PCs are definitely different from Consoles as the latter would require an ENTIRE hardware renovation (a.k.a buying a new one) once every few years. But we PC gamers are chill AF, that’s why we have the luxury to make easier upgrades when we feel like it’s about time.
However, knowing when to upgrade and what part should you upgrade first is a bit tricky – don’t worry, we’re here to help you out.
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So you want to kickstart a streaming career? Get the best streaming mic first or no one will understand you. Coming soon.
Sometimes you just wanna play with the best speakers on. Not a fan of it personally, but hey different strokes for different folks.
There’s a sense of pride when your building you’re your PC. It delivers a constant gaming platform that keeps you on the lookout for the newest of gaming titles.
PCs are definitely different from Consoles as the latter would require an ENTIRE hardware renovation once every few years. But we PC gamers are chill AF, that’s why we have the luxury to make easier upgrades when we feel like it’s about time.
However, knowing when to upgrade and what part should you upgrade first is a bit tricky – don’t worry, we’re here to help you out.
If you’re a beginner, and you have ZERO idea on how to get started with your new hobby, then it would be the best choice for you to take a look at the RAM. For newbies, this makes your process of learning faster and easier.
Just like with how there’s always a starting point with everything that you do, adding more memory to your PC is the basic of all basics. And at the same time, anyone can do it. This is known to be the most accessible PC upgrade.
Not to mention, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make this possible. So if you’re at the stage of just testing out the waters, and you feel like your PC isn’t doing a great job at supporting you, then upgrading your RAM is the answer.
The beauty of it is that it doesn’t have any complex instructions. As a matter of fact, you can even upgrade the RAM of almost any machine. Yes, even your old laptop it could be upgraded. No need to have years of experience to get this done correctly.
If in your life, you’ve never touched the inside of a case before, this is where the magic starts. It’s a convenient way of getting an instant boost in performance.
So if your PC is starting to run slow, and your resources are limiting you to do anything fancy, just crack this baby up. The tasks that it can handle is pretty limited, it can handle a bit of editing to gaming.
You can start with a 4GB RAM, but if you want to at least step it up a notch (even if by a little) then go for 8GB as the baseline.
Of course, we can NEVER ever forget about the need to get a spectacular graphics card to do the job. In any case, this is what we call a gamer’s first priority.
This should be at the top of your list if you have any plans on making your gaming career a long-term one. Or if you really want to excel in this trade.
However, if you don’t consider yourself as a serious gamer, then I wouldn’t go as far as upgrading your graphics card every here and there.
As a matter of fact, you probably don’t ever need to if you don’t have any future plans of becoming a 3D modeler, or 3D animator.
Now, if for the past few years you have purposely been skimping out on graphics – which I can totally understand, it saves you money like crazy – getting a dedicated graphics card would be an amazing experience. You know how manufacturers are promoting integrated graphics card on the market these days.
But if you think that it’s about time for you to switch up the pace, then getting a graphics card is certainly ideal. It’s like giving your PC steroids for a mega boost of in-game experience.
Ah, monitors – we can’t game without them. Except if somehow you come from the future, and monitors are no longer a thing because inventors have found a way to get our actual ass into the virtual reality world. But I’m guessing that the answer is no.
Monitors are a bit different from the others on the list, this thing is super essential. I mean, anyone can play a decent game without any fancy desk, headsets, and chairs. Monitors, on the other hand, is a different story.
Monitors aren’t only handy for gaming. If anything, it’s an all-around advantage for when you’re doing some projects on your PC or if you’re scoring boss raids like it’s nothing.
Upgrading your monitor to a 2K or a 4K resolution gives you a winning edge for your everyday grind as it allows MORE data to be displayed. More is always better in the world of gaming.
Let me paint you a picture as to why you need to step up your monitor game, monitors that have higher resolution maximizes your productivity in all aspects.
For instance, if you were to get a 27-inch 1440p screen, this will give at least seventy percent MORE space than the usual 1920 x 1080 model. Of course, it already has a significant amount of impact on sharpness and detail.
Next, we have the budget gaming headsets on our list…because what’s the point of being extremely skilled if you can’t hear any sweet sounds of success? Or anything for that matter.
If I’m not mistaken, there’s one sole reason why gamers are what they are today – they find the actual environment to be toxic. And if you don’t get yourself geared up, screams from your siblings and family members can distract you from gaming – trust me, I’ve been there.
Yes, real people can be annoying sometimes (most of the time) and indulge into a virtual environment is one way of getting rid of those “special” people.
Since we’re all about performance and upgrading our personal experiences with gaming, using an ordinary headphone that you can find in an old internet café from way back in the early 2000’s isn’t going to cut out for you.
While those headsets “work” it doesn’t let you live your virtual life as fulfilling as it should be, and you’re going to be in the game for a very long time. Because gamers have more than one life to spare.
With that being said, if you still own an old, ordinary headset from years ago, it would be best to leave it in the past.
Sure, you might have some solid memories with it when you were still using Yahoo Messenger (RIP) to communicate your friends, but it doesn’t hold any digital surround sound technology or any latest features for uninterrupted communication.
Remember – a lot of lives have been lost in-game because of choppy communication between players. And gaming headsets are extremely popular for its audio quality output.
You don’t need to constantly upgrade your gaming headset, and they don’t have to be expensive too. You can check out what I did with my budget headsets for gaming review.
You’ll be getting a more precise sound that will allow you to pinpoint your enemy’s location with its high standard of sound pitch and beat.
Finding yourself a brilliant gaming mouse would mean you don’t have to strain your fingers. What? E-Sport is a serious business, and it’s only natural you would want to the best gear in town.
But does upgrading your gaming mouse do you justice? Well, it mostly depends on what game you’re playing. If you’re into playing CS:GO or any one-shooter games, then you need to step it up a notch.
After hours of playing, you might have already noticed how your performance is slowly dying down as time goes by. That’s already predictable, you can’t expect for finger to be in top condition after mindlessly clicking for half a day.
It’s not as responsive as you would like it to be, and the aftermath isn’t pretty as well. Don’t get me wrong, I know how an awesome mouse can increase your chances of scoring points, but this will also give you an advantage for other things.
These guys have been added with extra inputs to emphasize on a comfortable gaming lifestyle. In other words, you’re able to do so much more with so little effort.
As a plus, you customize its streaks of lights to really get into the game. This completely outclasses your office-provided mouse. You see, a pro gaming mouse has approximately six more buttons, which makes your life waaaay easier.
It also comes along with a nifty shortcut tool like AutoHotKey. In this way, performing tasks that need two hands to accomplish can only be done with a single thumb…so you’ll have a free hand to do whatever you like *wink*
Yes bros, we need to upgrade our gaming chairs. If you think that using your mom’s office chair as a substitute for a badass DXRacer or AKRacing, then you really need to get your priorities straight.
Your survival rate for winning long, gaming marathons with a chair that can be bought almost for free in garage sales is close to zero.
Okay, okay…maybe it isn’t that bad, but for hardcore gamers who LITERALLY spend 16-20 hours every single, they know how important getting an ergonomically inclined gaming chair is.
Aesthetically speaking, gaming chairs make you look like you’re on your way to a successful gaming career. But don’t get me wrong, it was never about its aesthetics, it’s more on about your overall health.
Posture is one heavy aspect for every gamer. Unfortunately, most gamers don’t particularly have the best posture in the whole world – hey, I know that you’re practically at the edge of your seat when you’re in a tough situation. So yeah…we don’t really observe proper posture when we’re all hyped.
As the first on the list, changing up the pace with your chair means you’ll have a better blood flow to the legs. I’m sure you’ve been to the point where you can no longer feel your legs because you’ve murdered them with your horrible sitting posture.
You need to understand that our body isn’t designed for sitting, but gamers know how to make themselves an exception to the rule. So before doing any significant changes with your PC, use THE cheat code of your life, and go get yourself a gaming chair.
After you’ve got your gaming chair down, you’re eventually going to need a legit gaming desk that gives you more real estate.
It’s one of those things that should be a priority if you think your current desk looks like it has gone through a massacre with all the clutters on it. There’s no doubt about it, having more space is a beneficial asset for gamers.
If you’ve taken gaming a bit more serious than the rest of your peers, and you want to move forward with your career, staying organized will help you “put your head in the game” – what’s up, Wild Cats?
The best thing about upgrading your desk is how convenient it is to have the important stuff within your reach, and when I say important, I mean your headsets, cords, USBs, and of course, your not-so-healthy secret food stash….except if you’re one of those special snowflakes who eat bananas for gaming.
In any case, it doesn’t really matter if you gave a sick, double thirty-two inch with 4K matching monitor setup or if you sport a relatively cheap gaming rig setup, it’s always an added bonus to have a gaming desk that showcases it as it should be.
As a bonus, if you get one of those gaming desk and chair combos, your chances of increasing your posture is higher. Or you can take the time to set it up on your own for a more personalized feel.
A lot of gamers would argue the importance of investing in mechanical keyboards, and while they do have some valid points, upgrading your keyboard from to time is proven to essential.
Like any other enthusiast, I would mostly bet my money on getting a better graphics card than a keyboard (because a keyboard obviously doesn’t give more frames per second).
However, going for a far more superior keyboard would improve your in-game performance, and at the same time, it’ll make you stay in the game longer than an ordinary office keyboard.
And remember, it’s important to note that among all of your peripherals, this is what you mostly used. So yeah, upgrading your keyboard would also mean you’re doing your fingers a huge favor.
Gamers don’t often see modems as a gear that they should upgrade, but it depends on your situation. If you’re still sporting a typical router, then there’s nothing wrong with that.
The only problem with these types of modems is that they don’t have the capacity to identity which traffic is which. In other words, it doesn’t know its priorities (much like any other teenage kids.)
It’s got identity crisis for crying out loud. So if you have a troublesome roommate that isn’t afraid of using BitTorrent at its highest speed, then you have a problem right there.
What’s even worse is when there’s always a person in your house that tends to go crazy with their Dropbox activities, Netflix and chill moments, and video streaming.
The trouble here is it gives EQUAL priority to your roommate’s Korean drama marathon and your gaming sessions. Now, if that doesn’t tick you off. I surely don’t know what will.
We all know that you want your gaming to be a top priority than the rest of other internet activities. The good thing about gaming modems is that it has a nifty feature that allows your stuff to be given attention, it’s called intelligent QoS traffic-shaping feature.
Of course, QoS doesn’t stand alone when you’re talking about gaming routers in general. It’s important to note that as long as it has the support of QoS, it’ll be able to do the trick for you.
If you think that you’re not getting enough internet access speed, it’s about time you think about getting your own gaming modem for the show.
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