In the past couple of days, there has been a deluge of information regarding AMD’s new product offering from the CPU and GPU departments. The latest monster of a cpu, Threadripper was launched to much fanfare and I really dig the review kits AMD distributed to all major influential tech reviewers on YouTube. The review kit they received was really badass! AMD also announced their new Vega GPUs for the mainstream market and so far things are looking really promising for AMD. I have heard nothing but praises for AMD from the tech community, especially when it comes to really listening to feedback and acting on that feedback to give customers what they truly want from AMD.
Which got me wondering now about my future gaming rig. And all AMD build seems an interesting prospect. It would be doubtful for me to get the Threadripper lineup of CPUs. Those are overkill, but the Ryzen 5 or even the Ryzen 7 series is competitively priced against Intel’s CPU offerings. Having an 8-core, 16-thread CPU is a bonus. Definitely still overkill, but nice to have.
As for GPUs, I’m reserving judgment over them. Vega is an interesting product, but I am more interested in what Nvidia has to offer next year. Honestly, I am still a Nvidia fan, and their recent 10 series GPUs are nothing to scoff about. But one thing is for sure, and that it I will go for multi GPU set up for my next build. I am aiming to get 2 enthusiast level GPUs to be included in my future build. More power! It could be possible that I could go for an AMD CPU coupled with a pair of Nvidia GPUs in my future builds.
By the way, in about 15 days or so, my current Dark Rage build will be official one year old! Time truly flies! It doesn’t feel like a year has passed. At. All. But believe it or not, a full year will soon pass since I first built my new gaming PC. It is still going strong and I have made zero upgrades to the PC since then. I just love my PC to death. I imposed a moratorium on PC upgrades for 2017 and I have kept to my end of the bargain. Reason being is that I personally feel a waste of money to make incremental upgrades to my current PC, when I can use that money and more as I save up to build an even bigger and better PC in the future, hopefully sometime in 2018.
Today, I have successfully built another gaming rig for a friend of mine. It was hugely satisfying. I advised him on how and where to get the various parts for his new gaming PC and for how much. We set off on one of the weekend a few weeks ago getting those parts, from Sim Lim Square, Carousell sellers and online through Lazada and Amazon.
The end result; a powerful gaming PC featuring Geforce GTX 1070 graphics card from EVGA, Asus B150M Plus motherboard, 16 GB Ram, an Intel Core I5 6600 Skylake processor, all housed in a beautiful Corsair Carbide Air 240 black case. It is actually quite nice once everything is put into place. The only thing that I hope he would add are a couple of LED strips around the insides of the case to truly showcase the art that we just built. And perhaps some nice sleeved power cables for the graphics card. But all in all, its a beautiful beast and priced reasonably too. His gaming rig specs are very similar to mine and it came just shy of SGD2000, excluding monitor. Here are the full specs:
Intel Core i5 6600 Skylake CPU at 3.2Ghz
Asus B150M Plus Micro ATX motherboard
Corsair Vengence LPX DDR4 16GB RAM (2x8GB)
Cryorig C7 CPU Cooler
Toshiba OCZ 480GB SSD
Toshiba 1TB HDD 7200RPM
EVGA Geforce GTX 1070 SC
Corsair Carbide Air 240
Superflower 600W fully modular PSU (Gold Rating)
The final piece that fell into palce was the graphics card. We ordered from amazon about 2 weeks ago and it finally arrived on time today. I called him to come over to my house to put the finishing touches before bringing it back to his house to set it up with his new desk and monitor. Yeah, he even bought a new desk for his PC, alongside keyboard and mouse. He was using his old gaming laptop for work and gaming for the past 3 years or so and it was time for an upgrade.
I am glad he approached me to help with his gaming rig. Like I said, I truly enjoyed building one. To see it come to life was hugely satisfying. And again, I gained alot of experience building the second gaming rig. It not only reinforces my knowledge of building a PC but learnt a few new tips and tricks along the way, especially when you are building on a totally difference PC case, with its own design flaws to overcome.
I hope I have more opportunities in the future to build future gaming rigs and I am more than happy to provide advice on what kind of gaming rigs would be suitable for one’s needs.
Building it was more difficult than I expected. Coming from someone who is building an entirely new PC from scratch for the first time, it was quite a challenge. Fortunately I did my homework and all those hours spent watching YouTube videos and reading up on all the technical aspects of the parts that I chose for the build seemed to have payed off. The knowledge gained was applied well and at the end of the day, I can see my PC coming together for the first time.
There are still things like the graphics card and SSD that are yet to be installed, because they aren’t here yet. The custom cables arrived earlier than I expected, and I was able to install them in anticipation for the arrival of the rest of the components that I ordered online.
Mini ITX builds can be a challenge due to its small size. And if you have a case with very limited space to build, getting all those cables plugged in can be a hassle. The problem is compounded if you install those components in the wrong order. But I got it all sorted out and I am really excited for the day to arrive when I am finally able to switch it on for the first time. Hopefully all the cables are connected properly and they are in their proper place. I am quite hopeful that it would boot up without a hitch for the first time.
The last item to arrive should be the Roccat Sova lapboard. It’s a keyboard and mouse combo for couch gaming. The lapboard will only be released on the 17 August and it should ship it out to me soon afternoon. Give or take a week or two and it should arrive by the end of the month. Till then, my PC will still be inactive until I receive my lapboard.