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Video game consoles are becoming more and more powerful, versatile and easier to use, but let’s face it, playing on a computer is something else entirely!  

Here are a few things to know before buying your own gaming computer. 

  • INTERNET CONNECTION

Despite what some website say, you do not need to have the most powerful internet connection. You only need at least 30 mbps (megabits-per-second) to run most games.  

TIP: use the ethernet cable if possible, connecting the WiFi directly into your computer for a better and faster connection. 

How to check how fast your internet is: 

Go to Speedtest by Ookla, and press GO. This website will tell you how many mbps your internet connection has. 

  • TRY TO STEP AWAY FROM ALREADY BUILT PCs 

You may not wish to have some components and end up paying for what you do not want. At WiseGuys we have experts who can help you make sure you get the right components for your needs.  

It is also cheaper to buy everything separate, and build it. In case you are not an expert and need help, we can also build it for you. 

  • LAPTOP vs DESKTOP 

For gaming, desktop is usually considered the better choice to go with. A laptop is still good, although the components inside are smaller and their performance would be lower. They also last less as they have more chance to overheat, and with that their components may get worse.  

A gaming laptop could also last two years usually, depending on the daily use of it, whereas the desktop in case a component fails, you could get it replaced. 

  • APPLE MACs FOR GAMING ARE A NO 

There is a myth saying MACs have a better performance whereas the reality is that the components inside are merely of a normal pc, but with a much higher price. 

  • WHERE AND WHEN TO SPEND

When it comes to spending more at the beginning, you spend less in the future. It depends on how much money you want to spend all in one go, or in a few months’ time. There are always deals going on, where sometimes components such as graphic cards are cheaper. Little by little may save you a few hundred pounds in the overall run. What you can do it buy a cheaper one, settle for it a little bit in case you need it as soon as possible, and then sell it and upgrade for a better one for a difference in price. 

  • WHERE TO BUY

Amazon is probably one of the biggest online retailers for this topic, where you can find good deals, but be aware of companies which resell during a shortage. During the Covid pandemic, there was a shortage of graphic cards, which led to people and companies selling graphic cards for almost 300% profit. WiseGuys offers the expert tips on when and where to buy, and knows what prices are usually best. 

For information or would like some support in building your own PC, then please give us a call on 0808 123 2820.