There are a precious few things that I’m genuinely good at. I can make my son laugh, and I feel like I’m a good cook, but beyond that, I’m pretty average. I’m an okay gamer and I can usually ham-fist my way through writing code for work. However, something that tends to set me up for success with the plethora of other random things I try out, is that I’m meticulous and obsessive when I get my mind set on something.
PC gaming is one of those things, with a specific emphasis on PC specifications. I am by no means an expert in this area, but I know enough to be useful for advice at the very least. That’s part of the reason I got involved with Robeytech’s community as a… consultant (?) of sorts. Granted, it’s not like he hand-picked me out of a crowd. It was more of a thing of showing up to his Discord and offering advice to others frequently enough that people started asking me for advice on a regular basis. That short stint of being a useful human in Discord resulted in the post I wrote a while back (before the PC parts market went to hell in an e-tailer shopping cart) about various system integrators (SIs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
You might be asking yourself, “Why is this guy rambling on about this crap? What’s his game?”, and you’d be justified in asking that. The reason I wanted to write this is to introduce a series of posts I’m planning to publish over the next few [insert timeframe I won’t abide by here].
The topics I plan on covering will include ones like the following:
- Should you buy a pre-built PC, or build one yourself?
- How to find a graphics card for your build; pros and cons of each method
- When’s a good time to buy/build?
- Should you worry about “future-proofing”?
- What parts should you buy for what you want to do?
- Should you go with PC gaming, or a console?
Of course, that isn’t an exhaustive list, but it’s a start. I want to use this as an opportunity to explore topics as I think of them, and I also want to keep things open for others to ask for advice and make suggestions.
Anyways, there won’t be any answers to the questions above in this post, but at the very least you can rest assured that it’s not because I want to stretch it out just to get ad revenue (use adblockers all you want, because I don’t monetize anything anyway). It’s just that I want to be thorough, and it will take some time for me to meet the standards I have in mind.
Thank you in advance for joining me on this journey. If you’re experienced in this area, I’ll totally understand if you don’t agree with me on things, but I’d love to have discussions about it if you’re willing. Likewise, if you’re a PC gaming novice, then check back with this post and I’ll post links to the articles I write going forward.
Do you have anything you think would be a good topic to explore? What is your experience in PC gaming?