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    Upgraders Anonymous #yolobuying

    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 11:38 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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    #17
    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.