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It truly is a luxury to have a desktop, and many PC gamers take it for granted. Let’s face it: desktops are not ideal for a large segment of the PC gaming population. Whether it’s because of space constraints or the lack of portability, having the ultimate PC gaming rig in a big, bulky desktop is a stretch for many gamers. One of the biggest worries with many gamers, when they switch to a custom gaming laptop, is that they won’t have the same high-powered specs that they had with a custom gaming desktop. Fortunately, there are a few options for PC gamers that are looking to switch into the wonderful world of custom built gaming laptops.


At Magic Micro Computers, we carry a large assortment of custom gaming laptops, and our website lets you essentially build a gaming laptop. Whether you’re looking for a more compact 14-inch display or a superior laptop with up to 16 GB of RAM, Magic Micro Computers can assemble and ship your custom built gaming laptop in almost no time. Visit our website today to see our different options for laptops or call us at 800-964-2761 to speak to one of our technicians.


Laptops for Gaming


Once you’ve finally made the decision/realization that your lifestyle isn’t compatible with having a massive gaming desktop, you’ll find that there are a few options for gaming laptops. Today, we are going to be discussing the two most viable options for gamers: choosing between a budget notebook and a custom built gaming PC. We’re going to eliminate the option of getting a preconfigured laptop because they are costly and can usually be custom built for less.


Budget Notebooks for Gaming


It may seem sort of silly to do gaming on a budget notebook, but you would be surprised how many games you can still run on a budget laptop. You might not be able to run games on ultra settings, and your overall performance may be lackluster, but you will still be able to play some of your favorite titles. The reason why you won’t be able to play games on ultra settings comes down to the type of graphics card and available RAM on your computer. Many budget laptops and notebooks don’t have a dedicated graphics card. As a result, the integrated graphics card will utilize RAM to power the graphics rendering.


Having a computer with an integrated GPU is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you have a laptop with excess RAM — which is why we suggested upgrading your RAM on a custom built gaming laptop to something like eight or 16 GB of RAM. By having plenty of RAM for both your CPU and the integrated graphics card, your computer won’t be competing for RAM.


The downside to having a budget laptop is that its budget, meaning it’s not the most well-designed piece of machinery. The hardware inside the laptop will be cheaper, and the very nature of laptops — small, compact, with less-than-favorable ventilation — means that they are more prone to overheating. As a result, only expect your budget laptop to survive abouttwo to four years. Because the internal temperature of a laptop gets rather hot, especially if it is not designed to disperse heat properly, the components break down over time until they eventually cease to work.


Custom Build Gaming Laptops


This option is for someone who is a little more dedicated to their gaming efforts. Going to a build-your-own laptop website will take care of most of the heavy lifting, and is definitely the better option compared to building the laptop yourself — especially if you have no experience building computers. Some websites will give you the option to add dedicated graphics cards to your gaming laptop, which will dramatically boost your performance. However, do note that a GPU is often the most expensive component of your computer build.


With a dedicated graphics card, you don’t have to worry about the CPU and the GPU competing for RAM on your computer. While it is still advisable to have a large cache or RAM, especially if you want to run your games on ultra settings, the dedicated graphics card will boost your gaming experience on your laptop. For graphics cards, it truly depends on how much money you are willing to spend. If you are into paying upwards of $500 for a single component of your gaming laptop then spring for a new custom built laptop with a dedicated GPU.


The Happy Medium


One of the biggest factors limiting gamers from getting a custom gaming laptop with a dedicated GPU is price. As we just mentioned, graphics cards are incredibly expensive. If you want to avoid the cost of a graphics card while still having a high-quality gaming laptop, find a happy medium. By finding a computer with a high-quality CPU and an integrated GPU, you get the best of both worlds. You might not be able to run games on ultra settings, but, if you have enough RAM, you will be able to run games perfectly fine.


If you’re ready to find your happy medium, be sure to check out Magic Micro Computers’ selection of custom gaming laptops. Our computer building website is designed with you, the gamer, in mind. Whether you want to keep things on a budget, or you want to go all-out visit our website to get started on your new laptop gaming experience.

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It seems like the days of moving over a chair from the dining room to your desk and casually gaming for a couple hours in the evening are over. Instead, we have professional gamers and esports competitors who spend upwards of 10 hours a day playing video games. As anyone who has had a desk job knows, sitting in a chair for that long can do terrible things to your back, which is why having an ergonomic chair is important for your comfort and health. For all gamers, professional and amateur, you need to have a chair that supports your back as much as your lifestyle.


At Magic Micro Computers, we may not sell gaming chairs, but we sell close to everything else you need to game — short of Hot Pockets and Mountain Dew. Today, we are going to be looking at why it is important to invest in a high-quality gaming chair. We will talk about the history of gaming chairs, components that make one better than the other, and why you should purchase one. Whether you are a seasoned veteran of PC gaming who is looking to upgrade their gaming rig or you are new to the game, Magic Micro Computers has a gaming PC for everyone. Visit our website or call today at 800-946-2761 for more information.


Gaming Chair Origins


The first gaming chairs really started in arcades. Once we went from standing in front of pinball machines for prolonged periods of time to sitting down in enclosed race-car simulators, we made a huge leap in gaming comfort. Those first chairs were either incredibly hard plastic, molded to look like a sports car’s racing seat, or they were novelty-quality racing seats.


Sometime around 2006, DXRacer came out with a gaming chair that was originally designed for sports cars. The chairs were definitely reminiscent of the novelty arcade racing chairs, and they brought a sporty aesthetic to what many people view as an otherwise slovenly and sedentary activity. It also made sense that the first chairs marketed for gamers were based on racing seats, since professional racecar drivers spend hours in the seats of their cars. The idea is that the higher backrest supports your shoulder and upper back while simultaneously forcing you to have better posture.


As chair companies began taking note of the success DXRacer was having, the market soon became saturated with tons of different options for gaming chairs. New features began improving the lives of gamers, like completely customizable settings, from the lumbar support to the armrest height. Eventually, gaming chairs became fine-tuned instruments of comfort and support that have guided a generation of gamers to good posture and comfort.


The Best Gaming Chair Components


If you’re going to be sitting in front of your computer for multi-hour stretches, it is incredibly important to have a chair that can support your back. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can have devastating effects on blood circulation to your legs and can cause lower back pain. When you can’t take a break from sitting every 30 or 60 minutes, you need a chair that will support your lower back and encourage good posture. As we talked about earlier, having a gaming chair with a high back will encourage you to have good posture. Most chairs also have adjustable lumbar support to encourage a healthy curvature of your spine.


It is also important that your chair has some stiffness in the cushion. If the chair’s cushions are too soft, the muscles strain to keep your body supported. Having some resistance to your cushion will allow the muscles to relax. Some chairs also include improved ventilation and cooling properties so that you won’t get sweaty from sitting in the same position all day.


Gaming Chair Choices


At the end of the day, you can certainly buy a gaming chair specially marketed to gamers. These chairs will make you look and feel stylish. If you do any sort of streaming, take note of the chairs that many popular streamers use: they all have the racing style chairs. For some gamers, having a gaming chair is more of a status symbol, but they certainly benefit from the ergonomic properties of a gaming chair as well.


If you think that a gaming chair is outside of your price range or you don’t necessarily care about the style of your chair, take a look at some office chairs. While office chairs won’t be quite the same, they were also designed to support a sitting body for multiple hours a day. Office chairs can range from ultra-expensive to free on Craigslist. Regardless of what kind of chair you purchase, you want to make sure that you can test out the chair first. While you won’t be able to simulate the same conditions that you’ll use it in, sitting in a chair for 15 minutes can tell you a lot about the quality. If you feel any pressure points or are unable to sit in the chair with good posture for more than 15 minutes, the chair is most likely not for you.


Once you finally find the chair that is perfect for your body, wallet, and lifestyle, make sure that you have the best gaming PC to take advantage of your fancy new chair. At Magic Micro Computers, we are one of the best computer-building websites. Whether you want a custom gaming laptop or a premium, high-performance desktop PC, we have a computer for everyone. Don’t hesitate to call one of our technicians at 800-964-2761 or visit our website for more information.

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When you think about it, a high-quality, custom gaming PC is only as effective as the tools you use to control it. If you’re thinking about buying either a custom laptop or a gaming desktop, make sure that you have high-quality accessories that support your ultimate gaming machine. Just as you wouldn’t use cheap tires or subpar motor oil for a sports car, you shouldn’t be using a stock mouse or trackpad with your new gaming PC or custom laptop. Your new gaming computer needs exceptional accessories to accompany it, which is why we are taking a look at the all-important gaming mouse.


If you already have your accessories but are looking for a new gaming PC or custom laptop for gaming, be sure to check out Magic Micro Computers’ incredible selection of gaming computers. Whether you are on a tight budget or you are looking to one-up your friends with a top-tier gaming computer, Magic Micro Computers has something for everyone. Our dedicated staff will work with you to develop and test a custom laptop or desktop so that all of your gaming dreams can become reality. Visit our website for more information today or don’t hesitate to call us at 800-964-2761.


Gaming Mouse Basics


Whether you are using your mouse to compete in a multi-hundred dollar amateur gaming tournament or you just want to edit some photos on Photoshop, having a high-quality mouse that is equal parts ergonomic and responsive is important. Ideally, you want something that works for multiple hand sizes, grips, and has an accurate sensor.


The ergonomic component is important if you know you are going to be clutching this mouse for hours at a time. Special attention should be given to left-handed gamers as some mice are only optimized for right-handed people. Each mouse will have a different feel and some mice accommodate only specific grip styles. What’s a grip style, you ask? A grip style is essentially the way you hold the mouse. You subconsciously have a specific way you grip the mouse, whether you are aware of it or not. Some gamers actively work on different grip styles to increase their reaction times in-game. Common grip styles include the relaxed palm grip, the more reactive claw grip, and the extremely nuanced tip grip.


Some gaming mice will also come with different textures that help you grip the mouse. Some PC gamers may be more inclined to smooth textures rather than bumpy or matte finishes, so make sure that you get a feel for your gaming mouse before you purchase it.


Another important component of a gaming mouse is the CPI, or counts per inch. The CPI measures how many times the mouse sensor reads the mousepad. A low CPI means you have to move the mouse more to affect the cursor, while a high CPI means you can make small maneuvers with your mouse to move it great distances on the screen. Some of the best mice have toggles for CPI so that you can change your CPI depending on what you are doing. If you want to surf the web, having a high CPI can lead to some frustrating moments trying to clink on a link, but if you need to do coloring or graphic design, a high CPI — with controlled movements — will yield an efficient way to complete your tasks.


One final and important metric for evaluating a mouse is its lift-off distance. Many gamers or tech enthusiasts don’t necessarily consider this one big, focusing more on ergonomics, but we think this can have a dramatic effect on your gaming experience. Lift-off distance is the height your mouse reaches before the sensor stops tracking the surface. For some players, having a low lift-off distance means that they can physically move the mouse around the surface of the mouse pad so that they can better maneuver the cursor. Alternatively, having a high lift-off distance means that, as the user moves the mouse above the ground, the sensor will continue to affect the cursor, albeit more inaccurately.


Choosing the Best Gaming Mouse


Every gamer uses their mouse a different way and every genre requires slightly different things from a gaming mouse. If you are a first-person shooter (FPS) gamer, you need a mouse with a high CPI to move aiming reticles quickly and precisely. If you are a strategy gamer, a lower CPI and a more ergonomic mouse for palm gripping will most likely be a better match for your playing style.


Gaming with a high-quality mouse is only fun if you have a high-quality PC to back it up. At Magic Micro Computers, we understand that enjoyable gaming requires an affordable and high-quality custom gaming PC. Whether you are planning on upgrading to a powerful desktop or want to switch to a portable custom gaming laptop, Magic Micro has you covered. Visit our website for more information today.

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Since Electronic Arts (EA) first leaked Anthem gameplay footage years ago, the hype around Anthem has been insane. Alpha footage for Anthem was astounding, and the graphics looked incredible. The PS4 and Xbox 1 footage was impressive, but watching Anthem’s PC gameplay previews transports you into a fully rendered, immersive virtual world. One of the biggest things that many PC gamers and technology writers wondered was what Anthem’s specifications (specs) for PC were going to be. It’s one visually intense game, and many PC gamers were worried they were going to have to make some costly upgrades to run it at the level that was being shown in previews and demos.


Recently, EA announced a specs list for PC gamers who want to run Anthem on their gaming rigs. The announcement featured a minimum specs list for Anthem and a recommended specs list. Many commentators are noting that if you were lucky enough to take part in the closed alpha, and you’re gaming PC ran Anthem just fine, then your PC should be able to run the finished product. For those of us that didn’t get to play Anthem in closed alpha, EA’s recently announced recommended specs list should shed some light on whether playing this game is in your future.


If you are looking to take part in an incredible video game that looks more like interactive art than it does gaming entertainment, make sure you have a PC gaming rig that can handle Anthem and all of its fully rendered glory. At Magic Micro Computers, we can make a custom built gaming PC to your exact standards. Whether you want to go all out with two GeForce 2080 graphics cards or just meet the minimum specs for Anthem, Magic Micro Computers has just the gaming PC for you. Visit our website for more information today.


Anthem’s Specs List


In a promo video published on NVIDIA GeForce’s YouTube channel, a spokesperson for Anthem announced, “Technology has always helped us unleash our creative potential by giving players more immersive experiences than ever before.” Given the specs list for Anthem, it is clear that the developers are pushing the limits of current gaming technology.


Here are Anthem’s minimum system requirements courtesy of EA’s website.


  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350

  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory

  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 760, AMD Radeon 7970 / R9280X

  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory

  • HARD DRIVE: At least 50 GB of free space

  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11


It doesn’t seem too bad, right? Most gaming computers should be able to handle it, and if this minimum specs list makes you cringe, you most likely need to upgrade your PC anyways. Some people may still be running on 4 GB of RAM, but it is about time to upgrade if you want to play triple-A games. The most surprising part of the minimum specs list is the minimum GPU requirement for Anthem. At the low price point of around $200, the GTX 760 is definitely a budget graphics card. Getting even just one generation above the GTX 760 will yield some better frame rates and rending for running Anthem.


Alright, enough about the minimum system requirements. All of the press releases and gameplay footage of Anthem that we’ve seen is definitely not being run on computers that only meet the minimum system requirements for Anthem. Most likely, we are seeing gameplay of Anthem that is being run on a gaming PC that has even better components than the recently published recommended system requirements:


  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz

  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory

  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1060/ RTX 2060, AMD RX 480

  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory

  • HARD DRIVE: At least 50 GB of free space

  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11


One of the biggest differences in the minimum and recommended specs for Anthem is the GPU. In the minimum specs, EA built a game that can run off of a graphics card that was released in 2013 — a six-year-old graphics card. For the recommended settings, Anthem is suggesting at least a GTX 1060 or the RX 480, AMD’s counterpart — both of which were released in 2016. More interesting, they are also including the RTX 2060, which is scheduled to be released later in January 2019. If you are interested in reading some in-depth reviews and complaints about this tricky little graphics card, check outPC Gamer’s review. To sum up the PC Gamer review, the card performs at roughly the same level as GTX 1070 Ti, but is more expensive since it is part of a new generation of graphics cards.


Overall, the recommended specs for Anthem just don’t seem too bad, but it’s important to know that most of the gameplay footage was probably from a computer that was even more high-performance than the recommended specs. If you’re looking to get a computer that can run Anthem as it runs in all of the gameplay footage you’ve been following for the last year or so, check out Magic Micro’s line of fully customizable barebones gaming PCs. Whether you need a PC to just run Anthem or you want a PC that can stream the game in beautiful definition and resolution, we have a computer for you. For a truly magical experience, go with Magic Micro Computers — visit our website today.

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New PC games coming out in 2019 look absolutely stunning. If we are lucky, we’ll get the announcement of Cyberpunk 2077, and soon we will have Anthem gracing our PC gaming rigs. If you are into first person shooters, then Battlefield V will most likely be giving your gaming PC a run for its money, especially if you are trying to run it in ultra settings — and don’t we all want to run our games on ultra settings? Many designers and programmers created their games to be played on the highest possible settings so that their games look believable, beautiful, and immersive.


For some PC gamers though, the thought of running a new game on ultra settings is enough to give them flashbacks to when everyone wondered, “but, can my computer run Crysis?” For some gamers, playing games on ultra settings just isn’t in the cards for them right now, and for those gamers, the main goal is most likely trying to boost their frames per second (FPS) on their computers. Today,we are going to be focusing on some ways to boost your FPS so that you can get your rig running your favorite games smoothly, even if that means you have to adjust the graphics settings down a little. If you’re tired of not being able to run the latest games because the computer’s FPS is too slow, be sure to check out Magic Micro Computer’s large selection of custom gaming PCs and laptops. We have a computer for everyone, so visit our website for more information.


FPS and Computers


To understand how you can boost your FPS, it's first important to understand the visual difference that having a higher FPS can make. A great resource that can help visualize frame rates is this video. On the far left, 15 FPS can seem cartoonish and rough. In the middle, 30 FPS is definitely a marked improvement, but it still lacks the fluidity that is registered with your naked eye. 60 FPS has become somewhat of a benchmark today for what games should be running at, while 120 FPS is really pushing the envelope on what a computer can do — but, notice how incredibly smooth 120 FPS looks!


Now that we have established what different FPS rates look like, we can understand what you ultimately want to work up to. As your FPS increases, it becomes harder to detect the differences in frame rate. Make sure that if you are considering doing these improvements, that you’re going improving from something like 30 FPS to 50 FPS rather than 60 FPS to 100 FPS.


Another quick disclaimer: some of these suggestions may actually reduce the visual quality of the game; however, it will run smoother and the gameplay may be more enjoyable.


Resolution Reduction, what’s your Function?


If your game is moving slowly and the frame rate is all choppy, see if you can change the resolution your game is playing at. Resolution moves almost linearly to the performance of a game. That being said, if you drop your resolution from 1920x1080 to 1600x900, the pixel count dropped by 30 percent, but you get about a 20 percent boost in the FPS. The one drawback to doing this for your computer is that the game will become more pixelated. Those beautiful backdrops and set pieces for your favorite RPG might not look so great, but at least you’ll be able to play the game without grimacing.


Eliminate Unnecessary Programs


You would be surprised how many programs might be running on your desktop. If even you don’t see them running, open up Task Manager to figure out what programs are using up energy and RAM on your computer. One easy way to manage programs that might be diverting your gaming PC’s precious RAM is getting some optimization software. Windows has built-in optimization tools, but you can also find plenty of free software that can eliminate unneeded processes.


Go Pedal to the Metal with your Graphics Card Drivers


Many gamers, for whatever reason, decide that they don’t want to turn on auto-updates for their graphics card drivers. As a result, some ungodly amount of time passes before they realize that they haven’t updated their graphics card driver. A driver is a piece of software that tells your computer how to run on certain operating systems in the most efficient way. In the case of a graphics card, you may need to install a new driver if there is an update to the operating system. By getting both your operating system and your graphics card optimized and working in coordination, you may notice an increase in FPS on some of your games.


Compromise the Visual Settings by Changing the Game Settings.


Perhaps the last thing any PC gamer wants to do is go into the game’s video settings and downgrade every setting to the lowest possible level, affectionately known by gamers as potato mode, which is where you reduce things like shadowing, VSYNC, anti-aliasing, and other features until the frame rate is incredibly good but the graphics are less than desirable. Sometimes, the results are so comical that GameSpot made an entire YouTube channel called Potato Mode.


Running a game on potato mode is never an enjoyable experience and really compromises the artistic integrity of a game. If running a game on potato mode is the only way you can play your game at a reasonable frame rate, it might be time to upgrade your gaming PC. At Magic Micro, we have a computer for everyone. Whether you need a custom built gaming PC or a new gaming laptop visit our website today to play your favorite games in great settings with high FPS.