NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770: Leveling Up Your PC Gaming
It was well over 10 years ago that I had an addiction to Counter-Strike and many shazbot-yelling sessions playing Tribes. I also enjoyed the strategy of Starcraft when it was first introduced to me by a friend. However, PC gaming was never the best choice for me because I eventually ran into one problem after the next with getting games to work on my computer. So I went back to the consoles I trusted most and have been a console gamer ever since, never even daring to touch a PC game.
When I became a journalist a few years ago, I decided to dive back into the PC gaming world. Alienware looked like the brand to trust for a good gaming computer. But with the expensive price tags, I shied away from it and was encouraged to go the route of building my own PC despite knowing little about what that actually entailed. After watching a few short videos, I ordered the parts and put together my new build which was far cheaper and much better than what Alienware was offering. Such a smart decision!
Here I am a year later with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 graphics card, a card that can pull off all the top games on ultra settings. I also just finished participating in my first Steam sale, where I took advantage of many titles being on sale for incredibly low prices. Combing the new graphics card with many, many new games, I certainly have a lot to talk about. There are a few games in particular that impressed me, especially the ones I had played previously on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Getting the chance to play these games on PC with ultra settings by using NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 770 graphics card has made me question why I haven’t been a PC gamer my entire life.
The first game I tried was Capcom’s Remember Me, which came out earlier this year on consoles and PC. I beat the PlayStation 3 version and really enjoyed it for the most part, though I felt the world around me didn’t really reflect well on the experience. I was simply hoping to get more from the visuals than I did.
I wanted to compare the PS3 version to the PC version, so I went ahead and gave it a go on maximum settings. I had only expected to play through the first segment, but ended up playing far more than that because I was so enraptured by the detail of the world. Just being able to see the extra little details was enough to complete alter my experience, and for the better.
I guess I should say that I’m not one of those guys who needs great graphics to enjoy a game, but having good visuals does go a long way in affecting a player’s experience. Having more detail in a game is far better than not. Remember Me was like a brand new game for me when playing through it on PC, and I had a far greater time with it than I did with my initial playthrough on PC.
I also checked out DiRT Showdown — which I had played previously on the PS3 — and was amazed by how much sharper the game looked. Once again I was impressed by the little details. It looked like an entirely different game than what I had experienced on the PS3, especially after I won a race and saw the sparks flying.
Another game I enjoyed quite a bit and reviewed earlier this year with an inferior graphics card was GRID 2. I loved the game even though I had to enjoy its visuals on the lower settings. However, when using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 graphics card, I was able to enjoy smooth racing with beautiful lighting effects that made every race even more exciting and pleasant to look at. I actually tried to max my settings with my previous graphics card, but only averaged around 10fps. With the new card on maximum settings benchmark tests showed that I was getting an average of 76fps.
NVIDIA’s new series of graphics cards provide a much improved visual experience that all can enjoy. The GeForce GTX 760 is also a powerful option at a lower price of only $249. The new 700 series is definitely worth a look for those who are looking to max out their entire Steam library. It’s definitely worth it for that optimal visual experience and performance when playing.
Here are some more screenshots and videos from other games that I was visually impressed by, and I can’t wait to share more with you from the latest games that will be releasing this fall.