Alleyway Jack Rank 10 PC Hunter

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition

As expected, Square Enix recently announced a PC version of Final Fantasy XV. And while this list of recommended specs was later said to be a miscommunication, it still serves as a reminder that my 5-year-old loud laptop — with its missing keys and loud fan — is showing its age. So what should an Alleyway Jack (Jill?) Rank 10 Hunter search for in her next PC?

I admit it: I’m torn on what type of laptop I want. But no matter if I go with a traditional or 2-in-1, 13.3″ or 15.6″, a more desktop-like (like these HP gaming PCs) or tablet-like experience, I know I won’t budge on these features:

#1: Processor

Because a bad, slow processor feels like this:

I currently have an old i7, and even though processors have come a long way, I don’t want to jump down to an i3. Some parts are easily replaced, but the CPU isn’t one of them. A Dual Core is fine for my everyday use, but a Quad-Core is more future-proof considering now there are hexa-core processors. I don’t run my laptop on battery too often, so battery life isn’t a huge priority.

I’ve studied AMD processors, and I would be open to an equivalent. I’d prefer the more popular Intel Cores though.

#2: Solid State Drive

Preferably, I want it to have an SSD drive with plenty of room. However, my next PC needs at least a nice SSD boot drive. Quick start-up time, and more importantly, less heat! A good computer needs to be smooth and quiet. like this:

Plus, solid state drives are more reliable. Because if you lose everything on your computer, then it’s

Final Fantasy XV Game Over

#3: Keyboard

“Why, Krystallina, what about RAM? An HD screen? A graphics card?”

No, a good keyboard. Smooth, comfortable, reliable. One that doesn’t break constantly.

Because if your keyboard isn’t responsive…

I’m a touch typist, so I don’t have to have a backlit keyboard (although changing colors is a lot of fun on my current Alienware), but I really would love one with a number pad. It’s such a pain when using Excel to have to use the number row to enter digit after digit, but the more important thing is that the keyboard is GOOD. I’ve never broken a key on a keyboard before, but somehow, I’ve replaced several plus have some wonky keys. (Plus my missing ones, of course.)

Have any of you seen those new laptops (mostly by Lenovo I believe) where the right shift is half the length and off to the right more? Dear Bahamut, who thought that was a good idea?!?!

Final Comments:

I was hoping to get a new laptop this year, but first Krystallina raided her new PC fun for a Switch, and now has to put that money towards a new washing machine. But I look forward to the day where some fun Final Fantasy XV mods are available on the Windows Edition, and I hope I have a machine powerful enough by then. Until then, I guess I’ll continue hunting.

But not bounty hunting. I’ll reach Alleyway Jack Rank 10 in another way: bargain hunting.

Do you do a lot of gaming on your computer? What kind of machine do you have?

5 Comments

  1. Matthew

    I don’t really game much on my laptop. It’s pretty old, I got it around college I think in 2014 or 15. My parents want me to get a new laptop with updated features. Anyway, this good news for PC gamers who want to play FFXV but based on what I heard, this game is going to need a lot of GBs, and other features to play in 4K.

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    1. Krystallina (Post author)

      If that original list was the recommended specs, not too many people were going to play FFXV on PC! That was an expensive setup!
      3 years old is right on the borderline of where computers starts to lose their dazzle. But it all depends on your system and your needs.

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      1. Matthew

        FFXV is going to be an expensive game. You not only have to buy the game but you also need the right stuff for the computer. I have an Asus Windows computer and it’s pretty old. My dad wants me to save up for an update laptop with up to date features.

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  2. The Otaku Judge

    I own a Mac. The only gaming I do on that thing is Hearthstone. I hate buying games on PC and then worrying about stuff like memory cards/memory so I prefer to play on console. Best of luck in saving up for a new machine. I would suggest not buying a washing money to speed up the process. Cleaning clothes isn’t that important is it?

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    1. Krystallina (Post author)

      I definitely prefer consoles over computer gaming.
      I’d skip the washing machine, but then how would I be able to keep wearing my favorite Sailor Moon shirts year after year?

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