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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming PC circa 2005~2006"

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess I stumped everyone huh?

Comment reply on rcignoni's Completed Build: Frito

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, I see. My apologies, I read through the description and must have missed it.

Still, very solid build. I think it will perform very strong for a long time. Let us know how the overclocking goes with the h80i cooler.

Comment reply on rcignoni's Completed Build: Frito

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice components, pretty well balanced. I'm wondering why you used the molex to PCI power adapters on your graphics card though? Does the power supply not have enough power cables to power your GPU directly?

Other than that small concern, it looks like a very nice build.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yes, I believe it was about $25. I got it off the NZXT website. http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/100-phantom-window-panel-case-accessory.html

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Jeremy's Build

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, we plan to overclock in the future, but due to our budget we couldn't squeeze an aftermarket cooler in. I really wanted to throw the SSD in there more than the cooler, since overclocking right now wouldn't help much.

Thanks for the thumbs up though!

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Jeremy's Build

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It is enough for the programs and OS we need. We might upgrade in the future, but it's plenty for now.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Jeremy's Build

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I wish we did. I have been to a Micro Center before and I always buy what I can haha.

The power supply itself isn't bad, it's just that it has a weird coil whine every once in a while. Not terrible, just annoying. I gave it 3 stars because Seasonic power supplies are great quality, so I expected a flawless unit. :P

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Jeremy's Build

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a dual core processor, which for video editing and applications like Adobe software suite, wouldn't be very useful.

I think the i5 is an all around great processor, and we plan to overclock in the future.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD FX 8320 vs Intel i5 4670k"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It will, the same LGA 1150 socket. In fact, the current H97 and Z97 mobo chipsets are meant to support future Broadwell processors.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD FX 8320 vs Intel i5 4670k"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

In this case, the 4670k has a slight advantage all around over the FX 8320. You can look up benchmarks for both processors where the 4670k comes out on top, save for some multi-threaded applications where they have very similar performance.

Either way, if you're waiting until Christmas to build your computer, it might be a good idea to wait a little longer for the Broadwell processors to come out. Intel has slated their desktop release for Q1 of 2015.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My $1500 Gaming Build, is it good? Can it be improved for less money?"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

At this budget, you can get the newer Haswell processors for the same price. The processor/mobo combo might be like a $5 to $10 dollar difference.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Late reply, but I got them off of the NZXT website. They sell the LED cables there.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I gotcha. It really depends on which cooler it is. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is pretty big, so it didn't fit in mine, but it might if your cooler is a bit smaller.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I did have it on at one point, but it wouldn't close so I decided to get the window side panel instead. I moved the 200mm fan to the bottom of the case, blowing upward. It's sort of just sitting there, it's not screwed into the bottom.

Comment reply on pcbuilds's Completed Build: Giving Up On The Console World

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

I agree with your logic here. Next gen consoles will have 8 core processors so it seems to me that games will start using 8 cores. It won't be overnight of course, but that does seem like the direction we're headed in.

Also, benchmarks show the AMD 8 core beating the i5 in some games, so the decision isn't as blatantly obvious as most people like to think. I have a 3570k myself and it's an awesome processor for gaming, but it does feel lacking in some cases. Especially when trying to record gameplay while playing on a PS2 emulator.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

The case fans are really quiet, so is the CPU fan. The graphics card fans are relatively quiet under a decent load, but under heavy loads they ramp up quite a bit. At 100% fan speed they are very loud, but I've never had that happen to me under regular use. The GPU fans don't bother me, but for some of those who are sensible to such things it might be too audible.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

The drivers are just like any other operating system. You go to AMD's website and download them. There's really a lot of hate on Windows 8 for no reason. I think it's a good choice to try it out. I'd also suggest buying Start is back, definitely worth it.

As for the size of the card, I used to be worried about how heavy it was more than how large it was, but after messing around with it so much, I realized that you can just use the power cables from the PSU to support the weight of the card. All in all, I really enjoyed building this and I love my computer. I could easily recommend these parts to anyone in a heartbeat.

EDIT: I should also mention that Windows 8 does a really good job of downloading the appropriate drivers automatically. I'd still download the graphics card drivers myself though.

Comment reply on milkyxj's Completed Build: Chupathingy: Mini ITX Gaming PC

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, Microcenter, of course. I wanted that board but it never dipped below $180 when I was looking to get it.

Nice.

Comment reply on milkyxj's Completed Build: Chupathingy: Mini ITX Gaming PC

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you find that board for $145?

Comment reply on iiReload_x's Completed Build: 3770k Rig I bought off of craigslist for 700!

  • 84 months ago
  • -2 points

Maybe the original owner was a straight girl. Don't be sexist. :P Besides, a girl can get sex wherever there is a willing guy. That won't be difficult to find.

Comment reply on KNaph's Completed Build: First build: Work and School build

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just messing with you man. I was just having a blast spotting all the random stuff you had lying in random places haha.

Comment reply on iiReload_x's Completed Build: 3770k Rig I bought off of craigslist for 700!

  • 84 months ago
  • 28 points

I would cry tears of blood if I had to sell this rig off for $700.

Comment reply on itchylemon's Completed Build: First Build, 500R, 7870, FX 6300!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I'm regretting getting this board after all the reviews I've read. I was on a really tight budget for him though and as far as feature set this one seemed to be the best bang for buck.

Thanks for the tip though, if it really seems unsuitable I'll just return it.

Comment reply on KNaph's Completed Build: First build: Work and School build

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Good God man, clean your room!

Comment reply on itchylemon's Completed Build: First Build, 500R, 7870, FX 6300!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that motherboard doing? I just bought parts for a friend's build that looks very similar to this one. The only thing I was iffy about was the motherboard though.

Comment reply on Adding Custom Part Prices And Marking Parts As Purchased

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! I've been wanting this for a while now. Thanks for your continued work Philip! It's greatly appreciated.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Does Buying a Pre-Set-up CPU, then replacing parts piece by piece is GOOD? PLEASE HELP!!!! IS IT SAFE? Pros & Cons PLEASE!!!"

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree with snorlaxyzq, but I also want to point out that you should be getting a good power supply. You'll also want faster RAM than just 1333, probably some rated at 1866. You can get one of those kits for the same as 1600 kits.

The Asus sabertooth is a waste of money, you can get quality boards for cheaper. Try the P8Z77-V LK, that's a pretty nice board and it's cheap. There are other good boards, just depends on what you're looking for exactly with your budget.

To answer your question, moving the CPU from one mobo to another isn't going to damage the CPU in itself. What will damage it is if you don't handle it carefully, bend the pins or touch the contacts etc. If you move it carefully, you should be fine.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming PC/1500$ Bugdet - Suggestions Wanted"

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd just get 8 gigs of RAM and put that extra money into a nice SeaSonic PSU.

You can look at the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 Ghz Edition, which overclocks like a monster. I have one, but haven't pushed it to its limit yet. If you want a voltage unlocked card, I believe this one is unlocked.

I'm not sure if the Vapor-X is voltage unlocked. I haven't tried changing it yet myself, but I've read people say it is and others say it isn't.

Comment reply on rkarsk's Completed Build: $700 PC for $500. Gaming/Work

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. I like the black theme. Internal pictures would be nice!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "under 400 dollar gaming pc"

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you might have forgotten to put a link? I'm assuming you're talking about this build here?

I would go with this instead. The iGPU is going to be good enough for 720p gaming and you can overclock it if you feel it's not enough. In order to save money, I think it's best to run stock for a while and buy a cooler later. I also left out an optical drive since I don't see the need to buy one at this budget. Also, any peripherals you need should be added on, not sure what you wanted to go with there.

The RAM is on special right now, pretty cheap for 1866 RAM. I'd grab that ASAP if you plan to go with an APU. Before the special expires anyways.

The rest of the build is pretty self explanatory, mainly setting up a base build that can be upgraded later with SSD, dedicated GPU, CPU cooler, etc. The case is optional, but I'd stick with something for less than $40 at this budget.

Comment reply on Bartmanicus's Completed Build: Aperture labs: Glad0s

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

They're slow as they're only rated for 5400 RPM. I also believe that they only have 16 mb of cache, though I might be wrong on that. Essentially, the reason is, like AwesomeRecover stated, that for the money, there are many better options.

I had a 5400 RPM HDD in my netbook before replacing it with an SSD. The improvement in speed had me s#!tting bricks for days.

Comment reply on ArctosBear1978's Completed Build: Digital Aggressions II - Red Dawn Edition

  • 84 months ago
  • 5 points

I like confusing builds like this. It's like a murder scene and you're trying to figure out what happened with the evidence you've got.

Comment reply on Tford320's Completed Build: Second Gaming Build / Insert cool name here

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

The i5-3570k is going to be the best Intel gaming CPU option. The i7 performs no better than the i5 in gaming.

The only things that benefit from the i7 are processes that can take advantage of the hyperthreading.

Comment reply on Tford320's Completed Build: Second Gaming Build / Insert cool name here

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

The A-Data SSD you chose is one of the fastest 64 gb SSDs out right now, so if all you wanted was a boot drive and nothing more, I think you choose a good SSD for that.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Rumors I've read seem to speculate somewhere between $500 to $800. We'll have to wait and see what happens in these upcoming months.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I was actually thinking about getting the 780. The problem is I'm not sure how much it's going to cost me and how big the performance gap will be between two 7970 GHz and a single 780. Overclocking the cards also has to be considered. I'll do my research when the time comes, but until then a second 7970 GHz seems to be more attainable. I probably won't have enough money for a second 7970 until after June anyways.

Knowing Nvidia, they're probably going to charge an arm and a leg for the 780 too.

Comment reply on savedandsober's Completed Build: 1st build stormtrooper

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, clean looking build!

I was expecting more white with a build named Stormtrooper though! :P

Comment reply on savedandsober's Completed Build: 1st build stormtrooper

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, great answer.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's been great honestly. The only troubles I've had so far are with AMD beta drivers. The 13.1 beta drivers a while back had some audio issues, but I was able to change a value in the registry as a workaround.

The latest 13.2 and 13.3 beta drivers do this weird thing where the screen randomly seems to twitch almost, it's hard to explain. It happens VERY rarely though, but sometimes it surprises me a bit. Other than that, I'm really happy with it.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely intend to overclock both GPUs once they're in - and to their limits at that! I'm glad I went with the 850 watts myself, since I wasn't really too sure back when I first bought it haha.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I actually decided to go with an 850 watt because AMD suggests 800 watts for CrossFire. I know they usually over-estimate it, but I wasn't all that well educated when I bought all my components the first time around and I wanted to put in a lot of fans and lights too.

I wasn't really sure how overclocking affected the wattage consumption either, but like you said, it's better to have more than needed than not having enough haha.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The GPU support is a great DIY project, bahaha.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! You caught that huh? I used to play back in the day, that tin serves as my tool box now heh heh.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Bahaha, I should patent the design or something. :P

Thank you for the feedback, I appreciate it!

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that you mention it, I haven't exactly tested it for specific benchmarks. I can say that it runs all my games at max settings without a problem. I play my games at 1080p though, since I use my TV as a monitor.

Tomb Raider runs at ultimate settings (with the TressFX hair effect) at a full 60 FPS, almost never dipping below that even in intense scenes.

Assassin's Creed III runs over 60 FPS as well, though sometimes in towns and the thick forest it dips in FPS with the Environment settings at max.

Those are the only two games that really push the card. Other games play easily without a beat of sweat. I don't really play that many FPS games, so I don't know how things like Crysis 3, COD, Battlefield etc. run on it, but I wouldn't doubt its ability to run them all on ultra settings with playable FPS.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

This computer is mostly for gaming, though I do just about everything on it. It's my main computer. Anything from watching episodes of a series to web browsing to heavy gaming, watching movies, video editing, mixing music, school work... I mean pretty much anything anyone could do on a computer haha.

Comment reply on Kevdo's Completed Build: Kevdo's Gaming Build (Updated 4/25/2013)

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I really appreciate that!

You know that's actually a good idea. I wanted to get the PowerColor Power Jack, but that only reaches up to 6 inches in height and my GPU is 8 inches high. I'll definitely spray paint it though, that wouldn't take more than a couple of minutes.

I'll update the pictures once I get that H80i in there. Thanks again for your feedback!

Comment reply on jaabez's Completed Build: Death Of A Console

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, but by no means is this a bad build. It's always good to remember there's always room for improvement. You still did a nice job here.

Comment reply on Fatman13's Completed Build: My 3rd Gaming Build (2013 Spring)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah the NZXT FS fans are amazing. I can hear my heartbeat over these things. The pictures don't do my build justice, since when I built it, I was still pretty inexperienced with everything.

I am in the process of upgrading a few parts here and there and I keep meaning to update the pictures but it always slips my mind. Anyways, I'm not sure what other alternatives you could look at for 200mm fans, but the NZXT ones are great. Make sure they're the FS though, I think the other ones are FB or something and they are a bit louder - though they do spin faster as well.

Comment reply on Scaroza's Completed Build: Gaming PC Update

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, well honestly I don't consider MIRs to be dependable anyways. It's more of a gamble from my point of view.

At least the Pound still holds more influence over the dollar! :P

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