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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Around $1000 Build. Newegg only"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

"Slow" is a relative statement. Still faster than a HDD. Sure, you can spend more and get more speed. An m500 or MX100 is a good fit. Normally cheaper than the Evo's with moderately slower performance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Around $1000 Build. Newegg only"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, an i7 is a poor pairing with a 760 for gaming purposes.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Around $1000 Build. Newegg only"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Not quite as good as an Intel build, but it will work.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $149.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $126.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $57.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $85.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $335.66 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define R4 (Arctic White) ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $65.89 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $13.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1004.45
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-19 22:51 EST-0500

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Around $1000 Build. Newegg only"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What size case? Large? Small? Tiny?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Living Room: Gaming and HTPC without OS,Monitor,Equip - 800 $"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How about these changes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor €162.03 @ Hardwareversand
Motherboard ASRock B85M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard €73.02 @ Hardwareversand
Memory Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory €62.45 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive €45.90 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive €40.80 @ Amazon Deutschland
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB ACX Video Card €262.60 @ Amazon Deutschland
Case Silverstone ML07B HTPC Case €50.00
Power Supply Silverstone 450W 80+ Bronze Certified SFX Power Supply €60.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available €756.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-19 17:29 CET+0100

So the i3 I had selected is actually Haswell Refresh (Devil's Canyon). To ENSURE compatibility with the motherboards I normally select a motherboard from the chipset's that came out at the same time. (H97, Z97. The former being mid-range and the latter being top of the line). Otherwise you have to go through the additional steps of locating the motherboard spec sheet and comparing the processor you want against the list of supported processors to see if it has "always been supported". (Sample).

The motherboard I switched you to is considered a "value" offer. The chipset isn't as capable and your RAM will only run at 1600mhz instead of the stated 1866. It's fine, it's on sale and I couldn't find a cheaper CAS 10 or 9 1600mhz kit, so stick with it.

I downgraded the SSD as requested. I'm not sure I am following what you are talking about as far as the hard drive space is concerned, so I downgraded it to a 500gb drive. I also nerfed the form factor to 2.5 inch so you don't have to use the single 3.5inch slot in the case. (To make it easier for potential future upgrades, this way you won't have to remove a drive to install another one).

Upgraded you to the now out of favor 770. Spend more here if you have the budget. The GTX 970 is really considered the sweet spot right now. 770 is pretty damn cheap for what it offers though. Anything priced above an AMD R9 280 is diminishing returns price to performance in comparison, but that is fine if you have the budget for it!

The 350w PSU couln't hack the upgraded GPU though, so I had to get creative.

I put in some UK prices for the components I couldn't find in Germany. Maybe you can find them cheaper locally; if not, then you will need to consider any taxes, shipping, or duties to get those components.

That's a pro as well as a con. Looking into the future i think there will be more multi-core games. Therefore i thought, that an AMD is the better choice. But this is a discussion i don't want to start. For example i want to play BF4, FarCry 4 & Skyrim

I hear ya. Matter of opinion. I am just looking at where AMD Mantle and DX12 are taking us. They are actually removing CPU burden which will make lessor CPU's paired with higher end GPU's very possible. Unless a game is cpu bound, then you are just ******. lol. Seriously though, an i3 is a very capable modern gamer. An i5 is still the sweet spot. Some games that are heavily threaded can take advantage of an FX's cores can see a tiny performance boost there, but intel generally performs better. They way outclass any APU's for sure though.

As a side note, parpoint and pegotiodo properly point out that an Athlon x4 is a cheap way to get into quad core computing. You are right about the case in parpoint's build, ugh.... I mean, this has to look good in the living room!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Living Room: Gaming and HTPC without OS,Monitor,Equip - 800 $"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a technical difference between ITX and ATX?

There are far fewer connectors on a mini-ITX as opposed to a standard ATX or even the smaller micro ATX. They don't tend to offer as many features, and the "bottom end" price wise is higher than the other two.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Living Room: Gaming and HTPC without OS,Monitor,Equip - 800 $"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. Not real sold on the performance of those Athlon processors, but it is a good way to save money and end up with a 4 core processor in a small form factor. +1 your suggestion!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Living Room: Gaming and HTPC without OS,Monitor,Equip - 800 $"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Joining the "master race" enh lol. At least consider this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor €107.48 @ Amazon Deutschland
Motherboard ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard €92.89 @ Home of Hardware DE
Memory Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory €65.74 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive €86.85 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €52.88 @ Pixmania DE
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card €192.66 @ Home of Hardware DE
Case Silverstone ML07B HTPC Case -
Power Supply SeaSonic 350W 80+ Certified SFX Power Supply €69.86 @ Amazon Deutschland
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available €668.36
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-18 19:28 CET+0100

Note: My prices never include MIR unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: This will be a fine performer for all modern games. Lower power usage than AMD and better single core performance (Which is how i3's beat FX8320's in test, only if a game can take advantage of the massive 8 cores offered is it a decent trade). Direct x 12 SHOULD offer better CPU performance for gaming, or at the very least, make the CPU matter much less similar to how AMD's Mantle technology is doing now.
  • Cooler: Stock should be okay, a Coolermaster Gemini cooler if not.
  • MOBO: Mini itx offers only 2 RAM slots and a single PCIe connection.....it's pretty damn small. However, it allows for a much smaller supporting chassis. This board has built in wireless and gigabit (wired) ethernet if you like. The wireless is the latest standard Wireless AC (hella fast). I would probably use that rather than running wires if it was me.
  • RAM: Single stick to allow for future upgrades if needed. Won't make a performance difference for now.
  • SSD: Got ya covered. This 240GB models is overkill, cut down to 120GB if you need to save money. Unless you got the $$$$, just go with what is cheap. ANY SSD is better than a HDD for booting and clicking around windows. For games it barely makes a dent is load times, so I wouldn't install games to it. That is what the HDD is for.
  • HDD: Games, photos, movies go here. The case only has a single 3.5 inch drive, so consider spending more for a larger drive if you think you will use it, that or get some laptop (2.5 inch) hdd's as well to increase your storage.
  • GPU: 760 is powerfull, and this is a good price. Decent power usage too.
  • Case: You will have to pick this bad boy up from the UK. That or look around a little in Germany. This is larger than a console, but not by much, add an xbox one's large power brick and they are VERY similar. Due to the small size it will be a bit of a challenge to build in, but you are up to it!
  • PSU: Not many offering for SFX power supplies there....hmm. You may look around a little to see what else is out there, 350w is plenty more than required, but there are some that offer 450w, and are fully modular to make it easier to install.
  • Optical: You can add a slim slot load Blu ray player if you really want to...They are hella expensive though.
  • OS: Did you need that included in the price, or were you indicating you already had a copy or were going to use steam?
  • Keyboard/mouse: Logitech K400 is where I would start looking. For gaming a trackpad is horrible, but for all other uses, it will be the optimal configuration. You will need to hunt out a good wireless gaming mouse, I can already tell you they are rare as most "gamers" prefer wired accessories.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Living Room: Gaming and HTPC without OS,Monitor,Equip - 800 $"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, AMD is not a good pick for non-APU HTPC's because there are no small motherboards for the FX chips. Now, with an AMD APU processor there are a ton of really affordable options. IF you are going to have a GPU anyway, then it would be better to go with a cheaper intel offering like an i3.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Living Room: Gaming and HTPC without OS,Monitor,Equip - 800 $"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What the hell is wrong with an R9 270? They are bad-*** cars for the money for sure. The 270x barely outperforms it!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$1250 Gaming/Streaming Build"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Just get the cheapest optical you can find.

Here, $13: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24nsc0b

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$1250 Gaming/Streaming Build"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean dual monitor gaming I take it. If you mean game on one monitor and use the other one for other stuff, then that is less demanding.

Something like this should do it:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $134.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 87.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler $35.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $134.97 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $120.98 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.95 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $78.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $329.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $114.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $90.26 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1230.11
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-17 21:10 EST-0500

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Quiet gaming in portable case"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Having two sticks of RAM enables dual channel for the RAM, otherwise it operates in single channel mode. Every benchmark I have ever seen (on non-apu systems) proves time and time again that ram speed and single, dual, tripple, and quad channel make little to no difference in gaming :). RAM size matters, especially on modern games. 8GB is where you should start. Go with the cheaper option of 2 x 4 or 1 x 8.

To have positive pressure simply have more intakes then exhaust fans. Noctua makes good near silent fans with good pressure, but so does Cougar at half the price. Little bit lower quality, but not much!

If you wanted to go cheaper on the case, a bitfenix prodigy is normally half that price.

The stock fans on the H100i can get very very loud at full bore, so you will want to control them via the motherboard, make sure that board has that option. (An extra "internal" USB connector to connect corsair link cable)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Computer for Autodesk CAD 2015."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

probably can save money going with a little cheaper Cooler than mzimmerman23 recommends, other than that it is solid. (The tx version of that cm cooler is fine)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking to Upgrade Ancient Alienware Aurora"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It is absolutely compatible. Not that I am saying I know what motherboard you have, but if a couple of 5670's are in there now, any modern gpu will fit. The motherboard obviously supports crossfire, so modern gpu's can be crossfire as well. That's just based on what you have now. No clue if 2 nvidia gpus will work in SLI, but all that crap is overkill for 1080p gaming anyway.

Next question, how long of graphics card can the case support? Open it up and physically measure how long the card can be if you have to, because that is where you will run into compatibility problems. While you are in there, check your power supply wattage and count the 6 pin pci express connectors.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking to Upgrade Ancient Alienware Aurora"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Pull the GPU's (sounds like there are two 5670's in crossfire which perform about like a single 5770 lol) and replace them with an R9 280x or less if you don't have the budget. (stepping down in price 280, then 270x, then 270 etc.) Beyond that consider an SSD for your boot drive, and get another 4GB of RAM. The GPU will make the biggest gaming difference, maybe the RAM in some games, the SSD will bring you into the modern age and help you boot and click around windows faster. Other than that you should be good go go. Any power supply that can handle 2 gpu's will be fine with a single higher end one.

Your gen 1 i7 is bested by many modern processors for gaming, but it is still very capable. (For instance, a modern top end i5 that goes for around $220USD beats it, base clock, turbo, and thermal envelope: Passmark comparison). What a difference 4 years makes, huh.

You mentioned boxing day, are you in Canada then?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help building a budget gaming PC...using HDTV as monitor"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe something like this :
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $73.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock FM2A78M-ITX+ Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard $87.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team Dark 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.95 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Core Edition Video Card $109.00 @ Amazon
Case Silverstone ML07B HTPC Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Silverstone 450W 80+ Bronze Certified SFX Power Supply $58.91 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $90.26 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad $19.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $659.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-13 02:25 EST-0500

Bit trickier to install it in such a small chassis, but I think you will be very happy with how it looks/fits in your living room.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help building a budget gaming PC...using HDTV as monitor"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, lesser resolution is easier to output. For instance, a 750 to or better yet 260x is plenty for 768p.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2.5-3 thousand dollar gaming pc AUD"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, anytime! By the way, I forgot to mention you have plenty of PSU headroom, and the Motherboard is capable of SLI. So if you do choose to go for 4k resolution, or you want nVidia surround gaming (multiple monitor gaming @1080p) then you can get a second 980 and SLI them. If you think that is probable, then go with 2 x 970's. Much cheaper and damn near the same performance. If you don't think that is in your future, best to stick with the single fastest card you can afford.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2.5-3 thousand dollar gaming pc AUD"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Just click the drop down in the top right of the site and select Australia when you make the build.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2.5-3 thousand dollar gaming pc AUD"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

G'day my Aussie friend. I have an idea for what you can do, though it comes in under budget (oh drat).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $415.00 @ CPL Online
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler $89.00 @ CPL Online
Motherboard MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $178.00 @ CPL Online
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $102.00 @ IJK
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $102.00 @ IJK
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $139.00 @ Centre Com
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $94.00 @ IJK
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card $749.00 @ Centre Com
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $119.00 @ PCCaseGear
Power Supply XFX XTR 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $176.00 @ Mwave Australia
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $19.00 @ CPL Online
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $115.00 @ PCCaseGear
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2297.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-11 01:48 EST+1100

Note: My prices never include MIR unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: Top end consumer i7. Significantly higher than it's un-hyperthreaded breathren the i5-4690k, but you have the budget for it, so spend money here if you like. The i5 would likely suit you just as well if you prefer.
  • Cooler: Water coolers have always been damn expensive down under. This large air cooler is an awesome performer at an okay price. Damn thing can be silent and still handle a great overclock.
  • MOBO: Speaking of overclock. MSI makes self overclocking boards. How 'bout that....This has room for expansion as well, and it
  • RAM: I'll just admit here that I skipped some lower priced RAM that would function perfectly for gaming. This RAM looks sweet though. 1600mhz, CAS9 from a brand you can trust to deliver. RAM is one of those segments that has achieved parity though, and modern processors don't care as much about RAM speeds. Therefore, you are paying a little extra for the looks of it.
  • SSD: Damn near automatic choice. Same price as the crucial drives I normally pick (Since they balance price and performance so well).
  • HDD: Just for storage space. Should be plenty for most needs.
  • GPU: Top of the line. Only way to go higher is with dual-GPU card or SLI. This GPU should max games out left and right @1080p, and will be playable on 4k.
  • Case: Wow, what a case. trusted video review
  • PSU: Flat cabling is awsome. 850w model for the price of many 750w. Fully modular, very well reviewed. There are two others that would work just as well depending upon your personal preferences: EVGA 850w (trusted review), Silverstone 850w (trusted review). The silverstone is the least of the 3 models, but it is still a VERY good PSU!!!
  • Optical: Don't make me talk about optical, optical makes me angry, you wouldn't like me when I am angry. HULK SMASH OPTICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • OS: meh, personal preference here. Win 7/8 no difference in gaming.

If you wanted a little more performance (at a high price premium) we may be able to recommend an x99 offering. It will be close though, and you may have to cut other places to pull that off.

Enjoy!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Your Dream PC"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5960X 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor $1011.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Swiftech H320 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $148.79 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Asus X99-A ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $234.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $502.98 @ Newegg
Storage Plextor M6e 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $409.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $399.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $399.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $399.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $399.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Core Edition Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $796.50 @ Newegg
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Core Edition Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $796.50 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks Enthoo Luxe ATX Full Tower Case $149.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1600W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $332.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $14.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $90.26 @ OutletPC
Monitor BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $249.99 @ Amazon
Monitor BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $249.99 @ Amazon
Monitor BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $249.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Corsair K70 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard $169.95 @ Newegg
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse $39.99 @ Amazon
Headphones Sennheiser MM 550-X Headset $431.10 @ Best Buy
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $7480.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-08 23:22 EST-0500

This is all I need...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "all about Dat gaming"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That build looks fine. Bit 'case poor'. (Meaning you are spending a disproportional amount of your budget on the case). The Coolermaster n200 is almost as functional and much cheaper. There are also some small silverstone cases that would fit the requirements.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "can someone help me wiith my new build"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This should be a decent finish to your build. Smaller chasis to save money. Smaller chasis don't have as good of airflow. This one has an intake fan and an exhaust fan.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $287.00 @ CPL Online
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $36.00 @ CPL Online
Motherboard ASRock Z97M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $129.00 @ CPL Online
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $99.00 @ IJK
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $57.00 @ CPL Online
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $509.00 @ Mwave Australia
Case Fractal Design Core 1300 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $65.00 @ IJK
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $107.00 @ IJK
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1289.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-07 17:53 EST+1100

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4k Gaming Build"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What the what?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4k Gaming Build"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Note: My prices never include MIR unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: Yeah, that is a good fit
  • Cooler: Automatic choice? Consider the H110 with better fans, the the H100i is really good. There is a white Silverstone cooler that would look nice with the MOBO, but there are some quality complaints too. It is the TD02. The swiftech cooler is the best performer in this segment though.
    Thermal Compound: That is a **** ton of AS5. I mean....wow. Just FYI, the H100i comes with some baller compound already applied with a plastic cover over it. So you probably won't need any unless you just want to replace it. I got made fun of for doing so on my H80 though, as it is the vaunted Shin-Etsu compound lol. 12G is enough to do like 20 computers though, so I would get a much smaller amount. Remember, a dot the size of a single grain of rice or pea is fine.
  • MOBO: It's white....hmmmm. Seems to be pretty good. I think it is expensive for what it offers, but thats up to you.
  • RAM: 16GB should be plenty for now, and thats pretty good RAM.
  • SSD: The pro version is great, comes with a 5 year warranty, and is fast as ****. Will it change your gaming experience? Nope. Consider a 240 or 256GB Crucial drive around the same price. Its a bit slower, and has a shorter warranty period, but it is twice the space for the same money... Consider the new m.2 format SSD, though there are only two drives to consider that are any faster than a standard SATA drive. This one and this one.
  • HDD: Holy crap that is expensive. Great drive, much faster than a Seagate Barracuda, but, you can get a 3TB seagate drive for around $100. Might save you some money if you need need to switch the budget around a little. And again, it won't change your gaming experience at all.
  • GPU: Reference design for better SLI heat distribution, great nVidia card brand, looks great. For 4k gaming AMD does pretty good with their R9 295x2 as well. Pretty nifty little card with a huge price break right now that makes it cheaper than 2 x 980's. I don't think you should bridge like that though. They will be fine stacked. Otherwise it may mess up the PCI ports in between them.
  • Case: Pretty good case, but I don't like how it is going to show off some of the "messy" parts of the build. Consider a Phanteks Enthoo series. Cheaper and a little better features IMO. Here is the review video of both to compare them apples to apples: 760t, Enthoo Luxe, cheaper Enthoo Pro.
  • PSU: Looks great. Probably a bit overkill for 2 980's but will expand to anything you need.
  • Optical: whatever :)
  • Fans: Unless you are just going for a certain look, Noctua and Cougar fans perform just as well, if not better. So look at the price to find the best fit. In your budget looks should matter, but I wanted to make sure you knew.The Cougar Dual x fans are lighted and on sale, which is cool.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Editing Computer"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You are looking at an AMD solution then. Is your editing work GPU accelerated? If so, which team is optimal? (NVidia or AMD). You want a fast multi-core CPU like an FX-8320. Consider an 8350 if the price is close enough. Save some room in your budget for aftermarket cooling, and overclock it considerably to get the most out of it.

Maybe something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $114.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $34.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $89.98 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $123.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R7 250 1GB Video Card $77.50 @ Amazon
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $39.98 @ OutletPC
Power Supply OCZ ZT 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $90.26 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan $8.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $690.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-05 14:33 EST-0500

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Home server build"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a crap ton of drives. I assume you are in the UK? This is what I am thinking:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor £102.43 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 93.3 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler £59.99 @ Aria PC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 ATX AM3+ Motherboard £119.00 @ Aria PC
Memory Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £118.74 @ Aria PC
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £76.22 @ Amazon UK
Storage Western Digital Red 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive £71.52 @ Aria PC
Storage Western Digital Red 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive £71.52 @ Aria PC
Storage Western Digital Red 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive £71.52 @ Aria PC
Storage Western Digital Red 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive £71.52 @ Aria PC
Storage Western Digital Red 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive £71.52 @ Aria PC
Storage Western Digital Red 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive £71.52 @ Aria PC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card £103.76 @ Ebuyer
Case Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 ATX Full Tower Case £94.26 @ Scan.co.uk
Power Supply XFX XTR 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £104.02 @ More Computers
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer £10.46 @ Aria PC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £1218.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-05 02:53 GMT+0000

Note: My prices never include MIR unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: Cheap 8 core should be good for a server handling multiple tasks. Perhaps even better than an Intel i7, though admittedly more power hungry.
  • Cooler: You asked for quiet. This is silent. And you can overclock that particular CPU to get more value out of it, and still be silent.
  • MOBO: I picked this one because it is a solid overclocker and offers 8 SATA ports out of the gate. Most are going to have 4-6. This is the cheapest that fit those two criteria.
  • RAM: 16GB should be enough for your needs. If not....well, there are two more slots on the MOBO, add another 16GB.
  • SSD: SSD as requested. Pretty cheap for a 256GB model and the crucial drives are solid.
  • HDD: So, This is the max number of HDD's you can get without an addin card. Since you are going to run so many, it makes sense to go with the red drives that are forumulated to work well in an environment with other red drives. The harmonics of the spinning disks can mess with configurations like this, and the reds filter that out. Other than that they are pretty much the same as the greens. If you wanted to, you can certainly start with fewer, though larger, drives, and just add more as needed. Maybe you never have the need? Maybe you invest in a NAS instead?
  • GPU: I threw one in there. You are talking about streaming. I was hoping you could maybe do the video transcoding on the server? This is a good pick for that and doesn't use any power, more on that later.
  • Case: Should be plenty damn quiet, and has room for 11 3.5 inch drives. Don't take one up with the SSD, just mount it whereever.
  • PSU: Damn good model. Fully modular, gold certified. Has a total of 10 SATA connectors for power. Here is an in depth review from people smarter than me that take devices like this apart and analyze the quality based on the internals and testing: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/XFX-PRO-850-W-Black-Edition-Full-Modular-Power-Supply-Review/1716/1. I was thinking since the GPU doesn't take MUCH power, 850W should be enough. You may need to buy some more SATA power cables to plug into it. They have molex converters available, (like this in the US store: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119010&cm_re=molex_to_SATa-_-12-119-010-_-Product). I didn't see any on the XFX website that would be a "home run", meaning multiple SATA connectors on a cable like what comes with the PSU. So this is the route I would go. For me the $4 USD would
  • Optical: Consider installing the OS from a flash drive, then you can reclaim the SATA port and SATA Power port for a 7th hard drive.
  • OS: Ubuntu server is great, I like it.
  • Monitor: Needed? Probably remote in, right?
  • Keyboard: Same^
  • Mouse: Same^
  • Other: Even if you remove the optical, you still only have 7 other SATA ports available on the motherboard, so you will need to look into a sata add-in-card. Maybe something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816124060&cm_re=6_port_SATA_PCI_Express-_-16-124-060-_-Product. Oh sheez, I completely forgot SATA data connectors as well. The motherboard will only come with a few, so get some more from a local computer store or something like that. Looks like there are 4 with the mobo I selected. You probably want them pretty long .5 meter would be the shortest I would look at.

Hope this helps! Enjoy your streaming.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help deciding on a beast of a setup (GPU/ supporting setup)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Same reason for the i7 is why I wanted 16gig instead of 8

Ah, my bad. I was just trying to hit the budget, that's why I made all the choices I did. I flipped everything to come from Amazon to save your shipping. Do what you like, it's your money :)

The Corsair 100 looks good to me, I was sent that direction earlier

Sure, it is great!

So far the best motherboard I've read about is the z97x-ud5h from gigabyte

Sure, that is a great board.

I have no issues with the HHD and SSD, but I don't mind paying the extra 20 for the 840 Pro Samsung

That one is more like $185 on Amazon...

Like I said earlier, ya got me hands down on the case, that thing is awesome

Cool! ENJOY!

I upgraded to the 850 G2 PSU because the 750 is no longer available on Amazon Prime, and I understand the G2 series are better made?

Yeah, the G1's are ****. Check JohnnyGuru to find out if the exact model you selected is worth a damn, but generally yes, the G2's are night and day better than the G1's. Pricewise, there might be a better prime available 850w unit, but its not like the one you selected is BAD or anything!

Op drive, ...yea whatever

Pretty much lol

The keyboard I'm leaning towards Logitech 920-000914 Wired Slim Keyboard as it is a little cheaper and has the laptop style slim keys I prefer

Ah. I am a mechanical keyboard junkie/snob. Once you try it....I mean.....there is just no going back for me now. BUT. They are very very expensive as they have to license the keycaps from "cherry". (For the good ones anyway). See if there are any samples you can try out from local companies like best buy or a computer shop. You will see what I mean. But keyboard preference is a very personal decision.

For the OS I see people saying to go for the full version (currently 103 on ama prime) instead of the OEM.

I think for the Mouse I will keep my Logitech G5 for the moment, is has not given me any issues for around 8-9 years now.

Great! I love my G500s. I didn't know you had that covered or I wouldn't have suggested it.

As far as a new monitor goes, is the 144 a noticeable difference from say, a 60hz Dell 23" ?

Man, I don't know. Yes? lol. If you had the money to spend on it, then probably. But if you have to cut somewhere else, then no, probably not. Your Dell sounds good and they make really good monitors anyway. I use IPS panels that are slower than TN panels, so maybe I am not the best source here. I just try to figure out what people need, and try to recommend a path to get there.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help deciding on a beast of a setup (GPU/ supporting setup)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you play a lot of FPS games? If not, lets find you a much cheaper monitor. Its great for FPS and twitch gameplay because it is 144hz, but that adds like $60 to the price.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help deciding on a beast of a setup (GPU/ supporting setup)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, All amazon version:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $99.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $105.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $129.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card $339.90 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $19.45 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) $129.00 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer GN246HL 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $222.00 @ Amazon
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard $83.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse $42.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1576.25
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-03 16:32 EST-0500

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build for a minecraft/video editing homeschooled girl age 9, with inexperienced adult supervision."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Steve, the problems may be the motherboards some use are missing the 19pin USB 3.0 header. Even though a motherboard has USB 3.0 ports on the rear, it doesn't necessarily mean they included that header. If you are looking at motherboards on this site you will see there is a filter on the right side for "USB 3.0 Header". Just select yes and it will ensure the motherboard is compatible. Otherwise you will likely have to purchase separate a usb 3.0 to usb 2.0 header converter that turns the front 3.0 ports into 2.0 ports but allows it to be plugged into any motherboard released in the last century. Simpler to just get a motherboard with the header though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help deciding on a beast of a setup (GPU/ supporting setup)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely.

The corsair is the best of them, and of course, the most expensive.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help deciding on a beast of a setup (GPU/ supporting setup)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Sample build:

So, here is a 980, blowing the budget out of the water (as they tend to do).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $209.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 93.3 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $54.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $136.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 @ Amazon
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card $549.98 @ NCIX US
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $109.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive LG GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writer $12.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $90.26 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer GN246HL 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $189.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard $83.98 @ Directron
Mouse Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse $44.99 @ Directron
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1807.10
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-02 19:59 EST-0500

Note: My prices never include MIR unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: An i5 is really all you need for gaming. In your budget, you can start to consider an i7, but not without making other concessions.
  • Cooler: Very good performer at a value price point. It normally sits at $90 price point, where a Noctua is a better buy, but here, less than $60???? Almost automatic!
  • MOBO: It will allow for future SLI if you want, and has plenty of ports for expansion. USB 3.0 onboard to connect to the front of case (most if not all z97's should have this). Z97 chipset made for overclocking/gaming and MSI's easy to use software will overclock the CPU for you. YAY!!!
  • RAM: 8GB is overkill for most games, but some newer titles are starting to require it, so there is room for future expansion if you need it. This is red colored to match the MOBO.
  • SSD: Wow, 240GB model at the 128GB price!!! Decent model if a bit dated. The Samsung 840 Evo's are the near automatic midrange choice, but I often find crucial drives much cheaper and still good. SSD's don't really affect gaming, however, widows boots and reacts much faster. Highly recommended!
  • HDD: Threw this in there to install your games to.
  • GPU: So, we overspent here a little. A 970 will cost you $210 less and put you back on budget. This model IS reference design (because you mentioned water cooling, it's easier to find blocks for reference cards), but still quite good! Unlike AMD, NVidia actually knows how to make a reference cooler! :-)
  • Case: Probably one of the best full tower cases ever made. Hardware Canucks thinks so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBhmn21ylkc
  • PSU: Very well reviewed model from EVGA. PLenty of room left for more storage drives or another GPU. Gold certification ensures higher end components on the inside, and fully modular cabling system eases install and cable management.
  • Optical: Sort by price, choose the cheapest one. Please don't use this medium. Let it die. (cocks shotgun).
  • OS: Meh, whatever right?
  • Monitor: 144hz gaming panel from Acer. 144hz gets away from some of the motion blur problems experienced from the slower, but maybe better looking IPS panels.
  • Keyboard: Mechanical for awesome power of mechanicalness.
  • Mouse: Most people like it, I like my logitech G500s, but it is expensive now.

Hope this helps!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help deciding on a beast of a setup (GPU/ supporting setup)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You want to find that stat on games you play already. Some games are NVidia optimized, some AMD and some are CPU bound. The FPS will tell you a lot of the story, and frame times the rest. For best results you want around 60FPS or better. 4K isn't there yet for the most part, but anything over 30 is considered smooth.

I have two monitors, but I only game on one of them. I have a single R9 270x. I don't tend to play AAA new releases though, so I am fine for TF2, SC2, Dragon Age games and other Indie titles at 1080p.

If you can afford a 980, you won't regret getting it. If it pushes you out of your budget, or you have to sacrifice in other areas of your build to make it happen, then stick with the 970. It is the best value GPU right now.

To get arbitrary scores, that generally have no in game meaning, but give you a sense of power scale, look at Passmarks public information from their tests: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html. These scores are "Passmark points" and are based on real tests submitted by users. Like I said, a much cheaper R9 290 could outperform these powerful beasts in SOME games depending upon the optimization, but generally speaking a 970 or 980 is a good bet. (Compare your scores to my mid-range card to see what your money buys).

Here are some older scores from common benchmarks (some are generic, some are built into games that the devs use for testing): http://www.pcgamer.com/nvidia-gtx-980-tested-sli-4k-and-single-gpu-benchmarks-and-impressions/#page-2

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need Help deciding on a beast of a setup (GPU/ supporting setup)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

SLI 970's is for 4k or multi-monitor gaming. If that is in your future, but you are not ready for it now, then a single 970 is appropriate, getting a second one with your 4k monitor or when you finish your multiple monitor setup.

It is ALWAYS reocmmended to go with the single fastest GPU you can afford where applicable as multi-GPU configurations can lead to weird issues. And any games that don't support SLI will piss you off. Plus you have to get a more expensive SLI ready motherboard, plus it uses more power, plus it requires more space. So there are many detriments to a multi-GPU setup, but the raw power, oh that power, DAMN!

So like most things in the computer world, whether or not you go for a muilt-GPU configuration depends mostly upon use. A single 970 would be perfect for 1080p gaming. You will get decent framerates with all the settings turned WAY (all the way?) up.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build for a minecraft/video editing homeschooled girl age 9, with inexperienced adult supervision."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ubuntu and linux mint are recommended. Check out distro watch for some info on MANY different flavors of linux: http://distrowatch.com/. Install is pretty easy nowadays. Generally speaking you just put it on a bootable flash drive. Lots of step by step instructions out there for that.

The server install for mincraft (if you are going for a local instance) was difficult for me, but I pulled it off in Ubuntu Server on a Virtual Machine. Minecraft IS memory hungry for some reason, so I would definitely only run a single 8GB stick until you see if you need more RAM. Then you can install another single stick to double to 16GB.

The actual computer build process is pretty simple. There are things you can do to make it easier, like using stock cooling (like in multi-iostream's build) and a Fully modular power supply (again multi-iostream has recommended a WAY more solid than you need semi-modular unit. Semi-modular means there are still some wires permanently connected, but you will definitely use them. Others you may or may not need can be connected according to use.) There are SEVERAL build videos on this very site you can use as a reference. Watch them all multiple times, they are only a couple of minutes long.

They should be very very helpful. Except...sheez, they are all intel builds. Coulda swore there was an AMD one in there somewhere. Oh well. There is little difference. Here: Linus Walkthrough

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help with my first build please"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This will work:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $73.99 @ Directron
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-DS2 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $60.39 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Team Dark 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $53.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card $184.99 @ NCIX US
Case Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case $34.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writer $12.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $86.43 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $104.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan $8.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $28.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $735.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-30 12:03 EST-0500

Note: My prices never include MIR unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: AMD processors don't come anywhere near the single-core performance of their intel counterparts, however, in this price range only dual core intel chips are available, and of them only the unlocked pentiums that you can overclock the snot out of make sense. That being said, it may make more sense to upgrade to a hyperthreaded Intel Core i3 as most MMO's are at least a little CPU bound. You would want to look up benches to see if the processor makes a difference or if the graphics card is more important.
  • Cooler: The stock cooler gets loud, and the CPU is unlocked. Consider an upgrade here to a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO or similar priced aftermarket heatsink. They are quiet and perform well even with a decent overclock going on.
  • MOBO: Well reviewd motherboard with good connections for future upgrades. Here is a review that is maybe more relevant to an APU powered system, but offers good performance on overclocking: http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/henry-butt/gigabyte-f2a88xm-ds2-motherboard-review/19/.
  • RAM: Single 8GB stick so you can easily upgrade to 16GB in the future if you have need. There are only 2 RAM slots on this board, and the version that has 4 is $10 more.
  • SSD: Good point for an upgrade. I consider SSD's near a requirement for a computer built in 2014. Your budget Would only allow for a smaller 120GB varient so I held off for now.

Hate to cut this short, but I have to go. I'll come back later and fill in the other blanks, but I wanted to get you started. Wait for someone else to offer an intel build before you make your decision.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help me Christmas gift/ build for myself budget $1500-2000"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That's funny because toms hardware said it was quiet....

There are a ton of alternatives. Coolermaster has a couple, Corsair has a couple, Silverstone has one. If you want the best of the best it is likely a corsair H100i with noctua fans on it...Cougar vortex fans are cheaper with similar acoustic output.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Console - Pc"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I want to do one of these too!!

For your budget I came up with this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor £162.00 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet CPU Cooler £23.17 @ CCL Computers
Motherboard ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard £78.72 @ Amazon UK
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory £119.98 @ Amazon UK
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £41.46 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £69.98 @ Aria PC
Video Card Palit GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card £261.59 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Case Silverstone RVZ01B Mini ITX Desktop Case £72.64 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Power Supply Silverstone Strider Gold 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply £76.14 @ Scan.co.uk
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) £72.35 @ Aria PC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available £978.03
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-28 01:29 GMT+0000

Note: My prices never include MIR unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: An enclosure this small probably isn't right for an unlocked i5...or is it (more on that later). This is the latest gen Haswell chips codenamed "Devil's Canyon" that come out to pacify people that were mad about the thermal interface material found in their high end chips. You probably don't have to, but I went with the newer h97 chipset to ensure you don't have to do a bios update to use the chip. (Which would need an older Haswell chip to boot and install the update before using this one. Silliness I tell ya.)
  • Cooler: This Zalman cooler should be much better than the Noctua solution. Tests I have seen on the Noctua have NOT been good.
  • MOBO: Has more feature for sure. The wireless may come in hand in a console looking build, and it will work with the CPU no problem.
  • RAM: I choose a more low profile varient to ensure compatibility with some of the air coolers you might choose.
  • SSD: You should have an SSD in there. This one is okay, a little small, but that it is enough for windows and a couple of favorite programs.
  • HDD: This is where most of your data will live. Because the case ONLY has a single 3.5 inch drive mount, I went for a much much larger drive.
  • GPU: I tried really hard to fit a 980 in there, but the budget just wouldn't let it happen. Thats fine, a GTX 970 is nothing to sneeze at! Either way, I recommend a reference design in such a small space. It was actually easier to find a lower end 980 in the reference design and a 970. You actually have to pay a bit MORE to get it. Reference design's are the style which exhaust the hot air out the rear of the case. This is helpful for not increasing the overall case temperature.
  • Case: Your case. I like this guy! The Silverstone ML07 is based on this as well. Not entirely clear on what the differences are.
  • PSU: No need for 600w in this build. Would be troublesome to get much more in the case, so increased wattage for future use shouldn't be a concern. The prices ARE pretty close though, so do what you will.
  • Optical: nope. 'f' optical :)
  • OS: 8.1 just because it is newer, ewerp, on second though, go with windows 7 if you have any plans at all of using this as an HTPC. Windows 8 scraps the "Windows media center" found in windows since "xp media center edition". You have to pay extra for it or start with the 8.1 pro version...

So, you are under budget as of yet, what do you say you think about upgrades:

  • CPU cooling and overclocking: So, the case is pretty tiny, no way to fit a big air cooler in there. HOWEVER, an H80i would fit JUUUUUST fine. This would enable you to invest in a z97 board, a 'k' variant CPU, and play around with overclocking in a small enclosure... Just something I thought of when I was considering CPU coolers.
  • SSD: Feel free to upgrade to a slightly larger SSD. I think this crucial drive is well priced for what it offers: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct240m500ssd1
  • PSU: Oh just get the 600w variant, you know you want to lol.
  • GPU: A reference GTX 980 is ONLY $168 (GBP) more ha ha ha.

Anyhoo, hope this helps, I'm sure you will end up with a killer system no matter what!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1400$ Game Streaming computer."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, here is one path:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $289.99 @ TigerDirect
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler $71.65 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus Z97-P ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $100.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.00 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $319.98 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $13.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $86.43 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor BenQ GL2460HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $144.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1371.97
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-27 16:13 EST-0500

Note: My prices never include MIR unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: An i5 is all you need for gaming. However, with all the stuff you will have going on in the background, the hyper-threaded cores will help you out for sure.
  • Cooler: If you will be streaming you certainly don't need to hear your computer. This cooler is super quiet AND high performance. Feel free to overclock at will.
  • MOBO: Lower end motherboard that isn't capable of SLI, so if you think that could be in your future you will need to spend another $20 on a board. Let me know.
  • RAM: 8GB should be plenty for what you want to do. There is room to upgrade to 16GB if you like.
  • SSD: Wow, good price on this very good SSD. Plenty of room for windows and programs, games and other items go on the larger drive.
  • HDD: 1TB should be good for most needs. Plenty of expansion room in the system if you want more.
  • GPU: I wanted to put you in a GTX 980, but I just couldn't happen in the budget. 970 should be sufficient for quite some time. Very powerful little guy at a very attractive price point.
  • Case: Made for silence. There is noise dampening on the user facing panels. I have a couple of these at work and they are very very good! Can barely tell when you turn it on.
  • PSU: Decent though lower end Power supply delivers plenty of power for an SLI solution or massive expansion of the number of drives in your system.
  • Optical: Whatever, just go cheap here if you get one at all.
  • OS: 8.1 unless you want something different.
  • Monitor: 24inches of BenQ goodness in this gaming panel. It isn't 120hz or greater, but it is a good value (and those are hella expensive still).
  • Keyboard: Hopefully you have this covered, but if you are streaming full time you should have a mechanical keyboard for sure. They are pretty pricey though.
  • Mouse: Again, a high quality corsair or logitech mouse is what I would recommend here. Most people like Razer's death adder series as well. Though I have never used one.

Hope this helps. Ask any questions you may have and I or someone else will try to get them answered.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1400$ Game Streaming computer."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, got it. I'm working on a build.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help me Christmas gift/ build for myself budget $1500-2000"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I try to explain why I make the choices I do in case you disagree or want to do something different you will at least have a peek into my reasoning. Plus I have a template in google docs that I just paste in which makes it easier to fill out (And not forget a component).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help me Christmas gift/ build for myself budget $1500-2000"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

A dual 120mm radiator has much stronger performance than a single 120mm radiator. Even an extra-thick one like the h80i has.

PCPP actually has a Canadian site for you to use. Then you can see what components are available in Canada (or other countries) before recommending them. On the top-right of the website there is a country dropdown. When on the build page select Canada and go to town.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$500-$1000 budget gaming pc i7 and geforce preffered"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

No, the stock cooler will have thermal paste pre-applied. You just take off the plastic cover that keeps it from getting smudged and install the cooler after you have the CPU in place. Watch some youtube videos to see the process a couple of times before you do it. Suggested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qczGR4KMnY

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help me Christmas gift/ build for myself budget $1500-2000"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Note: My prices never include MIR unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: The requested i7. This is the latest consumer grade and top of the line right now.
  • Cooler: This cooler has a really good noise to performance ratio.
  • MOBO: Red tinting as requested. Capable of SLI.
  • RAM: Red RAM stick's. Faster than normal with a CAS rating of 9 which is nice. Won't likely make a difference for gaming, but the performance is there if you absolutely need it for anything.
  • SSD: The 840 EVo was just slightly higher than the Crucial MX100 I almost picked. The Evo is a much better drive, and normally has a larger separation.
  • HDD: 1 TB as requested.
  • GPU: GTX 980 is really a little more than you need for excellent 1080p gaming, but better to be a little over than a little under.
  • Case: This is a more expensive version of the vaunted Enthoo Pro. It has an LED strip I figure you can set to red to match the internals. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQOPK-OgvnM
  • PSU: Recommended by Jonny Guru. They are really really good at this. Here is the conclusion page of the review: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=380
  • Optical: Meh, add it if you want. I wouldn't want it spoiling the looks of the front of the case, but maybe that is just me.
  • OS: 8.1 is the cheapest, so it won the lottery.
  • Monitor: BenQ makes great monitors, and this is no exception. Large and in charge with a fast response time though only 60hz refresh rate.

That's my reasoning at least :-)

Enjoy!

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