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January 11, 2012 9:13:40 PM

I just started PC gaming not too long ago, I'm 16 years of age and I just thought about trying something better than the PS3. I also thought about all of the school stuff you can do on a gaming PC that can not be done on a PS3... like editing videos, recording game play, creating 3D objects, etc. (the list goes on and on)

I just wanted to ask a few things...

Do you think I'm too young for PC gaming

When did you start PC gaming and what game-system did you use before

What were the specs of your first PC

AMD Phenom II x6 1035t
2x4gb ram @1600mhz
Xfx HD 6870
1920x1080p 23in LG monitor
650watt PSU
(also some help writing my computer specs would be nice... thanks)

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January 11, 2012 9:28:59 PM

The maker and model of everything is important, especially so for the two items you left it off of (RAM and PSU).

I started PC gaming when I was younger than your age. I think I was about 7 and my brother was about 5.

That was on something called a Commodore 64. That was back when 64 KB of RAM was state of the art. Today systems exist that have 1,000,000 times as much RAM. I remember playing Defender, Centipede, and Dig Dug on this system as a kid.

I used a regular NES after that. Like the kind that came out in 1987 (I got one like a month after it came out). Back then Duck Hunt and Mario 1 were the bomb.

- edit - It had color that wasn't black and white. That made it super awesome. I am not kidding, it was the best thing since sliced bread back then.

The specs of my first PC real PC with an Intel processor?

It was a 486 DX 2 66 with like 256k RAM and a hard drive that had like... 20 MB total storage capacity. I don't think it had a video card in it. The PSU was probably like 100w. It was a really old Gateway computer my uncle gave me and my brother as a gift.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 9:57:10 PM

Too young for PC gaming at 16? There are kids in the watercooling section around 13 - you need to catch up ;) 

I'm only 21, but I had my experiences with Apple IIs (actually own one), NES, etc.

I don't remember what my original PC's specs were since my dad built it (~10 years ago), but I could handle decent games IIRC. I just remember I got UV reactant cables and LEDs, and I thought having 2 hard drives was the best thing ever.

My current specs are in my sig
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January 11, 2012 10:19:40 PM

I started when I was 12 years old. I used to carve games up on a 286 12mhz pc.....then again that was 17 years ago.
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January 11, 2012 11:24:50 PM

boiler1990 said:
Too young for PC gaming at 16? There are kids in the watercooling section around 13 - you need to catch up ;) 

I'm only 21, but I had my experiences with Apple IIs (actually own one), NES, etc.

I don't remember what my original PC's specs were since my dad built it (~10 years ago), but I could handle decent games IIRC. I just remember I got UV reactant cables and LEDs, and I thought having 2 hard drives was the best thing ever.

My current specs are in my sig


Everybody around where I live think PC gaming is a joke and fight about the PS3 and the xbox 360 :lol:  I actually don't know a single PC gamer around where I live except the kid that brags about his computer and everytime I hang out with him it has a different CPU and has dual gtx 580 ti's (lol) that are made by AMD (LOL). I have seen him gaming on it before but I honestly don't know what his specs are, I'm pretty sure it's just a HP with a discrete GPU. But I was raised around console gaming, the first console I owned was a PS2 that I got for christmas and a couple years ago I bought a PS3. Now I'm selling both my PS3 and laptop (which I'm now realizing was a waste of money) for upgrades.
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January 11, 2012 11:45:41 PM

There are no such things as 580 ti's and they're nvidia, not amd. He's just trolling you. Everyone over here don't understand the superiority of pc gaming here either
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January 11, 2012 11:55:28 PM

samuelspark said:
There are no such things as 580 ti's and they're nvidia, not amd. He's just trolling you. Everyone over here don't understand the superiority of pc gaming here either


Obviously I know that because I put lol's after the ti part and the AMD part, but I know he's not trolling me, he's just one of those kids who talks a lot of BS to sound cool. But I come from a small town where the average person makes less than $12/hour so not many people invest their time into buying fancy computer parts. They just don't realize that a gaming PC is cheaper than a prebuilt computer ($500) and a console ($250) put together and upgrading is cheap because you can always sell your old parts on ebay for ~75% of it's original price
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a c 78 B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2012 1:05:29 AM

PCs always outperform consoles. They are just less "cool", that's all.
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January 12, 2012 1:08:13 AM

MrPintar14 said:

AMD Phenom II x6 1035t
2x4gb ram @1600mhz
Xfx HD 6870
1920x1080p 23in LG monitor
650watt PSU
(also some help writing my computer specs would be nice... thanks)


For The specs of your pc personally i would go for a intel core i5 2500K and a Radeon HD 6950. It's a little bit more expensive but you will get a lot more performance out of your build.
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January 12, 2012 1:11:43 AM

xxyougotownedzz said:
For The specs of your pc personally i would go for a intel core i5 2500K and a Radeon HD 6950. It's a little bit more expensive but you will get a lot more performance out of your build.


1. I just got this rig
2. It works fine (way better than the PS3) at the games I play
3. But once tax season comes around I might upgrade to the 6950, maybe even the 6970 and a better PSU
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January 12, 2012 1:13:31 AM

Best answer selected by MrPintar14.
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January 12, 2012 1:16:16 AM

MrPintar14 said:
1. I just got this rig
2. It works fine (way better than the PS3) at the games I play
3. But once tax season comes around I might upgrade to the 6950, maybe even the 6970 and a better PSU

If you already have a 6870 buy another one and put it in crossfire (if your motherboard support it) you will get a lot more performance.
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January 12, 2012 1:23:24 AM

3 way CFing with a PowerColor 6870x2 and the 6870 he already has is just so much better performance wise than x2ing with a regular 6870.

That being said, the PowerColor 6870x2 is like $400 and would require like 400w more too.
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January 12, 2012 2:02:18 AM

Raiddinn said:
3 way CFing with a PowerColor 6870x2 and the 6870 he already has is just so much better performance wise than x2ing with a regular 6870.

That being said, the PowerColor 6870x2 is like $400 and would require like 400w more too.


In all honesty I don't need that much power, especially since most of the time I only play Minecraft (look at my profile picture) the reason I got a 6870 is so I have the option to play hard core games if I got bored of Minecraft.

If I do upgrade I need to upgrade my mobo (because I only have 1 pcie 2.0 x16 slot) and a better PSU and I'll probably just get another single 6870
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January 12, 2012 2:40:46 AM

I started gaming in 5th grade at age 11 or 12 and had a Dell with a Pentium 4 processor. It worked okay.. then I built my own computer around age 15 with a pentium D, then rebuilt with a Core 2 duo, then I just built my latest one with an i5 2500k and gtx 580 :) 
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January 12, 2012 12:25:50 PM

After playing Oblivion on Xbox 360, I can't play console games with a good conscience anymore. Skyrim, BF3, and basically anything else I play looks 10x better than the console version. I also like doing the upgrades :) 
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