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Stupid question:

Is there any truth to the belief that if you train your <insert competitive game here e.g. Dota 2> skills on a sub-par pc, when you play on a maxed-out one you play better (much like jogging around with ankle weights then taking them off to improve your vertical leap)?

Conversely, since I have to adjust to lower frame rates and less responsive interfaces on a lower-specced machine, does playing there hurt my overall skill growth?

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Quite the contrary: It is a much interesting question.. –  DrFish Nov 16 '12 at 7:35
    
I don't have enough for a full answer, but I will say that if you play on an extremely lower-specced machine your skill cap will be lower. There will come a point where fewer frames just doesn't allow you to play at your best -- whether or not you can balance the performance of a machine to handicap you without crippling you seems to be a big part of the question –  PeterL Nov 16 '12 at 14:16
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That's mostly a debate question, and answers will depend most likely on personal preferences. Not really appropriate for this site's Q&A format. Voting to close. –  Gnoupi Dec 4 '12 at 9:20

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It really depends what game you are playing. In some games playing on a lower specced machine will give you an advantage because you have to play on lower graphics. I know in ARMA 2 if you set your graphics low enough you can see and shot right through some obstacles at long range. In Starcraft 2 pros prefer to play on lower graphics because it lets them see better with less clutter. But lower graphics settings != lower specced. In most multiplayer games that I can think of as long as you aren't lagging and you don't have too much stutter there shouldn't be any major difference. Like Peter said though, you will hit a skill cap with lower frame rates where you just can't react fast enough.

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Most people don't find that better computer specs have any significant effect unless you're at low enough performance that you're actually experiencing frame rate drops during crucial points of battles, when there is the most action happening on the screen. If this is happening to you, then your play will definitely improve without these occurances.

Many professional StarCraft, Counter-Strike, and Dota2 players play at lower settings to ensure that these frame rate issues don't happen and so that there's no visual "candy" occurring that would obscure or detract from the game. Playing at higher settings will generally not allow you to see or do anything you could not do at lower settings, at least for these specific games.

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