Well, that’s false.
Where did you get “pay 200 dollars for every 2 years to keep current” from?
OK first off, the Astro A40 is not the gold standard. Not by a long shot. There are so many better options for a gaming PC, with many headphones out-performing those at orders of magnitude cheaper. It’s really the one horribly glaring mistake with this article. You are asking readers to throw money away. They’re not BAD by any means, but significantly overpriced.
Anyway, that headphone elitism aside (at least I know where I stand), I just built my first-ever gaming rig and I might as well share. I say “just” and it’s true, I’ve had it for about three days now. My rig is as follows:
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
GPU: Nvidia GTX-770 2GB (EVGA)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 ATX AM3+
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600
Storage: Kingston SSDNow 120GB SSD
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V
Running Windows 7, an Asus 23’’ 1080p monitor, got a nice mechanical keyboard, Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II Speakers, Blue Snowball Microphone, and for headphones I’m using the HiFiMan HE-400 with Schiit Magni amp and Schiit Magni DAC though I have around 40 pairs of headphones and about that in IEMs and a few different amps and DACs. For gaming I like the HE-400, but the Audio-Technica AD-700 are amazing as well and run circles around the Astros at $100 or less.
EDIT: And I just wanna say .. man. I was kind of expecting a little more parity with the new consoles and all graphically but the Titanfall Beta is pretty darn sexy on my rig and the low texture quality looks better than it does on the Xbox One images I’ve seen. Rough! Now to get through my backlog of 500 Steam games I’ve built up in the last year anticipating this PC.