Gamers are some of the genius builders today. They know exactly what they want and what they need. The gaming capabilities of personal computers have been tested continuously, re-created, and revolutionized over and overall throughout the years. You’ll never know how far the gamers have taken the PC today until you look back in the good old days.
The humble graphical beginnings of video gaming started five decades ago. In the year 1962, Spacewar! was introduced to the public. The main interface had two tiny swords in white and with a black backdrop at the center.
Ten years later, Pong came out, with the same black-and-white interface, only there’s a broken line in the middle and two small vertical lines at the edges that are controlled by the players. A tiny dot moves at the center and goes back and forth sideways—much like what a ping-pong ball does.
Years later, games like TV Basketball, Gun Fight, Death Race, Canyon Bomber, Space Invaders, and Speed Freak came with similar black-and-white graphics.
By 1980, full-color visual graphics started to enter the mainstream of the gaming industry, running on the reliable VGA platform. Pacman was released, and the rest of the black-and-white visuals became a thing in the past.
How the Gaming Platform Changed
Planar was the first motherboard created by IBM during the ’80s. It had disk controllers for floppy disks, S-100 bus, serial and parallel ports for peripherals. Years later, the same company came up with the component-based motherboard called AT (Advanced Technology), which had 12″ × 13.8″ dimensions. It became the standard for a desktop motherboard.
Around the ’90s, the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) was put in place with 16-bit expansion card transmitters with a single in-line memory module (SIMM). Later on, the Gigabyte GA6 with the PCI slots, sockets, Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) were added. The late ’90s motherboards had most of the interfaces present in today’s systems, running at 60 to 100 megahertz with a standard 300 megahertz processor.
The early 2000s introduced significant changes on the motherboard, adding cooling systems and heat sinks on the Gigabyte GA8, with the advanced ATX form and gigahertz chip. Storage started to move up with the serial SATA connectors and memory paced in Dual In-Line Memory Module (DIMM).
Storage and Drive Interfaces
To pull off the colored visuals, the fundamental components that make up a gaming PC had to undergo major overhauls. Starting with the leading hardware of a PC, the hard disk drive (HDD), the latest one available in the market today is a compact 3.5-inch enclosure weighing less than two pounds and can store up to six terabytes. The one they had in the ’80s, introduced by IBM, was nearly as big as a household refrigerator, weighed over 500 pounds, and had one gigabyte of storage.
Most of them ran on an Enhanced Small Device Interface (ESDI) made by Western Digital, which later on became IDE drives after Western acquired Tandon Corporation’s technologies.
Right now, gamers and system builders prefer the M.s2 NVMe drives. These are the best storage options for extreme gaming PCs that have unbelievably fast transfer speeds. Install and run games on your PC, and it will boot up and reduce load times. They bring down lag time while playing games, which can help gamers get to the next level faster. The traditional hard drive can handle about 500 megabytes per second while the NVMe drives can run on superspeed of 3,500 megabytes per second.
What a Gaming Rig Looks Like Now and How You Can Future-Proof Yours
The price range for high-speed gaming PC is around $800 to $1,000, which is a far cry from the $40,000 tag that came with the IBM’s first gigabyte hard drive back in the ’80s. You get more bang for your buck and more legroom for customization if you build it on your own.
But if you are new to building gaming systems, you can get assistance from an experienced retail builder. You can also check out some of the best gaming builds this year as your point of reference.
A gaming PC today generally has the following specs:
- Entry-level gaming PC includes an AMD Ryzen 3 1300X CPU, 12 GB RAM, AMD RX 560 graphics card, 250 GB Crucial SSD.
- Midlevel gaming PC comes with Intel Core i5, 16 GB RAM, 6 GB Nvidia GTX 1060, 4 GB graphics card, 256 GB PM961 SSD.
- High-end gaming systems include an Intel i7 8700K CPU, 32 GB RAM, 8 GB NVIDIA GTX 1080, 512 GB SM961 SSD.
If you want to future-proof your gaming PC, invest in a decent motherboard that has a reliable power supply unit and cooling system, can support loads of RAM, and allows you to install multiple graphics cards later on. You need one that supports a DDR4 RAM up to 4,200 MHz frequency in dual or quad channel format and a board with socket LGA2066 to handle the latest Intel X-series processor.