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Stormforce Gaming – 2023 Gaming PC Performance & Buying Guide

Stormforce Gaming have compiled a list of the most popular PC games and carried out extensive testing to ensure we are suggesting the best price point and product for every gamer!

We regularly get asked for advice on what to buy, what to upgrade and what to expect from a new gaming system. To help gamers get an idea of what to expect from each price point, we have tested all of the most popular PC games to gather information on settings that are achievable on each of our systems.

The price point of every computer we sell will determine the performance of the hardware in that system. Obviously, the more expensive systems in our range are capable of higher performance figures and able to play more demanding games.

Simply select the price range you are looking to shop at and that column will give you an indication of the graphics settings you will be able to comfortably play each title at.

We have also provided some tips on what to look for when shopping for a new gaming PC below the table of suggestions.

Please remember, if you are unsure about anything or want some more personalised advice, you can get in touch with our team here

Call – 01925 287008
Emailsales@stormforcegaming.co.uk

Game Title

Onyx £400-£600 720p - 1080p

Onyx £600-£800

1080p

Onyx & Crystal £800-£1500

1080p-1440p

Crystal £1500-£2000

1440P Ultrawide

Prism £2000+

1440P Ultrawide 4K

Suggest DLSS?

Anthem

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Apex Legends

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Assassins Creed Odyssey

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Assetto Corsa Competizione

MIN SPEC NOT MET

LOW

MEDIUM-HIGH

HIGH-ULTRA

ULTRA

YES

Back 4 Blood

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Battlefield 2042

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Battlefield V

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Borderlands 3

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War - COD

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - COD

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Call of Duty: Vanguard - COD

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Call of Duty: Warzone - COD

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Company of Heroes 3

LOW

MEDIUM

MEDIUM-HIGH

HIGH-ULTRA

ULTRA

Control

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [CSGO]

MEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Cyberpunk 2077

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGHHIGH-ULTRAYES

Deathloop

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Destiny 2

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Doom 2016

LOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Doom Eternal

LOWLOW-MEDIUMHIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

DOTA 2

MEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Dying Light 2

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Elden Ring

LOW-MEDIUMMEDIUMHIGH-ULTRAULTRAULTRA


Escape from Tarkov

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHHIGHULTRAYES

F1 22

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Fallout 76

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Farcry New Dawn

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Fortnite Battle Royale

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Forza Horizon 4

LOW-MEDIUMMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Forza Horizon 5

LOW-MEDIUMMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Gears of War 5

MIN SPEC NOT METMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


God of War

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Grand Theft Auto V - (GTA V)

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Guardians of the Galaxy

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Half Life: Alyx (needs VR)

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWMEDIUM-HIGHHIGHHIGH


Halo Infinite

MIN SPEC NOT MET

LOW

LOW-MEDIUM

HIGH

HIGH

Halo 5

LOWLOW-MEDIUMHIGHHIGHHIGH


Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAULTRA


Hogwarts Legacy

MIN SPEC NOT MET

HIGH

HIGH

HIGH

ULTRA

YES

iRacing

LOW

LOW-MEDIUM

MEDIUM-HIGH

HIGH

ULTRA

League of Legends

MEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Metro Exodus

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGHHIGH


Microsoft Flight Simulator

LOWLOWMEDIUMHIGHULTRA


Minecraft

LOWHIGHHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Monster Hunter: World

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Overwatch

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds [PUBG]

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Rainbow Six Siege

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Red Dead Redemption 2

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAHIGH-ULTRAYES

Rocket League

MEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Shadow of the Tomb Raider

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAHIGH


Star Wars Jedi Survivor

MIN SPEC NOT MET

LOW-MEDIUM

MEDIUM-HIGH

HIGH-ULTRA

HIGH

The Outer Worlds

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Tiny Tinas Wonderlands

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Total War: Warhammer 3

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWMEDIUMMEDIUMHIGH


Choose your Resolution

Picking a monitor resolution is one of the biggest factors into what gaming system you will need. Trying to run a lower spec system on a 4k monitor or a 4k TV would result in very poor performance as the system would not be able to output enough frames per second to provide a smooth visual experience. Likewise it can be a waste to use a very powerful system on a smaller resolution. Whilst a powerful system would always be able to play on a low resolution monitor, that extra performance would be wasted.

It’s all about finding a good balance and picking your in game settings appropriately to get good framerates as well as nice visual quality.

The table below includes systems at different price ranges that Stormforce Gaming sell. We have suggested a monitor resolution that matches that price point too.

When buying a new PC, it is best to buy a computer that is a good match for the monitor you plan to play on. Most smaller monitors are 1080p resolution or HD. These monitors are generally quite easy for most gaming PCs to power games on.

For higher resolution monitors like 1440p, Ultrawide or 4K, a much more powerful system is usually required.

We have paired monitors with systems at different price points and suggested the best in game settings you can use to achieve a smooth, playable frame rate in that game. The more demanding games will of course require a much higher specification PC to run smoothly but each of these suggestions should provide 60+ frames per second or better.

Frames Per Second, Hertz, Refresh Rate, What’s the difference?

We hear this a lot and we agree, it can be confusing. There is a lot that goes into this topic but let’s keep things simple.

  • Frames Per Second or FPS is the output measurement for a Gaming PC. This refers to the amount of frames a PC can output every second. The higher the better.
  • Hertz refers to the refresh rate of your monitor or screen. Having a higher refresh rate generally allows your screen to display more frames per second and match your PC’s graphics output.
  • VRR and Sync Technologies like NVIDIA G-Sync or AMD FreeSync are features present on some monitors and TVs that allow the screen to adapt the refresh rate (Variable Refresh Rate) to match the graphics output resulting in a smoother visual experience.

PC Gamers aim for a minimum FPS of 60. This is widely regarded as the baseline for smooth gameplay. Any lower and you will notice a stuttering feeling when trying to play a game and it wont feel smooth. Some lower paced games like Flight Simulator feel ok if you play at a lower frame rate but for most games, more FPS is best. If you are struggling to hit 60FPS in a game, it is a good idea to lower your graphics settings slightly so you can find a good balance between visual quality and performance.

Generally it is good practice to get a screen with a refresh rate to match your graphics output. Even if you have a high refresh rate monitor with 120Hz or 144Hz (or even higher), you will still benefit from this high refresh rate even if you arent matching the Hertz with your FPS.

Remember – running at high FPS doesn’t matter if your monitor cant support it. If your Gaming PC is able to output 120FPS in most games, running that system on a 60Hz monitor will limit what you can see anyway or even cause something called screen tearing, this is something that happens when your monitor tries and fails to keep up with your graphics card.

If you press ‘Windows key’ + S to Open search and type ‘Advanced Display Settings’, you will get display information from your graphics and monitor. Be sure to set your refresh rate to the highest that you display will support.

Upscaling your Experience

In recent years, graphics card technology has put in place upscaling features that allow your system to play more demanding games.
Think of this as the graphics card taking each frame it outputs and upscaling the image to a higher resolution.

We have included a suggestion to use DLSS on the table below where it is available.

DLSS stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling, is NVIDIA’s award-winning AI rendering technology that increases graphics performance in over 280 games and apps using dedicated Tensor Core AI processors on GeForce RTX GPUs. Enabling DLSS in games that support it will drastically improve the performance of the game and allow you to enable many visual features whilst maintaining high frame rates in that game.

For the full list of DLSS supported games, please look HERE to check if your game is supported.

If your system has an AMD Radeon Graphics card, you can enable FidelityFX™ Super Resolution (or FSR), this cutting edge upscaling technology will help to boost framerates in selected titles and deliver high quality gaming experiences for gamers using AMD Radeon graphics.

For the full list of FidelityFX™ supported games, please look HERE to check if your game is supported.

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Get more from your system with NVIDIA GeForce Experience and Shadowplay

NVIDIA GeForce Experience is a free software suite designed to make everything about gaming easier.

Everybody wants an easy life. When you’re gaming, you need everything to be quick, convenient and easy to use. There is nothing more annoying than making a great play, performing a brilliant overtake or scoring a game winner and not being able to save the moment quickly. As gamers, we have all experienced that frustration of getting a new game that refuses to run well on your system no matter what graphics settings you try. PC Games have a lot of graphics settings that allow you freedom to tweak the visual presentation of the game to your liking. If you want high framerate performance, or lower framerate with visuals cranked up to max fidelity there is always a balance to strike. Unless you have a system with a RTX 4090 in it, then just crank everything to max settings.

The thing is, time is precious and most people don’t have more than 10 minutes to spend setting up graphics settings. Frustratingly, most games have built in default settings where they will identify your hardware and throw the settings to whatever default the game thinks will work. Always far from optimal.

NVIDIA GeForce Experience is a software tool that is designed to add value, usability and features that gamers need. Your gaming system should be easy to use and GeForce Experience simplifies a lot of the processes involved in maintaining your graphics hardware as well as giving you many options to maximise the features your graphics card can offer you.

If you have an Stormforce Gaming system with an NVIDIA graphics card, we recommend that every gamer uses GeForce Experience to help maintain their system.

You can download the latest version of GeForce Experience here

When you finish installing the software and first boot up, it is recommended to set up an account with NVIDIA to make logging in, saving settings and linking external accounts like discord and youtube to activate extra features easier.

 

Using GeForce Experience to optimise game settings

The homepage of the program presents a tile grid of all of your installed games. If you have games installed across many storage devices then hit the three dots in the top right hand corner of the app and click on ‘Scan for games & apps’. This will then populate the homepage with all of your installed games so you can manage settings from here.
From this point you can either click the same three dots and select ‘Optimise all games & apps’ or click on a tile to select a game.

Either launch the game or select ‘Details’ to go into the menu and look at a granular breakdown of every graphics setting that the game offers.
You are presented with a slideshow of screenshots that have green boxes you can hover over. This will explain simply what each graphics option does to the visuals of the game. You can usually scroll through a few example images that showcase each setting in a way that is easier to understand. This is much better than going into the graphics settings each time to test each setting and seeing how much of an impact each setting has on performance.
Half way down the screen is a bright green OPTIMISE button. This will instantly take an NVIDIA profile that is built up of mass user data and applies the best settings to the game. In most cases, this will present the most balanced mix between visual fidelity and framerate. Clicking on the spanner icon next to the green OPTIMISE button will give you an additional menu that lets you fine tune your screen settings and how you want to balance optimisation between Performance and Quality. For most people, the default settings are absolutely fine.

Once you have done this. you can launch the game from the game launcher or direct from GeForce Experience by hitting the green LAUNCH button in the top right hand corner.

 

Download and Maintain Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA regularly release driver updates that boost performance, add features and optimise more and more games. In the old days, the best practice was to uninstall old drivers, use display driver uninstallation tools to remove remnants of old driver packages. In general, this was a real pain. These days things are thankfully much simpler. GeForce Experience gives you a simple panel that allows you to manage driver package rollouts on your system very easily.

Start by clicking DRIVERS on the top left of the GFE app. This will put you onto the driver page which shows what driver updates may be available. Typically, this page will include a few different links. You can click on the ‘Learn What’s New’ tile to bring up a full list of changes that the driver brings. There is also a synopsis of what features the driver focusses on below the banner.

From this page you can Check for Updates manually, download new drivers and when the latest package is downloaded, you can hit ‘Express Installation’ to update the drivers on the fly.
This will update your drivers whilst keeping your settings the same. No need to go and reconfigure anything like G-Sync or your Shadowplay settings.

The best part is that you don’t even need to restart your system. Once the installation is finished you can jump straight into a game. It is a good idea to go back to the home page on GeForce Experience and optimise your games before starting as the new driver may have some additional optimisations that improve the settings that can be used in game

Share your greatest moments with NVIDIA ShadowPlay

ShadowPlay is a built in broadcasting tool that works within NVIDIA graphics drivers. When you are in game, press ALT+Z to bring up the NVIDIA GeForce Experience overlay. This will allow you to access all of the different in game capabilities of the GeForce Experience app. From here you can access the settings and configure each feature to different hotkeys as well as capture gameplay footage and save screenshots.

Go to Settings (the cog icon) and scroll down to video capture. This will allow you to configure how much gameplay footage ShadowPlay caputres continuously. Remember that the higher the framerate and resolution you capture, the larger the files will be when you save them. It is worth while setting the capture timeframe as 5 minutes so you can get a useable video clip to edit later on. You can also set what sounds are recorded. Useful if your teammates are talking and you want to include or remove that element of audio from gameplay footage.

You can go to the Broadcasting tile and use this to upload straight to Facebook, Youtube and Twitch. This allows you to stream gameplay footage directly captured from your GPU with minimal system overheads.
For gamers who just want a rolling highlight reel, the instant replay feature is super useful. Turning Instant Replay on will continuously capture the last few minutes of gameplay. Hitting Alt+Z when you want to save the last few moments of gameplay is a really useful shortcut and all you need to do is click the instant replay tile and hit save (or ALT+F10). This will save your video into your Videos folder in Windows meaning you can just access it later and get straight back into the game.

Nvidia Highlights is a feature available in some games. This uses ShadowPlay technology to automatically save highlights that the game picks for you. Most games that feature this contain the option to turn this on or off in the in game menu.

Learn more about how to get more from your system with ShadowPlay HERE

When you have your videos saved, you can go back to them and use the in game footage to make clips of great plays or interesting replays. Whatever you want to capture, ShadowPlay gives you the power to save gameplay without the need for any additional capture hardware.

 

 

 

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NVIDIA RTX 3060 Announced, More Ray Tracing and DLSS Titles Incoming

NVIDIA have announced additional titles being added to the RT & DLSS lineup…

We recently posted a guide to optimising your system for the best performance in the demanding Cyberpunk 2077 to help Stormforce Gaming customers extract the maximum frames per second out of their systems. As games become more graphically demanding and monitor resolutions and frequencies improve, the load put on your graphics card is likely to increase.

DLSS (or Deep Learning Super Sampling) from NVIDIA is an AI accelerated image enhancement tool that works with all RTX video cards. For gamers with high resolution monitors, DLSS can be the difference between a playable and unplayable gaming experience.

Games with DLSS capabilities will render at a lower resolution and upscale the game to your target resolution whilst AI helps to sharpen the upscaled image with very little loss to visual fidelity and huge gains in performance.

If you have an RTX video card in your Stormforce Gaming system, enabling DLSS in supported games is a must!

 

At CES 2021, NVIDIA took to the floor on their Game On live stream and announced a growing list of upcoming titles being added to the DLSS line up.
– Amid Evil
– Atomic Heart
– Boundary
– Call Of Duty: Warzone
– Edge Of Eternity
– FIST: Forged In Shadow Torch
– Five Nights At Freddy’s Security Breach
– JX3
– Mortal Shell
– Mount & Blade II Bannerlord
– Outriders
– Ready Or Not
– Scavengers
– The Medium
– Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
– Xuan-Yuan Sword VII

Many of these upcoming titles are going to be receiving Ray Tracing support also meaning you will be able to enhance lighting effects and visual immersion in so many more modern titles using DLSS in conjunction with Ray Tracing to keep your framerates high.
In addition to this, recent titles like The Witcher III and Doom Eternal will also be updated to include Ray Tracing support and provide significant visual improvements to existing titles already in your library.

The CES 2021 presentation mainly focusses on upcoming mobile gaming devices but desktop gamers also have the RTX 3060 to look forward to in late February 2021. At Stormforce Gaming, we are super excited to see the RTX 3060 hit the market and bolster our mid range gaming system range.

This lower price point RTX card features Ampere core technology and will bring the cost of a capable RTX system down whilst providing significant performance improvements to gamers who are looking to enhance their gaming experience without paying flagship GPU prices.

RTX 3060 comes with a huge 12GB of GDDR6 memory. This card is designed to cater for AAA gaming at 1080p and harness the powerful RT and DLSS features that enhance the visual fidelity and performance of supported titles.

Stay tuned to our social media channels around the end of February 2021 for information on RTX 3060 equipped Stormforce Gaming systems