There’s no guaranteed lure to hook a PC gamer like someone on social media asking for PC build advice—especially if that someone is a celebrity with 2.8 million followers, like actor Chloë Grace Moretz. The star of Kick-Ass and new sci-fi series The Peripheral recently tweeted about her gaming habits, saying she’s “obsessed” with the Modern Warfare 2 beta. back in September and that she seriously wanted to enter sim racing. Now it seems she is at the tipping point of becoming a full PC gamer.
Early Wednesday, Moretz tweeted the bait, asking “all my gaming friends out there—for a PC setup, where do I start, how deep do I need to get into the intricacies of it?” Three hours and about 750 responses later, she’s already received the usual spread of responses: influencers and other fans recommending boutique PC builders, others recommending build-it-yourself, and brands eagerly pitching their own platforms. (I have to give special thanks to reader Chris Thornett, who recommended PC Gamer’s own Alan Dexter as a veteran hardware expert).
If I were Moretz, I’d quickly give up replying to a thread with over 750 replies, but I’m glad she wrote back to a few people who recommended building with a pre-built rig and called out PCPartPicker as an invaluable resource. As our EIC Evan Lahti wrote years ago, building your own computer is a special experience.
“It’s almost adult reading,” one fan tweeted, which received a response from Moretz. “Adult readings are literally a dream haha yeah,” she wrote.
After a few years of overpriced or unavailable stock, it’s finally a good time to build a PC again:
- Don’t skimp on the screen: it’s a quality, high-refresh screen so beautiful For a racing fan, I think the best choice right now is the slightly curved 34-inch Alienware AW3423DW. 175 Hz refresh and HDR on OLED!
- Get a great chair—and maybe not a “gaming” chair. We can tell you about the best gaming chairs, but I would recommend the Herman Miller Embody or even better, the Steelcase Gesture (opens in a new tab)super play-style bucket seat.
Once she gets her rig up and running, I hope Chloë Grace Moretz fully falls into the PC gaming life and discovers the Sunday morning joy of installing 30 mods for a game and then never playing it, or throttling a CPU to get just as many. performance for less power. If she and Henry Cavill ever cross paths, I like to imagine they’ll have a deep discussion about Noctua fans. They really are the best.