So my story is more of a back to the MasterRace rather than an "Ascension" as I have been a Pcgamer for the last 20 years or so. Over the past couple of years due to limitations of money and time after moving to USA, I couldn't invest in a proper gaming build. So I gotten myself a PS4, walking into Uncharted territories at Zero Dawn Sorry couldn't resist. Last month I decided it was time get back, fixed my budget at $1600sh, but I had to buy all the parts.
Last time I had a PC it ran 1080p @ 30 (about 8 years back). I have played games on a friend's 4K setup with a PS4 Pro, and I found it to be okayish. I decided rather on going for a 1440p @ 60 sort of a setup. I know 144hz is the new craze, but I didn't think that my budget would have allowed that. I decided on getting a combination of new and "almost new" parts for the build to get in as much performance for the dollar I could scrounge. Got a GTX 1080 Duke for $450, a 1440p@60 IPS monitor for $150 and 16gb DDR4 3000Mhz ram for $100 from r/hardwareswap. I think it was a very good deal. Spend a day or so on r/buildapcsales for the rest. My university faculty onthehub provided me a Windows 10 Student for $10. Craigslist provided the gaming wheel. I have filled in the edited prices on the pcpartspicker which includes the taxes. Please include them when estimating the prices, cause they do inflate it quite a lot.
I love the build. I love Fractal's Design. It is an example of subdued elegance (which I have shat on with my led strip. I got a bit overexcited and will get rid of them soon). Clocking the Rams to 3000mhz took some updating and reading on the internet, but I have managed to get it upto 2933mhz with XMP profile 2 on my MSI motherboard. As for performance, Witcher 3 ran comfortably at 70-80 fps at 1440p at Ultra with Geralt's hair getting a salon treatment. I also ran Dirt Rally, Overwatch and Hitman, and performace was as enjoyable and smooth as spreading honey on Keira Knightley. All in all I didnot find the cpu bottlenecking the graphics card or any other deficiencies. I should have gotten 140mm fans for the case though, rather than 120mm. An oversight on my part.
Userbenchmark gave me this, Game 110%, Desk 80%, Work 78%
My excitement can be inferred from this post. It is the sort felt by people who have had the opportunity to do something that they loved so much as a child, and as opposed to most feelings in life, it has gotten even better with age (as now when I am gaming, my wife sometimes sits beside me and I can show her what made me so happy when I was 10).
tldr: Got new PC, smooth as Keira Knightley, very happy.