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My Journey to PC Gaming

My Journey to PC Gaming

So my story begins on a particular day at particular time, when I found myself pondering on my reservation of the Xbox One.  I thought to myself, "Is this something I really need to get on day one?"  I already knew the answer, but I had to ask aloud anyway, because I enjoy having my family think of me as insane.

          My games can look better than they do?

My games can look better than they do?

On the surface, the decision to get a next gen console was very appealing, but when I really thought about it, I would be robbing myself.  The games I really want to play will be coming out on current gen consoles, so why drop an extra $500 on a $60 game?  Great question, I know.  And that question, on its own, forced me to get in my car, drive to Wal-Mart, cancel my preorder, take my money, and look into building a PC.

Yes, it's quite a jump, but it's a jump that makes financial sense.  See, my wife and I are the king and queen of laptops; meaning, we've gone through a lot of them.  We don't make a lot of money, so we stick with the low end ones that don't do much besides let you surf the web and type up an essay for school.  Occasionally, we'll try to game it up: my wife enjoys playing The Sims and I tried my hand with Star Wars the Old Republic, but  we were forced to play on low settings and still suffer from frame rate hiccups and textures taking a second or two to load.

I was sick of it!

Steam Sales!

Steam Sales!

And to add more  incentive to incentive, I remember seeing people post all over Twitter about the awesome deals that they were getting with the Steam sales.  "Why can't I get great games for the low price of cheap"?

So I set a budget of $1000 and had my buddy make a build for me, then I took that build to the online forums to get more advice and recommendations, then I wrote down all of the items and set a goal to buy the items piece by piece until I have them all.


So far I have my keyboard, my mouse, and my case.  I plan to get my HDD and PSU when I get some money in my pocket.  I look forward to the day that I am sitting in front of the PC that I put together myself;  a PC that has a ton of great games that I am able to run at the highest settings and still have smooth gameplay.  We shall call that day Candy Land, because it will be oh so sweet.

To be continued. . .

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Michael Rains

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Michael is a hardcore gamer at heart. And while he is not protecting America’s freedom in the Marine Corps, he spends his free time shielding his sanity from his 3 kids at home. . . video games help. Twitter: @RainsFTW

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