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Monday, December 15th, 2014SUGGEST NEWS

New Computer
Posted by: Nebuchadnezzar on December 15th, 2014 @ 1:40AM
  • 12/14 - I got a GTX 790 from a good friend. I got a 1600W power supply too. The thing is nuts. It has a carrying case for the cords. I spent the last couple of days getting the things switched to the new case and lining up the cords all nice. Momette was especially excited to get to move to my old computer which is pretty decent with a GTX 690 in it.
  • 12/2 - Ug, my computer doesn't like the power supply with the video card. It kept resetting whenever I was playing a movie and wow, or even just wow. So I might have to swap power supplies. :( I switched back down a level of video card and it seems to be more stable.
  • 12/1 - Had one incident where the new computer rebooted during a movie + wow going at the same time. I hope that doesn't keep happening. 32 GB Ram. SSD is the best. On the old/2nd computer. I need to find a cable to adapt the (2) 6 pin video card power connector. I also am waiting on a 2nd SSD for that comp I got for only $49.
  • 11/25 - Put my computer together. I had a bitch of a time with the coolmaster CPU heat sink but got it on there finally. Then for the first time it actually worked the first time. So Yay.
  • 11/25 - Got my parts but I don't have time to put them together
  • .

11/21 - Can't catch a fucking break here. The ram I bought last night are on flash sale by Newegg and they won't price match their previous 5 hours ago price. So I bought it a 2nd time then I guess I'll return one stick or something. Fucking dicks man. They won't price match something you bought at 2am, at 3pm the next day. On top of that I had shit in my cart with savings, then I added a total computer. When I tried to remove that from my cart, they never had any option to do that, so I blanked out my cart. Then when I readded all the stuff, I lost the savings I had in my cart. :LIKWJT:LKJWEG:LKJ

Update: OK got that motherboard/cpu combo. Got a $99 SSD. Got a Coolmaster combo. I had a case and power supply in my cart but once it hit 12:00 a.m. all the sales expired and I couldn't get it. Super lame.

If we've reached the point where we can't even pick a computer, this site has truly had it.

Here's the current plan. Please comment or suggest improvements. I'm really behind on money and make tons less than previous years so I can't afford to fuck this up.

Anyone have any recommendations? Our 2nd computer seems to have fried and we're down to 1 computer.

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redgeopower
Marine

October 9th, 2014 @ 8:15PM

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OR USA
Posts: 201
I would go with a middle of the road Intel.

Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell Quad-Core 3.0GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54430

a quick pick for a motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128714

Memory

Just go for a deal.
Trickshot
Marine

October 10th, 2014 @ 10:51AM

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Location:
Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 704
If it`s not for gaming, I would just go for the standard 4 GB of RAM and the largest SSD you can afford. Unless you need excessive USB ports or it`s going to be for games.
EightCounts
Special Ops

October 10th, 2014 @ 1:23PM

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Location:
PA
Posts: 97
What will you be doing with this PC?

BTW, you live near a microcenter and they have amazing deals on CPU/motherboard combos.
Nebuchadnezzar
The King

October 10th, 2014 @ 3:21PM

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Irvine, CA
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It's for gaming and to last as long as I can. I have a GTX 690 card.
Agent86
Kali Compton

October 11th, 2014 @ 9:47PM

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I might consider bumping redgeopower's CPU up to an i5-4690. You'll get a 20% kick in the single threaded CPU performance, and pick up 15% otherwise. Based on Amazon pricing, the increased cost as a percentage is the same as the gains you get from the CPU. ($40, which is 20% more for 20% more CPU).

No less than 8GB RAM though. Unless you only have 32-bit Windows to work with.
Briggs
Marine

November 6th, 2014 @ 6:45PM

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2003-09-08
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Raleigh, NC
Posts: 113
I would definitely say an i5 with 8GB of RAM. You got the video card so that is the most expensive single piece. pick up a SSD hard drive if you got some cash to spare.

Samsung Evo is a great drive (make sure to update the firmware). Any modern SSD is going to be 100x better than a regular HDD. Windows load times and games load times will be almost instant.
Briggs
Marine

November 6th, 2014 @ 6:46PM

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Raleigh, NC
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Oh, Tom's hardware is a great place to start too:
http://www.tomshardware.com/system-configuration-recommendation-54.html

Briggs
Marine

November 8th, 2014 @ 1:30PM

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Raleigh, NC
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$359 today @ newegg if you are looking for something budget: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?sdtid=7331364&SID=2a606f7f1f764a179158ba4cd8560c37&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16883113303&cm_sp=
redgeopower
Marine

November 12th, 2014 @ 7:12AM

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OR USA
Posts: 201
I recommend not touching the gateway systems. Or any brand name. (except maybe Alienware)

In my experience they lure you with a great CPU and possibly processor, but then skimp on things like cooling, and expandability.

Plus the motherboards are typically proprietary, so you have to go to them to get it fixed.

Plus all of the pre-packaged software that slows your system down.

Here is my most recent build. It could be tuned down for sure, but I went for durability, then speed.

CPU INTEL|CORE I5 4590S
MB GIGABYTE|GA-Z97-D3H Z97 ATX R
SSD Intel|SSDSC2BP240G4R5 R
MEM 4Gx4|GSKIL F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH
NAS HDD 2T|SEAGATE ST2000VN000
MS WIN 7 PRO SP1 64-BIT SLIM - OEM
Already have a good ATX case and power supply.

$900 total but you could skip or reduce few things. Like the extra 2T HD, or SSD is not needed, but is super nice.


BlueFalcon
Word To Your Mom

November 12th, 2014 @ 11:00AM

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2003-04-27
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Filth-a-delphia
Posts: 1562
I mentioned this before, but I'll say it again. Hardware Revolution is a good reference site for those into DIY computer assembly. The site's author does an excellent job reviewing individual components and giving templates for systems within a given budget. You can mix and match on the components as you see fit, but he does a nice job of explaining which parts work well with one another.

LINK
Bashkir
Special Ops

November 12th, 2014 @ 7:43PM

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2003-04-30
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Alexandria, VA
Posts: 213
That seems like overkill on the power supply...no? My system is five years old and still runs quite well... I think that it's all about the vid card now unless you want super high resolution graphics in a game. I'm also hearing good things about SSDs but have yet to have one. I'll let you know on the next buy I make.
EightCounts
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November 13th, 2014 @ 3:30AM

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Posts: 97
Case - That will be fine...its a personal preference really.

CPU - Intel i5-4690 (non-k means no overclocking)

Motherboard - In the combo you have listed, it gives a non-overclocking CPU, with a mobo chipset that is really for overclocking. Since your cpu is not for overclocking, you can look for an 'H' variant motherboard and save some cash.
In short, H97 -> No overclocking. Z97 -> Overclocking.

RAM - What you have listed is good.

Disk Storage -> SSD for OS and other commonly used programs...HDD for storage. I think a 256gb Crucial MX100 SSD will be worth the money.

I would also recommend getting a basic aftermarket CPU cooler....Coolermaster 212 Plus or Evo are good values...The stock cpu cooler sucks....noisy and does a bad job.

PSU -> What you have listed is overkill. You can get a really good PSU for half that price.
Nebuchadnezzar
The King

November 13th, 2014 @ 8:55AM

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2003-03-20
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Irvine, CA
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Do you have any recommendations for a PSU?
EightCounts
Special Ops

November 13th, 2014 @ 9:32AM

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2004-03-22
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PA
Posts: 97
Sorry if you mentioned it before, but what are you doing as far as graphics cards are concerned?

Edit: You have a GTX 690.

Something like this would work perfectly fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182133

With a high quality PSU, you don't need more than 650W.

Seasonic, XFX, and Corsair have quality products. Seasonic has 5 year warranties so you pay a slight premium with that.

EDITED: 2014-11-13 12:56:54
Bashkir
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November 13th, 2014 @ 7:16PM

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Good to know that that's the strategy for SSDs. Store all the photos/music/videos/whatever on HDD and the OS/programs on SSD. I think I'll get one of those eventually...
nate_orenstam
Special Ops

November 13th, 2014 @ 10:51PM

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I'm not really keeping up with hardware in general but SSDs are the best and they're really going down in price. here's a deal on them today.
redgeopower
Marine

November 14th, 2014 @ 3:58PM

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2003-08-24
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OR USA
Posts: 201
All looks basically good to me.

Ya the PSU is overkill, 600W or 750W will drive what you have listed.

I would get 16 MB of ram, which you have listed as one of your options.

I like the case you found!
Wootah
non-leet

November 14th, 2014 @ 5:17PM

Registered:
2003-05-16
Location:
Idaho
Posts: 1815
Here is my most recent computer that I built in august after finally getting a job:

-LIAN LI PC-A75 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
-Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz -LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I54690K
-ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
-CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
-Samsung 840 EVO 256 GB
-GIGABYTE GV-N750OC-2GI G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

All in all I think it rocks. Amazing Motherboard, which was probably the hardest selection.

The Lian Li cases were a pick out of left field. I had no idea the brand existed, and never ever got them as hits when doing searches but a friend recommended it to me, and I have been impressed with the quality, although the case I bought is probably a bit too big. It has enough slots for 12 HDD and mounting for 6 SSD.
The video card was the best bang for my buck it has been great.

The samsung EVO 840 series is really good for the price, especially now that the 850 is out. There was a write speed bug with them, but Samsung has made a fix for it and after I ran the fix I got noticeably faster speeds. Highly recommend (after the fix).

Corsair Power supply is probably overkill. I love the modular powersupplies and this one is amazing for options on cables.

And the chip. I know it is overclock capable, but at the end of the day the differences in chips for 10-30 extra dollars means that you should try to get the best bang for your buck but not skimp. I know this thinking is probably flawed, but if I got a chip that can easily overclock and then don't overclock, I tell myself that it is gonna last longer since it is always doing an easy jog when it is built to sprint.
ModelCitizen
Special Ops

November 16th, 2014 @ 9:11PM

Registered:
2014-11-14
Location:
MI
Posts: 1
You want an SSD, they make a huge difference. I built a new machine about a year ago with
this one and am very pleased. I won`t ever consider putting the OS on a regular HD again.
RowdyRoddyPiper
Nut Job

November 21st, 2014 @ 8:21PM

Registered:
2003-06-20
Location:
Nashville TN
Posts: 1943
nebu go to qvc.com and get you an alienware with their easy pay plan. choose 200 or 300 a month. they just deduct it that amount for 5 to 6 months using your debit card. like this one. 5 installments of 231 and youll have a beast and huge harddrive :P
http://www.qvc.com/Dell-Alienware-X51-Desktop---Core-i7,-8GB-RAM,1TB-HDD.product.E278241.html?sc=E278241-Zone&cm_scid=zone&cm_sp=MERCHZONE-_-Featured:+Shipping+Offers-_-2


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