Stuck on one of the several console options on the South African market? Why not consider a dedicated gaming PC?
MyBroadband has worked out exactly how much it’ll cost you to put together a PC capable of running SteamOS – and running it well, at that.
While Windows remains the number one choice for SA PC gamers, says the site, SteamOS is a good alternative, turning your hardware into a dedicated quasi-console.
The gaming service currently offers more that 2 200 titles, and is relatively easy to install.
According to MyBroadband, you’ll need the following components to construct a PC capable of playing most games at 1080p – the current golden standard for gaming.
Motherboard: Gigabyte H110M-HD2 (R932)
Processor: Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz (R1 096)
Memory: Corsair ValueSelect 8GB DDR4 2,133MHz (R941)
Graphics Card: HIS Radeon RX 470 IceQ OC 4GB (R2 899)
Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB 7,200RPM (R757)
SSD: Samsung 750 Evo 120GB SATA6G (R872)
Power Supply: Antec VP500P 500W (R637)
Case: CoolerMaster MasterBox Lite 3 (R666)
Total price: R8 800
An SSD is recommended as an extra, for better OS performance.
Arguably the best part of owning a gaming PC is upgradability, something that consoles generally lack.
If you don’t already own a good monitor, certain TV sets now come standard with a ‘game mode’, which can boost graphic speed at the expense of some sharpness.
Apart from the array of PC gaming controllers on the market, SteamOS is also compatible with its own Steam Controller, as well as both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One gamepads.