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AdamsGrammaAdamsGramma Posts: 3Registered Users
Hi, my grandson has asked for a pc to play total war Rome II and medieval II, I have no idea and cannot 'build' one. Can these games play on windows 10. If you could make any reply reeeeaaaalllllllllyyyyy simple I would appreciate.

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  • GreenKing1GreenKing1 Senior Member Posts: 635Registered Users

    Hi, my grandson has asked for a pc to play total war Rome II and medieval II, I have no idea and cannot 'build' one. Can these games play on windows 10. If you could make any reply reeeeaaaalllllllllyyyyy simple I would appreciate.

    Hi, whats the budget for this pc?
  • AdamsGrammaAdamsGramma Posts: 3Registered Users
    around £1200.00
  • GreenKing1GreenKing1 Senior Member Posts: 635Registered Users
    For the £1200 mark you can find a very good prebuilt pc with an RTX 2070. For example: https://www.amazon.co.uk/CyberpowerPC-Warrior-i7-1080-Gaming-PC/dp/B071KTP3LS/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1544482446&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=rtx+2070+pc&dpPl=1&dpID=51Og2TzRmRL&ref=plSrch

    Not only could it run the two total war games you mentioned but could easily run future total war games for quite some time.

    I personally have a GTX 1070 with an intel i5 8600k and ROME II runs great.
  • BillyRuffianBillyRuffian Moderator UKPosts: 35,471Registered Users, Moderators, Knights
    @AdamsGramma Are peripherals (screen, keyboard, mouse etc.) to be included in the budget?

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  • GreenKing1GreenKing1 Senior Member Posts: 635Registered Users

    @AdamsGramma Are peripherals (screen, keyboard, mouse etc.) to be included in the budget?

    That's a good point, hadn't thought about that.
  • psychoakpsychoak Posts: 2,053Registered Users
    Also, operating system not included on that PC variant linked.
  • dge1dge1 Moderator Arkansas, USAPosts: 18,017Registered Users, Moderators, Knights
    Check this link. They have new and refurbished computers quite capable of running most all of the games.

    https://www.newegg.com/
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  • GreenKing1GreenKing1 Senior Member Posts: 635Registered Users
    You could also try https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk

    I have used them in the past before I started building my own PC's.

    You can select the parts you need and keep it within your budget.
  • AdamsGrammaAdamsGramma Posts: 3Registered Users
    Thanks for all your help, hardware now sorted. I just wondered about buying games. This isn't about area blocks or not wanting to pay whatever is required, mainly about internet speed. I would like to know what 'Steam' is and how it works with regards to the games. So the questions are:
    1. Can the total war games be played offline without internet connections - does it spoil how the games play
    2. What benefits are to be had by having a steam account.
    3. What is the minimum internet speed required to play the games without getting frustrated

    If I have missed any other area to be considered will someone point it out, the reasons for checking this out is our internet connection is not the best and bad weather can really reduce connectivity.

    Thanks for any replies
  • psychoakpsychoak Posts: 2,053Registered Users
    Steam is essentially a store. If there is one in regards to playing, the problem is going to be DRM, digital rights management, which is varied in it's implementation beyond just being on Steam.

    With Steam, you either buy a boxed copy, and get the main game install off disk, then updates come by download, or you just buy it directly off Steam and download the whole thing. This doesn't mean you're using your internet to play the game though. His game performance will be unrelated to the speed of his internet connection. If he's got a slow one, it might take him a few days to download it in the first place though. Even just with patching, the updates can be quite sizable. If this is satellite internet, or a similarly poor substitute for a good connection, there really isn't going to be much you can do to solve the problem of a very slow initial download. Even if you find a physical boxed copy of the games, the patching will be substantial for Rome II.

    I'm not sure as to the current state of various games, but CA has at times used DRM that required the game to have an internet connection at least some times. There has been the rare game where idiots actually tied performance to connecting with remote servers, but these cases have blown up in the developers faces. In general, games either do an activation check on installation, or nothing at all. Steam itself already serves as a digital rights management system, by requiring that it be running for programs using the included system.
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