A high-end Windows PC that is suited for gaming. Although available ready built, gaming PCs are often custom made for the serious enthusiast. They have as much as 32GB of RAM and the fastest CPU and GPU chips that are generally no more than one generation behind. Typically using a tower case to accommodate multiple drives and state-of-the-art graphics cards that can cost five times as much as an entire non-gaming PC, such machines often use elaborate cooling mechanisms, especially if the CPU is overclocked. Ready-built gaming laptops are also on the market. See gaming keyboard
, gaming mouse
, graphics card
, water cooled
PC vs. Xbox
While many games run on both PCs and Microsoft's Xbox video game console, the gaming PC is more easily upgraded just like any Windows PC. While many games are available for both platforms, some are exclusive to one or the other. Starting with Windows 10, the Xbox can run office apps, which makes it more like a general-purpose PC. In addition, developers can make their gaming apps compliant with both platforms but not requiring users to pay for separate copies. In 2016, Microsoft merged its app stores (see Microsoft Store
). See Xbox
Do Gaming PCs Support VR Headsets?
Earlier virtual reality systems that were tethered to the PC, such as the first Oculus Rift, used an enormous amount of CPU processing. In addition, they used up a large number of USB ports (see VR ready
and Meta Quest
). See overclock
and video game console
A Gaming Monster
This state-of-the-art gaming PC is water cooled and uses two high-end NVIDIA graphics cards. (Images courtesy of Tony Forliano, Dtown Tech, www.dtowntech.com)
Laptops Are Also Built for Gaming
In 2019, with built-in NVIDIA RTX 2070 graphics, this Alienware laptop featured a 17" screen, i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and a terabyte and a half of storage (1TB HD, 512GB SSD).