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First Gaming PC Build Need Advice (NO Overclocking)

Question: First Gaming PC Build Need Advice (NO Overclocking)

Hi All,

I'm planning to build my first ever desktop since my laptop is already having problems and I think it's going to die soon...

I'm going to use the computer mainly for doing 2D digital artworks, editing videos as well as playing games, specifically MMORPGs and some like Alice Madness & Skyrim.
I'll be playing the heavier games on the console so no need to have a monster pc.
I just want something that would accommodate my main use and last me a while before I would have the need to upgrade again.

I also have a budget that I have to stick to. I live in the Philippines so it will be Php 50,000 - Php 55,000 , in USD I think it would be around $ 1000 - $ 1200.

As stated above, I won't be doing any overclocking whatsoever.

Here are the specifications of the build I was planning.

CPU: Intel® Core? i5-4690 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
Motherboard: Asus H97-PRO GAMER
VideoCard: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked
Memory: Vengeance® Low Profile ? 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit (CML8GX3M2A1600C9)
Storage: Samsung 120 GB 840 EVO 2.5" SATA SSD
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Power Supply: Seasonic X650 650W 80+ Gold
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120V Hybrid
Optical Drive: ASUS24D3ST BLACK 24X SATA
Case: Obsidian Series® 450D Mid-Tower PC Case
Case Fan: Scythe Kaze Jyuni PWM 120mm, 1300rpm, 74CFM (x3)

Since this is a first, opinions are greatly appreciated. I'm open for suggestions if you think there are better parts that should replace the ones listed. It would also be very nice if it would be cheaper without losing the performance and quality.

Thanks in advance!

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Answer: First Gaming PC Build Need Advice (NO Overclocking)

Thorah said:

Hi All,

I'm planning to build my first ever desktop since my laptop is already having problems and I think it's going to die soon...

I'm going to use the computer mainly for doing 2D digital artworks, editing videos as well as playing games, specifically MMORPGs and some like Alice Madness & Skyrim.
I'll be playing the heavier games on the console so no need to have a monster pc.
I just want something that would accommodate my main use and last me a while before I would have the need to upgrade again.

I also have a budget that I have to stick to. I live in the Philippines so it will be Php 50,000 - Php 55,000 , in USD I think it would be around $ 1000 - $ 1200.

As stated above, I won't be doing any overclocking whatsoever.

Here are the specifications of the build I was planning.

CPU: Intel® Core? i5-4690 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
Motherboard: Asus H97-PRO GAMER
VideoCard: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked
Memory: Vengeance® Low Profile ? 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit (CML8GX3M2A1600C9)
Storage: Samsung 120 GB 840 EVO 2.5" SATA SSD
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Power Supply: Seasonic X650 650W 80+ Gold
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120V Hybrid
Optical Drive: ASUS24D3ST BLACK 24X SATA
Case: Obsidian Series® 450D Mid-Tower PC Case
Case Fan: Scythe Kaze Jyuni PWM 120mm, 1300rpm, 74CFM (x3)

Since this is a first, opinions are greatly appreciated. I'm open for suggestions if you think there are better parts that should replace the ones listed. It would also be very nice if it would be cheaper without losing the performance and quality.

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What programs do you specifically use for video editing and such?

Also a couple of notes:
1: That PSU is a bit overkill for that build or most builds. I would suggest a Gold Rated 550Watt as being a cheaper better option for you.
2: Save a couple of bucks and grab a Western Digital Blue 1tb HDD or a Seagate Barracuda 1tb HDD. WD Black HDD's are awesome but generally they are a bit more for not much of a difference overall.

Can you link the site from which you are ordering your parts from?

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I am looking for suggestions on what to get for my next comp. It will be used for gaming / multimedia and I will be overclocking it.

What I don't need:

-Peripherals (including monitor)
-Operating System (I will use XP Home)
-Hard drives (I will use the new VelociRaptor as my primary drive and a Seagate 7200.10 for my secondary drive)
-GPU's (I will use two Evga 8800GTS G92's in SLI)

What I do need:

-CPU (Core Two Duo / Quad / Extreme)
-Case (I think I would like to try an acrylic case)
-Cooling (I think liquid cooling for at least the CPU and northbridge would be a good option if the budget favors it).
-Optical and floppy drive (I dont need a Blue-Ray writer / reader)
-Anything else that I may be forgetting?


The motherboard must have at least two PCI-e x16 2.0 slots so I can run my cards in SLI.

Budget: Approximately $1,500 I prefer to buy from NewEgg because they have good shipping charges to Hawaii.

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I am need of some advice for a gaming build that I am about to make. I have actually already purchased all of the parts and they are already here, but before unpacking any of them, I decided to check with some other people whether they will work together well. The biggest thing that I'm worried about is whether my PSU will handle my system and all of the overclocking I will be doing. Also, I do not plan on upgrading for a while, so I just want to make sure this system, as it is now, will work.

As I mentioned in the title, this build is solely for the purpose of gaming, so I WILL be doing some overclocking. Basically, I just want to make sure that it will be able to handle everything well.

Here are the specs:

OS - Windows 7 x64
Motherboard - MSI P55 GD80
Video Card - MSI GTX 275 Twin Frozr OC 896MB - will overclocking this by about 5-10%
PSU - Corsair 750TX
CPU - Intel Core i5 750 2.66 Ghz - will overclock this to about 3.6 Ghz
RAM - G.Skill DDR3 1600 Ripjaws Series 4GB (2x2)
Hard Drive - WD Caviar Black 640GB
Case - Antec 900

Any suggestions on what I could do to improve, or whether the system is good enough would be greatly appreciated. I still have some money left over, and returning something would not be a problem, so please, feel free to throw in any suggestions you might have.

Thank you,


Answer:Solved: Is this a solid, stable build for gaming and overclocking?

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I'm building a new system completely from scratch, and I have two main questions:

I want to make sure that I don't have any hardware compatibility issues.
Also, it would be good to know if everything will fit in the case I picked out.
It will be a family computer, but I also like to game a lot. Laptop has hard time with Dishonored. I want a powerful, yet quiet system. Also, my wife isn't too into flashy or huge cases, which is why I picked out the one I did.

My soft budget is about $2,500, but I'm willing to go a little above that if needs be. In the past, we've been using laptops (I have a Dell XPS 15-L502x) for all our computing needs, but our kids are getting old enough to need to use the computer as well as me and my wife, so it's time to get a desktop.

The only component I already have is the OS. Other than that, will need to buy everything. I chose to not get a liquid cooling system, as I'm not very savvy when it comes to those. If you guys have any upgrade suggestions, please let me know.

Here are the specs (all pricing from shipping and slightly cheaper than Newegg):

Motherboard:................. ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX .......... $314.99
Processor:..................... Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155.. $319.99
CPU Heatsink Fan:........ Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus .......................................................................... Read more

Answer:Gaming PC build advice

A couple things:

Firstly, you have a MOBO & CPU incompatibility. Your MOBO is for socket 2011 CPU's while your processor is LGA 1155
Here is a compatible motherboard for your build.
Asus Sabertooth Z77 LGA 1155 ($239.)

Secondly, I wouldn't waste my money on the: Network card, extra case fans,HDD fan,PSU gasket, and fan mounts. I would put all that money in your CASE budget and look for a more solid case. All those fans would do the exact opposite of what you'd like to achieve. You want a quiet machine, you do not put 9+ fans inside of it.

Thirdly, Id recommend buying something like the Corsair H100i for your cooling needs. I did notice you said you're not "Savy" enough for liquid cooling. However, these closed loop solutions require no real experience to install. Furthermore, they require zero maintenance.

Also, I wouldn't grab the 4GB 670. You will not need all of that VRAM. Instead, go with the 2GB version it's much cheaper.

Your power supply is also overkill. Unless you plan on running 3 GPU's 1000 watts is not necessary. I would go with aCorsair HX Series 850W. This will give you some room for future upgrades.
Even then, If you want. Id grab the 650 or 750w variation of that PSU. It will save you some money.

EDIT: Added GPU recommendation & PSU recommendation

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I am fairly new to the building side of computer. I know quite a bit but I still could use advice.Budget: 1200$Power Supply:RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply A88X-G43 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton) Motherboard AMD A10-7850K Kaveri 3.7GHz Socket FM2+ 95W Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7 series AD785KXBJABOX X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C9D-16GXH Card: AXR9 280X 3GBD5-T2DHE/OC Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case already have the hard drives and all of the peripherals. All I need is suggestions in what to change if anything.Thanks for your help!

Answer:New gaming PC build advice

Your budget is really high - No reason to go down the route of an AMD APU.  That power supply is also extremely low quality - I wouldn't trust it to power any of my PCs.Your budget can easily accommodate an Intel CPU like an Intel Core i5 4670k which would perform much better than the APU you specified.  You would then be able to get something like a GeForce 760 or 770 video card and a high quality motherboard and power supply (MSI is pretty low end and as already said, that Raidmax PSU is really bad).  As you already have drives, your budget already leaves loads of room to get something like an SSD.I'd suggest something like this which would be much better value for money and perform a lot better in games:

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I'm looking to build a gaming pc. My budget is around £500. I've came up with this, would it be any good?
Any advice/changes greatly welcome!
AMD FX 6300 £90
click here 970A-G43 Motherboard £52**
click here Corsair DDR3 1600 MHz RAM £27**
click here PNY XLR8 Edition GeForce GTX 660 £147**
click here Western Digital Caviar Blue £40**
click here SH-224DB/BEBE £13**
click here OCZ CoreXStream £35**
click here Jupiter V2 Case (2 x 120mm Blue LED Fans) £30**
click here 7 Home Premium 64 - Bit OEM £54**
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Alright so here is what I got so far.'ve already got the case ordered, next week I was thinking of ordering the motherboard. Could you guys take a look at what I have so far and give me some advice on where I could do better with around the same budget as I have so far? I haven't found a video card yet, still haven't decided on one.

Answer:First gaming pc build advice

So far that looks pretty good.  Only part I would consider changing is the motherboard for a better brand such as Gigabyte or ASUS - AsRock are a lower end brand yet aren't that much cheaper than a much better one.There is no real point buying parts at different times, I'd just wait and get them all at once.  That way you won't have any issues with return periods or wasting part of your warranty while you order the rest of the parts.  Also, if you are buying multiple parts from one retailer you will usually save on the postage as this will combine with ordering multiple items at once.

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I'm planning on moving to pc from console and I have tried to do as much as possible. I will be building it myself and I need advice on what parts to get. I have decided to go with a gtx 760 or 770 but I am trying to save money. Got any advice on a build which I could use with any one of these cards which is cheapest it can be but with no bottlenecking?

Answer:New Gaming Build advice?

What is your budget?

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I had posted a long time back that I was looking to build a new PC:

However, I put the whole idea off due to finance and other priorities. I wish to now do this for real, but I have little knowledge. I'm an amateur. And I'm not sure how much I should spend. My budget is £1,200 and I'd prefer to buy the parts separately and put it all together. But how much money will this save me? Realistically. Is the learning curve steep?

I'm also aware that the following companies/websites sell pre-built machines but there's so much choice it kills my brain. My last PC had a Pentium 4, 3.4GHz. Tech has developed so much since then. I just don't know where to start.

Answer:Build or buy Gaming PC? I could really do with some advice

Realistically. Is the learning curve steep?Click to expand...

Realistically, it would save you very much money at that price point, well worth it.
Since everything plugs right in, if it doesn't fit in that slot you're doing it wrong, so its fairly easy to build a computer shouldn't take more than a couple hours at most. Again, well worth it.

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Preferred perfomance and purpose: Gaming at mid to high settings. Hoping to achieve around 150-200Fps in csgo, will play games like: Rainbow Siege, Battlefield one, H1Z1 King of the kill, Elite dangerous and last but not least, The Stanley parable :P
Budget is strictly under: 1000 Euro / 1085,60 Dollar / 3987,21 UAE Dirham / 863,12 British Pound
Please comment with any suggestions, for example: Consider the new Rx series GPUs, for example the...
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Hey peoples,  So this is my first time building my very own gaming computer, I've done a bit of research but I still don't feel confident enough to press the checkout button on Amazon. Now my budget is 1,000$ but, I don't really want to spend more than 750$ unless I have to, now the build I'm going to post is a little above that.  I really just want to get some second opinions on whether or not it's a computer I won't have to upgrade for awhile and also whether or not you guys think there may be parts better for less or better for a little more. I don't really plan on playing the newest high end games right off the bat but again I don't want to have to upgrade for awhile. Anyway, here's the build I've found recommended by a guy on Youtube and I've done a few comparisons to other computers I thought were decent but I really need someone that knows more about this stuff to give me that advice.CPU-Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Digital Caviar Blue 1TB S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply've only got one shot to get the best bang for my buck. I also haven't added ... Read more

Answer:Gaming computer build advice.

That looks like a decent build although I'd strongly recommend getting an SSD, prices have dropped considerably and it will dramatically improve performance of the system.

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I am currently building a new gaming pc and just wanted advice on a few components etc.
I already have the following parts:
Radeon HD 6950
G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8gb Kit DDR3-1333 (x2) (16gb total)
Seasonic M12-II Bronze 620W Modular power supply
Seagate 2TB 3.5" HDD
LG BD Combo reader/writer

The problem is I have all this running on a MB that is too small in a case that is also too small, with an AMD quad core processor not really meant for gaming.
So basically those are the 3 components I need to change.
I've been suggested a few parts from my local computer store so I wanted to check what you guys think.
For the MB, I'm looking at the Gigabyte Z77x-D3H and for the CPU, I've been quoted on a Core i7 3770.
Basicaly I want to know, is this the right sort of CPU for gaming? And will this MB have enough space and pci-e slots etc to accomodate crossfire GPU's?
I'm not neccessarily going to be running crossfire, but I would rather buy parts which have the appropriate accommodations, should I decide to do change my mind.
I'd also love to know more about liquid cooling and whether or not people reccomend it and what sort of advantages it has over air cooling. I'm really scared to put water in my new computer, so I'm wondering if it's worth looking in to.
Anyway thanks in advance,

Answer:Advice on Gaming Build Components?

Whats your budget and where are you geographically based?

The components suggested seem pretty sensible. You may also want to consider the i7 2600k depending on price. They seem to be very similarly speced. The 3770 has a newer memory controller and support for PCIe3 but if you are not upgrading your RAM or GPU then I would suggest that you will get the same performance from both chips.

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This is my first attempt at a computer build and it will mostly be used by my son? I think I have what I need but I don't want to forget anything or get what I don't need. This will be used mostly by my son for gaming and internet.

$200 - CPU: Intel i5-3470 Ivy bridge 3.2GHz
$309 - Video Card: GTX 660 Ti 2GB
$200 - Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 155 INTEL Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
$65 - Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2X8)
$110 - Power Supply: KINGWIN Power Force PF-850 850W
$140 - Case: NZXT Phantom Red Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower
$80 - Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
$100 - Keyboard: Logitech G510 Black USB Wired
$50 - Mouse: ROCCAT Kova+
$18 - Optical: Light-on DVD Burner
$60 - Optical: ASUS Internal Blu-ray drive
I am worried about having to purchase software to be able to play Blue rays. I would not know what to get. I do not want to burn blue rays either, but if there was a better drive to get that did burn blue rays I would consider getting that instead.​​I think we still need to get a wireless card, and I am not sure if we need a sound card. We will use a HD TV for a monitor, or is there a problem with doing that? These are, to be honest, just best guess as to what we need. I think they are all compatible but I could be completely wrong. The only thing I need to keep the same is the case, everything else can be changed.

I was also thinking of using Windows 7, would Windows 8 or something else be better?
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Answer:Yet another gaming computer build -- need advice

My suggestions:

You have a Z77 Motherboard, which allows for overclocking, and your CPU is not overclock-ble. I would suggest upgrading to the i5-3570k, as it is only a few dollars more, and allows for overclocking. The alternative is to downgrade to a H77 motherboard if you do not plan to overclock at all.

I've also noticed that the Motherboard you linked is only $90, rather than the $200 you described. (Have you linked the wrong board???).

If you plan to overclock, and your budget is $200 I would definitely go for something like:

I would recommend purchasing an aftermarket CPU cooler. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is a great little cooler for only $35. It will be quieter, give better temperatures and allow for much more effective overclocking if you desire.

A 850W power supply is overkill for your build, and could only be justified if you plan to SLI two GTX 660 Ti's in the future. The PSU you have chosen is also only 80 plus bronze, which is good but not great. I would recommend going quality over quantity, and go for something like these:

Apart from that, I think that you have great build in the makings

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Hello! A friend and I were casually talking about him getting a new PC that'd be good for some of the up-and-coming games that we like to play (SC2 and D3, whenever that is). Anyway, he just threw it out that there he wouldn't mind putting one together for less than 1k and I thought... why not?

Purpose: Gaming @ high quality to max settings for majority of up-and-coming games
Budget: 1000
Location: Canada, willing to buy online
Old parts: mouse + keyboard, monitor, speakers
OS: don't have
Cooling: preferably nothing beyond what comes stock

So... what I came up with on the fly and I'd like your advice on is this...

cooler master scout @ $100
Corsair TX750 750W PSU @ $95
Phenom II x2 555 @ $125 (why's there no BE on NCIX?)
OCZ 1333MHz 9-9-9-20 2x2GB Memory @ $110
Radeon 4870 @ $195 (not necessarily at ncix for that price)
Gigabyte MA770T UD3P Mobo
Western Digital 1TB Black @ $96
Windows 7 OEM @ $118
Any DVD ROM @ $30

Comes to under 1000.

Some thoughts to begin with... I would have liked to throw in a quad core processor (or core i CPU) as well as a 5000 series GPU . but the budget told me to stick with a dual core AMD and a cheaper graphics solution. not sure if that's realy the right sacrifice... but that's what i did.

PSU... not sure how much wattage i need. just pulled 750 out of the air.

Case... not sure what's really necessary.. but the Scout looks pretty cool =\

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Answer:Build advice: Gaming sub-$1000

Hi matchu 99.00 45.00 119.00 109.00 89.00 230.300
Western Digital 1TB Black @ $96 100.00
Windows 7 OEM @ $118
Any DVD ROM @ $30

This setup gets you a MB that has the 750 Southbridge that you need to unlock the disabled cores. The x3 720 can be had for around the same price, is a black edition, will give you a full Ghz OC, and has three cores even if the 4th core will not unlock, or is a dud. (important because more and more games are using 2+ cores). The 5830 is close to the 4870 in performance, but you get DX 11 for future considerations. The cpu is a BE for easier and more flexible OC'ing. I threw in there an after market cooler for OC'ing. The MB has a second PCIE slot for VGA upgrade if the mood strikes you Newegg CA would not connect when i tried it a few mins ago, so I will let you find them if you like it.

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Hi everyone , I want to build a pc for gaming and I want you to tell me about the important parts ( CPU,GPU,Motherboard,RAM) . Here is the specification:
- I want the minimum to run all games including the most requiring games like BF1 with 1080 and with a medium fps (around 60 fps )
Ps:I want to change the parts later

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Hello everyone I'm building a gaming laptop for when I'm not at home, i spend quite a lot of time on trains or at my partners place so I'm away from my desktop or console and my current laptop is just a bog standard thing with integrated graphics. I'm building on a site called and the current build I've selected comes out at about ?750 and that's really as high as I'm willing to go. I don't expect massive performance out of this so please don't just recommend me top of the line changes, the only advice i want is whether or not the parts I've selected work well together and I'm not wasting any power or bottlenecking the GPU. ThanksIf you want to have a play around with the full options I have available then this is the base model I have selected - please try and stick as close as possible to ?750 total if you do find a better configuration. Thank you.   Chassis & DisplayCosmos Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)   Processor (CPU)Intel? Core?i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-4710MQ (2.50GHz) 6MB   Memory (RAM)8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 (1 x 8GB)   Graphics CardNVIDIA? GeForce? GTX 850M - 2.0GB DDR3 Video RAM - DirectX? 11   Memory - Hard Disk500GB SEAGATE HYBRID SSHD Drive, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (5400 rpm)   DV... Read more

Answer:Gaming Laptop Build Advice

That would be fine, your video card should play all current games but some very intensive ones may require the graphics detail to be decreased slightly.  Also, don't bother paying the extra for the "better" thermal compound - The difference between thermal compounds is tiny and the ?9 they charge for that is a bit ridiculous since an entire 4g tube of MX-4 costs under ?4.

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I am new to gaming computers so be patient with me haha. I am wanting to build the best gaming computer possible for around 900 dollars (do not care about blueray and all that crap, all I care about is pure performance for gaming) I also would like to exclude the OS, keyboard and mouse. I just want to have a custom built machine that would last at least 2 years, if not more. Right now I am gaming with a Dell Inspiron 1545 so you can imagine my frustration lol. I am going to attempt to build this computer myself, I just have no idea what would be the best bang for the buck. Again I am new to all this so just try to be understanding
Thank you!

Answer:I need advice on a good gaming PC build

which OS are you excluding; is it 32 or 64-bit?

with this information we will be better able to recommend a processor and memory.

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Hi there. I'm in need of a computer upgrade. Instead of buying from a major dealer (like Dell) I heard it's better to try and build a PC myself. But I only know the basics about computers, and can't really tell what makes one component better than another.

I read that I should begin by looking for a processor and then motherboard. Any recommendations on what processor would be solid for online gaming purposes?

I don't plan on doing any overclocking.

I'd like to end up with a PC that can handle the latest PC games for at least a year before needing upgrades. The budget for the entire PC is in the neighborhood of $1500 US.

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Answer:Novice seeks advice on gaming build

Here ya go:
Antec Sonata-II Case w/ 450Watt PSU - $99.99 ($59 after rebate)

Pioneer 16x DVD +/-R,RW/DL - $31.82

Asus P5W DH Deluxe Motherboard - $249.99

OCZ DDR2-800, CAS4 2x1gig (2gigs total) - $262.99 ($232 after rebate)

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 - $222.99

Seagate Barracuda 120GIG SATA drive - $55.99

Sapphire X1900GT PCI-Express 256MB - $199.99

Creative Xi-Fi XTremeMusic 7.1 - $92.99 ($72 after rebate)

Windows XP Pro SP2 w/ Vista Upgrade Coupon - $139.99
~$1360 leaving some cash for your choice of LCD monitor/keyboard. (that's without any rebates.. full pay price. Deduct rebates from that)

The videocard is "trailing edge" for the simple reason that Vista/DX10 is around the corner. Your motherboard will support both SLI and Crossfire so you can upgrade a year from now to the "hottest" thing DX10, but the X1900GT is a smoking videocard in it's own right. ... Read more

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So after literally almost 6 months of research on gaming computers, i've finally learned enough to attempt to build one. My budget is $1000 Canadian firm.I believe that this is the best gaming computer for the $1000 budget, but if you have any different parts or advice that I could take into consideration for this build, it would be most appreciated.This is my parts list:CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  ($158.98 @ DirectCanada) CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($59.99 @ Canada Computers) Motherboard: ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard  ($76.50 @ Vuugo) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($81.79 @ DirectCanada) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($56.95 @ Vuugo) Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 285 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card  ($199.99 @ NCIX) Case: Thermaltake Versa H23  ATX Mid Tower Case  ($45.99 @ NCIX) Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($64.99 @ NCIX) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  ($89.98 @ DirectCanada) Total: $835.16Note that this list includes the operating system, and case. This list includes mail-in rebates, but excludes all tax and shipping/handling costs.==========================I would like to know a few things, first of all, the PSU listed is 750w, but on the XFX webpage, it states that the minimum requi... Read more

Answer:Tips or advice/suggestions on first gaming build?

I'd recommend something along this line. only other thing I would change would be an SSD for the OS and the apps you want to respond faster.

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hi, since my old gaming pc became so outdated and un-able to play modern games to a satisfying standard i decided it was time for a completely new pc. However instead of buying a pre-assembled pc ive decided to buy the parts seperatley and build the pc myself. Ive assembled a few computers at school and in my free time so i have a fairly good understanding on how to construct the pc, the only problem is picking the correct parts to put into the pc. I dont have a fixed budget however i would like the final cost to come somewhere around the £500 - £600 mark. Anymore than that is getting to expensive for me at the moment. This is the current specification i was thinking about using, anyone care to cast their opinions or advice?

Cpu - Intel i3 560 3.33Ghz £112.50
Hdd - Western digital caviar black sata 6 gb/s 640 gb £ 49.98
Psu - Novatech powerstation gaming silent ATX2 600W £ 49.98
Ram - Kingston DDR3 4Gb £ 55.00
Optical drive - Samsung S223C £ 15.98

however i do not know which motherboard or graphics card would be best for this gaming rig? or if the hardware ive chosen is worth the money or if im better off going for a more powerful component?

any help would be much appreciated, thank you

Answer:Gaming PC build, expert advice required

What about other components like monitors, mouse, and os. Do you have those yet?

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Finally, yes finally, my brother-in-law realizes that if he wants to have a good, solid gaming system building one is the way to go. I can't even begin to tell you this momentous shift in his thinking.

Primary Uses: Gaming system first and foremost that he says he wants to last him for the next 3-5 years with the ability to upgrade as the need arises, internet, email, etc.

Budget: $1,500 - $2,000; shipping and tax needs to be included within this budget.

This is what has been settled on by him: Quad-core cpu, full tower, Windows 7 64, as powerful a video card as he can get, and a 24" monitor preferably Samsung.

Basically this is a full system build including the need for a mouse, keyboard, he has nothing to salvage from another system (and with his previous choices this is a good thing).

I am not sure if an i7 is the way to go here because he will not be using this PC for video editing, demanding, apps, etc. At this point no SSD; that will come later.

I am thinking an AMD quad core with 4 gigs of RAM should be enough. Now I am no fanboy so if you recommend an Intel configuration I am open but it has been quite some time since I have built an Intel PC.

*** This system will not be overclocked at all. I live 2 hours away and I have no time to fix issues due to ocing.

*** The bottom line is I am looking to build a solid stable system. I have already begun to research but would love to hear from the TechSpot community on this one. ... Read more

Answer:Gaming Build for Brother-in-Law; Details Inside; Advice Welcome

Here's the $1300 system from the buying guide, you can add or subtract as needed:

Here's a $1360 system from the Tech Report guide:

If you Google $1500 gaming system you'll find a lot of forum posts with a lot of different suggestions

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Hello, I have been learning about how to build my own pc recently. I am very new so I don't know what I should do yet.
Is AMD 64 the best way to go? I'd like to build a machine as cheaply as possible while getting the most bang for my buck.

I am upgrading from a 2001 eMachine so it won't take a lot to blow me away. The main thing I guess is being able to play the newest games at decent graphics settings while maintaining good frames per secs.

I've been told that AMD 64 is much better and it doesn't seem a lot more expensive. I see the front side bus and memory used for AMD 64 mobos are better. And if I want to go PCI Express I think that's the only way. On the other hand I've read that very few programs are 64 bit and I wonder how many games are utilizing the 64 bit technology at the present? Or how much that effects speeds.

If I get a 64 bit system, I won't be able to afford anything other than Win XP Home. I'm not sure what that will mean. I'm hoping I can find one for around 60 bucks.
I'm going to be on a very limited budget for the foreseeable future. Though, I don't want to make a decision that I will regret later on either.
Of course it would be good not to have to upgrade in a year.

I've been trying to learn about AMD 64 technology and just how much better it is than 32.
The AMD 64 3000 is listed at 1.8 Ghz freq:

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Answer:Gaming Machine/first build----AMD 32 or 64?? Fairly limited budget...Advice?

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I'll make the same well worn declarations and disclaimers that everyone makes when they make this post.

I've been around computers for decades, but I know more about software than I am likely to ever know about hardware. I am so imbalanced, that I even hate printers. I can code a bit, I am familiar with most software all the way back to the DOS era, and if you have a software related issue, I can likely help you address it (or at least know which forums to ask people smarter/better informed than I am) and I can follow instructions. I find that, that's a necessary skill (following instructions) when dealing with computers. Not everyone has that.


I am having a terrible case of decision fatigure or choice overload.

I've been trying to research what my first build should be but none of the chipmakers or motherboard makers, and especially graphic card makers seem to make it easy to determine what fits your use case, as opposed to what is taking a blunderbuss to a rabbit shoot. I understand they want to sell me the stuff, but they don't do a good job of explaining just how much of this stuff I need.

I apologize if I'm coming at this backwards, but please allow me to define my use case, and then my needs list up front?

I am in publishing. The most demanding thing I ever do with my work machine is convert video (rarely), or render a high resolution cover in some Adobe software.

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Do you guys think that a non-clockable i5 6500 CPU would be future proof enough for gaming? Or do you recommend an overclockable CPU? I want to know just for gaming to be sure.

Answer:Is Overclocking Future Proof for Gaming?

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I've had two recent BSOD's this month. My HP Pavillion Elite Core i7, 750GB, 8
GB, is 2 1/2 years old. Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

Prior to the BSOD's, I have recently installed Office 365, and am using Lync and Sharepoint. I've also recently hooked up a new Western Digital External 2TB, USB 2.0/3.0 to back up my data using Windows Backup. I have not left the external drive connected.

I've attached the dump file zip. Can you tell me what these dump files are saying is my problem?
Thank you.

Answer:Recent BSOD's NO Gaming, No Overclocking

Hello, welcome to SevenForums!

Both dump files provided are the 116 Graphics Driver TDR Fault bugcheck. Common causes are:

Quote: Originally Posted by usasma

More info from the AMD link above - the suggestions in red are mine. This was extracted from this post - ( )

From this link ( ):

The following hardware issues are examples that can cause a TDR event:
- Failing overclock on CPU or GPU (stop overclocking)
- Bad sector in memory resulting in corrupt data being communicated between GPU and the system (either video or system memory) ( MemTest and a video memory stress test: |MG| Video Memory Stress Test 1.7.116 Download )
- Corrupt hard drive/windows install resulting in corruption to the system registry or the page file (Hard drive diagnostics ( HD Diagnostic ), reset your pagefile and run the System File Checker )
- Over heating of GPU or CPU again resulting in corrupt data being communicated. (Point a house fan at the video card, take temperature readings from the card with an IR detector (or your finger - but be very, very careful!!!)
- GPU failure due to any sort of issue from insufficient power(VERY common) to heat. (check the power leads, use a multimeter to check the power output, try another, more powerful PSU)

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Today I will be switching out my system and massively upgrading to a new motherboard (EVGA NVIDIA NForce 680I SLI), CPU (Core 2 Duo E6600), RAM (2GB Corsair DDR2 800 PC 6400) and, graphics card (NVIDIA Geforce 8800 GTS). I really want to overclock this board because I heard it is awesome to overclock.

I am pretty novice at overclocking. I am looking for any advice on what to set in the BIOS to get the best overclocking or maybe a link to a guide or something. Anyone that has experience with overclocking this motherboard please let me know what settings work best, especially if you have a similar setup.

Answer:a little overclocking advice

it's not easy to say 'what to set' to get the best overclocking. You might be able to change multipliers,fsb bus speeds, you might need to apply a agp/pci lock.. it really depends on your hardware.
I suggest you read the sticky called 'simple overclock faq' at the top of this forum first.(

if you've read that and still have questions, please post them here.

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I have just built a pc for someone who will use it for gaming, spec as follows:-

Intel QX 9770 extreme
Scythe ninja mini HSF
ASUS Extreme rampage mobo
4GB DDR3 OCZ Reaper memory
Antec 900 case
1100W PSU
Sapphire HD4870 X2 graphics
WD veloceraptor 300GB
Windows Vista home premium 64

Performance is as you might expect, pretty damn good, Vista gives it a score of 5.7 and PCmark 06 gives me about 18600.
The question I would like to ask is about overclocking the processor, the person I have built it for has asked me if I can do it for them.
Temperatures at stock speed are about 41 C at idle and at about 63 C when running prime95. If I overclock about 10%, ie to 3500 the temperature when running prime95 shoots up to about 93 C.
I checked on various sites and several people seem to be able to regularly clock to over 4000, but having said that information often seems to be confusing,on one site Intel were stating that this processor should not be run air cooled, another suggested that this processor is like the old P4 and gets very hot if overclocked, yet others don't seem to have problems with overclocking.
You may ask why anyone would want to overclock a £1000 processor, I can't answer that, you know what gamers are like.
Has anyone any suggestions as to what I can try to keep temperatures down without resorting to liquid cooling or are you of the same opinion as me and leave it at stock speed which is more than enough to play her games.

Answer:Overclocking advice

I don't know too many people who would constantly run a processor that high end overclocked. I don't see why at all.

You won't be able to push it much farther, especially on aircooling.

Did you explain to her the pros and cons of overclocking? Mainly the fact that she wouldn't be able to see ANY improvements in her games (10% OC on CPU would bump maybe 1-3 fps?)

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Msi K7N2 Delta Mainboard
AMD XP 2800+
1024Mb DDR
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600
2 x 80Gb Maxtor 7200Rpm HDD's

Hey Guys and Gals,
My comp runs at 2.06 Ghz but it seems really slow in comparison to when I first built it. Tried Defrag' and deleting unused programs and games, but it dosent make any differance.
I want to overclock it, but I am a total novice in this field, does anyone know the best way to do it using my current hardware set up and/or what sort of processor speed I may be able to reach?
Any ideas greatly appriciated. Cheers

Answer:Overclocking Advice?

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My build is

intel i7-2700k
intel dp67bg extreme board
evga gtx 570
corsair h100
corsair graphite 600t
corsair vengeance ddr3 1600 dual channel
corsair tx650m PSU
intel 520 series ssd

I upped my base clock from 100 to 103.
upped my multiplier to 45
used the dmp profile to get the RAM to 1600 which is a little more now because the base speed.
I am getting a 4.64ghz on my intel.
i overclocked my evga to 949mhz core clock. 1898 shader clock. 1900 memory clock.
I received 31560 3dmark 06 .
Does anyone know if this is a stable set up ? I will find out either way but if someone that has already done this can give some advice that would be nice thanks.

Answer:overclocking advice ?

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Okay...I was thinking of overclocking my vid card a little.
I currently have ASUS N6600/TD/256 GeForce 6600 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X. My clocks are 300/500 with stock cooling.
My other system specs are:

AMD Athlon 64 3000+
512MB Corsair XMS Pro DDR 400
Antec 500W PSU
Gigabyte GA-K8NS mobo

ASUS comes with a Smartdoctor utility that allows you to overclock. Should I use that or Rivatuner? Any suggestions on clock settings?


Answer:overclocking advice please

Don't overclock is my recommendation. MSI has a utility that will automatically step the processor clock and bus clock until the "fastest" settings that produce a stable system are reached. I suppose the utilities you mention will do much the same thing

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Hi there, as i was saying in another thread i'm building a new computer, up till now i'm thinking of getting an asus nforce 650i sli mobo , an intel core duo E6750 at 2.66 ghz with a 1333 mhz FSB and 2 Crucial Ballistix 1024mb PC6400 DDR2. So the question is how will this configuration work? Will the slower ram than the FSB limit it? How will it overclock?


Answer:Overclocking advice

well since ur overclocking u might as well get a cheaper cpu say...e6420? and go for a 680i as a motherboard, it offers poo load of cpu/ram ratio for your overclocking needs so slower ram wont hold you back as much

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So I'm now trying to OC a friends computer but I can't change the multipler and when I change the bus speed (or what ever it's called) from 200 (default) to say 220 it also changes the memory speed and HT speed.

So what should or how can a lower the HT speed and memory speed so that if I set the bus speed to (ex.) 250 the memory would still run @ ~200MHz (according to CPU-z)..?

CPU: AMD Athlon 4450e

Answer:Need some advice on overclocking

you are sol unless you have the unlocked cpu.

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I have the GA-8IPE1000-G Motherboard ( Gigabyte 2004 GT Edition (not the wireless edition)). I have a 3.0ghz process with a ATI x800xt pe with an ATI Silencer 4. I have the XP-90c Heatsink with a 90mm 56cfm thermaltake fan, I am using Artic Silver 5 thermal paste. I believe I have oem 1gig dual channel ram ( which im looking to upgrade ).

Anyways, I'm wondering if I can overclock this MB, and if I can get step by step instruction on how do it, and what would be some good ram to overclock with on this mb?

Answer:Need Overclocking Advice

Try here:

Its aimed at overclocking. Be aware each system and component determines how much it can be overclocked. You always risk stabilty and permanent hardware damage.

If you were thinking of adding additional RAM to your existing 1GB then don't waste your money, it won't help if at all. As for replacing the existing RAM with a different brand, why not wait and see how this RAM does - it might be perfectly fine.

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Hi guys, first of all sorry If I've posted this in the wrong place.
I have a foxconn a88gmx motherboard with a phenom x2 1090t processor.
It's currently rubbing at the stock 3.2GHZ with a stock air cooler, and it's idling at around 35-40.
I want to possibly overclock to help me get better performance in FSX.
Don't expect to get upto anything silly but somewhere upto or around 3.8ghz would be a nice start.
First of all I know I will need better cooling. But don't have a massive budget so water cooling may be a bit out of my reach, but I have seen an "Arctic Cooling Freezer A30 CPU Cooler" over at scan. Would something like that be adequate?
My next question is how to go about the overclock correctly? I had a quick go by upping the clock multiplier in the bios from 200 to 210 which gave me a bit more juice, I then upped it to 220 which got me to around the 3.6 mark, and it worked however once I tested with a bit of load it didn't take long to cut out so I can only assume it overheated so I reverted back to how it was. Would I need to be changing any voltages etc aswell? I'm not a complete idiot when it comes to but when it comes to overclocking I am a complete noob.
I have been using hw monitor to look at my temps, and with the stock fan and at stock speeds under load the cpu is reaching upwards of 60c so I don't think there's any room for manoeuvre with my current setup.

Answer:Overclocking advice

Is your chip not a Phenom 11 x 6 1090T? But whatever overclocking you have in mind you will certainly need a better cooler than the stock one. The Arctic Cooling Freezer A30 is certainly a decent cooler I have a Artic cooler in one of my PC's.
I have managed to find a video which may help but I cannot provide detailed help as I am an Intel man and my current CPU the i5 2500K is simplicity to overclock to 4.5Ghz from 3.3Ghz.
To thoroughly test your overclock Prime95 is a popular torture-testing program or Intel Burn Test, OCCT, Cinebench, 3dmark.
Overclocking Video.

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I have had my computer for a good 2-3 years now and have been trying to play some newer games on it. I upgraded the GFX card to a nVidia 9800 GT 512 MB card and added a 800W PSU and expanded to 2 GB of RAM. Now i want to overclock the system a bit. I've heard recently that mixing memory brands is bad, but I did it a few years ago when I had absolutely no knowledge of computers.

I've done a little research on my own, but don't want to hurt anything vital. It seems you might need some of the information about my computer.

Some specs:

Computer: Gateway GT 5220


1024 MB stick of Kingston. I know they're DDR2 but idk what the number after that is.. I see a few numbers that might help in CPU-Z which are PC2-4300 (266MHz)
2 sticks of 512 MB of Samsung (same numbers as kingston)



AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ "windsor"

MOBO: (idk anything about it so i'll list everything i can find and hope someone can help)

Manufacturer: Elitegroup
Model: c51pvgm-gb
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 AM2 uBTX 1394 Motherboard
ECS C51PVGM-GB Version 1.0 System Board
NVIDIA GeForce 6150
DDR2 DIMM sockets support 533/667/800 MHz modules

I'm attatching screen shots of information about my system. I hope they're of some use.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Need advice on overclocking

Ur not in luck m8, you bought a "branded" computer.

Chances aren't good that you can even attempt to overclock the system.

Another thing to your disadvantage is that it seems to be a micro-BTX board. There aren't many of those around, and they definitely aren't targeted towards overclockers/gamers, which again means that there may not be any overclocking facilities on it.

Hopefully someone else may be able to help.

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Hello everyone,

I have recently purchased a new set up for my computer which consists of these parts.

Motherboard - Shop or Foxconn Website
RAM - Shop (I know this may be my downfall along with my motherboard)
CPU - Shop

I already have got it running at 3.1Ghz with a voltage of 1.4v. I know that sounds fairly high but it is only running at 25c idle and about 58c full load so I think it is safe at the moment.

I am looking for advice on how I could push this chip further using what I have and what you thing the sensible limit is for the hardware that I have. I do have options to change RAM, Northbridge and CPU voltages if necessary.

Thanking in advance, Jack-O-Bytes

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Decided to have a play with the cpu settings in the bios.
Have an amd xp1800 nailed on to an abit kr7a(non raid) board, with 256mb ddr ram.
Originally the set up was:
cpu fsb 133mhz =1.533mhz
core v. 1.75v
i/o v. 3.50v
ddr v. 2.55v
Have experimented and found that I can increase to 143mhz, but settled on 142mhz (for safety) so now it reads:
cpu fsb 142mhz = 1.633mhz
not tampered with the voltages.
Above 143mhz and the pc threw a wobbly and wouldn't start up properly.
Should I play with the voltages as well...??? Nothing has gone 'Bang' yet........
Also played with the GeForce2 gts ultra 64mb card.
Default settings are: core clock = 250mhz and mem clock = 458mhz.
Have changed to core clock = 270mhz and mem clock = 480mhz
Nothing gone 'bang' here either....yet.
Has anyone experience of these cards and how far have they wound them up before things got nasty...??
Oh...Vcool reports cpu temp = 31 deg c and case temp = 29 deg temps have stayed about the same as before.
Running win98se/ie6.
Grateful for any comments......rude or otherwise......

Answer:Overclocking.....advice please

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I have had my computer for a good 2-3 years now and have been trying to play some newer games on it. I upgraded the GFX card to a nVidia 9800 GT 512 MB card and added a 800W PSU and expanded to 2 GB of RAM. Now i want to overclock the system a bit. I've heard recently that mixing memory brands is bad, but I did it a few years ago when I had absolutely no knowledge of computers.

I've done a little research on my own, but don't want to hurt anything vital. It seems you might need some of the information about my computer.

Some specs:

Computer: Gateway GT 5220


1024 MB stick of Kingston. I know they're DDR2 but idk what the number after that is.. I see a few numbers that might help in CPU-Z which are PC2-4300 (266MHz)
2 sticks of 512 MB of Samsung (same numbers as kingston)



AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ "windsor"

MOBO: (idk anything about it so i'll list everything i can find and hope someone can help)

Manufacturer: Elitegroup
Model: c51pvgm-gb
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 AM2 uBTX 1394 Motherboard
ECS C51PVGM-GB Version 1.0 System Board
NVIDIA GeForce 6150
DDR2 DIMM sockets support 533/667/800 MHz modules

I'm attatching screen shots of information about my system. I hope they're of some use.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Need advice on overclocking.

Here is your manual:

As I suspected you have very limited OC options with this mobo (if any), pg. 32 is where you can change the CPU Frequency and Voltages. YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Make sure you get some baseline temps before you even start!!! Increasing Voltages will increase CPU temps exponentially (dramatically) so only small implements at best there.

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Hey guys hope you can help, just finished my new rig and would like to know (with no overclocking experience what so ever) what i could get my cpu too, without being to ambitious.

I Have...... Cpu- e6600 (idle-20oc load-30oc)
Mobo - asus striker extreme
psu- 650W
graphics card- 2x GeForce BFG 8600GTS OC
Ram- Corsair xms2 DHX ddr2 6400 5-5-5-15 2Gig
500G HDD win xp sp2
thermaltake Armour server case (liquid cooled)


Answer:Overclocking my new rig, some advice please =]

nice lol if u dont get any responses here go to lol but dont act all stupid like i did and they all laughed at me

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Hello, I just bought a used computer from my friend.
P4 2.8 HT
ATI 9600 pro
ect ect.

Anywho, I was just kinda wanting to overclock a little bit. I downloaded a DOOM3 beta and I get horrible fps on it, like around 10-35. Well can anyone refer and good overclocking programs and give some good advice on overclocking?

Answer:Overclocking advice

Theres a lot of threads about overclocking around these forums. Look around.

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I have a trigem cognac motherboard, yeah my computer is that old and a celeron 600 cpu. I managed to o/c it to 650mhz using cpufsb as there is no other way to do it, do I need a better cooling fan for such a small increase. Anything over this and the sound starts to crackle, would a better sound card resolve this, for example sound blaster 5.1? I?ve read that some cognac boards will take celeron 1ghz or even PIII?s up to 1.1ghz. Apparently the fsb will automatically change from 66mhz to 100mhz upon installation, sounds far to good to be true. Although the manual says it?s limit is 256mb ram but I?ve read enough evidence to suggest that it?ll easily take 512mb. A couple of technical questions I?m clueless about, cognac or cognac+, PPGA or FC-PGA, what?s the difference? Anyway should I go and buy a better cpu, cooling system and ram just on the possibility this might work?

CPU: Intel Celeron (coppermine) 600mhz socket 370 PPGA
MOBO: Trigem cognac 66mhz fsb
Memory: 256mb sdram pc100
OS: Windows ME
Hard Drive: 15.2 gb

Answer:need advice on overclocking a celeron 600


I have the same board in a HP Pavilion 6611 and am upgrading also.

I can't comment on sound crackling.

Based on my resaerch I would agree that the board can take 1Ghz etc processors, as long as the FSB used is supported by the board and it uses the same socket. I believe the Maximum Celeron is 1.4Ghz @ 100FSB or a Pentium III 1.1Ghz @ 100FSB. The board will speed up to match the processor (upto 100Mhz)

I have a copy of the mainboard doco and it states that the memory subsystem WILL support upto 512 MB. The catch is the the chips on the module must be no more than 16Mbits. ie 1 double sided Module of 128MB each side = 256MB. 8 chips*(16M*8bits) per side.

Cognac or Cognac+ depends on the chipset that is being used.

PPGA and FC-PGA...The same but different. Both have 370pins but the construction of the Processor is different. Something to do with the heat dissapation. FC stands for "Flip Chip". Basically it is inverted. I understand that the 2 sockets are not compatible. A PPGA chip must go into a PPGA socket. Intel has more info at there site.

CPU: Intel Celeron (coppermine) 533mhz socket 370 PPGA
MOBO: Trigem cognac+ 66/100mhz fsb
Memory: 64mb sdram pc100
OS: Windows 98 SE
Hard Drive: 10 gb

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hi i'm thinking about doing some overclocking but have no experience on the matter.

i have asus smart doctor for my GPU and intel extreme tuning utility for my CPU.
so if someone could give me an idea of my limits or more preferably a guide for the process. or even just some advice it would be very appreciated. thank you. i really dont wana damaged anything ; )

Answer:Solved: overclocking advice

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I was looking at all the overclocking things here and someone said that I can not overclock a factory built pc?

I was also wondering:
I only want to overclock my p4 from 2.93ghz to about 3.2ghz so at present the clock speed is at 133mhz so there must be a x22 multiplier (I think) so I was going to raise that to 145mhz. But the memory speed is at 233 mhz so I have to lower that (right?) to the next lower level which is 200mhz now if it goes up at the same ratio of the clock speed that brings it to 218mhz.
Hope this is correct and please correct me if I am wrong?
Anyhow I wanted to know would this then give me any performance improvement as I'm not to sure if you multiply the clock speed and memory speed to get a significant performance figure.

i.e. performance figure of:
2.93 x 233= 682
3.2 x 218= 697 is this difference of unknown unit 15 noticeable?

I'm hoping the stock cooler will work with this?


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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4094 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 489 GB (370 GB Free); D: 931 GB (381 GB Free); E: 801 GB (486 GB Free); F: 111 GB (76 GB Free); G: 465 GB (291 GB Free); H: 931 GB (783 GB Free); I: 465 GB (464 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., G41MT-D3
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

Hi again,

Having read the sticky about overclocking, I have a question

Given the above system specs, would it be worthwhile over-clocking my CPU?

I already have a Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED fitted for cooling and did try a moderate over-clock using my system bios settings which pushed it up to around 3 GB, it did seem stable enough for the few hours I ran it I also ran Prime95 for about an hour and the temps peaked at 58 °C, I also noticed a moderate increase in FPS whilst playing some of my games.

I just overclocked it by changing my FSB from 266 to 333, I didn't touch any voltage settings or multipliers.

I am concerned about that fact that it shortens the life of the CPU, I wouldn't want to burn it out

What would be your advice about this

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I have:
P4 2.66 GHz
ATI Radeon 9800 128 MB

Lately I've been thinking about overclocking my processor a bit and seeing what the results are. It should be noted that I have a 500W power supply but no extra cooling in my system. What I'm wondering is: A.) Will it make that much of a performance difference with these specs if I overclock? B.) How much can I overclock and remain safe?

Answer:Advice for overclocking processor

Hello Joe,

Your specs seem pretty good. Even decent for online gaming. I would not recommend you to overclock since i have fried some circuits myself :D If you really want to experience it this site has the best information on overclocking. Take your time and read a lot till you feel %100 confinent.

Have fun and be careful :D

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I downloaded a program called NVTweak (171) which enabled me to view and edit/overclock the Core/Memory clock frequency. I noticed that the default was around 350MHz for the core frequency, but not exactly sure about the memory frequency. I know it's only a cheap card but is it worth over clocking? If so, to what speeds would be realiable? (I don't want to melt anything). Many thanks.

Answer:Overclocking GeForce4 MX 420 Help/Advice

cmjenks said:

I downloaded a program called NVTweak (171) which enabled me to view and edit/overclock the Core/Memory clock frequency. I noticed that the default was around 350MHz for the core frequency, but not exactly sure about the memory frequency. I know it's only a cheap card but is it worth over clocking? If so, to what speeds would be realiable? (I don't want to melt anything). Many thanks.Click to expand...

Well not sure if this will work I haven't overclocked a Nvidia card in awhile all been ATI as of late. But I did notice with ATI tool on the last stable version they claim Nvidia video card support now.

Go here
Sroll down to
Major changes to the latest stable version are:
And you will see.
"Added support for NVIDIA video cards"
that could mean several things
At the least it will tell you FPS,
Run the tool 30 minutes min on each GPU and MEM and use the clock setttings it sets them at.
(thats if ATI tool really works with Nvidia now)

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Well, here goes..

I'm quite new to the overclocking scene, ive overclocked 4 cpu's total I think (my p100mhz to 133, 150 to 166, my duron 900 to 1ghz and now im currently running my 1800+ at 1702mhz)

I just want peoples advice on a few different things i'm not completely sure of.

1. How hot is too hot!?
2. can you overclock better if its unlocked?
3. faster, more ram helps right?

I'm running my 1800+ at 1702mhz at 41c with a dragon orb 3 and one side case fan running at low speed. but latley I just leave it at 1800+ because it can be a little annoying with the case fan on.

A few other things I'd like to know is, whats a good cooling fan thats quiet? my dragon orb 3 seems like its louder then the day I bought it or maybe i'm just starting to get annoyed with it. Also, will a better video card and a sound card (I use onboard sound currently) reduce stress on my cpu, it seems that when I play games recently my temps reach as high as 49c if I don't turn a case fan on. especially with Direct3d games, so I assume Direct3d uses more cpu power then video card.

Anyhow, i'm starting to blister your ear ill post more questions later I think hehe

Answer:Overclocking Suggestions/Advice

I pretty new at overclocked also, but I'm going to give it a shot so here goes...

I've always heard that anything over 50c should be taken into account, and definitely anything over 55-60c should immediately be cooled or you risk damage to the processor. Is 41c your idle temp or load temp???

As I'm typing my idle temp is 34c, but I also don't have my 1.4 overclocked anymore. When it was overclocked to 1.6 I saw a temp increase of about 5c give or take a couple.

As far as the whole unlocking deal, I'm not too sure about, but I have read a post that said that a guy overclocked his machine also without unlocking it and hasn't had any problems. Only the multiplier is locked on the new XP's so increasing the FSB is the only option, which is typical overclocking so my opinion is yes and no, unlocking the chip gives you the ability to up the multiplier. This, of course, gives you the ability to overclock further.

How much ram do you currently have in your system??? I have 512 Crucial DDR ram in mine, and I can tell you that yes more memory = better performance. Also, if your overclocking your get more out of your ram by increasing the FSB reducing the bottleneck created by the processor. Make sure you have your memory set to CAS 2 in the bios, if it's quality memory it should be fine.

I'm really not to educated on cooling fans, as all the ones I've heard are good are also very noisy. It seems we have to s... Read more

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Hello. I'm a first time overclocker. I have just overclocked my 7950GX2 and AMD 6000+. I know personally that these aren't the best two things to overclock, but I wish to get more juice for my money until I can afford a new setup.

That aside. My current configuration:
AMD 6000+
15*210 = 3150Mhz. (Origionally 15*200 = 3000Mhz)
CPU Voltage: 1.45V (Origionally 1.4)
Temp after an hour of stressful gaming (Team Fortress 2): 48 Celcius. Fan speed: 2000RPM (Top 4000RPM)

Nvidia GeForce 7950GX2:
Engine clock: 534Mhz (Origionally 500Mhz)
Memory clock: 642Mhz (Origionally 600Mhz).
Temp after gaming: 80Celcius (70 at idle). Fan speed: 88%.

The CPU is fine, and I want to push it further, but I tried pushing up the clock speed, and hinting the voltage up, but it goes unstable at the next realistic increment (220*15).
The GPU is very hot and will burn out if I keep pushing it like this. Frankly I don't mind, I plan to replace this card with the 9800GX2 or two 9600GTs anyway after I buy my laptop.

RAM information, since it may be useful:
- 2GB; 2*1GB
- PC8500 1066MHz CAS 5-5-5-15
- 240pin, Non-ECC, Un-buffered DDR2 SDRAM DIMM
- 2.0V-2.3V Power Supply

Does anyone here have any idea on how I can make my CPU reach higher speeds stably? Perhaps messing with more voltages? Changing RAM timings? Editing my PCI*E bus? I havn't touched these things, but I can if I need to. I just don't want to jump further into Overclocking without some consulation.
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Answer:Overclocking advice wanted

Those newer, higher clocked AMD's don't seem to have as much overclocking potential as older or slower models so you may not be able to get a whole lot out of it. But increasing the CPU VCore voltage is where you need to start, try 1.5 volts. Your RAM should be the problem, just make sure its running at 1066Mhz or less and the voltage is set within the 2.0 to 2.3 volt range if thats what the specs state. Also make sure the PCI bus is locked to 33Mhz, if its not then you may risk problems from devices malfunctioning or data corruption unrelated to the CPU speed.

You really don't need 6GB of RAM for gaming and if you are using a 32 bit version of Windows you'll only be able to use about 3.25GB of RAM anyway.

To stress the CPU try using OCCT:
And then do some gaming.

Overclocking shouldn`t damage the actual hard drives but it can corrupt the data for a number of reasons, an increased PCI bus speed is one reason fopr corruption. You should always have a backup copy of all important data.

Also you may want to consider updating the BIOS to the latest version. A few of the BIOS updates improve memory compatibility and also lock the PCI bus to 33Mhz. See here: AM2

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I have heard lots about overclocking and would like to know more about it. Ie How to do it and what I will gain by doing it.

Can anyone help with this?

I have a celeron 466 on a 66 fsb with 512 Mb 133 sdram. I have a large heatsink on the cpu and two fans in the case. One on the psu and the other is a exaust fan located in a spare slot.

Answer:Overclocking Advice needed

Go to click on overclocking experience and techniques in the left hand frame, click on overclocking faq. This will give you the basic's of it. It's written for earlier celeron's but still pretinent to your chip. Of course, if you motherboard is oem and doesn't have jumpers or softmenu to change front side bus speeds your out of luck.

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for those of you who have read my other posts: yes i got my computer running and it what was wrong was the most durp thing ever.
The bios was set not to boot without a floppy drive and i must have had a faulty vga cable because there wasnt any signal on the monitor i was using, i thought it must be the gpu, but my bro clarified that for me


im looking to overclock but i have the intel stock heatsink right now
and that could be dangerous so what im planning on doing is buying a better heatsink/cpu fan and another 80mm case fan to fill up the last port.
(it'll be cool cuz ill have all green leds)
im just making sure that it will work with an evga 750i sli because someone said they had the 680i and it wouldnt fit properly, but theres an easy to fix solution. And the 4 pin power connector, mostly im just too lazy too take my computer apart to look. Also it looks awfully big, almost too big for my case, and will it be safe to overclock after that.
no i dont know any current temperatures.
intel e8400 3.0 core 2 duo
2x2gb sticks of ram
Evga 9800 gt graphics card
500 gb hard drive
750 watt power supply
Xion onyx case;2 120mm fans(front/back), 1 140mm fan(side) SOON 1 80mm (side) fan
and would sli gpu's help cuz im probly going to get one, much later though

Answer:heatsink/overclocking advice

It will fit, I think even without any special workout. Don't get a side fan, especially only a 80mm, or if you do, get a good filter or two, otherwise it will just bring a lot of dust to your video card...
About SLI, just use your current one as long as it's good enough, then sell it and get a good single card. SLi won't be as good as that, although you would be getting another 9800GT in the future quite cheap... Maybe it could be good with the prices then.

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hey i want to overclock e4300 and this is my first time overclocking. I was thinking 3.2 ghz would be stable 24/7. If you guys have any suggestions whats a stable fsb and what settings would I have to adjust?

motherboard: p5n-e sli
RAM: mushkin pc6400 CAS 4-3-4-10
cpu: intel e4300
cooling: monsoon II lite
case: nzxt zero

Answer:overclocking e4300 need advice plz

anastrophe said:

hey i want to overclock e4300 and this is my first time overclocking. I was thinking 3.2 ghz would be stable 24/7. If you guys have any suggestions whats a stable fsb and what settings would I have to adjust?

motherboard: p5n-e sli
RAM: mushkin pc6400 CAS 4-3-4-10
cpu: intel e4300
cooling: monsoon II lite
case: nzxt zeroClick to expand...

We have the same exact board and processor. I found that there was a memory hole between 1200 and 1333mhz FSB, so to get around it, I had to drop the multiplier down one and use a higher FSB to reach an effective speed of 2.8Ghz. 3.2Ghz was not stable for me at all, and 3.0Ghz was unattainable because of the FSB hole. I'm very happy with 2.8Ghz though, and it's been stable for a month with no problems what so ever. To get you started, read the overclocking guide at the top of this forum, and play around a bit. If you run into problems, post back and I'll see what I can do.

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There's a couple of things some of us feels it's time to bring up with you (the members of this board) concerning overclocking....

. Threads/Q's about overclocking belongs in the "Cooling & Modding" forum, not here in the "Cpu, chipsets and mobos"

Not everyone who comes here (to TechSpot) is interested in overclocking...
So please respect this. If someone asks what motherboard would be a good choice for his new computer, don't start talking about overclocking, unless the person asks for it! (Or you could ask is the member is interested in overclocking or not)
The same goes for memory, video cards, grandmothers or whatever you like to oc in your spare time...

I hope that you'll be able to follow and respect these two points... It's not very complicated, nor very hard to understand, and will save newcomers confusion and regulars a headache...

Thank you for your time.

Answer:Overclocking posts, threads & advice...

Originally posted by MrGaribaldi

The same goes for memory, video cards, grandmothers or whatever you like to oc in your spare time...
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Nonsense !!! I got my grandmother up to 250/500 ( core/mem ) & now she's giving me 27 CPM !!!

PS. CPM = cookies per minute.

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Okay, while I'm thinking about it, would anyone be kind enough to give me any pointers on OC'ing/optimizing my system? (ie what's safe, what's not and how I should do it) I'm using the PC mainly for video capture/encoding and am trying to squeeze every ounce of quality I can out of it.

I've got:

Intel Celeron 1ghz
Award Medallion 6.0 bios
Intel 815EP chipset
512 MB PC-133 SDRam
PNY GEForce3 ti200 video (oc'd to 220/500 mhz core/memory)
Soundblaster Live! 5.1 sound
ATI TV-Wonder VE
WD 60gb 7200 RPM IDE HD
2 optical drives
1 3.5 floppy
Linksys LNE100tx Ethernet


Thermaltake Volcano 5 heatsink/fan
300watt Intel (I think) power supply
Thermaltake active memory cooling w/fan
Thermaltake Crystal Orb (on video card)
2 extra case fans
1 PCI slot fan
Arctic Silver 3 thermal compound on CPU and video
Also, have cut/wrapped/tucked away all IDE/Floppy cables
all stuffed into a generic mid-tower case.

Okay, sorry that was so long, but I thought better to post everything now and stuff.

*any* help would be appreciated. I have all the newest/latest drivers for *everything*, already as well.

I guess I just need OC'ing advice and advice on how to get deeper into an Award BIOS.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Overclocking advice much wanted and appreciated:

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I used to build computers, but for the last few years I haven't kept up to date with the newest technology, mainly processors/motherboards and video cards.
I want to build a computer that I can overclock. Any motherboards, CPUs to recommend for this?

I want to have a good video card that I can get 50fps+ on games like world of warcraft. Doesn't need to be overkill though i dont want to spend over 250$ on it. Less would be much preferable.

How does RAM work nowadays? Last I remember was DDR400 ram. I hear the new ram is DDR2 but it has a higher latency which cancels out its faster speed? I want to synch the memory in 1:1 ratio with both the cpu frequency and memory frequency overclocked a little bit.
For example if I have a 3ghz cpu at 15 x 200mhz and DDR400 ram (2 x 200mhz), id want to try to get it up to something like 15 x 233mhz and RAM at (2x233 =566mhz). Are heatspreaders necessary for hte memory when overclocking?

I dont want to overclock to the point where I need water cooling. I have a good case with excellent air flow so I think that should hold up to a certain point.

Basically I just need help with what parts are around nowadays - what mobos / cpus good for overclocking, what RAM, what video card..


Answer:building a new computer.. need advice overclocking etc.

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Hi! Just anewbie here in the forum!I really need help with my PC Build. I've been trying to build this for Gaming, Online Gaming and BB Internet.Please feel free to give suggestions/comments advice etc.Processor: Pentium D820 2.8 GhzRAM:      Geil 1 Gb DDR2 DualMBoard:    Asustek P5VD2-MXVCard:      Gigabyte 256 MB GF 7300GTHD:      Seagate 80 Gb SATAOpt Drive: LiteOn Combo 52xI'm not really sure if some of the hardware will be really compatible. Help!Also if anybody could help me with a counterpart build using AMD platform (I'm not familiar with AMD set up!Thanks and Happy Holidays.I'm planning to buy a PC this X'mas Season that is why.

Answer:Help with PC Build! (Gaming, OL Gaming, Internet)

You need Track  He'll probably be along shortly.In the meantime, I'll do what I can.I'd recommend a better graphics card, the 7300GT is a budget card not a gaming card.What's your budget?Remember your PSU too, you haven't included that or a case or cooling.The Pentium D is old technology, I'd recommend a Core 2 Duo.Possibly you may benefit from a larger HDD too, 80Gb is pretty small these days.What sort of games are you planning to play?Oh, and you forgot to include an OS.Sorry this is a bit haphazard but I just added things as I thought of them.

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Is overclocking is safe on R9800pro & is it realy make difference in gaming?
I m going to overclock my MSI Radeon 9800pro (just bought 4 days ago) bcoz i m not getting good performance from it. What r the advantages and disadvantages of overclocking. From where can i get the bios of Radeon XT to overclock it into my 9800pro.

Answer:Is overclocking is safe on R9800pro & is it realy make difference in gaming?

Well, overclocking video cards is MUCH easier than overclocking CPUs, and there is less risk of damage as well because vid cards let you know immediately when you have gone to far.

But before overclocking, you should try tweaking your game settings first.

If you do decide to oc your vid card, first you have to be sure you have good cooling for your case. And in order to be able to flash the bios to the 9800XT, you have to first be sure you have the R360 chipset (not the R350).

If you OC it, you'll get a little more kick out of it, but don't expect too much.

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This is my first post so hello everyone!
erm.. basically i wanna overclock my CPU which is a

AMD Duron 1200mhz
FSB 100MHz
Bus Speed 200MHz

i wanna get as much power out of this thing as possible, i will be upgrading my whole system when i find a full time job, but that could be a while, so i wanna get a bit more power quicker if ya know what i mean.

Any advice or idea's on how to do it or programs that'll help me will be greatly appreciated...

Thanks Stanty.....

Answer:Any Advice on overclocking a AMD Duron 1.2Ghz Proccesor?

Overclocking posts, threads & advice...

1. Threads/Q's about overclocking belongs in the "Cooling & Modding" forum, not here in the "Cpu, chipsets and mobos"Click to expand...


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Hey guys, I've been considering overclocking my machine for a while, but I want to make sure I have plenty of cooling first! I've always shied away from OCing because I'm scared I'll fry something. But I figure if I'm ever going to learn, I need to try!

Quick specs:

I have an AMD Athlon 64 X2 and a GeForce 8500 GT.
My power supply is 400W

In addition to the coolers on my hardware, I also have a cheapo fan that came with the case mounted on the back near all the cables.

I'm thinking of trying to overclock the processor and GPU. So I went to chillblast and started looking through the coolers they have there.

This one is for the GPU and this one is for the CPU.

I've never modded my PC outside of just buying stock components and fitting them. For example, I've never switched the stock cooler on on my CPU/GPU for a new one before.

So the questions I need to ask are:
What kind of cooler would you recommend? Are the ones I linked to acceptable? Also, is my power supply sufficient?

Thanks dudes.

Answer:Considering Overclocking - Advice on Cooling hardware requested!

The Zalman flower range are all pretty decent coolers I had a quick look and there isn't many better CPU coolers for only £25 then I stumbled on this which is 120mm heatpipe cooler almost an exact copy of the more expensive thermalright version.

Unless your power supply is of decent quality then you'll want to upgrade it or you may struggle which for decent one will cost around £60 at least.

Which brings you into new video card money,if you game I'd spend the lot on a new video card a 9800GT or something the 8500 isn't worth overclocking.

Sorry for the late reply

EDIT but don't listen to me overclock the card just for fun:-D

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HiMy pc specs are as followsCase: Antec 1200 Hundred all 5 case fans set to defult.Asus Geforce GTX 260 card fan set at 40% (auto)CPU: Intel Q6600 2.40Mhz Frezzer 7 Pro cpu fan4 gig ram OC Platinum 1333 MHz timmings 7-7-7-20Vista 64bitSamsung F1 Spinpoint 1TB hard driveLG Dvd-RW driveCreative Sound Blaster X-FI Gamer cardWith the above set up how do I go about overclocking my system to run my cpu at a safe speed.Temps as they are now taken from PC Wizard ProIdle CPU all 4 cores no higher then 25 / 30c full load after games 35cGPU 43c at desktop 67c after gamingHard drive idle 19c gameing 25cAny advice / settings or sites on my system be great what sort of speed can i get cpu up to safely..Thank you for reading and your time.

Answer:Overclocking advice please with Asus P5E3 Deluxe M

there's no safe advice, every component is different, they are set to a standard clock setting because that's what the manufacturer believes to be safe. It's trial and error if you have a good cpu it will clock high, some will clock higher than others. some motherboards are good for overclocking some fail dreadfully with a mild overclock. the motherboard/ chipset is the most crucial part as this controls everything, that needs to speak to each other.if you are not prepared to replace anything you break, don't bother trying. if you overclock slightly you wont see any difference if you overclock enough to make a difference watch your temps. you have probably voided your warrenty and almost certainly shortened the life of one or more components, this shouldn't matter as they will probably life well past their 'needs upgrade' date anyway.get advice from motherboards forum, i overclock using multiplier and voltage settings only from bios, this is because my motherboard is built to overclock and auto compensates all ram timings, voltages etc. you can then tune the cores up seperatly with software from motherboard site.things may seem fine, remember some games hate overclocked systems some don' a thrash test like prime '95 to test temps watch it for the first 30 minutes and leave it at least overnight to test stability. many leave it running longer.i do this because computers is my hobby, you will probably have some problems it's up to you, stable system that plays everything a... Read more

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(I apologize in advance for any typos I don't catch and fix. I'm trying to type with a wrist brace on)
* What are you going to use the PC for? Gaming
* How much is your budget? Not yet known, depends on tax return
* Where are you located? (a.k.a. fill out your profile) Indiana
* Are you willing to buy online? Yes, frequent Newegg user
* Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build? Yes, I am only upgrading my current system. Looking to buy at most RAM, Video card, Hard Drive, and monitor
* Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others? Will be reusing what I have, except maybe the monitor.
* Have you already bought any parts? Not yet
* Do you have an Operating System (OS)? Yes, Windows 7 64-bit
* Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup? Not sure yet.

Hi all. Tried some Google-fu, but didn't find anything that really answered my questions. I want to upgrade my system this spring (primarily for gaming), and I want to have a better understanding of what FSB is and how it affects my system before I go and spend my money. I don't feel I need help with specific item recommendations; rather, I would like some questions answered so I can make a more educated purchase when the time comes. Here are some detailed stats for my system, including pertinent information that I have questions about:

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Answer:Build/upgrade help, questions about the finer points (FSB, overclocking, etc.)

All of this information is already available online so it doesn't make sense to repeat what's available.


AMD uses HyperTransport to replace the Front-Side Bus in their Opteron, Athlon 64, Sempron 64, Turion 64, Phenom and Phenom II families of microprocessors.

In personal computers, the front-side bus (FSB) is the bus that carries data between the CPU and the northbridge.

This should explain DDR3:

What is the 1800(O.C.) and 1600(O.C.) on the motherboard?
The motherboard supports Overclocking up to those speeds.

What are the L2 and L3 Cache?
L1 is closest to the core, typically smallest and fastest. L2 is typically bigger and slower, and 'further away' (both physical, distance, and in latency). L3 is even bigger, slower and further, etc.

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I am not a gamer (I play games occasionally, but don't build systems for gaming). I am a commercial photographer (architectural, product, industrial). I shoot high mega pixel files, build and save multiple copies, layered Photoshop files, very large scans and video footage. I need a lot of storage space, processing speed, transfer speed and memory.

My previous builds have been dual Xeon systems and x64 Win OS since Win2000.
Previous systems have included dual 3.4Ghz, dual 2.4Ghz, dual 600Mhz & dual 300Mhz using Asus & Supermicro boards. Besides my workstations I've built a half dozen other systems. The last 2 systems have included 4 drive RAID arrays in RAID 0 config for working video files. I haven't built a system in about 5 years.

My goal is to build a system suitable for my photo/video needs that provides modest stable overclocking - targeting 4.5 Ghz. I am also interested in combining a pair of Seagate Hybrid drives (Momentus XT) in RAID0 as the OS drive for a balance of space and performance rather than going to SSD. I've never played with Overclocking nor water cooled systems.

As I start this build I am tight on funds and propose to bake in a planned future upgrade to allow the cost of those components to go down and still see an immediate jump in speed over my current system. I expect this new build to be 10X as fast as my current system (60 minute render in 6 minutes). The future upgrade will further potentially double the speed... Read more

Answer:Seeking overclocking & memory selection for X79 system build

Not sure how "used" it is but that evga gtx460 1GB SC is $129.99 new.

I recommend you stay away from Seagate for there horrible failure rate. Western Digital Caviar Black or Blue is the way to go.

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I would really appreciate your input on my final spec for my first build.

Intended Usage:
- 80% Heavy multitasking - Mail, browsing, downloading movies, playng music with Mediaplayer, decoding movies, online poker
- 20% Games - Warcraft, Flight sims, RTS

Other Info
- I will be using my existing Dell 20 inch LCD, running 1600x1200
- I will experiment with moderate overclocking, but this is my main system so I want a stable box that will run for 2-3 years
- I don't want the extra complexity of RAID
- I am not interested in SLI. I will buy the top of the line DX10 graphics card next year, the current choice is only a stop gap.
- Based on what I have heard above the minimal cpu impact I am going for on board sound rather than a separate card
- In future I see myself upgrading to quad core
- I will run XP 32 as my main OS, with Vista on its own partition until I am happy to move to Vista (late next year?). Will also have another OS partition on the main Harddrive for messing around with Linux

- What are your general thoughts?
- How does my memory choice look?
- Does my PSU look ok for the future? I would like a modular unit. I won't go SLI, but do see myself having Quad core and a beefy DX10 GPU, as well as 3+ SATA devices.
- Is there an ATI alternative to my graphics card choice, as I hear ATI is the way to go right now? Also I want to avoid reinstalling my OS if I move to an ATI DX10 card (I have hear that you should reinsta... Read more

Answer:C2D Build: About to order my first ever build, advice please

Good, except for the E6600. Get the E6400 and overclock it (should overclock well with that board and your ram, without blowing up your processor in 3 years). Will save you quite a bit of money that way.

Also just a personal recommendation. Get the Enermax Noisetaker II 485W PSU instead.

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I will be buying computer parts in the next couple of days from This will be the first computer I will have attempted to build. Before actually buying anything, I'd like to get some feedback on the computer I've put together, so I can rectify mistakes and consider suggestions.

I basically only want a system that can run WoW, Diablo 3, and Guild Wars 2 on high to ultra/max settings. I game for several hours each day.

Please take a look at my build bellow and tell me what you think. Thanks for the feedback!

- LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
- Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
- HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers
- ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
- XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
- Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM
- hec HP585D RETAIL 585W ATX12V Power Supply
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
- AMD Phenom II X4 9... Read more

Answer:* Need Help With Gaming Build *

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Is it possible to build a $300 gaming build that can run games like TF2, WoW, SCII, Guild Wars 2 etc, and slightly older games on 15'' monitor?

I have Win xp, optical drive and hard drive already. Thanks in advance.

Answer:$300 gaming build??

A 15" monitor? If the monitor is that old, the optical drive and hard drive probably are too which means they're IDE drives. New motherboards use SATA ports. You probably also can't find Windows XP chipset drivers for new boards and graphics cards.

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Hi guys
Can anyone out there assist me in connecting everything together inside my sons new gaming PC please?
Everything is sitting there waiting to be connected but unfortunately there was no instruction manual with the new tower , psu, or motherboard.
Please can anyone out there help me?
My psu is a G7 power extreme 780 watt and the tower is a Z11 plus from Zalman.
My motherboard is Asus M5A78L-M LE
I owe you big time if u can solve this for me , cheers

Answer:Help me build a gaming PC

Manual on line here.

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If u can help plaz do so i am trying to building a gaming pc & i need some assistance on what types of parts i need & how to go about building it :[/SIZE]

Answer:How to Build a gaming pc

Refer to Select any PC that you like under their Gaming Desktop section. Configure that PC to see some typical specs a gaming computer has.

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Just wanted to know if this was a good setup. Playing mainly games, the main one being WoW. Is it good value for the money spent etc?-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Gigabyte GA_P35C_DS3R (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 & DDR3 Motherboard£88.11-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.33GHz (1333FSB) - Retail£111.61-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------SAMSUNG 20x DVD+/-R/RW/RAM SATA OEM BLACK£22.03--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 2500KS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM£42.29-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Antec Nine Hundred - Gaming Case with 200mm Top Fan - No PSU£65.37-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------BFG GeForce 8800GTS OC2 320MB HDCP Enabled Dual DVI PCI Express (580MHz Core Clock) (1700MHz Memory Clock) (1350MHz Shader Clock)£200.93--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Arctic Power 700W PSU - With PCI-E, SATA, 20+4, ATX12V, 8pin +12V Connectors - Retail Boxed£36.66------------------------------------------------------------------------... Read more

Answer:First ever build - for gaming

The only thing i can really see is the os being the problem.Vista has had a few knockers regarding gaming,some seem to think xp is better for this.

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hi I want to build a pc gaming that would run games at maximum setting with less than 800$.

I have the following thing in mind :

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8 GHz 6x512 KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Processor - Retail HDT55TFBGRBOX

Gigabyte Socket AM2+/AMD 740G/DDR2/A&V&GbE/MATX Motherboard GA-MA74GM-S2

-PCI-Express Video Card 1 :
Sapphire Radeon HD5770 Vapor-X 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card 100283VX-2L

-PCI-Express Video Card 2 :
EVGA nVidia GeForce GT 220 1 GB DDR3 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card 01G-P3-1226-LR

-CPU Cooler:
Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler

-Internal Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST3500418AS-Bare Drive

-Dvd Driver:
Samsung Internal Half Height DVD-W Supermulti SATA 22X Lightscribe (Black)

-Power Supply:
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Series 460W ATX Form Factor 12V V2.01 Power Supply - (RS460-PMSRA3-US)

-Case :
Cooler Master Elite 310 ATX, MATX Mid Tower Case with Window RC-310-SWN1-GP (Black/Silver)

thats what all please tell me if it is good or not. 'cause this is the first time i build a PC.

Answer:Want to build a gaming PC with $800

Why an AM2+ board? Because of costs?

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I am planning on building a gaming PC with a budget of around $900 Australian dollars and this is the list of components I have come up with.

Graphics card: $225.15

Leadtek WinFast GTX 560 Ti 1GB GDDR5
Case: $52.50

Xigmatek Asgard II
Power supply unit: $85

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply
Motherboard: $115.80

MSI P67A-GD55 (B3)
Processor: $212

Intel Core i5-2500K
Hard drive: $90

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB
Optical drive: $20

LG GH22NS50 DVD Burner
Network card: $13

TP-Link TL-WN350GD 54M Wireless
Memory: $37.70

G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 4GB (2x 2GB)

I Have done quite a bit of research on these components but would like to clarify a few questions.
Are all of these components completely compatible with each other?
Will all of the components fit into the case?
Am I getting the best price and value for all of the components?
Do you have any suggestions to change a component?

Thanks, James

Answer:First PC Build (Gaming PC)

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Hello everyone, i'm new on here, allthough I plan on using this site alot and helping members when I understand how pc's work and stuff...
I recently decided to quit console gaming and try pc gaming, and my dad agreed to pay up to ~800$ on a gaming pc (just the parts, no monitor etc.)
I wanted to know if this build is "compatible" and if it will fit in the case I bought.
So, here's the parts, I will try to include screenshots.
AMD A10-7870K Godavari Quad 3.9GHz FM2+ 95W AD787KXDJCBOX Processor

Rosewill RCX-Z1 Long life ball bearing for over 45,000/hrs CPU Cooler

Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 2TB HDD 3.5" 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive

ASRock Motherboard Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 AMD AM4 B350 DDR4 PCI Express

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6GB GDDR5 Video Card

Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DIMM 288-Pin - BLS2K4G4D240FSE (Red)

COUGAR CMX 1000 / CMX1000V3 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, flexible cable management Active PFC Power Supply Haswell ready Cougar CMX1000V3

CUK Lineage Black Mid Tower LED Desktop PC ATX Aluminum Computer Case (AC-CC-0024)

Im happy to read any comments, even if you're calling me an idiot , my main concern is that my pc will die really fast or not work at all. Am I forgetting any parts needed to build this computer, or is everything ok? Also, if you know any better parts for a cheaper price, or about the same price, please t... Read more

Answer:Low end gaming pc build - need help!

Hello sirprize10,

Couple of pointers for you, they are not criticisms btw

The motherboard and CPU are not compatible, for that MB you need a CPU like the one here

The brand of PSU is junk, the GPU that you have chosen only need a good quality 400W PSU that has 27 amps or more on the +12V rail, EVGA 500W here has 40 amps.

You have not included a DVD drive, you need one to install Windows, LG - GH24NSD1 DVD/CD Writer

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Question: Gaming Pc Build

I Have around $800 to spend on a new computer, I would mostly like to use it for gaming and school, what parts would you recommend? (ill be ordering off of newegg.)

Answer:Gaming Pc Build

i would save up to about at least $1000, then you could get one awesome comp.

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Question: First Gaming Build

Hey everyone! Im looking to build myself a gaming PC, but have never done so before, so I was hoping you all could review my choices and tell me what you think. I'm basically looking for the best bang for my buck, I don't have a ton of money to spend on this. Sorry if this is in the wrong section, wasn't sure where to put it. Alright, so heres what I got so far. I am still missing a Disk Drive and a Case though, not really sure what to look for in those fields, if you guys could help me out there. And I'm at about 700 bucks so far, would like to spend no more than 60 bucks if possible. Also, so far compatible? Seem appropriately priced? Know of any site where it might be sold cheaper? Also, I was hoping on getting the Intel Core Duo E8400, but I wasn't able to find one with a price lower than 195, which is around 60 bucks more than the E7200, would the price difference be worth it? Oh, and am I missing anything else (essentials) besides the case and drive?169.99 -Graphics Card: ZOTAC nVidia geForce 8800GT 512mb PCI Express Video card -Processor: Intel Core Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cahce LGA 775 gdW Dualcore Processor -Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard -Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SPI 64-bit Read more

Answer:First Gaming Build

welcome to the forums. here are a few things to consider...1. all your newegg links are dead links. please redo them.2. do you really need a 64bit OS? there are numerous compatibility issues with 64bit OS's.3. i recommend at least a 500w power supply. 500w is about the minimum for gaming computers.4. you said your missing the harddrive, but i see you listed a 500gb samsung HD...?5. for a budget case, i recommend a case by XION (click here). they make affordable cases and they look cool too. they also come with a power supply that you can take out and use as a backup incase your antec PSU fails.

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I decided that I wanted to get into pc gaming, so thought I would try building my own set up.
What I chose:
Case = Cooler Master N200 (Micro ATX)
Motherboard = MSI Z87M
Processor = i5-4690K
Memory = Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
Storage = 256GB SSD and a 1TB HD
Video Card = MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Optical Drive = samsung dvd/cd writer
1st question... Is this a good choice?
2nd question... I don't know much about this. Will I need a cpu cooler or a radiator? Will the stock cpu cooler be ok ?
3rd question.. Anything i've missed?
Ideally I want this to be capable of playing most games out there without any problems.

Answer:Help with my first build (gaming)

Oh I wasn't sure on power supply either

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Hi all
I want to build a gaming pc and I have choose these parts plz suggest me something if better than this and plz tell me all the parts are compatible with each other or not plz help me regarding this tx.
Component = Model & Specification Price (Rs.)
Cabinet = Cooler Master HAF 912 = 7,000
Monitor = Dell S2415H 24 inch Monitor = 14,800
Ram = 8 GB Corsair Vengance 2*4GB 1600 Mhz = 6,000
Hard Disk = Weston Digital 2 TB Desktop Internal Hard
Drive 7200 RPM = 5,200
Power Supply = Corsair RM Series RM750 750W = 7,500
Processor = Intel i7 4790k Processor = 19,200
Graphics Card = Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Strix DirectCU
DirectCU II Graphics Card (4 GB, GDDR5) = 20,000
Mother Board = Asus Maximus VII Hero = 22,000
SSD = ADATA Premier PRO SP 900 256 GB SSD = 8,000
CPU Cooler = Cooler master Hyper 212X = 3,200

Answer:BUILD A GAMING PC is popular here for building lists and it checks compatibility too

Just FYI
As for your build, what are you building it for? Gaming, office, digital editing?

If games, which top 3 games

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Question: Gaming PC Build

I am building a Gaming PC (also used for school and surfing the net) and am trying to make a few crucial decisions.I have a 37" LG lcd hdtv and my computer monitor. I am trying to find out how I can use both screens as computer monitors. I want to be able to use the LG tv as both a tv and a computer monitor without having to disconnect any cables or disable one monitor. When I decided to play games, surf the internet , or whatever else on the LG hdtv I want to be able to do so. If I want to do this what type of motherboard and graphics card do I need? What specs do I need to have in these two components in order to obtain the preceeding setup? Any suggestions on a motherboard and graphics card that would be suitable? (I am buying from or a major electronics store like BestBuy, CircuitCity, or CompUSA) Could you search these sites or something and direct me to what I would need? Also my budget is fairly flexible but obviously I don't want to spend more than I have to but I want to be able to expand if needed in the future. I want a relatively high end graphics card but not a ridiculously expensive one (was looking around $200 for the card).Also, I am trying to decide on the processor to use for this system. What processor is going to run faster for both gaming and computing in general:1. in advance.

Answer:Gaming PC Build

regarding the CPU,the E6850 is out of the question, the E6XXX series have been replaced by the E8XXX series.if you  are into overclocking, i would go for the Q6600. many people have been able to overclock theirs to 3gHz, mind you they had to install aftermarket CPU heatsinks.if you are not into overclocking i recommend the E8400. it is a dual core CPU native @ 3gHz. the 37" tv,this tv might be a little much for a graphics card, i dont know how well any games will look or handle on a screen that large. but if you have it already, it doesnt hurt to try.QuoteIf I want to do this what type of motherboard do I need?depends on your budget and if you want an SLI ready board.QuoteIf I want to do this what type of graphics card do I need?a good one. you will, however, not get a high end graphics card for only $200. i recommend the EVGA 8800 GTS 512mb for $269.99 @ newegg.

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Ok, so I have No idea how to build a pc (I have someone to help me), but I was wondering if all of these would run a pc and what case you recommend for cheap:

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This is my first time trying my hand at building a gaming PC, so I just want some advice on the build to make sure I’m going in the right direction. Budget is hovering around $1500, but I have a little wiggle room.
- CPU: Intel i7 4790k
- Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Processor Cooler
- RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro (2x8GB)
- HDD: Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB Blue 7200RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5”
- SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD
- MOBO: MSI MSI Gaming Z97 GAMING 5 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
- Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower
- PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 650W 80 Plus Gold Power Supply
- GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 970 TwinFrozr V 1140/1279MHZ 4GB 7GHZ GDDR5 HDMI 2x DVI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
- OS: Windows 7 Pro
Any suggestions? Is this a good build for running high-performance games on good settings? I want to be able to run games like The Witcher 3 on Ultra. Let’s aim for a cool 60fps. Thank you in advance for all help.

Answer:First Gaming PC Build Please Help!!!

click here take a look at pages 2 & 3. Its a bit out of date but may help.
Just wondering why you have chosen a Devils Canyon CPU when the new Skylake series 6 chips are now available. Nothing wrong with what you have chosen but it limits future upgrade but I guess its cheaper.

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Question: Gaming PC Build

Hi. I really hate my computer because I have a ton of games which I can't even play on it cus it's SO CRAP! Soooo, I decided to build my own PC. I'm just a beginner, so I picked some stuff that seemed good and I was wondering if you glorious experts could tell me if it's all compatible, and if it's all good, kthx:

Case\Chassis: AYWUN A1-6719 $3.63

Power Supply: ANTEC 500W Antec Basiq ATX Power Supply $70.63

CPU: It's my current CPU (Intel Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.06GHz)

Motherboard: INTEL G31 1333FSB mATX PCI-Ex16 GRAPHIC GIGA-LAN DDR2 $76.99

HDD: HITACHI 1TB Full-speed 7200 Deskstar 7K1000.B HDD $108.38

Video Card: ASUS GF9500GT $88.84

Sound Card: CREATIVE Sound Blaster 5.1VX $23.19

DVD Drive: SAMSUNG PATA Samsung SH-S222A

Please give me some advice, I really don't wanna go and buy all these to later find out they don't work together -.-

BTW: Don't worry about Keyboard, Mouse or Monitor.

Thank you very much!

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Im not really computer building-literate so here i am.

Im looking to have a gaming pc built, but i dont know what to put in it. I dont want it to be super duper good at gaming, but i do want it to be somewhere in the top end, so that it can handle most games with ease.

Im in the UK, and my budget is about £1000, but like i said i dont want it super duper good so dont aim to reach that budget.

Answer:trying to build a new gaming pc... HELP!

this would come in at around grand and give you more than enough to play most games but dont forget you have to put an OS on that price and these are specs for a 64bit system (it's better for gaming.)

EVGA GeForce GTX 260 graphics card.
OCZ Gold 3x2GB 240-Pin DDR3 Ram
GIGABYTE X58 mother board
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz CPU
Antec 1200 Full Tower case
Antec 850W power supply.

I have suggested the full case and a powerful PSU to give plenty of scope for upgrades at a later date, but you could save a little cash on those parts.

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Question: Gaming PC build

Hi I have an old pc from about 2000 that I just stripped down. I was looking into whether it would be possible to build a mid range decent gaming pc that will be able to handle something like battlefield 3 medium settings with a budget of 400£, and if I can salvage anything from the pc. Definitely gonna scrap the motherboard, cpu and graphics card. The power supply says 250W maximum output. Not sure if the lan card is compatible with todays motherboards. The tower is W175mm H350mm D370mm. motherboard was MS-6741 VER 1Was thinking of getting something like the radeon 5770 and motherboard, amd bundle.cheers I would appreciate any helppictures here click here

Answer:Gaming PC build

Have a look at these components:Mobo:Asus M4A785TD-M EVO click hereCPU:AMD Phenom 550 click herePSU:Storm 500 click hereRAM: Kingston 1600 click hereHDD:Deskstar 320 click hereGPU: MSI GTX 460 768MB click here which is faster than the 5770Obviously you will need to factor in optical an optical drive and operating system , but should come in within budget.

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I had a custom built pc made for me about a month-month and a half ago. I love it. It is so nice to have a hardcore gaming pc, something which I have always wanted, and something I have worked very hard to pay for. Let me break down the specs.

ViewSonic 19" Flat LCD with 4ms response
Antec P180 case
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4400+ Processor
ASUS A8N - SLI Deluxe
1 GB 433MHz RAM
(2) PNY 256 MB GeForce 6800 GT SLI enabled
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Audio
Creative Inspire T7700 8-Speaker System
Vantec Stealth 520-Watt ATX Power Supply
Samsung TS-H552U DVD+RW / DVD-RW / DVD+R DL

Let me say once again how much I love this rig. I seriously kiss it once a week. It is my prize possession. I know I'm sick, but I don't care.

My questions is this... I know I don't have the absolute best computer out there. But I want to make sure I have close to that. Most important to me are the GPU's and the CPU. I have been reading a lot lately about GPU's, and I have heard that they are coming out with one that is SLI on one card instead of 2. So does that mean I can get 2 -Single Dual cards, for a total of 4 GPU's??? LOL! That would be sweet! Also, with the money I spent on the 2 6800 GT's, would I have been better off with just 1 - 7800 GTX KO? If so, why? Aren't 2 - 6800 GT's way better then any 1 card on the market today? If not, why? Then there is the processor. The gentleman who built this fo... Read more

Answer:New build gaming pc. Did I do it right?

You have an awesome system, pretty much at the top, no worries there. Probably your biggest hangup at the moment is your ram, actually. Up that to 2gb and you'll be flying. You'll want two sticks of 1Gb, not 4 sticks of 512, and you should look at getting a high performance make if you really are wanting to get performance.

What make is that ram you have now? Do you know what the timings are set at?

As for your CPU, not many games are using dual core at the moment (in fact, are there any?). The single core CPUs in general are performing better gamewise with their higher clockrates. BUT, hopefully the games that start coming out now will start taking advantage of dual core technology.

I am curious about the 433Mhz memory. I thought that 400mhz was the max. Need someone with more knowledge than I have to answer that.

As for your future upgrade options, at the moment the sky is your limit. Socket 939 is still the best for AMD, and PCI-e is still the best for graphics. That board should keep you at the top of the heap for a while to come.

Finally, just a warning for you (I have the same mobo). Your chipset fan may fail on you sometime in the near future. If you hear a freakishly loud noise all of the sudden, that's what it is.

Actually, take a look at your motherboard now. Is the chipset fan mounted parallel to the motherboard? I.e., square? (as opposed to being diagonally installed - a diamond shape)? The square mounted fan is the older type, an... Read more

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I have a budget of around £1,000 and am looking for a gaming PC which i can play on the best graphics i can get. I would be wanting to play games like Dayz Standalone and garry mod and later on i might want to record if anyone can help me please try i want it to last a while. i could go a bit over 1000 for monitor and keyboard but around 1000 for the pc

Answer:Need someone to build me a Gaming PC

Thanks for replying i like the look of this one click here i would like a decent enough monitor but mouse and keyboard i dont really need to spend alot on

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I have recently been looking around the internet on which is better console or pc and I ended up going with pc. But every time I think I found a good build someone else says you can can switch that processor for this one or whatever and I'm so confused on what to do. Can anyone help?? my budget is around 650-700!

Answer:$700.00 Gaming Pc Build

For this I recommend going to thetechgame... They have good pc building advice.

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last year i built my computer with a couple friends of mine..i ended up with a 21" flat screen monitor, cheap *** computer box gforce 4 2800ti, amd xp 2.6, gigabyte motherboard and 512ddr ram... well see this aint cutting it for me anymore!

money is no problem, im plan to get parts piece by piece anyways. i want the best things to have for "gaming"

what im lookin for is a bad *** motherboard, new amd processor, new case, 1gig of ram, new videocard, new hard drive. please help me out...i just want the best and only the best..**** duel processor sounds nice too but its not needed i think

Answer:what do i need to build the BEST gaming cpu

AMD Athlon XP 3200+ "Barton"
Giga-Byte GA-7NNXP Motherboard
1 gig Corsair XMS PC4000
Asus Radeon 9800XT vid card
two seagate 15,000 RPM 73GB hard drives

My advice: dont go 64.

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This is my first post.

So here's the deal... i'm on and build myself a wonderfull gaming PC for about 1.4K$, because im due for a new one and want to play high end games with fantastic FPS, the site says its all compatible, but just to make sure i wanted to know if anyone had any advice, thoughts or any changes i should do before i buy all the parts, because this is my first PC Build afterall.

Here's the List of the Parts

CPU: Intel - Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Amazon: 260$

CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Pure Rock Slim 35.1 CFM CPU Cooler
- NewEgg: 30$

Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
- Amazon: 70$

Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400
- NewEgg: 90$

Storage: SanDisk - SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" SSD
- NewEgg: 80$
Western Digital - Mainstream 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
- Amazon: 70$
i'm buying a Hard Drive with my SSD, because usually an SSD is not enough storage on its own.

Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
i know its expensive but i really want to be able to play every game at ultra settings.
- Amazon: 620$

Case: Corsair - Carbide SPEC-04 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case
i know my motherboard is MicroATX, but i couldnt find any good looking cases that i liked in MicroATX size.
- NewEgg: 90$

PCU : Cooler Master - 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
i'm not sure if this PCU is to big for the case tho... ??
- NewEgg: 85$

Case Fans:... Read more

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hi everyone, I was hoping you could help me and give me some advise on my first PC build:
case: BitFenix Prodigy M Micro ATX case-black-£71.55
Power supply: Corsair Builder Series CXM 430W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX/EPS PSU-£36.52
Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 V2 Intel LGA1150 H81 Micro-ATX Motherboard-£43.98
Processor: Intel Core i3 4130 Dual Core CPU-£83.00
RAM: Corsair CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9 4GB 1600MHz CL9 Vengeance Memory Module-£32.00
Graphics card: Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Graphics Card-£86.98
Hard drive: WD 1TB 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive-Cavia Blue-£42.99
DVD drive: Asus DVD-RW Drive-£15.49
Software: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Full Version SP1 2013-£50.00
I have researched and I think these are the best parts for what I want (games like DayZ, Rust, Loadout etc) and at the cheapest price from amazon and ebay,I dont want to spend too much on a gaming PC but im not entirely sure that these parts are compatible. so could you help me with these questions:
are these parts compatible?
where can I get these parts cheaper?
are there any better parts at a similar price?
should I get two RAM?
and what is DirectX?
Thanks for the help

Answer:Need help on my first gaming PC build

Why not use Parts Picker you can input all your parts and it will tell you if they are compatible and the best place to buy them.

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The Nvidia site has a recent blog post suggesting parts for a $450 gaming pc.
They are not selling the parts (well except for the video card) but are just quoting current average prices
for parts available elsewhere.

Build A GeForce GTX 950 Micro ATX PC For Under $450 | GeForce
Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 950 Superclocked - $159.99

Chassis - Cooler Master N200 Micro ATX Mini Tower - $44.75

CPU - Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor - $64.88

Motherboard - MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA 1150 - $39.99

RAM - Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - $39.99

Storage - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - $46.99

PSU - EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX - $37.99

Total Price -$442.57

They didn't include a cost for the operating system. Well Linux is free, or maybe you have a retail copy of Windows to transfer.

The Intel Pentium G3258 @ 3.20GHz cpu has a Passmark benchmark of 4003.
PassMark - Intel Pentium G3258 @ 3.20GHz - Price performance comparison

Answer:Build a gaming PC for $450 or $4,200

Or Ars Technica suggests parts for a $4,200 ultimate X99 gaming pc.
Ars Technica builds one and displays pictures and info in their article linked below:
They also suggest using Windows 10 as the operating system.

Building the ultimate X99 gaming and benchmarking PC | Ars Technica

OS - Windows 10- ~$119 to $199**

CPU - Intel Core i7-5930K, Haswell-E, 6-Core, 3.5 GHz, LGA 2011 - ~$590**

RAM - 32GB Corsair DDR4 at 3000MHz - ~$500**

SSD - 512GB Samsung SM951 M.2 PCI-e 3.0 - ~$200**

SSD - 500GB Samsung Evo - ~$200**

HDD - Seagate 3TB HD- ~$90**

Motherboard - ASUS X99 Deluxe USB 3.1 - ~$400**

Power Supply - Corsair HX1200i - ~$260**

Cooling - Corsair H110i GT liquid cooler - ~$130**

Graphics - Nvidia GTX 980 Ti - ~$670**

Video Capture Card - Blackmagic 4K video capture card- ~$190**

Optical Drive - LG Blu-ray drive - ~$50 to $100**

Chassis - Corsair's Graphite Series 760T, a full-size tower - ~$200**

Monitor - LG 34UC97‑S ‑ 34" IPS QHD LED‑Backlit LCD Monitor - ~$900**

**(I have added prices I obtained through Google searches)

Ars Technica cost $4,200 (UK prices?)?not including the monitor.

The Intel Core i7-5930K, Haswell-E, 6-Core, 3.5 GHz cpu has a Passmark benchmark of 13695.
PassMark - Intel Core i7-5930K @ 3.50GHz - Price performance comparison

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Question: New Gaming Build

Going to bought from Newegg. Just would like your guys' thoughts and advice. Thanks

Disk Drive


Hard Drive


Sound Card

I currently have a PCI-E BFG 7900gt 256mb




I currently have a PSU that I know can support this build.

Grand Total 1,254.00

Answer:New Gaming Build

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Ok so I'm gonna be building my first gaming pc pretty soon and with the budget I have and reviews I read I wanna know what you guys think of these components like would they work together, are some parts overkill, maybe underpowered, and how would they perform playing popular AAA games (BF1, battlefront, mass effect, farcry 3) at 1080p targeting around 60fps. Also I might wanna slightly overclock CPU and GPU in future so I left that option open. Once again if there's a obvious problem with this build it's because I'm a complete noob and we all gotta start somewhere so go easy on me. (Also plan to throw in a wifi card)

Case: NZXT S340 mid tower
MOBO : Asus prime B350-plus
CPU: AMD Ryzen 1600x
CPU cooler: cooler master hyper 212 led
GPU: GTX 1060 6gb gddr5
RAM: Corsair vengeance 16g (2x8) ddr4 2666MHz
Storage: WD Blue 2tb HDD
Power supply: EVGA 600 B1, 80+ bronze 600w

Answer:First gaming pc build help

Hopefully some of our members will chime in soon.
@Evan Omo

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O.k. folks.I've read the posts about building a P.C. and I agree that not buying one from a box store. I am from canada and want to spend roughly 1500 U.S. for a decent gaming system. If I understand correctly there are three components NOT to scrimp on: 1) the cpu 2) the memory and 3) the video card.

There are so many choices.even within the cpu.p4 3.2 ht fsb or amd 64; and then memory.. ddr, ddr2, 3200, 4200; motherboards??? socket 370, 478,; video card. for gaming like doom 3 (XFX GeForce FX 5700 LE,ATI Radeon 9800XT???

I really want to get the biggest bang/value for the beaver

Answer:Build a gaming p.c.

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Case: Antec Nine Hundred ? 99,98
PSU: Zalman ZM600-HP 600W (ATX, Heatpipe)) ? 99,58
Motherboard: GigaByte GA-P35-DS3P ? 124,59
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 ? 250,28
GPU: Asus EN8800GT,1024MB, GDDR3, PCI Express x16 ? 243,02
Ram: 2 x Corsair 2GB (4x1GB) PC6400, CL4 ? 95,68
CPU Fan: Scythe Infinity SCINF-1000 ? 39,76
HDD: 2 x Western Digital Caviar RE WD2500YD, 250GB (7200rpm, SATA, 16MB) ? 111,82
DVD-burner: Samsung DVD-Writer 20x Super-WriteMaster, Black + Software ? 25,50
Cooling Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Premium Silver Compound 3,5g ? 4,11

Total: ? 1170,02

Answer:How's this build for a gaming PC

Any comments on this at all?

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