Up For Debate - Best Tips for Console Gamers Moving to PC

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Aug 19, 2017 2:00 PM

Here at GD, the majority of the community are PC players. There are a few console gamers lurking about, but the overwhelming number of people here are interested in all things PC gaming. But it wasn’t always that way for all of us. A select few came out the womb with a keyboard and mouse, their first word to their dad was ‘Gabe’. But for a large chunk, there was a transition from console gaming to becoming predominantly a PC gamer.

The reasons are many and varied, of course, and avid gamers invested in the hobby quickly tend to want the best of the best, as happens with all enthusiasts. On PC there’s the greatest variety of options, from  PC components and peripherals to the online stores where we buy our games. There’s also potential to own a PC many times more powerful than a console, or hooked up to three screens, or heck, being a strategy gamer who doesn’t want to touch a gamepad with a 10-foot bargepole.

But at some point, thousands of GD’ers made that switch from console to PC. This switch is rarely without problems. You’re potentially trading a plug and play box for an exhaustive list of individual components that need putting together, software installed, and all the associated fiddliness. It’s much simpler these days, but it’s still not quite as simple as putting a disc.

So to help those using GD to figure out a potential build, taking their very first steps into PC gaming, here’s a spot where can all share our best tips. Things to look out for, any common problems you think they might stumble on; just about anything that could help make their first steps into PC gaming a little bit easier.

I’m going to start things off, and I’m all about the games, games, games. Going to Steam is no longer a reliable option if you want the cheapest games. For AAA launch games, keep an eye for GreenManGaming who sometimes offer as much as 25% off. Before you buy any game though, run it through isthereanydeal.com first to get an overview of the cheapest place to buy it (excluding the grey market).

Over to you now. What are your top tips for console gamers moving to PC? Let us know below!

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My top tip would be to visit GD to learn from all these top tips and bookmark Game-Debate in your browser and engage often in this wonderful community :D

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Only one tip: for the love of god please don't play shooters with a wired controller that's the whole point of going to pc (I'm looking at you my bro.)

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14:55 Oct-25-2017

My advice: don’t get a prebuilt PC they aren’t very good you are better off custom building one yourself

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00:57 Aug-26-2017

tip from when I was starting out; yes, Ubuntu is free, and Linux in general will run on everything, but Windows is easier to start out with, both are great, just pick your battles with your first desktop

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13:08 Aug-26-2017

Good advice. Hope they listen.

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19:40 Aug-25-2017

If you ain't down to fix stuff and learn, dont do it.

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23:50 Aug-25-2017

True. Especially if it's expensive.
And one more thing, mind your CPU & GPU temps ppl.

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19:39 Aug-25-2017

Biggest Tip I'd throw out there is, Don't get into this if you're not a tinkerer by nature. You got the hardware side which is generally straight forward (as long as you get it to post) , but in my experience most headaches come on the software side, you got OS issues, Driver issues, Install issues, BSOD's.

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19:05 Aug-24-2017

my tip is that you should keep your pc clean and tidy and apply thermal paste to cpu and gpu when temperature is more than 80C .


i saw a spider in my pc so keep alert baby.

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21:46 Aug-24-2017

lul. I saw a ANT in my monitor. It died apperently, but it stucked inside and it was bad that i needed to look it every day :D

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10:36 Aug-22-2017

For gaming PC, never go low on PSU quality. Make it one of your top priority. Learned it the hard way circa 2007-2009 (1 fried motherboard and some dead HDDs coz of bad ripple from cheap PSUs)

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09:44 Aug-23-2017

I was lucky in that regard. My PSU never went postal. When I opened one of those cheap PSU-s you wouldn't believe what happened to the capacitors after 5 years of use.

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10:31 Aug-23-2017

Let me guess, at least a swollen primary capacitor on time-bomb?

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23:52 Aug-25-2017

Not only that, they leaked, and the PSU was still somehow able to kickstart the 10 year old pc. I was 0.0

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23:28 Aug-24-2017

I agree. Had my experience with low-quality PSUs too. Mine exploded after I upgraded my GPU on my previous PC. Literally exploded. My whole room lit up. Since then I am always careful about buying PSUs

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20:36 Aug-20-2017

Pro tip, ditch the headset and play lone wolf.
You are not bound to play the same game everyday with the same people.


Try and complete as much single player games as you can and play less multiplayer. The best experiences storywise are had in single player.

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11:21 Aug-21-2017

I agree.
Personally love the solo experience, just my thoughts and the game. :)

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19:39 Aug-20-2017

And another Tip: if you want to get a PC for gaming purposes and want value for your money, do not get a laptop, do not get a mac or any apple product, build a desktop PC with windows OS, and if you are unfamiliar with parts simply ask a friend or go to a local PC store and ask there.

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18:30 Aug-20-2017

My top tip would be to visit GD to learn from all these top tips and bookmark Game-Debate in your browser and engage often in this wonderful community :D

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15:40 Aug-20-2017

My tip is the games can be found for A LOT cheaper price if you buy cd keys. Usually games release for consoles is 60€, while on pc its about 40€, and I even remember at exact release that Prey 2017 costed HALF the price on allkeyshop

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17:23 Aug-20-2017

same when it comes to consoles, especially when you add second hand, game leasing and game trading into the equation.

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19:41 Aug-20-2017

Except on a PC the game you get is with you forever, while for consoles its only there as long as the console still exists, heck you can play console games on PC as well.

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10:10 Aug-22-2017

I don't think games are suddenly second hand at release, lol. But secondhand is bad for the developers because no profit. Anyway, we aren't talking about that but cd keys: yes, ps4 keys also get some love, but unfortunately xbox doesn't :(

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15:14 Aug-20-2017

Best tip I can think of is this; no matter how good a game is or how much you want it, don't buy it at launch.
On PC, the further from release you buy it, the more polished the game will be, not to mention games get sweet discounts sooner on PC than console.

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15:02 Aug-20-2017

Small tip I told my friend was to hang on to his console in case he didn't like the experience after awhile also even if you have the green to build a dual 1080 ti monster it is better to ease yourself into PC gaming incase you get to hate it for some reason or other.

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13:55 Aug-20-2017

Choose the right CPU and GPU combination for a balanced gaming PC. Too many first-time PC gamers choose a high-end GPU with a budget CPU and end up having a major CPU bottleneck or vice versa. I recommend pairing a G4560 or i3 with a GTX 1060, i5 with a GTX 1070, R5 1600 with a GTX 1080, and i7 with a GTX 1080 Ti.

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14:54 Aug-20-2017

Tbh I wouldn't really pair a 1060 with a g4560 or i3 1050 ti is the max I'll go with those.

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15:26 Aug-20-2017

I would have to agree and disagree because if a G4560 is paired with a GTX 1060 there will be an increase of 50% frames per second over the GTX 1050 Ti and if a G4560 is paired with a GTX 1070 there will be an increase of 10% frames per second over the GTX 1060. Therefore, the sweet spot for a G4560 is the RX 570.

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12:54 Aug-20-2017

Only one tip: for the love of god please don't play shooters with a wired controller that's the whole point of going to pc (I'm looking at you my bro.)

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10:22 Aug-20-2017

There really is only one tip I have for new PC gamers. Do not neglect your consoles because some of the best games of any given year (Primarily on PlayStation and Nintendo) are in fact EXCLUSIVE. PC gaming has been dry this year, really the best game I've played this year on PC was mediocre at best being Prey (hell of an intro though). I've had a great time on my consoles, however. Gravity Rush 2, NieR Automata (which is on PC, unpatched version I hear.) TLOZ: BOTW, and the soon to be mine, Yakuza Kiwami.


I assume all people are generally intelligent, so owning a PC really isn't a complicated experience. The toughest part really is a matter of..... not sure to be honest. Just learn Windows Explorer. Keep your PC virus free with a strong Anti-Virus software. Run CCleaner now and then

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10:26 Aug-20-2017

Also, don't pull an STK and wait year after year after year for an upgrade. It's been nearly 6 years and I STILL OWN an HD 7870, which has sadly delegated to a media pc because one fan has failed and the other only gets 3/5 of its original RPM. I'm still twiddling my thumbs to upgrade something past my place holding 1050 Ti. If I hadn't have waited for Vega I could have just been a happy GTX 1070 owner for the past 13 months. Moral of the story, just upgrade when you feel it's time ... just.. just do it. There's never going to be a time when the hype for the next thing is coming! BUT VOLTA IS SO CLOSE I CAN PRACTICALLY SMELL IT. Day in the life of XxSTKXx

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09:51 Aug-20-2017

Nice article Jon. There are a lot of things that can be said here but I will mention a couple.


When getting a new game (AAA) spend 10-15 minutes to get familiar with the graphics settings and check out which ones take the hardest toll on your hardware and optimise accordingly. Dont just run the game at whatever preset settings or just max everything. Spending this small amount of time to set things appropriately will significantly improve your experience down the line both visually and in gameplay smoothness.


Secondly, in PC gaming not everything works out of the box every time. But fret not! 5 minutes of googling will solver your problem 90% of the times ;).


Have fun!


P.S. if you can, avoid purchasing prebuilt "flashy" PCs. In 99% of the times you will end up paying a ton of extra money compared to picking the parts yourself.

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10:00 Aug-22-2017

Smart & wise advice.

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07:41 Aug-20-2017

buy as many thing as possible, once; buying a mouse? get a gaming mouse that is within your budget (I recommend staying below $35 for beginners) rather than buying a cheap one then a couple months later getting a gaming mouse, same thing with keyboards, and don't accumulate a case fan collection, I kind of have one, get some Noctua fans and don't look back

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18:04 Aug-20-2017

no, I mean by going with a Noctua fan (or fans) that fits your needs (airflow, noise, sizing, etc) and sticking with them, it is difficult to find something better and it is more worth spending you time on other stuff than experimenting with different fans

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07:00 Aug-20-2017

Sleep at least 8 hours a day, eat 3 times a day, ask mom to call every 4 hours to nag about it in case you don't follow.

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05:49 Aug-20-2017

Find a mouse which fits your hand well. Comfort is more important than DPI, extra buttons, weight and lights.

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05:49 Aug-20-2017

come ow console gamers!!!! come to papa

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