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Today’s question was submitted by a user who wishes to remain anonymous. Thank you for your submission!

Are you a PC gamer? Do you use a custom built PC? What are the specs? Share a photo if you’d like!
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Geoffrey Burrell
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I play with a Toshiba. Sorry I don't have a picture of it. So yes I'm a PC gamer.
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I'm a PC gamer, these days mostly on laptop, but back in the day I had a couple of towers that I built...
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My personal PC is a gamer rig built by Digital Storm: ODE V2. I purchased it in 2012 and I only just now replaced the video card.



It is a beast.


My wife has a Digital Storm PC also: Vanquish II



Purchased it a couple of years ago and it runs fine, but a little finicky on some games.

I bought my kids laptops also from Digital Storm when they went to college.
One has the Forbus and the other has smaller Triton. The Forbus is a gaming powerhouse (but it is getting a little dated as a laptop), and the Triton is a processing monster.

[sorry for the stock photos -- for real photos, just imagine them with dust on them!]
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Yes; yes.

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.50 GHz Six-Core
RAM: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel
VIDEO: AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB GDDR5
STORAGE: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM
PSU: 800 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Certified Power Supply
COOLING: Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid Cooling
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What's "story" got to do with it?
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I'm a PC gamer (when I'm not playing a smartphone game or using my DS Lite). I use an Acer Aspire 5 laptop, and I'm very happy with it. Though it may surprise some, it has the biggest screen I've ever used for gaming--15.6 inches. The netbook computer I used for ten or twelve years had only an 11-inch screen.

Years ago, a visiting friend once built a desktop (tower) PC for us, but I don't get into that myself. Just not an interest at all. (If electronic devices weren't so much more convenient for solo gaming, I'd probably still be a board gamer and would use the PC only for BGG/VGG and email.)
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ghostpants wrote:
Today’s question was submitted by a user who wishes to remain anonymous.

is that so? I CALL SHENANIGANS! Your answering to the big companies, collecting our tech specs; who did you sell out VGG QOTD to? Is is EA?! how could you!


My build is a few years old now but still going good. I don't push it too much as my monitor is 2k and when I hook into a 2nd screen (my tv in the other room) my PC isn't the bottleneck.
I got an intel i5 speed about 3.6 i believe
a nice acer mobo
32gigs of ram
a nvidia 1070
Nothing much to look at but the case is solid and has audio and usb in the front which is all I really needed from the case.

basically the best I could buy with just over $1100 a few years ago
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mafman6 wrote:
EA?!


Busted.
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Here’s my build:

Inexpensive Gigabyte mobo
i7 6700
16gb RAM
GTX 1060 6GB
512gb SSD
1TB HDD
650 watt Corsair PSU
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I am definitely a PC gamer, and I use a custom machine, but I did not build it. My younger brother did and gave it to me when he built himself a new one
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I haven't really been a PC gamer since the DOS days. I tried playing Windows 3.1 and CD-ROM games, but they were either too hard or not my kind of genre.
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Mine's over 8 years old. I simply bought it from Dell, when a decent deal appeared on SlickDeals.net. General consensus back then was the specs aren't too great, but with the included monitor, it pushes that deal over the top. Many also recommended buying a new video card to replace that. Or perhaps spend an extra $100 to $300 to upgrade the existing one if you can customize the system shown.


i7-2600 (8MB cache, 3.4 GHz)
8 GB DDR3 SDRAM @1333MHz 4x2GB
1.5 SATA2 hd @7200 RPM
1GB (DDR5) AMD Radeon HD 6670
Dell UltraSharp U2412M HAS 24" VGA/DVI/DP
2 USB 3.0 ports


I'd consider myself a "medium gamer". I'm still too lazy to learn how to build my own systems, and not willing to spend the extra money on the great stuff. OTOH, I want something faar better than the bare minimum. So no "celery" processor, no integrated graphics, actual standalone speakers, we'll get some extra RAM.

I'm not going to be able to play AAA games with bleeding edge graphics, duper high settings, 120 fps, full shadings, and generic video graphics features. OTOH, I can run typical games fine.
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I built Erza, my current system early last year:
http://www.rindis.com/blog/4560

To give the main stats:
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
ASRock AB350 Pro4
16 GB DDR4 RAM
MSi GT 1030

Before then, I had an old Core 2-based system. Smudge is still on Myzal:
Intel Core i7-3770 (Ivy Bridge)
ASRock Z75 Pro3
8 GB DDR3 1600 RAM
EVGA GTX 960 SSC; 4GB GDDR5

She's been having some problems, presumably because of running into RAM limits. I note that the other day Task Manager was showing a total of 6GB; I think I need to take a real look at that.
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Robert McLaughlin
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Yes, I'm primarily a PC gamer these days and yes, I built my PC myself. It's a bit slapdash as I haven't had the money to properly modernize it for a while, but it still plays most everything at Ultra or High settings.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z87-DS3H
RAM: 16GB G-Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1866
GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 FTW
SSD: Samsung 850 Pro 256GB & PNY XLR8 120GB
HDD: Seagate Ironwolf 1TB
PSU: EVGA - SuperNOVA P2 650 W
CASE: Phanteks - P400S (White)

This is waaay old in terms of the CPU and RAM. Haven't run into anything that really taxes the CPU though so I've just been holding off until I can't really do it any longer. GPU and SSD really dictates performance in most cases more than the CPU. With the new generation of Ryzen processors around the corner, I'm thinking I might just hop in at that point. With Proton Support growing through Steam and Wine stronger than ever, I likely will go Manjaro when I do upgrade the processor - though I'll want to wait just a bit after release to ensure the proper drivers catch up. AMD has not been as good at this as Intel for Linux systems historically, but I've heard that they are changing that for future processor releases. We'll see I guess.
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CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 965 41 °C
Deneb 45nm Technology
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8.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)
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ASUSTeK Computer INC. M5A88-M (AM3R2) 31 °C
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NS-32E440A13 (1280x720@60Hz)
1023MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 (EVGA) 34 °C
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931GB Seagate ST1000DM005 HD103SJ ATA Device (SATA )

My brother helped me build it in 2012. Theres a few upgrades I can do if I need to (or so he says ), but its still working just fine for me.
All in a nice little Norwegian low noise insulated case.
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I'm not, but it's nice to come here and see them flexing...
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Flexing? My rig isn't anything to brag about. Building PCs is easy. There is a lot of truth to those claims that it is like adult legos. Where it gets hard is if you are doing custom watercooling or something with a custom case and I'll stay far from that, thank you.
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Gerdion wrote:
Flexing? My rig isn't anything to brag about. Building PCs is easy. There is a lot of truth to those claims that it is like adult legos. Where it gets hard is if you are doing custom watercooling or something with a custom case and I'll stay far from that, thank you.


I've built a number of PCs over the years, usually for other people. Everything is a-okay until I cut myself on the I/O shield or have to deal with front panel connectors. Then the cussin' starts.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K
Cooler: Noctua NH-L9x65
Mobo: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac
Video: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080
RAM: 2x8GB DDR4 2400
SSD: WD Blue 500 GB + Kingston 120 GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2 TB
Optical: Some random LG DVD Combo drive that I just discovered even supports DVD-RAM that nobody ever used
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W
Case: Corsair Obsidian 250D Mini-ITX Tower

If you look closely at the second image, you might notice that the (somewhat dirty) magnetic dust filter on the side vent is on the outside of the case, rather than on the inside where one would normally put it. That's because the 2.5-slot wide behemoth of a graphics card barely fits inside that compact Mini-ITX case, and the filter had to be moved to make enough room for it. cool
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Simon Lundström
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No, I'm not a PC gamer. I gamed on the PC more than 10 years ago, when I was into Japanese indie games, but these days, I don't.
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I've been building my own systems since the 90's. My latest gaming rig, I built about two years ago, and it's going to be fine for several more years. Except the video card, of course.

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K + Dark Rock Pro 3 cooler
MOBO: MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon
RAM: 64GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-2400
GPU: MSI Geforce GTX 1070 Gaming X
SSD: Samsung 960 Pro 512GB NVME / Samsung 960 EVO 1TB NVME / Samsung 850 EVO 1TB / 2 x Crucial 512GB
PSU: Seasonic Flagship PRIME TITANIUM 850W
CASE: Fractal Design DEFINE R5

And just for fun, here's a pic of the air cooler for the CPU after it was mounted...

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