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    Posted: 29 May 2021 at 4:17pm
Hi fellow gamers,


First post. I've been playing at maxed in low quality settings that my cpu/gpu can handle. Looking to maybe upgrade the quality of my gaming experiences overall. With that in mind, I ask for advice


Would it be worth the investment to upgrade and experience pc games on highest settings, greater performance with amazing FPS for a few years? 


This PC will be mainly for entertainment and gaming purposes.


What are your advice/recommendations? (The PC aesthetics doesn't matter to me). And what are the pricing range I should be looking for if I'm going to budget for this?  With my limited knowledge of computers and recently seen custom PC builds - What type of computers, and computer parts cpu/gpu I should be looking for? I should go for custom PC build instead of in-store retail?


How much in the original costs would it decrease after a few years of gaming if I am going to sell it?

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Do NOT buy an off the shelf PC for gaming!!! They never are built up to snuff, parts quality is questionable and way over priced for what you get, which is NOTHING for gaming.

The config gurus will come along and give you some advice on a build, they will want to know what size monitor and at what resolution you are aiming for.... 1080, 1440 or 4k? That has everything to do with configing a gaming PC with out spending unnecessary money.

If you a gaming PC built here, there will be no need to sell it. It will last you for years down the road and by the time it can't handle the load of the new games, it won't be worth selling...... just give it to someone who only browses the internet, emails and such. Best of luck.
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Originally posted by fwfdfireman

Do NOT buy an off the shelf PC for gaming!!! They never are built up to snuff, parts quality is questionable and way over priced for what you get, which is NOTHING for gaming.

The config gurus will come along and give you some advice on a build, they will want to know what size monitor and at what resolution you are aiming for.... 1080, 1440 or 4k? That has everything to do with configing a gaming PC with out spending unnecessary money.

If you a gaming PC built here, there will be no need to sell it. It will last you for years down the road and by the time it can't handle the load of the new games, it won't be worth selling...... just give it to someone who only browses the internet, emails and such. Best of luck.


Hi thanks for the response, I'm currently gaming on 1080p dual monitors and happpy with it. I may upgrade it to 1440 if I can find a good deal. Not likely for 4k atm but if there is a great deal, why not.

I mean I had regular desktop PC's I've given them to family for normal day-to-day type of things mentioned-facebook, emails, internet browsing I don't think they'd need and none of them are into computers nor tech savvy so I feel like a high powered gaming pc would be no use to them, gave my mom a laptop and she rarely uses it. Only 1 desktop being used the other no. They use smartphones mostly nowadays, so I would sell the gaming pc when I move out of the country which is why I'm curious how much money investment would be lost after a few years of using the gaming pc.


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At today's prices that include huge mark-ups for video cards, and some markups for short supply of other items, the return on investment in resale will be very poor when things are back to normal.

There is currently no such thing as a "good deal" for the above reasons. Have a look at these. One is AMD and the other is Intel:

AMD      3923038   $2211

Intel      3923040   $2324

The whole difference is in the processor. The AMD is 6- core and the Intel is 8-core. There is not a huge difference between them for gaming, but the Intel is the faster chip. Either will get the job done for several years out IMHO.

These are the least expensive rigs I would recommend for solid gaming at 1080p. It's a minor tragedy you can't get your hands on a 3060 Ti until August (they are projecting), because at a $60 price difference, it is the card to have for 1080p and to be able to dabble in 1440p with slightly dialed back settings on some games. The 3060 won't do 1440p well, but is great for 1080p.

IMO, you MUST get the upgraded PSU. 850W is perfect for future upgrades. You MUST have an NVMe SSD for your primary drive. It's 5-10 times faster than the DS "Performance Series" which is SATA, not NVMe. You SHOULD have a dual fan all-in-one liquid cooler for best CPU temps.

The Lynx is chosen simply because it's the least expensive case. I've gone as low budget as I could recommend just to show you the lowest prices. You can upgrade anything you want from here.

Keep in mind you are paying about a $400 premium for the RTX 3060 GPU. The $434 extra is on top of the price here for a GTX 1650. That price is at least $200 over MSRP because of supply shortage everywhere in the market. So, when you add $434, you are paying a total of about $700-800 for a card that should cost around $350.

It gets worse as you go up to more expensive (and rarer) cards. The RTX 3070 is the best choice for 1440p. The card is going for a premium of about $600-700 over MSRP. You will never get any portion of that back when you sell your rig. If you want to step up to 1440p, just know what you are buying. Almost $1200 for a $499 card. The AMD Radeons are not any better.

This is not price gouging from DS. This is the short supply in the market ever since the cards came out. DS has to pay what the market demands, and so do you.
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AMD's gpus are having many issues.
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@hoserator:

You have recent cites on that? The last gen had issues galore, but I have not seen anything on the 6000 series like that. At these prices, I don't think they compete well anyway.
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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 May 2021 at 1:18am
The 6000 series RDNA2 is not performing in high FPS games. It's in their forum.

AMD had to come out with a "perfect" rollout after the driver issues it has been having and it appears it still does.

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Thanks for being on top of things.
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