There are very few things as frustrating when you’re a serious gamer than running into situations where your computer can’t handle the requirements of the games that you want to play. And yes, in many cases, the hardcore games with the great graphics, amazing gameplay, and spectacular audio are going to be harder on your system that even the most advanced software applications. It’s just the nature of the beast right now.
So, if you’re going to avoid that frustration, you need to understand your specs, and largely from the hardware side of things. So, look at a few topics like the needs of simple browser games, and then move onto the PC vs. Mac discussion, and then understanding your graphics card, knowing how to cool your computer’s processors down, and jacking up memory capabilities, and see how they all fit together.
Simple Browser Games
Before getting too much into the in-depth aspects of detailed gaming, look first at basic browser-based games. And think to yourself, what does it take to play those? What do you need to make the experience better? And in the case of online things like that, connection speed is the primary bottleneck. So if you’re an online gamer, nothing is going to work like it’s supposed to until you know how good your internet connection is with regard to transfer speed.
PC Vs. Mac
And there’s always the permanent question, do you go PC or Mac for gaming? And the answer for that is more a matter of game and OS structure than it is about hardware and software capabilities. Macs are more streamlined by nature, but don’t have nearly the capability to upgrade certain components that PCs do.
Knowing Your Graphics Card
Another hangup that you can hit trying to play the more intense games is when you don’t have a good enough graphics card. It will literally ruin a game not to have enough memory dedicated to processing the screen, especially if there are a lot of HD details going on.
Cooling the Processors Down
And pushing your games means pushing your processing units, which can physically heat up your computer space. There are some really interesting cooling units for laptops used for gaming, as well as ways that you can add fans to the desktop-type units.
Jacking Up Your Memory Capabilities
And a final hardware component that makes a big deal in your overall experience is how much general memory you have, in the form of RAM, on your computer. For some games, if you’re not rocking at least 8 gigs of memory (and sometimes even 16!), they your game is going to perform at sub-optimal speeds.