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How long did you wait until you built your first PC?
42 really isn't old...
I waited from 1983 till 2009 to build my first gaming PC.
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Both my GFAQS and Steam account are going to turn 10 years old this summer. I was 15 back then and playing a lot of CS 1.6 on my parents Compaq. The game did not run well on the computer at all, let alone our dial up connection. Years of console gaming, and frustration with too highly specced games on low end PC's and laptops were to follow.
I was going to get an xbone up until they reveled it. I'd say I had my first computer built about 4 weeks after I ordered my first part in November of last year. Finally just got my GPU earlier this month. More than exceeded my expectations. I'll never look back.
i5-4670k | 2gb GTX - 770 | G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4gb | 530w 80+ | 1tb Seagate | 2tb Toshiba HDD | Rosewill BlackHawk | http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Pjlind/builds/
The 770 is a fancy schmancy card. Even for me. I had a 7970 before this, it died and I had to replace it with something. I was still pleasantly surprised with how good it is.
I built my first 'gaming' computer around this time last year. Maybe a little earlier. But i've been building computers both for myself and for other people for as long as I can remember. I remember building computers with my dad when I was just a wee lad at the age of 5-6.
I've been wanting a gaming PC since the late 90s/early 00s. I used to love getting the DELL catalog every month so I could drool over their laptops with their 1.2GHz Pentium 4s, 512MB of DDR RAM, and squishy handrests.
Then in 2004 my dream came true: I spent $3000 on a XPS laptop with a 3.4GHz P4, 1GB of DDR, and a 128 Mobility Radeon 9700. Biggest mistake ever. This 4" thick beast couldn't run anything at its native 1920x1200 resolution. HL2 struggled to maintain 30 FPS @ 720p; even by 2004 standards that's bad. It was an overpriced, underpowered, piece of s***.
Fast forward to mid 2008. After the motherboard died for the second time I had enough. I b****ed in DELL's ear for six hours straight before they finally caved and sent me a brand new XPS with a quad core and 2x 9800 GTX in SLI. I promptly sold it on Craigslist for $2600 (it was going for a ridiculous $4K on DELL's website, and unlike them I didn't want to rip people off). It was actually kind of difficult to sell it at that price because people assumed it was stolen.
Anyway, I used $1200 of that money to finally build my very first rig and blew the rest on god knows what.
So all in all it actually wasn't that bad of a deal. When you think about it, that $3000 got me 8 solid years of gaming before the PSU finally gave out on my custom build, prompting me to build my current sig rig.
tl;dr: It's been about a decade before I could finally build my own, and another half decade before I could do it again.
4670K | 2GB GTX 770 OC | 8GB 1600 9-9-9-24 | 120GB SSD | 1TB WD Blue | Win8.1 Pro
The first PC I got was a DOS computer... It played simple games, for simple people. I was impressed as much as a 4 year old could be.
In 2001 we got a crappy PC that ran runescape, no idea of its specs.
2007 was the Compaq computer, I guess it was nice, intel dual core and windows XP with 2 GB RAM. No graphics card, it ran WoW though.
Fast forward to about 4 months ago, and new computer.
Pc gaming 4 laif.