I have been a console gamer since I was old enough to hold a controller. My first love was Dragon Warrior for the NES. In high school I saved my Taco John's money and bought a Playstation. I had years of fun. I have owned Atari Jaguar, N64, Gamecube, Playstation 1,2,3,and 4. I went through four Xbox 360s because, while I knew the system was crap, I loved (and still love) the HALO games. I owned a few computers in those early days, but nothing custom, and none of them were powerful enough to play more than the most basic (or outdated) games. I had a little taste of "good" PC gaming when I slapped an 8400GS (or was it 8400GT?) into my Dell Pentium 4 PC, but that was as far as it went for a while.
But then I built my first custom computer in early 2011, starting with a Phenom II 970, a motherboard and some RAM that i bought off craigslist for $90. I built on that with an HD5750, to be replaced in March of 2012 with the then-brand-new XFX HD7850. It was then that a new world was opened up to me. A world where my list of playable PC games was not restricted to a handful of titles for which my system could "barely" meet the minimum requirements. A world of Steam and Origin, of summer sales with $5 blockbuster games and of not paying a membership fee to play online. A world of 1080p gaming with visuals that would make consoles catch fire.
I used to think using a controller was the only way to play a game. Now I am usually more at home with a keyboard & mouse. And while I currently still own my PS3 and have even bought a PS4 and Xbox One (I like the Sony and Microsoft console exclusives) I currently do 90% of my gaming on my computer.
The aged Phenom is long gone, donated to a friend's first gaming machine, and was replaced by an FX-8350 that had various graphics cards paired with it during the 5 years I owned it. From late 2012 to April 2017, that FX-8350 and I had a lot of fun playing some of the best computer games to have ever been developed.
But alas, all good things come to an end. The trusty old Piledriver CPU has been officially retired from my main rig, donated to my oldest son's computer and paired with my old R9 280 graphics card. Considering his go-to games are CS:GO and Fortnite, I think the beast still has a few years of life left in it.
It was replaced by something I have been waiting on for a long time. An honest-to-God answer to Intel's near monopoly on the enthusiast gaming PC market for the last decade. That's right, I'm talking about Ryzen.
As of June 2017, my current build features a Ryzen 7 1700 paired with an EVGA GTX1070 SC. I still do a majority of my gaming on PC, although there are a lot of really good IPs on the Sony and Microsoft consoles so I will always keep my options open.
Thank you for reading, and happy building!