It’s finally possible again to buy a PC video card without getting price gouged. With the crypto-mining craze starting to stabilize and the arrival of efficient ASIC miners replacing much of the demand for GPUs, alongside the imminent launch of Nvidia’s 20 series, graphics cards can again be found at around (or even below) MSRP, particularly if you’re lucky enough to find them in stock at physical retailers. If you were put off by the massive spike in prices around the beginning of the year, or are just getting the itch to upgrade, it’s finally starting to again resemble something of a buyer’s market for GPUs. A proper graphics card will always be the anchor of any gaming PC build (check out our build guide if you’re looking to assemble a machine from scratch). It’s the beating heart that is primarily responsible for rendering the increasingly mind-blowing, photorealistic graphics of the modern triple-A video game behemoths and is the key … [Read more...] about How to buy a PC graphics card that suits your lifestyle and your wallet
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Why build a budget gaming PC? Well, there comes a time in every gamer's life where they consider building a PC, even if money often doesn't allow for the creation of a dream machine. Some of the best games out there are still locked to the PC platform, and if you’re looking for graphical fidelity, it's impossible to beat the horsepower and customizable nature of a desktop computer.However, the reason why consoles are still immensely popular is that building a PC is not easy. Each individual part doesn’t come with any instructions, and before you attempt the tricky assembly you will have to navigate the browser-based minefield of picking your parts, of which there are many. With the never-ending stream of technology, these parts become obsolete quickly and new generations of hardware arrive on a yearly basis. This means that you have to consider how future-proof your machine will be as, unlike a console, your experience is not standardized with every title you play. … [Read more...] about How to build a budget gaming PC, and do it cheaper
Turtle Beach is a pretty big deal in the console space, but, like any good company, it’s not content with this market dominance alone. Turtle Beach is planning a new expansion – one that might mean you see a lot more of its distinct palm tree logo around these parts. The headset manufacturer is taking its larger-than-life reputation and audio expertise and diving into the PC gaming market with three new tailored PC headsets: the Elite Atlas, Atlas Three, and Atlas One. Turtle Beach is no stranger to PC audio, but its core demographic has always been console players. After 12 long years in the market, the audio peripheral company is finally ready to go up against the established PC peripheral companies. Turtle Beach is bringing everything it has learned from its time developing for generations of consoles, but is also prepared to change it all up for PC patrons. The Atlas lineup isn’t simply a console port – PC gamers everywhere shudder at the thought alone … [Read more...] about Turtle Beach is getting serious about PC gaming
AMD loves to provide PC users with a great $99 CPU, and with the Ryzen 3 2200G, it's delivered a genuine classic. Traditional wisdom suggests that when constructing a gaming PC, you need to purchase both CPU and GPU, but the Red Team's latest offering delivers an all-in-one package - a quad-core Ryzen CPU, paired with Radeon RX Vega graphics. You'll need to be realistic with quality settings and resolutions - you've got just over 1.1 teraflops of compute to play with - but this entry-level processor can indeed run most triple-A PC titles, and we had a lot of fun proving that. In addition to the keenly-priced 2200G, there's also an accompanying, more powerful, somewhat pricier Ryzen 5 2400G - and this brace of APUs are actually the first we can thoroughly recommend owing to their integration into AMD's all-encompassing AM4 platform. As good as they may have been for their time, previous generation APUs have required their own motherboards, limiting upgrade potential. However, if you … [Read more...] about Ryzen 3 2200G/ Ryzen 5 2400G review: triple-A gaming without a graphics card?
The royal boyband roadtrip adventure that is Final Fantasy XV is almost here. In just under two weeks, Square Enix’s ginormous JRPG will finally arrive on PC, a little over a year after it first came out on console. Yes, it gets a little bit bogged down by its wonky story beats, but to dismiss it because of that would be to ignore all the brilliant things it does right, like chronicling your journey with amazing photographs. It also helps that the PC version looks properly brilliant. Yes, you’ll need an Iron Giant-sized PC in order to run it, but more thoughts on that are coming separately soon. Here, I have a talk with the game’s technical director and lead programmer Takeshi Aramaki and game design and development manager Kenichi Shida (and their translator) about all things XV on PC. We cover just about everything but if you’re after hot mod chat that’s over here. There was also a surprise gatecrashing by the game’s director, Hajime … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition: all your PC port questions answered