Before I started here at WePC, my PC gaming was limited to Civ 5 and spent endless hours destroying my Sims’ lives. And when I had enough time to install it, I spent some time improving my characters in WoW. This was mainly due to the circumstances. I was playing on an old laptop, so I had no way to enjoy one of the bigger game titles, or I risked the whole thing overworking and blowing my face. It quickly became clear that I needed a guide for beginners to play PC.
The great team here took me under their wing, showed me how to build a gaming PC, and laughed at my terrible first attempt to play CS: GO. With access to all the wonderful setups in the WePC office and our extensive Steam library, I have slowly developed into a PC gaming converter. That doesn’t mean that my PS4 and Nintendo Switch aren’t really used yet, but I’ve started to see how the grass on the PC gaming site can actually be greener.
So this is my guide for others like me. Those who grew up with consoles but want to take their first tentative steps into the world of PC gaming. A guide for beginners to play PC, a guide for console lovers to switch, and a general guide for those who don’t know where to start.
Your first gaming PC
First things first: You have to get a real gaming PC. This can be as easy as getting the latest console, as there are a number of great pre-built gaming PCs out there. However, if you are prefabricated, you end up paying more than building it yourself.
Trust me, I know the idea of building a gaming PC from scratch is absolutely scary, but I promise it’s a lot easier than you might think. There are some great tutorials that show you step by step how to do it (can I recommend ours below?), But it’s always best to have someone on hand who knows what they’re doing. If you’re a big player, you probably have at least one friend who is bothering you about how much better PC games are than console games. Grab these and let them help.
As much as you want to build the best system in the world, you’ll likely want to watch some mid-range if you want to enjoy great games without breaking the bank. Check out our $ 600 and $ 700 PC builds that we update daily as great options for your first PC.
However, don’t forget that you also need a solid collection of peripherals to match your tower. So add at least a little more money to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse in this budget (though it is definitely recommended to opt for a gaming chair and headset). All in all, for less than $ 1,000, you can have the perfect gaming setup ready that can easily last you a few years. And it’s much easier to update your PC than your console when the time comes!
First PC peripheral devices
Winner: A little bit of both
While the PC will be more powerful, customizable, and upgradeable, not everyone has the skills or the money to build their own.
PC Graphics Vs. Console graphics: which is better?
When it comes to graphics and hardware performance, PCs almost always offer more punch than consoles. The hardware in a gaming PC can far surpass its console counterparts, especially when it comes to overclocking.
If you don’t know what overclocking is or how to do it, we have some guides to help you:
However, the short version is: Overclocking allows you to push your components beyond their usual performance. Not all components can do this, but if you invest in one, you can improve your PC’s capabilities and enjoy even better games.
Undoubtedly, you have to choose a gaming PC if you prefer better gaming graphics.
Your favorite games and the games you missed
As long as the release of platform-exclusive titles is fashionable, someone will always miss it. With well over 30,000 games on offer (without DLC or software), it is difficult to argue with the game’s monolith, Steam. From the latest AAA titles to indie titles under the radar, there is definitely something for everyone. You don’t even have to give up your favorite console titles anyway, most of them. Big games like Death Stranding, Cyberpunk 2077 and Halo 3 (finally) are also available for PC gamers.
It’s also much more likely that you’ll find great gaming deals on Steam than in Xbox or Playstation stores. So you get all of these great titles for a lot less.
Winner: PC (mostly)
Cheaper games, a bigger library – it’s easy to see why the PC would win. However, if you miss these exclusive console titles like The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, and even Animal Crossing, consoles get a half point here.
Controller or no controller (that’s not a question …)
As a console player, the idea of playing games with a keyboard and mouse was initially daunting. I was an experienced controller user. How should I do something that is worthwhile without one? While many members of the PC Masters race will love to explain how superior keyboard and mouse are to you, you don’t have to make the switch.
There are a number of controllers that you can use with PC games (and only your existing PS4 controller if desired). And depending on what game you’re playing, controllers can still be easier to use than traditional keyboard and mouse setups (sorry, not sorry).
With everything else, the PC is better than consoles. If it can use a controller or keyboard and mouse, the gaming PC hits the consoles again.
With three and a half out of four wins, it can be said with certainty that PC games manage to beat consoles in most categories. And believe me, as a console lover, this phrase was hard to type. But you have to hand it over to the PC master race – you know your way around. While I’m not going to throw my consoles on the scrap heap so quickly, I admit that my PS4 has been banned to Netflix tasks while I boot up the PC for these nighttime gaming sessions.
WePC, what did you do to me?