Up For Debate - What gaming hardware did you buy in 2020?

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Jan 1, 2021 5:00 PM

2020 has been a rough year for PC gamers who have been trying to get their hands on the latest hardware. Still, it hasn’t quite stopped us from trying. So in honor of the year just gone by and various Christmas deals, we wanted to know what gaming hardware you bought in 2020.

Note: this does not include any hardware you may have gotten for the holidays, this is specifically hardware that you purchased for yourself at any point during the year.

Of course, the frustration of not being able to get any of the new fancy tech this year is only made worse by just how much gaming hardware has actually been released. From brand new graphics cards like the RTX 30 series and RX 6000 series, to new CPUs like the Ryzen 5000 series, and of course the brand new next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Or maybe you didn’t get any of the brand new hardware this year, and instead you played it smart by getting older hardware that is still very much sufficient in performance at a cheaper price.

Or maybe you just got a brand new CPU or pair of RAM due to the shortages, and so there wasn't really anything available to buy and all you got were some small, but still substantial, upgrades to your rig.

Whatever it is, we want to know what gaming hardware you bought in 2020! Was it a substantial upgrade like the new next-gen graphics cards? A brand new console? Or something smaller? Let’s debate!

Did you manage to buy any new hardware in 2020?

What did you get? - Up to 8 votes each

Do you wait for a new hardware upgrade before playing new games?

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15:18 Jan-03-2021

I was able to get an elusive 3080.

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20:54 Jan-03-2021

Oh nice.
Enjoy it to the max.

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03:24 Jan-03-2021

A new GPU. Managed to get a FE pretty much by accident, but the patience paid off.

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01:49 Jan-03-2021

Focusrite Scarlett Solo and a SM27. I haven't been able to purchase the PC hardware I want. I can't buy a 3080 or a 5600x. Maybe all's well that ends well seeing as Rocket Lake is launching soon. It'd be nice to weigh the options that Ryzen 5000 and 11th Gen Intel can offer. Doubt that intel can swing something as great as the 5600x at the same value though!

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22:51 Jan-02-2021

A valve index and a quest 2.

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19:16 Jan-02-2021

speakers (3-way studio monitors, with subwoofer - Kali Audio IN-8 and WS-12),
most game-enriching experience for sure

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11:43 Jan-02-2021

I bought 2070 super in february and cpu and mobo late 2020 september

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11:00 Jan-02-2021

I was hoping i could get a 3080, but seems like I still have to wait for that.
I just bought a second nvme pcie4.0 ssd, as now fast storage is a requirement of the new gen, so now I enjoy 1.5Tb of nvme pcie4.0 ssd. Oh and i also got the adata xpg prime ARGB psu extension cables, they're awesome!!

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10:41 Jan-02-2021

G29 and Roccat Burst Pro, both incredible. Going to purchase a 5800x and 6800xt (when back in stock). Will be my 2021 purchases, faster RAM as well.

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09:43 Jan-02-2021

My whole PC was built in 2020. I upgraded from an I5-4590, 24GB DDR3, and a 4GB RX 480.

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17:13 Jan-02-2021

Did you see any benefit going from a RX 480 to a 5700 ?

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19:36 Jan-02-2021

I went from gtx 1070 to rx 5700XT and yes, huge boost. So yeah 480 to 5700 is a good uplift

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19:37 Jan-02-2021

Definitely, but being a 1080P gamer, I'm not really letting it stretch its legs much, seeing as how the 5700 does pretty well in 1440P, so the difference isn't as pronounced for me, frame rates are higher of course, but the games overall look and feel pretty much the same...... my main purpose for building a new PC was to get off the aging haswell platform and onto something better.

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03:56 Jan-03-2021

I see, i dont have any plan to get the 5700 right not however my friend got one a couple of months ago and knowing him he will upgrade it next year so im interested in it but for the time being my priority is CPU which im eyeballing the 5600X or the 3700X / 3800X as they are cheaper by more than 150$ at the moment

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03:56 Jan-03-2021

Also thank you for your input, i also want a 1080p 144Hz display so a card like that is more than enough :D

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09:32 Jan-02-2021

all right, so here's the thing
I had i3 3220 8gb and Gt 710, my new hardware I get ryzen 3 3200g 16gb Ram DDR4 2666 MHZ , MSI A320M A PRO and SSD 120gb
and I'm so happy with these specs

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08:01 Jan-02-2021

I bought a R5 5600X,a B550M motherboard,a new 2TB HDD,a 250GB SSD,a new RTX 3070,and a additional 16 GB RAM to make it 32GB.I'm just preparing for the future.

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07:57 Jan-02-2021

going triple monitor setup, and got a handbrake for Dirt Rally 2, still waiting for delivery lol

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02:42 Jan-02-2021

rebuilt my whole PC cept the case and GPU.... for now....

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23:29 Jan-01-2021

I got nothing, wanted to get new stuff, but it was either no supply or overpriced prices. So I guess we see how things turn out in 2021. As far as waiting, if I know something is coming in next month or two, then I will wait for it. If it is further away and I need it, I will just buy, there is always something coming. But with current stuff, I don't need it now, so I am waiting,...

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23:32 Jan-01-2021

... though I definitely think that as games get more demanding, I will want to upgrade. Currently itch to upgrade does comes from very few games. So yeah, I am waiting for reasonable prices and supply. Maybe even Ryzen 5600/5700X and RX6700/6700XT, whenever we get there and provided AMD isn't doing too good and try phasing out 5600/5700X. That would suck.

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23:17 Jan-01-2021

For me the new purchase was a router.

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23:08 Jan-01-2021

I live in the Multiverse, Universe, Virgo Supercluster, Local Group, Milky Way, Orion's Arm, Sol, Earth, North America, The United States, Arkansas, %$#@$, $#@%^#, $@#$%^$#, #$%#@, and I got a laptop with an RTX 2070 super gpu.

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23:19 Jan-01-2021

If I didn't know any better I'd say you're a fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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23:43 Jan-01-2021

LOL Or Issac Arthur...

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00:48 Jan-02-2021

Neil deGrasse Tyson is great. I like his reasoning. I also like Michio Kaku.
As for youtube creators who deal in cosmic ideas, here is my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD4izuDMUQA. Just saying, you might have a mid-life or existential crisis if you watch this video. That goes for anyone.

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05:03 Jan-02-2021

Me too big fans of them both!

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16:50 Jan-02-2021

Ditto

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21:31 Jan-01-2021

rtx 3090 and 5950x, cant wait when they deliver my new gpu, should be next week!

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21:45 Jan-01-2021

niice, congrats and enjoy your pc :)

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22:07 Jan-01-2021

Thanks! Its going to be really awesome combo, many new games are waiting:D

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20:25 Jan-01-2021

I bought a XG258 240hz 1080p monitor. Love it so far. But it ruined my eyes though. I got so used to it, that I can't go below 180frames in any game now, unless I want to feel nausea.

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23:29 Jan-01-2021

Thats interesting. Never tried anything above 144hz.

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23:44 Jan-01-2021

Well TBH, I did not notice going from 165Hz from 144Hz lol

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23:47 Jan-01-2021

I would higly recommend trying it out for a week or so, if you have the chance! Even the desktop experience is something completely different

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23:47 Jan-01-2021

I would highly recommend trying it out for a week or so, if you have the chance! Even the desktop experience is something completely different

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20:05 Jan-01-2021

PSU as mine was dying the week before Xmas.

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19:41 Jan-01-2021

I got an RTX 3080, a 1000W PSU, and, earlier in the year, a 1TB 970 EVO NVMe SSD.

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Can They Run... |

Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600 Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Core i7-2600 4-Core 3.40GHz Radeon HD 5770 1024MB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-6800K 6-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600 Radeon RX 580 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-920 Quad 2.67GHz GeForce GTX 970 4GB 24GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX 580 Sapphire Nitro+ 4GB 16GB
| Ultra, 1440p
Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3090 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 24GB 32GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 7 5800X 8-Core 3.8GHz Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB 32GB
Ryzen 5 2600 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-11700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 6GB Edition 32GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-11700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 6GB Edition 32GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600 Radeon RX 580 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600 Radeon RX 580 4GB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-7400 3.0GHz GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 8GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600 Radeon RX 580 4GB 8GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-10400F 6-Core 2.90GHz GeForce GTX 1650 MSI Ventus XS 4GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-10400F 6-Core 2.90GHz GeForce GTX 1650 MSI Ventus XS 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core 3.9GHz Radeon RX 5700 XT Sapphire Nitro+ SE 8GB 16GB
50% Yes [2 votes]