I've ordered a pc I built for gaming a few days ago, but I've never sat down on my own and really played anything pc. Anyone else make the change? How did you find it? What can I expect to be good/bad about the change?
One game I'm already looking forward to is guild wars 2. Any tips would be much appreciated!
If your just using it for gaming, you shouldn't be too intimidated by it, there only real difference between mac operating systems and PC ones is the background (file structures and control panel stuff) none-sense you have to sort through.
Is there anything in particular your worried about with the pc?
When I changed from PS2 to PC, I found it hard at first to play games simply because of going from a controller to a keyboard and mouse. However, looking back on it now, i'm so glad I made the jump. The first game I played on the PC was Counter Strike: Source, which was super hard for me at the time. Now I can't imagine playing an FPS on a console, unless its Halo. Also, what's great about PC is Steam. Steam just went through a massive summer sale and I was able to get some quality games dirt cheap! Generally with a PC I find that its a worthy investment since you can do almost anything with a PC. I work with a dual display set up, so I can use SFM while watching something on YouTube or listening to music on another display. Its truly great.
I dont think you will have anything to worry about specs wise!
The only thing that might be annoying is whether what the net connection is like in your area. Mine is terrible so i almost never play online, but if you didnt have trouble with anything like that on your console, your PC should be fine :)
Yeah a few friends of mine use the steam sales to get good shit, Can't argue with that! Sweet, well I get about 14mb through to my phones wifi, and I made sure I had a built in wifi component so fingers crossed its all good! Been looking into guild wars 2 and it looks awesome!
Good thing about making the transition to PC gaming is all of the free games you get out of the box. Might I suggest some games?
Warsow: Completely free (no item shop of shit like that). It's an arena shooter based on Quake, just with more bunny-hopping.
Tribes Ascend: Can't really categorize the sub-genre. It's an extremely fast paced (gotta go fast) class based team shooter built around going as fast as you can through "Skiing". Make sure you play CTF if you play Tribes Ascend, that's what the game is built around.
I've only ever been a PC gamer. Control interface wise; I'm a big guy so I need my space, so that nimble little controller for me just won't work. Keyboard and mouse keeps my arms and hands in a natural position. Now if you do feel yourself missing the PS or XBox controller, I'm sure there are some out there with the same layout that is PC compatible.
Specs wise, you look fine. I usually find it depends on how much game graphics evolve over the life of your PC that determines how long your current specs will last. For instance Crytek's CryEngine, mind you only Crysis is running it IIRC unlike say the Unreal engine so little worry there but if more developers adopted it back in the day and you weren't running bleeding edge tech then you would have been left behind with poor performance on any game running CryEngine graphics.
Its a mixed blessing though. Faster response time with greater accuracy which is great for FPS games. Problem is, you can sometimes overshoot your crosshair bypassing your target so your mouse sensitivity needs to be adjusted which isn't that big of a deal but if you're playing online FPS that runs friendly fire, trigger happy + fast response = quick boot for FF.
I remember when I moved from RTS to FPS on the PC, you will most definitely rage a lot at first but its an easy transition. Just be prepared to do some googling because it's always kind of a gamble installing new software and games and also, the PC FPS community aren't the nicest people on the internet towards new players, so it's best to go in guns blazing.
The only other thing I would suggest would be to buy a can of compressed air. Every month or so just go and clean the dust away from your motherboard, graphics and ram. This should help with air flow and keeping your pc cool. Anyway hope you have fun gaming.
The hardest change you'll find is using a keyboard and mouse over a controller. But honestly it's an easy change, you'll find cheap games, cool people, and a lot of freedom in games. Your specs seem perfectly fine, if you want a nice keyboard and mouse i suggest a Deathadder and blackwidow, they work very nicely and i have no problems with them.
Think it's been in industrial storage or something In reply to Daneh, #16:
I've looked at some of the razer gear and it's well out of my price range, the keyboard alone is over £100 I think, blew my budget on the pc itself, but when I get paid I'll definitely be upgrading to a higher dpi mouse and better keyboard, maybe one with macros.
I'm real thrifty, so I bought mine secondhand. My keyboard isn't the one with the lights, so it would be normally 60, but i bought both the mouse and keyboard for $45. Frequent craigslist, you'll never know what might come out.