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Can Gaming PCs be used for other things?

26th November 2020
by Kieron
 

Picture this, you buy all your components of choice, and laboriously put them together, install your OS and fire that bad boy up, and rejoice as you play the latest titles on Ultra graphics, with absolutely no sacrifices, but then you ask yourself, what else can I do with this thing? Am I trapped to an eternity of glorious PC gaming?

I know what your thinking, what a problem to have? Well- no probably not that, but ultimately, it can do many things! Let's outline the details for our prospective PC Master Race recruits- this might seem an obvious question for some, but remember, we are all learning at some point.

Entertainment

Since gaming computers have advanced video cards and powerful processing units, you will find they work well for your entertainment needs.  You can stream live music or sporting events from your gaming PC.  You can use your gaming PC for YouTube, Netflix, and any other streaming service you’d access via a regular computer.
 
Not only will your gaming PC play music for you, but it will also help you create music.  You can write, produce, and record original songs or covers of old favourites using the right programs.  Even if you don’t play an instrument, your gaming computer is all you need, as many of these programs can accompany you.

Business

If you are a work hard, play hard subscriber, you’ll be pleased to know you can trust your gaming PC with all your business needs.  You can check email, sure, but if you need to access large spreadsheets, use a word processor, or shared files for collaboration, your gaming PC is up for the challenge for even the most complex tasks. 

Communication

Your gaming PC will not only allow you to communicate with and compete against other video game enthusiasts all over the world, but it will also allow you to connect with others, both personally and professionally, in a wide variety of ways.
 
You can perform the most simple tasks like sending and receiving emails, and following friends, family members, and work associates on social platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn.  You can also host small or large group gatherings using video chat applications like Skype or Zoom.
 
Regardless of your platform, your gaming PC makes communication easy and will meet your communication needs.

Photo and Video Editing

The strong processor, advanced graphics card, and high RAM will come in handy if you use your gaming PC for video or photo editing.  Photo and video editing can tax your computer’s hardware resources much as gaming does, so you’ll appreciate the difference between a regular computer and a gaming computer if you expect to do photo and video editing.
 
A gaming computer can also outperform a more typical computer in the area of graphic design.  Like gaming requires a computer that processes high-level graphics and performs complex operations, a graphic designer needs those same features.  If your computer’s GPU, CPU, and RAM can handle gaming, odds are it can take on graphic design, too. 

Can you use a gaming PC for school work?

More and more, schools are using complex and interactive platforms to educate students.  Your gaming PC will work well to conduct research, design presentations, compose papers, complete projects, and protect your work by backing up to the cloud.  

It will also support virtual learning by accomodating any video chat or virtual group gathering platform, making it an outstanding virtual classroom for you or any student in your home.

While, for most, schoolwork won’t require the same powerful additions to your system that gaming does, there is certainly no need to have a regular computer for school work if you have a gaming PC because it will more than meet your needs.  

Buying and Selling

Just like on a standard computer, you can use your gaming computer for all sorts of buying and selling.  You can purchase nearly anything online, from your weekly grocery order to a new car or a home building kit.  You can shop from the major retailers, small Etsy shops, or the most well-known sites like Amazon or eBay.

If you can buy it online, the odds are good you can sell it online.  Sites like Zillow can help you sell your home.  Facebook Marketplace and Craigs List can help you sell your car, furniture, or even your used clothing items.

Buying and selling online can be done efficiently on your gaming PC, adding just one more practical use of your system. 

Computer Programming

The same enhanced features that make gaming computers great for gaming also make them well suited for computer programming. If you’re developing a video game, you’ll need to be able to run the game on a gaming computer to ensure all runs properly and to be able to test code changes right away.

While you’ll need specific software for programming, the hardware on your gaming PC will serve you well for any coding you might want to do.

Making Money

Since your gaming PC has all the basic features of a regular computer and then some, you can certainly use it for work in a traditional way.  You can also earn money in more non-traditional and creative ways, either as a side hustle to supplement your income or as your full-time job.

For example, you can become a YouTube personality, an app creator, a virtual assistant, a freelance writer, or a blogger.  You can blog about anything you have interest and expertise in and monetize your blog in many ways. 

In Conclusion

This list covers just a small number of the ways you can utilize your gaming PC for purposes outside of gaming.  While you will pay more money for a gaming computer than a general-use computer, you will be able to use your gaming PC to meet all your computing needs.

The more robust CPU, more powerful video card, and increased RAM will ensure your gaming PC is up to any job.  There’s no reason to feel you need one PC for gaming only and another for general use.

Your gaming PC will work well for all your business, school, communication, shopping, and entertainment needs. 

About the author

Kieron

Kieron is a self-certified battlestation professional, who wants to show you how pretty your desk can be.

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