How to Buy a Gaming Desktop Computer

You want to buy a new gaming desktop computer, but the choices available are overwhelming. Picking the right gaming PC can be hit or miss. Do you really need all the fancy options of the most expensive models? If you scale back your purchase, will you regret it in six months because it won’t run the latest game? Here are two important tips that can help you make a smart purchase of your next gaming PC.

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1. Resolution – Whether you are buying a new LCD monitor or using one you have already, you need to make certain the PC will support your LCD’s native resolution, and ideally its maximum resolution as well. The native resolution means the number of pixels it supports without scaling the image up or down. For example, if you have an LCD with a 1680 x 1050 pixel native resolution, but the video card on your PC does not support this, then you will have to scale the image to fit that display, robbing you of image quality.

2. Interface type – DVI cables will usually give better image quality than VGA. Make sure the video connectors on the PC match the monitor. You can buy converters, but they sometimes will not work and you will sacrifice image quality.

Video processing choice: integrated or expansion card

If you care about high end gaming, do not buy a computer with integrated video. This is a cost savings approach that focuses on price over quality. It will likely mean that other components have been chosen for price vs. performance. Instead, buy a PC that uses a dedicated video card. Google the model number and read reviews, or check out tomshardware.com to find out if the card is powerful enough to play the game you want at a given video resolution. Go with a PCI express 2.0 card. If you only play flash based or Facebook games, integrated video should be good enough.

Gaming and Education Unite – Are Computer Games and Simulation Going to Revolutionize Our Future?

Is the video gaming entertainment industry evolving into a more serious version, or has it come to a fork in the road where one species splits off from another. I am speaking of where entertainment becomes “entercation” or “edutainment” and the technology is being used for training, fun, entertainment, and educational simulation. We all know that pilots train in simulators much of the time, and have seen computer games that are entertaining but the user is actually learning something; like SimCity for instance.

The question is where does entertainment end and training or education start? After all, a young adult playing a video game that is much like future robotic warfare could end up in the military flying UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) like the Predators over in Afghanistan. A teen learning how to design cities and infrastructure could very well become an architect or perhaps a city planner or civil engineer.

Interestingly enough, the jobs of the future will be operator working with machine for a couple of decades or less until the machines can do it themselves based on the data recording of decades of human input training them. During this time the human employee will be getting paid for basically playing a video game or working with what is very similar to a training simulator only it will be doing all the work, while the human puts in the commands.

We can already see that Gaming and Education are uniting and getting closer together each day, while Computer Games and Simulation are clearing going to revolutionize our Future. Question for you is are you ready for that future? Please consider all this.

Hitting the Web This Summer – Tips For Protecting Your Kids and Computer

Let’s face it, our kids are addicted to technology like never before. Computers are a way of life for them. It’s how they get they music, videos, pictures, stay in touch with friends, play games and just about everything else.

Kids are fearless and will always act first and worry about the consequences later. And that includes their computer habits. Downloading programs or games without understanding the fine print that goes along with these types of activities.

A lot of “free” computer downloads are loaded with a ton of bad or just plain annoying junk. So here are a few things you can do to help ease your computer trouble down the road without cutting your kids off from the family computer.

  • Educate them about the potential pitfalls of free downloads – remember the old saying, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”, well it’s true in the computer age. A program is free because someone is paying the developer to add their spyware/ad ware into the free download and then getting it on your computer.
  • Make sure you antivirus software is up to date and is setup to scan in real time. As your kids browse or get email, these antivirus programs will scan the webpage or email for these piggyback programs and warn you.
  • If you don’t have antivirus software on your computer, stop right where you are, and make a small investment to get your self protected. Better to spend about fifty bucks of software, than a couple of hundred later on cleaning you computer up.
  • Monitor your kids online activity. There are several software titles that will let you know what they’re doing, who they’re chatting with and where they’ve been. Remember, this are just ways to help protect them from many online threats and people looking to prey on children.
  • If you need to, get professional help getting your computer protected. Professional computer technicians can provide you with several options to help keep your computer and your family safe and it doesn’t cost as much as you might think.

Online computer use should be fun, informative and safe. Don’t allow the bad elements online keep you and your family from enjoying the internet. Find a professional computer technician to help you stay protected and your computer will perform better, you’ll have peace of mind and save a lot of money in the long run.