is alway important in video game but in general on board sound card does an ok job. But if you want all the new game technology like EAX and Dolby Surround 5.1 stuff you will need to buy a good sound card like the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Series Sound Card. I never actually tested that but I’m confident it does the job.
If you have question and would like clarification, if you disagree with something, see an error. Feel free to tell me.