PC GAMING GEAR THREAD



  • With all of the new graphics cards and whatnot being talked about and details coming out, I figured we needed a PC GAMING GEAR THREAD to see who is excited about what. The New 1xxx series from Nvidia is exciting, but AMD is chomping on their heels. As well as the new cannonlake intel CPUs around the corner, and various other HBM2 graphics cards (The next AMD cards, as well as the rumored "1080 ti and 1080 Titan" cards).

    I have a 4790k + 980 ti with various accessories and hard drives. I use a 27" AOC IPS Panel for watching EZA videos/etc, and a Philips 27" G-Sync 144Hz 1080p monitor for gaming. I'm personally waiting for dates/details on the new 1080 Ti and Intel Cannonlake series. I'll save up money to upgrade to them, presumably in Quarter 2 of 2017.

    See this PCPARTPICKER List for my build.

    I'd love to hear what builds you guys have, and if you don't have a build, when/what you are going to build!



  • I have i7-4790 processor, Asus's GTX 970, 16 gb of RAM, 22"Philips monitor.
    I intend to upgrade monitor to 27" 1440p and GTX 1070 when it gets cheaper.

    Also, with new graphics cards and with Microsoft's new play anywhere program, I strongly encourage you to invest into a gaming PC, if you've not done so.



  • @Nillend I have an Xbox One & my gaming PC.

    Also, I personally tried 1440p (34" 21:9 Ultrawide) and another 27" 1440p monitor. I returned both after trying them for a few weeks each.

    The hassle of UI's not scaling properly, and when there was a game I had to severely turn down graphics settings due to 1440p, I personally would have rather switched to 1080p & Max settings, or 1080p & 144hz. But with a 1440P, you have to have black borders to run 1080p resolution, or stretch the resolution out (which looks bad).

    Ultimately I decided against the slight graphical improvement of 1080p -> 1440p, and went with a G-Sync 144hz monitor. Definitely the right choice for me!


  • Banned

    OS: Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB ACX 2.0+ SC+
    CPU: i7 6700k @ 4.5GHz
    RAM: Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 2133Mhz Vengeance LPX
    MOBO: ASUS Z170-P ATX
    Mouse: Razer Deathadder Chroma
    Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow
    Monitor: ASUS 24" VG248QE 144Hz
    Monitor 2: SAMSUNG SyncMaster S24A350 24'' LED
    Case: HAF912+
    Headset: Corsair VOID wireless 7.1

    I'm jumping over the 1000 series, I think.



  • I just built my first desktop rig this past April.

    Case: Silverstone RVZ02B
    CPU: Intel Core-i7 6700
    CPU Cooler: Cryorig C7
    GPU: AMD R9 Nano
    MotherBoard: Asus Z170i Pro Gaming
    RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000MHz
    Storage: 250GB Samsung Evo 850 SSD & 2TB WD Black HDD
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE (1920x1080 144hz)
    Keyboard: Logitech G710
    Mouse: Razer Mamba

    I really wanted something that was going to be small form factor but still look sexy so those boxy Mini-ITX Cooler Master cases were out. It was really fun putting it all together except for those damn header cables. Since the RVZ02 is a HTPC case, the front header connectors are right up next to the edge of the case. Wouldn't have been so bad if I had tweezers, but I didn't.

    The choice of getting the R9 Nano was based on the case that I wanted. The RVZ02 has 2, 2.5" Drive Bays and 1, 3.5" bay but only if the video card is short. I wanted a good quality HDD so I knew that I wouldn't be able to fit a full length card in there. The rig works like a champ so no complaints and I liked the challenge.



  • Do keyboards count? My son spilt orange juice on my CM Quickfire XT. I couldn't find a replacement anywhere that didn't come with extravagant christmas lights attached (apparently they warrent an almost 50% increase in price). So I went with a Corsair Graphite. It's ok, but I miss my XT. That clickety clack was unmatched



  • @BabyfartsMcgeezaks Yeah we have an extremely similar setup, I lack DDR4 RAM and the 6700k though. Still wondering if my CPU is bottlenecking me, but it's rarely @ 100% utilization. I'll be getting 40 fps in some games and its at 40% usage. Probably a g-sync /144hz issue.

    The 1000 series is one that I'm cautious about getting into. My final decision will be on the 1080 ti. If it comes out March-May I'll consider it, but if its $900+ I'll be skipping it.

    My goal is to get 100+ FPS on my 1080p game. The 1080 ti is rumored to be using HBM2 technology, so everything is up in the air.



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  • @NuTtYjAwA What are you going to use that baby for? :D



  • @Stormcrownn said in PC GAMING GEAR THREAD:

    @NuTtYjAwA What are you going to use that baby for? :D

    It's my rig which is
    i7 4790k with a coolermaster cooler
    16 gb of ram corsair vengeance
    gigabyte gaming 7 z97x mobo
    a few SSD's and HDD's
    an asus 4k 28inch monitor and a LG 28 inch second monitor
    Corsair k70 RGB keyboard
    Logitech g502 mouse :)



  • I added my own build from pcpartpicker.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/list/BsyHhq

    I added the second set of 16GB of RAM later, and both of those monitors I purchased after the build. I ended up selling my ASUS VG248 144Hz monitor to get the G-Sync Philips.

    @NuTtYjAwA How do you like that 4K Monitor? I'm super on the fence about replacing my AOC monitor with a 4k monitor for movies/some games.



  • @Stormcrownn said in PC GAMING GEAR THREAD:

    I added my own build from pcpartpicker.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/list/BsyHhq

    I added the second set of 16GB of RAM later, and both of those monitors I purchased after the build. I ended up selling my ASUS VG248 144Hz monitor to get the G-Sync Philips.

    @NuTtYjAwA How do you like that 4K Monitor? I'm super on the fence about replacing my AOC monitor with a 4k monitor for movies/some games.

    My original build late 2014 was with a 980 and I did not enjoy 4k as it couldn't really keep up with it so I ended up playing at 1080p.

    since getting the 1080 it's great, currently playing through shadow of mordor in 4k on ultra it looks stunning, as does the witcher 3



  • I'm not sure if I want to share my build, but whatever, here it is anyways...
    http://pcpartpicker.com/list/yzkq4C
    Note that I build this almost 6 years ago, mostly anyways. only thing I've added later is Graphics card, SSD and HDD. If I would get extra cash from somewhere, I would update the system in it's entirety. But It does run Fallout 4 in 1080p with 60fps, and GTAOnline in 1080p with 60fps (obviously not with full graphics) and it does run Witcher 3 in 1080p, and in 60fps... But with pretty low settings... I can live with it, but I would love to upgrade. Sooner the better.



  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3820 @ 3.60GHz
    Sandy Bridge-E 32nm Technology

    RAM
    G.SKill 64.0GB DDR3 @ 933MHz (9-10-9-28)

    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P9X79 PRO (LGA2011)

    Graphics
    Acer H276HL (1920x1080@60Hz)
    DELL S2340M (1920x1080@60Hz)
    DELL S2340M (1920x1080@60Hz)
    4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (EVGA)

    Storage
    1863GB Western Digital WDC WD2003FZEX-00Z4SA0 (SATA)
    232GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB (SSD) 38 °C
    931GB Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 (SATA
    931GB Western Digital WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0 (SATA)

    Optical Drives
    ATAPI iHAS124 B

    Audio
    High Definition Audio Device



  • For those on Windows 10, have you kept your previous OS, how are you finding it and can you still use ps4 controller with all its functions?

    Win 8.1
    32gb ram
    I7 4770k with cooler master evo
    980ti
    Using 8 year old Sony Bravia 40" 1080p tv as main screen @ 60hz

    This rig suffers frame drops on most games which use Unity engine.

    I use vsync in all games, does anyone else get really slight frame rate drops when using vsync, from like 60 to 59.5 or Lower, it really effects the smoothness of the game. Maybe bad frame times.

    Desperate for a new build just waiting for the 1080ti.



  • @robert7lee I have no issues that you speak of Robert7Lee.



  • Just resurrecting this looking for some advice.

    My keyboard is starting to annoy me. I always loved it, but I think I might want to get a new one in a month or so. My current one is from 2011, it is the Logitech G110. Some keys officially kicked the bucket including my Windows key, and the drivers don't work on my new PC with Windows 10. I basically NEVER used any of the bells and whistles other than the USB port and the volume controls. I don't play any hardcore moba games and I haven't done any presets for editing so I really don't need anything as thorough as this one was. I just liked the comfort, size, and feel. Here is a picture of it:

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    I hear all this debate about mechanical keyboard vs membrane keyboard but I've always liked this Logitech membrane keyboard so I think I'd like to stick with it. I know mechanical feels good because my brother has one but I can't imagine typing and hearing that click click click. Can anybody recommend me a keyboard that is similar? In the $100-150 ABSOLUTE MAX range?

    Or possibly sell me on something else that you use and enjoy?

    New chair is coming up next but one thing at a time.

    Thank-you!


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    I'm a big fan of the Razer Huntsman, it doesn't have any of those extra macro keys, volume control is through the fn command and f1-f3 or it's got it's own buttons on the more expensive version. It's opto-mechanical though, so definitely clicky and is $150. I haven't used it but their ornata chroma is mecha-membrane and $100 though if you want to look into it, not sure if it's clicky or not. I've had their blackwidow before as well and liked it but the version I had it did have a lot of the extra keys like your logitech, which is why I switched off of it. If it's possible for you to get into a best buy and see any on display or I've even seem some at target, the arrow keys are exposed on the packaging if you want to check any out and get a feel for them.



  • @kristen-rogers

    Thanks Kristen! I was at Best Buy a few weekends ago and they have officially become a wasteland. There wasn't one piece of useful gaming equipment in sight. Well - any equipment for that matter. You know those mice and keyboards that are in plastic packaging and hang off a clip? That's what they had tons of. Barely any movies, barely any games. LOTS of appliances like washing machines. I hadn't been there in YEARS and it was very different from what I remembered.

    With that said, this weekend I might try a specialty shop called Canada Computers. I know what to look out for now. I believe they have TONS of options so I needed a good starting place. THANKS!



  • UPDATE - I got the Razer Ornata. I think it felt the best out of everything at the store including some of the more expensive ones. I love it for gaming, but for typing a lot its not the best. Regardless, I didn't realize how badly I needed to update until I got this new keyboard. The built in wrist rest is a game changer.


    Back with another question. I think I want to upgrade my chair now. I currently have a Serta computer chair which you'd think is quite comfortable because they are a general furniture company, but the half back on it really makes me wish I had somewhere to rest my neck. I want to use my PC for gaming waaaaay more than I currently do hence the upgrades to kb/m but now I think to make it all worthwhile, its time for a chair.

    I'm thinking about $250-300 MAX. Does anybody have experience with any of these:

    https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1333_1334&item_id=086607 --> I sat on this one in-store and really liked it but I think they only have the display left.
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    https://www.amazon.ca/Function-Executive-Ergonomic-Computer-Adjusted/dp/B07HGT5B11/ref=sr_1_13?keywords=computer+chair&qid=1555287924&s=gateway&sr=8-13
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    https://www.amazon.ca/GTRACING-Ergonomic-Backrest-Adjustment-Computer/dp/B07CQK8ZRP/ref=pd_sbs_196_1/136-3884329-6410842?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07CQK8ZRP&pd_rd_r=481f66f9-5f15-11e9-a5e3-97ef2fc066fe&pd_rd_w=OESFo&pd_rd_wg=jgtiK&pf_rd_p=5dcda75b-8643-4da3-9bb1-5c0233790500&pf_rd_r=Q99DVP5JPJJ87PT2Z9MP&psc=1&refRID=Q99DVP5JPJJ87PT2Z9MP
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    ^^ $100 off. Seems to be a popular one too.

    Thanks for any and all help! What chair do you use?