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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.

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Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

"...performace was as enjoyable and smooth as spreading honey on Keira Knightley excitement brewing."

nice.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build and very clean step-up.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

flip the top 2 and bottom fans around.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

The 60hz @ 1440p hurt lol, I would have went for 1080p 144hz and saved up for a 1440p 144hz monitor for later. Still nice build!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the next move. As I said I was not exactly sure how the performance would turn out.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean build +1! I would suggest getting a brace for your graphics card as it looks like it's sagging quite a bit. If you look on Amazon for Atlas (plastic) or FSLabs (aluminum) graphics card brace it's cheap and it would fit your case with no issues.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do thank you.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome!