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    Interesting PC Setups and Configurations

    I was wondering, do you have or have you seen any interesting PC setups? I'm not so much wondering about the rig itself (though I am interested in that too), but more the way the environment is set up and used.

    I've decided I want to go back to using a desktop computer (cheaper, more powerful, more upgradable) after a good few years of having a laptop. But I'm really over being tethered to a desk and chair.

    I'm thinking perhaps with wireless keyboards, maybe multiple screens and monitor mounts I should be able to create something more flexible and modern. Looking for a bit of inspiration.

    How do you use your desktop these days?

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    Big leather chair and glass desk with pad.
    Crazy RGB lights everywhere in it as well.
    But it's not being used atm due playing ps4.
    Edited by: "geebeegooner" 16th Mar

    A lot of gamers use portable rigs:

    Something like this, but often they look fancy:
    http://i.imgur.com/K7qu4TE.jpg

    That way you have a desktop computer - often top spec - but you can take it around the country easily for LANs. Often square shaped things that are incredibly portable and small.

    ---

    Or - I know you mentioned laptops already - but you get a £2000 laptop which will get you high spec (albeit not as top spec as a PC) and then close the laptop monitor lid at home and you simply use it to run multi-screen 2 to 4 monitors. It also takes up minimal space this way. Then, you can unplug the HMDI whenever & you have a laptop to take to work with you etc.

    Wireless keyboards are good sometimes, but long-term I find they become annoying as the battery / connectivity issue happens at the worst possible time.

    Water cooling looks nice but I decided it wasn't practical for my latest rig. Loads of people have lights - and mice/keyboards that light up e.g. Razer Deathadder Chroma* *Other brands are available before people troll on Razer for being style over substance


    Edited by: "Firefly1" 16th Mar

    Mine a few weeks back.

    instagram.com/p/B…gB/

    Need upgrade the board and cpu now as it's getting old.

    I used to run a long usb cable male to female under the floor with a Logitech g13 and mouse on an armchair and an itx build hooked up to a 55 inch TV

    Desk and chair still works great for me, but thanks to streaming to other devices being far more reliable than the console equivalents I can also game in the living room from the sofa, or any TV/laptop (steam link for example).

    Keyboard - http://www.pcgameware.co.uk/images/Razer-Blackwidow-Ultimate-Chroma-wave.jpg

    Mouse/Mat - http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/72901420150902221131.jpg Also http://gamezone.ge/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/mysh_trust_gxt_155_gaming_mouse_20411.jpg

    desk - [img]encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/sho…ing?q=tbn:ANd9GcSF5vCAGdyH75RarqrGZ9wtLDl9T9eOF-D7oj7I3W1V8dhHt88-eVTYyNDcvOU&usqp=CAE[/img] The Desk is brilliant as its nice wide and long, also very sturdy.

    Chair - Comfy



    Edited by: "Snakeyes646" 16th Mar

    Made a custom wood pc case for a friend to match his TV cabinet.looked very cool.
    Setup was gaming pc connected to his tv.he had wireless mouse/keyboard and Bluetooth gamepad.worked great and if he wants to just browse or play game when TV was on he us used net book with nvidia stream or steam stream.

    Original Poster

    geebeegooner

    Big leather chair and glass desk with pad.Crazy RGB lights everywhere in … Big leather chair and glass desk with pad.Crazy RGB lights everywhere in it as well.But it's not being used atm due playing ps4.



    Can't fault your logic Sometimes I need to do other things aside from gaming though (unfortunately?).

    Original Poster

    Firefly1

    A lot of gamers use portable rigs:Something like this, but often they … A lot of gamers use portable rigs:Something like this, but often they look fancy:That way you have a desktop computer - often top spec - but you can take it around the country easily for LANs. Often square shaped things that are incredibly portable and small.---Or - I know you mentioned laptops already - but you get a £2000 laptop which will get you high spec (albeit not as top spec as a PC) and then close the laptop monitor lid at home and you simply use it to run multi-screen 2 to 4 monitors. It also takes up minimal space this way. Then, you can unplug the HMDI whenever & you have a laptop to take to work with you etc.Wireless keyboards are good sometimes, but long-term I find they become annoying as the battery / connectivity issue happens at the worst possible time.Water cooling looks nice but I decided it wasn't practical for my latest rig. Loads of people have lights - and mice/keyboards that light up e.g. Razer Deathadder Chroma* *Other brands are available before people troll on Razer for being style over substance



    I've never seen a case like that before. Thanks for the suggestion I was thinking I would have to have a massive case and hide it somewhere, but that really is more laptop-like portability wise.

    I am wondering a bit about the ITX motherboard size though. It's been a fair while since I've built a PC and always used ATX boards. I don't know what you can fit in an ITX these days. I guess that's something that's worth my time researching

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    kiish

    Should find something here:https://uk.pcpartpicker.com



    Thank you for the link I hadn't thought about going there till I was ready to choose parts.

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    geebeegooner

    Mine a few weeks back.https://www.instagram.com/p/BOxTrZAhBgB/Need … Mine a few weeks back.https://www.instagram.com/p/BOxTrZAhBgB/Need upgrade the board and cpu now as it's getting old.



    I'm a little envious of your wheel set up I can't really justify the expense at the moment, but hoping to get GIMX working with my old Logitech wheel once I have a new PC together.

    I like having everything all in one area. But I don't think I have space for a PC near my PS4. I kind of thinking I could run a long cable to the TV for when I want to use it with the PC and have a monitor mount somewhere else. Maybe even run a cable through the wall to another room so I could use the same PC from two different rooms. Which would be three screens on the go I guess!

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    muldoon1986

    I used to run a long usb cable male to female under the floor with a … I used to run a long usb cable male to female under the floor with a Logitech g13 and mouse on an armchair and an itx build hooked up to a 55 inch TV



    Mine if I ask what you have in your ITX PC? That form factor is all a bit new to me. Running a USB cable under the floor is different, I like!

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    delusion

    Desk and chair still works great for me, but thanks to streaming to other … Desk and chair still works great for me, but thanks to streaming to other devices being far more reliable than the console equivalents I can also game in the living room from the sofa, or any TV/laptop (steam link for example).



    I really struggle to use a desk very comfortably. The keyboard always feels too high and I end up with aching arms, then if I move the chair up squashed legs! If it works for you I can see the appeal though Steam link sounds like a good way to make use of the TV. That is something I will want to do in the future.

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    Snakeyes646

    Keyboard - Mouse/Mat - Also desk - … Keyboard - Mouse/Mat - Also desk - [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/shopping?q=tbn:ANd9GcSF5vCAGdyH75RarqrGZ9wtLDl9T9eOF-D7oj7I3W1V8dhHt88-eVTYyNDcvOU&usqp=CAE[/img] The Desk is brilliant as its nice wide and long, also very sturdy.Chair - Comfy



    It's very pretty! I don't think your desk would work for me though. I used to have a chair a bit like yours without the coloured part, I loved that chair till the wheel broke.

    moneysavingkitten

    I'm a little envious of your wheel set up I can't really justify the … I'm a little envious of your wheel set up I can't really justify the expense at the moment, but hoping to get GIMX working with my old Logitech wheel once I have a new PC together.I like having everything all in one area. But I don't think I have space for a PC near my PS4. I kind of thinking I could run a long cable to the TV for when I want to use it with the PC and have a monitor mount somewhere else. Maybe even run a cable through the wall to another room so I could use the same PC from two different rooms. Which would be three screens on the go I guess!



    That wheel went. Way to much hassle getting it to work with all games.
    That right hand side glass part folds under the desk so it becomes all in one.
    So as it stands now I've got the ps4 under my front room telly and a mega long hdmi going around my room from the pc to telly.
    My case has gone back on the floor now.

    https://c.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/thermaltake_level_10_1.jpg

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    zworld



    What am I looking at? Are those drive bays on the right?

    I have mine behind my TV. Simple wireless mouse and keyboard for browsing, PS4 controller for games. Case is a Define R5. It makes less noise than my PS4.

    I also have an Elgato HD60, so when playing on the PS4 I can use flashback recording and take screenshots using the PC's keyboard. F for last 5mins, S for screenshots. All customisable, and I find that easier than using the PS4's sharing options.
    Edited by: "Bo0td" 16th Mar

    moneysavingkitten

    What am I looking at? Are those drive bays on the right?



    http://www.thermaltake.com/db/Editor/Assets/level10-open.jpg

    Thermaltake level 10 GT by BMW

    moneysavingkitten

    I've never seen a case like that before. Thanks for the suggestion I … I've never seen a case like that before. Thanks for the suggestion I was thinking I would have to have a massive case and hide it somewhere, but that really is more laptop-like portability wise. I am wondering a bit about the ITX motherboard size though. It's been a fair while since I've built a PC and always used ATX boards. I don't know what you can fit in an ITX these days. I guess that's something that's worth my time researching


    Yeah size was a problem here(oh matron) on my last build
    had to fit the side fan on the outside of the case

    Wireless keyboard all the way batteries last ages and and ages
    as they do with mice these days

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    thewongwing101

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/kingston-ssdnow-kc400-512-gb-sata-3-internal-solid-state-drive-amazon-for-86-71-2637544 ?



    Probably stick with my 250gb Samsung for now. Think I can salvage it

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    Bo0td

    I have mine behind my TV. Simple wireless mouse and keyboard for … I have mine behind my TV. Simple wireless mouse and keyboard for browsing, PS4 controller for games. Case is a Define R5. It makes less noise than my PS4.I also have an Elgato HD60, so when playing on the PS4 I can use flashback recording and take screenshots using the PC's keyboard. F for last 5mins, S for screenshots. All customisable, and I find that easier than using the PS4's sharing options.



    Sounds simple but effective

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    zworld

    Thermaltake level 10 GT by BMW



    I'm undecided what I think of that.

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    thewongwing101

    Yeah size was a problem here(oh matron) on my last build had to fit the … Yeah size was a problem here(oh matron) on my last build had to fit the side fan on the outside of the caseWireless keyboard all the way batteries last ages and and agesas they do with mice these days



    Everything definitely has to fit inside the case for me, it's just not safe with a kitty otherwise Had this problem before too X)

    Good to hear wireless input devices have improved so much, I remember when they used to last a couple of days at best! I'd really like the find a keyboard with a central touchpad like a laptop. I tend to use two hands for that and don't have to move my hands from the keyboard at all. I would miss that if I had to stop.

    moneysavingkitten

    Sounds simple but effective




    I've been called worse.

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    Bo0td

    I've been called worse.



    Being effective is a very good thing

    Seems most are using their PCs for gaming. I guess I will do something similar, just need to think of somewhere to station a monitor for when not gaming. I reckon that will be a secondary purpose to me. I'm sort of wondering if a small table with am arm attached to it would make it moveble instead of sticking it on a wall. Or if the table would become an annoyance.

    moneysavingkitten

    Seems most are using their PCs for gaming.



    It's just better than consoles in every way. If it wasn't for exclusives I wouldn't own a console. I enjoyed UC4 and loved HZD, but when playing them you can't help but wonder how much better they'd have been on PC. Even the Rocket League title menu looks smoother on PC.

    Only thing that's a negative is I'm addicted to buying game bundles I'll never play.

    moneysavingkitten

    Being effective is a very good thing



    So is being simple

    http://imgur.com/mskG9qp
    moneysavingkitten

    Mine if I ask what you have in your ITX PC? That form factor is all a … Mine if I ask what you have in your ITX PC? That form factor is all a bit new to me. Running a USB cable under the floor is different, I like!



    ​​It's the fractal design node 304 case i7 4770k 16gb ram and r9 290 toxic
    Edited by: "muldoon1986" 16th Mar

    deeky

    So is being simple



    I'm so simple it took me five minutes to work out why I couldn't like this comment.

    Bo0td

    I'm so simple it took me five minutes to work out why I couldn't like … I'm so simple it took me five minutes to work out why I couldn't like this comment.



    Well I went to like yours straight after reading it
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