Up For Debate - What Gaming Hardware Did You Buy In 2015?

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 4:00 PM

The end of a hectic year is rolling around fast. It’s been one littered with heaps of hardware surprises, including the launches of stacks of new graphics cards, umpteen processors and mountains of peripherals. DDR4 memory has been slamming down in price. SSDs are no longer quite as eye-wateringly expensive. Meanwhile, 32-bit systems just aren’t cutting it and system requirements have taken a drastic leap.

Keeping abreast of the gaming hardware demands has been a tricky business, but everyone here at GD has been pooling their knowledge and helping each other buy the best of 2015’s gaming hardware. With that in mind, we want to know what hardware you decided to pick up this year and why.

I’ll get the ball rolling within mine. It was a relatively low-key year for me on the hardware side, although finally picking up a GeForce GTX 970 was cause for celebration. So, here we go…

MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G

Really pleased with this buy. I upgraded from a GTX 750 Ti and the difference in performance was definitely worth the cash. For 1080p gaming on the living room telly it’s handling everything I throw at it with use, usually on Very High / Ultra. None of the big hitters have cause me any performance concerns this year, aside from Batman: Arkham Knight of course. I’m still thinking I might sell it next year though and pay the difference to upgrade to a Pascal GPU.

Steam Controller

I still don’t know where I stand on Valve’s Steam Controller. I flip-flop between love and hate every other day. I’m definitely impressed with the post-launch support Valve has been giving the controller, and the controller software is getting better and better. That said, I don’t believe the Steam Controller is the one-stop shop for all gaming solutions, falling apart during action games in particular, where access to the face buttons is finicky and inferior to my DualShock 4.

Anyway, over to you now, what gaming hardware have you bought in 2015, and what did you think of it? It can be everything from a new mouse right on up to a 4K monitor or a complete rig.

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00:38 Jan-26-2016

i bought my whole rig, pieced by myself and i didnt regret it :P

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22:15 Jan-25-2016

just replaced my 570 with a 970 and got another ssd im good for a few years 2500K FTW!!! lol

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14:13 Jan-25-2016

PS4! :)

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11:47 Jan-25-2016

i5 4460
gigabyte h81 d2v
gigabyte gtx950 windforce 2x
8gb kingston valueram 1600
zalman z1
kingston hyperX 120gb ssd
fortron hyper 500w


That's my new gear from the 2015 :D

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04:32 Jan-20-2016

Motherboard : Msi 970 gaming
CPU : AMD FX 8350
Case : Everest Rampage 72
CPU Fan : Cooler Master Hyper tx3 Evo
Mouse : Everest SGM x9
Monitor : Samsung S24D390
Ssd : SanDisk s240ga 240GB

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04:50 Jan-22-2016

ya, ya. in ur profile we can see it xDDD

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05:21 Jan-22-2016

:D but in my profile you cant see when i bought them.

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03:37 Jan-20-2016

2x MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G, Acer Predator XG270HU and Samsung SSD 850 Pro ^_^

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09:39 Jan-18-2016

MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G.Finally to play Batman Arkham Knight Smoothly

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11:20 Jan-15-2016

i5 4590 for my future r9 390x

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03:15 Jan-15-2016

i5 4460
8gb corsair vengeance 1600
b85m d3h gigabyte
corsair VS 450
Gigabyte IF233
"gtx 750 gigabyte oc 1gb :("

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00:05 Jan-14-2016

nothing ...

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12:06 Jan-15-2016

but better add a RAM stick 'coz latest games gonna need @ least 6GB.

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23:12 Jan-11-2016

I bought an Asus GL551JW gaming laptop. I'm super pleased with it. The GTX 960M graphics card has allowed me to play most of my games on medium-high settings except for the witcher which I had to tone down to low to get consistent 30FPS.

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14:42 Jan-11-2016

The EVGA GTX 960 SSC card, granting me High settings access to the world of The Witcher III.

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07:00 Jan-10-2016

because of indian price tag i have paid more money for the hardware compare to other country which restricted me forbetter hardwared-i5,4440,gtx960,2gbasusstrix

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03:35 Jan-10-2016

I bought the Shield console that is the only hardware that i bought.

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11:31 Jan-09-2016

okay i really changed my whole pc.. beside the SSD and HDD.. so i bought


16gb ripjaws x 1600mhz ddr
i5 4690k
Gigabyte Windforce GTX 970
Asrock Fatal1ty z97 pro
Corsair RM 750 PSU
Corsair 760T Case
Scythe fan controler
1TB WD HDD

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11:33 Jan-09-2016

Corsair H105 Water Cooling
Asus VX 239 Monitor
1TB WD Elements removable Storage
Samsung Blu Ray Optical Drive

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23:53 Jan-08-2016

I bought a gigabyte g1 r9 380 4GB.

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13:40 Jan-08-2016

My country (Brazil) is going through an economic crisis. So sadly the price of eletronics went outta the roof. So I only bought a 4Gb 1600Hz DDR3 RAM cuz my old one baked down... :P

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04:07 Jan-10-2016

I know how that feels.....
-bro hugs-

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18:52 Jan-06-2016

I bought way too much stuff last year lol, Completely revamped my rig. The most recent thing I bought was Gtx970 MSI 4GB Gfx card I had Crossfire HD6870's


Asus Z97-A mobo
i7 4790k @4.00Ghz
CM 212Evo Cooler
Samsung 840Evo 250GB ssd
Win8.1Pro 64
CmStorm Stryker White FullTower
CM Octane Keyboard & Mouse

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01:27 Jan-07-2016

are you planning to sell the 6870's?

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13:27 Jan-07-2016

Not sure yet, I might be making another setup

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03:41 Jan-10-2016

Always good to have a back up system as well in case you have a friend that would go over to play games like Dota 2/LoL/CS:GO with you.

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14:48 Jan-06-2016

a 2nd GTX 970 SSC for $189!!...that's it. Skylake is meh compared to my OC 4790K system ;)

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15:05 Jan-06-2016

A 970 for 189 dollar? Wow, that thing costs 340 euro here :D

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15:11 Jan-06-2016

yup! got it off amazon.com with some discounts :D

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14:33 Jan-05-2016

A whole new gaming setup! Gigabyte Geforce 970 Windforce 3X OC, combined with 16GB DDR4 RAM and a brand new Intel Core i5 6500. Well, that's most of it anyway.

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