I think there might be a little confusion here over the meaning of the term gaming computer. To most people into custom building or modding systems a gaming rig is a reference to a high end and usually pretty expensive computer. Often its configured with the newest hardware and and most advanced software that can be found. By those standards no, this is not even close. However the way the author uses the term he could well just be referring to a computer that is used in a dedicated way for playing games. If that is the case then any configuration that can play the intended games would or could be called a gaming PC. I used to play Commander Kean on a 286 with DOS 3.5. At the time it was a gaming PC. So, the bottom line is, just what kind of games is the author planning on playing? For some games this might be an ideal system.