Shamelessly nicked from Chaos's previous post here and updated slightly. This is the all new official AV Forums PC Gaming FAQ thread. If you have contributions to be made, please PM me and I will collate the information into the main FAQ. In addition if you find any old threads which you think are essential reading, please let me know so we can include them in the list. Essential Hardware & Software Threads These threads are a must read for any of you thinking of taking the plunge into PC gaming. Young or old, and whether you come from a Console background or have no gaming experience at all, take a look at these threads for some guidance.... Latest Drivers Drivers for your spanky new Graphics Card are important, as in most cases updates offer framerate increases or can remove glitches or texture problems, so well worth keeping up to date! This link offers both ATI and Nvidea drivers. Note that if you have Steam installed, they also provide an update for ATI cards as well. SSD Drives More and more popular as the prices falls below a £1/Gb, these drives just make your PC feel a little quicker in response in everyday apps like browsers and they also help games load quicker (if your drive is big enough to install them on). A Guide to install them is here and more discussions on what people think are the best as well as pricing and bargins is found in this thread. Using a pad on the PC A few games support the pads natively, but when they do not, this thread gives some sound advice for those of you that prefer the pad over a keyboard and mouse combo. Steam community usernames Trawl through this thread and pick up some names. People also have them in their signatures, and the AVForums Steam group also may have some users not listed in the thread. Also, you can add your Steam Card as your Avatar within these very boards by following the instructions here: How to display your Steam Gamercard next to your posts | AVForums If you don't know what Steam actually is, read below. 3D Gaming For those of you with 3D enabled GPU/TFTs and really want that extra level of emersion into your games, then this thread should be a good port of call. Member Rigs Just when you think you have your setup just how you want it, you read this thread and bang! you suddenly need a new case, GPU or fan to match the colour of your dog. If you have upgradeitus, stay away from this thread. In fact, you will need to stay away from this thread as well! Monitor Info Our very own Monitor Whore Sega Mega Dave has written up some fantastic info on TFTs, with advice on the different types of monitors and what all the little numbers and acronyms mean. Console This thread is for those of you that must bring up consoles at every opportunity. We don't want to know about them here, as they are like a foreign country that exists somewhere far away but we don't need too visit as they have funny tasting food thank you very much. Be warned, those of you that do break this cardinal sin will have to read the entire linked thread, and then answer a quiz to be able to post back in these forums. However, if you are a console gamer, and want to know what all the fuss is about, then this sums up quite nicely 'Should I move to a PC from a console' Games Game Video Reviews Carnagerover has been doing quite a few 'quick look' reviews of games, everything from Dishonoured to retro games such as Carmageddon. A few naughty words within, so not good for work, not that you should be watching videos of games at work anyway...... Also, a non forum member who's video's I watch a lot of, is Total Biscuits What The Flip [insert game here]. Steam/Origin Both Steam and Origin are two (free) client installations that are online stores as well as game matchups and messenging services (see above for usernames) and logging achievements for games played. Quite frankly they are at the core of PC gaming now, and you simply cannot do without at least one of them. Steam is the daddy at the moment, with 6+ years under its belt, and a massive wealth of 1000's of games from A* titles down to Indie clasics. Origin you will have because you will be playing Battlefield 3, Fifa or The Sims, and its much the same, just on a smaller scale (and always will be unless it entices more publishers away from Steam.) Pricing for both stores for titles are as normally higher than the bricks and mortar stores (and even online), but when the sales hit town.......you will try holding on to the purse strings, but find them oh so willing to part with your cash. Popular Games This section is for the threads that have been talked about so much that they have gone into multiple 1000' post threads: Battlefield 3 Skyrim Make sure you read MrIdontKnow's awesome guide to making it all look, well, awesome.