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Did these AWFUL PC Setups get any better?

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We’ve roasted a lot of setups, but what about your glow ups? Thank you to all of the community members who submitted their own big upgrades for us to admire or poke fun at.

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Teach us how to do a LTT style upgrade for boomers.  Our parents and grandparents need help (they still watch cable TV after all).

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By the way, this is my first ever gaming pc... I'm 41... I've been dreaming with this my whole life...

 

The config:
Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, 16-Core, 32-Threads, 4.5GHz (5.7GHz OC), Cache 80MB, AM5, 100-100000514WOF
Cooling: Water Cooler NZXT Kraken 280 RGB, Display LCD, 280mm, Black, RL-KR280-B1
Mobo: ASRock X670E PRO RS, DDR5, Socket AM5, ATX, Chipset AMD X670, X670E-PRO-RS
Memory: Team Group T-Force Vulcan A, 64GB (4x16GB), DDR5, 6000MHz, C38, Preto, FLABD532G6000HC38ADC01
VideoCard: PNY GeForce RTX 4070 XLR8 Gaming Verto Epic-X RGB, 12GB, GDDR6X, 192-bit, VCG407012TFXXPB1
Storage: 2x SSD WD Black SN850X, 1TB, M.2 2280, PCIe NVMe, Read 7300 MB/s, Write 6300MB/s, WDS100T2XHE
Case: Gamer Cougar Panzer EVO RGB, Full-Tower, Black, Glass, 4 fans included, 106AMT0003-04
Power Plant: Cougar GEX 750 Full Modular 80Plus Gold, GEX750
Display: Samsung Odyssey G3 34"
Keyboard: Logitech MX Mechanical Fullsize, Grey
Mouse: Logitech Master MX 3S, Grey
Microphone: Blue Yeti Nano, Grey
Sound: Google Nest Audio Working in Stereo / Sony WH-1000XM4
Desk: I have no idea.
Chair: nope.
Thing over the chair: Stole from a taxi driver. (jk)

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Here is mine. designed and built it by myself. Yes, it's steel and it weighs 80 kg. I put it on wheels to move it around when I use the projector. Don't have any game on it... Instead, it pumps out a lot of CGI. Cheers!

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First up is my hobby room before I moved. 
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My current setup  in wide view
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And my other hobby place. Not pictured is the recently added PC and 3d Scannert8QqMFO.thumb.jpg.4ac50e87d40a6f68fc24e10969ca2981.jpg

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Welp, here goes everything... 2001 setup (just started my consulting business) :

 

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and finally... 2023 setup (just started my early retirement) :

 

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There's a 'desktop PC' under the desk but the laptop's running both external monitors... the PC is basically just a server now. You don't want to see the cable clusterf00k that is under there. It'll give you PTSD. 

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Here's my before and After Peeps 🙂 

 

Still in the same place cause I have a small apartment lol

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and my current setup

 

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I have some before and after too 😄

My older daughters trying Rocked League and the youngest one leaving fingerprints on the case window

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The after was actually after having the room finished. It's a bit more organized tech-wise, but cluttered due to not putting papers and stuff back where they belong. 

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And below is the "today" situation

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13 hours ago, Sergio.CoralSTUDIO said:

Here is mine. designed and built it by myself. Yes, it's steel and it weighs 80 kg. I put it on wheels to move it around when I use the projector. Don't have any game on it... Instead, it pumps out a lot of CGI. Cheers!

 

you don't have a PC. you have a processing engine. That is an absolute unit.

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I felt very humbled and grateful that I kept pictures of my setup of from High School to now when I'm near 30.

 

This is going from 2014 - 2016 - 2023

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Long-time viewer, first-time poster here, but I wanted to share my own glow-up over the years:

 

2016-ish: The only things in this photo that weren't scrounged from scrap, bought used, or traded for labor are the phone charger, desk pad, and mouse. The desk was literally found on the side of the road. I ended up having to upgrade because the old AMD Phenom 965 Black Edition, 12GB of mismatched RAM, and Radeon HD 7970 could not play the Destiny 2 demo without crashing. 

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Late 2017: A combination of Black Friday and Holiday deals, and some wheeling and dealing on the used market, saw me upgraded to a Ryzen 5 1600, RX 580, 16GB of RAM, ye olde Meshify C, and some new peripherals and accessories: image.thumb.jpeg.6b2a1d33a554663bd91735bb64107b81.jpeg

 

 

 

2020: The pandemic saw the next big leap, what with all the time off work while furloughed, government stimulus checks, and an "inexplicable" increase in custom PC clients wanting $1,200 builds. I stretched every dollar, too- getting a new desk, shelves, peripherals, case, cooling, storage, motherboard, an upgrade to a 3700x, and an Asus GTX 1080 Turbo that I got in exchange for a Saturday spent tuning up a friend's truck (this model of 1080 was so loud and hot I ended up installing an ID-Cooling AIO kit onto it. Best $70 ever spent.) The setup on the right was my workstation for repairing and building client systems as a side hustle.  

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2021: Some major life events, including the passing of my father and my landlord putting the home I was renting on the market, saw me moving into a new place and adjusting my setup accordingly. This setup was not long-lived, as this landlord pulled the same stunt as the last one and they put this house on the market at the end of my lease term. 

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2022: This was a big year for me. I got a great job working from home, my son was born, and we moved, yet again, into a bigger place. Suddenly I had a 'home office' and needed to make some more changes to the setup. I downsized the overall size of my desk, but the additional depth was worth it to me.

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2023: Over the past year and a half, I've experimented with different monitor layouts...

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2023 Continued: Along with decorating my workspace with mementos of my son Nikolai, my automotive hobby, and my other nerdy passions (why yes, that picture of Professor Farnsworth is signed by the legendary Billy West, thank you for noticing) I've upgraded my hardware to an RTX 3080 12GB, a Ryzen 5900x, 32GB of RAM, an additional 2TB of NVME storage, and an ultrawide monitor that Plouffe would be proud of: the AW3423DWF. I also traded in my GoXLR Mini for a StreamDesk+ and invested in a customized 98% keyboard (Akko 3098B with Gazzoo Boba U4 V2 switches and a custom-colored set of shine-through keycaps). 

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Today: I soon discovered that this monitor layout was not ergonomically sustainable for my day job, so in order to save my neck and shoulders, I ended up where I am today: the ever-popular TIE Fighter monitor setup and with my PC under the desk on a raised roller caddy to keep it off the carpet. I don't regret this at all, as it makes it way easier to access the system for cleaning and maintenance, and the current monitor configuration is so much more productive while also being easier on my neck and shoulders. And for those wondering, the RGB smart lights are still installed, but I just haven't bothered getting another picture with them set to "Man Cave" mode, lol. 

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this is my mildly infuriating setup (it gets worse the more you look at it )the laptop is what i used to use and the pc is what i use currently.

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However both these systems exist side by side (old laptops are cool)

 

Go ahead roast me

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here's my glow up from about two years ago - same room, same hardware, way better setup!

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totally fine with this being used in a video or what have you.

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  • 3 weeks later...

The messy before (May 2023):

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The fresh after (July 2023):

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And right now (January 2024):

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English is not my first language, so please excuse any confusion or misunderstandings on my end.

I have no intentions of being rude or offending anyone. If you feel offended by something I said, I am sorry.

 

F@H-Stats

The Folding machine:

CPU: Core i7 4790K

RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-somethingTM

GPU: GTX 1060 3GB

PSU: EVGA 600BR (600W)

OS: Debian 12 (it's barely tolerable in terms of user friendlyness, but better than the alternatives.)

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