Difference between a gaming PC and a regular PC

Your computer may support games like Candy Crush and Plant V. Zombies. But what about battle royales like Apex Legends and Call of Duty. Your regular desktop cannot afford to smoothly play these games, having a considerably high RPG. It may support the game of slot online, but the graphics would not be as pleasing and realistic as they look in the trailer. Your core i9 11th generation computer may be good for making an AutoCAD design or coding, but you need to amp up the hardware for gaming.

A gaming computer has: –

  • Seamless and high electric current to power up the hardware
  • Higher RAM for processing
  • Graphics
  • A display that can catch and materialize a game with high RPG

A system may be upgraded to have these attributes. A high core value processor, high performing CPU, latest-generation computer, RAM and good graphics card. A regular computer may have those but games need the best computing power you can lay your hands on.

Difference between a regular and gaming PC


You may have seen that companies that provide gaming consoles also offer audio headsets exclusively designed for gaming. It is important to have a device that can clear the plethora of sounds. This feature becomes significant in battle royale games.

Audio and graphics go hand in hand. Graphics without a high-end sound system are of no use. An audio device that is not compatible with gaming will hinder a seamless gaming experience.

A desktop may or may not have a sound system. If it is added, they are usually 2.1 channel enough to watch a movie or animation. These may be connected with Bluetooth or a USB cable. 


Desktops are clearly not portable. A laptop and a desktop may have the same technical specifications and functions, but a laptop is portable. In contrast, a desktop may become less portable if it is to be upgraded into a gaming desktop. Additional hardware will make its structure more complex. A serious gamer who participates in tournaments and gaming LAN host parties, a regular PC may not do. A gaming desktop will have the necessary hardware already installed thus, making it less clumsy and ‘wirey’.

It is recommended to use a laptop for gaming because of its portability and mobile nature. Newer technology has now made them a lot more thinner and power efficient.


a regular desktop may have its limitations and cannot be upgraded more. For instance, it may have a motherboard whose slots cannot hold more than 16GB processor. However, a gaming desktop or laptop is customizable and can be upgraded to make its computing power more sophisticated.

 An Apple Macbook Pro manufactured in 2015 may work with the speed of life, but its RAM may not go up to 64GB required for entering into tournaments and online esports matches.


If we talk about display, regular desktops come with monitors come with 720p resolution and even less and work fine for day-to-day activities. But they are not adequate for a game that requires a 4k resolution screen to get its graphics up to the mark. A gaming computer also has a faster frame per second. Otherwise, your screen will hang every now and then.

Gaming screens have OLED touch screens, QuadHD, and G-Sync displays. Your regular computer screen may have a 4:3 aspect ratio or full-screen display. The world is now adopting the 16:9 ratio for display, popularly known as a widescreen for high definition and better picture quality.

Computing Power

A gaming computer comes bedecked with the state-of-the-art technology and the latest technology. Naturally, they need more power than a regular computer. A regular computer may use a negligible amount of power if compared. It may consume 1 to 2 units of energy per 24 hours. For a 4K resolution and a game like Call of Duty, power consumption may go up to 700 watts.  

Random Access Memory- RAM

Earlier, computing power was all about RAM. A regular PC may have 8GB RAM, but it works fine with 4GB RAM too. Gaming computers need a minimum of 8GB RAM to start as they may have a lot of cached files and memory used by graphics and audio. RAM should be compatible with the device’s motherboard.  You cannot replace a DDR3 8GB RAM with DDR4 32 GB RAM. DDR4 or Double Data Rate 4 has replaced the previous generation of RAM.

Cooling System

Earlier, large ACs were used to cool computing devices are semiconductors emanated a lot of heat. Now, cooling tubes do this work for us. A small fan is enough in regular desktops, while in computing devices, liquid colling tubes are used for better performance.

If you plan to build a gaming computer, plan to shed $900 more for that as they are ten times more costly than regular PCs. So, the choice is yours.