Let’s start with the basics. A gaming PC typically has a more powerful processing unit (CPU) and video card and comes with more memory (RAM) and storage capacity. Immediately that’s a win-win for me. But I guess it depends on who you are and what you are using your PC for. Let’s look into it further.
Are you a gamer?
Video games require a certain amount of RAM installed on your computer. It depends on the particular game itself so look at the games you will be using and decide whether a gaming PC is required. Games tend to be very demanding of hardware and can demand a level of graphics performance that the average computer just can’t deliver.
Do you design and render?
As a CAD / CAM designer that uses specialist software, a gaming PC is best (and some regular PC’s just wouldn’t be able to handle the software anyway). Forgetting the design side, let’s talk about rendering. Rendering can be a very enduring process, therefore having a superior gaming PC will be better suited for any type of rendering. As a designer, it’s all about ease. It can be frustrating to have to wait for the computer to play catch up with the software (as well as that moment a computer crashes and all your work is LOST! Ahhhhhh nightmare!) You want the best PC to enhance and keep your skills at ease when designing, so a superior gaming PC would be highly recommended.
What is your use?
Of course, on the whole, a gaming computer is much superior in all its capabilities, it just depends on what you are wanting out of your computer. What do you want your PC for / to do?
Are they really worth the money?
Without a shadow of a doubt. If you have the budget, then yes, invest. There is an old saying that goes like this; you get what you pay for.
If your a gamer and regularly play newer games that require a good CPU and a video adapter that has a good graphics processing unit (GPU), then yes, it is definitely worth it.
As a designer and a creative, it’s a win-win.
Build or buy?
So do you have one custom built especially for you or do you outright buy the whole package deal?
I guess this depends on what type of person you are and whether you can also make a saving in having it custom built. Here, it will depend on you and the use of the PC and specification requirements. Have a look at both and see which is best for you.
As far as how much to spend depends entirely on your personal budget and preferences. Shop around and get advice. Also, look into what specifications you are wanting and match these up to gaming PCs out there. Websites can advise well with software you may be wanting to use on your PC as the specs are often listed on their sites. Either way, make sure it’s right for you.