Monday, 25 February 2019

My brother's used Gaming PC under 12k INR Budget

So recently, my brother got an awesome deal on a PC in used market. He got i3 6100 CPU, MSI H110 motherboard, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, PSU and Cabinet all under ₹6,500. Later down the line he also bought used Zotac 1050 Ti Mini 4GB for a mere ₹5,500 with more than 3 years warranty left which bring total to ₹12,000 excluding the brand new LG 22" IPS monitor he bought off amazon to pair with it.

The story starts when my brother bought a Micromax (well known local brand here) monitor back in Aug 2018 on a deal for ₹4,000 at a sale on amazon but that monitor is absolutely pathetic as it seem to have too much blue light and extremely poor color calibration out of the box. As it was also only 18.5" he had to buy another one anyway and so he did after few months.

He got LG 22MP68VQ, a 22" IPS display with DVI, VGA and HDMI port. It has also 3.5mm audio jack for HDMI audio pass-through. Looks really nice, has thin bezels and picture quality is quite good and it also looks very crispy. He got this monitor for ₹8,000 while sale Diwali sale (The Great Indian Festival) on Amazon where it normally costs around 9-10k.

He used our uncle's PC for few months before he could finally get his own rig which had gaming capable performance potential. The PC was bought after at least 2-3 weeks since he got monitor and wait actually seemed to be worth it.

I still can't believe someone can get this hell of a deal, i was surprised how much my brother was able to fetch so much for so little. I mean i3 6100 used refurbished itself cost more than what he got whole system for.

He went to buyer's home and deal was already decided for ₹8,000 but due to some issues dvi port not working on his motherboard (which he checked using dvi to vga converter adapter as he had an old basic monitor with only VGA port), my brother asked for discount of ₹2,000 and but the guy agreed on reducing the amount by ₹1,500 and my brother was okay with that which finalized this amazing deal.

In the end, even DVI port seem to be working (when he came back home and checked) so it was probably an issue with converter adapter, even though it still would have been steal at ₹8,000. But he was lucky to get some discount by accident which is never a bad thing.

Overall, build turned out to be satisfactory in terms of real world and raw performance. My brother gets 40-45fps at 1080p high in Shadow of the Tomb Raider which is quite remarkable for such a demanding game. The build was really value for money but i was little disappointed that monitor was bit on the expensive side but still okay considering GST on them and including printers is 28% right now (18% for all other computer components).


How We Can Have Significantly more optimized Games for PC


System requirements are getting more and more ridiculous day by day, i was shocked when i had to run Far Cry 5 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey at 1080p low for smooth framerates with my 750 ti. They need to optimize games alot better and use compressed texture for visuals rather than raw files.

Same can be done with Audio / Cutscenes so that overall size is smaller and it would then effectively help in reducing system requirements. It's no rocket science or anything extravagant, just common sense.

When i really want small file size images in GIMP, i just set picture quality to 70% and still don't notice any difference so game developers can atleast compress it to 90% quality without loosing any noticeable visual quality.

Developers these days only seem to focus on console side of things resulting in poor optimization for pc games. They should start giving some more priority to pc version of games now as it's the biggest gaming platform and growing faster than ever.

Windows is another reason behind poor performance of games on PC. Ever since Vista, Microsoft has added too much bloatware and unnecessary features present in windows such as Cortana, Windows Store, File History etc.

Windows 10 is over the top resource as it consumes 1.5GB RAM at idle and doesn't even like 7200rpm HDDs so an SSD is recommended for it which not everyone can afford (especially for higher storage sized ones such as 500gb or even 1tb) and it's not everyone's priority.

Microsoft have ruined it even further since Anniversary and Creator's update by adding even more bloat, and worst thing about it is, you can't disable automatic updates so need to wait for those sluggish and slow time consuming updates installation before you can enjoy your favorite games.

Additional Note (not included in video) :

Shoddy and messed up coding is another reason why games are so heavy these days, if developers take time and effort for a clean and decently implemented code the games could be better optimized this way as well. Extra unnecessary coding / programming also result in higher size which also affects system requirements in a negative way. Microsoft is also culprit of doing such things their OS and it has got much worse in modern version of Windows.

Monday, 4 February 2019

How Gaming on PCs is better than Consoles (XBOX Series S/X, PS5, Nintendo Switch etc.)

There has been alot of debate about various gaming platforms. For me personally, PC Gaming stands out in all of them. Today I'm going to share my opinion with which most people with even a hint of common sense would agree or appreciate. So here's my top 4 reason why PC Gaming is better than any of the current gen consoles such Xbox One X/S, PS4 Slim / Pro, Nintendo Switch or you could even say Soulja Boy Console 😜

1. Cheaper in Long Run


Silly console gamers claims that their console is much cheaper than PCs while in long run it's much more expensive due to ridiculously overpriced games while for PCs there are always sales on games like every other month on PC and generally PCs games price drop significantly as they get older while console games for most part maintain their high price over the years. Even launch price of games is cheaper for PC.

2. Free Online


I was a huge fan of Sony in past as they had free online for PS3, since that disappeared with the inauguration of PS4, we were left high and dry. Nothing could be more disappointing as they became rather greedy which this decision reflects.


3. Upgradeable Hardware


As the games are getting more and more demanding there's a decent need of upgrading regularly if you want stable 60fps in high / ultra settings. Though you can get away with no upgrade down the line for few years if you are ready to compromise your experience set visual quality preset to low or medium which might still give you around stable 40-45fps. My story with 750 ti now something similar. I have to turn down recent AAA games such as Far Cry 5 or AC Odyssey to 1080p low to get smooth framerates.


4. 4K 60FPS Glory


No console currently in the market could provide you this amazing experience. PS4 Pro does 4k but with checkerboard (literally upscaling) that too won't give you more than 30fps without being in Native 4k. While Xbox One X does have true 4k, it doesn't have any major game it can play at full 60fps glory at that resolution.