Thanks for so much great advice! 👍
do you recommend I try to go higher? i cant really say i need the performance right now, im not struggling to do anything I like to do.
Is there any need to test the CPU while the GPU is also under load? I have reed that cpus might pass stress tests and then fail with gpu is working hard as well.
Thanks for the reply!
Bought a new card and it works. Put my old card on a bookshelf :) she’s passed on
Do you recommend the Gigabyte specifically that you linked or just that chip
Great point. Thanks everyone! Now to choose a card
both 8 pins are plugged in yes, and I have taken the GPU out/replugged everything. I dont believe it has a power light (haha i suppose I should know) Ive never seen anything on the card light up, and there is no apparent light on the card.
I am seeing some people refer to an "S" button on the card but mine doesnt have one. sapphire r9 390 nitro with a backplate
I dont have another PC to test it in, unfortunately.
I just checked the fans during power up ( i had checked them earlier but only after the PC was running for a couple minutes while I was trying drivers etc) and no movement. Do you think this means power supply? I wish I had other VGA cables to test!
Below is my build.
Thank you for that, I don't own a modem but rental is free with my gigabit package from my ISP, so I should be all set there.
So once I find a good ghz setting, I don't want to leave it there to find the memory setting?
Do I not need to worry about how much heat is generated when both are turned up?
Or do you mean find a good ghz, find a good memory, then turn them both down as heat requires you to?
Sorry pretty new to this as you can tell. Thanks!
thanks man! got her running and games looks so nice. Couldnt be happier and its a pretty build too.
Wow didn't think of using my phone
Awesome. Thank you!
Ok, sounds good. I hope it fits!! I can't wait to be assured that I don't have any doa parts or problems. Thanks for the help
i mean drive to and pick up. like a big chain, like wal mart, micro center, best buy. i have been looking for it at places like this that i might be able to go and pick it up.
same old guilt patties as usual.
the builds that dont list coolers are probably using cpus that do not overclock, and so include stock coolers. CPUs that can be overclocked don't even include stock coolers because it is assumed they will be buying a better one.
So yeah you need a cooler. there are no cons only pros.
clearly not complaining about anything.....simply recommending parts the same as you did, thanks
everybody these days is saying go with the cryorig h7 over the 212 evo.
Also am i missing something? why is the 80g SSD 100 bucks? cant you get a samsung 250 for like 80 bucks?? am i missing something??
i tried to make a build in this price range, and i decided to wait until i could afford just a little more. If you put just another 100 bucks (and i realize thats not as easy for some as others)towards a better GPU for instance, you could probably get a much much longer run out of it with an r9 390, or you could even stick with nvidea with the 970 (but its well documented at this point that at the 300 dollar range the r9 390 is a better choice in terms of performance overall).
The way I see it, at this price range, youre already spending close to a thousand dollars for a gaming machine. Youre paying a lot of money for performance, vs for instance a playstation not even half the price. You might as well go all the way and really get it, and at the same time you get so much longevity out of your build. It will be so worth it when your machine is STILL running AAA titles the week of launch at high fps with the settings cranked up years from now.
thank you! As i said it was with a lot, lot of help that it came together.
yeah, i think someone suggested the barracuda at a time that there was a sale on it, at a time way before i was ready to purchase. So i missed the sale and just kinda left it on my build. good thing i got the chunky 500g ssd, ill be able to fit my OS and probably every game ill ever be playing at any one time right on there. So the slight performance difference will be even further mitigated by that.
This build is such a huge upgrade from my current machine. I still need to look in to monitors though, i still use a 1680x1050 LG tv. I cant decide if i want to wait to go for a freeysnc monitor, there have been some almost irresistable deals on 60 hz 1080p monitors lately. probably already missed a ton of em! haha
but either way im excited to see how pretty a picture this thing will be able to paint, even on a dated screen.
crimson thats the one. excited for that.
Yeah, i geuss i won't really feel like i overclocked unless i do it from bios, but apparently the bios on the pro gaming is great! ill try em both out i suppose and see what goes on.
thanks man, im pumped as ever! I've never overclocked so i cant wait to try this software that ASUS uses to let you overclock from your desktop. Combined with radeons new software over their gpus i should have plenty of fun tinkering to do, and i have tons of games lined up to play. I havent been able to enjoy a game at max settings for years!!
Youre build is on the way, youre already through the hard part IMO. Especially being tech savvy, it will come in handy to understand what each component does so that if you run in to problems you can more easily diagnose them.
happy research and enjoy that beastly build man. im jealous!
let me first say that im doing my first build as well so i cant give you anything from experience, and so you may already know everything im about to tell you but look up build videos for your specific mobo and case and watch them. you will learn a lot from watching any old build go on to your mobo, and any old build go in to your case.
You might want to invest in an anti static bracelet too, and look up dos and donts concerning static electricity. Most people will say it really isnt necessary but it cant hurt. Ive seen lots of people say theyve been building pcs for ten years and have never damaged a component with a static shock, etc. but considering how all out you've gone id say its a good idea to protect your three thousand dollar video game machine with a 10 dollar purchase. probably less. And definitely build on the anti static bag that your mobo comes with
also as a first time builder, its been recommended to me that i definitely not use the "spread" or "smear" method of applying thermal paste because you are even more likely to apply too much and have a terrible messy situation. Apparently the "pea size" dot in the middle, or grain of rice if your cpu calls for it, frames of reference are the way to go.
hope something in there helps
I chose to build my first pc maybe only three weeks ago or so. One morning on a day off i was looking in to prebuilt systems and i suddenly just said **** it i dont know how to build one but im going to learn. I started doing some research and quickly found this site.
I soon launched in to a frenzy of creating thread after thread of already asked and answered questions before i started getting comfortable with really digesting any of the huge amount of information without asking for constant reassurance etc.....lol not once was i called a noob or harassed like that. only once was i told "come on man there are many threads asking this" or something along those lines.
Super patient people who really just seem to enjoy talking about computers and helping you to make the best build for your needs.
now i got this bad boy on the way!
Right on, right on. Hope you find a good chunk of time soon!
The save points aren't so bad and they are necessary to make the game work and make sense. It would just be too easy if you could always save and reload, that's what makes you really not want to get caught/killed, and why the game is exciting. You let out huge sighs of relief when you hear the beeping of a nearby save point, and look at yourself behaving as if you were wandering around a derelict space station.
Again, I don't usually like "stressful" gaming but I love alien so much that it made it worth it.
Whoops forgot to post my build but I've edited it to include. With a 6600k and r9 390, I see a lot of benchmarks over 60 but bit approaching 120. Most games I want to play seem to bench 70-80 or 90, sometimes less with certain settings/ notoriously poorly optimized games
Alien isolation is hands down one of my favorite gaming experiences ever, but I'm such a fan of Ridley Scott's alien (and blade runner, which is loosely referenced, or more paid homage to I suppose in isolation) so
I'm pretty biased. I also haven't played that many horror games realistically, but alien is scary to play. It's definitely one of the most immersive games I've ever played. It's got problems but... If you love alien you will love it.
Yesssss for honor forgot that too!
why do you want dvi? is an HDMI cable not the way to go?
you think i should jump at that at $100?
and tf2 too, ive never played that ona system that could run it well.
yeah im looking forward to syndicate. i have black flag too, never finished that story actually...i couldnt get through that game i just charged at every ship i saw. awesome ship combat
ahhh yeah mad max forgot about that one! looks nuts
awesome. thank you!
youve convinced me. how about the mat? or will the anti static mobo bag do ok for a surface to work on?
ok. I have hardwood floor in my room, and baltimore where i live is pretty humid although were in winter months now so....
Do rubber gloves offer any additional protection from static? or is that more of a finger print/oil kind of thing
if youre looking at maybe throwing more money at your SSD, go with the 500 evo. you would have to actually try very hard to write to your SSD to the point that the pro would give you any advantage
the 500g? whered you see that? i still only see it at 150.
i already bought it anyway at 150 and it came with a free copy of the new AC which i was gonna pay for eventually anyway, maybe not the full 60 dollars but now i dont have to wait for the price to come down, so im still happy with my purchase.
can you use the same stick for a reinstall? Can you delete the contents and use it as any old usb? is it a usb 3.0?
I just really can't recommend not getting 4 cores. It just feels like a waste, spending a thousand dollars on something that, pretty soon, might not make the cut.
When I first started putting together the build that I'm working towards building, I had a budget in mind. Now it's 1.5 times that budget because it just didn't make sense to buy at my original price point. I'm just waiting. Putting away what money I can towards it because it's worth it.
Just wait until you can afford 4 cores, or do whatever you have to do to your build to get there. Maybe put off the ssd for now, or a cheaper gpu.
Games today are starting to take advantage of more cores in processors, i think many people would agree (and i realize i have no idea what this will actually cost) that you should spring for the i-5, especially since you mentioned you are specifically interested in the machine being able to handle new games for a bit.
what do you want to do with it? Is it for gaming?
you will get hit with a good chunk of taxes. but you can also combo with a motherboard and get 20 dollars off right now which will offset the tax by quite a bit if not all.
Right on. Ok I'll get a a 650 :p
You're sure that will be enough to also oc the cpu? I'm looking at a similar build, I'm going with a 6600k and one r9 390 for now but am interested in xfire in the future if I decide to pick up a 4K monitor.
I've also read that xfire is kind of a nightmare now but they are releasing new support for dx12, so I'm thinking by the time I do any xfire it will likely be supported better.
Is there any downside at all to having a higher wattage PSU in the meantime while I have only one 390?