What Makes Me Qualified To Tell You…
I went through the whole process of getting into PC gaming a few years ago and the memories are still fresh in my mind, I can tell you everything I went through, the ups and downs.
I was researching all things PC gaming related, my research would include looking at different generations of computing technology and how well they would benchmark against different games. Comparing different parts and brands against each other to see which one would deliver the best bang for my buck.
I’ve took it a step further by having studied computing in College, still to this day I like to keep up with the latest news in the computing world and how the new and older components do against new and older games.So yes, I’m the person you would want to ask for advice if you are thinking about switching to PC gaming.
So Should You Get Into PC Gaming
Cheaper (long term)
So you might be thinking “isn’t a gaming PC expensive?” Well yes it can be, but overtime you would have spent less money on your PC than your console because games on PC are so much cheaper. You can get games only a fraction of the price on a PC than what it would cost on consoles, deals can go from 50% to 90% off every week on Steam.
If a component in your PC fails like your Blue-ray drive then you can purchase another one and swap it out by literally just sliding a new one in and it only taking a few minutes. Unlike a console you would have to send it back to the manufacturer and wait weeks or even months to get it fixed.
No huge upgrades like buying an entire system, instead if you want a boost in performance you can purchase new PC components over time giving you decent or drastic changes in performance or you can turn down the game settings to increase performance.
Mods can make a game last forever, take a game like Skyrim and you can literally tweak everything, the graphics like how tall you want the grass to be, how NPC react and you can add entire levels for free. These are only a few things that mods can do. Super popular games were born from mods like DayZ which came from a game called Arma 3.
Not to say there aren’t immature players you will come across but the PC community is generally mature and you won’t come across that annoying 12 year old kid on the microphone who keeps telling you he slept with your Mom. Different games produce different communities like playing a game such as Counter Strike you can get rude players but playing a Civilization game the community is a lot more friendly and mature.
Online is Free
No more paying $60 a year just to get on the internet. A console’s life span is generally 7 years and by not having to pay a fee you would have saved $420! You could purchase the latest console for that kind of money or better yet build a new gaming PC.
Customizing your PC is endless you can decide what color your keyboard and mouse lights up, if your PC case lights up, what kind of effects you want those lights to have. The style of your PC case if you want a nice, sleek, minimalist look or want a load of LEDs like your at a rave. The Options are endless.
Better Controls And Smoother Experience
You may not know it yet but mouse and keyboard is better. When you get use to the mouse your movement speed is much more fluid and you land where you want to be. With the keyboard you can program every action to any key you like it’s that simple. I remember going back and playing Battlefield 3 on PS3 with a controller and it felt so sluggish and slow.
With the higher frame rate and not being capped like the consoles this can make your entire gaming experience smoother. The eye can’t see more than 30 frames per second is a myth, our eyes are not a camera. if you ask someone who has been playing on a 144hz monitor to switch back to 30 frame-per-second they would consider it unplayable.
Of-course the most obvious and you’ve probably heard it so many times “PC graphics are amazing!” And that’s true I remember playing Witcher 3 for the first time and I was completely blown away it had the best graphics I’ve seen in a game. In-fact I purchased a new graphics card just to play that game maxed out and it was a damn good experience, there were so many moments where I would just look at the scenery and think “my God this is amazing” You can see graphic comparison videos on YouTube but they don’t do the game justice. Since YouTube compresses the video files and you just see a filtered version of a game.
PC is the only platform where you can play a game from a decade ago whiles playing it on the latest system and never purchase the same game twice.
Do More Than Just Gaming
It’s not just a gaming PC it’s a full blown computer, you can do anything like video editing, Photoshop, multi media, movies, homework and the list goes on. If your PC is powerful enough for video games then you can even use it to work intensive programs like Sony Vegas.
So PC gaming isn’t all sunshine and rainbows if that’s what you were thinking, there are plenty of negatives but I won’t go into too much detail about them because the positives weigh out the negatives so freaking much.
What you really need to know is do you like plug in and play? What I mean by this is do you like to press the play button and not have any problems at all? Are you OK with your games sometimes crashing and doing a tiny bit of research to fix it? If you don’t mind dealing with occasional bugs and looking up how to fix it also if you like to tweak games to just how you like it then PC gaming is for you!
If you like only plug-in and play and can’t stand a single hiccup, you don’t like tweaking a game to your liking then you should probably stick to consoles. (Damn peasant)
Probably the biggest myth and what’s preventing people from getting into PC gaming. You can get a gaming PC for the same price but it will perform just a little better than the consoles and in my opinion isn’t worth switching if your not willing to spend a little extra for an insane experience. In the short term sure a PC may cost more than your consoles but in a few years you would have spent a-lot less than if you were on console. PC games are hilariously cheap and online is free, adding just these 2 factors up and your console could go over $1000 in its life time. Which platform is expensive now?
Using Mouse & Keyboard Is Impossible
Another giant misconception, when you’ve never used a tool then you need to learn how to use it and the same goes for the mouse and keyboard. When I made the switch to PC it took me a couple of weeks to get comfortable with the controls and there was a huge skill gap between PC gamers and Consoles because the tools PC gamers have are better and that’s why. If you want to plug in a controller then go ahead PC accepts that too!
I’ve heard this one so many times and let me tell you I have come across so many more hackers on console than I have on PC, I remember when my brother hacked his PS3 and he could download any game for free and when playing Call Of Duty he could decrease a players level back to 1 and even freeze someone else’s console. You will come across hackers on any platform and it all depends on what game your playing.
There Are No Noobs Only Hardcore Gamers
No noobs on PC? That’s hilarious. There are noobs on all platforms, just because someone plays on PC doesn’t make them more intelligent. There is a big skill gap between PC gamers and consoles gamers and that’s because of the tools they use. I’ve come across noobs all over PC and that’s inevitable, there will be players who are new to a game, they’re coming back to the game after ages, they’re new to the platform and the list goes on why someone is a noob. Lesson here is there are noobs, noobs everywhere. You get the great player who like to have fun and play the objective and you get all the awful players who don’t know what the hell they’re doing.
No Problems At All
Remember what I said earlier? ‘course you don’t. I said “PC gaming isn’t all sunshine and rainbows” it isn’t always perfect, you will come across bad PC ports, crashes, noobs and the list goes on.
If you can look pass these issues then PC gaming is for you and your going to enjoy it so much. The positives weigh out the negatives.
It’s Impossible To Build A PC
Seems like everyone I talk to about building a computer they seem to think I’m a genius, building a computer is like putting Lego together and that’s no understatement. The way I learnt how to build a PC was watching some YouTube videos and I soon became confident and couldn’t wait for my parts to arrive and get stuck in. You know those guys who have an attachment to their cars? They have built, maintained and even named it! Well you will want to do the same and your PC will become a passion.
PC Parts And What They Do (NOT TECHNICAL AND SIMPLY DESCRIBED)
Motherboard– where components such as your graphics card, processor, RAM, fan are inserted. This allows the components to work witch each other.
Processor (CPU)– The brains of the computer, handles mathematical algorithms and in video games will be a huge key to how well games run.
Processor Fan– cools your processor and helps processor to run optimally at all times and can increase the longevity of the processor.
RAM– this stands for random access memory, it will allow your computer to get access to data in an instant.
Graphics Card (GPU)– the juicy part of your gaming PC, it will be the main factor in determining how well your games run. Renders the picture on screen.
Internal Storage– there are 2 main types of internal storage it’s either a standard HDD drive (hard disk drive) or an SSD (solid state drive). What you need to know is that the HDD is standard and inexpensive. The SSD is 7x faster and will cost a lot more.
Optical Drive– this is simply your DVD/Blue ray disk drive. You can do the standard things like save data such as movies and documents also how you can install your operating system. It’s 2017 and you don’t really need an optical drive, you can watch movies easily online, save documents on a USB stick and install your operating system via USB and the USB is much faster.
Power Supply (PSU)– pretty much what it says on the box, it will power up everything. (Make sure to get a good brand it’s giving life to your PC and you don’t want to get some crappy supply or else you will be sorry)
Case– This will house all your components
What I have mentioned above are all the components you will need for your PC to actually function accept from the optical drive that’s optional.
Building A PC VS Pre-Built
Why Build A PC
Cheaper– you cut out the person who spends the time building the computer, shipping costs and packaging since the computer will be heavy and heavily protected and shipping a weighty product is expensive. By cutting these few things out you can easily save hundreds and use that money to spend on better components.
Easy To Upgrade And Maintain– By building your computer you would’ve learnt everything that goes into it and if a component fails you know how to comfortably switch it out for another one. Or your planning to make an upgrade you don’t have to research it because you did it in the past and there’s no need to send it back to the manufacturer for them to upgrade it for you. You will save not only money but time.
You Will Be More Passionate– Kinda feels like you built your own car you become proud of what you have built and because your blood, sweat and tears (not literal) went into it you will have a better connection. This may seem kinda weird but trust me it’s true, just ask someone who has done it.
Why Buy A Pre-Built PC
No Problems– you don’t have to care about research or worry if the computer will boot up for the first time. Professionals have built your computer and you don’t have to look up a single thing. (This will be a negative when something fails or you want an upgrade)
Will Look Better– lets face it the first pancake we make is never as good as the other, well… at least in my case (no pun intended). First time builders will generally have pretty terrible cable management and it will probably look messy. But a pre-built computer will look a-lot tidier and just cleaner.
Games Every PC Gamer Should Have
Counter Strike Global Offensive
The daddy of first person shooter having the biggest e-sports events in the world. A twitch shooter that will teach you the giant difference in skill between PC and console and how good you can really get at a game.
League Of Legends
The most played game on the planet with millions up-on millions of active players. I have sunk so many hours into this game because it’s so amazing and addicting. This is my most played game of all time.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
A huge open world game and when adding mods into the game it’s a whole different experience. I can’t play Skrim without mods whether it be graphical or gameplay mods, I haven’t come close to completing this game because I’m distracted by the mods. Have I said mods enough times?
Left 4 Dead 2
This will show you how important team work really is, you can not survive without being with your team and trust me I’ve tried. The experience is totally different from the consoles like when I made the zombies turn into brain eating Teletubbies thanks to mods.
A massive online multiplayer, juggernaut in the gaming industry. Traverse the huge maps whiles getting stuck in the dirt, riding horses and dog fighting. Playing on the PC and looking at everything “Wow… they’ve created a master piece.” Sharp and gorgeous is what the Battlefield series are.
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
Story rich and insanely gorgeous is the definition of Witcher 3, this is one of the greatest games I’ve ever played, so big and so much to do, beautiful mods and it’s so much better than the console version.
Grand Theft Auto V
This is just a blast on the PC with mods and so many of them, when the PC port came it had much greater visuals and ran so smooth on the systems. Sit back, plug in your controller and have a blast on the PC version.
An amazing strategy game, in-fact the Civilization series are my favourite strategy franchise and playing it on the PC is the only way to go. I couldn’t imagine this on the consoles because of the controls.
So we’ve talked about graphics on this list and we can’t talk about graphics without mentioning Crysis. When the first Crysis game came out it took the most powerful PCs down to their knees and still to this day it brings down the newest of systems.
Team Fortress 2
A great example of the skill gap between console and PC player, although it’s not as hardcore as Counter Strike Global Offensive it is definitely up there. The console version of this game sucks because of the controls. Its fun, free, cartoony and doesn’t take its-self seriously kind of game.
Turn Off Mouse Acceleration
Turning this off will give you raw mouse input and improve your accuracy 10,000% and I’m not kidding, it will make a huge difference.
To do this go to:
- Control panel
- Hardware and sound
- Devices and printers
- Right-click “USB OPTICAL MOUSE”
- Mouse settings
- Uncheck “Enhance pointer precision”
Stop Changing Your Set-up
If you keep changing your settings like mouse sensitivity then your going to have to keep adjusting the way you play. Try to play a few games on a sensitivity and decide whether or not it’s for you and then change and keep changing until you find a set-up which your comfortable with and you will do well.
Practice makes perfect, your switching to a whole new platform and the controls are completely different. You have to keep trying to make yourself better and trust me within 2 weeks you will be so much better than you were on a console.
Friends will make a huge difference and if you have friends who already play on PC then you can ask them for advice, Skype them and have fun! When I switched to PC all my friends were on console and I decided to get into chat with the other people on the game I was playing. Don’t be afraid to talk remember the PC community is a-lot more mature. If you make a forum post on steam that “you want people to play with” then most likely you will get positive replies.
Try To Control The Recoil
When I would play a first person shooter I always forgot to control the recoil, but when I decided to move the mouse and stop the recoil, my shots were a lot more accurate. This is an awesome tip for you gamers who are into first person shooters.
STOP RAGE QUITTING!
When you make the switch your going to want to punch your monitor, but don’t do that. Instead if you feel like quitting a game just keep going and you will get better at the whole switch. Instead think of how you can improve and over time you will become a pro at it.
What Parts You Should Get And How Much You Should Spend
So you’ve read this far and I’m guessing you want to make the switch to PC? Well if that’s the case then you have a-lot of research ahead of you, but don’t worry I will do it for you!
Me being amazing at this kind of thing I will pick out the correct parts for you and make sure you get the best value for money. And don’t worry I will keep updating for the future, if there is a component I think is better and at your price range.
How much should I spend? $$$
I would strongly recommend you building a PC with around a $600 US budget or around £500 if your in the UK. The US people are lucky because computer components there are cheaper. This is the sweet spot price point and where you will get the best value for your money, play games the way developers intended at ULTRA settings and won’t have to worry about upgrading in the coming few years.
How To Build A Gaming PC
I will leave some video down below and these videos I have personally watched and helped me build my first PC.
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