What Makes You Get a New Gaming PC?

I was considering getting a Vive for Christmas, but I looked at the specs for Fallout 4 VR (as that and Skyrim VR are what interest me the most) and my system just can't handle it.*

I then briefly went, "Hmm... maybe I should just get a WHOLE NEW PC!!!"

I then dismissed the thought because;
1) I don't really want to shell out that much money just to upgrade so that I can "go VR"
2) The Switch is where I spend the majority of my gaming time these days so upgrading my PC isn't a priority.
3) It just doesn't seem like it's 'new gaming PC time"

But that does bring to mind; When IS IT it time to get a new gaming PC? For me I got my current PC (minus the graphic card which I got two years ago) when Civ FIVE was too much for my old PC to handle. Since then it's served me well and I don't have to have it set on ultra max 100% of the time and as I've yet to have any game that I just can not play no matter how low my settings. When NEW HOTNESS is flat out unplayable on my PC, and a new graphics card won't fix the problem, I'll get a new one. Until then... meh.

What about you? What makes you upgrade?

* For those interested I have a
i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60 GHz
8 GB RAM
GTX 960

What does it say about me that your system would be an upgrade to what I'm running? I bought a new system while my wife was pregnant with my youngest daughter who is now 6, so it is about 7 years old and was a budget system at the time. I managed to run some minor upgrades via second hand deals that has me sitting with a 760ti and an i5 2500. Still runs most anything I throw at it, but it helps that my backlog is out of date as well. I did end up getting up getting a PS4 and that may tied me over for quite some time. With the amount of gaming you can get from a 300 dollar investment I'm not sure if I will make an upgrade anytime soon.

Starcraft 2, the Witcher 3, and VR are the things that have made me get a new PC.

Went a little overboard with my VR rig.

Seeing a few GameGuru rigs for sale in the trading post always makes me consider a new pc.

Generally I'll only upgrade when a game demands it. My first pc got upgraded just to be able to play Civilization 2. And that game was so worth it! Later I upgraded to play WoW, then Oblivion, then Skyrim.

Realizing the last time I spec'ed a new PC was in the past decade.

I upgrade for a specific game. The last time I upgraded was for Shadow of Mordor - just a graphics card update. But I'll get a whole new machine for something like Mass Effect 3.

When my processor starts to bottleneck me. Or if the motherboard isn't going to be able to handle a new video card. I'm kind of curious when that's going to be. I'm going on something like 4 years without upgrading, and I'm still running games at Ultra settings. Course I don't have a 4K monitor, so that helps, but I don't know when I'm going to get to the point that it's actually keeping me from playing something.

kazooka wrote:

When my processor starts to bottleneck me. Or if the motherboard isn't going to be able to handle a new video card. I'm kind of curious when that's going to be. I'm going on something like 4 years without upgrading, and I'm still running games at Ultra settings. Course I don't have a 4K monitor, so that helps, but I don't know when I'm going to get to the point that it's actually keeping me from playing something.

1440p, to me, is much much more worth it than 4K. Especially at very high frame rates.

Tuesdays... always Tuesdays.

Open flame is usually my clue.
In seriousness, i tend to upgrade when i can no longer use my computer to play at least 3 games that i really want to play, then i upgrade it so i can max those games. Barring component failure, that usually is a 4 to 10 year cycle for me.
Current system:
I5-2500k (OC to 4.2 ghz and maxes out at only 60c)
Evga 1070
8 gig ram

My PC hardware has a two-step lifecycle.

I gave up console gaming entirely, and built a living room PC for couch gaming.

So my hardware goes:
desktop PC >> living room PC >> spare parts, sold, or given away

It's nice because every upgrade has a trickle-down effect, and every part I buy serves two tours for me before it's done.

I play modern (and old) PC games, and then I play consoles a generation or two behind on emulators. I've been tempted to buy a Switch, but I have a bunch of Wii and Wii U games to emulate first. PS3 emulation is starting to come along too.

My plan is to buy no games or gaming perephemalia in 2018 then get a new VR set and PC capable of playing it in 2019 as a reward type thing.

I’ll get the “itch” (no, not that itch!) every couple of years. It’s not exactly rational, and it’s not always necessary. I just love tinkering my computer. Until I struggle with it for a couple of hours and then I’m good for a couple of years.

For me, I like having a PC as long as it's viable, but when games start to slow down and stutter, I know it's time.

When I have more money than sense

I may have the lowest spec system of us all?

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz
RAM: 4GB Corsair DDR3 XMS3 1600Mhz/PC12800
Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD USB3
Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 460 768MB SE

I copied and pasted that from the 2011 order email, thus all those numbers.

I needed a computer, period, but most of all to revisit Baldur's Gate. It has ran every game I've needed it to. Windows 10 seems to have worsened its general efficiency, though, since moving up from Windows 7.

Unless there's a PC exclusive or I have a hardware failure, this will be my setup for some time. Consoles are my cup of tea these days.

My i7920 cpu lasted six years and was pretty great. Adding a GTX 970 got me a few more years with it before the PC showed signs of dying on me. So I splurged for a new PC last year (7700k & 1080ti)and hope I get another six years out of it.

I'm considering getting getting a new PC, I've only had this one for over 3 and a half years, and wanted to upgrade the gpu, but after a recent Windows 10 update, I'm having all sorts of issues. It may actually be some sort of hardware failure. So, instead of whacking a new graphics card in it, I might just take the plunge and get a whole new system (it's only really the processor in this I'd still consider good).

We got a new PC so I could play Divinity OS2

In years and decades past, we'd upgrade when it was needed to play a new game one of us really wanted.
Husband isn't on PC much anymore for gaming.

Son hasn't been OFF new PC when he's around. He's adoring the graphics (ohhh...the explosions in Starcraft are amazing!)

I built my current PC in 2013. Since then I've bumped the memory up a bit (8 GB -> 12 GB; it was only 4GB but it was free) and upgraded my video card (GTX 760 -> GTX 1060). It's still running pretty well but I'm starting to hit a few games that only play at "Medium".

And it supports my Oculus fairly well.

Basically I don't upgrade until some game I really want to play just won't play. From what I'm playing now it looks like my CPU is becoming the bottleneck, so I'll up from an i5 to an i7 at some point in the next year or so. I'll probably replace my main SSD about that time too, since it's starting to slow down.

Sjo I piecemeal it instead of doing a full replace. Until my motherboard won't support the next upgrade I'll probably keep the chassis I have. That's the beauty of PC gaming; you can upgrade bit by bit.

Installed the Fallout 4 High Texture pack and the game ka-chugged and slowed to a level distracting from the gameplay multiple times so I uninstalled it at which point it went back to working fine. I think that’s probably a vision of things to come and that it’s not gonna be very long until I get a game that I just won’t be able to play on my current PC.

TheGameguru wrote:

Tuesdays... always Tuesdays.

Then for me it would be Wednesdays when he puts up new stuff for sale. I now have 2 Built by Guru machines running strong. My 8 year old has no idea the power of the PC he dawdles with which was my first G-Box.

I'm looking for a new gaming/dev box after camnipotent gifted me PUBG, and even on ultra-low, it was a slideshow with <10fps.

Might wait to see what TheGameguru puts up for sale next, but if I build my own again, going to do it with expandability in mind. When I built this one 9 years ago, I maxed out the RAM with 4GB, not realizing I might want 4-8x that, and running VMs is stupidly difficult. Being able to put in a second (or more) video card when I need to upgrade that one would be nice, as well.

Veloxi wrote:

For me, I like having a PC as long as it's viable, but when games start to slow down and stutter, I know it's time.

This is it for me. If I've upgraded the memory and video card not too long ago but recent games are still hitching or chugging, I take the hint that it's time to put my machine out of my misery.

As my gaming time and interest has waned, I have become more lenient to the "options" part of the game before deciding to upgrade. A decade ago, even the suggestion that I had to turn shadows from "Ultra" to "Very High" in order to keep a smooth framerate would have been an unacceptable compromise to me.

kuddles wrote:

This is it for me. If I've upgraded the memory and video card not too long ago but recent games are still hitching or chugging, I take the hint that it's time to put my machine out of my misery.

Exactly. I had another big hint today.

They gave me a new MacBook Pro at work. 13-inch 2017 model, 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 16GB of RAM.

It just loaded and fully rendered a 700MB WAV file in Audacity in less than half the time it takes for my PC with 12GB of RAM.

Yeah, this'll be the year I upgrade, undoubtedly.

My game rig doubles as my home workstation. Running a 4th Gen Devil's Canyon i7-4790K with 32GB RAM, 500GB SSD, and an Aorus GTX 1080Ti 11GB. It was great for doing 3D art and maxing games out on my Ultrawide 1440p monitor, but the recent/upcoming Meltdown and Spectre patches are going to significantly curb the performance of the 4.0GHz chipset (I don't overclock it anymore, after a power surge killed my protector and PSU and borked the CPU recently)...

I may have to upgrade my system this year. Time will tell-- I'll need to run some test and benchmarks once the patches are all out, but now I'm looking at Ryzen 1700X chipsets. Though Ryzen 2 is supposed to come out soon, so I have to wait a little longer than I already was.

Has it been somewhere between a year and 18 months?

Then I'm probably eyeballing parts.

Actually I'm generally eyeballing parts well beforehand... but the year mark is when I start getting the itch.

Ryzen 2 (Ryzen+, to be accurate) coming out in April might just push me a bit earlier, or I might just buy whatever the new top end one is (2800X maybe, if they stick to the model naming scheme) and plop it into my current system. I don't expect the Crosshair VI Hero to actually be missing much in the way of features or performance vs whatever the X470 equivalent is.

For me, I'm sitting tight until 2019.

My 1080 and my oc'd Ryzen 1700 will push my [email protected] and my Oculus CV1 well enough for now.

What is going to get me to upgrade is the second generation of VR headsets. HTC announced the next Vive which pushes the resolutions up from 2160x1200 (1080 per eye) to 2,880x1,600 (1440 per eye). And of course there's the Pimax with 3840x2160 screens that upscale 2560x1440 per eye. Those increasing pixel counts is what's going to get me looking at least at a big GPU upgrade, maybe the "ti" Volta that will inevitably appear after selling the 1080 successor as the top end Volta for a while.

WipEout wrote:

...the recent/upcoming Meltdown and Spectre patches...

Are these patches for the Intel security flaw?

Warriorpoet897 wrote:
WipEout wrote:

...the recent/upcoming Meltdown and Spectre patches...

Are these patches for the Intel security flaw?

That they are. Your availability solution should have pushed a reg key to your system so you could update is they are compatible

Yoreel wrote:
Warriorpoet897 wrote:
WipEout wrote:

...the recent/upcoming Meltdown and Spectre patches...

Are these patches for the Intel security flaw?

That they are. Your availability solution should have pushed a reg key to your system so you could update is they are compatible

Ah okay. I turned off updates on my PC to avoid the slowdowns. I literally do nothing on my PC except play games and watch Twitch.