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I am building for the first time a PC and I am coming to the realization that if I want to game, I have sometimes no other choice than to buy gaming parts to get the desired performance. Which makes me think: aren't like, a lot of adults into gaming? Why does everything feel so childish? Everything has colorful flashy lights, tribal decals a la 2002, military-related names (Ballistix, Predator, Tomahawk)... It feel just that, childish.

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@dvicente This is why I had avoided getting a gaming laptop for a long time. They all look so gaudy for an adult like me. Then I found the Eluktronics brand and their designs are what they call "covert gamer." Very minimal designs but super serious gaming hardware on the inside. The HP OMEN and the Lenovo Legion laptops also keep the looks to a minimum.

@claudiom And I am building a small form factor tower, so my main issue is finding a case that looks nice enough and then switching off all the stupid lights inside. Buying a laptop has to be a complete different adventure

@dvicente Just give me a minimal case without all the bells and whistles. I want it to look stylish but not gaudy like a couple of Transformers had a baby. 😅

@claudiom That description is so incredibly accurate for the most part of the cases on sale.

@dvicente I think I've mostly avoided it on the machine I just built; everything is matt black with black and more black :-) although the motherboard is a 'pro' varient (and costs the same as the gamer version) it still does have sockets on the board for LED strips - I just don't use it (and there will be an used 8051 derivative chip that will never have any use on my board!)

@penguin42 I think that the parts I have right now are quite OK: the motherboard still has some ugly decorations in it and the RAM sticks are covered in a metal piece shaped after a military cargo crate (really WTF), but... Well, why would anyone look at my RAM anyway? Haha

@dvicente No one is going to look at my ram because I haven't got a silly window in the side of the case; instead I've got a nice solid case with a good layer of sound dampening material.

@penguin42 I don't have a huge desk, so I went for a small form factor case with good airflow - something that is not compatible with a solid glass window on the side of it. So yes, different ways to achieve the same result and thankfully discard flashy gaming aesthetics

@dvicente @penguin42 I recently had the same experience. Ended up with mostly server parts, so plain green PCB (both MB and RAM) and no orcs in bikinis or other silliness. The hardest was finding a decent tower case without stupid windows or blinkenlights.

@dvicente I suspect adults are actually the bulk of gamers, but the gaming industry still see their market as adolescent boys for the most part.

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