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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2014-05-06 17:38:40 Reply

At 5/6/14 08:32 AM, Snuff wrote: Me neither but that'll be because I just bought a new xbox or something.

You should trade your Xbox in for computer parts. A good computer can outperform it.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2014-10-19 15:25:07 Reply

At 10/18/14 09:29 AM, Conal wrote: What do you think of this buy list? It will be due for "Phase 1" build on the 6th of February, 2015.

Depends on what your needs/goals are. For anything but the most extreme gaming/computing, this would be way overkill (not that it isn't cool as hell).


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2014-10-19 16:40:35 Reply

At 5/1/14 05:47 PM, Conal wrote: Hey, fuckers. What's new? I still don't have money for a single part that I need for the dream rig.

Well, keep saving up and see what you can do.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2014-11-21 23:17:18 Reply

Wow! I really am amazed that this thread kept going!

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2014-12-08 11:52:34 Reply

At 12/7/14 05:51 PM, Conal wrote: Also, I went with the GTX 980, for the three DisplayPort 1.2s and HDMI 2.0. This means it will work with a 1440p 144Hz monitor, 4k 60Hz monitor and 4k 60Hz TV, with room for one more DP1.2 peripheral, or I can use the DVI.

Certainly a future-proof rig! Hope you're getting the GTX 980 with 3 fans, it looks like a monster!

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AMD FX-8370E Vishera 8-Core 3.3GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) CPU (Came with Thief, but it needs Steam to run)

Corsair Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler (Hope it fits)

Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Motherboard (What happened to R3.0?!)

EVGA SuperNOVA 850W 80 PLUS GOLD Modular Power Supply

EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI, 1152 Cuda Cores (Hope this fits too)

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Internal RAM

Samsung 840 EVO 2.5" 250GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD (with Far Cry 4 tossed in as a bonus)

Seagate 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pioneer BD-ROM 4 Layer SATA Blu-ray Burner

What it's going in: Ultra Case, Black, with stickers (circa 2007, also, the front door's broken)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kY6VCJ

Estimated Wattage: 384W
Cost: just under $1200 USD from Newegg.com Price, combo and rebate differences were so slight...

Most everything listed has great reviews. It's a bit pricer than I orginally wanted, but with Christmas so close, some of my lower end first picks were sold out. All the parts should've been here December 6th, however the tracking data is really scary, as I've counted 6 stops in 3 days! Maybe today... and intact :|

This will be my 3rd PC build in almost 20 years! I'm not happy with DRM and the new security stuff embedded in the HW and SW. I'm asking a friend to burn me a legit copy of Win7 (also a first in 20 years lol, since Win95b at least), and teach me about it on his laptop, as my current OS is WinXP on a 12 year old Dell laptop. I just don't wanna register with MS or get constant, incremental updates at all :| Updating HW and SW drivers is a careful business, which will hopefully go well, and in order.

I'll be back here soon, and let you all know how well the build goes. This is my Chirstmas present, to myself, as I'm leaving my home of 40 years on the 17th :( Still don't have a place to live, yet...


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Hey guys. I've never built a computer but I'm interested in trying. My desktop is rapidly deteriorating and I'm looking to see what I can do as far as building a computer from scratch - the one I have is from 2007 and came as a set with absolutely abysmal specs (1GB of RAM, now upgraded to 3GB, an old 2006 graphics card that only accepts Windows XP drivers, a defunct version of Windows Vista that does not update properly, no PCI Express slots, and a modest dual-core processor.)

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Anyway, my cousin was putting together a list of parts for a 'dream computer.' Basically what I want is something that can be the sum of these parts. He doesn't know how to build a computer either, so our main concerns are whether or not we have all of the parts needed to build a functional computer tower, and whether or not all of these parts are compatible with both the case and with each other. Beyond knowing more cores and more RAM are good for system performance, and that a newer graphics card is better than an old one, most of these specs mean absolutely nothing to me. If someone would be so kind as to take a look and answer my questions, that would be awesome.

Processor
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Athlon-450-Processor-ADX450WFGMBOX/dp/B003YV64OI/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1386015311&sr=1-2&keywords=amd+athlon+ii
$71 (12/2/13)
Triple-core
3.2 GHz
AM3 Socket
1.5 MB Cache

EDIT: I'm actually interested in a quad-core processor. This is what was on the list, but I'm looking to swap out this part.

Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-SB710-Chipset-Motherboard-GA-78LMT-S2P/dp/B0054OWT0G/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_y
$50 (12/2/13)
Compatible with AM3 CPU
2x DDR3 DIMM sockets for up to 8GB of RAM

RAM
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-CT25664BA1339-240-PIN-PC3-10600-Memory/dp/B001NA25VS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386101211&sr=8-1&keywords=2gb+ddr3
$25 (12/3/13)
http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-1600MHz-Non-ECC-KHX1600C9D3B1-4G/dp/B0057Q4AGW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386101245&sr=8-1&keywords=4gb+ram
$35 (12/3/13)

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Internal+Hard+Drives-_-N82E16822136769&gclid=CJ2dm7iwqrcCFcFDMgodTlMAYQ
$60 (11/3/13)
500GB
7200 RPM
16MB Cache
SATA 6.0Gb/s

Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150542
$70 + $3 Shipping (5/25/13)
480 Stream Processors
1GB 128-bit DDR3
PCI Express 2.1 x16

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156247&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Cases+(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-Raidmax-_-11156247
$44 (12/3/13)

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817170010&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Power+Supplies-_-N82E16817170010&gclid=CO2EnaHyrLcCFcFAMgod91IAkg
$18 + $6 shipping (12/3/13)
ATX12V
100 - 240 V
50/60 Hz

Total: $382

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Also, my sister is convinced that increasing hard drive space (eg. plugging in an external hard drive or USB drive) will increase system performance. What should I tell her?


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-01-02 02:36:46 Reply

At 12/14/14 01:01 AM, Kwing wrote: Anyway, my cousin was putting together a list of parts for a 'dream computer.

Hm, it's not bad from what I can tell. The mobo company will have a list of supported memory modules for that particular board... I'm kinda concerned about you using 2 different types of memory, there aren't any pairs sold that's within budget?

Also, my sister is convinced that increasing hard drive space (eg. plugging in an external hard drive or USB drive) will increase system performance. What should I tell her?

Kinda, depends on where her bottleneck is lol. If it's dying for onboard RAM, it should help a little by buffering to the HD, if so checked (usually, if it's not a removeable drive that is). She could label it for disk caching, but heaven forbid if she unplugs it while the computer is starving for memory... at least that's my theory.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-01-03 16:43:27 Reply

At 1/2/15 02:36 AM, VicariousE wrote: Hm, it's not bad from what I can tell. The mobo company will have a list of supported memory modules for that particular board... I'm kinda concerned about you using 2 different types of memory, there aren't any pairs sold that's within budget?

Oh gosh, I really hadn't looked at this list for quite some time, but that is rather odd. I think it's likely I'll just get a single memory board for 8GB.

You mentioned the motherboard has specific memory modules that it supports - is this the only thing I have to worry about? It looks as if PCI Express slots and AM3 sockets are pretty much universal. Does that mean I can just pick and choose what I want?


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-01-04 02:04:48 Reply

At 1/3/15 04:43 PM, Kwing wrote: You mentioned the motherboard has specific memory modules that it supports - is this the only thing I have to worry about? It looks as if PCI Express slots and AM3 sockets are pretty much universal. Does that mean I can just pick and choose what I want?

If you're serious about building this, get a PDF of the mobo's owner's manual. In every one I've seen, there's a list of supported memory modules. The mobo makers can't program code for every memory chip ever made, though this can be done by manually matching the RAM's timing in the mobo's BIOS setup (press Delete or F2 as soon as you turn your computer on)... if the mobo can't fathom the memory, it'll either not turn on, or warn you in the BIOS, then you can manually enter in the proper timing, though some cheaper mobos don't have a timing range (and voltage) suitable for some chips. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAS_latency


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Yo guys I need some help with mah rig.

I'm gonna get a 144Hz monitor with this beast (tempted to get the R9 290 but it seems like a huge waste of money since I don't buy THAT many games but I do play competitive)... To that end I'm thinking on OC'ing the GPU.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/ArmouredGRIFFON/saved/TNGH99

CEX RAM bundle is just SSD/HDD stuff and 8Gb used 1600 speed RAM.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-01-12 13:30:49 Reply

At 2/4/09 12:46 AM, PolishMatt wrote:
At 2/3/09 11:54 PM, Rig wrote: I have a 500GB external, yes. I'm getting a terabyte drive or two when I can afford it ;P
They're 94.99$, I don't think it could be any more cheaper/beautiful. You get 9.48GB for every buck, meaning that the cost of an average McDonalds meal could get you at least 50GB of storage.

:You can have this edge boost pro ssd slate drive which cost $169.99 which is quality for money. (Also equivalent to a Macdonald meal for two :)

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Is the Core i7 4790K worth getting for games?

I'm thinking about upgrading my 6+ year old Core 2 unit to something that can max-out some of the newer, more demanding games.

And while Broadwell and Skylake desktop CPUs are just on the horizon, I doubt the initial releases will be the high-end enough to outperform the 4790K.

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The CPU currently retails for around $400 CDN, but was $350 CDN during Boxing Week.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-02-14 05:11:13 Reply

At 1/21/15 06:47 PM, Painbringer wrote: Is the Core i7 4790K worth getting for games?

I've read of more than a few who think it's the cat's ass, I guess it depends on the game's programming.

The CPU currently retails for around $400 CDN, but was $350 CDN during Boxing Week.

Not cheap, and you wouldn't want to skimp on a cheap mobo either... Also a consideration: how much to operate. I've got a newish AMD 8 core that can run 4.3 GHz at just under 100 watts in turbo mode. I could ramp it up to 4.5 or 4.6, but beyond that, it would be a complete waste of electricity, for what I would gain in speed... not that I've needed it O_O no game I've played yet has gone over 50% of CPU usage... it's the GPU/videocard that does the heavy n' fast math for games; the CPU runs the program, so if there's good AI (background movement, bots) at work, the CPU will likely get a workout


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-03-31 19:08:11 Reply

So just yesterday I bought myself a Core i7 4790K CPU, an MSI Z97 U3 PLUS motherboard, and 2 x 8 GB (16 GB) of Kingston HyperX FURY DDR3 memory in blue.

I pre-assembled the parts today and will be upgrading my old comp shortly.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-04-17 03:24:39 Reply

At 4/2/15 03:28 PM, Lich wrote: CPU: Xeon E5-1650V3

Wow man, very impressive build and application, congratulations! How much was the CPU? Seems somewhat comparable to my AMD FX-8370E, well, only on the idle speed anyway. Any pics? Must have a full AT tower, eh?

At 3/31/15 07:08 PM, Painbringer wrote: So just yesterday I bought myself a Core i7 4790K CPU, an MSI Z97 U3 PLUS motherboard, and 2 x 8 GB (16 GB) of Kingston HyperX FURY DDR3 memory in blue.

I've read about one or two instances where that CPU bugged out a game, but then again, I've had a similar problem with my AMD chip in Mass Effect, had to kill lighting effects via ~console in two spots. But damn, if that isn't a good CPU

I pre-assembled the parts today and will be upgrading my old comp shortly.

Hope it went well. Awful lot of memory, you keep that many tabs open lol?
Dunno why I mention it, but I'm shocked to learn I could (on paper) run GTA V either at 60fps or 4k using a GTX 760


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-04-17 03:37:04 Reply

Fuck, I came here to ask something. I've got a case with a hole and removable cowl in the side, to vent the CPU heat. But I gots no fan, it's liquid cooled by two fans inside the case. Do I plug up the hole? I can switch the front case fan to wither blow out or suck in... just wondering what might work best. Gets really hot just above video card, near the back edge of the MB and case, bad spot, right below the radiator.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-04-17 07:28:34 Reply

At 4/17/15 06:42 AM, Lich wrote: The Xeon E5-1650V3 cost me about £500 on it's own (maybe a tinsy bit higher like £503 or so). It's pretty much the Workstation equivalent of a wrecking ball, the tasks I've been able to pull off with it and the audio projects ran with it are insane hahaha.

DDR4 couldn't have been cheap either! Registered EEC? Witchcraft!
You happy with the ASRock mobo, everything's running cool?

Think of the E5-1650V3 as an i7-5930K with ECC REG support for Workstation/Server grade RAM and a few other nifty protocols which lets me work in an extremely stable environment. It benchmarks for around the same as the 5930K as well while costing a little bit more but mentioned ECC REG support and protocols make up for it for my uses.

Like shit through a goose, I'm sure! I've got the 250gb Samsung EVO HD, amazing transfer speeds... after 15 years, I finally have something that can handle video editing! My first choice (in the mid 90's) was an Amiga with Video Toaster loaded, but it was quite pricey.

I'm at work at the moment but I can PM you pics later.

Upload the pic of the litter here, dump and link the rest.

excuse the pun

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Hey guys, I just actually updated my rig with a new power supply, an extra fan and a graphics card. It turned out I haven't had one in my main desktop so I added one to speed it up a lil in games and applications. The only thing is, other then running payday 2 more smoothly, I don't see a difference. Even games like TF2 tend to have frame drops (I'm beginning to think its just the game now). I'm wondering if I actually made a good deal or not. SFM runs more smoothly thankfully.

I went from an AMD 600 to a Geforce GTX 750, looking at it now I think I should of gotten a better one, but this was the highest one in the store.

One of my goals was to get my computer ready for running the more recent games on the market, as well as render content a lot quicker. Course I think this is the CPU's job.
I was hoping to get GTAV to run, but I have a problem, the game crashes right on the rock star logo, and I think this could be a result of my set up or maybe the game is glitched (a lot of people get this problem)

I kinda am hoping to get a reply within a week, because that is how long I have for taking my gear back to the store...

I am also unsure on how one would find out if a new piece of equipment is compatible with your set up.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-08-20 22:54:50 Reply

Finished a new build today, These are the specs.

Win 8.1 Pro (Soon to be Win10).
Intel Skylake 6600K.
EVGA Supernova 850P.
Nvidia GTX 980 TI.
Gigabyte G1 Z170. Mobo
Corsair C70 . Case
Corsair H100i GTX. Watercooler
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3000 (16Gb). Ram
AOC 24" 144 Hz. Monitor
Corsair K70 RGB Mech. Keyboard
Coolermaster Storm Havoc 8200 dpi Mouse
Samsung SSD's X4 1.5TB

Not all new, Brought over my ssd's, Glad to see it all booted up perfectly fine, I guess I got lucky on the plugs, Had a little trouble with the RAM sticks but moved them around and was fine.

Still a little messy with the wires but better than *cough* some.

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At 8/20/15 10:54 PM, Tykwa wrote: Finished a new build today, These are the specs.

Damn, that's pretty sweet man.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-08-20 23:13:53 Reply

At 8/20/15 11:02 PM, BrenTheMan wrote:
At 8/20/15 10:54 PM, Tykwa wrote: Finished a new build today, These are the specs.
Damn, that's pretty sweet man.

My first watercooled rig, I hope I don't spring a leak, Nice that corsair already had paste on the block, was a fast build really, considering how long it's been since i've built one from the ground up, I hope the mobo doesn't shit on me, I'm a Asrock fan and there was a deal on the mobo+ram so I went that route, so far the "killer nic" is garbage about to switch over to the default Intel driver if it gives me anymore trouble.

Build pic because rep

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At 8/20/15 11:13 PM, Tykwa wrote: Build pic because rep

Oh man, I hope that's an anti-static table.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-08-20 23:25:39 Reply

At 8/20/15 11:17 PM, BrenTheMan wrote:
At 8/20/15 11:13 PM, Tykwa wrote: Build pic because rep
Oh man, I hope that's an anti-static table.

I'm a risk taker, Also bare-handed that beast, Never had trouble in my builds lol, no special bracelets here.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-08-20 23:27:38 Reply

At 8/20/15 11:25 PM, Tykwa wrote: I'm a risk taker, Also bare-handed that beast, Never had trouble in my builds lol, no special bracelets here.

Me either, but I do ground myself against the case.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-08-20 23:30:41 Reply

At 8/20/15 11:27 PM, BrenTheMan wrote:
At 8/20/15 11:25 PM, Tykwa wrote: I'm a risk taker, Also bare-handed that beast, Never had trouble in my builds lol, no special bracelets here.
Me either, but I do ground myself against the case.

I always make sure to make love to all my components, I happen to be allergic to such wonderful contraptions such as those fabled magnetic screwdrivers.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-08-21 08:06:20 Reply

At 8/20/15 11:27 PM, BrenTheMan wrote:
At 8/20/15 11:25 PM, Tykwa wrote: I'm a risk taker, Also bare-handed that beast, Never had trouble in my builds lol, no special bracelets here.
Me either, but I do ground myself against the case.

I never used a static bracelet either, though it could come in handy in the winter months.

At 8/20/15 10:54 PM, Tykwa wrote: Still a little messy with the wires but better than *cough* some.

Heh, so much for 'modular' power supplies. Who knew they bundled so many connectors? My fault for not getting a new case that could hide wires along the perimeter.

Very happy with my EVGA 850 G2 PS, wonder if there's any difference between yours and mine? Did you get a carry bag with yours? Suffered it's first brown out well last night, no problems.


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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-08-21 14:37:55 Reply

At 8/21/15 08:06 AM, VicariousE wrote:
At 8/20/15 11:27 PM, BrenTheMan wrote:
At 8/20/15 11:25 PM, Tykwa wrote: I'm a risk taker, Also bare-handed that beast, Never had trouble in my builds lol, no special bracelets here.
Me either, but I do ground myself against the case.
I never used a static bracelet either, though it could come in handy in the winter months.
At 8/20/15 10:54 PM, Tykwa wrote: Still a little messy with the wires but better than *cough* some.
Heh, so much for 'modular' power supplies. Who knew they bundled so many connectors? My fault for not getting a new case that could hide wires along the perimeter.

Very happy with my EVGA 850 G2 PS, wonder if there's any difference between yours and mine? Did you get a carry bag with yours? Suffered it's first brown out well last night, no problems.

The only different is that it is platinum instead of gold rated, I think it did come with a bag but it is nothing like what the seasonic bags are from my last build. Just a plain bag. This is my first EVGA PSU, Superflower makes them so I'm not worried really.

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-08-21 15:13:53 Reply

At 8/20/15 10:54 PM, Tykwa wrote: Finished a new build today, These are the specs.

That looks sweet. You gonna do a wire-tuck?

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Response to Computer Construction Crew 2015-08-22 08:07:29 Reply

At 8/21/15 03:13 PM, BrokenDeck wrote:
At 8/20/15 10:54 PM, Tykwa wrote: Finished a new build today, These are the specs.
That looks sweet. You gonna do a wire-tuck?

Next week when i'm not working again i'll re-wire it, but for now it stays as-is, gonna have to find the zip-ties first