The PC remains the best platform for gaming, whether it be for esports, graphics fidelity, and even massive multiplayer experiences. There are hundreds of thousands of titles available and digital distribution services like Steam and GOG make it easier than ever to build a game collection without leaving the house. We’ll run you through how to set up and configure your PC, get started with said digital stores and get the most out of Windows 10 for all things games.
Before you begin with gaming on a PC, you first need to buy or build one capable of running whatever you wish to play. Unlike consoles, games released for PC have different requirements, some are more demanding than others. Depending on what kind of power the PC you’ll be using packs, you’ll need to adjust graphics settings accordingly, which allows you to reduce the look of a game slightly to improve performance. It’s a delicate balancing act but offers more control than a console.
There are many pre-built options out there but building your own can cut some costs but you’ll need to troubleshoot everything yourself. Generally speaking, you’ll want to aim for at least an Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor and Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU. This will allow you to enjoy even more demanding titles at 1440p resolution and a comfortable 60 frames-per-second at the very least.
Build a capable gaming PC for less than $800
And unlike a console where a TV and living room are usually an ideal combination, for PC gaming it’s all about the gaming den and smaller monitor. 25-inch panels are generally considered the sweet spot, especially when you consider 1440p. 4K isn’t quite ready, regardless of what console makers and others would lead you to believe. Even a pricier GTX 1080 struggles to push content at that resolution — give it a few more years.