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The cost of a new Gaming PC

I priced together a new gaming PC and it came to $4200 USD (CPU/Mobo/RAM/GPU)

…and that is reusing my case, my power supply, my mouse, keyboard, monitor and headset.

That’s insane, just to play video games at top framerates. The problem is the GPU, it’s insanely expensive and hard to come by, there is a shortage because all the cryptocurrency miners are buying them up.

I decided to price out a new high end gaming PC because mine won’t run Windows 11. I can’t afford this right now or anytime soon so Windows 10 it is for a while.

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Yeah. I’m due to rebuild but a decent graphics card is like 2k over here. Like my last two systems were about that and it’s not the first time crypto has inflated prices. I’d imagine to build what I’d like I’d be around the same in Aussie dollars…my 8700k with a gtx 1080 runs Cyberpunk 2077 at low settings…like it used to run everything on ultra! First world problems.

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Blimey you lot must be loaded haha. I winced at forking out £1600 for mine, and yeah a big chunk was the graphics card - tho its just a 2060 rtx.

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Right now is a bad time to build, everything is over priced, I’m fortunate that my rig is windows 11 compatible, I have a ryzen 1600af and a GTX 1660s
I suspect you priced buying a rtx 3090 at that budget, if you wait for sales you can save money on ram, I got 32gb 3200mhz ddr4 for $80 on newegg on black Friday.

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An RTX 3060 is more than enough unless you absolutely need 144 fps at 4k. I run most things at stable 144 fps just fine at 1080p with RTX 3060. But going for 3080 or 3090 is fine if you have a lot of extra money. Although 3090 will give you a lot less bang for your buck compared to 3080 or 3060.

Also since you’re not replacing your monitor, make sure it’s at least 1440p and 144hz if you want to go with anything higher than a 3060. If not you’re wasting your money.

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I got my PC before Covid. I should have gotten a 4K144Hz screen but they were too expensive like 2000$cad+15%tax here. So I got an LG 4K60Hz IPS HDR freesync monitor for 449$cad. I have a 2080Ti that I got in summer 2019 used which was 600-700$cad cheaper than the cheapest in other places.
I can run almost all my games over 60fps max graphics except for Cyberpunk which runs 55-60fps no rt, and RDR2 which runs at 50fps but DLSS is coming to this game which should boost fps by up to 60%.

An Rtx 3090 now goes for 3000$cad minimum here but a few months ago the cheapest was 4000-5000$cad, prices got better they say.

My cpu is compatible with Win 11 and I have it installed.

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I lock the fps to 60fps in all my games to avoid stuttering using Vsync.

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Yeah I got a 1080p 144hz monitor before COVID. I don’t regret it though because I probably won’t upgrade my GPU for a couple of years at least and 4k is overkill for a 3060.

144hz is more noticeable than 4k anyway.

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I was going to get a 1440p 144hz screen but these were more expensive than 4K60Hz, they were 700-800$ and I got my 4k60hz for 449$. Also I wanted to watch 4K Netflix, and 4K youtube, etc

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Came here to say this. Because the factories got shut down during covid,and everyone was buying the backstop since they were stuck home and wanted to play games. Wait a bit and the prices should stabilize again.

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Hows the gaming on windows 11? Im afraid i took it off this morning - cos… well i just didnt like it.

The nvidia drivers etc still work and that? given its a dev release? The one game i tried, doom eternal didnt like it.

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No problem with gaming so far, I tried Call of Duty cw, you can use nvidia win 10 drivers, they work fine.
The one thing that caught my eye is that win 11 uses about 2Gb more RAM in games.

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Oh right. Ill probably leave it till the proper release version comes out. I honestly didnt like the taskbar tho.

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Yeah 4k is much more important for movies and streaming. Most movies aren’t even 60hz.

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It’s 2 months until Amazon’s “New World” MMORPG comes out (Aug 31st).

I played an early beta version and liked it so I have already pre-ordered my copy. I haven’t bought a game in a long time.

In the early beta the game ran ok but none of the graphics settings did anything. Low, med, high all resulted in the same frame rate, about 55 FPS. My monitor has GSYNC so even at 55 FPS the animation is still pretty smooth, but my monitor is 1440p and capable of overclocking to 165Hz so I would like better performance… Hopefully by the time they release it, it will be much more optimized and I’ll get better performance.

I built my computer about 5 years ago or so, it meets the minimum specs of the game but I’ll be disappointed if I have to run it on low graphic settings.

My current rig:

CPU: Core i7 6700k
Memory: G.Skill 32 GB DDR4
Mobo: Gigabyte Gaming7
GPU: Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 1080
Monitor: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q

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I’m also waiting for New World. But I will only buy it if it’s an actual MMORPG and not a WoW-like rpg until max level then action MMO at endgame. I hope it’s more like oldschool MMOs or BDO. Do you know how the endgame progression will be like?

I’m also waiting for two Asian MMOs that will come during the summer or later this year. Honestly I’m more hopeful about those because I suspect New World will follow the typical Western pseudo-MMORPG style where progression basically stops at max level.

Which GPU are you planning on buying?

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I would like a 3080ti but I can’t afford it. I’m stuck with my computer for at least a year, that is how long it will take me to save up to buy something new.

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I think a regular 3080 would be good enough to reach 144fps+ at 1440p. But you should check some benchmarks for similar games.

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