Three reasons to upgrade your gaming PC this holiday season

Reason #1

Does this sound like you?
A. A nerd who plays [amazon_link id="B000H96C9M" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]World of Warcraft[/amazon_link], but feels its getting a little stale.
B. You love [amazon_link id="B003ZSJ212" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Star Wars[/amazon_link] so much you will even go to see the atrocity known as The Phantom Menace in 3D (beginning February 10th) .

Damnit, now that I’ve actually watched the trailer I really want to see it in 3D.

Yes, then you should get ready for Bioware’s upcoming MMORPG [amazon_link id="B005B8DRVU" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]The Old Republic[/amazon_link], coming out December 20th.  Regulars to this site might remember the cinematic videos I put up last week, and here’s a new video detailing character progression.

Minimum System Requirements for The Old Republic
OS Windows XP, Vista/7
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0GHz or better
Windows XP: 1.5GB RAM • Windows Vista and Windows 7: 2GB RAM • PCs using a built-in graphical chipset, 2GB RAM recommended.
ATI X1800 or better* • nVidia 7800 or better* • Intel 4100 Integrated Graphics or better*
8x or better DVD-ROM
*Minimum of 256MB of on-board RAM and Shader 3.0 or better support.

Reason #2

[amazon_link id="B004H80TUC" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Batman: Arkham City[/amazon_link] just came out on the PC, and it looks incredible, meaning the [amazon_link id="B002I0F5M8" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]console versions[/amazon_link] graphically pale in comparison,  if your gaming rig can handle it that is. Just look at the difference between a mid and high level pc setup.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7
  • CPU: Dual-Core CPU 2.4 Ghz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA 8800 or ATI 3800 with 512MB of VRAM
  • Sound: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9.0c-compatible)
  • DVD-ROM: Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive
  • Hard Drive: 17.5GB free disk space
  • Input Devices: 100% Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible mouse and keyboard

Recommended System Requirements

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7
  • CPU: Dual-Core CPU 2.5 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or ATI Radeon HD 6850 with 768MB+ of VRAM (DirectX 11 compatible)
  • Sound: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9.0c-compatible)
  • DVD-ROM: Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive
  • Hard Drive: 17.5 GB free disk space
  • Input Devices: 100% Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible mouse and keyboard or Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

Reason #3
BF3D!

Nick Winter at Gamespy is reporting that the latest Battlefield 3 patch supports stereoscopic 3D. [amazon_link id="B005WWZUQ0" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]The PC version[/amazon_link] has been widely proven to have superior graphics to the [amazon_link id="B003O6G5TW" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]console versions[/amazon_link], just like we saw with Arkham City. If you have anything that can handle that, you can go fuck yourself.

Minimum System Requirements for Battlefield 3.

OS: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) 32-Bit
Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ or Althon X2 2.7 GHz)
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 20 GB
Graphics Card (AMD): DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 series, with ATI RADEON 3870 or higher performance)
Graphics Card (NVIDIA): DirectX 10.0 compatible with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 OR 500 series with NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GT or higher performance)
Sound card: DirectX compatible
Keyboard and Mouse
DVD ROM Drive

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit
Processor: Quad-Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB
Hard Drive: 20 GB
Graphics Card: DirectX 11 compatible with 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 or ATI RADEON 6950)
Sound Card: DirectX compatible
Keyboard and Mouse
DVD ROM Drive

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