First Time Buying A Gaming PC?
Console or Mobile gamer? Then you might have thought to yourself should i buy a gaming PC?
I originally started out on console however am now on my third gaming PC and over the years I’ve had them, there has been some awesome game time with friends and alone in singleplayer. I still thoroughly enjoy gaming on my desktop however as I become older, busier with life there is not always time.
Rarely using it for gaming now as its more of a work machine however I wanted to share some things I learned in my journey in hopes it will help somebody in theirs.
Consider These Things First!
- Do you enjoy your current platform?
- Are all the games you want on your current platform?
- Are your friends on your current platform?
- Do you enjoy singleplayer or online games?
- Do you like to use mods or create your own?
Answering the first 3 questions above will majorly help you decide whether or not you should put your current platform aside and spend the money on a gaming PC.
If you like online games and your friends are on your current system then I would no doubt just stay where you are or you could end up spending a nice sum of money to having quite a lonely experience of course unless you like singleplayer or playing with random people who rarely talk and when they do it is normally abusive (In my experience with most FPS games online on PC).
On the other hand if none of the above bothers you and you simply just want to enjoy the vast variety of games, mods PC has to offer then I have some things you should definitely check out before and after you buy your machine.
Buying/Building Your First PC
There are a few ways you can go about getting your first desktop, you can either buy one that comes with an operating system (Windows, Linux, Mac) or you can build one yourself and then install the operating system your self, however, this can be cheaper but without the right know-how it could end up being a time-costly process and an even more costly process if you break something while trying to build your new machine.
So if you don’t feel confident in building it yourself maybe just find one that is pre-built or can be built by a company who specialise in that.
- http://www.pc-specs.com/ (Brilliant website for compatibility checks and price comparison)
- Toms Hardware (A quality forum for advice on almost anything PC related) (helped me many times!)
- Tech Advisor “PC Reviews” (Great website to check up on reviews and stats from real people who are using the hardware)
Above are some site which could easily help you build from scratch however if you do want a gaming PC to ask yourself another question, what games do you want to play on there?
Some games can be CPU (Central Processing Unit) or GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) heavy which means these will need a more powerful, more efficient CPU or GPU to get the full experience from the games and generally, they are titles such as “Sid Miers Civilization” “Arma” “Grand Theft Auto” “Cities: Skyline” games that process hundreds, thousands of actions at a time and have large maps with multiple A.I which can sometimes have a massive impact on either your CPU or GPU.
If your not careful this can cause something called “Bottlenecking” so it is vital to make sure all your builds components are compatible and work well together which you can check by using the above or using this website; https://pc-builds.com/calculator/
You can find a variety of builds on Amazon, eBay or specialist websites which will come pre-built with an operating system. You can find many pre-built systems around the $400–600 mark which will play games like grand theft auto, Warzone, Fornite and more so do not think you have to spend thousands to simply be able to play games as your console does and more.
Going back to installing your own operating system can be tricky however somebody with a willingness to learn could quite easily learn how to do this so I wanted to share a couple of videos that will help you.
With all these links and a little bit of insight you can now at least make a start of what you want from your PC gaming experience,
My Current Build
Case: CiT F3
Operating System: Windows 10 (Thinking about a Linux setup)
MotherBoard: PRIME Z270-P
Watercooler: Corsair 120
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7–7700K CPU @ 4.20GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
RAM: Corsair Vengence 16GB 2133hz DDR4
Keyboard: Corsair K63 Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: MSI Interceptor DS200 Gaming Mouse
Monitor: Samsung S24F350 24" PLS LED Monitor — Full HD 1920 x 1080, HDMI, VGA
Headset: Razer Kraken X 7.1
My Most Played Games
- ARMA 3
- Crusader Kings 2
- Mount and Blade franchise
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Prison Architect
I have had many awesome moments playing all these games above and more on my PC however two games, in particular, I have racked up hundreds of hours on is ARMA 3 and Crusader Kings 2. Playing online with a few mates in a squad on ARMA or the singleplayer challenge of CK2 conquering the UK. I am personally a huge fan of strategy, simulation games this is one of the reasons i love ARMA so much even though it can take a long time to learn it is so worth it when you are working with your squad, completing objects making sure your teammates stay alive as you progress through hostile territory.