So, I finally got round to updating my rig. My original set-up was pretty decent, and to be honest the CPU is solid even in 2015, but the graphics card wasn't up to the challenge of new games. I have shifted from just playing games to development, so I needed something a bit beefier on the productivity side too. I donated my old rig to my family (who actually had no functioning computer), got them hooked on Ubuntu and Libre Office (screw shelling out £200 for Microsoft Windows and Office) and have moved on to newer pastures for my own gaming and development needs. I hear you all crying "shut up blabbering and give specs", or maybe I don't and I'm just too excited to show off the rig that I want to hear that. Nonetheless I will heed that request and link you to the spec list on PCPartPicker. I'm really excited to try out this new rig. My plan is to go the Linux route with it, so it will have Ubuntu 14.04.3 to start with (nothing so far in 15.04 or 15.10 inspire me to go for them except the newer kernel, but 14.04 got 3.19 passed back to it in the LTS enablement stack, sooo may as well go for stable, and up-to-date where I need it). However I am considering putting a vanilla Linux kernel on it, as having 4.2, perhaps 4.3 by the time the rig is ready, will let me do something I want to do more easily with my new rig. I want to see if I can create a VM with Windows on it (not decided which Windows to go for yet, but I have a Win7 disk somewhere, so might just stick to that) and see about finnicking with it to let me pass certain hardware directly into it (i.e. have a VM with a 100% performing GPU). It may not work, but damned if I won't try - I want my 970 to let me play Skyrim, and soon Fallout 4 at the best it can! The rig is set up! The pictures of the rig, if people want to check them out, are here. My overall set-up; here.