Previously on [H]ardforum: https://hardforum.com/threads/computer-hardlocks-possibly-gpu.1961828/ In short: GPU is dying, rest of system is getting up there in terms of age (initial build was something like 2011 or 2012). Which means time for an upgrade! And I haven't been paying attention to the hardware world for at least as long as this system is old so I've got a lot of reading up to do. In any case, i'll be using this system for my day-to-day items, being: - gaming - netflixing and general internet browsing - work (i'm a programmer) - possibly VR in the future From my current system i'll be re-using the PSU and harddrives everything else has to go. After about an hour of researching I came up with this build: PC Hound Part List CPU: AMD AMD Ryzen 7 2700X ($319.99 @ Amazon) Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero ($258.37 @ Amazon) Memory: G.SKILL 16GB (2 x 8GB) Ripjaws V Series ($160.98 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GTX 1080 Ti AERO 11G OC ($709.48 @ B&H) Total: $1,448.82 Price may include shipping, rebates, promotions, and tax Generated by PC Hound First: holy shit RAM is expensive. WTF happened? Second: what do you guys think of this? The 2700x comes with a cooler but opinions are mixed on it. Some say it's good, others say it could bottleneck the boost feature. I do have an overkill hunk of copper sitting on my current CPU (I believeit's a noctua nh-d15) that I might be able to re-use though I'll have to find an AM4 adapter bracket for it. I've (briefly) considered going for an I7 8700K but it's €200 more expensive and, if the reviews are to be believed, is only marginally faster. So not sure if it's worth it. I might be able to stretch my budget a bit and go for a RTX2080 but it's apparantly only as fast as a 1080TI for (again) a €200 price increase. PLUS RTX will only be supported on a game by game basis and for the moment there aren't many (if any?) games out there that support it. What happened to AMD GPUs? They seem to have fallen behind quite heavily on Nvidia? i'm also in need of a new case but i haven't decided on one yet, if any of you have any recommendations let me know.