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  • Flame3 thumbnail

    Flame3 Flame3

    Playing solitaire at 500 fps Playing solitaire at 500 fps
    $2,174.92
    Samuel R
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    Big Char Big Char

    My first desktop PC was an insanely overpriced Alienware prebuilt (please don't crucify me, I was 12) that I got when I was... My first desktop PC was an insanely overpriced Alienware prebuilt (please don't crucify me, I was 12) that I got when I was in middle school. It was extremely heavy, had terrible airflow, and generally gave me a whole heap of issues during the like 7.5 years that I had it. Even though it was clunky, I'll always love my GTX 1070 for lasting so long and giving me many unforgettable gaming memories, from the Halo series, to Metro, to Resident Evil. Needless to say, I was long overdue for an upgrade, and with working part-time in college I was able to finally build my first PC and it was a blast. I used to primarily play older games like around 2012 to before, always at 1080p 60hz max. For this build I wanted to make the jump to 2K or 1440p and shoot for a higher refresh rate at at least the 144hz mark. I also wanted water cooling and plenty of fans that I could control to optimize airflow, without having rainbow vomit RBG everywhere (although I see and respect everyone's colorful builds). I've been wanting to build my own PC for years, but after buying the Dead Space remake on steam and having it be borderline unplayable on the lowest settings, I knew it was time for an upgrade. I've stress tested my build with Dead Space, RDR2, GTA V, Metro Exodus, No Man's Sky, and even some Half Life Alyx and couldn't be happier with my target performance. Having started with a 500GB HDD in middle school and eventually maturing into a digital hoarder, I was super happy knowing I could take advantage of my MOBOs 3 M.2 SSD slots, and the added SSD and HDD bracket hidden in the back of my case. Microcenter's bundles made building my PC a breeze, and the only thing I did have trouble on was my GPU. I know there's a lot of discourse regarding Nvidia's 4000 series and their VRAM, but with the market stabilizing a bit after everything, I felt glad at the end of the day with my choice. Performance wise I couldn't be happier. Super fast bootup and processing times, access to DLSS and ray tracing, and an insane boost in quality and frames compared to my old 1070 make using this PC night and day. I picked up a 1440p 165Hz LG UltraGear monitor and WOW; for the price I spent (which was way less than I spent on my prebuilt back then) the performance was great. I feel set for the foreseeable future, besides replacing my AIO in 5 years or inevitably buying more storage and drives. Besides that, there's not much else. The case and build went really smoothly, and I did get confused at some parts but I worked it out (such as forgetting to remove the plastic sticker on my CPU cooler...or not removing the grate my AIO radiator attached to for easier screwing). Overall I'm very happy, and using an unlocked "k" intel CPU finally let's me enable XMP and get the most out of my RAM (6000MHz!).
    $1,264.94
    Jason S
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    Workflow Workflow

    To be able to multitask with one view and minimizing alt tab. To be able to multitask with one view and minimizing alt tab.
    $1,956.72
    Anthony C
  • Budget Gaming Build thumbnail

    Budget Gaming Build Budget Gaming Build

    First-time build on a budget of $1,100. Goal was to build a solid pc for a 1080p monitor, for gaming and game dev. This... First-time build on a budget of $1,100. Goal was to build a solid pc for a 1080p monitor, for gaming and game dev. This build uses the Ryzen bundle at Microcenter to get a solid combination of components at a great price.
    $1,409.95
    larry l
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    Corsair Build Corsair Build

    The build of this PC is to play all the latest games from AAA titles to FPS at max settings in 1440p. Games I was targeting... The build of this PC is to play all the latest games from AAA titles to FPS at max settings in 1440p. Games I was targeting were Microsoft Flight simulator, Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty, Counter Strike, just to name a few. Also, cooling was another big factor in getting a bigger mid tower case, since I wanted a 360 radiator to provide maximum cooling to the very hot Intel i7 13700K. As for upgrades, this case has enough room to fit a more powerful GPU to game in 4K in the future. Aside from performance, I wanted this build to be aesthetically pleasing to look at with all the RGB lights in the right places.
    $2,394.93
    Andrew N
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    Strixly Business Strixly Business

    content creation.gaming, general content creation.gaming, general
    $2,209.07
    kathy R
  • First PC Build - 1440p mid range thumbnail

    First PC Build - 1440p mid range First PC Build - 1440p mid range

    I used to game on my gtx 1650 laptop, but it was starting to show it's age. Instead of spending around $1000 on a new... I used to game on my gtx 1650 laptop, but it was starting to show it's age. Instead of spending around $1000 on a new laptop, I thought I would build a PC for around the same price instead. Right now, I only have a couple games installed, which are Prey and Need for Speed Unbound. Prey is a well optimized game, but it runs on dx11, and arc was known for having issues with non dx12 titles when it came out. I know Intel has gone back and improved drivers for certain dx11 games, but when playing Prey at max settings at 2560x1440p, there would be times where my framerate would drop from 144 fps to around 70 fps. The GPU usage would drop to around 30% To solve this, I ended up using dxvk to make the game run on vulkan. Now it stays at 144 fps all the time, with some shader compilation stutters. Using dxvk in dx11 and dx9 titles to make the game run in vulkan has a good chance of boosting performance with arc cards. To use dxvk, you just need to paste at most two folders into the game's exe directory. There are videos on YouTube that show how to do this. The only downside is that you can't do this in online games that use anti cheat. With need for speed, the game ran well out of the box. Playing at 1440p, I get around 70-85fps at max settings with xess quality. If I disable upscaling, I can reach the same framerate with textures at ultra and the rest of the settings set to a mix of mostly high and some medium. After setting a gpu fan curve, the hottest I've seen the GPU get is 64 Celsius, with vram hovering around 62 Celsius in a superposition benchmark. In terms of the ryzen 7700x, I was able to set a pbo curve of -35 on all cores, and I didn't crash after running prime95 for 20 minutes. I'll have to run core cycler and see if it is truly stable, although I haven't crashed in any games yet. Because of this, it runs extremely cool. At most, I've seen it hit 55 Celsius and pull 75w when gaming. In the prime95 benchmark, it pulled somewhere around 120ish watts and hit a max temp of somewhere around 86 Celsius. According to hwmonitor, the hotspot was also around that same temperature.
    $964.99
    Hasnain A
  • Clean SFF Build for Gaming/Computing thumbnail

    Clean SFF Build for Gaming/Computing Clean SFF Build for Gaming/Computing

    Literally my first pc build! Always wanted to get a pc but just couldn't due to constant shortages and scalping of pc parts,... Literally my first pc build! Always wanted to get a pc but just couldn't due to constant shortages and scalping of pc parts, but finally had a go at it! Runs absolutely like a dream :) I built it mainly for use in 4k AAA games, but also for light AI computing and training models.
    $1,890.96
    Jinu O
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    First PC build First PC build

    Hey everyone! I'm thrilled to share my very first gaming PC setup with you all. After years of living in the Mac world, I've... Hey everyone! I'm thrilled to share my very first gaming PC setup with you all. After years of living in the Mac world, I've finally made the leap into PC gaming, and let me tell you, it's been an incredible journey! Why I Built It: Switching from Mac to PC was a big decision for me, but I wanted to explore the world of gaming in a whole new way. I built this PC because I wanted something powerful enough to run all the latest games smoothly while still fitting within my budget. It's amazing how customizable and versatile PC gaming can be, and I couldn't wait to dive in. Purpose: This PC may be my first, but it's already exceeded my expectations. It's more than enough for me to enjoy gaming to the fullest, whether I'm exploring the vastness of space in "Elite Dangerous" or battling it out in matches of "Overwatch." Games I Play: As someone new to PC gaming, I'm still exploring all the amazing titles out there, but I've already found a couple of favorites. "Elite Dangerous" is perfect for satisfying my craving for space exploration and adventure, while "Overwatch" scratches that competitive itch with its intense multiplayer action. I'm constantly discovering new games to play and loving every minute of it. Future Upgrades and Reflections: While this PC may be perfect for me right now, I'm excited to see where my gaming journey takes me in the future. As I become more experienced with PC gaming, I might consider upgrading certain components to further enhance my gaming experience. But for now, I'm just enjoying every moment of gaming on my new setup and embracing this exciting new chapter in my gaming journey.
    $874.94
    Batshal R
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    RIGGIE RIGGIE

    Slowly unpacked parts as they arrived and started to assemble what I had. Mostly had to wait for the motherboard to arrive.... Slowly unpacked parts as they arrived and started to assemble what I had. Mostly had to wait for the motherboard to arrive. Spent a couple days making sure everything was connected properly. Forgot to order Thermal paste, had to delay completion. Starter build, to kick things off, with intentions to add onto the build in the future.
    $1,472.92
    Gary L
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    DARK NIGHT DARK NIGHT

    Built this rig for apex originally. Now play call of duty and fortnite. Use it for school work as well. Plan on upgrading... Built this rig for apex originally. Now play call of duty and fortnite. Use it for school work as well. Plan on upgrading to Lian li reverse blade fans.
    $1,694.91
    chris z
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    Nezuko-Chan Nezuko-Chan

    Recently, my old system with an Intel i7-4790k and a GTX 1070ti broke down. I tried for 2 days but could not get it to boot... Recently, my old system with an Intel i7-4790k and a GTX 1070ti broke down. I tried for 2 days but could not get it to boot pass window start up loading screen. It's because of that and how outdated it is of a system, I decided to upgrade to a new system. I mostly just doing some lite web browsing as well as doing spreadsheet and video calling. I used to game but since my PC couldn't keep up with the new games as well as life gotten busier I stopped gaming. However, with this new machine of a beast. Every game that I tested now can do well above 100fps with games that goes to the 200fps. So hopefully I can dive back into gaming soon. I went with and Ryzen 7 5800x and ROG Strix B550 motherboard as well as an Radeon RX 7800 XT with the NZXT H6 Flow housing. I know this doesn't have much of an upgrade ability beside from going to the 5800x3d and possibly better GPU however because I want an all-white esthetic and AM4 is the cheapest to go for it.
    $1,499.92
    Maskie
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    Darthpcious Darthpcious

    The most necessary unnecessary gaming pc. The most necessary unnecessary gaming pc.
    $2,094.92
    aamir q
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    Iceberg Iceberg

    This build was mostly an upgrade from a old build with the same case but basically upgrading all of the internals with new... This build was mostly an upgrade from a old build with the same case but basically upgrading all of the internals with new parts. Personally I love how the white part of it still looks even after all these years but the upgrade to having a small display for the CPU cooler makes it really nice and the perfect place to put some dumb little memes.
    $2,186.92
    John L
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    Green Radon Green Radon

    gaming gaming
    $2,746.92
    Paul C
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    Galatic Office Galatic Office

    I built this PC for my gaming & home-remote work office needs I built this PC for my gaming & home-remote work office needs
    $1,614.94
    Jonathan S
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    Thor Thor

    Gaming for MS flight sim Gaming for MS flight sim
    $1,837.93
    Neill
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    Dark Sister Dark Sister

    Just wanted to finally upgrade! Just wanted to finally upgrade!
    $1,403.93
    Alan A
  • White LIan Li RGB Build thumbnail

    White LIan Li RGB Build White LIan Li RGB Build

    The purpose of my PC was built to enjoy gaming at full 1440p and 4k with some small video editing for side work. I enjoy... The purpose of my PC was built to enjoy gaming at full 1440p and 4k with some small video editing for side work. I enjoy Diablo 4 in my free time and recently purchased the secret lab D4 chair to match the rig and and theme. Enjoy.
    $4,090.83
    Dan P
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    Rust Rust

    I okay rust I okay rust
    $1,103.92
    Alex S
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    MikePfunk PC MikePfunk PC

    Thought my last motherboard was fried but it was the brand new psu. It was an i7 8700 though so I needed an upgrade. Thought my last motherboard was fried but it was the brand new psu. It was an i7 8700 though so I needed an upgrade.
    $1,304.93
    Michael P
  • Awesome PC built by a 16 year old! RTX 4060 GPU, Intel i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB Storage! thumbnail

    Awesome PC built by a 16 year old! RTX... Awesome PC built by a 16 year old! RTX 4060 GPU, Intel i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB Storage!

    I have been planning to do a pc build for many years, but never got around to it until now. I am upgrading from my Asus ROG... I have been planning to do a pc build for many years, but never got around to it until now. I am upgrading from my Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2020) gaming laptop to this amazing new PC! The pc has a NVidia RTX 4060 graphics card, with an Intel i7 13700K CPU. I put in 32GB of RAM as well as 1TB of SSD storage and another TB of HDD storage. The PC is water cooled with an AIO liquid cooler. All of this is inside of my mini-tower with a microATX motherboard. I use the PC mainly for gaming, and some editing for my YouTube channel as well! The games I play are mainly Minecraft, Destiny 2, Forza Horizon 5, and more. I indeed did build the entire computer on my own using a guide on YouTube, which I'm pretty proud of! Overall, I am 150% satisfied with my new computer, and I am hoping to keep it for a long time!
    $1,611.95
    Luke G
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    Flight Sim PC Flight Sim PC

    Designed to play games (Microsoft Flight Simulator. Digital Combat Simulator, Madden 24, Fortnite, Minecraft, etc.), do... Designed to play games (Microsoft Flight Simulator. Digital Combat Simulator, Madden 24, Fortnite, Minecraft, etc.), do online schoolwork, and run blender, Fusion 360, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
    $2,144.93
    Mini M
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    Rainbow Vomit Rainbow Vomit

    I built this pc to act as a new gaming machine. My previous machine which was a gaming laptop used a 7th gen intel i5 and a... I built this pc to act as a new gaming machine. My previous machine which was a gaming laptop used a 7th gen intel i5 and a 1050. With my new pc build it can chew through all of the tasks i can throw at it. If i were to rebuild the pc i would downgrade the cpu and get a better gpu as often the gpu is bottlenecking the cpu in gaming tasks.
    $1,177.94
    Breenseaturtle

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