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on 18 October 2019 at 17:00

Building a gaming PC, while more expensive than your typical console, need not cost the world. Some will say you need to spend thousands upon thousands  in order to stay current with PC gaming but this is not the case.

The core of a PC is useful for just about everything. We all use PCs in our everyday lives, so we pretty much all need one. What separates an ordinary PC from a gaming PC is, usually, the graphics card. Your GPU will usually be the most expensive component of your PC build and it’ll also have the biggest impact on visuals and performance. But, it’s also important not to totally scrimp on the other components though, as the right hardware can last you for years.

Jon Sutton
on 18 October 2019 at 14:45

¬¬g_id:36061[Need For Speed Heat]¬¬ is the return of EA's classic racing franchise. This time we take to the streets of a fictional version of Miami for a host of illegal street races and both day and night racing. Like just about any NFS, Need For Speed Heat will at the very least look fantastic. Here are the official system specs needed to run NFS Heat.

Functionally, we expect NFS Heat to be running on roughly the same version of the Frostbite game engine as 2017's Need For Speed Payback. Two years really isn't all that long between sequels and it means we've ended up with very similar specs and, all likelihood, similar visuals and performance. But, we should imagine a lot of folks have little idea about NFS: Payback's performance as it was, like a good chunk of Need For Speed titles, a fairly bad game. Need For Speed: Heat will be looking to buck the worrying trend.

Jon Sutton
on 18 October 2019 at 11:16

With every AAA publisher seemingly hellbent on chasing the MMO-lite looter shooter cash, Obsidian's ¬¬g_id:35787[The Outer Worlds]¬¬ is refreshingly old-school. Heavily inspired by their previous work, ¬¬g_id:24388[Fallout New Vegas]¬¬, The Outer Worlds is a wholly single-player first-person RPG with a lengthy campaign and none of the microtransaction trappings. So far, so good, but what about what PC hardware you'll need to play The Outer Worlds. Find out with our look at the official PC system specs for The Outer Worlds.

The Outer Worlds sits firmly outside of typical AAA fare, which handily means some very approachable system specs. In order to meet Outer Worlds' minimum system requirements you'll only need a fairly low-spec PC from the last 6 years or so. Obsidian recommends a low-end DX11 graphics card such as a GeForce GTX 650 Ti or Radeon HD 7850 with at least 1GB VRAM.

Jon Sutton
on 17 October 2019 at 14:02

For a while there, Intel was running a near-monopoly on CPUs. Thankfully, AMD has stepped up to the plate in recent years with the advent of Ryzen. Now, the CPU market in 2019 is the most vibrant its been in many a year, with exciting new processors released last weekend from AMD. We will incorporate those into this page very shortly.

If you're on the hunt for a new CPU  to buy in 2019 though, it can be tough to know where to start. The good news is that the performance of most mid-range and high-end processors massively outstrip the demands of today's games. Once you start aiming above the best value threshold, you're really paying for stronger performance in threaded workloads outside of gaming.

Jon Sutton
on 17 October 2019 at 12:18

When it comes to PC gaming, which graphics card you buy is just about the most important decision you can make in terms of performance. It's important you pick the best graphics cards to buy in 2019 as this would be the powerhouse for your PC gaming.

Fortunately, it's also the most modular of components so you're free to change your mind and upgrade whenever you want without worrying too much about motherboard compatibility, what sockets it uses, or any of the other potentially fiddly sides of gaming.

Neil Soutter
on 17 October 2019 at 11:15

Intel is allegedly on track to unveil its first 10nm discrete graphics cards in mid-2020,  according to a report from Taiwanese industry sources close to DigiTimes.

The Intel graphics cards will be based on the new Xe architecture. It’s been working on this new GPU architecture ever since it poached Raja Koduri from AMD. He was Radeon’s chief architect who oversaw AMD’s transition behind the scenes to Vega and, eventually once he’d departed, Vega. 

Stuart Thomas
on 16 October 2019 at 09:57

Google Stadia will be launching in 14 countries around the world from November 19th, 2019, Google has announced during its Made by Google ‘19 event.

The cloud gaming service will initially only be available via the Stadia Founder’s Edition (now sold out) and the Stadia Premier Edition, both of which contain a Stadia Controller, ChromeCast Ultra, and a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro for $129.99/£119.99. 

Jon Sutton
on 15 October 2019 at 11:19

We know some people love their PC build designs to be a little on the crazy side but InWin’s new Yong range really is taking it to another level. InWong Yong PC cases begin at an absolutely eye-watering €3,999. This isn’t just wallet-shredding; it’s taking a bunker buster to your bank account and laughing at your newfound debt.

The design of the InWin Yong cases was inspired by viewing nature, allegedly, and was born from the concept of a butterfly’s pupation stage. InWin says it has strived “to capture the organic form and showcasing the vivid detailing of each Yǒng. Thus, each piece is one-of-a-kind, accurately representing its natural counterpart.” It’s all very avant-garde, especially wants you start throwing a hulking great PSU into what is considered a work of art.

Jon Sutton
on 14 October 2019 at 17:18

We’ve had a week or so to digest the ¬¬g_id:9339[Red Dead Redemption 2]¬¬ PC system requirements and the general consensus seems to be ‘phew’. While plenty of AAA titles are placed at the cutting edge of technology, Red Dead Redemption 2’s are actually very reasonable. In fact, RDR 2’s system specs are pretty much bang in line with the industry average over the last 12 months. It means Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t even have high enough specs to crack our list of the Top 100 Most Demanding Games on PC. 

You’ll be needing a ¬¬gc_id:3540[Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB]¬¬, ¬¬gc_id:3489[AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB]¬¬, or equivalent, in order to meet Red Dead Redemption 2’s PC system requirements. Your graphics will need to be paired with a quad-core CPU such as the ¬¬p_id:1187[Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz]¬¬ or ¬¬p_id:2464[AMD Ryzen R5 1500X]¬¬, as well as 12GB RAM. Another big concern for PC gamers is the amount of download space/time it will take to get a PC copy of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Jon Sutton
on 13 October 2019 at 15:56

Intel has announced end-of-life (EOL) plans for nearly all of its Kaby Lake 7th Generation processors. The 14nm chips originally began coming to market in 2016 but Intel is now calling time on this CPU family.

What it means is that final orders from retailers for Kaby Lake CPUs must be placed by 31st January, 2020. The final shipments will then be made and then, after this point, supplies of Kaby Lake  processors will begin to run dry.