Most, if not all, of the players have experienced the painful need to upgrade even after spending hundreds of dollars on their system. Regardless of whether it is low FPS values or a compromise in graphic settings to shorten your playing time, at some point we are fed up and buy a new CPU, GPU or increase the RAM or memory.
Upgrading our bank accounts is usually less intensive, but of course it depends on how old your system was. I thought it could be very interesting to check in the WePC office and find out if one of my esteemed colleagues encountered this problem and which game was the cause in particular!
Shaun Conroy: Squad
I’ve always been interested in my competitive FPS titles, never needed a lot of graphics performance, and always preferred the lowest settings to get the highest frame rate and as little head start as possible. As I got older, my Steam library grew and I soon realized that my old toaster-like computer needed an upgrade, more like several.
A few friends took me into the roster, and while the game was pretty decent fun, the horrific performance of my Ivy Bridge i5-3470, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, and the powerful 1 GB GTX 1050 Ti GPU meant that even at a low level Struggle. Although most of the games that I still play require as much computing power as a laptop, I opted for an i5-8600 CPU and got a used GTX 1080 Ti that basically gives my new rig the power to play everything what will appear in the near future.
The new system copes with most titles in settings that are at maximum capacity. The only compromises are now being made to increase the frame rate or if I ever switch to a 1440p monitor. My current PC is a breath of fresh air and I can’t believe I’ve pretty much just dealt with it all these years.
Chris Murray: Crysis
But can Crysis do it? A meme that I think most players now know, but an actual dilemma that I faced when the game was released. Crysis was an incredible game, I mean, the graphics, the mechanics, the physics, just a stunning game, and I had to have it.
To start the game, I used 1024 × 768 (not even the same aspect ratio), even though I had a 1280 × 1024 display. I’ve tweaked many Cvars and followed instructions to get good graphics with little impact on performance. Despite the fact that I barely reached 20 FPS with low settings, I still wanted the graphical fidelity that the game could come up with. All this while running the game on a Sapphire ATI Radeon 1650XT GPU, a card that I was happy with before Crysis came along.
The switch to the Nvidia 8800GT was day and night. Now I was able to set the resolution to the full resolution of my 1280 × 1024 monitor and make many settings. All this at well over 30 fps. I think it hovered at 40 FPS most of the time, but I never used frame capping tools like I would now to fix it to a solid 30.
Paul McNally: Elite dangerous
I’m not going to lie, I’ve always enjoyed every game I can romp around in space with. When I saw Elite Dangerous with its VR compatibility, it felt like Christmas. I bought the game without hesitation, which was a bit painful down the line. At the time I had the Oculus Rift and the game was practically unplayable (no pun intended). The text was really blurry and the only way to clean it up was to overscan it in the graphics options, and doing this with the existing card only made it stutter.
At the time, I ran the game from my Nvidia GTX 770 and tried to upgrade to a GTX 970, provided it would give me the performance improvement that I needed badly. Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed with the GTX 970, it was just not good enough, so I switched to a GTX 1070 almost immediately.
I was finally able to sit back and relax in my virtual cockpit to achieve the increased scaling for my Oculus. However, I didn’t stop here, but added a HOTAS joystick to the mix, along with some bass shakers built specifically into the chairs, and I know what you think, but luckily I was already married at that point.
Lewie Procter: Half-life 2
Anyone lucky enough to have a gaming PC in the mid-1990s knew Half-Life 2 was a huge title to be released. I was really looking forward to this game, probably more than anything before (and for some time after that too).
As mentioned before, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this game and I wanted to make sure it ran smoothly and looked as good as possible when it finally came out. At the time, I had an Nvidia 3 Ti 200 GPU and knew it wasn’t suitable for HL2. At that time there was cross promotion for the new ATI Radeon 9800XT and it seemed like the perfect option.
Unfortunately the game was delayed and came out later, so I had my download key ready for months. While it wasn’t the end of the world, I enjoyed playing older games with higher settings prior to the release of Half-Life 2, but I still mostly expected HL2. When it finally came out, I downloaded it on my 56k internet for several days, but the game didn’t disappoint.
Talha Qureshi: League of Legends
I started playing on an old Apple Macbook. I switched to a normal old office PC, more specifically a Dell Optiplex 790, and although it was a little better for gaming, I experienced sluggish gameplay, low FPS, and terrible graphics.
I was used to the fact that everything from work to game was generally slow, but when I made League of Legends glow, I was more and more fed up with setting everything to the lowest possible graphical settings. When I turned away from the Quad-Core i5-2400 and its integrated graphics, I got an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU and an RTX 2060 graphics card.
Playing on my PC is an absolute joy now and I’ve loved every minute since the upgrade. It is worth every penny since I use it almost every day. Now I have the opportunity to use my PC for other purposes, like playing games that I never thought I would play on my old computer, and most of all, my gameplay in League has improved a lot.
Mike Tomlinson: Cyberpunk 2077
My current system has brought me a lot of entertainment value since it was built, and the specifications have always covered me lately. With an i5-6600K, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and a GTX 1070 GPU, I never really had trouble getting a decent performance with most games.
I could have upgraded RDR2, but I rolled the punches and still enjoyed that title, but when the system requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 were released, I decided to save and make sure I had a cracking system, when this game finally comes out. Not only did I upgrade Cyberpunk 2077, it was the back kick I needed to finally bite the bullet.
When I upgraded, I chose AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700 and combined it with an RTX 2080 Super, which pretty much gives me the performance I need for a few years. While I’m waiting for Cyberpunk 2077 to be released, I can only enjoy every title I currently own with maximum graphics.