Gaming PC buying guide

Gaming PCs -
A Buyers Guide

Thinking of buying a new Gaming PC or replacing the old one?

As a gamer you're spoilt for choice these days. A Gaming PCs is a specialised high-end machine where components matter and don't tend to be replaced as frequently as your everyday PC. Gaming consoles are good but won't be on the same level as desktop PCs. Even the most modest gaming pc systems can put current consoles to shame and run today's most demanding games at 1080p.

In the end a gaming desktop is a balancing act. No one component should dominate without bringing the others up to par.

We'll explain the important factors to consider when choosing the best gaming PC to win that important game. The Erazer range from MEDION has something for everyone and won't disappoint even hard-core gamers!

What is a Processor (CPU) ?

The Processor is the heart of every system and has a major impact on performance. The processor determines how a system will perform with most software and it is for a very good reason that it's the first thing you see in a specification. Here is an overview on what to choose for which gaming experience.
 

The intel quad core i5 processor for the budget gamer. This processor does the job and doesn't burn a hole in your pocket while still managing most games with ease.
 

Choose the Intel Core i7 or high-end AMD A10 if your budget is large and you are serious about your gaming. These are the most up to date on the market.

What is a Graphics Card (GPU) ?

The graphics card, the 3D powerhouse generates the images on the screen. A graphics card is probably the most pivotal part in a gaming PC. Integrated graphics are fine for casual games, but to really bring out the gamer in you, you will want a more discrete graphics cards.
 

We recommend the Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics cards or the higher AMD range. Both AMD and Nvidia offer systems that enable you to connect more than one of their own cards together. AMD calls it CrossfireX and Nvidia called it SLI. While deciding on which graphics card, you should also consider the memory that comes with it.
 

More memory does not have a significant impact on overall performance by itself, but more memory does allow a video card to handle more data. You should consider at least 1GB of memory if you have a display below 1080p resolution, and at least 2GB of memory if your display is 1080p or above.

What is a Hard Drive (HDD) ?

The hard drive is your permanent storage location for data like your operating system, personal files and your applications/software. In general it is right that the bigger the hard drive the better for a gaming PC. For a better efficiency consider at least 1TB as a minimum specification.

What is Memory on a gaming PC (RAM) ?

A gaming PC should have at least 8GB of RAM and budget for 16GB to 32GB if you're truly serious about freeing up a more seamless performance. If running a game, streaming it, responding to chat questions on a second monitor, and playing music, or whatever else you might want to do simultaneously, 16GB would make a big difference to the operation of a gaming PC.

What is a Solid-State Drives (SSDs) ?

SSDs are definitely a hot commodity and an essential to have. The SSD speeds up boot time, wake-from-sleep time, and the time it takes to launch a game and load a new level. Store the OS and application on an SSD drive and Windows will boot amazingly fast and applications load in seconds.

What is Overclocking ?

SSDs are definitely a hot commodity and an essential to have. The SSD speeds up boot time, wake-from-sleep time, and the time it takes to launch a game and load a new level. Store the OS and application on an SSD drive and Windows will boot amazingly fast and applications load in seconds.

What is the sound card on gaming PC's?

The sound card is not as important as Games tend to focus on visuals, so there are few audio sequences that last long enough for the player to appreciate. Spending the money on some Gaming peripherals makes more sense. Medion Erazer gaming PCs usually equipped with a 6- 8-channel high-definition audio.

Accessories

Your average gaming PC tends to be on the large side - with having to house large graphics cards and the other consideration is that all those heat-producing, power-hungry graphics cards and processors need a good cooling system. Cases should have plenty of ventilation and fans.

A high-end processor demands an equally powerful cooling system in order to deliver maximum performance and water cooling will give you just that. Medion provides both in its range.

What Cases & Cooling should you use for a gaming PC?

Your average gaming PC tends to be on the large side - with having to house large graphics cards and the other consideration is that all those heat-producing, power-hungry graphics cards and processors need a good cooling system. Cases should have plenty of ventilation and fans.
 

A high-end processor demands an equally powerful cooling system in order to deliver maximum performance and water cooling will give you just that. Medion provides both in its range.


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