Built My First Gaming PC . . . Finally

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.

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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 I hadn’t owned an XBOX 360 for years and I wasn’t about to go buy one just to play this one out of date game.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.

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Thank you to everyone who helped me with this endeavor through recommendations, links, guides, and encouragement that helped bring this system to life.

My Specs:

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  • 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
  • HDD
    • 3 x Toshiba 7200RPM 3TB
    • 2 x Seagate Firecuda 2TB
    • 1.5 TB random other HDDs

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Let the gaming begin!

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Black Friday Aftermath

It was a long and arduous week, but the Black Friday/Cyber Monday season has finally ended. Many a purchase was made and though I sadly had to do all my purchases online and couldn’t go out into the cold and fight for what’s mine in physical form, there was still quite a bit of struggle. I had to scour multiple websites hoping for deals that never came. Sadly there were very few updates to pre Black Friday deals like there always have been in past years. Truth be told I ordered more stuff the day before Black Friday than on the day itself. At one point my credit card got put on hold for unusual account activity. It was a challenging shopping fest this year.

Probably the most annoying part of Black Friday this year was that I got tricked by Amazon into making all my orders separately instead of doing large bulk orders. This was because of the lie that is Amazon Prime Pantry credit. When you do the “No Rush Shipping” option on Prime you are told that you will get $5 in credit for Prime Pantry. For me this seemed like a steal so instead of ordering all my stuff in groups, I did each one separately in hopes of racking up more credit. At the end of it all, I made 15 different orders from Amazon, all of which obtained $5 of Prime Pantry credit for a supposed grand total of $75 in credit. For me that meant I was gonna get a ton of Cheeze-Itz and Frosted Mini Wheats. What they don’t tell you is that the Prime Pantry credit isn’t real credit. It can only be used in $5 increments for shipping, which costs $5.99 a box. Basically the credit is useless unless I want to make 15 different Prime Pantry orders and pay a buck to make up the difference in shipping. I have total buyer’s remorse and wish I had of just taken my Prime two day shipping. I’ll never fall for that bullshit again.

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Take the 2 day shipping.

One of the biggest disappointments for Black Friday this year was the lack luster game deals. I set pretty fair price goals for the bulk of the games on my list, based on fair market depreciation rates and past Black Fridays and only a small percentage of the games I wanted met my price points. Last year I spent considerably more in games on Black Friday and got a stack of of games 14 of which were physical copies. I bought so many games last year that there are still five that I haven’t even opened yet. This year I only ended up spending about $210 including taxes for a paltry nine games including digital purchases. From my original list I only was able to acquire five of 19 titles. The saddest thing of all is that I didn’t buy a single Nintendo game, unless you count Just Dance 2017. As per usual, Nintendo just didn’t come with the deals. But this is the first year in a long time that I can remember not getting a single thing from them on Black Friday. Let’s hope I can make up the difference during Christmas sales.

However, I was able to get a solid haul of computer components for the PC I’ve been trying to build for the last two years. I finally committed and purchased most of the components I was still missing. I’m still missing a few things, but it won’t be too much longer before my rig is finally more than just a dream.

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No it won’t actually be this epic. But it will still be awesome.

Here’s my Black Friday Haul for this year:

Games

  1. Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)
  2. Dark Souls III (PS4)
  3. Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
  4. Star Wars: Battlefront Ultimate Edition (PS4)
  5. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
  6. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, India, Russia (PS4)
  7. Far Cry Primal – Apex Edition (PS4)
  8. Megaman Legacy Collection (PS4)
  9. Just Dance 2017 (Wii U)
  10. Steam Link

PC Components

  1. 32 GB DDR4 RAM
  2. i7-6800K CPU
  3. 11 TB of HDDs
  4. Audio Technica ATB2020USB+ Streaming Microphone
  5. Logitech C920 Webcam
  6. Gold Keyboard Keycaps (because bling matters)
  7. Elgato HD60 PRO Capture Card

It was an expensive year because of all the components but I was not able to fulfill the gaming related Black Friday aspirations I went into this holiday with. Let me know what your Black Friday hauls were in the comments.

Bring on the Christmas season!

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