Can you simply plug in processors, graphic cards and etc. into your potato computer and it will run like a gamer computer?

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Can you simply plug in processors, graphic cards and etc. into your potato computer and it will run like a gamer computer?

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Components are what make a computer a computer. Start replacing everything and you’ve got a gaming computer in a potato case.

processor, graphics card and RAM *are* the computer. So if it fits and they are compatible and do not bottleneck each other then yes

Yes and no.

For most computers you can just switch out graphics cards and see immediate improvement (you might have to get a different powersupply to deliver power to the card).

Processors are a bit more complicated, usually you need a different motherboard (where everything is connected) since processors require specific sockets to go I to.

If the PC is old you will most likely need new RAM as well, at which point you replaced almost everything about the computer.

most likely not. it really depends on what motherboard your potato computer has, what socket it supports, how much memory, what type of memory. also some video cards require extra power, which in turn will tax you power supply (even if it can provide for the time being the power required you risk that it will break faster because you require more power than recommended – i think the rule is you components should not use more than 75-80 percent of the power available on the psu, i have always built my computer with oversized power supplies anyway to leave room for upgrades). also you gaming video card may simply not fit in the potato case.

This is a trick question. You are essentially saying “If you use gamer grade components do you get a gaming grade computer?”

Yes, you would, but it would have to be the entirety of the build. Motherboard, processor, RAM, graphics card, hard drive and power supply.

All of these components work in tandem to create a “gamer grade” computer.

The label “gaming” whatever is an arbitrary marketing campaign, not an actual class of computer components. There are hard specifications for components that determine performance, not a label. You can have RAM of the same speed and quality, one labelled “gaming RAM” and one not. They are the same RAM.

That being said, there are physical compatibility issues that you have to understand as well. Motherboards are the main “hub” that all of your other devices live in. RAM, Processors, and Video Cards are all specifically designed to work with certain motherboards and interfaces on that motherboard (e.g. LGA1155 processors, or PCI-E video cards”). So before you can “simply plug in” anything, you have to know what platform you are building on so you can buy the right parts.

So essentially, yes, it is the components and the grade of the components that make a gaming computer a gaming computer, but it is also components that make a computer a computer. Hope this makes sense.