I bought my first PC when I was like, 13. From some stupid low rent gaming PC company advertised in PC Gamer. "Cyberpower". Still remember it. There's a bunch of lower end companies that meet the demand for people who can't buy Alienwares or Falcon Northwests or Voodoos or whatever. Don't know if those are still the in companies. Total piece of shit. At the time I thought buying the parts and building one myself was too high risk.
Built my first PC when I was 14. Been building them ever since.
I don't even know if "building" is the right word. Box of parts shows up from New Egg, you plug everything together, 15 minutes later, new PC.
For anyone that hasn't built a PC because they feel like it's too hard, I say go for it, easiest shit ever.
I'm actually due for an overhaul soon. I do a new main rig everytime a new game (or games) require it. The current rig I have I built when Fallout 4 came out. Swapped in some more RAM and SSDs over the past few years, but the CPU/Mobo/GPU is still the same.
With Cyberpunk, The Outer Worlds, Borderlands 3, etc. etc. etc. coming up, I will be building one in the next couple of months. Ideally I want to build it as close to possible to Cyberpunks release, since I think that is the only super graphic intensive one. There's a lot of good games coming in the next 6-8 months I've been anticipating forever, obvious time to build a new PC.
Vince, I thought the last time we talked PC specs you were rocking an ATI R9? That's what I still have.
Basic specs of my main.
I actually find Reaper/Kontakt more of a pain to build for than games these days. Can never have enough RAM. IIRC when I built it for Fallout 4 I had 8 Gigs in there, after using Kontakt, I threw in another 16, could still use more.
Aesthetically none of my stuff is the gaudy over the top gamer shit. I fucking hate the "Gamer" look. I only buy understated Antec cases in black. I fucking hate the stuff with lights all over the place and side windows. Antec Three Hundred is my go to. I'm on my third one of those.
Last upgrade was two new Corsair 500 GB SSDs a couple months back when they were on a good sale. Between gaming and DAW shit SSDs are mandatory these days.