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Solved: What exactly is a 'gaming computer'?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ralphygarfield, Nov 6, 2009.

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  1. ralphygarfield

    ralphygarfield Thread Starter

    May 23, 2008
    I don't understand why some PC's, specifically laptops, are marketed as "gaming computers", or "gaming laptops".

    The Dell XPS desktop I got a few months ago is not labeled as a "gaming pc", nor is my Toshiba Satellite L500D which I got just a few days ago. Yet I checked on http://cyri.systemrequirementslab.com/srtest/ and it appears both these PCs are perfectly capable of running most games with the highest specifications, in many cases even under the *recommended* specs.

    So I understand that a PC marketed as a "gaming pc" will be able to run any modern game very, very well... but at the same time, it makes me feel that marketing them as a "gaming pc" is saying that everything else is not a "gaming pc" and will not be able to run many games at all. But this is not true.

    So is marketing a computer as a "gaming pc" basically a marketing scheme?
  2. DerekC


    Jan 10, 2005
    Your laptop may pass the system requirements but that doesn't mean it will perform well. You may have the hardware, but keep in mind there are different levels of hardware.

    You may have enough ram, but I'll bet it's speed is going to be slower then the ram in a gaming laptop. Your video card may have enough MBs, but it's probably integrated with shared memory, and will not perform as well as gaming laptop that has a non-integrated card.

    Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. I'm not saying that non-gaming laptops use poorly made parts, but because they are not "gaming computers", they can get away with putting in cheaper and less powerful parts.
  3. krazykat691


    Oct 23, 2009
    what makes a gaming system is the type of parts that are uses. gaming computers have high graphic capabilities as well as powerful processors. a nice audio cardwont hurt either lol. gaming pc's however heat up quickly due to the amount of power it uses, and require a very reliable cooling system.
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