Games have always been an important aspect of recreation for people of all ages and gender. Initially, people looked at it as a step towards associating with others. Eventually, it stayed on only for an entertaining purpose. People started enjoying it or were rather contented merely watching others plays or just watching it on television sets. Video games started gaining popularity. This paved the way for a gaming rig more commonly known as gaming computer or even a gaming PC. This system has been customized for gamers to enjoy their favorite activity to the maximum.
A Gaming rig is very much like the regular PCs, the one thing that separates a regular computer from a gaming computer is the addition of hardware that can handle the requirements of games and their graphics.
Older computers that were designed for gaming had very distinctive components that made the differences fairly obvious. As games evolved, and as more and more features needed supporting, a lot of this technology was integrated into the processors and motherboards.
Since gaming needed a computer to not only have crystal clear images but also high-quality sound, parts like sound cards began to be added to systems. Now, sound cards are integrated into a motherboard.
Around 2012 many gamers started customizing their PCs or were getting the custom build PC more suitable for their gaming purpose. Custom building PC had its own advantages like budget control and easy upgradability.
Various components like the CPUs, memory, a motherboard, Video cards, Solid-state drives, Power supplies, etc must be considered when building a gaming rig.
Features of a gaming rig:
- Graphics Cards: is the key requisite for any gaming computer. After all, it is the graphics that play a key part in alluring the gamer to a particular game. The graphics cards of today are connected to the motherboard using something known as the PCI Express.
- Processors or more commonly termed as the CPU (Central Processing Unit) is also a key component of the gaming rig.
- A motherboard is the key piece of a computer’s hardware. Without it, the rest will just be disjointed bits of electronics. It helps to manage the output and input connections. There are different shapes and sizes of motherboards. Typically, a gaming system uses an ATX motherboard. The advantage of using this motherboard is the fact that its size lets a user expand it in case their requirements change. Since gaming requires a lot of memory and hardware dedicated to being able to handle the heavy load on the computer, most of these motherboards can overclock – that is, they can enhance the speed of the system and support a large amount of memory as well.
- Storage of data, or memory is an integral part of computers. When a computer has a larger memory, the processor is able to function accurately and quickly. A gaming computer has the memory that caters to both data and graphics. A graphics-oriented memory is essential to the operation of graphic cards.
- Solid-state drives (SSD) are a recent development in data storage. It doesn;’t mean the good old hard disk drives are out of use.
- Overheating is a problem with any machine. In order for any high-performance machine to function optimally, it needs to be allowed to cool as well. However, with gaming systems, this could be a little difficult as gamers usually don’t want to stop their gaming to give their machines a rest. There are two ways in which to cool a gaming system – cooling by air and cooling by water. Air cooling is the more common among the two and is preferred.
Advantages and disadvantages of a gaming rig over a gaming laptop
A gaming rig is preferred over a gaming laptop as it is cheaper, easy to upgrade. However, there are disadvantages like no portability, more space requirement, higher power consumption and also needs a lot of additional cooling.