What is it about PC gamers that separate them from their console game-playing brethren?
Well, it starts with the accessories they buy to enhance their game-playing experience. Serious PC gamers upgrade or even build their own computers using the best hardware and enhancements like dedicated graphics cards, and insane amounts of memory to handle high performance onscreen graphics.
PCs at Warp Speed
The average PC or laptop you purchase from your local big box electronics store is usually designed for the average consumer, but serious PC gamers require more out of their PCs, so serious upgrading is usually in order. Investing in a high end graphics card to better render the environments that PC gamers find themselves playing in is an essential upgrade.
There are two different cards that should be considered, with the first being the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition card. It boasts a faster clock rate of a blazing 1,050MHz, due to AMD implementing a boost to help increase the clock speed of this card, as PC Mag explains. AMD has also increased the card’s memory speed, going from 1,350MHz in its previous edition to 1,500MHz, which boosts this card’s memory to a 6Gbps data rate over a 384-bit memory bus.
The other card that only a serious gamer would even consider due to its price tag is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780. The Nvidia GeForce has better texture mapping capabilities with a 50% increase in dedicated units for this purpose alone. It also has better rate of texture mapping, which has been increased by 50% from its previous edition. This year’s model of course also has a faster clock rate coming in at 1,058MHz, which is 15% faster than last year’s 680 model.
Let’s just go for the throat on this point and say that going with 8GB of memory is what you should be thinking about to compliment that new graphics card, as Maximum PC suggests. However, you could get away with using 4GB, but in this case, it really is true that more is better.
Backing Up Your Files
One of the worst things that could happen to you is an unexpected system crash. You try and reboot, but you get a strange error message, your OS doesn’t boot again, and now you’re just sucking wind.
Backing up all of your PC files using a cloud-based backup service like Mozy is the best way to protect your important PC files in the cloud. A reliable backup will help you free up some memory, and your files will be safe and easy to recover.
Comfortably Numb Seating
The location of your PC game play is going to be a deciding factor when it comes to the various options for computer chairs to purchase. You’re going to want a chair that’s not only durable and comfortably supportive of your back, but it should contain material that allows it to “breathe”. These requirements rule out those comfortable leather office chairs that you were thinking about in favor of a mesh chair.
Bells and Whistles
This is where the real fun factor comes into play. Enhancing the gaming experience for a serious PC gamer means multiple control options. Sure you’ll want to use a mouse to add that familiar feel that you’re already accustomed to, but why not a real game controller to further enhance your game playing experience?
This is where you can match a controller to the type of games you play. If you’re into flight Sims, then you need something along the lines of the Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X Flight Stick, or maybe a CH Products Eclipse Yoke.