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Hi all I have finally signed up after years of lurking in the shadows and borrowing tips from around these forums. I am just making a return to high performance gaming machines after a few years out. A little bit about me -

I have owned pretty much every major console (and a few flops) over the years but with my xbox one not giving me the performance I would expect from a next gen gaming machine im back into pc games a lot more so have been steadily upgrading my rig to meet my needs...

I have been gaming on and off with PCs since owning my first computer a pentium 120mhz in the mid 1990s, which i obviously overclocked to a mighty 166Mhz. The first custom build I did for myself was an Athlon 1200Mhz with a RIVA TNT2. since then I have had all manner of systems like athlon64s, P4s, core2duo and now i5s along with more graphics cards than I can recall from both ATI and nvidia hell i even owned a voodoo card and a XGI volari v8.

I have been the go to guy for all my friends and family as the 'computer guy' so whilst I might not have owned the latest and greatest cutting edge gear all the time you can bet I have built it for somone else at some point. I made my first jump into the watercooling arena in the 2000s with thermaltakes LCS systems and have built many custom loops since.

So on to today and im running a modest setup with an overpowered graphics card and fully aircooled but im looking to upgrade in the next 12-18 months when DDR4 is more widespread and faster speeds are available to the common man. As long as this rig plays Fallout 4 at max (which I hope it should) I will be more than happy for the next 12months anyway as thats the main reason for the major graphics upgrade this year from my lowly r7 260x. I have only just finished my first play through on the witcher3 that i had on release day so you can see i like to savour my gaming experiences.

Current system specs

i5 2500k @ 4.2Ghz (CM hyper 212 cooler)
8Gb of Patriot DDR3 @ XMP 2133
Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 v2.0
MSI r9 390x 8gb @ 1100Mhz core 1650Mhz memory (still working on finding max OC)
850watt Akasa PSU
Fractal designs Define S
Samsung series 5 32" TV as monitor
Thrustmaster TX wheel and pedals (for assetto corsa, project cars etc..)
Xbox one controller

couple of pics in various stages of recent evolution...


Blue Danube
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 2500k Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Radeon R9 390X Gaming Edition 8192MB 8Gb Patriot 2133C11 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility3 240Gb Hitachi Deskstar 1Tb 7200rpm WD 2Tb Green CM 212 cpu cooler 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
6x Fractal Designs 140mm fans Win 10 Samsung 32" TV as monitor  Corsair K65 RGB 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
850watt PSU Fractal Design Define S Zalman GM-01  Cougar Control medium gaming surface 
AudioOtherOtherOther
logitech 2.1 and Turtle beach x11 headset Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia... XSPC EX280 Radiator Magicool MC-DCP450 Pump res combo 
Other
Alphacool nexxos gpx 390x m02 gpu block 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 2500k Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Radeon R9 390X Gaming Edition 8192MB 8Gb Patriot 2133C11 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility3 240Gb Hitachi Deskstar 1Tb 7200rpm WD 2Tb Green CM 212 cpu cooler 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
6x Fractal Designs 140mm fans Win 10 Samsung 32" TV as monitor  Corsair K65 RGB 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
850watt PSU Fractal Design Define S Zalman GM-01  Cougar Control medium gaming surface 
AudioOtherOtherOther
logitech 2.1 and Turtle beach x11 headset Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia... XSPC EX280 Radiator Magicool MC-DCP450 Pump res combo 
Other
Alphacool nexxos gpx 390x m02 gpu block 
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Awesome welcome to OCN. Like the PC you have a nice little gaming rig there. I remember the Voodoo days as well. Also remember Windows 3.1 lol.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8320 ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z Sapphire R9 290X 8GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 SSD 1TB LG CDRW/DVDRW scythe fuma Windows 8.1 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
27" Qnix QX2710 LED Blackwidow Ultimate Battlefield 3 Edition EVGA SuperNova 1300W Lian Li PC-80R 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Deathadder Razer Exactmat Logitech G900 Headset  
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AMD FX 8320 ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z Sapphire R9 290X 8GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 SSD 1TB LG CDRW/DVDRW scythe fuma Windows 8.1 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
27" Qnix QX2710 LED Blackwidow Ultimate Battlefield 3 Edition EVGA SuperNova 1300W Lian Li PC-80R 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Deathadder Razer Exactmat Logitech G900 Headset  
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I never used windows 3.1 much I really started on 95 with my personal machines. I had to use Dos and 3.1 at school though so I have not so many good memories of those systems. I do remember the good old TURBO button on the 486 machine my friend had!!
Blue Danube
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 2500k Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Radeon R9 390X Gaming Edition 8192MB 8Gb Patriot 2133C11 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility3 240Gb Hitachi Deskstar 1Tb 7200rpm WD 2Tb Green CM 212 cpu cooler 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
6x Fractal Designs 140mm fans Win 10 Samsung 32" TV as monitor  Corsair K65 RGB 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
850watt PSU Fractal Design Define S Zalman GM-01  Cougar Control medium gaming surface 
AudioOtherOtherOther
logitech 2.1 and Turtle beach x11 headset Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia... XSPC EX280 Radiator Magicool MC-DCP450 Pump res combo 
Other
Alphacool nexxos gpx 390x m02 gpu block 
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Blue Danube
(21 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 2500k Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Radeon R9 390X Gaming Edition 8192MB 8Gb Patriot 2133C11 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility3 240Gb Hitachi Deskstar 1Tb 7200rpm WD 2Tb Green CM 212 cpu cooler 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
6x Fractal Designs 140mm fans Win 10 Samsung 32" TV as monitor  Corsair K65 RGB 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
850watt PSU Fractal Design Define S Zalman GM-01  Cougar Control medium gaming surface 
AudioOtherOtherOther
logitech 2.1 and Turtle beach x11 headset Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia... XSPC EX280 Radiator Magicool MC-DCP450 Pump res combo 
Other
Alphacool nexxos gpx 390x m02 gpu block 
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