I recently started studying for CompTIA A+ Certification and sometimes the material can get pretty dry so I like to build a gaming system every once and a while just to revisit the fun aspect of computers: Building them. Trying new and different configurations and approaches also helps me stay current in a constantly evolving culture. I do sell these systems for minimal profit once I'm done playing with them a little. This system wasn't sold, but rather traded in exchange for some tattoo work from a local tattoo artist here in Tacoma, Wa. He was in need of a solid gaming machine, and I was looking to getting some needlework done on my right forearm, so we were able to help each other out. I set up the Desktop for him today and I will start the tattoo tomorrow. It's going to be an all too common forest sleeve, but I can't help myself, I love how they look.
The new owner named the system Redline which quite fitting and pretty badass honestly. I'm quite the EVGA Fanboy so I can't get over having a K|NGP|N 980 in the system, which is where the rest of the title comes from as well as the LOTR reference. I actually picked up 2x of these bad boys for 300$ locally from a fellow enthusiast, so I will have to do something cool with that other card.
I thought $40.00 for 16GB of RAM was too good to be true, and I was fully expecting one of the sticks to be dead, especially with the seller not seeming too sure they worked. However, they both work perfectly and by increasing the voltage to 1.35v I was able to reach 2933Mhz. I did not overclock the CPU or GPU for noise, temperature, and power draw concerns.
Everything else was bought online, and include WA sales tax (9.7%.). The motherboard was open box - unused on Ebay, and the case was Amazon Warehouse - damaged packaging. Everything else was just available at a discounted price.
Performance. This system is tasked with running some pretty demanding titles such as Devil May Cry 5 and AC: Odyssey. I tested these games at 1440p and found them to be very playable. DMC5 was maxed out with smooth framerates and AC: Odyssey was a pleasant experience at High settings. I did run stress tests but I didn't record results since I spent a decent amount of time trouble shooting windows as it would freeze when I tried to update it.
I will upload the tattoo when it's finished, Thanks for reading!