I have been a proud console peasant for the bulk of my life. I like console games. I like controllers. I like plug and play technology. And as a person who genuinely hates FPS, MOBA, and MMO type games, there have very few PC exclusives that I’ve even wanted to play. The only games on PC I’ve really wanted to play in the last decade have been XBOX titles, since I don’t have one, retro games, and console games I could get much cheaper on PC.
I was afraid to build a PC. I knew all the reasons why people built them. I knew all the benefits of building one. But I was never really motivated. I had a crappy laptop that couldn’t run anything past small indie titles and really old ports/ROMs and that was enough for me. Sure there were disappointing moments such as when I would get beta codes for PC and not be able to play them. But for the most part I was happy with my console peasantry.
I first decided that I was going to build a PC in the summer of 2015. I remember the exact moment that I made this decision. I had just beaten The Witcher. I had never heard of the series prior to that summer but the special editions of both 1 & 2 were on sale on GOG and a friend demanded that I buy them. I was reluctant, but this friend guaranteed that I would love them. I purchased them and he was absolutely right. I played The Witcher and it was amazing. Even with the horrible controls in that first game, it was still a phenomenal plot based gaming experience. I was so impressed by the game that I immediately started up the second one. I was able to play the first game on my laptop so I assumed that I could run the second one. Sadly this was not the case. My laptop made it through the opening cinematic and then the game just sputtered to the point of unplayability. I even set the game to the minimum settings and it still wouldn’t run for me.
The Witcher 2 was ported to XBOX 360 but not PS3. I hadn’t owned an XBOX 360 for years and I wasn’t about to go buy one just to play this one out of date game. It was at this very moment that I decided to build a PC. After literally two years of saving, research, and planning, I finally built a powerful gaming rig that will allow me to play The Witcher 2. I built the highest end PC I could afford. It’s funny because what I needed to play the game I built for doesn’t compare to what I ultimately built. But I have no regrets and I write this blog post from my new gaming PC. The first PC I ever built for personal use.
Thank you to everyone who helped me with this endeavor through recommendations, links, guides, and encouragement that helped bring this system to life.
- Case – Cooler Master COSMOS II
- Motherboard – MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon
- GPU – Gigabyte GTX 1080 (AIO Liquid Cooled)
- CPU – I7-6800K
- CPU Cooler – Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 Pro
- RAM – 32 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000
- PSU – Super Flower Leadex 1000w Platinum
- Keyboard – ASUS ROG Claymore
- Mouse – ASUS ROG Spatha
- Monitor – ASUS ROG Swift PG278
- Sound System – Logitech Z623
- Microphone – Audio-Technica AT2020USB+
- Camera – Logitech C920
- Capture Card – Elgato HD60 Pro
- SSD – SanDisk Ultra II 480GB
- 3 x Toshiba 7200RPM 3TB
- 2 x Seagate Firecuda 2TB
- 1.5 TB random other HDDs
Let the gaming begin!