Get Your Perfect Gaming Desktop
GAME ENTHUSIAST DESKTOPS
Game enthusiasts know that no other platform can beat the quality of game-play that you can get from a gaming desktop. These custom built Gaming Desktops are specialized high-performance systems where your choice of components really does matter. If you want to play the most demanding of today’s games, such as Battlefield, Metro Last Light, Far Cry 4 and Crysis 3, you will need to choose processor, amount of RAM, SSD drive, and of course, the GPU (graphics processing unit) carefully.
CDO’s hand-built Gaming Desktops have choices for standard, overclocked and liquid-cooled CPUs, midrange to high end graphic cards, multi-graphic card(s) choices for SLI and Crossfire, many options for varying amounts of RAM, and mechanical HDDs & SSD drive choices. You can call or email CDO for expert advice or you can browse the Configurator on our website and make those decisions by yourself. See the recommended system configurations above.
For a good Gaming Desktop system, a quad-core processor is a solid starting point, but a 6 or 8-core CPU will really step up performance. The creating and manipulating 3D objects for today’s complex games need high frequency CPUs. CDO’s safely overclocked desktops (Volta VZ & Volta VX) provide up to 25% more CPU frequency for games than standard CPUs.
The GPU is responsible for creating the image you see on your LCD. You want the GPU to squeeze the highest number of frames per second out of your Gaming Desktop. To play the most demanding games with the graphics on high and keep a high frame-rate, you will need a high-performance graphics card. If you are running a single 1920 x 1080 monitor, buy the best single graphics card you can afford.
LARGE & HIGH RESOLUTION DISPLAYS
High resolution display screens require high GPU memory that is only available on top end cards. Especially when running many monitor resolutions and 4K displays, multi-graphics cards are a good idea. Note that adding a second graphics card does not double performance; typically you will see a 25-50% increase. Multi-graphic card setups do consume lots of power and can generate a lot of noise, but for those that want the biggest, badest Gaming Desktop PC on the block, it may be worth the trade-offs.
It is much better to have more memory than not enough but it is hard to tell how much is enough. More RAM allows your Gaming Desktop to multitask without getting bogged down. We recommend a minimum of 8GB of RAM to start with and much more for complex games. A rule of thumb is having a 25% buffer of RAM usage while running very intensive games.
Using SSDs to increase data reading times and decrease seek times is very important. Sustained read time can be more than four to five times higher on an SSD. Seek times are also much faster; consequently the faster SSDs are rated nanoseconds instead of milliseconds like SATA drives. This speed can have noticeable impact on your system performance. A 180GB to 250GB SSD is recommended for the operating system and program installation and a SATA drive for storing data.
Read what CDO’s customers have to say:
As a video game design startup with few employees, we needed a total solution for high end 3D modeling workstations. Computer Direct Outlet has built and maintained our computers so we can focus on making games. I’ve never worked with anyone who has cared as much as CDO about making sure we get what we need to solve our technical problems fast. We’ve been able to be as agile and flexible as we want to be thanks to them.Horse Volume, LLC
The technicians at Computer Direct Outlet were very helpful in assisting me with putting together a specification for a new workstation to handle the demanding processing load of Autodesk Revit. I am very pleased with the performance and stability of the system they built. They will be the ones I turn to for my future computing needs.Nick Cantu, CPD