I have a few computers on my network. One serves as storage for all of my media with a DLNA server, one hosts this site and databases, and then there is my development/gaming rig! That is my baby 🙂
When I first moved to California in 2014, I was working remotely for Telebright, out of Rockville, MD. I was starting to do more development work and I felt it was important to buy a new desktop that could host the software locally in order to conduct proper testing on the database and on the application itself.
I initially began with the everything except a high end graphics card. At the time, I was still playing games on a console. I didn’t have a desire for PC gaming, so here is what I started with:
- Asus Sabertooth Z87 Motherboard
- 32 GB Corsair DDR3-1333 Memory
- Intel i7-4770k Quad-Core processor
- Corsair H55 Liquid CPU Cooler
- 2 x Corsair Force LS 240 GB SSD (One for Ubuntu & the other for Win 7)
- WD 1TB 7200RPM HD
- WD 2TB 7200RPM HD
- EVGA GTX 760 Video Card
- Corsair Bronze 750W Power Supply
- Lite-On DVD/CD writer
- Thermaltake Tower Case
- 2 x ASus VS247H-P 23.6″ Monitors
This was great. I was able to host a development database on a VM and the development app server on the same machine, without any latency issues, and the graphics card was still powerful enough for some gaming when I began to explore Steam more.
Once I joined Sony, I no longer had a need for the setup for work related items, so I decided to use it more for gaming. This opened up a whole other can of worms, because then I started becoming concerned with FPS, while running the highest graphics settings. Then I realized my monitors wouldn’t really show a difference on anything above 60FPS, because they are both 60hz monitors.
It didn’t end there. I went ahead and bought a 27″ monitor that could support 144hz with a 1ms response time for the higher FPS, seen in the middle of my two original monitors to the right. Well why stop there? I wasn’t consistently getting enough FPS for Ultra quality resolution, so I finally gave in and purchased the EVGA GTX 980ti. Unfortunately, I wasn’t supplying enough power so I had to also purchase a 1000W Gold power supply in order to sustain power. This also caused my workstation to run hotter, for obvious reasons, so I modified the tower and attached a 200mm fan on the side. The addition brought my graphics card temperatures from 65°C to 45°C.
It is definitely a lot of fun upgrading and pushing the limits of my rig, but it sure is a lot cheaper to buy a gaming console. 🙂 I think for my next build I’ll try something on a X99 motherboard with DDR4 RAM and a newer processor.