- May 28, 2019
Yep, I was kind of thinking about that yesterday when I posted. Seems to be the pattern that it's best to wait 2-3 years after a new gen is introduced anyway for the best value (PCIe gen 5/DDR5). I think I waited 3-4 years before I jumped into DDR4/PCIe Gen4.I heard rumors that Zen 5 is gonna be quite the difference in CPU architecture, while Zen 4 was still basically just an upgrade of the Zen 3 and 2 design.
I've only had one rig in the last two decades that didn't really run the gamut, a storebought floor model from BB Gateway FX7026 w/ a core2quad, radi0 out of the box, It was pretty awesome but was basically a stopgap when we were having to move a lot (due to multiple landlords having personal issues and selling the houses/trailers we were renting) and my budget and time was really tight and my P4 was really starting to show its age. I think I maybe got 3-4 years out of that rig. On that note. . .
1981 (maybe 82) - Atari 400. As mentioned in my BIO it was my 1st computer that I got via a deal from a friend of my dad. Upgraded and modded through the years and retired around 1987-88.
1986 (maybe 87) - Tandy 1000 Ex. A Christmas present from my parents. Did some upgrades to it (ram/math-co processor) over time. Retired around 1993-94.
2002 - Purchased a VPR Matrix 180R from BB, floor model w/ a 1.8 GHz P4. A few years later upgraded to a Prescott 3.4 GHz and by then I essentially replaced every component. This essentially became my first build after returning to PC gaming. It was retired around 2009-2010 (still in my closet though). I had a number of hand-me-downs from friends and family that I tinkered with before this between 2000-2002 but nothing that was really meaningful to surpass what I was experiencing with PS1/PS2 and N64.
2011 - 2600K build. My first true build with the then-next-gen components. 1st SLI, PCIe 3.0, USB 3.0, DDR3, and dual Raid0 setup. Firstime overclocking a CPU (cheated using builtin OC setting in BIOS - MSI Z68 GD 65) as well. Retired around 2021.
2013 - 4930K build. Some decent BF deals on Newegg were just too good to pass up and it became a somewhat legendary build for me. Dual Raid w/ extra drives, SLI w/ PhysX, non-quad core setup, and has now had 4 generations of many different NVIDIA GPUs in it. It was also the first time I began overclocking my GPUs and the first time manually overclocking a CPU with help from a good guy in the U.K. (shout out to you Ian M!), and still using those same settings.