High-end gaming PC enthusiasm

Since I was young (even before starting primary school) I loved playing video games. As time goes by, I started getting interested in building a system, programming, and doing small stuff with electronics too. I was craving for a good gaming system.Around 6th or 7th grade, my father told me he would buy me a graphics card if I got very good grades and good score from the cram school’s exam (as if I was getting anything below what is called “good”). I was excited as it gets. I got good grades again and he bought me a graphic cards only a notch better than what I already had. I was so disappointed. I thought about getting a job during the summer and/or the holiday between the semesters in order to afford one. But it was already difficult to find a “mini-job” at my age and also my parents did not allow me to get one because I was supposed to do something more productive for my future and my school. Also, my country’s currency was so devalued that it was difficult even for a person with a full-time job to buy what is considered in the US “high end electronics”. The same thing happened when I was high school student as well. Now I am 24 years old and I started my first full time job. I spent lots of money to buy my first high end gaming PC. Now I am happy and relieved.

It’s pretty exciting to fulfill a childhood dream. Congrats!

I dunno man, if you had REALLY just built a new rig you wouldn’t have been able to stop yourself from spilling the specs :wink:

Just kidding, of course. Congratulations.

I mean, every five or seven years I really crunch the numbers and ask for tons of advice around here and build myself a really county-of-the-art middle-of-the-line gaming PC, like $600 or less for the whole thing, and I’m pleased as punch with myself every time. So I can’t even imagine the thrill of building an actual high-end one. Have fun with it!

Good for you!

I am 46 and I am still happy and relieved that I put together a pretty high end gaming rig back in January.

Specs or it didn’t happen !

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I know you are referring to the OP, but I’ll throw in my rig specs to get the ball rolling.

I went with an older chipset thinking I had a killer deal on RAM, but it fell through and I was committed before I realized.

MSI Z97 board
I7-4790K - 4.0 GHz Overclockable to 4.4 but I am running at stock speed, saving the boost for when my machine feels like it’s slowing down.
Be Quiet - Dark Rock 3 cooler - This thing is SILENT! and keeps the CPU around 50 C at high load.
G-Skills Ripjaws - 16GB 2400DDR3 RAM
Samsung 850 SSD
EVGA - 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 - also not overclocked, same reasoning as CPU, also silent, fans only kick in at 30 C and I haven’t ever had it climb higher than 58 C, at full load.
All wrapped up in a Phantex Eclipse case with a Rosewell PSU.
Monitor is a 1080p and games like Doom 2016 run at 180+ fps with all settings maxed out
Corsair Strafe keyboard, Logitech G502 mouse, H.O.T.A.S x52 Pro flight controllers.

I know it’s not the super high end, and I may have gone a little overboard for an old geezer who doesn’t play more than a couple hours a week typically, but with a PassMark score in the 98 percentile overall, I am pretty happy :slight_smile:

I have named her Peaches, for any fans of the Expanse series. She’s a high-strung, lean, mean killing machine :slight_smile:

Sweet.
I was asking anyone in the thread but was interested to see what you had.
I’m 45 and have what was a rocking rig ,3 years ago. I am starting to think about a major upgrade but I am kind of waiting to see what happens with monitors. I see big size increases with big cost drops comming through so don’t want to upgrade the graphics card and then have monitor issues when I get a couple of crazy sized cinema screens for monitors.
It is my home system but I do use it for work stuff as I work at home a fair bit.
Anyway
Nanoxia deep silent case. This is an awesome case, quiet , ton of room and good cable routes and good dust filtering. It will stay for a long while. It’s big but makes changing stuff easy.

I7 3770k , yeah it’s getting long in the tooth, but for work I do a lot of matlab big array processing and it’s hanging in there.
Motherboard is a gigabytebH8 something something. Probably goes with the processor.

16gigs of memory , work wise getting marginal, that needs to go to 32

Cooling is a H80, just had to change it as my old one died and needed it asap.

GeForce 660ti. Yeah I know time for an upgrade. But what order to go in (cpu ,memory, monitor, graphics? Or risk spousal disapproval and do it in one fell swoop)

Keyboard is a apple keyboard. I know I know, it was all I had when the old one died.
Power supply is a no name 700w. Seams to be doing ok but upgrade there will depend on what happens with the graphics card. It’s running off a UPS so is probably helping stability.

Anyway KSP and planetside2 run decently and I haven’t found the game that will push me over the edge yet, but having the rig ready is important so looking forward to seeing what people are running and taking notes.

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This is the only component that is really in need of an upgrade for modern games. I’m still rocking an i7-3770S and the 2xxx CPUs are still competitive when overclocked. Look at the Nvidia GTX 1070 or better. I don’t see big price drops coming for monitors in the next year or two. Indeed the new crop of 144 Hz UHD monitors are expected to cost $2000. They’ll drop from that after a year or so, of course, but they’ll still be spendy for a long while. The gaming monitors to look at right now are the 3440x1440 ones. If you get a GTX 1080 or 1080 Ti, look at the G-Sync 4K monitors.

I don’t know if you’ll benefit from high numbers of cores, but AMD’s Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs are being well received.

Ooh. I almost missed this. Do yourself a real favour and get yourself a decent PSU. A bad PSU has the ability to destroy all the components inside the PC.

If you’re going for a complete upgrade, you should consider it a business expense.

Heh. I’m still rocking an i7-860 (overclocked to 3.6Ghz) from 2009 and it holds up.

Congratulations!

Here in the first world, I’m embarrassed that I have four five (including one former high-end home-built PC) that I have no idea what to do with. They just sit about doing nothing. When I was your age, I would have been so envious to have even one of them.

I agree with Quartz, all you really need to bump up is the GPU, aside from your need for more RAM. For what I do on my machine, 16 GB is enough, which is great because my CPU cooler completely blocks one RAM slot :frowning:

As far as PSU goes, the new GPUs use way less power, so you have enough watts but I would also take Quartz’swarning to heart and get something certified. My 650W GPU is “gold certified” and only cost me 90 CDN bones.

My rig specs:

Asrock X370 Taichi
AMD Ryzen R7 1700@3500MHz@1.184V
G.SKILL Trident Z (F4-3200C14D-16GTZ) DDR4 3200MHz C14
Asus RoG Strix GTX1070 O8G
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SSD
NZXT CA-S340W-B3 S340 Elite Steel
Seasonic PRIME FOCUS Modular (80+Gold) 650W

Nice! Sounds like a very capable rig.
I like the case too, understated with clean lines.

No RGB? Personally, I’m not big on the fad, but I also am not big on displaying the innards of my computers, either.

Yes agree, I should probably do something about the PSU first.
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