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    PC Upgrade itch...

    When you've got that itch to upgrade something on your PC, but don't really need to upgrade anything....what does one do?!

    It is exactly one year to the day I built the rig below:

    ASUS Maximus VII Ranger Intel Z97 ATX Motherboard
    Core i7 4790K 4.0GHz CPU
    Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler with NF-F12 PWM Fan
    Mushkin Blackline FrostByte 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 RAM
    MSI GTX 980ti GPU
    Mushkin Reactor 1TB 2.5 SSD
    ASUS DRW-24D3ST Green 24X DVD Writer
    Seasonic X-Series V3 650W 80Plus Gold PSU
    Fractal Design Define R5 Black Silent Mid Tower Case

    This stuff is slightly newer:

    Corsair RGB K70 Mech Keyboard
    Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mouse

    This stuff is a few years old:

    Logitech G430 headset
    2.1 speaker system (can't even remember the brand. something cheap from JB Hifi)

    What would GP do? Invest in some decent headphones or speakers? Invest in a decent chair?! Buy some new games instead?!

    Edit: upgraded to an Acer XB271HU
    Last edited by Haisley; 22nd June 2016 at 10:38 am.

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    Your PC is a beast. Short of upgrading to an extreme CPU or another 980 for SLI there isn't much that would make a big difference. I reckon upgrade your speakers either to some nice Microlab or similar desk speakers or a better 2.1/5.1 system

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    cwm wrote:
    Your PC is a beast. Short of upgrading to an extreme CPU or another 980 for SLI there isn't much that would make a big difference. I reckon upgrade your speakers either to some nice Microlab or similar desk speakers or a better 2.1/5.1 system
    Something like the Solo #C's? I don't know what is comparable or decent in terms of desktop speakers.

    Not really keen for 5.1, just cause I don't want to mount rear speakers and have cables everywhere.

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    Definetly get some decent headphones man

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    A second 980ti and a 4k monitor maybe?

    Decent headphones would be a must for me, but only for music. That Logitech is fine for gaming.

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    Something like a DAC + this - http://www.listeningpost.co.nz/Produ...41876__N.27756

    or passive speakers + this - http://www.listeningpost.co.nz/Produ...41876__N.27756

    also these all in one speakers look interesting; might be worth an audition at least. Not sure when stereotype.co.nz will get in the new audioengine HD6 though.

    http://www.listeningpost.co.nz/Produ...62066__N.27756

    http://audioengineusa.com/Store/HD6-...wered-Speakers

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    Get a monitor with a higher refresh rate.

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    Can't really justify another grand for a 2nd 980ti. I can happily get 60fps on all my games at 1440p at present. I don't think I'm ready for 4K yet. If anything, wouldn't 34" widescreen be more immersive for gaming? (my PC is for gaming, not productivity The build quality on the 27"+ g-sync monitors worries me...

    Are decent headphones and/or speakers worth it when just using onboard? Or would I need a DAC or new soundcard too?

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    When I get the itch I usually get a new case or mod an existing one. Helps keep things fresh without being overly expensive.

    Could always go watercooling can be an expensive habit to pickup though

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    Was just about to say when i couldnt stand looking at my same pc everyday i would change the case up or do something to it.
    Could cut a window in your case and chuck some nice lighting in it

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    I love the Define R5, but kinda wished I'd got the side windowed version...or maybe even got a smaller case. The R5 is pretty empty with only a single SSD, and the HDD cage removed.

    I'm not savvy enough, nor do I have the inclination to cut a hole in the R5 myself.

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    Can always send your panel to mofozilla to cut for you

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    InvisibleShadow wrote:
    A second 980ti and a 4k monitor maybe?

    Decent headphones would be a must for me, but only for music. That Logitech is fine for gaming.
    M8 that is dirty lies.That headset would be like listening throught two cans and a string

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    ludez wrote:
    Can always send your panel to mofozilla to cut for you
    But it might end up crooked....

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    Haisley wrote:
    But it might end up crooked....
    Haha good point!

    You can order them from fractal aswell

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    Get an Ultrawide, I would highly recommend them.

    100Hz is nice too.

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    save up for VR

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    huntakillaz wrote:
    save up for VR
    and grab these to go with

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...s-calibrated-t

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    Might as well just enter the matrix.

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    Haisley wrote:
    But it might end up crooked....
    ludez wrote:
    Haha good point!

    You can order them from fractal aswell

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    mofozilla wrote:
    Mate, you do a better job at case modding than I ever could.

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    I decided I was going to upgrade as close to doom as possible because right now that's the only reason i want to upgrade.... yet i keep getting emails and almost bought a 980, i7 and new monitor today.... is there a group for people like us?

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    Clavulanate wrote:
    I decided I was going to upgrade as close to doom as possible because right now that's the only reason i want to upgrade.... yet i keep getting emails and almost bought a 980, i7 and new monitor today.... is there a group for people like us?
    We can make one

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    I don't see a soundcard in that list.

    Vive?

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    suntoucher wrote:
    I don't see a soundcard in that list.

    Vive?
    Just using onboard atm.

    Had a xonar essence stx for a bit, but sold it because I couldn't notice any difference with my average headphones and speakers.