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I have been a struggling PC gamer for years now. I've always had Nintendo and Playstation to fall back on, but my PC gaming experience has never been great, due to lackluster hardware, or laptops with poor cooling design. I've finally decided to change that, and here is the result so far. I am using the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and mechanical HDD from my previous setup, but everything else is new. I definitely want to keep working on this system and upgrading it, beginning with a GPU. I would really love some feedback about this build, especially possible upgrade paths and parts to consider. Also, any tips about tuning a system to its best performance after everything is put together would be GREATLY appreciated. I am pretty new to this despite being a lifelong nerd, and I consider it a small miracle that I was able to get this thing to boot on the first try. Thanks for being such an awesome site full of helpful people!

P.S. The SSD is hidden under the mess of unused power cables in the bottom of the case. I only had one mounting bracket and decided to give it to the mechanical drive to avoid it getting jostled around.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Since that's a 1080p monitor, I'd suggest going for a GTX1060 3GB/6GB. It'll pair nicely with that CPU and you'll be able to get some solid overclocks on that CPU with that cooler for added performance. Be sure your RAM is operating at its advertised speeds too, although I would've opted for 2666/3000MHz, 2400will do the job.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for the comment! I'll look into a 1060 for sure. Good call on the RAM speed, I was able to go into the BIOS and see that it was running a few hundred MHz slower than it could have been. I will also look into overclocking the CPU, but I imagine that's way more complicated. I will run a test first to see how hot it gets under load, since it's doing ALL of the work at the moment.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds great! DDR4 operates at 2133MHz on default, but you should have no problem running it at advertised speed. If it doesn't, then you can return your RAM modules for modules that do work.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

bro i say 1060 would be a great gpu also sell the 16 gb ram for faster 8gb ram like 2666 or 2400 mhz also a 120 gb ssd is just perfect for fast boot time but 1 tb would be a great amount of storage that would last you so long overall not bad but to run games at 1080p 60 fram your gonna ned a deicated gpu like 1050 ti or 1060 3gb