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Counter Strike 2 is now available on Steam for free!

After a huge period of beta testing, Counter Strike 2 has been officially released as a Free to Play on Steam by Valve on Windows and Linux PC systems.
Every PC gamer has a Steam account making it almost impossible to not know what Counter Strike is.

Replacing the former title Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), CS2 is a brand new, overhauled version of the beloved game that brings new features to the popular competitive Esports platform.
CS2 uses the Source 2 engine from valve that provides a host of quality of life improvements as well as features that will enhance tactical gameplay and overall gaming experience.

 

 

Smoke grenades are a huge factor in high level Counter Strike gameplay. Watching any Global Elite level play will showcase what knowledge of smoke grenade throws can do to turn the tide of a game.
In CS2, smoke is a dynamic, volumetric object that interacts with the environment. Throwing a smoke no longer involves hoping that the grenade lands in the perfect spot. The smoke will envelop bomb sites and choke points in the map to fill the space better. However, smokes also react to other environmental factors to give both teams advantages. Firing your weapon through a smoke will cut a small window through the smoke so you can ‘peek’ at the enemy position. Throwing a frag grenade towards a smoke blocked corridor will not only damage any players lurking in the smoke but clear the smoke from the area too.

 

Tick Rate improvements server side show a dedication to improving the player experience at high level play. Previously on CS:GO, many players used third party matchmaking services like FACEIT to access dedicated servers with high tick rates. The overall feeling of the game on a server with a good tick rate was a huge difference and provided an incredibly smooth experience. Now with CS2, Valve has implemented server side improvments that mitigate much of the issues that high level players reports. From the off, CS2 feels smooth and the gunplay is responsive out of the box.

With a host of upgrades on the horizon for CS2, your CSGO items will all carry over to the new platform.
Counter Strike is a rewarding and challenging title that encourages teamwork, tactical awareness and strategy. It’s a must play for any first person shooter fan.

Try it out today here on Steam 

CS2 is designed to be easy to run and will perform admirably on most modern PC Systems.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS – MINIMUM:
OS: Windows® 10
Processor: 4 hardware CPU threads – Intel® Core™ i5 750 or higher
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Video card must be 1 GB or more and should be a DirectX 11-compatible with support for Shader Model 5.0
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 85 GB available space

Check out the Stormforce systems for Counter Strike 2 Here

 

 

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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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Best Gaming PC for Back4Blood

Back4Blood is finally here, the spiritual successor to Left4Dead has finally landed on all major platforms…

 

Back4Blood pits you and a team of three others against hordes of ferocious Ridden. A deadly parasite has turned humans into frightening creatures hell bent on overthrowing civilisation. Classic zombie coop action awaits in one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2021.

**WARNING, BACK4BLOOD IS A PEGI 18 RATED TITLE, CONTENT IN THIS ARTICLE MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER READERS**

Back4Blood Zombies

Back4Blood features a 4 player Cooperative Campaign where you must work together to survive. The game can be played with 3 friends online or you can go solo. With 8 customisable Cleaners to choose from, there is a host of lethal weapons and power ups that allow you to build your character

Back4Blood also features a competitive multiplayer service which pits teams of Cleaners against the terrifying Ridden. Both sides have unique special abilities and weapons that create a unique team based multiplayer experience.

Back4Blood is available to buy now on Steam and Epic Games Store.

Gamepass Subscribers can download the standard edition of Back4Blood on Microsoft XBOX Gamepass for PC.

All qualifying Stormforce Gaming systems now includes a one-month long pass for Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Go here to learn more

Back4Blood Screenshot

 

Back4Blood System Requirements

Back4Blood doesnt require a really powerful system to run well. This game feels incredibly well optimised on mid range hardware and runs nicely on entry level video cards and processors. We tried the title on a variety of new and old systems ranging from entry level to high end and each system provided really promising performance results.

Most Stormforce Gaming systems with a GTX 1650 or higher will play the game at 1080p but even modest hardware will see pleasing performance from this title.

even using hardware from a few generations ago such as the older GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, Back4Blood provided smooth framerates with very few drops in framerate or frame pacing issues.

16GB of system memory does feel necessary for a smooth gaming experience and a fast CPU certainly seems to have a very positive impact on framerates but neither are 100% necessary to play the game.

We suggest trying to run the game on the High preset as this strikes a nice balance between visual fidelity and performance.

Back4Blood supports AMD FidelityFX and NVIDIA DLSS upscaling technologies and we suggest turning them on to enhance performance of the title if your video card supports it.

 

MINIMUM PC SPECS
OS 64-bit Windows 10
CPU Intel Core i5-6600 (3.3 GHz) OR AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (3.4 GHz)
RAM 8 GB
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 570
DX VERSION DX 12
STORAGE 40 GB HDD
NOTES 1080p / 60fps / Low Quality Settings

 

RECOMMENDED PC SPECS
64-bit Windows 10
Intel Core i5-8400 (2.8 GHz) OR AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (3.6 GHz)
12 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 590
DX 12
40 GB SSD
1080p / 60fps / High Quality Settings

 

ULTRA 4K SPECS
64-bit Windows 10
Intel Core i7-8700K (3.70 GHz) OR AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (3.70 GHz)
16 GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti OR AMD Radeon RX 6800
DX 12
40 GB SSD
2160p / 60fps / Epic Quality Settings / DLSS – Quality / FSR – Quality

 

Stormforce Gaming -Spec Suggestions

1080p Entry Level System – Stormforce Gaming recommends systems from our GTX 1650, GTX 1660 and GTX 1660Ti ranges.

1080p HD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060/AMD Radeon RX 6600XT or higher

1440p QHD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060/AMD Radeon RX 6700XT or higher

4k UHD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060Ti/AMD Radeon RX 6800 or higher

 

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Battlefield 2042 Gaming Systems

Battlefield games are epic but usually require hefty hardware specs to run them well…

This near future version of Battlefield is coming with a host of next generation features. With max player count doubling to 128 players, this game is sure to test the limits of your system. We have gathered everything you will need to know to get ready for Battlefield 2042 on PC, whatever your budget. Battlefield games feature enormous arsenals of weapons and vehicles and throw the player into an immersive world of online combat.

Battlefield is a series of games published by EA and developed by DICE. The game uses the Frostbite engine. Battlefield 2042 release date on PC is 19th November 2021. The game will be available on Origin, Steam, and the Epic Games Store.

There has been confirmation that crossplay is in the works for the game so there is a possibility you can play alongside your friends using PlayStation 5 and XBOX Series X/S.

 

Battlefield Portal

Battlefield 2042 brings Battlefield Portal, to the series. Battlefield Portal is a sandbox mode that allows you to build any scenario you can thing of with assets from historic battlefield titles. With weapons, maps and vehicles from Battlefield 2042, Battlefield 3, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1942, you will never run out of options for your games.

Use Battlefield Portal to create unique gaming experiences with powerful game creation tools giving you the opportunity to create, share and experience community driven content on this comprehensive Battlefield experience.

Battlefield Hazard Zone

Locate data drives across a huge map and beat the storm with your team on hand to help get to the extraction point. Hazard Zone is a brand new game mode in Battlefield 2042 with the objective to extract as many data drives as possible. Earn Dark Market credits to upgrade your loadouts and build up your extraction streak to maximise your player potential and upgrade your gear and tactical advantages.

Hazard Zone will be available in the main game and is the ultimate game mode for gamers looking for a tactical multiplayer scenario.

Battlefield 2042 System Spec Suggestions

1080p Entry Level System – Stormforce Gaming recommends systems from our GTX 1650, GTX 1660 and GTX 1660Ti ranges.

1080p HD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce 2060/AMD Radeon RX 6600XT or higher

1440p QHD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce 3060Ti/AMD Radeon RX 6700XT or higher

4k UHD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce 3080/AMD Radeon RX 6800XT or higher

 

 

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