Author: Chris Smith

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Atma Wits End

While this article specifically references Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, I’d consider it applicable to anyone who’s ever played an MMO before.  To anyone who has ever had to grind for something in any sort of RPG.  I’m not going to lie to you, though: this is going to be dry reading for most.  If you feel like enduring a rant, then read on, because this past week or so, I have come to an understanding of sorts with one of the more annoying aspects of this otherwise fantastic game.  Initially, I felt it completely unfair, but as time has progressed, my views have changed somewhat.  Let me talk to you about Atma. Read more …

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Easy PC Redux – 7 – Putting It All Together

So here you are.  You’ve got your CPU, Motherboard and RAM.  You have your graphics card and main storage, alongside your case and power supply.  Your various peripherals and your monitor have arrived and it’s time to put everything together.  This is the point where things become a little trickier.

If you’re not experienced with putting together a PC from scratch, then this is not something you should undertake lightly.  Find a friend with some real experience, or speak to a local PC repair shop, about getting some assistance.  The last thing that you want to do is to ruin some crucial component through mishandling or improper installation.  As such, this article isn’t going to break down every little step in building your final PC, for two main reasons.  The first is that it would make the article far too long; I’d need to write for days to cover everything you need to know.  It would probably require a whole new series of articles to do the topic any justice.  The second reason is that Zero1Gaming is a gaming website, and there are countless other sites out there that will be able to assist you with the nitty-gritty should you encounter any problems.

What I intend with this article is to point out a few common flaws that most people make when building a PC, alongside one or two shortcuts or tips that I’ve come across in my time working with PCs.  If you have any questions that you’d like to ask about anything I’ve said across the span of any of my articles, you can do so in the comments below.  With that said, we’ll begin with the construction of your PC. Read more …

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Easy PC Redux – 6 – Monitors

When it comes to choosing a monitor for your gaming PC, you’ll be hard pressed to make any really terrible decision.  Unless you’re buying an ancient, used CRT from a dodgy eBay seller called “t0t4l1y l3g1t”, you’re probably going to get a passably decent viewing experience for combined web browsing and gaming.  Thankfully, this article will be more of a checklist; the more boxes you tick when picking out your new monitor, the better.  Don’t feel like you have to cover every base, since monitors can be ridiculously expensive in exactly the same ways that pre-built gaming PCs can be.  Instead, choose which features you feel will be most important to you and try to stick within your budget. Read more …

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Easy PC Redux – 5 – Peripherals

It’s all very well having the major components of your dream gaming PC delivered and installed, but it’s equally important not to forget the smaller items.  Keyboards, mice, speakers, headphones and even optical drives are crucial items that, despite recent advances in technology, are still absolute requirements for a modern gaming rig.

With the advent of touch-screen technology, iOS, Android and Windows 8, everything appears to be moving towards poking things directly with your finger, as opposed to indirectly with your mouse.  Some consoles seem to be going a step beyond this, requiring you to simply dance around like an idiot in front of your telly to play games, without touching a thing.  As fluid and intuitive as touch interfaces can be for selecting and organising windows, apps or data, there’s really nothing that’s come close to the precise control offered for just about everything else that a mouse and keyboard provides. Read more …

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Easy PC Redux – 4 – Cases & Power Supplies

Now that we have the vast majority of the internal components sorted for our gaming PC, we need to source two particularly important pieces of kit: the power supply (PSU) and the case.  A lot has changed in the last few years for both of these items, with key performance factors no longer being as relevant as they once were.  You may find that what you thought you knew is no longer accepted thinking.  On the other hand, a lot has stayed the same; PSUs and cases have, for the most part, stayed true to a few sizes and standards, much like motherboards in this regard.  Make no mistake, the PSU is possibly the single most crucial purchase you can make for any PC; this is doubly true for a gaming machine, which can draw a lot more power than your average desktop.  The case, meanwhile, needs to be chosen with a level head, but isn’t as “make or break” as your PSU.

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