The build of a new gaming computer

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I have just ordered a bunch of awesome computer parts!
Hope to pick up the parts in some days or so.

Just wondering if you guys are interested in me documenting the build as a bit of a guide, step by step with pictures and links to all the components.

If so, how do I make the thread a sticky to make it not fall into oblivion?

I have been building my computers for the last 20 years or so, never bought a pre-built (brand name) computer.

(Why are my hobbies so expensive? Gaming computers and motorbikes?) :smile1:
 

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I have just ordered a bunch of awesome computer parts!
Hope to pick up the parts in some days or so.

Just wondering if you guys are interested in me documenting the build as a bit of a guide, step by step with pictures and links to all the components.

If so, how do I make the thread a sticky to make it not fall into oblivion?

I have been building my computers for the last 20 years or so, never bought a pre-built (brand name) computer.

(Why are my hobbies so expensive? Gaming computers and motorbikes?) :smile1:

Since part specs and prices change so much all the time, it probably won't do much good to document it all. A few months later it will be outdated. And youtube already has a ton of outdate computer build guides.

I build all of my computers too though. Are you getting the parts from Newegg or Amazon? My last recent build about a year ago cost just over $1200 (tower only), and is currently running an oculus rift with ease. In fact, I just found out I can run the oculus rift program in parallel to the new steam vr program too. Now that's an outdated pc.
 

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Cool, what are the specs of your new gaming PC? Are you doing any water cooling? My newest build has a 280 mm radiator for the cpu and I have a hybrid GTX 1080 with a 120 mm radiator. I love gaming at 4K and my system is nearly silent the entire time besides the quiet hum from both pumps. I try to order all of my parts through BHPhoto as they are tax free outside of New York and have free two day shipping to where I live, and they price match both Amazon and Newegg, otherwise I order through Amazon since I have had several bad experiences with Newegg.

Here are the specs for my system:

CPU: Core i7 7700k
GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 8GB FTW Hybrid
Ram: 16 GB DDR4
Mobo: EVGA Z270 Stinger
Storage: PNY 240 GB SSD
Western Digital Black 1 TB
Monitor: ASUS MG24UQ 24" 4K
 

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CPU: AMD FX 6300 (3.5GHz)
GPU: EVGA NVIDEA GTX 1060 6GB
RAM: 16GB DDR3
Mobo: Gigabyte 78LMT-S2
Storage: 1TB SATA and a 120GB SSD
Monitor: Sadly lacking a bit lol it's an old Gateway 1080p 1920x1080 24"
 

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CPU: AMD FX 6300 (3.5GHz)
GPU: EVGA NVIDEA GTX 1060 6GB
RAM: 16GB DDR3
Mobo: Gigabyte 78LMT-S2
Storage: 1TB SATA and a 120GB SSD
Monitor: Sadly lacking a bit lol it's an old Gateway 1080p 1920x1080 24"

Very nice, those specs would pair great with that 1080p monitor for some very pretty and smooth gameplay. What games do you play on it? I haven't been playing on PC as much lately (I need to get back into it) but I do enjoy GTA V from time to time.
 

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Very nice, those specs would pair great with that 1080p monitor for some very pretty and smooth gameplay. What games do you play on it? I haven't been playing on PC as much lately (I need to get back into it) but I do enjoy GTA V from time to time.

GTA V, World of Warcraft and Tropico 5 lately. I play a lot more but those are what I've been playing recently.
 

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No offense, but you're both lacking on ram. Should have gone with 32mb as a minimum. 64 would have been better too. The gpu's are kind of meh too.

In this day and age, any new pc should be able to handle 3d gaming with ease. This way it will still be a valid pc 5 or maybe even 10 years from now.
 

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No offense, but you're both lacking on ram. Should have gone with 32mb as a minimum. 64 would have been better too. The gpu's are kind of meh too.

In this day and age, any new pc should be able to handle 3d gaming with ease. This way it will still be a valid pc 5 or maybe even 10 years from now.

Why are you saying my GPU is crap? 6GB is more than enough in this day and age. Stop trying to one up everyone without posting your specs. You're coming across hardcore antagonistic.

PS 32MB the hell are you on?
 

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No offense, but you're both lacking on ram. Should have gone with 32mb as a minimum. 64 would have been better too. The gpu's are kind of meh too.

In this day and age, any new pc should be able to handle 3d gaming with ease. This way it will still be a valid pc 5 or maybe even 10 years from now.

32mb? Really Megabit? Bruh get on my level.
You don't need that much ram (32 GB) if your computer actually has the speed to throughput information fast enough.

CPU: AMD FX 8310 Eight Core Processor (3.4GHz)
GPU: AMD Radeon R9 380 Series at 3814mb
RAM: 16GB
Mobo: Some MSI board that I generally don't like but roll with because it works for this pc and matches all the bus speeds and such but can't remember its make and model off the top of my head and I'm too lazy to actually look at the Box.
Storage: 3TB of space across a 2TB internal and 1 TB in a hotswap drive.
Monitor: Acer H236HL
Water cooled CPU as well.

This is also my lowest speed computer. . . so yeah. Get on my level bruh. Lets see your specs sir high and mighty.
 

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Actually I said 64mb ram by today's standards. Not trying to one up anyone either, and never said it was crap- that's your admission, not mine. Oh, and ram isn't just about throughput, it also stores active memory for faster retrieval access. The more ram you have, the less that needs to be retrieved. This directly translates into loading times. Don't like a 10 second loading screen, double the ram and cut it in half.

And I'm sayingall this because my 1 or 2yr old machine runs 32gb of DDR3 ram with a 1.3gh video card running 6gb of onboard ram. And I max it out all the time running the Oculus and Steam 3d programs running simultaneously. So even my specs are already kind of outdated.

You two are certainly running ok enough pc builds too, but like I said they are kind of meh for someone trying to tout how great their new build is- because they aren't. Yeah they will run most games and programs today (which is perfect for most people), but not all programs. And they certainly won't be able to run most all games and programs a few years from now.

You will end up needing to wast more money later on trying to upgrade your machines. Just pointing out you could have put half that furture wasted money towards better builds. Heck, mine only cost about $1200, and like I said over a year outdated and it still runns everything. Not needing to do an upgrade has saved me more money overall. And why wouldn't anyone want to save money.
 

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Actually I said 64mb ram by today's standards. Not trying to one up anyone either, and never said it was crap- that's your admission, not mine. Oh, and ram isn't just about throughput, it also stores active memory for faster retrieval access. The more ram you have, the less that needs to be retrieved. This directly translates into loading times. Don't like a 10 second loading screen, double the ram and cut it in half.

And I'm sayingall this because my 1 or 2yr old machine runs 32gb of DDR3 ram with a 1.3gh video card running 6gb of onboard ram. And I max it out all the time running the Oculus and Steam 3d programs running simultaneously. So even my specs are already kind of outdated.

You two are certainly running ok enough pc builds too, but like I said they are kind of meh for someone trying to tout how great their new build is- because they aren't. Yeah they will run most games and programs today (which is perfect for most people), but not all programs. And they certainly won't be able to run most all games and programs a few years from now.

You will end up needing to wast more money later on trying to upgrade your machines. Just pointing out you could have put half that furture wasted money towards better builds. Heck, mine only cost about $1200, and like I said over a year outdated and it still runns everything. Not needing to do an upgrade has saved me more money overall. And why wouldn't anyone want to save money.

Post. Your. Specs. Stop trying to one up everyone it's annoying. You're not contributing to the thread all you're doing is bragging about how good your computer is.

PS: You don't need an amazing machine to run the Occulus Rift.
 
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HEY! Stop bickering!
OP here. I was immediately put off to post my pictures of me building my new computer by the first responder (Don't bother, just YouTube that shit)
I didn't intend this thread to be a dick measuring thread who has the most bad ass hardware.

Fun info, the SQL server @ my work has 32 GB internal memory for about 45 users, works fine, so why should a single person gaming computer have 64 GB???

I have 16 GB in my new comp, never even come close to maxing it.
 

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With gaming anything above 16GB will no do much, unless your running 2VMs while playing GTA 5 or some nonsense, than 16GB is fine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrrTkbyjDHk

What bothers me the most is when people recommend over kill parts for a gaming computer, yes I'm looking at you Linus Tech Tips, I've come across people who literally think they need a $1000 GPU and $1000 Graphics card and every other computer is shit. (yes the same idiot with the qualification who thinks it makes him some god who knows everything)

4GB Ram isn't enough 8GB is okay, 16GB is the sweet spot anymore than that won't make any difference, unless you're running some virtualisation server or for some reason running 8 vm ins the background while playing your games.

Focus mostly on CPU and GPU but don't go over kill, don't spend $800 on a new processor, and $1000 on a GPU when you're going to have to upgrade it anyway, It's freaking overkill.

Building a gaming computer is like buying a house, do you really need a house with 10 bed rooms, fancy lights, a pool, your own casino? or are you better off buying a 3 bed room house to live in? sure if you have the money go for it, but it's not practical to waste that much money.

At the end of the day you can spend $10 on a new light globe, or $300 on a posh fancy one, made in France,

I know there are people who will waste $20,000 on a gaming computer, but is it needed hell no, a $1000 dollar computer will do just as fine.

Another example, I write software, basically anything with a core 2 duo will surface fine so in my case spending $800 on my computer is overkill. (but I also game so my pc is built in with that mind)

I don't need a I7 hex core with 4.7 ghz speed, 64GB of DDR4 ram, 20 TB SSDs, 600 dollar mother etc, just to compile some code -.- same applies for gaming, 90% of games will run fine with a computer $800+ and suggesting I need something that ridiculous is stupid.
 

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4GB Ram isn't enough 8GB is okay, 16GB is the sweet spot anymore than that won't make any difference, unless you're running some virtualisation server or for some reason running 8 vm ins the background while playing your games.

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I don't need a I7 hex core with 4.7 ghz speed, 64GB of DDR4 ram, 20 TB SSDs, 600 dollar mother etc, just to compile some code -.- same applies for gaming, 90% of games will run fine with a computer $800+ and suggesting I need something that ridiculous is stupid.

Speaking as someone with an i7 hexacore and 64GB of DDR4, it depends a lot on how much you like to multitask and what exactly those tasks are. I never top out memory usage but I very frequently am using over 50%.
 

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Eh, if you just do mild office tasks and game even 8GB are still enough. 16GB is nice to have, anything above is only useful if you do memory intensive stuff in parallel. Like having (multiple) VMs, building large projects, editing huge bitmaps... workstation stuff.

My main problem right now is getting a decent graphics card. It's time for an upgrade, but all sensible choices are bitcoin inflated like hell.
 
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