I do a lot of gaming in my free time (logging weeks of playtime into Heroes of the Storm), and a couple years ago I wanted a rig that could push a ton pixels for a reasonable price. This is the setup I landed on:
- Intel Core i5-4690K – 3.5 GHz
- GeForce GTX 980ti
- MSI Intel B85 LGA 1150 [mATX] (this was a quick and dirty replacement for my Gigabyte MB that died, MSI is holding up surprisingly well).
- x4 4GB DDR3 HyperX RAM
- Corsair CX750m PS
- Corsair Water Cooled Heatsink
- Samsung Evo SSDs
I was somehow able to cram all this in a Micro-ATX form factor. The GPU is pushing 2 displays, a behemoth 40in Phillips 4K display (on its way out) and an ASUS HD monitor in an uncomplimentary vertical position.
Most games I’m playing are either by Blizzard (who dev for Mac) or are from the early 2000’s and can be ran seamlessly through Wine — and THANK GOD. Windows 10 can be used as a last resort.
That last resort comes when I need (read: need) to play some harder core games. Mount & Blade and Civilization 5 (now 6!) primarily. But my daily driver for work and Rimworld is this Hackintosh boot setup running OS X Sierra pretty flawlessly.
As of posting this rig is 3 years old, and lately it’s been bottlenecked by the CPU. Luckily I don’t push it hard enough to really notice. Here are pics of the setup:
If you look closely, you’ll see a 40GB hard drive supporting most of ASUS’ weight. It wouldn’t be a proper rig if it wasn’t rigged.