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Have you ever wanted to be a professional gamer? We don’t blame you: forecasted revenues from Techjury outline that profits from the esports industry are supposed to range from $1.3 to $3.2 billion by 2022 because brands are competing to have access to the best advertising, sponsorships, and media rights.

You’ve obviously got the potential in earning a fortune, but what about fame? Well, the global esports audience is also expected to reach a total of 456 million viewers. Even physical venues can’t meet audience demand. Because of this, Overwatch and League of Legends leagues will allegedly have their own venues built in the future, and some are currently under construction such as Full Sail University’s arena in Florida and also one in Richmond, Canada. Also, the lifestyle that a professional in the esports industry leads is highly covetable: being paid to the game, which for many people seems like a dream come true.

In our article on the ‘10 Best Gaming Tablets in 2019’ we discussed which ones are designed to give you the optimum gaming experience. Often, we find that casual gamers begin with mobile games because they’re the most accessible. Next, they tend to transition to playing on tablets after growing annoyed with their phone’s small screen and wanting better performance and battery life. However, if you’re becoming serious about gaming or considering pursuing a career in the e-games industry, the next logical step is to buy a dedicated gaming PC. HP’s guide to the best gaming PCs outlines the seven key features you should be looking out for: processor, graphics, display, memory, storage, keyboard, and accessibility.

High-Quality CPU

The processor is one of the critical components that make up a gaming PC. While games tend to be more GPU intensive, the CPU is still important for overall system performance. Top-end gaming PCs tend to have i5 or i7 processors with up to 8 cores. If you’re looking for a cheaper processor, we suggest getting one with 4 cores. In contrast, using a dual-core processor might lead to a noticeable decrease in gaming performance. You should invest in a processor because it is one of the most difficult components to upgrade, compared to storage, memory, and graphics cards.

Powerful Graphics Card

According to PC Build Advisor your graphics card is arguably the most essential part of your PC because it directly deals with the processing and rendering of images from your CPU to your screen. For the best gameplay experience, graphic cards have built-in features specifically to handle aspects of gameplay, including image rotation, rendering of fine textures, and anti-aliasing. Although most games have settings where you can decrease image quality if you’re experiencing lag, the magic of PC gaming is to have as richly vivid images as possible for total immersion. That’s why it’s best to invest in or upgrade to a powerful graphics card.

Huge Display

Some gaming setups have multiple screens that provide amazing widescreen capabilities. When you’re picking a display, here are some things to keep in mind. Firstly, bigger is almost always better when it comes to buying your display. It’s recommended that you choose a 27-inch screen if you have enough room, or a 34-inch ultra-wide monitor with a curved panel if you want to go all out and be the envy of your friends. 

Sufficient Memory

Having enough RAM will ensure that you can run multiple applications at the same time on your PC without compromising performance. We suggest having at least 8GB of RAM but recommend 16GB just in case you take on a particularly heavy load. Usually, graphics cards have dedicated video memory (VRAM) installed so this is what’s key to helping your video game run smoothly and seamlessly — no one likes choppy framerates.

Enough Storage

Many new games can require upwards of 100GB in storage space, making disk space a high priority for PC gamers. Shack News recommends a combination of SSD and platter drives for your initial setup, unless money is no object. If you’re willing to spend a bit extra, then they suggest choosing a solid-state drive, which gives you “blisteringly fast speeds and can make everyday PC use much more enjoyable, but remains very costly in large capacities.”

Responsive Keyboard

When it comes to picking a keyboard, responsiveness and speed should be your main priorities. You should avoid membrane switches in favor of choosing mechanical keyboards. If you’re into aesthetics, you’ll probably go for full RGB lighting as well for that rainbow of fun.

Potential Accessibility

As you become a more highly skilled gamer, you’re inevitably going to want to start customizing or upgrading your gaming PC. Future games require higher specifications and you don’t want your performance to suffer as a result. That’s why you need to ensure that its internal components are upgradable and that you don’t have to deal with the burden of added cables and wires.

Andrea Baker has always been interested in gaming, ever since she picked up a Gameboy Color at her uncle's house in the early 2000s. Since then, she's obsessed over the latest trends in the gaming industry. She's currently obsessing over Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding and can't wait until it's released on PC!

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