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Chapter 18. Playing Games > Building a State-of-the-Art Gaming System

Building a State-of-the-Art Gaming System

Believe it or not, it takes more computing horsepower to play games than it does to crunch numbers or surf the Web. With all those fancy graphics, gee-whiz sound effects, and high-speed action, computer games definitely put your computer system through its paces.

In fact, if you just purchased a low-end computer, you might find that it doesn't play the latest games quite as fast or as smoothly as you might have expected. (It might not even play some games at all!) To be able to play the most demanding new games, you need a truly state-of-the-art computer system—which might mean updating selected components in your current system.


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