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I thought I was here before, I guess NOW I am!

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Yeah, so I have forum accounts everywhere it seems. Although I don't hardly ever log in, so I'm a lurker.


I'm 28 from Indiana, a father to three and working a job I don't favor too well doing Helpdesk as a "Senior Analyst", where I essentially babysit a team of people that have to ask the strangest questions at the most inconvenient times. rolleyes.gif


My claim to the computer world is that I've been building for the last 20 years, my dad was tired of me breaking his so I was taught how to do them myself. I rarely settle on a configuration for a single planned build and therefore most of my working adult life (last 13 years) I have done 2-3 upgrades every year. My first "good" graphics card for gaming would be the Radeon X850XT 256mb that I purchased after I enjoyed the use of the 9600SE, bundled with a Half-Life 2 Cdkey. I may have been partially jealous of my buddy who got the 9600XT, but it doesn't matter! Soon after I got myself a 640mb XFX GeForce 8800 GTS. I was trying like mad to get Crysis to run at the time, and this card had handled it the best yet.

Because my buddy who had his 9600XT was still using that GPU and it was beginning to artifact and give problems, I decided to sell my 8800GTS to him. It was at this point that I stupidly ordered (3x) XFX GeForce GTX 9600 GSO's from NewEgg. I had an Antec Solo tower and a 850W Zalman Power Supply at the time that I was desperate to SLI with. I was disappointed when I realized I could only do two of them. I was even more disappointed with the performance. Cards were sold locally, and I got into (3x) EVGA 9800GTX+ GPU's. Crysis DID run better than my 8800GTS, but as could be expected - my stock clocked E8400 Core 2 Duo wasn't keeping up to pace.

...skipping over my multiple AMD builds in this timeframe...

I got a random knack to trade off one of my 9800GTX+ GPU's for a laptop, Step-Up the other two into the GTX 275's and eventually sold the rest of that build. With the money gained from the rest of the build, I was able to purchase an ASUS motherboard bundled with an i7-870 from the local Fry's Electronics. It was with this build that I decided to finally aim for dual-GPU SLI with the new 275's I had on the way in. This poor thing never truly saw the light of day because the custom waterloop I made using mostly Swiftech parts, and much to my mistake, local hardware store soft tubing - leaked onto my GTX 275 on top with a few drips. Fortunately enough this was on day 1 of the build, and I did not fry the GPU. I did however enter panic and immediately sold off the GPU's and water cooling parts. It was around this time that I entered the 1GB XFX Radeon HD 5770

So as of right now, let it be known - I'm fanboy to nobody

The 5770 did last for quite a while and it was really impressive what it brought to the table / DX11, ran cooler than what I was familiar with using. Afterward I bought a 2GB Sapphire Radeon HD 7850. Now this is the first card I decided I wanted to overclock, and it did quite well at it. I was able to run it at over 1GHz core consistently and with good temperatures to boot.


Things got really foggy after this point because I introduced three little girls into this world. Not all at once, and I believe that is what makes it even more foggy. I know I was never "outdated" in terms of specs, though.


In 2014 I got my hands on an EVGA GTX 750 Ti FTW edition that also overclocked quite well, which prompted me to really enjoy team green. The power to performance ratio was and really still is unreal to me. I don't have the EVGA one, but I do still have an ASUS 750 Ti that I purchased to this very day.


Also in 2014, after I had already been arguing with my wife at the time for just finishing my last order to complete my new gaming rig (i5-4590, gtx 760 etc) I had gotten away from the controlling wife to spend an evening after work celebrating computer gaming as hosted by Nvidia at the Game24 event. Game24 happened to be here in the Indianapolis area which was completely foreign to me, a large corporation hosting an event like this here. I spent most of my night enjoying the gaming and the free food, and essentially lying saying "I'll be home soon".

I would have regretted the decision to go home for quite literally the rest of my life, because if you can't tell - I really am passionate about computers. I remember every build I've had and would gladly fill everybodys' monitors up with what I did and didn't like about them, but I'm at work and I'm not going to take the time smile.gif

I was the grand prize winner, walking away with a Maingear gaming rig housing an ASUS Maximus Ranger VII, Intel Core i7-4790k, 16GB of Corsair RAM, a 250GB SSD, and most importantly, I was the first person to have in my possession the GeForce GTX 980!


Fast forward to now, and I still have that FREE Maingear rig with all of the original hardware it came with, the CPU doesn't overclock whatsoever because Devil's Canyon nonsense, but I've been so happy with it that I hadn't built anything since Q3-2014 when I won it.


It was because I missed building rigs that I decided to do it again - I got a couple of EVGA Hadron cases, put one together with an i5-4590, 8GB of RAM, 120GB SanDisk SSD PLUS SSD, and a 4GB ASUS GTX 970 Turbo.

This i5-4590/GTX 970 rig's not even currently getting used. And my girlfriend is using my Maingear rig.

put together a Phanteks Evolv ITX build with an i5-6600k that actually Overclocks, she's running at 4.5GHz. 8GB Avexir DDR4-2800, 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, and a 4GB Gigabyte Radeon R9 Fury-X clocked at 1125 / 550.

I've never been happier to be PC Master Race. I've got some pretty solid builds.




TL;DR
I like computers. My name is Jon, and I like to overclock things after a long history of going vanilla / non-OC
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Welcome to OCN! That's quite a story.... Like you, I'm happiest when working on a future build.... It's definitely addicting.... thumb.gif
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Welcome to OCN.


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