Hey. As the title says, I finally got my first gaming computer. It's a laptop with a Geforce GTX 1050ti, Core i7-7700HQ@ 2.80Ghz, 8GB Ram, etc. I was gonna get a desktop but for my situation where I might be moving/going to college hopefully soon I figured it was for the best to get something more easy to move around in case I need to move it around a lot.
I've been testing to see what the specs are capable of such as watching videos on it. I've only played a few games as of now to see, such as Vanquish and Team Fortress 2 which both run fantastic at highest setting and have good framerates, but they are both older games so i'm not sure if that's quite a good test of it. I've played PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on it a bit which runs well and can be played at high/ultra settings if I want to but the framerate is more inconsistent and was dropping significantly in certain areas such as when a lot of explosions are happening in the red zones.
I have a few questions though for those who know more about this stuff.
1) What ballpark of games am I looking at being able to run on this thing? Can I run current gen games on it? I know it will vary from a game to game basis but just in general what am I looking at being able to run on it here. When I was playing PUBG the Nvidia thing recommended that I play on lowest settings, which was surprised by, like aren't the specs able to handle it better? I've seen videos of it running Witcher 3 and stuff.
2) Sort of similar to the first question but are the specs I have good, like where do they lie on terms of power.
3) What are "Drivers"/what are they for? I heard about having to update drivers and such when hearing about proper PC gaming, since i've been PC gaming for a long time, have my Steam account since 2010 but this is the first time I actually have a computer that has the proper hardware dedicated to it. So I went onto GeForce's site and downloaded the NVIDIA Gefore Experience drivers thing which says it helps get the best possible performance out of hardware for your games, and it replaced what original Nvidia settings my computer came with. I'm assuming this is a good thing though since it's from NVIDIA themselves, so surely they know the best to do for their own GPU?
4) Is there anything I should be doing to make sure it stays in top shape?
Again i'm not new to PC gaming or anything this is just the first time I have a computer that has good hardware dedicated to playing games so i'm taking it more seriously lol.Last edited by FloatingWaffles - on 10 November 2017