Build Your Own Gaming PC

is it practical to use a gaming PC for homework, like word docs and research?

i'm planning on building a pc on my own (i could use help with that; if someone could offer some advice on the hardware specs i should shoot for, that would be helpful- on a different question), and i'm planning on putting it in my room, but the only way that will happen is if i use it for homework. is that a smart idea? homework wouldn't use much memory, if it's just word documents and such, but is there another reason why i shouldn't use a gaming PC for homework?

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  1. My computer is meant for gaming and I use it for homework.

    It's not new but it is able to run Crysis.

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo e6400

    Video Card: EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GT Superclocked 650MHZ 512MB 1.9GHZ 256BIT DDR3

    Memory: OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800

    PSU: OCZ GameXStream 700W

    Hardrive 1: 250 GB

    Hardrive 2: 320 GB

    Hardrive 3: 500 GB

    Keyboard: Logitech G15

    Mouse: Razer Copperhead

    Monitor(s): Samsung 22" WS, Samsung 19" WS

  2. Well, I don't see why you couldn't do homework on a gaming computer. Really, the only difference between a gaming computer and a regular computer is better hardware (mostly the graphics card). In fact, if your running vista, you probably will need a gaming computer for it to run smoothly (jk, I actually like vista). The only thing that you might not like, is that a gaming computer might be a little louder because of more fans to cool it off and it would be more expensive.

    As for help on building your computer, I really can't help you that much because I don't know what budget you are on but here is some good starting places for hardware...

    processor : core2 quad processor (I like the q6600 if you are on a budget) or the new core i7 processors if your budget is more relaxed.

    memory: I would make sure you have at least 4gb of ram, ddr3 would be ideal, however that is more expensive than ddr2 and I would recommend 1066mhz or higher but again, if you are on a budget you might just want to stick with 800mhz

    graphics card: this is the most important component for game play, I personally would go for an ati hd 4800 series graphics card but if you want to spend more, you can go with one of nvidias top of the line cards.

    hard drive: standard for both gaming computers and regular computers. If you really have a lot of money, go buy a solid state drive and put all your games on that to make them load faster.

    motherboard and case: make sure that these are both compatible with your other components. I would get an ATX case, and make sure it looks cool (lol)

    power supply unit: make sure you get enough power, probably 600w and up would be ideal

    those are the core components and then you can add extras like dvd burners and memory card readers

    monitor is your choice


    For finding components for your computer, I would go with and make sure you do your homework so you don't short circuit your board or something while building it. Also, building your computer is not always the best choice. I'd say that if your budget is under $600, it would be a better deal to get a dell, as they are able to manufacture descent computers for very good prices due to their deals with microsoft, they buy the operating system for a fraction of the price.hope this helps, I know it is kind of long!!!

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