What should I look for in choosing a gaming PC?
Gaming isn't just about the software—you may want quality hardware to take you from novice-level exploration to those big, bad boss battles at the end. You can bring the graphics alive with a powerful processor and high-end video card that helps them render smoothly, and with an HD display, you can keep a keen eye on the competition. With gaming monitors, look for higher resolutions, rapid refresh rates and thinner bezels to keep you immersed in virtual worlds and your favorite movies alike. As far as hard drives, you can choose between the speed of an SSD (Solid State Drive) or storage capacity of an HDD (Hard Disk Drive). Some models come with a hybrid hard drive, so you can enjoy the best of both.
While not a deal breaker, a wireless system can help free up your command center and give you more room to store your gaming essentials on your computer desk. You can connect to the Web and other gamers online with built-in Wi-Fi, and make smooth, crisp moves from your gaming keyboard and mouse with Bluetooth® technology.
How much is a gaming PC?
The price you pay depends on the arsenal of equipment inside. You can take your gaming to the next level by setting up your battle station with a quality gaming desktop. When it comes to building a PC, you can have greater control over the components and full customization, which many gamers find rewarding. On the flip side, buying a prebuilt gaming PC is quicker to set up and can prove to be more reliable if you've never built one before from scratch. Learn more about desktops with our Desktop Buying Guide. It can give you an idea of what goes into a PC and help you price out your own based on the components you need and the gaming aesthetics you want.