Despite the economic climate this year and the ludicrous prices of tech - I’ve actually been able to do a bit of upgrading this year. With a bit of luck and a bit of hustling I’ve managed to put in some new parts and upgrades. As a PC gamer there can be such joy in improving your rig. I’m one of those who does a fair bit of research, trying to max out the best value-for-money deals and it’s really satisfying when you get it right.
It would be great to hear of any other upgrades or new items that you’ve all added to your gaming systems this year.
This is my list - and a bit of side info on how I was able to get it:
The big upgrade was to my CPU and GPU. My friend’s brother who had emigrated was wanting to sell off his rig. I swapped my 3500X Ryzen for his 3600 plus a bit of cash. Then, thanks to the crypto craze I managed to sell my Vega 64 for nearly double what I bought it for a few years ago. As a result I only had to put in a bit extra to afford his 2070 Super
Next, my wife’s involved in this Facebook group called Freecycle. It’s a pay-if-forward kind of group where people give away unwanted goods to those want them. My wife put her name down for a computer case and was nominated to receive it. When she brought it home we found a motherboard with CPU and memory still in there! (And it wasn’t a mistake) I looked up the mobo and found out it was a mining board. Since I’m not about to invest R20k-R30k in graphics cards to start mining I decided to sell the system on Carb. Quickest sale ever with 4 offers within the space of 6 minutes. With the money I was able to grab an NVME drive on Black Friday - Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB
Lastly, I had my old Intel 6th gen system packed away in the shed and hadn’t got round to selling it off. I was going to try see if the Cooler Master CPU cooler would fit my AM4 board, one day… Then a friend of mine dropped me a message to ask if I knew where he could find a 6th gen intel mobo since his had died. I told him he could take my old mobo, cpu and cooler if he wanted since it was a bit of an upgrade for him. He gave me some money for it and I was able to get a new CPU cooler - The Scythe Fuma 2 which from the reviews seemed to offer near Noctua level cooling for about half the price. I installed it today and must say I am impressed at the temps.
CPU: 3500X → 3600
GPU: Vega 64 → 2070 Super
New NVME 1TB PCI-E 3.0 - Sabrent Rocket Q
New CPU cooler - Scythe Fuma 2