Computer Upgrades To Go From General To Gaming

Computer gaming is becoming a much more accessible hobby for more people. With many different genres and casual introductions for even some of the more hardcore games, it's easy for a Fantasy-curious reader or Science Fiction aficionado to find their calling in a game. If you're not interested in a second machine dedicated to gaming, there are ways to build your system up to gaming standards. Take a look at a few key gaming upgrades to help you understand what's going on in the system.  

Video Cards Open A New World Of Functions

In order to play games that are more complex than puzzles and screen-clicking mystery games, you'll need a video card to render or display all of those advanced graphics. Unfortunately for computers without video cards, it's a little more than just needing more power.

Modern gaming requires specific processing instructions that aren't found on the standard computer. Complex lightning and details are created by a set of instructions from a shader, which is installed on modern video cards, but not the central processing unit or CPU. Even if you someone added all of the other memory and processing requirements for a game, shader and various other instruction packages simply aren't present.

It's cheaper for you and a processor manufacturer that way. With less extra instructions, processors can remain cooler while performing the many core duties on the computer while a relatively cheap video card can be purchased by gamers. There are many levels of video cards with different specifications, so be sure to review the game's video card requirements as well. 

The key specifications on a video card are the memory, the generation and the interface width (also known as the bus width). Memory increases the amount of files that can be stored and quickly accessed later, while the interface width controls how much information can be accessed at the same time. The odd part is the generation.

Unlike many computer parts, the generation is brand specific. Although there are many manufacturers and aftermarket companies, games will often list "200 series" or some sort of major brand identifier for supports video card manufacturers.

How Does Memory Help?

Memory is used as a faster storage area than the hard drive or solid state drive. Instead of searching the entire hard drive for information and transferring across cables, the memory is physically located and circuited close to the processor for fast deliver. More memory means more information that can be fetched faster. There is a limit and a point where the benefit becomes a burden, but that limit is theoretical to the point of not being a factual reference point yet.

That said, there's no reason to spend your entire budget on as much memory as possible. Look at the games that you want to play and make sure you have the recommended amount of memory, not simply the minimum amount. if you can afford it, doubling that recommended amount will allow you to do other things on the game.

What's the point of doing other things while playing a game? Online gamers who are waiting for events or researching information will often have another browser window open, or if you like idle noise, you can have a movie or some music on another monitor--a benefit of having enough memory for multiple applications and a video card with multiple monitor ports.

Contact a computer repair service to discuss upgrades, maintenance and other great features for your future gaming system.