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    The Build-a-PC thread

    Anyone else into building their own PC rig? I was hoping there are a few on this forum that are also into this rather techy hobby. I've built PCs for myself and friends over the years and love putting them together. There's always a bit of thrill when you first have it all hooked up and are about to turn it on for the first time, hoping it will actually work. Recently AMD has come out with impressive CPUs and video cards, and the higher-end NVIDIA cards are just exceptional. Anyone building a rig right now or soon?

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    Join Date: Feb 2010
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    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.

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    Join Date: Feb 2010
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    As for any new PC, the main thing I'm going to do different this time is get a better power supply. I got a nice Antec one for like $80-100 or something, but these days you need ridiculous amounts of power.

    I remember when I started building PCs graphic cards got all their power through PCI. These days any serious one requires additional power from the PSU in a 6-8 pin or whatever.

    If you are running two graphics cards you need a serious power supply. Forget how many watts mine is, it handles OK, it's not some cheap piece of shit, but next time I'm going for Overkill.

    I'm actually mainly worried because most audio interfaces are powered through Firewire/USB whatever. I didn't factor that in when building a PC. I don't know how much power they consume compared to a GPU, but better safe than sorry.

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    Join Date: Feb 2010
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    Also, in recent news, Thunderbolt now works with Windows, so that will be a factor in speccing the next one.

    Audio/DAW wise it always kind of sucked being Windows and building your own, because a lot of the best interfaces are Thunderbolt, so excited to see that change.

    https://help.uaudio.com/hc/en-us/art...-Compatibility

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    I was looking at building my PC myself back when I bought my current one. However, I ended up not doing it because I was able to get a PC built for me for way cheaper than just buying the parts from the store. Apparently the company that built it could get the components way cheaper than I could buy them for in the store.
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    Used to love this as a kid. Now I have a tech career, so fuck building computers. Everything in my house is a Mac now.

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    I always build my own. Have done since I was 8 years old. Just bought a new rig for my buddy yesterday, just awaiting on the parts. We were going to go fully custom watercooling again, but we decided on a Corsair AIO cooler instead. Specs are as follows;

    AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
    Asus ROG X570 motherboard
    Corsair Dominator - 32GB @ 3000MHz
    Corsar Gen4 nVME M.2 SSD - 1TB
    Saffire RX 5700 XT
    Corsair 1000w PSU
    Corsair H150i Pro cooler
    Corsair 680X case

    Cooler, case and additional 120mm fans are are all RGB, linking into iCue along with his existing Corsair keyboard and mouse. All just to play World of Warcraft

    This is replacing a 2 year old system which is a 6700K and GTX1080 FE, Gen 3 Samsung 960 Evo nVME SSD, and 8GB RAM (Team Group Vulcan)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg McCoy View Post
    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.
    Agreed 100%. I call it Lego for adults, but there is a lot of fun in customizing the system for your own needs. I started messing with computers as a kid. We had an old Apple IIe that you could take the cover off, and later a 286 and 386 that you could expand the memory with PCI cards. Good times.

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg McCoy View Post
    I'm actually due for an overhaul soon. I do a new main rig everytime a new game (or games) require it.
    I usually do the same thing. I wanted to run Reaper in 64 bit a few years ago, so I upgraded at that point. Now I had a couple of games that had a few issues with my old PC, so I upgraded again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg McCoy View Post
    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.

    My PC was similar to what you had there. I had an I5 4590 with an AMD RX 480. I recently put together a new build around an AMD Ryzen 9 3900x and an EVGA RTX 2070. Splurged for an M.2 SSD just to see what the fuss was. Mine apparently 'underperforms' at 4100 MB/s! Windows loads in 4 seconds, so I'll take that underperformance any day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg McCoy View Post
    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.
    Why are you having issues with Reaper? I had it running fine on my laptop years ago with only 4GB of RAM. I've seen guys run Reaper on a Surface Go, your PC should be fine even at 8 GB of RAM.

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg McCoy View Post
    As for any new PC, the main thing I'm going to do different this time is get a better power supply. I got a nice Antec one for like $80-100 or something, but these days you need ridiculous amounts of power.

    I remember when I started building PCs graphic cards got all their power through PCI. These days any serious one requires additional power from the PSU in a 6-8 pin or whatever.

    If you are running two graphics cards you need a serious power supply. Forget how many watts mine is, it handles OK, it's not some cheap piece of shit, but next time I'm going for Overkill.
    I wouldn't even consider running two cards anymore. The benefits of SLI just aren't there. I saw a video recently of a guy running two 2080 TI's in SLI and didn't see a massive performance gain relative to the cost.

    My old PC was running off of a EVGA 850w and I moved it over to my new one. Runs it perfectly

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