If you have just gotten a new gaming PC, chances are you are raring to get it set up and start enjoying everything it has to offer, but maybe you don’t know where to start? If that’s the case, here are a few things you are going to want to do pretty much right away…
- Configure your system
If you really want to make the most of your gaming PC, then you shouldn’t simply plug and play – you need to configure the system so that it works perfectly for you. This could include things like setting up hotkeys so you can more easily navigate your favourite games, customising your monitor settings for a better refresh rate and brighter graphics or setting up an extra screen so that you can perform multiple functions at once, or tailor your gaming experience to make it more immersive, and that’s just for starters.
Gaming PCs are very powerful, but you can only make use of the power they make available to you if you play around with the statins and keep tweaking until you have the optimal setup for your needs. However, before you start making changes, please be sure that you know what you are doing because it is so easy to mess up your gaming PC if you aren’t sure what you need to do to achieve X goal. Oh, and be sure to load up some decent antivirus protection while you’re at it because a virus is the last thing you need!
- Check out all the great free games
One of the best things about PC gaming is that it is possible to find a lot of really good games that you can play absolutely free. From thrilling car crash games to epic fantasy MMORPGs, there is pretty much something for everyone out there, and although you may sometimes want to pay extra for additional features and upgrades, much of it can be played without handing over a single cent.
- Check out Steam
In terms of paid games, Steam is probably the place to be. It is the world’s most popular PC game store and there’s a good reason for that; it has the biggest collection of games, including big-name titles like Call of Duty, and indie favourites like Cuphead and Celeste. Whatever your gaming preferences happen to be, Steam is sure to have you covered, and it often has big sales, which means you can do more PC gaming for your money. In particular, you should look out for the platform’s regular ‘humble bundle’ sales, which will allow you to pick up several, often related, titles for a fraction of the price of buying them separately.
- Give competitive gaming a go
Competitive gaming is one of the most fun things about PC gaming because it pushes you to play harder, faster and smarter. It also makes a range of titles more fun because it gives you more goals to aim for, whether that be topping the leaderboard or challenging yourself against a tough opponent.
Getting good at competitive gaming is all about practicing as often as you can. The more you play, the better your reflexes will get and the more satisfaction you will get out of gaming. If you’re really good at competitive gaming, you could potentially even go pro at some point in the future so don’t let anyone tell you that time spent at your gaming PC is time wasted, because if you’re serious, it may well be the best thing you ever do.
- Stream on Twitch
Something else that can potentially make your PC gaming sessions, not only more fun but also potentially more lucrative, is streaming your gameplay on Twitch. There are millions of gamers around the world who get almost as much enjoyment from watching other people play games as they do actually playing them themselves.
If you start streaming on Twitch, and you’re either very good at the game or very entertaining with your gameplay and banter, you could pick up a lot of followers very quickly. Whether that happens or not, the social aspects of Twitch mean that it is very easy to make some great gaming friends from all around the globe, which is why signing up to the platform is probably a smart move.
Now that you have a brand new gaming PC, perfectly set to your requirements, and some of the best games to play, it’s time to stop reading and start trying out some of the activities we’ve suggested here. Have fun!