eSports is just like any other sports. It makes sense to be armed with the best tools to give you an advantage.
The best football harnesses the power of aerodynamics and the strongest racquet can withstand the hardest impact. Who’s to say you shouldn’t arm yourself with the most powerful gaming system?
No one. We’re here to tell you the essential tips to choose the perfect gaming system.
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Processor - the brains of the operation
Let’s just say your best bet lies with a system powered by an Intel processor. Not just any run-of-the-mill Intel chip. Go extreme or go home. Aim for laptops or desktops armed with a Core i7 processor.
Sounds easy, until you see the numbers trailing behind the processor spec. Rule of thumb here is to look for the fourth generation processors, usually denoted with higher numbers like the Intel Core i7-4930MX.
Warning - such systems powered by the high-end processors don’t come cheap.
Never ever skimp on this. Especially if you’re a mobile warrior. Competitive players live or die on the performance of their gaming laptop’s graphics processor. If you have to choose between a more powerful processor versus graphics performance, go for the latter. Most self-respecting gamers would be eyeing systems powered by Nvidia’s GTX 980M graphics processor. That’s a sound choice. Not cheap, but it’s going to give you the edge while you frag enemies.
The key to victory
Always look for extra customisable keys that cut down the number of keystrokes to reload and fire or run a series of OMGWTFBBQ spells that’ll obliterate your foes.
Truth be told, you won’t need a full-sized keyboard anymore. Most games have remapped their interface, requiring only the essential WASD keys and a few other quick shortcuts to function.
Pro-tip: get a good mouse, one that comes with macro keys and an insane sensitivity level. Think Razer Naga Epic Chroma, now with pretty colours too.