Before we get into the nitty gritty of online gaming – let’s forget about all the “console wars” or “PC vs Console” debates for a moment. Both have their positives and negative – however we’ll save that debate for another day. This article is purely for those who want to get into online PC gaming – think of it as “PC Gaming for Dummies”.

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Obviously, you’re going to need a decent computer to be able to play the latest games on decent settings. I suggest you stay away from the big brands such as Dell and HP – you can get a way better machine – customized to your budget and specification elsewhere (a quick google search should point you in the right direction). There is no real point to go high end – technology changes before our eyes and before you know it that $800 video card preforms just as well and a new $250 card. I suggest you do some research and get a solid performer without going over the top. Don’t forget and operating system! If you’re mainly into gaming – stick with Windows 7 – 8.1 may look nice but it has some compatibility issues. Also make sure you have a solid internet connection – if not check out internet providers like iiNet, who often have the best internet deals. A fast internet connection if essential – make sure you look at both upload and download speeds. I recommend at least 1mbps upload speeds for flawless online gaming.

Get yourself a Steam account. It’s the equivalent of Xbox Live, but on your PC. The Steam software lets you download games directly to your PC. It’s the platform which allows you to communicate with other gamers, so you can play online. There are some awesome releases which are exclusive to PC. One of the hottest games at the moment is the multiplayer open world survival horror game, DayZ. The aim of the game is to survive the zombie apocalypse by finding gear – everything from the basic necessities such as food and water, to complex army clothing, guns and ammo. But be careful, you win run into other survivors – and who knows, maybe they will double cross you and take your gear! If that’s not your cup of tea, most console games are released on PC too. All the usual titles such as Fifa, Need 4 Speed and Call of Duty can be purchased online.

One thing people neglect is a good chair and desk. Chances are you’re going to be sitting down for long periods of time playing on your new gaming rig. Invest in an ergonomic chair with height and lumbar adjustments – trust me, you won’t regret it. Finally, when purchasing a keyboard and mouse – opt for a gaming mouse pad – especially if you have a glass or glossy surface. It’s amazing the difference a good mouse pad can make. Good luck and happy gaming.

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