For those new to the game, the first question is where to play. At a desk on a PC, comfortably from the couch with a controller in hand or wherever you want with a smartphone?
You probably already have a computer, but it might not be suitable for gaming without upgrading.
âConsoles cannot be upgraded, but they are cheaper,â says Alexander Koepf of GameStar magazine. “And the consoles are more accessible. You turn them on and click games – it’s relatively intuitive.”
âBut if at some point smartphone or even console gaming becomes too much of a burden for you, then it makes sense to invest in a better PC or upgrade the hardware you have,â says Koepf.
It is also worth it if you want to play online with friends or enjoy bigger titles like “League of Legends” or “World of Warcraft”. After all, PC games don’t work well without powerful processors and graphics cards.
The advantage of using a PC for gaming is that for the extra money you also get more power and better graphics. Overall, says Koepf, a PC is more flexible than a console – and there are more games available for that, too.
Try it first
If you already have a PC, it’s best to just try out whatever you want to play. Can the games be installed? Are the loading times acceptable? Are the games working properly?
If not, you can try using a lower resolution which is sometimes useful. If not, it’s time to consider an upgrade.
The prices of processors and especially graphics cards are currently very high, so if you buy these components individually, you may end up paying more than for an entire computer.
For this reason, Koepf advises buying a powerful computer that is also suitable for gaming. You should expect to spend at least $ 1,000 (RM4,160). Fortunately, if you already have a keyboard, monitor, and mouse, you don’t necessarily need to buy new ones.
When it comes to the components of your new gaming computer, the processor is key.
Koepf advises getting an Intel Core i processor with a four or five digit model number starting with the number 8, 9, 10 or 11, for example the Core i3 8300.
An AMD Ryzen processor with model numbers starting with 2, 3, 4, or 5 like the Ryzen 3 2200G would also work.
If you want to play games, you need a processor with at least four 4 cores. If you want to stand the test of time, you should choose a six-core or eight-core model.
For games like “Counter Strike” or “League of Legends” with their relatively simple graphics, the graphics units built into the processors are usually sufficient, according to Koepf.
However, more graphically demanding games such as “Cyberpunk 2077” or “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” will require an additional graphics card.
Here you have the choice between manufacturers NVIDIA and AMD. If you want to play in Full HD resolution with the best versions of 2022, Koepf recommends at least NVIDIA’s RTX 2060, or even something higher. At AMD, choose the Radeon RX 5600 XT or better.
Of course, for the graphics to work properly, you also need a computer with enough RAM. Fortunately, most of today’s computers have had enough. Eight GB is fine, but 16 GB is better.
Finally, an SSD hard drive is preferable to the old-fashioned spinning variety. – dpa