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:

  1. Should you buy a pre-built PC, or build one yourself?
  2. How to find a graphics card for your build; pros and cons of each method
  3. When’s a good time to buy/build?
  4. Should you worry about “future-proofing”?
  5. What parts should you buy for what you want to do?
  6. 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.

To Buy A Console, Or PC?

Do you have anything you think would be a good topic to explore? What is your experience in PC gaming?

Posted by Shelby "Falcon509" Steiner

I'm just a gamer that enjoys talking about my hobbies. I do a little more than that too. I love cooking, grilling, being outdoors, going target shooting, etc.

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  1. I honestly should have some more experience with PC gaming since I specifically bought a gaming laptop to stream games, but due to space and time constraints (huh…that makes me sound like some kind of gaming astrophysicist) I haven’t really had a chance to try it out. I think last time I did I ran into audio issues and haven’t worked that out yet. My husband has built several desktops for gaming, and I could see having a dedicated machine for that alone, but I do love the versatility of my laptop. I’m really looking forward to these posts!

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    1. One of the things I want to talk about is the difference between laptops and desktops, as well as the pros and cons for both. I’m working on my first post still, but I got distracted with Fallout New Vegas!

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      1. Yes! I’m looking forward to that! Both me and the hubs have gaming laptops, but he also has a desktop though it’s kind of old and slow so he doesn’t really use it. I feel like you can modify desktops whereas laptops are much harder if you even can, but the mobility is great with them. Nothing wrong with being distracted by something you enjoy :p

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