[Ongoing] Battlestations Discussion
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On Massdrop, there are beginners who are just starting out and experts who really know their stuff. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, you should always be able to find answers to your questions within the community.
BATTLESTATIONS Your battlestation is as unique as your fingerprint. No two are alike. From the GFX cards to the headsets, there are a ton of ways to customize your setup. Whether you’re striving to beat the competition or to achieve the most comfortable layout for all your gear, there will be many different views on the matter.
ASK QUESTIONS Need to find a graphics card that’s within your budget, but can still get the job done? Maybe the low DPI on your mouse is driving you insane and you need some recommendations? Or maybe you need some guidance mounting your monitors and managing those cables?
The best way to find the answers to your questions is to ask the community. There are members who are experts in pretty much every area you can imagine, and they can help you go from beginner to pro.
Ask your questions by posting in the discussion below.
GIVE ANSWERS Many of you in the community know a lot about what it takes to set up a solid battlestation and have great information to share. We encourage you to help out anyone who has questions!

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thumb_upWhitedragem, ILikeAcid, and 19 others
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XForce
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Dec 6, 2019
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I like to multi-task :)
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Dec 6, 2019
Poseidon1005
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Apr 16, 2019
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Apr 16, 2019
1pAiR0
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Feb 21, 2019
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Hey guys, resident Audiophile here stepping into the world of PC building. I don’t know much about it and I’m looking at building a desktop that would handle gaming ( Destiny 2, Anthem, Gary’s Mod, etc.), 3-D modeling software (Engineering student) and FL studio. My budget would be around $500-$600 for the components plus tower, excluding keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Any ideas what I should get? I’ve heard any processor with 3.5 GHz or higher is good. Thanks
Feb 21, 2019
K3x707x
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Apr 16, 2019
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That's a tough one, budget wise. If I were you i would save up about 1000$ total for something that would perform way better and last you for a few years. I would shoot for AMD R7 1700X/2600X or for Intel an 8700K is a solid choice. You get faster single threaded performance on Intel and better multi tasking on AMD right now. I play those same games and they aremt like massively demanding so a GTX1060 (make sure to get the 6g model) should be good for 1080P and possibly 1440p (you might have to turn graphics down a touch) I know it's a high end recommendation but you will not be disappointed. You will be glad you waited and saved more.
Apr 16, 2019
Redface250107
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Jan 16, 2019
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Whats the radeon version of a gtx 1050 ti/1060
Jan 16, 2019
Arporscheman
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Jan 18, 2019
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The RX 570 compares to 1050 and is close to 1060. The RX 580 is the true competitor to the 1060 though.
Jan 18, 2019
CASDJ
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Mar 5, 2019
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isnt it also very comparable in the mining department (rx 580 8G) to the GTX 1080 because of the low consumption from the GTX series. I have heard.
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Mar 5, 2019
CattoriousBIG
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Dec 28, 2018
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Maybe this is a weird question, but i gotta ask anyway. I've got RSI in my right hand, that makes mouse use very difficult. Because of that, i use a trackball. It's the only thing that doesn't cause me pain to use. With that in mind. What trackball mice with index and middle-finger ball actuation would y'all recommend?
Dec 28, 2018
maxim0512
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Jan 4, 2019
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A long time ago (think '90s), I really enjoyed a trackball very similar to this: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/cst-laser-trackballs The large size, smooth action, and ergonomic base/wrist rest made it really easy on the hand. Mind you, I didn't have RSI, but I'd expect it to be better than a mouse.
Jan 4, 2019
DigitalJax
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Dec 2, 2018
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Wanted to do something different, I have been a fan of Robotech for many years and this is what happened... :) Not finished with the lighting yet and I will laser etch the glass with the robotech logo next week. Parts: InWin DFrame (Orginal) Blue Build quality and the look is amazing to my eye... Gigabyte Aorus Pro WiFi x390 8086k 32GB (4x8) DDR4 3200 Zotac 2080 Blower edition NZXT AIO Custom Star Trek Enterprise edition bamboo top for my desk Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor: U3818DW Sound Blasterx Katana soundbar GSkill RipJaws RGB Keyboard Logitech MX Maser mouse Dell Canvas (not shown)
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Dec 2, 2018
Claustin
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Nov 22, 2018
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Thought I'd add my setup here. The PC consists of: -EVGA DG-87 case -Aorus X299 Gaming 9 -i9 7900x from Silicon Lottery, delidded with liquid metal, at 4.5-4.7GHz -64GB 3466MHz Corsair Vengeance RGB (I want to replace these with something more aesthetically pleasing) -Aorus 1080 ti Extreme Waterforce WB SLI -Samsung 960 Evo 1TB (Windows) -Samsung 960 Pro 512GB (Mac) -3TB External Backup drive -Corsair LL140 RGB fans x6 -EVGA Supernova 1600 P2 PSU Full custom loop (first time I've done that) I still need to get some custom cables and work out some kind of cover solution to hide the rat nest in the basement area. Peripherals: -Samsung 4k 55" MU8500 -Alienware AW3418DW 1440p Ultrawide -Harmon Kardon Soundsticks 3 for the Mac side -LG SK8Y Soundbar for the Windows side (thanks, Massdrop!) -Razer Cynosa Chroma -Razer Lancehead Mouse -Razer Firefly Hard Edition -Astro A50 gen 3 -Steam Controller -Xbox Elite Controller -HTC Vive -Apple TV 4k I'm currently looking for a good gaming chair with a leg rest. Always have my feet up on the back of the desk unless I'm playing a game from the couch. I love Gigabyte's hardware, but their RGB software is hot garbage. Unless they get RGB Fusion to a usable state in the next couple years, my next rig will probably be all ASUS hardware.
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Nov 22, 2018
idiot_retard_fucker
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Dec 19, 2018
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nice tissues lol
Dec 19, 2018
Claustin
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Dec 27, 2018
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Yeah it really ties the room together
Dec 27, 2018
kid1
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Oct 28, 2018
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Ok I've got another potentially stupid question. Would it be a good idea to buy a pre built desktop (like a basic hp model) and then start adding parts afterwards? I have a few pictures that should show what computers I'm looking at.
Oct 28, 2018
kid1
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Oct 6, 2019
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True. I wound up getting one used. I'm not sure if it's pre built but nothing is proprietary that I can see.
Oct 6, 2019
kid1
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Oct 10, 2019
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My rig has a pretty good psu. My motherboard is pretty not that great though.
Oct 10, 2019
F1RM_H4ND5H4K3
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Oct 24, 2018
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I have an older system looking to upgrade soon, but she goes. AMD 8350 oc @4.6 Gigabyte G1 gaming 970 Gigabyte 990fx Gaming mobo 16gb ddr3 @1866 Psu corsair csm850 240 gb trion ssd and two 2 tb Hdd CFI Borealight case Love my logitech periferals G602 and G810 (honorable mention to the G27 wheel i do racing with and X240 2.1 sound ive had for 14 years now) Sweet sweet sound with the massdrop PC37x sennheisers(possibly the best headset on the market for the money) all shown on a 50"4k tv above a 28" monitor. I need some hardware before i upgrade to 1440p 144 hz from this 1080 60hz. that will truly be the ultimate set up for me when im done. THIS all sits on my custom HAND BUILT desk, that i made of wood to match the floating bed frame i also made, with rgb underneath. Im honestly proud of it, I built it all by my own hand, and am jumping at the chance to show it off to people i dont know. Enjoy.
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Oct 24, 2018
jisaiaha
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Nov 15, 2018
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A cable raceway would clean up the cable management a lot and I also I would consider getting a monitor stand to bridge the gap between the tv and the monitor
Nov 15, 2018
F1RM_H4ND5H4K3
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Nov 22, 2018
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yea this is just a few minutes after i swept and set everything back up, i have to get some cable management, and im looking at new monitors and such, thinking about wall mounting my current one. Always improving, just wanted to show off a bit, thanks for the input.
Nov 22, 2018
Daygall
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Oct 21, 2018
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Nice 6 year old battle station with some modern upgrades.
Core I5 3570K @ 4.7ghz 32gb of Corsair Vengeance A ton a 2.5 drives and one SSD. Just picked up a Seasonic 750 titanium A vega 64. All in an Corsair 750D airflow.
Oct 21, 2018
NickFuryus
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Oct 22, 2018
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what cpu cooler are you using? i got the same cpu @ 4.3 ghz right now. are there any benefits of overclocking that high?
Oct 22, 2018
Daygall
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Oct 22, 2018
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Increased IPC, and I have used a H100i and a Cryorig H7. In benchmarks my old girl keeps up with a Core I5 6600K and even beats it in some settings.
Oct 22, 2018
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