Gaming Rig 2017 Edition

The last time I built my own PC was a few years back. We all know that IT equipments get outdated in less than a year. Just take a look at the iPhone for reference, every year, Apple release a new version of their iPhone. However, it is not necessary to upgrade them every year. For most cases, the difference between the upgraded product last year is minimal and has no drastic changes.

Always remember, an upgrade is recommended but is not necessary. Hardware upgrades does not necessarily means better. Sometimes, an older version of a product is much more stable in terms of reliability. When a new product launches, it takes time for for it discover new bugs.

Where as an old product is already fixed and has little or no problems at all. I would recommend hardware upgrade only if your PC is five years or older. Here are the specifications of my current gaming build full setup.

  • Monitor : Xiaomi Mi Curved 34″ Gaming Monitor
  • Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VIII Formula
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) I7-6700K @ 4.6 GHz
  • Storage: Samsung EVO 256GB SSD + WD 1TB (Black)
  • Graphics: MSI GTX1060 GAMING 6GB
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LED 2X8GB
  • CPU Cooler: ID Cooling AuraFlow 240 (Snow Edition)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G512 Carbon (Blue Switch)
  • Mouse: Logitech G403 Hero
  • Webcam: Logitech C922 Pro Stream HD
  • Seat: DXRacer R Zero Series

At the point of time when I was building this rig, I wanted a PC which can do gaming, multimedia and robust enough for everyday usage. So, I came up with the build above. When building a gaming rig, budget does play a huge role. It will determine low-range, mid-range or high-end rig.

The most important question to ask is, what do I use this PC for? If your intention is to browse the internet and watch YouTube, you definitely do not need a mid or high-end rig.

When building your own gaming rig, you should never cheap out on the processor, motherboard, internal hard disk, graphics card and ensure a minimum of 8GB of ram. These hardware components are crucial in determining if your rig can last a few years down the road.

For those who have any queries or building your first gaming rig and are not sure what to get, feel free to drop a comment down below. I will try my best to answer them and help you out.