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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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Stormforce Gaming – The Best Free PC Games Available!

Get gaming on your new Stormforce System with this list of Free to Play essential titles!

One of the best things about gaming in 2022 is the shift in how games development is funded. Many games still adhere to the classic structure where a game is developed and the customer buys the title. In the past decade PC gaming has seen a great shift towards games that offer free to play elements or are completely free to play.

If something is a too good to be true, there is usually a catch, right? Well, probably yes. Every free to play game is usually available to you at no cost with some features implemented to help fund development of the title. Usually this includes microtransactions or in game currency purchases to enable you to unlock cosmetic skins and additional content. The good news is that most games that are classed as ‘Free to Play’ are just that. You don’t need to spend any money on content to have access to a pretty substantial list of games to keep you busy. We would suggest trying a game out properly and really getting a lot of hours on it before parting with any cash.

If you are downloading free to play games for your children then it is really important to make sure they don’t have access to payment and wallet services. It is a really good idea to consider only buying pre paid credits for games you are playing. Many supermarkets and game shops carry these gift cards. They work in game to provide ‘in game currency’ and can help you put in place a sensible spending cap.

We have put together a list of our favourite PC Games which can be picked up today completely free.
Every game title also has a handy link so you can download the game easily.
This is a great way to get gaming on your Stormforce PC and in some cases these titles offer cross platform play allowing you to join in on games with your friends who play on other platforms too!

Overwatch 2 Teamwork

Overwatch 2
The return of Overwatch sees a move to Play for Free. Including over 35 heroes, loads of maps, game modes and optional season content, Overwatch 2 has a plethora of content to get you gaming with friends using crossplay and progression across multiple platforms. There is a huge amount of depth to Overwatch and the new reduction of team size in the new game gives you a real focus on teamwork and class choice. Gamers who enjoy shooters but aren’t hyper competitive can also get a huge amount out of Overwatch 2 as there are many heroes on the roster that reward team play and support roles just as much as damage dealers.

 

Genshin Impact has a vast world to explore

Genshin Impact
Fans of open world RPG games will love what Genshin Impact has to offer. There is a gigantic amount of content on offer in this game with a vast world to explore and a host of future content planned. Genshin Impact features a really long main story with loads of puzzles, side quests and bosses to battle through. The content on offer already is really worth checking out if you have ever played a Zelda game and want more. Genshin does rely quite a lot on microtransactions but that element is quite easy to ignore and you can get a huge amount of play time and value from the game without spending a single penny.

World of Tanks
If you like tanks. Then you’re going to love World of Tanks. This title takes a bit of getting used to but there is a handy newcomers guide on the World of Tanks website that will help you get to grips with the way the game works quickly. WoT is a really popular game which relies on good movement, decisive decision making and strategy to succeed. You can upgrade and customise your vehicles over time to personalise your experience and play in a variety of maps and warzones that suit you. We have found that WoT runs really well on a huge variety of hardware and our customers who play the game always comment how nicely it runs on even an entry level Stormforce System

Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0
You don’t need to buy Modern Warfare II to play the new version of Warzone. Warzone 2.0 is a free to play element within the Call of Duty offering and the new version launching 16/11/22 will bring a brand new map with a host of new features. Warzone is one of the most popular battle royale titles available and the new version looks set to up the ante with a new wave of ways to play the game. See you in the Gulag!
View Stormforce Gaming Systems designed for Call of Duty and Warzone – Here

Scour ancient worlds in Destiny 23

Destiny 2
From Bungie, the creators of Halo. Destiny 2 is the definitive action MMO game. Destiny puts you into a massive galaxy where you can explore a continually growing collection of vibrant and interesting worlds. Destiny 2 is a challenging game that you can play and improve solo or work with friends to build your character and develop your armour, weapons and combat style. Featuring multiplayer combat as well as co-op exploration there is something in Destiny 2 for everyone. Destiny 2 has a lot to learn as it has been around for a long time. There is a great new player guide available that will really help you get stuck into this world.

Halo Infinite Multiplayer
The Campaign for Halo Infinite is a full price game, however the multiplayer is free to play. Launching at the end of 2021, Halo Infinite multiplayer got mixed reviews but remains a really cool PC gaming experience. Halo offers awesome gunplay with the classic feeling Halo shooting and movement. There is plenty of action in Halo Infinite and whilst it is really geared towards FPS players with experience, there is a good matchmaking system that usually pairs you up with players of similar skill so you have a balanced experience and don’t get stomped by elite players immediately. There is a steep learning curve to Halo Infinite but it is super rewarding once you learn to balance your shield, ammo and movement to your benefit.
View Stormforce Gaming Systems designed for Halo Infinite – Here

Rocket League
This might be potentially the most addictive game ever created. Rocket League is easy to play but difficult to master and rewards practice. The principle is simple. Arcade style RC Car Soccer. Ball goes in goal – Explosions happen. Rocket League has a huge player base and a great league system meaning you can work your way up and always have competitive games available to you. It doesn’t matter if you are nudging the ball around or volleying it into the back of the net with a turbo boosted backflip corkscrew turn. Rocket League is about as satisfying to get right as it is when you start out and you suck at the game. We recommend a controller for this one to get the best experience but it is entirely workable with a keyboard and mouse.
View Stormforce Gaming Systems designed for Rocket League – Here

Multiversus
This free to play platform fighting game features a host of Warner Bros and DC Superheroes characters from your favourite TV shows and movies. You can play as Rick and Morty, the cast of Scooby Doo, Adventure Time, Superman, Tom and Jerry… You get the idea. This game shares a lot of similarities to Super Smash Bros but is available on all the major next gen platforms with robust cross play features meaning there is always a game to be played. Multiversus controls really well and is a must try if you like fighting games or want some arcade action with solid gameplay.

Dota 2
The most played game on Steam. Dota 2 (Defense of the Ancients) has been around since 2013 and in that time has established itself as the premier platform for MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) gameplay. Every game of Dota 2 is different and there is a complexity to the game that keeps players coming back for more. The game is difficult to master but very rewarding. There is plenty of instructions and hints to help new players get to grips with the game too. Dota 2 has a real focus on competitive balance and the core of the game is designed with fair play and balance in mind. With over 100 heroes to choose from (all of which are free) there is something for everyone to identify with in this amazing game.

Apex Legends
This game came out of nowhere and immediately established itself as one of the ultimate Battle Royale experiences. Apex does things differently by introducing legends with unique skills to the battle royale format. You can play Apex on huge maps with the typical battle royale combat traits or duke it out in smaller close combat arenas that depend on skill more than the element of surprise. Apex has an ever changing list of modes and content changes each season to keep things fresh.
View Stormforce Gaming Systems designed for Apex Legends – Here

Fortnite
If you’re on our website then you probably already know exactly what this is but for anybody who has lived under a rock since 2017, there is a game called Fortnite and loads of people play it. Fortnite Battle Royale and Creative mode are the free to play modes that offers a huge amount of depth and content whilst presenting you with new and exciting ways to empty your wallet on cosmetics and dance around your friends and enemies. Fortnite is a really well supported title and it isnt going away any time soon so there has never been a better time to give it a try and see if it works for you.
View Stormforce Gaming Systems designed for Fortnite – Here

League of Legends
League is a MOBA game that pits heroes against eachother in an exciting and competitive way. League has been free forever but does offer character customisation at additional cost. The game is played with two teams of five players battling against eachother for control of the map. Each player controls a champion that brings unique special abilities that can counter other players in specific ways. There is a lot of depth to League that is hard to describe to newcomers but the game is really easy to pick up as there is a real focus on accessibility. League will run really well on even the most modest hardware so it is worth giving the game a try.
View Stormforce Gaming Systems designed for Fortnite – Here

Team Fortress 2
TF2 has been around since 2007 and has always been popular in the PC gaming community due to its excellent gameplay and unique art style. TF2 went free to play in 2011 and since then the game has had a steady influx of new players. Whilst there isn’t a gigantic amount of fresh content coming out for TF2, there is certainly enough for a new player to enjoy. TF2 remains one of the most exciting, accessible multiplayer shooters on the PC and will entertain you no matter your skill level with shooting games. If you find a good group, server or Discord community to play with then TF2 is a vibrant and fun game to pick up and play often and remains truly excellent even after all these years.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive
If you like challenge, teamwork and chickens then this is the game for you. Dominating the competitive FPS scene for nearly a decade, CS:GO is a complex and deep shooter with potentially the best gunplay in any PC game available today. There is a nice feeling of balance and CS:GO provides a refined competitive experience that is rewarding to all ability levels. If you want a competitive shooter then this is a great starting point and will keep you busy for a long time.
Pro Tip: you run faster with a knife.
View Stormforce Gaming Systems designed for CS:GO – Here

Valorant
The competitive FPS title from the makers of League of Legends. Valorant mixes competitive shooter elements with hero shooter abilities. There is a unique feeling to playing Valorant and the cool art style means that it runs really well on most systems. Pairing the precision gunplay style of hardcore FPS titles like CS:GO with specialist hero abilities is a breath of fresh air that leads to a tactical and strategic playstyle that feels satisfying to pull off well. RIOT games continually balance and update Valorant meaning the game feels fresh, well maintained and rewarding.
View Stormforce Gaming Systems designed for Valorant – Here

Fall Guys
Welcome to the Blunderdome! Fall Guys is a battle royale game with a difference. You take part in a series of ‘its a knockout’ style events which narrow down the field of 60 players down to one winner. Every round of Fall Guys presents an obstacle course full of peril that each player must rush to complete at the same time as the rest of the field. Chaos ensues when every player is stumbling along trying to get to the finish line. Fall Guys is also another cross platform game which allows you to play alongside your friends on Nintendo Switch, Playstation and XBOX platforms too.

Shatterline
Released this year in early access, Shatterline is the newest title in this list and perhaps one of the most interesting. Developed by an independent studio in Kyiv, Ukraine. Shatterline is an arena FPS title with a strong collection of exciting game modes and a roguelike coop mode. Shatterline brings a different flavour of FPS to the table with a diverse list of game modes including TDM, Conquest, Plant the Bomb and Escort. In addition, the coop mode ‘Expedition’ in Shatterline is an interesting way to work together with a team through a narrative driven storyline. Whilst the game is still in development for a scheduled full release in Feburary 2023, there is a lot to do here and Shatterline remains one to watch as the team continue putting out meaningful updates in a timely manner.

PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner. PUBG – previously known as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds  is one of the early hits in the battle royale genre. The game was originally available as a mod but soon developed into a standalone game. Up to 100 players parachute down into the map to scavenge for weapons, armour and loot. The aim of the game is to eliminate other players before being eliminated yourself. With the safe area always closing in, PUBG presents the classic Battle Royale formula in a way that many other titles imitate but few manage to master. This is an intense and difficult game that is a real challenge to win. Recently PUBG has had a lot of quality of life improvements since moving to Free to Play. This easier to navigate control scheme and user interface really helps the game to be more accessible to new players. You will die a lot, but thats PUBG. Ranked modes in PUBG are charged using a battlepass system but there is plenty to try out for no charge here whilst you get your skills up to scratch.
View Stormforce Gaming Systems designed for PUBG – Here

Best Gaming PC for Free to Play games

The best thing about free to play games is that many of them are designed to run on a wide spectrum of hardware specifications. Many of the games mentioned in this post are fairly low in demand and will play really well on just about any system. Below are links to our most popular website categories that will help you decide what system to go for.

Stormforce Gaming - Price Bracket Under £1000If you are looking to purchase a system from Stormforce, the gaming PCs under £1000 category shows off our whole range of entry level systems. Every system in this range is a good option for most of the titles mentioned here but for more demanding games like Warzone, Halo and Destiny, it is best to consider systems with an RTX graphics card.

Stormforce Gaming - Price Bracket £1000 - £2000

Our mid range systems will handle every game on this list with ease and they will run super smooth at higher graphics settings.  Our mid range systems are designed to handle AAA titles with ease as well so these systems would be the most balanced option for a gamer looking for a great all rounder system with no compromises on performance.

Whatever game you are most interested in playing, we are here to help. If you are unsure or need to discuss your spec with one of our expert team, you can contact us for more advice on the best gaming system for you!