Up For Debate - Have you ever built a PC for a specific game and what game was it?

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Dec 25, 2019 12:00 PM
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Building a decent rig can be a fairly expensive process. It’s a big commitment and there are many and varied reasons why we go about dropping the big bucks. I’d imagine for a lot of us it’s in the aim of chasing a mysterious unicorn, usually preparing for our most anticipated games by ensuring we can get them looking and running at their absolute best.

The bottom line is that building a PC for a specific game probably sounds ludicrous to a bunch of people, for many others it’s the chief reason for getting a high-end rig. Let’s take Cyberpunk 2077 as an example. It’s looking quite likely that CD Projekt RED’s sci-fi RPG is going to the biggest landmark launch of 2020. It’s also pretty difficult not to notice that it looks visually incredible, certainly far beyond what we typically expect from a first-person open-world RPG. CP2077 is going to be a graphical behemoth and there will potentially be millions of PC gamers looking to either upgrade or build an entire new rig specifically for this game.

So we thought it would be neat to see which iconic games you ended up building a gaming PC for, and whether you think splashing all that cash for a single game was worth it.

I haven’t actually built a rig for a new game in a while, although I’m certainly mulling over a total overhaul for Cyberpunk 2077, that’s for sure. In fact, the last game I specifically kitted myself out for was Battlefield 2. I’d basically lived and breathed BF1942 and Battlefield Vietnam for the past handful of years and I was prepared to do everything in my power to have Battlefield 2 looking its finest. We’re talking GeForce 7800 GTX in SLI, an AMD FX-57 CPU and what was, at the time, a monstrous 4GB RAM. It was absolutely glorious, let me tell you. I picked up Battlefield 2 at launch and cranked all those graphics sliders to the right. It also left me in good stead for the eventual launch of Elder Scrolls Oblivion, Call of Duty 2, and all those other classics that arrived around.

So over to your then, have you ever designed a gaming rig solely for a huge new game release? Which game was it? Let us know in the comments section below!

Have you ever built a gaming PC for a specific game?

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00:38 Jan-07-2020

Custom rig only:
1) DX4 for the game Quarantine
2) Far Cry updated for Empire Earth 3
3) The Witcher 3 updated for Persona 5
Next new rig planned for Nier 3

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01:18 Jan-04-2020

Yeah built it for portal 2 at that time i had 750 and amd 64 4400+

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11:59 Dec-31-2019

Jedi Knight: Fallen Order

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18:33 Dec-29-2019

I bought consoles for the games I want (3DS and Switch), but not necessarily a PC. A PC is always a baller setup and that's it.

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18:00 Dec-28-2019

Bf1 i play taht game from beta.Cheers from Serbstlader ;)

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22:57 Dec-27-2019

I wanted to be able to play Mafia 3
because on my Dell laptop (i7 4610m 8gb ram amd radeon hd 8690m 2gb), it was too slow like 14fps.
now with my current rig, i get 60fps at high 1080p and about 40fps at 1440p for mafia.
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01:31 Dec-27-2019

Unfortunately ESO was the game for me haha. It is pretty good now but back then it was pretty barren and not worth building a PC for. Just rebuilt for Cyberpunk though!

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01:20 Dec-27-2019

Not that it was a demanding game, but I built a pc just so I could play Diablo 3 when it came out.

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20:52 Dec-26-2019

Yup, I wanted a PC capable of playing Assassins Creed Odyssey on ultra @1440p. I also wanted a PC that wouldn't go out of date anytime soon.

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10:22 Dec-27-2019

Respect

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19:46 Dec-26-2019

The pool was a lot closer than I thought. Interesting.

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19:27 Dec-26-2019

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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17:51 Dec-26-2019

My gaming life revolves around World of Warcraft but I always overbuild for rendering/video editing. WoW however now uses 8 threads(so can use higher thread CPUs finally!) and pushes GPUs in 4K...even my 1080 Ti because of the massive particle density increases. I was already over spec when the big changes happened.

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07:10 Dec-26-2019

Well I upgraded to 1660 super for RDR2
does this count?

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06:19 Dec-26-2019

My first PC that I built specifically for gaming was designed to play Bioshock 2, back when I had a trash-tier GPU.

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05:53 Dec-26-2019

Oh yeah, for battlefield 3 and 4.I had fx 6300 and cant remember what gpu but both games were stuttery.Upgraded my gpu to 1050ti, got some aditional ram and boom, the game ran like a dream.After that upgraded to i7 2600 since budget was limited and rx 580 8gb and it holds up in pretty much all new games extremely well :D

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00:40 Dec-26-2019

I didnt build a pc myself, but I bought a new one due to the "upcomming graphical masterbeast" - or as i thought so - WatchDogs - . -
enjoyed the pc nevertheless!

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22:45 Dec-25-2019

I built my PC exactly for Witcher 3 and I'm GLAD, I did that :)

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22:27 Dec-25-2019

2005: F.E.A.R.

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21:25 Dec-25-2019

I have bought a laptop for a specific game only once. Game was GTA IV and laptop was Dell Inspiron 15R 5537. I tought it will run it at max settings and it will be really playable. BUT you all know how 'good' was optimisation. Still it was really good laptop for its time so it lasted me till 2016 and then i bought this PC for the most money I had.

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21:13 Dec-25-2019

it was 2007 i believe
i did it for stronghold legends san andreas and biohazard 4
hihi
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