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A beginners guide for those switching from console to PC gaming

PC gaming is great, but just like anything new in life, you will need to give it some time before you get accustomed to it.

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The PC gaming industry has been on the rise with massive tournaments. Even console-exclusive games are jumping ship and coming to PC, so what’s stopping you from switching to PC from console?

Oh, I get it; you have the last remorse just like I had four years back when I transitioned to PC from PS4.

But, don’t worry; I will tell you all you need to know about transitioning to PC gaming so you can put a firm foot forward. 

PC gaming can seem very intimidating but trust me – it is not. Playing games on a PC is just as easy as on a console. Don’t believe me? Well, the in-depth guide I will present to you will. 

So, without further ado, let’s get started. 

What is the learning curve of a PC?

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I know you are being hesitant because the PC does not get a particularly great user-friendly reputation. However, I won’t sugarcoat that the PC’s learning curve is steeper than a console’s.

However, that does not mean you cannot get accustomed to how PC gaming works. 

It will require extra time; ideally, we are looking at a month if you are a complete newbie. The second thing that scares most console gamers is using a mouse and keyboard. 

Using the mouse and keyboard for gaming seems dreadful. However, I wouldn’t call you out on that because I had the same anxiousness about using the mouse and keyboard when I ordered my first gaming PC under $1000.

Yep, I only had $1000 at that time. So, look at me, you also don’t need to splurge a crazy amount of money on a gaming PC.

My movement was finicky, and my aim – well, even if I would call it that, was horrible. However, I got used to how the mouse and keyboard felt after a while. 

So, there is nothing to worry about. Keep your head up, be patient, and everything will come to you naturally. 

Why do you need to switch to PC gaming?

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I will save you the boring talk; these reasons will convince you to switch to PC gaming. 

An endless library of cheap games

PC having an endless game library – sounds strange, right? PC has a vast collection of Indie games. From the cute retro platformers like Harvest Moon to competitive FPS games like Valorant. You will get a richer library on PC.

The games on PC are also very diverse – unlike consoles, PC is not a one-trick pony offering mainly AAA games.

There are also sales going on all the time. Don’t get me started on the mods. Mods can totally alter a game and provide a new gameplay experience. Want Henry Cavil in Witcher 3? Well, you can do that with mods.

User upgradeability and repairability 

A PC doesn’t bound you to specific hardware. You can always upgrade if you desire; therefore, a PC is the cheaper option in the long run. Want 32GB RAM instead of 16GB? Well, buy the additional RAM and slap it on – it’s that simple. 

A PC is modular, making it easier to repair than a console. For example, suddenly your motherboard dies, well you can get a new one right away, but with a console, you will need to buy the whole console if you are out of warranty.  

No online fees

Do people even pay to go online? When using consoles, I was stuck paying $50 a year, which has now been raised to $60 for PS plus. On PC, I don’t pay a dime to enjoy online gaming with my friends. 

Important PC components you need to know 

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You have decided to buy a gaming PC, but unlike a console, you need to decide on the different PC components yourself. So, which should you go with – well, what am I here for? 

Remember, I am giving you a baseline of the specs; you can alter them according to your liking. 

  • CPU: The CPU is the computer’s brain; therefore, if you want a powerful PC, get at least a 6-core 12-thread processor.
  • GPU: GPU is the PC component that renders graphics for gaming. Ensure you are buying a GPU powerful enough to play your favorite games.
  • RAM: RAM is the temporary storage of the PC. 16GB RAM is the bare minimum you need in your gaming PC. 
  • Storage: A storage drive is where you permanently store all your games and other files. Get at least 1TB storage – No HDD, only SSD.
  • Motherboard: A motherboard is the foundation of your PC, so get a decent quality motherboard with all the ports you need.
  • Cooling: Heat is the kryptonite of a gaming PC. Therefore, you need an AIO liquid cooler and 3-4 case fans.
  • Case: Any good-looking case that can hold all the other PC components will do. 
  • PSU: PSU supplies power to all other PC components. A 450W 80+ power supply should be the bare minimum. If you are getting high-end hardware, step it up to 750W. 

Some helpful tips to make your transition to PC gaming a breeze

These tips came in clutch for me, so to ease your transition period, I want to give you the following tips:

  • Turn on Game Mode: Game mode is the ideal setting you must enable if you want to enjoy a good gaming experience. 
  • Turn off Mouse Acceleration: By default, mouse acceleration is enabled in Windows, which adds unnatural movement to your mouse. So, disable it as soon as possible. 
  • Select High Refresh Rate: If you have a high refresh rate monitor, most of the time, the high refresh rate is not selected by Windows. Hence needing to be manually selected, which you should do next. 
  • Disable Automatic Windows Updates: By default, Windows tries to update itself automatically, which can screw you over if you are in the middle of a game or an important task. So, disable automatic Windows updates

Conclusion

You shouldn’t have trouble switching from a console to a PC. Remember, PC gaming is great, but just like anything new in life, you will need to give it some time before you get accustomed to it, so be ready to do that.  

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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