17 Steam Tips for PC Gaming Noobs and Power Users


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This story originally appeared on PCMag

Steam. It’s the face of PC gaming and the reason why Valve won’t release a game that people want to play in our lifetimes, aside from Half-Life spin-offs designed to sell VR headsets. GabeN and company’s video game marketplace isn’t the only place to purchase PC games—Epic Games Store, GOG, and Xbox are viable options, too—but Steam’s footprint and infamous seasonal sales make it a popular online retail destination. 

With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X slated to release this holiday, you may be tempted to pick up a next-gen console. However, exciting new graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia can give your PC an even greater power boost if you’re willing to upgrade. Games you purchase from Steam will look and play better than ever. 

Steam is so much more than a mere store, though. Its

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If gaming on a PC could be distilled down into just two things, the first is that the games you play can be more demanding thanks to its inherent power. (As opposed to, say, laptop or console gaming.) The second though is that you’ll have a pretty overwhelming set of options when it comes to your setup.

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