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:
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
“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?!?!
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?