August 29th, 2013

The Ultimate Gaming Computer

Only one cat poses. My other cat disdains

Only one cat poses. My other cat disdains

If you’re like me, your household is divided when it comes to computer usage. I use my computer for page layout, photo editing and light video production, which is what I do for a living. I use a MacBook Pro, and I love it like it was my third cat.

An actual kid winning $10k at the ASUS ROG Summer 2013 StarCraft II Tournament. Image from rog.asus.com

An actual kid winning $10k at the ASUS ROG Summer 2013 StarCraft II Tournament. Image from rog.asus.com

When my gaming daughter was shopping for a computer, she stopped me at “You should buy a Ma…” Apparently, my wonderful MacBook is not ideal (or in some cases, not capable) of running the games she plays. I can’t scoff at this, because kids these days are wining prizes in the neighbourhood of $10,000 at gaming tournaments, while I’m still working by the hour.

The Right Choice

Stickers on laptop = love

Stickers on laptop = love

Taylor did her homework and bought an ASUS (pronounced “ay-soos”) laptop. How do I know it was a right choice for her? One, I never hear her exaggerated sighs about lag time or delays; two, she lovingly tattooed her personality all over it with stickers.

The Ultimate Gaming System

It’s not a coincidence that an avid gamer bought an ASUS system. ASUS is favoured by gamers because of its commitment to combining components that let software programmers push the level on gameplay and graphics so the end user is completely immersed in the game environment.

If you wanted to focus on one key area to pay attention to when searching for the ultimate gaming system, it would be the APU. I’m going to break it down mom-style, because some of this went over my head until my friends at London Drugs helped me make sense of it.

Why the APU is Important for a Gaming Computer

APU stands for Accelerated Processing Unit. Originally there was a CPU (Central Processing Unit) and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) but all of these functions are now handled by one piece of hardware, called the APU. This is the engine that runs everything that matters, so you want it to be fasty-fast!

The Certified Data AMD A10 computer is built for those hours-long gaming sessions

The Certified Data AMD A10 computer is built for those hours-long gaming sessions

The fastest processor on the market today is 5GHz—the world’s first processor capable of that speed, manufactured by AMD. To put things in perspective, my MacBook Pro with Retina Display is fast at rendering video and opening large files—and it’s using a puny 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor. I can’t believe I just said “MacBook” and “puny” in the same sentence.

If you want to check out a system that incorporates the latest-technology APUs take a look at the Certified Data AMD A10 5800k computer

But you don’t have to know all this stuff before you and your gaming offspring go in and browse—the staff at London Drugs Computer Departments are up-to-speed on the latest, greatest AND best deals.

Nala

London Drugs Fan

Nala Henkel, a former employee and current contract proofreader for London Drugs, is a self-confessed fan of our store. We’ve invited her to share her quirky perspective on all things London Drugs from a consumer’s point of view.

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