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Best PC specs & graphics cards to play Black Ops Cold War

The best graphics cards that will run Black Ops Cold War on PC.

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Activision recently updated its list of minimum and optimal specifications to play Black Ops Cold War on PC.

With cross-play being included in Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty has seen a surge in the number of PC players playing. PC offers users much more customization options for their game, including adjusting graphics settings to get the optimal experience.

As technology advances, games require stronger systems to run. Here’s what you need to get the best experience while playing Black Ops Cold War on PC. Look for these graphics drivers if purchasing a prebuilt PC, or make sure you have them if you are building your own.

Low-Mid Budget

PCs are expensive. If you’re on a low budget, you will be aiming to hit somewhere between the minimum and recommended specs. NVIDIA’s GeForce 16 series is the place to go here as they cover the beginner to mid-range market.

The minimum graphics card required to run Black Ops Cold War is a GeForce GTX 1650. If you want to hit the recommended settings, you’ll need to go to the higher end of the 16 series, such as the 1660 Super.

To purchase a card in the 16 series on its own, the cheapest you can buy them is from around $150 to $250. A prebuilt system with a 16 series card usually goes for upwards of $800.

Also make sure your system has at least 8gb of RAM and an Intel Core I3-430 or AMD FX-6300 CPU.

Mid-High Budget

If you’re looking for a competitive performance with high frame rates, you will want at least the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 card. The 10 series came out before the 16 series, hence the lower model number, but the 1080 is a more powerful card.

If you don’t own one already, the GTX 1080 is now out of production so is difficult to get a hold of.

If you’re looking to upgrade, you will need to go to the RTX 20 series. You’ll be able to find 20 series cards for upwards of $300. If your budget is that bit higher, you could also get NVIDIA’s RTX 3070 which allows for Ray Tracing. This retails for around $499.

You will also need 16gb of RAM and an Intel I7-8007K or an AMD RYZEN 1800X CPU.

High Budget

If you want the best of the best and money is so issue, NVIDIA’s RTX 3080 and 3090 are the cards for you.

These cards allow for 4K Ray Tracing which will have Black Ops Cold War looking the best it possibly can. The 3080 retails for $699 and the 3090 for $1,499.

If you are purchasing an RTX 3080 or 3090, a copy of Black Ops Cold War will be included with it. Due to the high demand for these cards, they are currently not in stock. It’s possible there will be a window when to pick up the card with a copy of the game.

If you want your game to run in high FPS with 4K Ray Tracing, you will need 125gb hard drive space.

You will also need 16gb of RAM and an INTEL I9-9900K or AMD RYZEN 3700X CPU.

Black Ops Cold War will release on PC and consoles November 13.

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Cold War glitch removes bushes from Cartel and players love it

Bushes have long been a complaint from the Black Ops Cold War community, and one lucky player got a taste for the map without them.

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A glitch in Black Ops Cold War removed the bushes in Cartel for one lucky player, and the community agrees that it’s a major improvement.

The bushes in the center of the map Cartel have been an issue since the Cold War Beta. Dense foliage surrounds the B flag, completely conceals prone players, and leads to easy eliminations on unsuspecting enemies.

This makes pushing the B flag on Domination extremely high risk. Due to this, much of the action on Cartel occurs in the hangar and down by the river on either side of the map.

One lucky user encountered a glitch where the bushes had vanished.

Trimming the hedges

Reddit user ‘CapAustria‘ shared a glitch they experienced in-game, which removed all the bushes from the map’s center.

The glitch only lasted for one game, and the bushes were only hidden at certain angles. This was likely due to textures failing to load-in, rather than a sneak peek at an upcoming update.

This post quickly gained traction on Reddit, with all of the top comments stating how much of an improvement this is compared to how the map currently looks. Although flashlight attachments help to spot players hiding in the foliage, most agree the map would be vastly improved without the bushes.

Players were concerned that removing the bushes, would create too much open space. With a sniper tower overlooking the center of the map, this would make the area even more of a ‘No Man’s Land.’

Instead, there is actually quite a bit of cover in the area that’s usually concealed by the foliage. In the screenshots, we can see hay bales, a wheelbarrow, and barrels dotted around this location.

With player visibility being a common complaint in Black Ops Cold War, it’s likely that trimming or removing the bushes would go down well with the community.

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Black Ops Cold War Nov 24 Update: Nuketown & 2XP

Nuketown ’84 has arrived. Free for everyone. Let the mayhem begin!

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Treyarch has released a new map in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, free for everyone.

The new map & more is live as part of the new in-game update that went live in Black Ops Cold War on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

To celebrate the return of Nuketown, Treyarch has added in Nuketown 24/7 playlist so that fans can experience this new map exclusively for a limited time.

In addition, the following is also live in Black Ops Cold War:

  • Double XP
  • Double Weapon XP

Double XP & Double Weapon XP will be live in game through Monday, November 30 at 10AM PT to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Nuketown ’84, Double XP, and Double Weapon XP are live in Black Ops Cold War on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.

Jump into the game now and level up those weapons on the fan favorite map!

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Top 5 tips to help you beat Zombies Dead Ops in Black Ops Cold War

Having trouble surviving in the Dead Ops mode in Cold War? These five tips will help save your life.

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The grossly underrated Dead Ops mode is back for a third go in BOCW. The twin-stick mayhem has returned and brings with it a new map of goodies and gadgets to make things fun. But in order to win, you’ll need to know these 5 top tips to beat Dead Ops 3 in Black Ops Cold War.

After originally debuting back in CoD: Black Ops I, Dead Ops has seen limited use, with its only other appearance arriving in BLOPS2.

Thankfully, Treyarch has changed this with Black Ops: Cold War. To successfully overcome its challenge, you’ll have to battle your way through countless waves of zombies and creatures. To get you off on the right foot immediately, we have some essential advice you should heed.

Top five tips

If you’re in a rush and want a quick-fix to help you beat Dead Ops, these are the must-know tips to get you going straight away.

They’ll teach you about teamwork, what to do, and most importantly what NOT to do.

player running towards a pick-up in dead ops 3

Tip #1 – Always keep track of your teammates

It’s amazing that after all these years of team-based online gaming, players will still forget their allies’ presence. Don’t do this in Dead Ops! They need you, and you need them. Forget dashing after treasure to score yourself a quick buck; see if your compatriot is being surrounded.

You can also help by allowing them to have better weapons. If you look deep inside yourself, you’ll know your ability in this kind of game. If it clearly exceeds those around you, then maybe stick to the base weapon and allow them to grab most of the helper tools.

Teamwork makes the dream work, after all.

Tip #2 – Ignore the first-person pickup

It’s awful. The only redeeming quality it has is that it can help you find bonus rooms a bit easier – you can still find them normally with some intuition.

First-person may seem cool at first, but this mode isn’t designed for it. When you’re being attacked from all directions, you need to be able to see everything in a tight space.

Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

first-person mode in dead ops 3

Tip #3 – Don’t keep pointlessly firing weapon drops

If you feel you do need weapon pickups, then manage your use of them. They are very limited, and their scarce ammo needs to be conserved. For instance, you’ve picked up an RPG, a horde of zombies flood through one of the level’s openings, and you start unloading at them.

This will naturally help your cause, but there is an inevitable stopping point where the supply of dead goons ends. Yet you’re still firing your weapon and wasting precious ammo that could make or break your life in the round.

Tip #4 – Bomb effectively and boost sensibly

During the course of a Dead Ops 3 run, you’re going to accumulate a hefty supply of bombs and boosts. There will be plenty to spare…early on. That arsenal of power-ups will diminish quicker than a roadrunner evading a coyote.

Bombs should be an emergency escape method, nothing else. If you’re 99.99% sure you’re going to die, do it. They’re also great for Totem heads and bosses. Again, as for boosting, use this as a last-ditch recovery action to save yourself from an early grave. They’re both plentiful but finite.

battling a head totem in dead ops 3

Tip #5 – Don’t get cornered

The importance of this tip cannot be understated. If you’re new to the concept of Dead Ops and top-down, twin-stick shooters, then it’s important to grasp the fundamentals. If you’re in a nice open space, then you can afford to stand still a bit longer.

If the area is compact and contained, then you always need to have an exit strategy. Where will you go if you’re about to be cornered? Do you have enough supplies to escape? Is there a teammate near you that can help? These are all ways to stop yourself from getting isolated, cornered, and killed – repeatedly.

There you go, five top tips to beat Dead Ops 3 in Black Ops: Cold War. They will serve you in good stead and definitely increase your playtime.

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