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The PC of 2010

Your gaming PC is a work-in-progress. Just when you’re happy with a quad-core, SLIed-up beast, Intel redo their entire CPU structure and enter the graphics card market. This year we’re going to see monitor prices plummet, a new version of Windows supporting a touch screen interface, and hard drive tech repurposed from USB drives. There’s a whole new world of hardware on its way. Here’s what you can expect from 2009.

Giganto-monitors
The cost of monitors continues to fall off a cliff. Given that you can buy a 32-inch TV for around $300 or £200, a 20-30 inch monitor is more affordable than you might think. Already, 20-inch widescreen models go for barely more than $150 (£100). Low-end 24-inchers can be had for around the $260 (£180) mark.

Two things to bear in mind. Firstly, the big screens generally run at a resolution of 1920x1200, and running games at a lower res will mean a blurry picture. So, make sure your graphics card has the grunt for it. Secondly, there’s a silent screen panel format war being waged, with each monitor falling into one of three general categories: TN, PVA or IPS. Each has a fatal enough flaw that the dream, all-purpose monitor doesn’t quite exist yet. TN is best for gaming due to faster response times, PVA for movies with its better contrast ratios and viewing angles, and IPS for desktop work because of its excellent colour reproduction.

Touchscreen PCs and Windows 7
One goal of Windows 7 is touchscreen-friendliness (yes, comparisons to the iPhone’s swipey gestures and virtual buttons have been made). MS aren’t always reliable trendsetters – tablet PCs, anyone? – but this one really is looking likely, more so for laptops than for desktops. It won’t hit big until 2010, but it looks certain to be part of the long-term future of PCs.

If you’re looking for big, sweeping changes in Windows 7 (that’s the official name) you won’t find them – this is still Windows, but as a happy side-effect of that MS are promising we won’t suffer a new round of software and hardware compatibility problems. Anything that works on Vista should work on 7. Perhaps more importantly, they’re aiming to improve performance, one of Vista’s major failings. In the words of one William Gates, Esq, Windows 7 will: “...be lower power, take less memory, be more efficient, and have lots more connections up to the mobile phone, so those scenarios connect up well to make it a great platform for the best gaming that can be done.” Hmm. A beta is due in the next few months, the full release mid-year.

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31 comments

  • Roast_Pork - February 4, 2009 12:18 a.m.

    With the economy the way it is I'm staying with my old PC; it's fast enough to play any games out there- at least for the forseeable future.
  • caboose3698 - February 3, 2009 4:33 a.m.

    lol if theres one thing ive learned its that you will never be able to have the best computer for more than a few months...theres always somethin new....facepalm
  • games_master - February 2, 2009 8:03 p.m.

    @gta3mattb Why does the inside of that case seem to have so much more room than my Antec 900? Thats because its the antec 1200. also what graphics card did you put in there Kornedbeefy.
  • kornedbeefy - February 2, 2009 7:17 p.m.

    Unless some devs decide to push the PC hardware there is no need to upgrade (unless your pc is already outdated). Bleeding edge PCS can handle the huge majority of games now with ease. With devs creating multiplatform games and not PC exclusives they are not taking full advantage of what current PCs have to offer. I hope that changes soon now that Vista is an old issue. I think it/directx 10 really put up a major road bump for pc gaming.
  • flk - February 1, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    If in 2010 computers won't be able to fry eggs, i won't buy one. End of story.
  • SKStorm - February 1, 2009 1:50 p.m.

    I have a custom made computer with Widows &on it and and an Alien ware game engine and seeing all of this. We should get the option to get custom made computers.
  • gta3mattb - January 30, 2009 8:39 p.m.

    Why does the inside of that case seem to have so much more room than my Antec 900?
  • MacGyver1138 - January 30, 2009 7:27 p.m.

    Spybreak, you can build laptops. OCZ and Asus (and more, I'm sure) sell barebones kits, which include the chassis, screen, and fans, and you then add the mobo, RAM, CPU, and video card. It isn't quite the same as building a desktop, and you don't save a lot of money (if any,) but you leave yourself able to upgrade a lot easier than if you buy a prebuilt laptop.
  • Hydrohs - January 30, 2009 6:37 p.m.

    The Windows 7 beta is already out, and it is much better than Vista, I've stopped using Vista completely.
  • TheCorpulent1 - January 30, 2009 5:05 p.m.

    "Just what we need: 3D card buying options getting even more complicated." That about sums it up for me. I love that they're constantly advancing PC technology, but that winds up meaning more and more complications and research when it comes time for me to build a new PC. Ah well, I'm sure I'll deal with it. Solid-state hard drives make me excited in ways I'm not comfortable describing here.
  • smallberry - January 30, 2009 11:40 a.m.

    "Just what we need: 3D card buying options getting even more complicated." Damn straight! I'm probably gonna stick with my C2D until the next revision of the Corei7. I made that mistake before and missed out on some sweet G0 stepping. @JoeMasturbaby: Hahaha I loved that. However I believe that is a picture of the Antec 1200 cabinet.
  • Spybreak8 - January 30, 2009 7:43 a.m.

    Yea this reminded me of here:http://www.gearcrave.com/2009-01-23/the-pc-evolved-10-big-technologies-for-the-year-ahead/ Another thing really is that you can get a decent laptop that can do 75% of games on it for under 1k now. However you can't "build" a laptop but hey I have both, a desktope and a laptop, love em both.
  • DawgsFan117 - January 30, 2009 5:51 a.m.

    Lol crazytar your so funny. You think that when you start working you will make near enough money for this stuff. And if you wait for the price to drop then guess what there will be a reason the price dropped and that will be tat there is newer and better stuff out. Then your comp wont be able support new high end games and you will be in the same predicament. Lol its the viciouse circle of high end gaming comps. Nothing stays high end for ore than a few months when the next "big thing" comes out. :(
  • Sebastian16 - January 30, 2009 4:54 a.m.

    My gaming funds are non-existant as of now. . . :'( 'Tis true FriendlyFire, 'tis true. Damn you, ever changing PC hardware market!
  • gutlessVADER - January 30, 2009 12:28 a.m.

    sweetness!!!
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - January 30, 2009 12:14 a.m.

    @Sebastian: You can upgrade man! Upgrade!
  • JoeMasturbaby - January 30, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    the Intel Larrabee seems to have a built in hotplate on top. a feature i am most excited about!!!
  • crazytar - January 29, 2009 11:43 p.m.

    when i get my own job (god knows when) i am going to create my own computer. hopefully all the really high end tech that can graphically demanding games at playable framerates will see a reduction in price and thus i can finally play the games they were meant to be played... not at 640x480 resolution with all the settings turned to "low" or even "very low"
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - January 29, 2009 10:47 p.m.

    Hi devinejoh, If you're building your first PC this summer, may I recommend you check out PC Gamer's Builder's Bible? It may help you a lot if you haven't already seen it. Here's a link. http://tinyurl.com/3j88v4

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