Whether you’re looking for a new activity to immerse yourself in or would like to invest more of your time in online gaming, this year is the best time to do so. A report from Verizon found that there was a 75% increase in online gaming activity last year, primarily due to stay-at-home directives. This has caused gaming providers and developers to create new titles that will catch the eye of this growing number of players. They have also increased support for existing games.
But to fully enjoy the online gaming experience, you’re going to need the right PC components. Fortunately, you can upgrade the setup you already have. To that end, here are some things to consider:
There are two types of storage that you need to pay attention to if you want your PC to be capable of online gaming: the RAM and actual memory. The RAM is where your computer runs your games and other processes. Meanwhile, memory refers to the HDDs and SSDs that carry the files you stored on your computer. You need at least 8GB of RAM for an online gaming PC, though tech and gaming journalist Emma Witman recommends 16GB to 32GB for the best build.
For your PC’s storage, you can add HDDs and SSDs whenever you feel like you’re short on space. Just so you know — HDDs are much cheaper, but SSDs will launch your games faster.
Consider what games to play
Before you start buying gaming components, you first need to understand what kind of specs you need. This is so that you don’t overspend on resources you’re not going to use.
If you find your browser games lagging, for example, it’s a sign that you need to add more RAM. This is especially true for online games where you play with other people, like the online poker rooms at GGPoker. This is because you’re connected to a server, and that needs additional computing resources. Moreover, the games on Gala Spins use plugins to improve the graphics, which means that they need more RAM. Some of the flashier games like Rainbow Riches and Super Lion use extra resources too, so those have a higher chance of slowing down your PC if it’s not built well.
On the other hand, downloadable games with large online maps like Assassin’s Creed and GTA Online would benefit more from a GPU update because of the rendering power needed to load the graphics.
Pay attention to the model, not the brand
Regardless if it’s from MSI, ASUS, NVIDIA, or any other hardware brand, a GTX 1060 GPU will have similar specifications. As such, when choosing your components, it’s best to look at the part’s model rather than their brand. For example, NVIDIA is a gaming staple because of the company’s impressive PC gaming technology, such as the GeForce GPUs. However, if you’ll notice, there are other “GeForce” GPUs on the market, like ASUS’. This is because it’s the same NVIDIA GeForce design but one that’s manufactured by ASUS. Sure, ASUS may have replaced some parts (such as its cooling solution) but its performance is similar to NVIDIA’s. This is also true for SSDs and RAMs.
CPU brands actually matter though because each manufacturer — like Intel and AMD — builds their chips differently.
Upgrading your PC to one that can smoothly run online games is easy as long as you understand what components you need. Everything other than the CPU and GPU is “expandable,” meaning that if you feel that those components (e.g. RAM, storage, etc.) aren’t sufficient, you can simply add more.
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