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Computer Hardware Necessities for PC Gaming

by Paul Sanders

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Even the most basic PC games demand a lot from your computer hardware. The intense graphics of a video game's 3D environments require powerful video processing, lots of memory and a cooling system to keep it all from overheating. Here are some additional details for the basic computer hardware necessities that make up a superior gaming PC.

Gaming Hardware Essentials:

  1. Motherboards: The rest of your computer hardware components connect and communicate through the motherboard. Your choice of motherboard determines your options for video cards, memory types and processor types. The details on motherboards really do affect the performance on all other computer hardware, so it's worth delving into the technical specifications.

  2. Video cards: Your graphics card has more impact on your gaming capabilities than any other computer hardware components. A video card, with its built-in memory and processor, handles the 3D graphics rendering of your video game environment. More memory and faster clock speeds add up to a more powerful piece of computer hardware. Be sure to compare computer hardware information between your video card and motherboard. The card needs a compatible interface slot that has at least as fast a BUS speed as the card. If your computer hardware setup allows it, you may be able to support dual video cards for even more processing power.

  3. Cooling systems: Computer hardware -- and video cards in particular -- generates a lot of heat while operating, and excessive heat can impair or damage hardware performance. Playing games will especially heat up your PC, so installing extra fans can improve airflow and draw heat away from computer hardware parts. Liquid-cooling systems can be especially effective at keeping your computer hardware temperature in check.

  4. Fast computer memory: DDR2 RAM PC memory modules are common on a lot of computers, but faster DDR3 is quickly replacing it as the industry standard. Check your motherboard for the number and type of PC memory slots you have available. Also, be sure you check the BUS speed for your computer hardware memory slots. DDR3 memory can support speeds up to 1600 MHz, but not all computer hardware slots will match that.

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