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New Gaming Rig, Oct 2017

Time to upgrade!


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Case: Corsair Graphite 760T Full Tower Windowed Case, Black

The case holds your expensive computer equipment together. Sometimes, it’s even stylish. This one has some style, and a window-door on the side so you can watch the pretty lights inside. Oh, and it’s also HUGE!

This case is the biggest I’ve ever worked with. But hey, that’s what I wanted. I wanted to be able to get my hands in there and have room to work. I got my wish. It’s so big it doesn’t fit on the side of my desk like my old one did.

In Oct 2017, I paid $145 at Amazon.



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Motherboard: Asus Republic of Gamers Strix Z270F Gaming

The motherboard (or mainboard) is the heart of your system; everything else connects to it.

This sucker is loaded with nifty features and should last me a number of years.

In Oct 2017, I paid $150 at Amazon.



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CPU: Intel 7th Gen Desktop Processor i7-7700K 4.2Ghz

The Central Processing Unit is the brain of your system. I wanted it to be a lot faster than my previous system, so I paid more than I usually do for this one.

In Oct 2017, I paid $335 at Amazon.

The “K” on the end of the number means it’s overclock-able, which means I can crank it up to run faster than it was originally designed to run with some kind of improved cooling system. I don’t plan on doing that for a long time.



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CPU cooler: DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 CPU Cooler. 4 Heatpipes, Red LED Fan

The CPU cooler helps prevent your CPU from over-heating and turning itself off, which can interrupt your game. When I bought my CPU, it didn’t have a cooler, so I got this one. In my previous builds, I’ve referred to this design as the “tower of coolness”. I like it, it’s pretty easy to install, fits in the case… I’ve got no complaints, so I got another one.

In Oct 2017, I paid $33 at Amazon.



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RAM: CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-2400 (PC4-19200) C16

Your system can’t do anything without some memory. You could do most things with 4 or 8 Gigs, but I like to go overboard on RAM because I’m tired of waiting for it to swap to disk (virtual memory). When your system is swapping to disk a lot, this is called “thrashing your disk”. I’m tired of that, plus I play games which require lots of memory, so I got 32G of RAM; four 8G DIMMs! That ought to do the trick.

In Oct 2017, I paid $335 at Amazon.



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Power Supply: EVGA 750 GQ, 80+ GOLD 750W, Semi Modular

Your brand-new, expensive computer system won’t work at all without power! This power supply maxes out at 750 Watts, which should be enough to run any number of power-hungry video cards, drives, or anything else I throw at it.

I don’t know why they call it “Semi-Modular”, it seems pretty darn modular to me. All connectors are optional except the ones for the motherboard, but the thing won’t even turn on unless you connect the power for the CPU also!

In total, I connected three power cables: CPU, SATA power for the drive, and VGA to power the video card.

In Oct 2017, I paid $88 at Amazon.



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System Drive: Samsung 960 EVO Series – 250GB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD

SSD means Solid State Disk, which is not a disk at all but a huge block of fast non-volatile memory. M.2 is the designation for the type of connector that it works with. The M.2 connector is directly on the motherboard, so it’s very fast. I’m using this SSD for the system drive, and it is very fast. The whole system boots up in about 15 – 20 seconds. I love it!

In Oct 2017, I paid $118 at Amazon.



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Gaming Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB ROG STRIX OC Edition

I wanted something reasonably fast, but not more than about what I paid for this one. This should do me for a while. If it starts lagging behind the demands of a game, then I can add another one (the motherboard will take up to three), and connect them together with a special cable. This is called SLI: Scan Line Interleave) which divides up the work where one card does the odd-numbered lines, and the other one does the even-numbered lines, and it almost doubles the frame rate.

In Oct 2017, I paid $440 at Amazon.



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Hard Drive: Toshiba X300 6TB Desktop 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm

I got this hard drive for storage. 6TB (actually, it’s 5 point something), will last me a long time.

As I write this, I’m downloading my Steam games (it’s taking days), and I’ve still got lots of space left over.

In Oct 2017, I paid $169 at Amazon. There’s no way you can pay this much for an SSD and get anywhere near this kind of storage. This regular drive is much slower than an SSD, but it’s much bigger for much less dollars.


Putting it all together:

Gaming Rig 2017

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