New Gaming Rig Time Again

My old one is almost 8 years old and is apparently feeling its age. Recent Windows Reliability Tool runs show several unknown hardware errors causing problems with my using the system with some of the apps I use.

I popped out for a look around and found a few options but over on PCGamer there was a pre-configured rig ready to go. The video card was quite a bit overpowered for my purposes but otherwise it would be a nice quick machine. I checked various sites I use, Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon, and even Best Buy. Ultimately everything but the CPU had the best price at NewEgg so I bit the bullet and paid the extra couple of bucks, buying it all at NewEgg.

Here’s the basic system with notes for the extra bits I wanted and followed by anything I purchased after I used this system a bit. I will note that I already have an IBM Keyboard, Logitech Trackball, Logitech 5.1 Speakers, and four Acer 23″ monitors. So this is in addition to existing bits.

Component type Recommended component NewEgg Price
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K $379.99
Motherboard Asus Maximum VIII Hero $219.99
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series DDR4 2666 (16GB) $87.50
Graphics card MSI GTX 970 Ti Gaming 4G $334.99
Power supply EVGA Supernova 850 watt G2 80 Plus Gold $123.03
Storage Samsung 850 EVO (500GB) $149.99
CPU cooler Corsair H90 $64.99
Disc drive LG Blu-ray reader $58.99
Case Thermaltake LEVEL 10 GT $199.99
Total $1,619.46

As I’m doing more than gaming (and honestly, my gaming is somewhat mild considering), I added a second card to drive two of my 23″ Acer monitors. Plus as I do write code, I wanted to be able to spin up Virtual Machines for testing purposes so I added 16 Gigs more of RAM.

Component type Recommended component NewEgg Price
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series DDR4 2666 (16GB) $87.50
Graphics card MSI GTX 970 Ti Gaming 4G $334.99
Total $2,041.95

And again for programming, and because I wanted to get a 4K monitor, I added one. Generally monitors are less expensive at Tigerdirect however the 43″ 4K was on special and reviews showed it was a good monitor and good price. After using it for 6 months now, I 100% agree.

Component type Recommended component NewEgg Price
Monitor Wasabi Mango UHD430 Real 4K HDMI 2.0 SE 43″ LG AH-IPS Panel UHD 3840×2160 Displayport 1.2 43-Inch 10Bit Monitor $769.99
Total $2,811.94

Finally I dropped by Best Buy for a new copy of Windows.

Component type Recommended component Best Buy Price
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 129.94
Total $2,941.81

System is done.

My Logitech 5.1 Speakers weren’t working with the RealTek onboard sound chip. Some issue with drivers not being available for Windows 10. Plus I was troubleshooting a video/audio problem. I purchased a replacement sound card 7/25/16. Note that I have a rewards card so the price shown here isn’t the price I paid 🙂

Component type Recommended component Amazon Price
Sound SoundBlaster ZX $129.34
Total $3,071.15

I have a few games I enjoy playing and using a Logitech track ball works well enough for them although Starcraft II wasn’t working as well as I’d like. More recently I picked up the new Doom and then Wolfenstein The New Order. I found that using a Track ball doesn’t work as well for these sorts of games so I checked out and purchased a mouse on 10/2/16. I did check PCGamer for their review on Mice and this one was identified as the best gaming mouse. And note that the price isn’t the price I paid. As I have a rewards card, I was able to get the pair for about half of the listed price.

Component type Recommended component Amazon Price
Mouse Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Professional Grade Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse, Ambidextrous Mouse $139.00
Mouse Pad Logitech G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad for High DPI Gaming $29.99
Total $3,240.14

With all the other stuff I’m doing now; ripping my DVD and BluRay collection to computer plus the addition of a few games, I decided to pick up a couple of spare SSD drives. I want to see if I can mirror them first off, and then make them the boot disk if possible. I seem to recall last year that mirroring the SDD drives wasn’t possible in Windows 10 but we’ll see. Push comes to shove, I’ll have a bigger drive for other things where I need speed. Purchase date, 2/26/2017.

Component type Recommended component NewEgg Price
Storage Samsung 850 EVO (500GB) $169.99
Storage Samsung 850 EVO (500GB) $169.99
Total $3,580.12
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One Response to New Gaming Rig Time Again

  1. Jeanne says:

    Very Nice…..

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