So the holidays are upon us and there have been many great games for PC released since August. Two of the most recent have been Fallout 4 and Star Wars: Battlefront. Since these PC games have been released into the wild, we have seen a marked increase in upgrade chatter. In the last week alone, we have had 3 or 4 gaming rigs arrive at our shop needing upgrades or complete new builds in order to run these games well.
For those of you thinking about purchasing either of these two games for the holidays, please take time first to see if your rig will run them. You can go over to www.CanYouRunIt.com and check your rig’s ability to run any game you put in the scan window. If you are looking into whether you should upgrade or start over with a new build, here is our advice: Look at the Recommended Requirements (not the basic requirements) for any new game you are wanting to play and build your system to those combined specs.
Fallout 4 is a CPU heavy game and Battlefront is a GPU heavy game. If you combine the specs for both, then you should have no problem running any of the other new games like Assassin’s Creed Syndicate or Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. If you are planning to upgrade your current rig make sure that your motherboard matches the processor and video card that you choose. Also make sure that you have a power supply that will be more than just adequate to support your new hardware.
The price of these upgrades or build will definitely sting but they should leave you with a quality rig that will support your gaming needs for a while.
Also, if you are thinking about overclocking instead of upgrading, just remember, the trade-off may not be worth the effort. Overclocking is not as easy as the videos and forums make it seem. If you end up with an unstable system (constant reboots at crucial times) you will be left with nothing but frustration. Overclocking also shortens the life of your components.
Take your time and don't rush into any decisions.