Berry’s System Specifications

People often ask me what sort of computer and software I am using to create the images and videos you see on this blog. Here is a list of my computer specifications.

I got this computer in December of 2014. I purchased most of the parts from Amazon and had someone custom build it for me. I will update this list whenever I add or replace something.

I also purchased a laptop in August of 2016 so I can use it for work and traveling purposes. I will list that below as well, but it’s not a computer I will often use for Second Life, only when I travel.

In late July 2017 I purchased a new microphone, pop filter and windscreen for the microphone to improve the sound quality in my youtube videos. From August 1st, 2017, all of my youtube videos are using my new microphone, listed below.

If you plan on purchasing any of the following items from Amazon, please support this site by clicking on the affiliate links below to purchase. Thank you.

Cooling Fan:
Power Supply:
Video Card:
Hard drive:
Wi-Fi Adapter:
USB Flash Drive:
3D Mouse:
Pop filter for Mic:
Operating system:
Photo editing:
Video capture:
Laptop Bag:
Laptop Mouse:

If you have an ad blocker on your browser, then you probably don’t see the links above, therefore I am also making a list of the items below:

Computer, Software & Accessories:

  1. Case: CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced
  2. Case Cooling Fan: NZXT Technologies NZXT FZ-140mm Blue LED Cooling
  3. Power Supply: Corsair RM Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply
  4. Motherboard: ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-A
  5. Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
  6. Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K Processor
  7. Video Card: ASUS STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5 Graphics Cards
  8. Hard drive: Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 2.5″ 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive
  9. CD/DVD: Pioneer Electronics USA Internal Blu-Ray Writer
  10. Wi-Fi Adapter: Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Wi-Fi USB Adapter
  11. Monitor: ViewSonic VX2252MH 22-Inch LED-Lit LCD Monitor
  12. USB Flash Drive: SanDisk Extreme CZ80 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
  13. Keyboard: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K740
  14. Mouse: Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 “Regular Size” Right Hand
  15. 3D Mouse: 3Dconnexion 3DX-700028 SpaceNavigator 3D Mouse
  16. Tablet: Wacom Intuos Art Pen and Touch tablet
  17. Headset: Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset
  18. Microphone: Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Silver
  19. Pop Filter for Mic: Dragonpad USA Pop filter Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter
  20. Windscreen for Mic: Professional Foam Windscreen for Blue Yeti
  21. Operating System: Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
  22. Photo Editing: Adobe Photoshop CC
  23. Video Capture: Camtasia

Laptop & Accessories

  1. ASUS ROG G752VS
  2. CoolBell 17.3 Inch Nylon Laptop Bag
  3. Logitech Wireless Mini Mouse M187 – Black

72 thoughts on “Berry’s System Specifications

  • December 31, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Now I know what to put on my Birthday wish list!!!

  • April 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    If you were to buy a system today, what would your wish list be? Would you upgrade anything?

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  • August 28, 2011 at 1:40 am

    May I ask if you can update this one day? =]

  • August 28, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Amore I haven’t changed anything in my computer as of yet. When I do, I will update this.

  • August 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Ah okay! For some reason, I just can’t see the links to the products. So I only asked for a update because I thought everything was blank lol.

    It just might be my computer though. But I can’t see the specs, even when I view the page source. I don’t know why, but thank you for your swift reply!

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  • August 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I can’t see the specs either. So, i fired up the seldom used Internet Explorer and sure enuf they show up. So, Firefox 6 does not show them for me but IE does.

  • August 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Thank you so much Strawberry! That helped alot actually.

    – Yes, I tried IE also and didn’t see anything. I may just need to look on a different computer.

  • August 31, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I have Firefox 6.0.1 and it shows for me. It also shows for me in IE, Chrome, Safari and Opera. I wonder why it’s not showing up for you guys. I wonder if you guys have an ad blocker installed or something. This is rather worrying. I think I think put up just a simple list as well now for those that can see it.

    Thank you for letting me know!

  • August 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    That was it exactly Strawberry!

    I’m using the same version of Firefox, but I do have AdBlockPlus installed to remove annoying advertisements.

    I didn’t know it would delete your specs too! But adding an exception to your site made it viewable. So now I see everything on the screenshot.

    Thank you again for your prompt responses. =]

  • December 11, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Oh, gosh how I want your computer!

    I currently am on an iMac, but I really want optimum SL haha, as bad of an investment as that may seem, it would benefit in the long run for sure. I am really hesitant to return to windows, though. I mean, there is also the thing about not having the money but still! Well, I’m not even sure what a good custom built PC would cost, haha.

  • December 11, 2011 at 4:37 am

    I want forever on shadows too! hahahaha

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  • April 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Not sure if you’ve posted this somewhere else or not but it’s worth mentioning that in order to use more than 4 GB of RAM, you must use Windows 7 64-bit. Windows 7 32-bit will only see 4 GB no matter how much you have in your machine.

  • April 18, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for posting this so I don’t have to ask, been crazy about your photos and am looking into building my own desktop in the next couple months. I might just go for the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, but after knowing you’ve got the 560, its now a thought to splurge a little bit more!

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  • July 13, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I’m planning to upgrade to a GTX 560 Ti sometime in the near future as I’ve heard it’s the best graphics card for Second Life. Your photos pretty much prove that theory anyway. However, would it be possible if you could tell me your FPS when running Second Life in ultra graphics settings with FULL shadows and anti-aliasing?


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  • October 29, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Hello! I have a graphics card that is a few years old now, and I think I am unable to get it replaced (because I’m using a laptop). Is there a way for me to have high graphics with low lag, even with an older graphics card?

  • April 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Oh oops, I just noticed the comments on this page now.

    Sethrian, my FPS is around 60 to 70 when I have ultra graphics and shadows on.

    Gothier, I’m sorry I’m not that familiar with computer hardware however I think if it’s an older graphics card it’ll be hard for you to high graphics with low lag.

  • July 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Nope, no updates as of yet. Still running Windows 7 and PS CS5.

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  • March 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Hello. My gfx is a GTX 660 with a modern I7 CPU and 16 GB. I am in SL with often 20-40 FPS in Ultra with Shadows activated, any only in some regions I am having up tp 120 FPS. How do you reach 60-70 FPS in generally? Do you use a special viewer for example? Thanks, Boa

  • August 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Boa, the only viewer I use for photography and such now is the official second life viewer. That one seems to work the best for me.

    I have purchased a new computer this weekend and have updated all of my pc specs above.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I have a question for you, did you buy each thing and build your own computer if not what computer is this.. if you don’t mind me asking and I would like to know what is photoshop cc for that price…its confusing to me… and thank you so much Strawberry for always sharing

  • August 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Hi MidnightRain. Yes, I actually purchased majority of the parts from Amazon and then had someone custom build it for me. Photoshop CC is the latest version of photoshop. It’s a monthly subscription that you pay, you’ll find the details here:

  • August 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Congratulations! Such a superb computer. I can’t await new Berry photos and look ahead.

  • August 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Each time I look your blog have a desire to squeeze you and give a smack !!!
    I think commendable who is dedicated to help and inform, I have a small channel on youtube where I make video tutorials in my language.
    Now assembled a facebook page with the intention of sharing links of generous people like you.
    Not that you need advertising but your tips are so good !!! !!! As good I take the liberty to share links from your blog there.
    Thank you for your generosity and congratulations for the same reason!
    Kisses !!! (Sorry the funny english…i used the traslator to make it quickly)

  • August 18, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Based on your computer specs you should be getting far more than 20-30 fps. You did not say whether you were in shadow mode or what your antialising setting were at that level. Or how many avatars were around. I get that and above even in the presence of 50 avatars in a Club. I have found that SL is sometimes not recognized as a game so instead of the GPU running at in my case 940mhz it will run at 340-500 mhz (check using GPU-Z). So I have to make a game profile in the Nvidia Control Panel and change Power Management Mode to “Prefer Maximum Power. Also in some cases your processor may “park” half of your threads to conserve battery power for laptops and if you have a desktop is affecting performance (check using “task manager” under the “performance tab” and select “resource monitor” “cpu” tab and the right column.

  • September 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Berry, quick ? – if you know, isn’t the 560 a step down from the 760?

  • September 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Hey Jackson, honestly I am not familiar with hardware so not sure, I just get what bro tells me to, lol. But I used to have 560ti and this new 760 is better I believe.

  • September 28, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Oh, lol… reading the comments section, it appeared as you were ‘upgrading’ to the 560 from the 760 you had installed.

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  • December 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Hey Silver, no I rarely use my tablet actually. I really should more often.

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  • December 26, 2014 at 7:40 am


    Wish i would have known earlier: i could have sold you my Win Monster. i switched to iMac 27 Retina. (sighs) Well, if you ever wish to see my bespoke machine, leave a message or get in touch.

    64GB RAM
    2 GTX690 in SLI array
    6 HD of varying sizes, main is for OS and is SSD
    Corsair cooling
    1200 watt power supply

    if anyone is interested, contact and will send specific specs.

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  • June 6, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Hi Berry,

    I absolutely love your photographs and this section just makes me hate my macbook pro to play SL with. Even my desktop (which is very old now and it lags SOOO bad) doesn’t help. I just want to ask you, what is your normal graphic settings for SL (not when when you’re taking pictures or photography) and does it lag? And what is your max settings for SL for when you take photographs? Please, please, please answer the 2 questions for me! 🙂 Thanks!

  • June 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Hello Ameliea, I keep my graphics settings on ultra, all of the time, with shadows. I very rarely lag, even in large crowds.

  • June 22, 2015 at 7:08 am

    I’ll probably not earlier than in the 3rd quarter at the latest towards the end of the year, start me again to assemble a computer yourself. What is the average FPS as you reach for on Sims are heavily built and where many avatars stand on it?

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  • July 24, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    This is valuable information, Berry!

    I run a not for profit art sim in-world and require a PC that can handle virtual life, such as quickly loading higher quality textures in galleries, hosting large groups of people, and shooting video. I miss being able to use lighting options when running on ultra very much.

    One question I hope you can answer:) Do you have updates to your PC specs or anything you would recommend upgrading from your current build?

    We are getting my PC rebuilt very soon, and it does not seem like many techs understand what type of rig is needed to do work in virtual worlds, along with all of the CC demands required. I would very much appreciate any recommendations!

    Thank you so much for any suggestions.


  • July 25, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Asuka, I don’t really know off-hand as it varies.

    Lisa, tbh I am not familiar with computer hardware, I always have someone else build my computers for me so I wouldn’t know what else to recommend aside from this. All I know is, this is what’s inside my PC and it works well for me.

  • August 12, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Yea, this is definitely on my to do list! Thanks for sharing Berry!

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  • February 20, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Strawberry, is this list up to date? I need to build a pc and have no idea what parts to purchase. Yours seems to have really good graphics. I would really like to upgrade the graphics card to a GeForce GTX 1060, but I have no idea if everything else in your build supports it I really don’t want to have to update it in the near future.

    (I’m really in the dark about parts as much as you are.)

    Thanks in advance!

  • March 8, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Hi Ali,
    Adding a GTX 1060 to what Strawberry has listed should prove to be very effective in SL.

  • March 9, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you Nas!!

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  • August 2, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Some, can afford the high-end, stuff. Cool. Many, cannot –myself, for instance. lol Good thing I have a wealthy, brother. :/

  • August 14, 2017 at 3:16 am

    I recently needed to replace my 10 year old music server (online DJ) which is separate from my main PC that I use for Second Life (7 years old and still running SL perfectly – with graphics card update).

    With this update I went with the latest Intel processor the i7-7700 Kaby Lake Quad-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1151 65W. I placed this in a mid-range motherboard, MSI Z270 TOMAHAWK LGA 1151 Intel Z270. I am a fan of the new M.2 2280 80mm NVMe PCIe which plug directly to the motherboard bus versus SATA (i.e. no need for cables) with 3X more data transfer rate than SATA based drives. The only potential issue is that this set up is practically hard wired to Windows 10, so in my case to load Windows 7 required a little workaround.

    If you are updating, make sure you checkout NVMe PCIe drives and check your needs regarding the processor as Microsoft and Intel made it difficult to use anything other than Windows 10 on the latest generation i7 processors.

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  • January 17, 2019 at 8:40 am

    That’s a pretty serious PC you got going there! I’ve used a mac my whole life and don’t really know Windows that well. But since I started using SL I have noticed it doesn’t run that well even on my quite new iMac with 16 gigs of memory in it and quad-core i7 processor. The cooling fans often get noisy! I think it might be that my graphics card is a bit poor… or maybe Firestorm just runs better on Windows. I do adjust graphics settings a lot depending what I am doing but still the fans whir. It’s getting hot just with me doing nothing with no other avatars around and draw distance low.

    Anyway… seeing as this SL thing doesn’t seem to be leaving my life anytime soon I’m going to look into getting a dedicated PC like this.

  • January 18, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Olivia that system Strawberry has listed on this page is a great system still but if you are building a new computer, it would be a bad idea to use those dated components.

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