Up For Debate - Have you ever built a PC for a specific game? And if so, what game was it?

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Dec 25, 2020 12:00 PM
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First of all… MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you! It’s December 25th which means a lot of us will be celebrating Christmas Day/the holidays today. Either way, we haven’t got a lot of stuff lined up for you today as the GD staff will be spending time with our loved ones. But that won’t stop us from talking about our favorite pastime: PC gaming!

We asked this exact same question last year on Christmas Day, but I thought it would be fun to revisit considering what this year has been like for PC gamers and new PC gaming hardware. So today we ask: Have you ever built a PC for a specific game? And if so, what game was it?

Sure, the new hardware has been hard to find for a lot of people this year, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to upgrade. But due to these issues this year we thought we’d branch out a little bit and ask not just whether you built a whole new PC for a specific game, but also include whether you took on a major upgrade as well.

Just remember that this is for a specific game that we’re talking about here. I’m sure lots of us have upgraded our hardware this year just because of good deals or enticing performance results from brand new hardware, but we want to know if any of these were for a specific game in mind.

Maybe Cyberpunk 2077 caught your eye and you wanted to upgrade to a brand new RTX graphics. Or maybe your whole system needed a fresh clean start in order to run it and so you scrounged up the money to buy yourself an entirely brand new PC just in time for the launch. Maybe you’re still in the process of upgrading/building right now as you await for new parts to come in stock?

Or maybe, because of the state of stock issues with the new RTX 30 series and RX 6000 series, you just want to wait until things die down a bit and stock gets better until you even think about making a brand new rig. Whatever it is, we’d love to hear it!

So, did you build a brand new PC/upgrade your hardware this year for a specific game? What game was it? And if not, are there any games coming up that you want to upgrade for? Let’s debate!

Have you ever built a PCupgraded for a specific game?

Did you build a brand new PC for it? Or just upgraded?

If you just upgraded what component did you improve the most?

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10:29 Dec-28-2020

i mainly build my system with the idea of not having to upgrade for the next 5 years

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00:37 Dec-31-2020

You can prolong the lifespan if you're willing to lower the settings & resolution (but that depends on your personal preference)

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08:27 Dec-28-2020

It was STEEP :) I have upgraded my motherboard, cpu, ram and gpu :D

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09:08 Dec-31-2020

skydiving in this game is crazy fun.

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13:26 Dec-27-2020

Watch Dogs, in March 2014. I had a Core 2 Duo processor at that time with a 2 GB DDR3 and GT 610 Graphics card. I upgraded my system excluding my screen with a FX-8350 Processor, 8 GB DDR3 and GTX 760 Graphics Card, was a great experience!

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01:54 Dec-27-2020

Crysis. Back in 2007. First played it on an old Dell with a cheap ATI card I got. Whole game stuttered with like 15 fps and I beat it like that! Saved my money and built a Q6600k with 8gb of ram and an ATI 3870x2. Good times

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00:50 Dec-27-2020

Originally chose a 1060 3gb over an rx 580 because nvidia gpus were better at emulating botw at the time

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19:44 Dec-26-2020

I built this PC this month specifically to play Microsoft Flight simulator 2020 in VR and Star Wars Squadrons with my HP Reverb G2. I also had Cyberpunk in mind.


Played Microsoft 2020 in VR yesterday for the first time and it is as mindblowing as I expected it to be. It is a dream come true for me.

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19:06 Dec-26-2020

built my pc in 2016 for Elite Dangerous. and havent played it in years lol

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14:01 Dec-26-2020

Built a PC for GTAV. Upgraded that PC to play RDR2 with better framerate and graphics.

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17:19 Dec-26-2020

Your system is extremely well built.
With 1080p as your resolution, you'll be gaming with +120FPS for the next 5 years min.

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13:25 Dec-26-2020

this year i built my pc to play planetside 2 ultra at over 200 player battles : got a ryzen 7 3800xt and had a gtx 1070 ti now luckily a zotac rtx 3070

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16:48 Dec-27-2020

You've got one hell of a system
Respect


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03:52 Dec-26-2020

I added 2gb ram to my 2 gb pc and upgraded it to win7 to play Prototype 2. There's that.

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17:20 Dec-26-2020

In my opinion Prototype 2 is severely underrated.

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04:11 Dec-27-2020

It is underrated and funny thing is Prototype 1 is even more underrated. IGN gave it a 6 or 7 I remember

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16:17 Dec-27-2020

Stopped paying attention to IGN for game reviews and such since 2014 (at least).
Was the 1050M Ti your go to GPU when playing Prototype 1 & 2?

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01:11 Dec-26-2020

in 2007 i built a great pc for Unreal Tournament 3, Bioshock, Crysis 1 and so many amazing other games. That year was the best year i ever had in my gaming history. Good old days. Good gone youth...

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00:50 Dec-26-2020

I upgraded once my gpu cant handle 1080p low settings at 30 fps, mostly used low to medium range gpus

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00:09 Dec-26-2020

This computer for BFV. I much preferred BF4. COD Warzone is hitting the spot now, but I am hoping that BF6 is fun, cool and organised (team balance, no hackers, less jarring bugs). I preferred the battlelog system too, but I doubt that that is an option post 2020.

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22:18 Dec-25-2020

The first PC I ever built from the ground up, was in 1999 in anticipation of Diablo 2.
It consisted of an AMD K6-2 266Mhz, an Intel I740 GPU(buggy, replaced with an ATI Rage 128 before the game ever came out), and had I think around 128MB RAM, which I had to double when I finally got Diablo 2, because the game was kindof a memory hog.

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22:27 Dec-25-2020

Before this I had an IBM Aptiva with a Pentium 166, ATI Mach 64, and 16MB RAM....... played lots of Diablo 1, Quake, Quake 2, Tribes, Duke Nukem 3D, Doom, etc on that old machine, lol wish I still had it....... I did save the CPU, and I think even the speakers and mic from that old machine, but the rest got trashed at some point.

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22:36 Dec-25-2020

Oh and uhh....sadly, the only time I ever killed a CPU was that AMD K6-2 trying to overclock it....... which I then took back to the PC shop I bought it and played the whole "What's overclocking? I don't know nothin' 'bout no overclocking! That thar CPU has a clock in it? I didn't know!" angle and got the CPU replaced....... yeah pretty dishonest and crappy I know, lol but I wasn't exactly rich and I wasn't about to eat that couple hundred bucks or whatever I spent on it.

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22:15 Dec-25-2020

F.E.A.R., in 2005. I am old.

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01:10 Dec-26-2020

Ah man I remember playing the first F.E.A.R game.
That game is one of the rare few, that really did manage to scare me.

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22:05 Dec-25-2020

for Metro Exodus in 2019 i upgraded my gpu to rtx 2070 super and had a blast with it. It was awesome.

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21:56 Dec-25-2020

Way back when I was addicted to the game I built a PC specifically so I could play Warframe. But since then I there hasn't been a game that I specifically needed to build a brand new PC to run.

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21:36 Dec-25-2020

Personally I never upgrade for just one game. Like sure there is usually a game or two that "break camels back" and get me to upgrade. But usually it is because issues were already showing up with more games, I just didn't feel it was bad enough to upgrade. But mostly I was thinking about it for a while before saying enough and pulling the trigger.Also I never went up just enough for one game too.

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21:38 Dec-25-2020

I usually went up to where new stuff will last me for a while. But I guess if I go back to point that "broke camels back", Witcher 3 was one of them, needed new graphic card for a while, but I pulled the trigger afterwards. Then there were Final Fantasy 15 and AC Origins, those were final straw for me with 4 cores and 4 threads, went for Ryzen, CPU I still have today.

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21:41 Dec-25-2020

Also I didn't immediately upgrade after getting those games, can't remember for Witcher 3, but with CPU, I did wait for a while, so Zen+ was out and it was out of any early adopter issues. As for current graphic card, it really was luck of a draw, when I could get 1070 for MSRP price during mining craze and I sold RX480 8GB to miner and that paid for 1070. So yeah, I also grab opportunities. :-D

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01:14 Dec-26-2020

A great way to upgrade.

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20:36 Dec-25-2020

For Crysis back in 2008, Golden days

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01:15 Dec-26-2020

Those were the days...

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19:18 Dec-25-2020

GTA IV

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Can They Run... |

| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 5600 XT Sapphire Pulse 6GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Core i3-4030U 1.9GHz Intel HD Graphics 4400 Mobile 2GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| High, 1080p
Ryzen R5 1600 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti MSI Gaming 8GB 16GB
Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| Low, 1080p
Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Radeon HD 7970 OC Sapphire Edition 16GB
Core i5-9600K 6-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX Vega 64 Gigabyte 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Zotac Gaming Twin Edge 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB 16GB
Xeon Processor X5690 GeForce GTX 1070 Zotac AMP! Xtreme 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition 12GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i9-10900X 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gigabyte Gaming OC 3X 8GB 32GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz Intel HD Graphics 630 Mobile 32GB
0% No [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce RTX 2080 EVGA XC Gaming 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Zotac Gaming 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 30FPS, 720p
Core i7-5500U 2-Core 2.4GHz GeForce 940M 2GB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB Edition 16GB