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I need advice for my first ever PC build

Question: I need advice for my first ever PC build

Hi guys

I'm planning to build my first ever gaming PC. I do not know that much about specs and all of that.

The computer is going to be used for indie games like The Escapists, Gmod, KSP, Pixel Piracy etc. heavy games like Skyrim, Tomb Raider, The Witcher etc. and also games like Lichdom: Battlemage and Hearthstone. It has to be able to play the heaviest games at a consistently high framerate (at least 40-50).
I also own a PS4 which will be used to play games that are consolebased (like ACU (horrible game BTW)) and console exclusive games (like Bloodborne).
Since this is my first ever PC build I want it to last long. I won't be doing any overclocking (it scares me ). Therefore I will also be able to pay about 1500 $. I don't know about this pricetag because I don't know how the US taxes and Denmark (where I'm from) has a very large tax. I will also be able to pay more than this but I seems right

Here are the components that I was planning to use. Can you give me some feedback? Are there any of these things that won't fit together, is something overkill/underkill (I won't pay for a high end GPU if I have a low end CPU. Things have to fit together).

CPU: Intel® Core? i5-4690 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
GPU: GTX 970 Gaming 4G - MSi
MotherBoard: Z97 Gaming 5 - MSi (I know nothing about motherboards...)
Memory: HyperX Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) (Again. I know nothing about RAM)
Storage: SAMSUNG 850 EVO MZ-75E250B/AM 2.5" 250GB SATA III
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM
Power: Cooler Master: G650M (Would this be enough or would it be overkill?)
CPU Cooler: Stock (Once again. I don't know if this is enough but I am not going to OC sooo... Would liquid cooling make sense or should I invest in a stronger cooling unit?)
DVD writer: ASUS DVD-Writer Black SATA Model DRW-24F1ST
Case: Cooler Master: HAF 912 Advanced (A case has to be stylish. This looks okay and there seems to be room for everything. Do I have to buy better fans or are the stock ones good enough?)

Please give me some feedback. I really need it to be confident with my PC build. If I don't get to know more about this, I will have to buy a pre-build PC from another pro. company

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Answer: I need advice for my first ever PC build

Hi. First, I am not sure you are aware of it but right now has a three combo special that includes your processor, motherboard, and memory that will save you $42.00. So you can rest assured what you listed with those items will work well.

1. The i5 is considered by many to be the sweet-spot for gaming. Good choice.
2. HyperX memory is made by Kingston and they manufacture excellent RAM and have for years.
3. That motherboard is a BEAST. Do you need everything/will you utilize everything that it offers?
4. I would just get a stronger cooling unit.
5. Check out Western Digital's Black series for hard drives in the 7200 rpm models.
6. Couldn't say about the psu; I usually use the Corsair line. Whatever you choose seriously consider either the Gold or Plantinum Plus certification. 650 watts of power would probably do you but research how much power that video card demands and what the manufacture recommends.

As for the case, the last four systems I have built have all been encased in the Cooler Master HAF series. I absolutely love them for air flow and build quality but make sure that you purchase a an additional side fan and top fan for greater air flow. Here is a good rule to keep in mind: Between the inflow of air or its exhaust, exhaust is the more important. I would get a 120mm size fan for the side and blow in and a 140mm side for the top as exhaust.

I want to suggest that you seriously consider getting the bigger brother of the 912. I found that the 912 is excellent for the micro-ITX boards but for me personally it seems a little cramped for the standard ATX boards -- though I have done it without issue. Look at the HAF 922 which is a mid-tower but with tons of room; I have one for my main rig. There is the full tower 932 but that is probably overkill.

Hope this helps.

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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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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

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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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Question: new build advice

I am planning to assemble a new computer. Did this about 4 years ago and have never regretted it but its long in the tooth now!I mainly use 'work' applications and photoshop but I also enjoy games. Not interested in TV or movies.Heres what Im planning. Id be grateful for opinions or advice - should I think of other components. Will these work together OK? Intel E8400Gigabyte GAP35 D33LOCZ 2GB DDR2 RAMAsus 8800GT (512) graphicsWestern Digital 500GB Hard DriveSony DRU1905 DVD RWCoolermaster Elite 330 caseArctic Power 700W PSUVista Home - still a bit unsure of this, I have some technical software that I need to check for compatibility with Vista so might be XPReusing keyboard, monitor etcTotal cost of this is around 500 - some small variations depending on whether I get it all from one supplier or shop around but this is my ball-park figure give or take £100Thoughts and advice gratefully received!

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My PC:Budget: $800Components:CPU: Motherboard: Case: NZXT Source 210RAM: 1TB Western Digital Blue edition 32mb cacheOptical Drive: Some old sata one lying around (I don't re-write cd's or watch movies on a disc so it doesn't really matter, and I download all my games of of Origin or Steam)Total: $715.96Grand Total: $687.97 (No tax, Free shipping, and a 27.99 dollar discount on cpu, mobo, RAM combo)

Answer:Advice for new build

Everything there looks good... only advice I have on this is if you look at the feedback for the AMD FX 8350 CPU some have claimed that the stock CPU cooler may have to be replaced with a better cooler/heatsink. So when you get it up and running, be sure to monitor the temps and be sure that the CPU is not roasting with the stock heatsink... other info i have heard about the stock heatsink is that they seem to install hard as if they are out of spec... i have been keeping an eye on this CPU for over a year now and peoples feedback on this CPU I have checked on from time to time. At some point I hope to get this CPU, but the hold back right now is that the system I have for gaming with the quadcore is actually plenty, so having this 8 core would be just to have an overkill CPU.Also, I assume you already have an OS for this? Or was this forgotten in the purchase to where you might be over budget if a Windows OS is needed etc.

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Hi just wanted some advice on my pc build because I am new to it all. Just a few things i should point out which you might think are a bit strange, 1) I know the h105 is overkill cooling for this CPU but it looks so much tidier and better than a fan cooler which is why i've chosen it. 2) I don't think you get as much for your money with intel which is why i've gone for AMD, and i've heard very good things about this particular AMD CPU. Constructive feedback would be nice, especially about the graphics card, i'm not sure how good it is? Also if there's any obvious bottlenecks in this build? Thanks...

Answer:advice on my new build?

Some questions:Are you planning on overclocking?What is the heaviest resource game you plan on running on this and at max settings?---------------------------------------------As far as the build goes, it all looks good. The video card should be plenty.I generally build AMD's myself vs Intel's. With using a Western Digital drive though, I'd save your important data backed up to another drive. Just saying this because I have had a few bad experiences with Western Digital drive problems.The good thing with your build is that if later you need more processing power you can upgrade to an 8-core such as the AMD FX-8350. I have a newer build with a socket AM3+ motherboard and the cool thing is that I was able to place my Athlon II x4 620 2600Mhz socket AM3 CPU into it from my prior gaming system, and place a $10 dualcore into my old socket AM2+ gaming system, until I get a 8-core which i plan on getting when i have $170 to spend or a better deal on one. This then will allow me to place the quad core back into the old gaming system and retire the used Athlon x2 4450B which i have overclocked to 2.53Ghz from a normal 2300Mhz clock. Surprisingly that $10 ebay purchase for the dual core is able to play all the games I throw at it really well, although Skyrim is probably the most complex resource heavy game I have with World of Warcraft being the most frequently played game.

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Question: Advice on My Build

Hello, I'm building a pc and would like a second opinion on my specs.  My price range is about what this build costs and I'm probably at my max (stats-wise) unless a small upgrade would be a good investment.  My main intention is to future-proof this thing for a while since I don't plan on trying to play every latest game on ultra settings or constantly overclocking/changing my build. I'll just be playing games casually but frequently. (i.e. Could I play the newest game in 3 years with decent framerate at med/high settings?) I'm going with AMD because I want the extra cores.Processor: AMD FX X8 8350 Soket AM3+ 4GHz 16MB Cache 125W 32nmMotherboard: 990FXA-GD80 AM3+ AMD 990FX/SB950 DDR3 2133MHz (O.C.) SATA 3.0 USB 3.0Graphics: Asus R9 290X DirectCU II O.C. 4GB GDDR5 512Bit AMD Radeon DX11.2 RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866MHz CL9 Ram Power Supply: COOLER MASTER G750M 80PLUS 750W HDD: Seagate 3.5" 2TB Barracuda Sata 3.0 64MB Cache 7200Rpm Harddisk and maybe an SSD.Any comments are welcome and thanks for reading EDIT: I don't need exact prices and such, just if the hardwares are a good choice because Im doing everything at one store here. 

Answer:Advice on My Build

Coolermaster PSUs can be a bit hit-or-miss, you would be best to go with a better brbrand such as Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, EVGA, SuperFlower, Antec.etc.As far as AMD, if you are gaming you are still better of with Intel regardless of the number of cores. While the AMD CPU has 8 cores, they are significantly slower than on an Intel chip. Most tasks such as gaming benefit much more from fewer, faster cores over lots of slower cores.AMD is fine for the video card though, just bear in mind that AMD's video cards don't work that great with Linux.Also,.definitely get an SSD, both Crucial or Samsung make great SSDs.

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I'm building a custom computer for my younger siblings. They'll use it for streaming video, web surfing and gaming.

Selected components:
CASE - $60 -
PROCESSOR - $200 -
HDD - $100 -
VIDEO - $290 -
RAM - $265 -
DVD - $25 -
POWER - $105 -

I can provide the Wireless adapter, the OS, monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Firstly, please go over my list and let me know if I've missed any incompatibilities. Also, point out if one of my components is underpowered and is a weak link.
I have no idea how to shop for power supplies. My last build had lots of bizarre problems from the power supply.
Secondly, I plugged my config into, my favorite boutique brand, and the total was like $1300. That's only $100 more than the total of my parts. Wouldn't it be worth it to pay $100 extra for pro wiring?
I was expecting like a $1000 overhead.

Anyway, let me know your thoughts on my config, and pro/con of purchasing it pre-built.

Answer:New build! Advice please.

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HiI have been out of the loop for a while so lost touch with things a bit.I am looking at putting together a gaming pc so the questions are;AMD ATHLON? 64 X2 6000+ or INTEL® Core 2 Quad Q6600?1x 768MB GEFORCE 8800GTX or 2x 320MB GEFORCE 8800GTS PCI Express SLi ?Thanks in advance.Mark

Answer:Build advice please

The intel processor is top dog at the moment but why go quad core when there are no programs to support that many cores at the moment, unless you are trying to future proof it and if that is the case the AMD processor is old hat.Get the 786mb graphics card, not two 320mb cards.Also you will need a meaty power supply unit, at least 700w.

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Question: New build advice

Hi all.

I want to get a new case but i want to keep all my hardware. If i were to buy a new case could i simply sway my hardware into the new case and boot it up and away i go? Or is there anything i am not taking into consideration?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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Yes, just move your stuff from one to the other. Make sure you use the spacers for your mobo mounts. It is a simple job really.

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Hello I needed some advice on a PC partlist for a PC I am going to use for gaming and video editing Any advice would be appreciated  Thanks in Advance

Answer:Advice on my new build

Looks okay but I have a couple of pointers:While 500w is technically enough for a 980, you are cutting it close, the Corsair CX range also isn't that great.  I would recommend going for a better unit like this: the AMD FX?  For most tasks you would get better performance with something like an Intel Core i5 4690k.

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So basically, I used to be all about PC gaming and building my own computers from scratch while in highschool. I managed to get a job at a computer store and all that, but moved on to college and bigger and better things.

So recently I've noticed my PC begin to perform rather pathetically. I built it back in 2006 and I'm started to realize how low-end it is, when trying to play some newer games.

My current system is;
AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core 5000+ 2.59 GHz
4gb RAM
K9N Neo V3 Motherboard
nVidia GeForce 8600 GT GPU

with about 6 HDD's around 500gb a piece.

I'm looking to build something brand new and top of the line, but within a 1500$ budget. My problem is that when I fell behind in computer tech, I couldn't catch up. I have no idea what people are talking about when they say i3, i5 and i7(I know they're processors, but I have no idea what the specs are).

As far as I know, all I want is a new PC that can run things like DayZ (that game is such a ***** for my GPU and processor), Diablo 3, and Guild Wars 2 seamlessly. I'm averaging maybe 20-30 frames on all three, maybe 15 on DayZ.

I was hoping someone could point me in the direction of what processor, mobo, ram and other hardware I should consider when building my new PC. I know I want a good GPU like the geforce gtx 560 ti or higher.

Sorry for the wall of text!

tl;dr looking to build a good gaming pc with about 1500$


What are you going to use the PC for? gaming
How... Read more

Answer:Looking to build a new PC -- need some advice

Pliskin said:

I have no idea what people are talking about when they say i3, i5 and i7(I know they're processors, but I have no idea what the specs are).Click to expand...

Usual specs for Intel's CPUs:

i3 = 2 cores with hyper-threading
i5 = 4 cores without hyper-threading
i7 = 4 cores with hyper-threading
People usually opt for the i5 since games don't normally take advantage of hyper-threading

Pliskin said:

I know I want a good GPU like the geforce gtx 560 ti or higher.Click to expand...

Thats a good choice. I'm currently looking into the 660 Ti and non-Ti version.

I'm happy with my current system though its a year or so old now.

PC name: Home Built PC
CPU: Core i7-2600K @ 3.4GHz
Motherboard: MSI P67A-G45
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB DDR3-1600
Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTS 450 1GB (FPB)
Audio: Realtek HD Audio (onboard)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.12
Case: Thermaltake Dokker
Cooling: Corsair CX600 V2 (600W PSU)
Other Peripherals: ASUS PCE-N13 Wireless Adapter
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional SP1(64-bit)


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Question: advice on my build

Guys I have 450$ And with this i wanna build a INTEL gaming pc PLEASE SUGGEST ME THE SPECS

Answer:advice on my build

You can make many many combinations of gaming pc's with Intel processors for that kind of money... the biggest question is... what games will you be running and what type of graphics quality and frames per second are you looking for?A Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz system with 3 or 4GB RAM, power supply upgrade, and decent video card could work out well for you if the games you will be playing are ok with a Dual-Core processor.You could even get an Intel Core Quad system with 3 or 4GB RAM, power supply if needed, plus video card for less than $450 in some situations for games requiring a quadcore cpu.If you want to go with modern vs a refurb computer with upgrades, for $450 you will find that the cost in your CPU will directly offset the GPU processing power that you have money for.So you could get a core i3 or i5 system built up with 4GB RAM, + Windows 7 or Win 8 + whatever video card fits into what is left for money and a power supply if one is needed or not.*** Do you have an existing system in which you could simply reuse HDD, Optical Drives, Case, and Power Supply from in this new build? Cost cutting by reuse can allow for you to get more with your money, however when reusing a power supply be sure that it is plenty for the system to run.I have repurposed hardware for years mixing and matching to cut corners in money that needs to be spent, for example I have a hard drive in my one gaming system that is a 2009 build and the secondary hard drive in it is a 164 GB SATA 1.5 d... Read more

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Howdy folks, I'm planning out a parts list for my first dive into pc building.

I'm very much a novice as far as this goes. My experience has been limited to swapping in more RAM and changing video cards on a 15yr old desktop that now sits buried in a closet. So I welcome any helpful advice or guidance.

$600-$800 for Tower
Smoothly run simulation games American truck sim, Farming sim '13, '15, '17, with mods.
Would also like to run some newer FPS such as BF2, 3, 4.
Run at at least med-high quality with smooth performance taking priority over quality.

My current monitor is a 5yr old Dell 22" with VGA and DVI. But I have a spare 32" 1080p HDTV that I could use as well.

I have NOT started researching compatibility yet. I just made the decision to do a build a couple hours ago.
Anyway, here is what I'm looking at so far.
Hopefully this link works:

Please let me know if you can't see the list.

Thank in advance.

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I have a few keyboards and a mouse or 3.

I also have a 2TB external drive that I use with my laptop, tablet, and at work. It has most of my docs, pics, videos, music, etc. And it's only about 50% full. So I decided to go with the SSD. Which will be fairly clean of clutter.

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Question: PC build advice

Just a quick backstory (feel free not to read). Buying a computer has been an incredibly daunting experience for me. After I saved up enough money, I spent a lot of time researching the best laptop for me and went with the Dell XPS 15 9560 UHD, refurbished at $2239 AUD from ebay. It was the cheapest I could find, MSRP going at about $3000. Contrary to reviews on refurbished products, it turned out to be loaded with defects and the warranty was inactive. I then bought the same thing from Dell, but it had a hardware issue that made is basically unusable. Since then, I've felt overwhelmed and I felt like I've really had it.Everyone on the internet is pointing towards building a PC, so that's what I'm inquiring about. I have a fair amount of general knowledge of computer parts but not enough to know exactly what I'm doing when it comes to building my own PC, especially with compatibility. I'd like some general advice but also suggestions as to the parts I should get, and advice when it comes to compatibility. The biggest thing I'd like to know is how much it would all cost roughly, but I know that would depend greatly and it could be hard to calculate considering I'm in Australia. The only reason I'm thinking of building my own PC is because it's cheaper. Other benefits are just a bonus. That's why I initially went for a laptop.Budget: I have $3500 AUD to spend, but it would be unrealistic to spend that much. I think $2000 - ... Read more

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Budget is 1,500$CPU- Intel Core i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz) (BX80646I74790K)Motherboard- ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel MotherboardMemory- Crucial Technology 16GB (2x8GB) Ballistix Elite Series 240-Pin DIMM DDR3 PC3-14900 Memory Module KitStorage- Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7TE500BW) + WD Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm Internal Hard DriveVideo Card- ASUS STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5 Graphics Cards STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5Case-IN WIN GRone White 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer CasePSU- SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full-Modular Active PFC FULL-modular Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell ReadyAny advice would be greatly appreciated because I'm very new to building PCs, this one will be used for a lot of multi media like editing video, 3d animation/modeling and some graphic design. I'll also be gaming a hefty amount on it. The main thing I'm worried about is the parts not fitting in the case or the parts not being compatible ect. Also not sure if you guys think I should buy any extra fans to add to the ones that come with the case.

Answer:need advice with my first build

Looks good but I would recommend getting a better brand of motherboard such as Gigabyte or ASUS, shouldn't cost that much more.  If you aren't going with two video cards there is no need for an 850w PSU, you could save a good amount of money by getting a 550w-650w unit.

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Question: Advice on my build

Hey guys, im a college student on a budget. I have already bought a gaming case, 550 watt psu and curently ordering 8gb of ram. I was wondering what combination of cpu/apu would combo good with an r7 260x (best on my budget atm). I would like to have it around a 100$ Cpu. Also which of these two is better for the price, And lastly would any other cpu/gpu combo compete with this build at under $210 for both? Thanks in advance. -Luso

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Out of those I'd certainly go with the ASUS card.  What PSU did you buy?We really need a full budget for the system and a list of what parts you already own.

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Question: Advice on my build

 EVGA 8GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800,Gigabyte Z87X-UD4HCorsair CX Series CX750M 750 Watt ATX Modular PowerTb Hard drive, i7-4790Kdoes this sound like a good setup so far? I believe everything is compatible but i'm questioning the ram. To add on i'm not sure if 750 PSU is over kill or not will be buying a high end graphics card later on.

Answer:Advice on my build

For a single graphics card you would be better off getting a lower wattage unit (around the 550-650w mark depending on the card) and going for a better quality unit, the Corsair CX line is a bit "meh" - It's good enough but you would be better off with a higher end unit such as a Corsair RM/HX/AX an EVGA G2/B2 or something from XFX or Seasonic.What you have there looks good although I'd suggest going for a board with a Z97 chipset instead of Z87 - While Z87 technically supports that CPU it may need a BIOS update which would require a compatible CPU to do - Getting a Z97 chipset would be safer, and not cost that much more.

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Im looking to buy a budget Cpu or Gpu. I need help to find one that can help me run Games while listening to music.

Answer:Advice On My Build

What system do you have? It matters.

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Hi im looking to build my own pc as ive been wanting to do it for a long time now, just gonna list what ive got so far as im no expert at this at all and i hear you lot are!Budget: £250 MAXUses: The main uses of the pc will be for playing MMORPG's (WoW and other similar)Current pc: Is a crappy laptop that ive been playing wow on (just) obviously wont be using any parts from it :)Moniter resolution: I think 1920x1360? it'll be my 32" tv as a monitor anywayOverclocking: I wont be overclocking, well not to start with anyway as this is my first build dont want to overkill it!Storage space: Wont be storing much except games and movies, 500gb is more than enough.Special requirements: N/ASo thats my info, Its worth noting aswell that i dont need an OS as i have windows 7 ultimate ready to be installed on my new system :rock:Here is the list ive compiled so far let me know what you thinkAMD CPU AM3 Athlon II X2 250 Dual coreCorsair PSU 430W 430CXAsrock motherboard M3A785GM-LE/128M AMD AM3 DDR3Kingston Memory ValueRam 2GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMMSeagate 500GB hard disk drive Barracuda SATA II 300 7200rpm 16MB cache oemSamsung 22X DVD-RW SH-S222A/BEBE IDE blackCiT 1002 Black Screwless Gaming Case w/ Silver Side Vents (No PSU)Oh its also worth me saying i will be getting a graphics card but not untill next month :) im going to make do with the onboard graphics for nowIf you need any more info just let me know i look forward to your suggestions, be kind :D

Answer:New pc build need advice

Specs for WOWIntel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+.1 GB or more of RAM.NVIDIA® GeForce® FX or ATI Radeon? 9500 video card or better.25.0 GB available HD space.4X DVD-ROM drive.As far as I can see for a first build budget PC components are compatible, though a little more information on your RAM choice would be helpful.Is you look on this page, click here you will see in the left hand corner, CPU support list and memory QVL, these are lists that the motherboard has been tested using the listed CPU and RAM, your CPU is listed but I am not sure of your ram choice as you haven't given enough info.RAM compatibility can be a problem, my latest build has given me a lot of problems but I also had a faulty mobo, which made things more difficult.So check your RAM. If it is not listed that does not mean it isn't compatible with your board, but it is worth thinking about. I am having a look at the graphics aspect and will post back later.

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A friend of mine has asked me build her a desktop PC -- with a new Windows OS -- for US$ 1,000 or less. Can you guys give me some advice and suggestions as to the parts for a suitable Intel build, given her budget?

My friend is a freelance writer and journalist. She will be using the machine for research and MS Office documents. She is neither a gamer nor a PC enthusiast. Simply put, she needs a desktop PC that is reasonably fast and won't BSOD on her while she's surfing the net or working on a story with MS Word.

Her C2D desktop -- which had been a much-abused yet uncomplaining workhorse for longer than I can remember -- finally gave out a few days ago. It seems only her monitor, mouse and keyboard are still working reliably. I have not seen her old machine as of late and have no idea what other parts I can salvage from it.

Given her budget, though, I'm guessing I have room to assume that everything else from her old machine is toast, and that we will have to buy all brand new parts. I'm thinking I should even assume that she'll need a new chassis.

I'm not too familiar with AMD yet, and would prefer to build something within my comfort zone -- so it's going to be an Intel desktop.My friend insists on a Windows 7 OS as she is unfamiliar with W8.

I'll be staying over at her apartment this weekend to work on the project. First time building a PC for anyone -- on my own, that is.

I have to admit, I'm kinda excited ab... Read more

Answer:Advice on $1,000 build, please?

To go some online stores, find their pre-built systems. Get some from $800 to $1200 and modify the parts to suit.

This way you have a number of 'quotes'. If you can't decide on parts, post back.

Also, some stores have free assembly when you purchase a whole system. Do this if you feel like it.

Importantly though, have a look at her old monitor. Check to see if it's got HDMI, VGA, DVI, as you may need some adaptors. I wouldn't recommend running off VGA if she's a writer.

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I am building a new computer as a hobbie and interested in speed more than anything else. Most of my past computers have Asus boards in them but I wanted to see if any of you more experienced would recommend another board. For my last recent build I used an Asus M2N.

I have purchased thus far (all from NewEgg):

Antec 900 case
Antec EA500 power supply
AMD Athlon x2 6000+
2 GB DDR800
Seagate Sata hard drive
ATI Radeon x1399 pro video card

I do not intend to get the AMD vs. Intel arguement started. All computers with exception to my last one included Intel processors. I wanted to try AMD for the same reason I am asking for your advice about the MOB. Just interested in trying something new,

Thanks in advance for your opinions and I anxiously wait for any recommendations.

Pull in North Carolina

Answer:New build MOB advice

I would look at a board something like this Asus model
Here is an Epox board if you want to go sli [which I consider a waste] I actually prefer epox boards over asus however that is just me others may like asus better.

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I'm trying to put together a 64bit machine with lots of room to upgrade in the future and would like to order all parts from newegg. the only part i have lying around is a dvd/cd burner.

i'm not too sure how to make sure everything is compatible, and i'm feeling pretty lost when it comes to the 64bit side of compatibility. I know I will probably be searching for drivers on manufacturer's websites with a few of the parts.

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MSI P55-GD80 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Wireless Adapter:
GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS PCI Wireless Adapter - Retail

Video Card:
MSI R4550-MD1GH Radeon HD 4550 1GB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Low Profile Ready Video

Power Supply:
BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail

Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model CT25664BA1067

Total: $639.92

Am i missing anything? will this be win7 64bit compatible? is all the hardware compatible?

Answer:First PC Build: Looking for Advice


It looks fine but why a 64 bit with only 2gb ram?

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Hey guys, I'm thinking about buying a new build, mainly for high performance gaming. Budgets around 1000-1200 USD, if that's enough, I don't know. Please advice on what to get, and the best performance for money. I already have 5:1 speakers, so yeah scrap that, and if needed, I have an old monitor, and if not buying one gets me a better build scrap that too, and I'll get a good monitor later on. Just want a PC that will get me going for the next 2-3 yrs or so.

Thanx alot.

Answer:New build, please advice.

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Question: New Build Advice

A possible new build, would appreciate some input / critique. I'm unsure about the MOBO and although the mom/pop I'm having build it has been around a while and has a good rep I'm on the fence with their suggested PSU (having trouble finding reviews but they claim to have been using them with very few issues)

Case - Antec 900
PSU - Ultra 750 watt LS Pro ATX
MOBO - Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3L Socket 775
CPU - Core2 DUO QUAD 9550 2.83GHz
Memory - 8GB Kingston Dual Channel PC2-6400 800MHz DDR2
HD - Segate 1TB SATA/300 32MB 7200 RPM
video - Saphire HD5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
OS - Windows 7 Premium 64Bit
Monitor - Samsung 22" 2243SWX LCD

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Question: Advice on my build

I am some who is inexperienced with building a pc and would like someone to give me advice on this build plan that I have currently drawn out (included below). The current cost of the build comes to about $1350 which is in my price range but if there are any changes that can be made to bring the price closer to $1000 I will certainly consider them. The primary use of this pc would be for gaming.The Build:Case - Corsair ObsidianPower Supply - Seasonic S12IIMotherboard - ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97CPU - Intel Core i5-4690 Processor Memory - Corsair Vengeance 2x 4gbVideo Card - ZOTAC ZT-70406-10P G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 4GBStorage:    HDD -         SDD - Crucial MX100 2.5" 256GB Optical Drive - ASUS Black 12X BD-ROMCPU Fan - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Answer:Advice on my build

First of all, I am not an expert on gaming. Still, there's something I want to mention to you that you will be aware of. Unless you're building a lightweight ultra book computer with minimum weight, you need to think about adding a hard disk drive to your stuff.Yes, the SSD is the way to go for top performance. No question. But you can improve performance and the ease of operation by adding a hard disk drive. The hard disk drive for backup.  It reduces some of the load of the SSD for tasks that do not require high-speed access. Namely, the video archives and backup sets and ordinary Word documents and spreadsheets. The high-speed of the SSD is very useful work with low time and for quick response in playing some games.And no, I don't hate SSD. I have had years of experience working with hard  disk drives and understand  the trade-offs between using the low performance high-capacity hard disk drive. You need backup copies of some your installation software and your operating system and some other utilities and things that do not have to be loaded at boot time. That's what hard drives  are for.And that is not just my opinion. This is the same answer, you'll get from other people who have had more experience and will tell you that, unless you want a lightweight, portable computer, you still need the hard disk drive for backup and storage of stuff that does not have to be loaded at boot time.So please think about getting a hard drive, ... Read more

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I've been researching the parts I think will be good for a gaming computer I'm hoping to build but I wanted to get some opinions on the parts, I've never built a gaming computer before and would like any advice you have on the parts.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

Video Card:
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply Unit:
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

also any advice in what to look for for a tower would be much appreciated, thanks

Answer:Build Advice

Heres my advice,

Mobo: Good choice, im personally more of an asus fan, but ive heard that Asrock are good as well. Looks like a nice board

Processor: Good choice, but if your interested, the new Haswell series is out which do show a nice performance up from the 3570k. Try checking into a 4670k and a LGA 1150 chipset board.

Ram: I like Kingston, nothing wrong with that set

Video Card: Go for a GTX 770 over it, comparing the cheapest options from both sides (670 to 770) it seem to be only about a 40-20 dollar difference. The 770 is a nice step up.

PSU: Corsairs are reliable, and that will be plenty so long as you don't plan on doing SLI.

As for a case, depends on your size you want, I personally like corsair cases as they seem to always know how to fit everything in a good spot with plenty of space. Try something like the 200R

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In my computer at the moment I have a geforce 210, an i3 530, a 250gb ssd and 500W corsair psu. 

Answer:Advice on my build

I also have ?500 budget

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Hi, I'm about to build a new rig consisting of a) AsusM3a770 mobo, b) AMD x2 6000+ cpu, c) 4gb Corsair ram,d) 250gb Sata2 HDD, e)Sata DVD drive, f)450w PSU. Vista Ultimate 64bit os (OEM).My questions are, does the DVD drive need/have the 'audio in' cable to the mobo ( or is that just for CD drives)? Will my Epson CX3200 printer work with this OS (currently on XPHome) or will I have to d/load drivers? I will be installing my (old) NVidea 7100GS G/card. Will this work on Generic Drivers until I get the 64bit ones? How can I tell if 64bit drivers are on the cd instalation discs? All the parts should arrive tomorrow (God willing!) & I'd like to get cracking with the build. BTW Vista is a new experience for me so I'll need a fair bit of luck there alone! Cheers Alex

Answer:New build Some advice please.

CD/DVD drives haven't needed that audio cable connection since Win98...You will need drivers for the Epson...I would check nVidia's site for the proper vid card drivers...`

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Hello I am looking at building my first gaming computer, I am a bit of a budget and would like to build it for around 1000 dollars. Currently what I am looking at are as follows advice to drop the cost or increase the effectiveness while keeping the cost low would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Question: Advice for build

Hello does anyone know if there will be any problems for this build it is for gaming i am using some parts from another pc i had for gaming but mother board broke so i am replacing that and cpu.Precision T5400 CaseMSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ MotherboardDell PN: GM869 Power SupplySATA 5.25" DVD-RW Drive8x 4GB PC2-5300F DDR2 Memory2TB 3.5" SATA Hard DriveAMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core ProcessorNVIDIA GTX980 DDR5 4GB Video Cardany suggestions or infomation will be greatly impreciated

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bumb(wanna be top)

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Hello does anyone know if there will be any problems for this build it is for gaming i am using some parts from another pc i had for gaming but mother board broke so i am replacing that and cpu.
Precision T5400 Case
MSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Dell PN: GM869 Power Supply
SATA 5.25" DVD-RW Drive
8x 4GB PC2-5300F DDR2 Memory
2TB 3.5" SATA Hard Drive
AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
NVIDIA GTX980 DDR5 4GB Video Card
any suggestions or infomation will be greatly impreciated

Answer:advice for build

You will need new ram cause that cpu is not compatible with ddr2.

As well as the ddr2 u have is not normal desktop ram either.

You will need a newer board and new ram.

DO NOT use a dell psu for gaming. Purchase a new QUALITY psu if u plan on gaming.

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I would like to know the compatibility of all of these items.,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=If any of these do not work please find me a similar price item with similar features.Thank you.

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I am getting set for my first build (say goodbye to Dell), and I am lost as to how to use my 2 HDDs. Originally, I posted my hardware list on another website for review(starts with A and ends in tech), and I had 1 HDD. It was a 150GB Raptor. A lot of people told me it was better to drop down to a 74GB Raptor, use it only for my OS, and put everything else on a larger HDD. So what do I know? Nothing. So I went on Newegg and bought a 74GB Raptor and a WD Caviar 250GB.

Now when I ask for advice as to how to set this up, suddenly those people are gone. How can I put my Windows XP SP2 on my Raptor, then run programs from my Caviar??? I don't see how this is possible. When programs install, they place themselves all over the HDD, including Documents & Settings. I don't want to fill up my Raptor with junk, have it fragmented and slowed down, while my 250GB Caviar sits there with only my media and other storage.

Did I make a costly mistake? Should I return the 74GB Raptor and buy the 150GB instead??? Can some of the pro's on this board help me out, and help me configure my HDD's with my OS properly???

Any help is appreciated (and needed).

Answer:First build, need some OS advice

There is no reason to have the OS on one hard drive and programs installed on another. If you did want to do this though, most installation programs ask you where you want to install a program, and it's there that you would change it to the second hard drive.

Now, what i have in my computer is a 74GB Raptor and another 250GB drive. The Raptor has my OS and programs, and all my documents and other media are stored on the 250GB drive. I've also moved the My Documents folder to the 250GB drive. To do that, i click on the Start menu, right click My Documents, click Properties, change the Target destination to the second drive, then click the Move button.

More space is always nice, and i would have gone with the 150GB Raptor, but you should be fine with the 74 unless you install TONS of programs and games and other crap.

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I want to build my first computer. It's not going to be anything too high end, but I want it to be good enough to play the latest games and allow me to multitask very well. Here is what I have so far, any suggestions are appreciated.

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail

OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail

EVGA 256-P2-N761-AR GeForce 8600GTS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA Model SH-S183L - OEM
Also, what are some protections that you guys take with static shock?

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Question: Advice on my build

Hey guys/girls I'm considering upgrading my pc because I saved up some money.My current specs :Gigabyte 1050ti OCRyzen 1600 with stock coolerMSI B350 PC mate8GB DDR4 2133MHZ (2?4)Old 500 gb hddSeasonic 520 watt PSUCooltek tg-01 case

Answer:Advice on my build

SSD and a 1070 GPU   and a new storage drive.

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Question: Advice on my build

im looking at building a gaming computer to run starcraft, diablo 3, steam games, and other assorted games, nothing super high intense. i would like to keep this build between 800-900 dollars, with the idea of upgrading later as better products hit the marketCurrent parts list-Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 (PC4-17000) Desktop Memory Model CT2K8G4DFD8213  $109.99-GIGABYTE GA-Z97-HD3 (rev. 2.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $89.99-Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600  $239.99I would love suggestions, help, advice and much more on this build since this is my first and dont want to screw up or get ripped off!!!Thanks!

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Update!!!! I made a parts list on, i have included the link below. please give any suggestions or advice on this build!!!

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 could someone please tell me how these specs check out together?Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) +$50.97CM Storm Trooper - Gaming Full Tower Computer Case with Handle and External 2.5" Drive Dock with Side Panel Window +$149.99Intel Core BX80646I74790K i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz) + $338.99Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) + $31.24Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS2K4G3D169DS1J +$55.99SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply + $79.99ASUS ATX DDR4 3000 LGA 2011-3 Motherboards X99-DELUXE/U3.1 + $389.99

Answer:Advice on my build

First of all we need to know what you are using it for and what your budget is.  Secondly, that motherboard is not compatible with the CPU or RAM you have chosen and you are also missing a video card.

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Can someone check my current build, any advice would be great!PC for gaming, graphic and video editing works

Answer:Build Advice

That looks like a good build to me.

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Hi all

Looking to build a new work PC (used mainly for 3ds Max, Photoshop and Illustrator) and have narrowed down my options to 3 systems based around the 3 main CPUs. It would be really helpful to get some impartial advice as to the pros and cons of each (basically looking for the best bang for buck). The price of Windows Vista Business 64bit is included in all options (Microsoft Windows Vista Business w/SP1 - W/ Windows 7 Upgrade Offer Form - licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English - Ebuyer):

Core i7 (£1400 approx):

Intel Core i7 920 -
ASUS P6T SE iX58 -
NVIDIA Quadro FX 580 -
Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) XMS3 -
Seagate 500GB Hard Drive X 2 (RAID) -
Antec P183 Case - Antec P183 Case -
Antec TruePower 550W -
HP LP2475W 24" TFT Monitor -

Core 2 Quad (£1120 approx):

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 - http://go.avf... Read more

Answer:Advice on new PC build

All are pretty good, but you seem to be in love with the Antec TruePower 550W, and we see huge numbers of them failing... on a variety of machines... Try a Corsair, or Seasonic, or PCPower&Cooling.
Yes the larger Samsung is a good choice.

It would really be a budget issue... if you have the bank account, go for the Intel i7 920

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Budget Range: $1000-$1300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Some ''noob'',rendering,video editing,CAD, and use of some Adobe products like CS5 etc etc
Parts Not Required: All peripherals..Im also planning to keep my 2 current HDD (160GB,ATA133,3.5",7200rpm,8MB Cahe and 250GB, ATA 100,3.5",7200rpm,8MB Cahe) plus another External 100+ HDD)
Country: USA
Overclocking: Probably.. but not too exaggerate that I'll then need water cooling...
SLI or Crossfire: Not sure... If buying a 2GB GPU or 2 sli/crossfire GPUs
Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200
WHEN do you plan to build it: 2 to 3 weeks...Not sure if it's worth to wait for the release of the Ivy Bridge CPUs so the price of the Sandy Bridge CPUs drops..
Additional Comments:I wanna be able to play games like (BF3 and Dirt) in High setting and get 50 to 60+ FPS,
''More info: I've never built a PC before so im not a PC genius.. I basically learned everything i know about PC hardwares in the last 2 weeks...So if i make a mistake ''Sorry"

Right now what i got in mind is:

CPU:Intel Core i7 2600K 3.40GHz
GPU: Any Good NVIDIA or AMD (Also im not sure about the all PCI 2.0 and 3.0)
RAM:8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz (Corsair Vengeance)
HDD:Keeping Old ones.... Unless you guys think a new one is better
PSU:700 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready (this would do the job just fine) (i guess)
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Answer:Advice/help my first build!

I believe that you have a pretty solid build right now in terms of the parts listed. You will also need a case though, you can't have all those parts sitting on a table or desk Anyway, I would say that you should build your own computer and not get one of the prebuilt ones. Most of those are not that great and end up with poor build quality and they are more expensive.

As for the GPU, it seems that AMD is about to release more of their 7xxx series graphics cards, so waiting a few weeks wouldn't be a bad idea in that regard. You should be looking for the 7780 if they keep the names the same (previously the 6780). If you want nvidia, the gtx550 ti is a little under the performance of a 6780 and a gtx560 is a bit over the performance of a 6780. Ivy bridge probably won't be widely available until late may or early june.

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Hey guys. I'm looking forward to building my next pc and I'm ready for this bitchin' build . I was just looking for some advice or alternatives on the components I'm choosing. This build is going to be for 4k gaming, some video editing and regular use for school. The specs I have chosen so far are:

CASE: corsair graphite 760T full tower

CPU: Intel i7-5820k 6 core

GPU: 2 asus strix 980 ti in SLI

RAM: 2 x 8gb corsair vengeance pro 16 gb DDR3. I originally was going to go with DDR3 but I'm wondering if DDR4 is worth getting now.

PSU: I need help picking out a good Power supply.

MOBO: I am looking at a few like the asus x99 pro,
ASUS ROG RAMPAGE V EXTREME but I am not sure. Please help. This will also might change the Ram ddr3 or ddr4.

CPU Cooler: Corsair h100i gtx. Should I get the one with the 140mm or 120mm?

STORAGE: 128GB SSD, and 2 TB WD black HDD

Thank you

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Question: New Build Advice

So, I just built this new system from a combination of both old and new parts and I'm kind of looking for cool stuff to do with it. I'm a gamer at heart, but outside of games...I guess I want to know what this baby can do.

Anyways, here she is:

Windows XP Pro - Windows Vista Ultimate
AMD Athlon64 X2 5600+ 2.8GHz Windsor
BFG Tech nVidia nForce 590 SLI Mobo
2GB Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 Dual Channel RAM
eVGA 512MB GeForce 7950GT
X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Pro <-- I spared this from the old system.

I've tried Oblivion and WoW and she runs both of them pretty flawlessly, but it's not enough for me. I want something cooler....bigger hoops and fancier tricks. Any ideas?

Answer:New Build Advice

sounds like a very nice system . Not quite sure what you're asking...Are you looking for benchmarks to see how it compares with other systems?

If so, definetly run any of the incarnations of 3dMark, they're fun to watch and the newest version will always bring the top cards and systems to their knees ;-)

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Question: new build advice

right, here it goes.......

i want to build a new pc, why? because i want to!

first of all, i'm not a gamer but a do want a pc that is futureproof to a certain degree.

here's what i'm looking at:-

Mobo XFX S775 nForce 680i LT SLI DDR2 ATX - note the LT part- what this means is it is a slimmed down version of the original board- but i'm happy with what it has for about £80

RAM 2x2GB crucial ram at 800mhz - my thinking here is i'm leaving the other 2 slots open for future upgrades- is 4x1GB quicker?

cpu - either core 2 duo e6750 or core 2 quad Q6600- i understand the quad is overkill but one of my main pc uses is nero recode for converting video. would i be correct in saying that recode utilises all 4 cores? anyway i'm thinking futureproof as well.

GPU - Inno3D Geforce 8500GT 800MHz 512MB Graphics Card - i have read that this is more than ample for my needs. can i put 2 of these alongside each other? would 2 of these outperform a 8800gts?

PSU something about 500W in a good brand

Case probably thermaltake around about £40

HDD 80gb from existing hp computer for O/S - 500gb seagate for storage

DVD burner and card reader - from existing hp computer

anyone got any views recommendatios on this, cheers!

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Hey I'm finally deciding to upgrade and build a new computer
here's what I put together tonight
Any advice on more performance for the same price or same performance for less money is greatly appreciated. Also if I made a mistake and something isn't compatible let me know.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q8300

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Kingston HyperX NVIDIA SLI-Ready 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX8500D2K2/2GN

HIS Hightech H467QT512P Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

I haven't chosen a hard drive yet, not sure how big i want to go
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ok sorry for a double post but I think I might go with this Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
seemed like a good deal considering they had a 320 and 500 for the same price with a 16MB cache

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I am in the process of gathering my parts and pieces for a new computer. As far as MOBs go, I have only had experience with Asus and would like to use another brand for this machine (just to compare).
The two machines recently built have an Asus M2N and an Asus M2N-E SLI.

I plan to use the AMDx2 6400+on this new build.

I would appreciate any suggestions on what board some of you would recommend.

Thanks in advance for your responses.


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Title should be "Price advice on PC build"
Building for a customer, trying to get best on limited budget.

What I have so far

Yamaha YST MS35D 3 Piece 30 Watt Speaker System $14 (

Geforce4 440SE 4XAGP w/TV 64mb DDR $40 (newegg)

Epox 8RDA+ $87 with CPU purchase (newegg)

Throubred 1700+ Athlon Rev B $42 (newegg)

Raidmax 11bay windowed case w/350w powwow PS $43 (newegg)

40gig western digital 2mg 7200 HD $16AR (previous deal) (officemax)

2X 128mb DDR333 dimms from system pull for Dual Channel DDR

1 floppy drive from city dump

customer bringing own CDRW

32mb thumb drive $10AR (officemax)

3 LED case fans , glow rounded cables, TR2-m2 heatsink w/fan $35 (

Logitech wireless desktop $13AR from previous deal

Customer bringing in win2000 for OS, customization done using various freeware apps.

Rebates have already been recieved.

Total Cost to me= approx $300 + maybe 1 hour build time

Wondering what the build price should be set at? I was thinking around $150 profit? Should I go for more?

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My current comp is:

P3 1.8GHz socket 370
10/ 100MBps Ethernet
Integrated Video

Im planning on getting an upgrade:

Motherboard- socket LGA 775 PCI-Express x16
CPU- P4 LGA 775 2.8Ghz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper-threading
Video card- GeForce 6600GT, 128MB GDDR3, 128bit, PCI-Express x16
Case- ThermalTake Tsunami w/ 400w PS


Answer:Need advice on PCI-E build

dont know about PCI-E so im not sure if the extra money is worth it or not, i'd go for an amd setup and just deal with the AGP for now, anyone know about PCI-E??? im interested to know if its worth it right now or not

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I'm gonna order parts in about 3 weeks (16th of July) and will be making a fresh new PC and i will be using the PC to play high quality games (1080p) at high quality and also occasionally make videos, i'm not sure if there are better parts that are worth or parts that i picked that could be replaced with something better and for around the same price (preferably less).
Here is the Wishlist or the list of my PC parts.
click here you wonder what games i will be playing, it will be games such as..
-ArmA 2
-ArmA 3
-Battlefield: Hardline
and other GPU/CPU intensive games, so i hope i can get tips or recommendations of parts i could take instead of the ones in my list.
Q&A about parts
- I picked i7-4790K for more overclocking (base clock at 4.0 GHz) and video editing / photoshopping
- I picked GTX 780 because i heard it is very close to the Titan and the 770 seems to be an enhanced GTX 670 in a way.
- I picked 120GB SSD for OS/Programs
- I picked 1TB WD Black for Games/Documents (WD Black for good read/write)
- Case and fans are just some stuffs i added to keep the PC cooler, because i might overclock my GPU more than average and the Case for cable management
- CPU Cooler for higher overclock (4.7 GHz maybe?)
- 8GB RAM, standard memory for gaming and enough for video editing/streaming.
If you have further questions about the build feel free to post. :)
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Answer:Need advice for my PC build

Sorry if it looks a bit weird, apparently you have to finish a line before writing on another line, i hope you can still read it :(

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Answer:Advice on a new build please.

Without more information it is is impossible to answer.

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I had some ebay trouble when I decided to build a HTPC out of a Compaq EVO 510 SFF PC. The first one of these I got didn't power on. So I sent to back to the seller and bought another one. But then the seller said it did work and so he sent it back to me. It still didn't work, but for some unexplained reason the computer he sent back had more RAM and a better processor. I tested the RAM and CPU in the other computer and they work fine so since the Compaq only cost $150, I decided just to keep the Gig of PC2100 RAM and P4 2.4 Northwood.

Anyway I'm stuck with:
P4 2.4GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512 L2 Cache
1 Gig PC2100 RAM

What I need:
a case
a psu
a mb
a cpu hsf
a gpu

The other stuff I have laying around.

I have been messing around at Newegg and I have some decisions to make. So finally here is the dillema. Do I buy a good setup that will allow me to upgrade in the future, but still be limited since I'm starting with a socket 478 chip, or do I go cheap just to run the stuff and not worry about the future? oh yeah $400 is the most I can spend and I'm tight for it. the computer im using now is a P3 500, so I'm in desperate need of a new machine.

the following links are to Newegg
good setup
case : antec ~$50
psu : seasonic 330 watt ~$60
mb : intel 865PE chipset from asus or MSI or abit etc. ~$90
hsf : ~$30
gpu : geforce 6800 agp ~$170
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Answer:I would like some advice for a build I'm doing. Thanks

First thing to point out is that your power supplies are not adequate in either of your two options.

Take a look at this one. The case is similar to the one you have listed in your upper option (same maker), but also includes a high quality 450w PSU for about $100.

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Hello, I'm sure you are all thinking "Not another PC build thread!" So I will get right to the point.

I want a performance PC in the $900-$1200(USD) range.

My planed specs, as of this moment are as follows:

CPU:$190 AMD Athlon 64 3200+
MOBO:$80.00 MSI K8N Neo4-F NVIDIA Socket 939 ATX
Memeory:$40 Ultra 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz CL3 Memory
Vid. Card:$150 Geforce 6800(gt?)
PSU:$60 Ultra / X-Connect / 500-Watt / ATX / Dual 80mm Fan
Sound:$20 Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live 24-Bit PCI Sound
Monitor:$200 LCD something or other, I really don't care.
Case:$175 Thermaltake Silver Armor Aluminum Full-Tower AXT or black
Hard Drive:$100 Seagate / 300GB / 7200 / 8MB / SATA-150 / OEM / Hard Drive
CD:Already have one that should do.

Total: $1015

This rig will be used about 80% gaming, 20% random other stuff.

If you see anywhere that I am unwitingly cheaping out or going more expensive then I need to (Or just buying a POS part) I would appriciate the advice.

I would particularly like advice on the case and PSU.

Answer:Need some advice on my first build.

Looks like an excellent PSU according to the reviews I have read. I don't think you'll have any problems at all. I have never owned or worked with that case, but Thermaltakes are fun.

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I've been viewing TechSpot for quite a while and have noticed some very knowledgeable members, therefore, wanting to make my first build with the AMD processor I thought this would be a great place to get top advice.

I have several components that I've gathered along the way over the past 6 months and decided to build my own even though I'm on a tight budget I don't need it finished "tomorrow" so I'll post what I've collected and take advice on what to pair with these parts to get the best multimedia (HD movies, sports,etc. along with wi-fi (wireless transfer to my main TV that is 3 rooms from my desktop) and learn how to play a few games my dear daughter had when she was so suddenly taken from my wife and me last March.

1- AMD Phenom II black X955 multicore Processor/fan/heatsink kit.

I have already 3 graphics cards ( 1- XFX Radeon HD4850, 1- XFX Radeon HD5770 and 1- EVGA GTX550ti GeForce GDDR5)

I have 2 new motherboards- 1- ASROCK 870 Extreme3
and a ASUS M4A79XTD EVO board.

1- Seagate 1TB Barracuda LP 5700rpm
1- Western Digital 500GB 7200rpm HDD's
1 External Toshiba Canvio 3.0 USB 1TB portable hard drive.

1- Azza Titan 1000watt LED PSU
1- Asus DVD/CD Rewritable drive ( DRW-24B1ST)

4- sticks of Corsair XMS3 2x4GB ram= total 16GB at 1333MHz
and 2 sticks of G.Skill 2x2048 totaling
4GB of 1600 PC3-12800 (9-9-9-24) ram all DDR3. I also have allot of DDR2 Ram but won't be using it.

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Answer:Advice for my first build

Your office software will be fine.

You have everything except the case and blue ray.

Blue ray:

Both these options are at the lower end of the budget, but worthwhile additions for the components above.

You also might want to consider another PSU in the long run as a 1KW PSU running the system you have above will be very inefficient in its consumption of electricity. A 550W PSU is plenty for the components above.

I'd also use the Western Digital disk as your primary disk (with Windows 7 installed on it) and your Seagate as a data disk, with personal files on it. This is because the WD has a high spin speed. The external hard disk will be very useful as a disk to backup your Seagate's personal files.

All three of those GPU's are fine for HD playback and gaming - the 550ti is probably the best of the three.

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Question: New build advice

Hello there,

My main pc has just given up the fight. So with that in mind i am currently looking at various PC sites such as Mesh, Overclockers, packard bell, dell etc at already built PC's.

I'm looking for something which will do high end gaming (Age of conan soon) and multmedia programmes such as Adobe photoshop etc

i'm after some advice on which sites people recommend and any buying advice as well as building advice. I've been told serveral time's to be carefull of pre-builds due to there limitations on upgrading? I have quite a good knowledge on computing building but never built one from the ground up.



Answer:New build advice

If you are thinking about "high end gaming" why would you even consider a pc like dell, etc.?
You can build a far better machine for less and with better parts which aren't propriatary parts (vendor specific). Even "gaming" computers from the big makers often have only a few decent parts, yet charge a premium. You would be MUCH better off to go to a small local pc shop and ask them to build you one with certain parts or build it yourself with good parts online. Its not hard, unless you build it and run into a problem like it won't start up or something, then you have to troubleshoot why it won't start. Other than that, if you've added parts before, then you are already part way there.

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Question: new build advice

Hi, I'm going to build new pc,and need some advice, its my first time build, this is the proposed spec (case) Antec midi NSK 4000, I haven't decided on the psu yet need advice, (Mobo) Asus p5B, (cpu) Intel Dual core E4400, (Ram)Crucial 2GB DDR2 Pc2-5300, (HDD) samsung spinpoint sata 160GB,(OS) WINXP, In don't do games so I think the onboard graphic's should be ok?, I have £400 budget

Answer:new build advice

You could get a Medion E4300 based pc at Aldi today for £400 if you're quick. Includes Vista Home Premium and a TV tuner with remote control and 3 yrs warranty.

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Question: advice on my build

So, I made up a list of my build up, but it's really expensive and I need something more efficient and can run the new generation games at good FPS and smooth. However, I need to get the PC with a budget around 800, 600 or 500.Link for the build:

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This is my first post, so go easy. I took the list from a different site, hope that's okay.

1. Budget: How much money are you willing to spend on the new build?

Hopefully less than $1500, especially since I have some components already.

2. Brands: Are there any brands of components you want or don't want?

Would like to avoid fly-by-night companies. Prefer to stick to well known names.

3. Multitasking: Will you be multitasking with this computer and if so, how

A lot of multi-tasking, this will be the main function of the computer.

4. Gaming: Will you be gaming and if so, how much and how new are the games?

Some gaming, would like it to handle new games well.

5. Calculations: Will you be doing any intense calculations or media encoding?


6. Overclocking: Do you plan on overclocking and if so, how much?


7. Storage: How much storage will you need and what will you be storing?

Not much storage, mostly music.

8. Legacy Support: Will you need support for older hardware like parallel, serial, or PS/2 devices?


9. Operating System: Do you want Windows XP or Vista, or Linux compatibility?

Probably will go with Windows 7

10. Case: Do you want help selecting a case and if so, how big do you want it?

Yes, big case. I was thinking of perhaps buying one that included liquid cooling?

11. Accessories: Do you want a keyboard, mouse, or other items included?


12. Recycled Components: Will you be reusing any components you already have?

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Question: Advice on my build

First off, this is the first forum post I've ever made, so I apologize if I make any mistakes/break a rule that I do not know of.So I'm building a new pc for gaming with a budget of 750 Euro which includes Windows 10 and a Monitor (But I'm willing to spend a little more if I get enough performance out of it)This will be the first pc I've ever built, and I want to know if all my components are compatible, and if I'm picking the right ones. (For example picking a graphics card that doesn't completely outscales the cpu)Here's my build: (Edit: Put the wrong build here at first)Processor:AMD FX 8320 Black Edition - 3.5GHz - Socket AM3+Videocard:MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GD5 - 2GB - PCI-ERAM:Kingston HyperX FURY Blue 8GB - PC3-12800 - DIMMHard Drive:Seagate - 1TB - DesktopMotherboard:MSI 970A-G43 - Socket AM3+ - ATXCase:Cooler Master N400Monitor:ASUS VS228DE - 21,5"Power Supply:Antec VP450P - 450 WattOperating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit, OEM

Answer:Advice on my build

My only gripe with the hardware you selected is that I dont trust MSI Brand. Had one too many issues with them over the years. I'd go with Gigabtye, ASUS, or another trusted brand for Motherboard and Video Card.As far as CPU and GPU go, it should be plenty and its a good pair up to have that 8-core CPU with a strong video card like that.Power supply though I have some concerns about at 450 watts. I have a system with the AMD FX 8350 4.0Ghz and when gaming and my system itself connected through a Kil-a-Watt power draw monitoring device, I have seen it pull well over 400 watts before into the 550 watt range. My system has a Corsair CX 600 power supply. Video Card I had in mine was a GeForce GTX 260 Superclocked as seen here  ... I say had because I need to install the new video card to it when i get some time and then move this older card to my older computer. Newegg specs suggest 500 watt minimum power supply with the card I have listed, but thats not with a power hungry CPU like the 8-core, and the 8-core 125W TDP CPU on top of that causes it to idle around 280 watts with cool-n Quiet enabled to underclock the CPU when nothing is going on, but in serious gaming it pulls heavy wattage quickly and the 450 watt I feel is too weak an you should get a 600 watt minimum like I have in my system for that hardware combination.The 8320 is a powerful CPU, but I had to have the maximum processing power available fr... Read more

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Hey guys, I've made a list of components I'll need to build my very first pc (These will be listed at the bottom of my post)I'm not sure about the videocard I'll be using, I'm thinking about the MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GD5 - 2GB - PCI-E (I've seen benchmarks of this running GTA V 1080p around 60FPS)or the AMD Radeon R9 270 which seems to be about the same in price/performance, but is not available on the site I'm buying my parts. ('m also a little worried that I will be needing atleast 3GB VRAM instead of the 2GB those will give me, is this an issue?I don't want to be spending more than 200 Euro's on the videocard and will be playing games that won't ask much from my pc (mainly League of Legends and watching 1080p 60FPS videos.)However, I AM trying to build a computer that will run games such as GTA V, Battlefield 4, Far Cry 4 so that if I ever do end up buying new games to play(which most likely will be less heavy than the games mentioned), I won't have to worry too much about my pc not being able to run them.Question 1: Is there a better videocard for under 200 Euro's (Including send costs) than the ones I mentioned? If not which one should I pick?Question 2: Are the components all compatible? Will I not run into any issues while building?Components:AMD FX 6300 Black Edition - 3.5GHz - Socket AM3+MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GD5 - 2GB - PCI-E (Most likely)Seagate - 1TB - DesktopMSI 970A-G43 - Socket AM... Read more

Answer:Advice on my build #2

My suggestion is to avoid MSI products and go with a different trusted brand like Gigabyte, ASUS, EVGA. Additionally I wouldnt go with that brand "Cooler Master" power supply for a build like this. Corsair, EVGA, or some other better quality brand power supply of the same wattage should be fine.

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So I am going to build a desktop as my Personal Project. Information about Personal Projects here: what I have so far is that computers require Great Processors such as the Intel Core I7-4790k which would make all processes on a computer. I chose that processor because it is a well known brand and processor. Furthermore I have also found out that I should aim for the NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 960 or something close to that. I really need assistance and recommendations into what type of software I should run, what other components I need and anything useful that one can contribute. I really need help here because I do not know so much about components yet. I am unsure what to do and so I which to use the forums as an extra source. Thank you for taking interest. Please reply.

Answer:Advice on My Build.

You should consider a 6th generation i7 and a motherboard such as ASUS with DDR4 Memory for starters

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Budget: Approximately $1200
Location: BC, Canada
Main Purpose: gaming, HD Video editing
Multitasking: A lot
Games: MMO Gaming
Resolution: 2x 22-25 inch HD screen (looking for suggestions, $100-150)
Overclocking: Want ability too. Not regularly
Peripherals: Razer blackwidow keyboard, razer deathadder mouse.
Recycled parts: Windows 7 Home 64 bit

Build idea so far:

Intel Core I7 3770
16 GB worth of G.SKILL Ripjaws Series
GeForce GTX 570
128 GB Samsung SSD 830 Series
1TB SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
Asus DVD drive ($20)
Corsair TX650 v2
Cooler master Hyper 212 Plus
Apevia X-TRP-BL X-Trooper Mid

Advice for improvements and whether or not the build will work would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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aduckgamer said:

Overclocking: Want ability too. Not regularly

Intel Core I7 3770
GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3Click to expand...

Thats a nice build.

The Z68 is a 2nd Gen board and the CPU is 3rd Gen processor. You may want to purchase a 3rd Gen board.

2nd Gen chipsets: H61, H67, P67,Q67, and Z68
3rd Gen chipsets: B75, H77, Q77, Z75, and Z77
If you plan on any over-clocking you may want the K version of the i7-3770. The K versions are unlocked and allow much easier overclocking. Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz

Ivy Bridge Chipsets

All Ivy Bridge chipsets and motherboards support both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs. Ivy Bridge based processors will officially support up to DDR3-1600, up from DDR3-1333 of Sandy Bridge. Consumer Ivy Bridge chipsets will also allow overclocking of K-series processors.Click to expand...


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Question: New build advice

I'm contiplating a new build with the Asus-F1A75-V Pro Motherboard, with the AMD Processor, AMD QC A8-3870 3.0GHz, 4MB L2 Cache,Corsairs TX650 650watt PSU,at lease 16gb of memory(Kingston HyperX 1600),AMD Radeon? HD 6570 Graphics card,Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)+HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive,and a Liteon Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature IHBS112-04 - OEM+Liteon Model iHAS124-04 -with my Philips 23" LED HDTV,and running Win7. Ultimate 64bit OS.All in a NZXT TEMPEST EVO Crafted Series TEVO-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
So what do you think of this system that I haven't started purchasing yet, but these are the parts that need or have done a search for, I may change some of the parts according to the price of the parts. This build will take some time to get together money wise.

Answer:New build advice

What are you using the PC for? That's probably the most important question because a gaming PC will have a different optimal setup to a workstation PC for example.

My initial thoughts are:
- Unless you have a good reason, that's way too much RAM. 8GB is more than enough for most people.
- It's a bit of a waste of money getting an A8 processor (which has an integrated graphics processor) and a dedicated graphics card.
- If you're going to be gaming the 6570 is not going to be enough.

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Question: Advice on my build

So I'm making a moderate gaming pc. My friends/family have bought me peices here and there. But, I don't think a lot of them knew much. So, right now I have three parts:My ram:HyperX FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model HX318C10FBK2/16Link:,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=My Graphics card: MSI Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 R9 390 GAMING 8G 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video CardLink:,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=And my case: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-02 Mid-Tower Gaming CaseLink:,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=Now, I need a motherboard, a CPU, and a power supply. I would like to use these parts. And, I'm trying to keep the cost of the Motherboard + CPU about $200-300. The power supply I'm willing to pay what ever is needed.Any advice is very helpful.

Answer:Advice on my build

The newest Skylake CPUs are designed to support either DDR4 or 1.35v DDR3 so the RAM you have won't work with them so you'd need to go for an older (but still very decent) Devil's Canyon chip.  In your budget you can probably get an i5-4690 or i5 4690k (required if you want to overclock) but if that is too expensive you could go down to something like an i5-4590.For these chips you would want to look at motherboards with the Z97 (required for overclocking) or H97 (which is cheaper but doesn't support overclocking),  Stick to decent brands of board such as Gigabyte or ASUS.For the power supply - Your video card is pretty power hungry so you'd want to go for something around the 650w mark.  Something like the 650w EVGA G2 would be a great value option:

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It is 6 years since I built the PC I am using at present ( it is still going strong but is reaching its use by date) and would appreciate advice on this spec and any extra stuff I may need to include such as cables or anything else I may require. All is from Ebuyer.I am not a gamer. but am intending to use VMware to experiment with Linux, also photo editing maybe some video editing QuickFind Stock Price Line Total Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Case With CM eXtreme Power 460W PSU *SPECIAL OFFER* 135101 139 in stock £52.99 £46.07 £52.99 £46.07 Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H GeForce 7100 Socket 775 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard 139780 135 in stock £49.93 £43.41 £49.93 £43.41 OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800Mhz/PC2-6400 GOLD XTC Memory Kit CL5(5-5-5-18) 146049 700 in stock £35.00 £30.43 £35.00 £30.43 Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8GHz Socket 775 1066MHz FSB 3MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor 152177 369 in stock £119.83 £104.20 £119.83 £104.20 Sapphire HD 3650 512MB DDR2 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card 140617 39 in stock £49.35 £42.91 £49.35 £42.91 Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA II 7200RPM 16MB Cache - OEM 124228 73 in stock £46.97 £40.84 £93.94 £81.68 LG GH22NS40 22X SATA DVD±RW/DL/RAM Black Bare Drive - OEM

Answer:New build advice

Hi AbsentSpec looks fine, the only thing I would say is I dont know if you intend to overclock the CPU, but if you do you might want to buy an aftermarket cooler. These start in price from about £10 upwards.You havent mentioned what operating system you will be using ? If its Windows XP or Vista remember the PC will only recognise about 3GB of the ram you have installed. Programs should be able to use all of it, so its not a problem.For Windows to see all 4GB you would need to install Windows Vista 64. But some video editing suites have issues with 64 editions so probably worth sticking to 32 version.RegdsJungle.

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Hi just about to start a new build and have been looking at the various components available to build a pc for gaming and general use and have chosen this setup so far

intel core 2 duo e7300: 2.66 ghz, 1066 bus speed, 3mb cache
gigabyte ep43 ds3l motherboard : ip43, 1333 fsb, 2xDDR2 SDRAM, BIOS type : award
RAM: 4gb PC2-8500, (2x2gb)
Nvidia Geforce 9400GT 1024mb ddr2 ram : gpu clock speed-550mhz, memory clock speed-700mhz
Western digital caviar 500gb, 7200 spindel speed, sata hard drive
650w PSU

This is my first new build and if anyone could give me some advice on the parts i have chosen and thier compatability ( I think it should all work together) or if you have any suggestions for a better setup for roughly the same price I would be very grateful.

Answer:New Build Advice Please

Looks good.
Let us know how it goes... particularly problems during install.

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I would like to know the compatibility of all of these items.,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=If any of these do not work please find me a similar price item with similar features.Thank you.

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In my computer at the moment I have a geforce 210, an i3 530, a 250gb ssd and 500W corsair psu. 

Answer:Advice on my build

I also have ?500 budget

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Question: Advice for build

Hello does anyone know if there will be any problems for this build it is for gaming i am using some parts from another pc i had for gaming but mother board broke so i am replacing that and cpu.Precision T5400 CaseMSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ MotherboardDell PN: GM869 Power SupplySATA 5.25" DVD-RW Drive8x 4GB PC2-5300F DDR2 Memory2TB 3.5" SATA Hard DriveAMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core ProcessorNVIDIA GTX980 DDR5 4GB Video Cardany suggestions or infomation will be greatly impreciated

Answer:Advice for build

bumb(wanna be top)

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Question: Build Advice

Alright so I'm pretty new to PC gaming, I know a few things but not nearly enough. So I search for builds around $500-520 that will give me the best bang for the buck. I found a few that caught my attention but this is the one I was planning on building, but before I do that I thought I'd get some second hand advice from you guys. Please recommend better parts if you know some that I can swap into this build. (Keep in mind I'm looking for a build around $500-520 and it should be something that can run most Triple A games around 40-50 FPS at 1080p for the most part. So idk guys, share with me some of your expertise!  (BTW I surfed the web and was able to find these parts for cheaper totaling for around $500-520)PARTS LIST:

Answer:Build Advice

Very Tight budget .... what is the most advanced game you plan on playing? Are you interested in buying a used or refurb computer and adding a high end video card to that to try to squeeze it into the small budget and get the best CPU and GPU combination that your money can buy or are you wanting to build a system new only?I toyed around with different builds and numbers I come up with are:Windows 10 OS =$100Gigabyte AM3+ Motherboard = $56Crucial DDR3 8GB RAM 1600Mhz = $40Computer Case with 500 Watt PSU = $661TB Hitachi Hard Drive 7200RPM = $45ASUS DVD-RW Drive = $20The necessities without CPU and GPU put it at $327.00 Now to get a good CPU and GPU in the remaining $193.00, you could get a Quadcore FX-4350 4.2Ghz CPU for $80 leaving you with $113 for a video card, but your going to struggle to find a new video card that fits into $113 that will give you the 40-50fps 1080pThis build I put together cuts as many corners as you can without making a crippled build. Saving money in avoiding Intel and going with AMD, getting a case that comes with a 500 watt power supply to cut off about $30 or more, and going with Hitachi 1TB drive vs Seagate or Western Digital to get you maximum capacity and performance for your money, and 8GB RAM is the bare minimum for a gaming build like this. You might be able to squeeze by on 4GB, but to avoid lots of paging so much 8GB is best to start from. Gigabyte motherboard is a brand and quality I trust and never had any problems with and this is their... Read more

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Relevance 46.33% start for mid-range gaming? Mostly F2p Mmorpgs like riders of Icarus, or maybe some Overwatch and Titan fall, nothing big just casual gaming. Give tips if you see something wrong. Btw I plan on using the Hard-drive in my current system for this build, that's why I don't have one listed on PC part picker.Also what kind of fps do you guys think this will push on a game like titanfall 2? Not expecting anything outrageous or anything though.(Btw I'm not sure why, but I'm banned from the computer hope chat?)

Answer:Advice for my build.

Here is a general rule about fps:How much fps is playable?60 fps is the optimal fps for PC games though most games are okay if their fps is between 30 and 60. 30 is usually the baseline for playability. When it comes to graphics settings, it really is all dependent on the the player and the game-from see:

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Question: Advice on my build

Hello I am looking at building my first gaming computer, I am a bit of a budget and would like to build it for around 1000 dollars. Currently what I am looking at are as follows advice to drop the cost or increase the effectiveness while keeping the cost low would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Advice on my build

Looks okay although there are a couple of problems I can see:Your CPU and motherboard are incompatible - The best CPU you can get on that board is an i7 6700k.  If you want to use the 6800k or better then you would need to get a higher end motherboard with a LGA2011 socket.  For gaming, the 6700k is more than enough.That video card is extremely outdated (from 2011) - I'd replace that with something from a current line such as an NVIDIA GeForce 1000 series or a AMD Radeon 4xx series card.  Looking up benchmarks for cards to see how they perform in the games you want to play woudl be the best option here.  You may also want to consider dropping your CPU down to an i5 if this would allow you to spend more to get a better video card.With a modern GPU (and not that power hungry and slow Radeon 6990) you could also save a fair bit by dropping the PSU down to a 650w or even a 550w model.

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It's been a while since I've been on these forums. I initially joined to check compatibility on my first build, Amd x2 4600, Geforce 7800gt, 1gb DDR ram, Asus A8N-SLI Premium all in the Antec P180. Unfortunately I'm posting this message from that same computer, never did get round to upgrading, about time for a new one I think!

I'm currently looking at the following specs:
CPU - Either Intel i5 2500k or i7 2600k
CPU Cooler - ThermalTake Frio
Motherboard - Asus P8Z68-V Pro (although still waiting to see if Z68 is actually worthwhile)
Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz (CAS 8)
GPU - Undetermined
PSU - XFX 750w Black Edition
Case - Silverstone Fortress FT02B (+Air Penetrator Fans Incl.)
Optical Drive - Samsung Blu-Ray SH-B123L
Storage (SDD) - Crucal RealSSD M4 128Gb
Storage (HDD) - 1xWD Caviar Black 1TB, 1xWD Caviar Green 2TB
Sound - Asus Xonar Essence ST (Already own)

I've got a Dell 2707wfp thus max resolution will be 1920x1200, so I don't need an ultra powerful GPU (I think). I would like to stand a chance at playing Skyrim when that's released, I considered waiting until then to build the computer. Perhaps go for an Ivy Bridge CPU. From what I can tell though, it's mainly the gpu that affects games anyway, perhaps I could get away with an i5 2500k. Any advice will be appreciated, I'll look into any parts suggested. Budget yet to be determined. I like to have a 'goal pc' then work ... Read more

Answer:Advice on a new build

I would save my money and get an i5-2500k, and probably a 6950.
Also, I'd use a cheaper power supply.

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Hello major geeks.

I want to build a system by summers end. I have built one other system from scratch and it was mostly a frankenstein of this i could drudge up. It is now getting on in years and needs replacing.

Aesthetics are important to me both inside and out as i do plan to add a window at some point. Money is also important so it will not be State of the art. I find it is nice to stay at least a year behind to be wallet friendly.

I will be building an AMD even tho i know the Intels are faster and more overclockable in hopes that the Phenoms actually do fit these boards, thus saving me money a little later on. Other than Ram and a processor i will probably not do any thing to this PC until i again get a new one.

Anyhow this is what i have in mind

Asus crosshair
2 GB corsair Dominator
AMD 64x2 4600+ 65w
zalaman 9700 CPU heatsink
4 - Seagate SATA 250Gb 7200 16mb in raid 0
Kingwin mach 1 600 watt power supply(would prefer the 800 but i can find it)
LG 8164B DVD-rom
Pioneer DVR-112DBK 18x DVD burner
lights fans and crap
OTZ XTC Memory Cooler
a video card or two
All stuffed inside a Antec P182

I dont have a Video card (or set of them) picked out. I want to run dual monitors and connect to my telivision. I play games some but this system is primarily for Video and music encoding.

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Answer:New build, advice please


firstly if your going to be doing video and audio encoding, more than anything you will want a good cpu and ram, that cpu is a bit old now, its still a decend lil thing, but if ur not a gamer than a fairly cheap graphics card will suffice, use the money saved from the graphics card and get a kik *** cpu. Majority of new cards these days support dual monitors, hell u can even pick up a ati 9550 for $50 aust that supports duel monitors.

and 600w psu should be fine, if ur wanting a bit more oommf i would look at the antec range, they are quality psu's.

on a second note, dont even worry about crossfire if ur not gunna be pushin ur cards to the limits, its just wasted money imo, i wouldnt bother with crossfire in any case just yet lol.

and i would hold out on vista, it is still quite buggy, wait till they release a SP edition, just less hastle, XP is still a good OS.

and i too would like to know were to get more chicken wings lol

hope this helps you

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Question: Advice on my build

Hi all,I am building a new computer and I wanted to know what you thought about it since I have been out of the loop for a while. I know the graphics card is no good, so if you could suggest a better one for me that would be great.I plan on watching HD videos and playing some new games on this computer, so keep these two things in mind.BTW, I am trying to keep everything (besides monitor) to about 450 pounds.Also, I am not 100% sure if all the parts work together. Could you confirm, pleaseThank you[IMG]click here[/IMG]

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Question: New Build Advice

Well the time has come for new build, usually do it every 8-10 years. I use a Antec Server Case for all my drives. I have two drives for work,1 for wife and my personal drive. Hoping this new build will last a while. Looking for expert advice and changes I need. Do no gaming,mostly office programs and DVD editing. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I will be running Windows 10 64 bit

Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core ProcessorNoctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU CoolerGigabyte - GA-Z270X-UD3 ATX LGA1151 MotherboardCorsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 MemorySamsung - 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State DriveSamsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State DriveSamsung - 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State DriveWestern Digital - BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard DriveEVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video CardEVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power SupplyAsus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD WriterAsus - DVD-E818AAT/BLK/B/GEN DVD/CD Drive

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Question: PC Build Advice

Hi guys,

I'm looking to build myself a new PC suitable. I have particular games I'd like to run with decent performance at reasonably high settings - at the moment that's FSX, Rome 2 TW and Football Manager 2014 (yeah, that one's not resource heavy but it's on my list ) - but would like it to be future-proof. I already have a monitor and mouse but everything else needs buying. Considering that, with the budget I have (£800), I've come up with the following set-up:

Case - Bitfenix Merc Alpha Gaming Case
CPU - AMD FX6-core FX6300 3.5GHz 14Mb cache
RAM - Corsair 8Gb DDR3 1600MHz
PSU - 700W Coolermaster B700
Motherboard - ASUS M5A97 Motherboard
Graphics - 2Gb AMD MSI HD 7870 OC PCI-E
HDD - Western Digital 1TB
DVD-RW - Liteon 24x player
Cooling - Standard AMD processor cooling fan, case has a fan at the rear, planning on buying four more fans and adding two to the front, one to the top and one to the bottom of the case
Speakers - Logitech ZS13
O/S - Windows 8 64-bit

If anyone can take a quick scan through and let me know if I've missed something glaringly obvious, that would be great. Or if there is anything I can substitute that would give better performance for a similar price, that would be great.

I think everything is compatible (I'll double and triple-check this before buying!) so I'm not looking for any in-depth analysis, but any guidance would be great! Thanks!

Answer:PC Build Advice

Good Selection, but might I make a few alterations for you to consider because you have a £800. We maybe able to squeeze a bit more out of this build, ill go off for the pricing:

Gigabyte Z87-HD3 79.99
i5 4670k 174.50
Corsair 750watt Bronze 68.98
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1tb 49.99
Cooler Master Hyper212 Evo CPU Cooler 23.99
NZXT Phantom 410 mid tower 84.95
Corsair Vengeance 8gb 2x4gb 1600 65.76
Liton DvD Drive 13.15
R9 280X Gigabyte 230.47
Logitech Z323 Speakers 32.99 (Could not find the speakers you listed so went for what I thought might be close.

Thats just a little advice to maxise your build to the budget, this will provide much more power overall and future proof you for quite some time. Hope this help!

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Looking for some advice. I am building my first computer from scratch. I have replaced almost every part in many computers in the past so I am not a complete newbie.

I have the following still in the boxes:
1 - Liteon 52X32X52X CD-RW
1 - Sony DRU810A DVD Burner
1 - Seagate ST3300831A 300GB Hard Drive
1 - Seagate 250GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive
1 - Used 1.44 floppy drive
1 - good set of speakers with subwoofer
1 - Nvidia GeForce4 MX40, will upgrade later

I basically use the PC for video editing, internet (wireless cable) and some light gaming (not online gaming). I am planning on running XP pro. I want to use all of the above and have a maximum of $500 to spend. I was planning on using an AMD 64X2 4600 processor ($125).

I am looking for advice on a good MB, memory (1 gb), case and whatever else you suggest within my price range of $375 left over.

Thanks in advance.

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Question: New Build Advice

Hi all,

It's time to build a new system and had a couple of questions. Everything will be based off of a i7 4790k processor as I already got it. I'm not a gamer but do a lot of video conversion.

MB I was looking at the Gigabyte Z97x gaming 5 It has an M2 connection on the board. Any suggestions I would like to use the M2 ssd as my primary drive.
Is there a M2 ssd that can use the connection on the board? All the ones I see seem to go into a PCIe slot. Suggestions ?
The memory I picked out but haven't bought as of yet would be the Corsair vengenance pro DDR 3 1866 This seemed to have the lowest latency and the highest speed that would run @1,5 volts Suggestions?

Haven't been on the board in a while and really haven't kept up with the latest and greatest even my questions are dated.

Thanks BK

Answer:New Build Advice

Newegg have ~70 currently, my choice would be from one of these 4 Samsungs.

Using an M2 would disable 2x SATA3 ports:

1 x M.2 PCIe connector
(Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA & PCIe SSD support)
1 x SATA Express connector
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
(M.2, SATA Express, and SATA3 4/5 connectors can only be used one at a time. The SATA3 4/5 connectors will become unavailable when an M.2 SSD is installed.)


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Howdie all--
build a Sli-compurt.its take 2 weeks for thr coice and reasurch of component to use-
here what I have gooten so far
-=Asus Dexlux Mobo Sli compateablitiy.Preety near the top.
-=Zelum super coller fan heatsink for cpu
-=300.gig maxtor 16cache (better) reviews? Sata of cours
-=aaasuper tall LANlIA CASE-ON WHEEL POWER SUPPLY flips soits on the bottum of case very good set
-=2xEVGA 6800 PCEexpress cards--beer or worse?
-=theromax 600 sli power supply good reviews but Power and coolling are thr best!!
-=2 stick od courair XMP 512 3200 w/ cool lights==! gig total==Not enough?Should I use 2 Sticks @ 1gig--or 4 512gigs sticks? best proformase from 2 or 4 sticksof memory help with question!!??l
-=looking at a AND3500 chip. Any ideas here? Is the Venice core better than othes?

thanks for reading the post help withwhat you know.

B3 wdd

Answer:Build SLI ANY ADVICE?

I've heard in some applications that a 1GB of ram can be better than 2GB as in some applications (those that dont need 2GB) that you are worse off for getting 2GB and are betta getting 1GB i dont know this from personal experience but alot of reviews show that having 2GB can slow you down

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Question: New build advice

Someone said you could post your specs here and get advice if it's a good system and/or recmmendations.

NZXT apollo burnt orange case
Intel core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHZ 1066
1GB 240-pin DDR2 800 desktop memory
512mb 240-pin DDR2 desktop memory
EVGA 9800 GT 512mb GDDR3 PCI-E
(two hard drives set up in RAID to mirror each other)
250GB desktop SATA hard drive (primary)
250GB desktop SATA hard drive (secondary)
1.44MB floppy disc w/MMC reader
Logitech PS2 optical mouse
DVD-RW 20x lightscribe
16x SATA DVD ROM drive
IEEE 1394 Firewire PCI
Dual 12" blue cold cathode lghtbar
MSFT Office 2007 Pro OEM (no media)
Adobe Acrobat 9.0 Pro
Is this system viable and worth $1,750?

Answer:New build advice

I'd have to do some research to see if its worth $1750 but i am too far as asking if its a good system yeah it looks decent. Just make sure you have that RAM in the right slots =]

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I'm trying to plan my next build, current computer is getting to be 6ish years old. I use it mostly for general computing, but I do play some games. I don't care about maxing out the graphics settings, but would like to be able to play some of the latest games without lag issues.

Here's what I am planning:
Case - Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Arctic White Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Why this one: I like the look, I like the carry handles (current PC is a pain in the *** to move, I hate PCs that are a pain to carry), I like the cable management options, I'm a fan of Corsair

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Why this one: I have a hard time putting the time and effort into researching every last component on a motherboard to make sure it'll have what I want when the time comes. This seems to be a popular board, perhaps geared a little toward the gaming crowd. I think it has everything I'll want. Originally I was going to take it a step down, but I believe the next model down lacks USB 3 headers for front panel.

Video card - PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (UEFI Ready)
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Answer:Could use some advice for a new build

Looks pretty well balanced to me, can't think of anything that would make much of a difference to reliability, stability or performance.

On a personal level, I'd prefer an Intel-based build; less heat generated, less wattage used and less noise maybe. It would cost ~$30-40 more for similar performance but you should then be able to drop the PSU to ~550W, maybe recouping some of that difference.

You did a nice job :major

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Just for fun and as a learning exercise, I want to build a PC from scratch. I ?ve got a spec in mind, all from Savastore, and before I buy I?d like some compatibility advice to make sure the bits talk to each other. Here?s the spec- Aries Aries Athlon64 X2 3800+ SktAM2 / 512MB / Motherboard Kit Generic Generic CX-8759 Black Knight Atx Case With 400W PSU Western Digital Western Digital Caviar 80GB 2MB Cache 7200 HDD OEM Ignoring the external devices and the CD Rom, which I?ve got, am I missing anything?This is not going to be a heavy use machine, but I anticipate installing Vista at some stage in the future so upgrading is important.Any views?

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When you get around to installing Vista you could do with doubling up the RAM first. What graphics card do you intend to use as it will determine whether you can get the Aero interface in Vista?

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Looking to do my first decent pc build. Would be really grateful if someone could take a look and check everything is compatible, or maybe even make suggestions on better hardware for the same budget.
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155
Motherboard: MSI P67A-G45 Intel P67 (Socket 1155) DDR3
Case: Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 650W V2 High Performance '80 Plus Bronze'
Graphics Card: XFX ATI Radeon 6950 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
Ram: OCZ Gold 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 16MB Cache
Price: £650 approx
I have hard, cd/dvd drives etc
Thanks for your time

Answer:Any advice on this pc build

That would do very nicely for me. Looks like you have already done your homework.
Plenty of WOOMF ! Only thing I would suggest is that you query the HDD cache with Overclockers on the Western Digital that you intend to order - the heading says 16MB Cache but in the description it says 32MB

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Question: Build Advice

Alright so I'm pretty new to PC gaming, I know a few things but not nearly enough. So I search for builds around $500-520 that will give me the best bang for the buck. I found a few that caught my attention but this is the one I was planning on building, but before I do that I thought I'd get some second hand advice from you guys. Please recommend better parts if you know some that I can swap into this build. (Keep in mind I'm looking for a build around $500-520 and it should be something that can run most Triple A games around 40-50 FPS at 1080p for the most part. So idk guys, share with me some of your expertise!  (BTW I surfed the web and was able to find these parts for cheaper totaling for around $500-520)PARTS LIST:

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I tried this question on another forum but no one has replied, hopoe I've got better luck here.
I'm mulling over building my own PC and would like some feedback.
I was originally going to upgrade my own which is a two year old Mesh but as I want to change the case I thought I would make a fresh start and perhaps utilise some of my original components in order to reduce costs.
The components I would like to re-use are the two DVD drives, the card reader, TV card, and hopefully the PSU if the power rating is high enough which I hope someone will advise me. I would also like to fit my existing 500Gb HDD as an extra data storage.
I am thinking of using an Intel i5 quad core along with a suitable motherboard.
I will fit a new 1TB HDD.
As for graphics card, perhaps a Sapphire ATI Fanless HD6570 Ultimate 1GB, I don't need a high end graphics card as I don't use my computer for gaming.
My present PSU is a Corsair 450W which is very quiet and I would like to know if this would be enough to handle the above or will I need more power.

Answer:Advice on new build

PSU is fine for your needs as things stand.
You do not mention what your budget is or whether you were thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 or not.Are your optical drives IDE or Sata,same question for the 500GB HDD?
Most modern boards come with mainly Sata connections and you may get just the one IDE header on the board which would make connecting 3 IDE components problematic. Certainly not impossible but a nuisance.

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Question: First build advice

I've spent the past few days picking out parts for my first build, and being quite inexperienced I thought I would ask for advice/comments/suggestions about my current build.

My budget is around $1000. This computer will be virtually for gaming only.

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Mobo: MSI 790XT-G45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

PSU: Antec NeoPower 650 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Video Card: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Disc Drive: ASUS Black yadda yadda DVD Burner

Monitor: SAMSUNG EX2220X Glossy Black 21.5" 5ms LED Backlight LCD Monitor

I have a mouse, keyboard, and speakers, am fine with the onboard mobo sound and have access to discounted windows 7 at my school.

A few questions:
1. Will I need additional fans or are the four fans provided with the case (and the ones that come with the cpu, gpu, etc) sufficient?
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Answer:First build advice

Hi, brothacheese,
welcome to Techspot
they do all fit together and are compatible, however a bit of advice , for the same price, maybe 10-20$ more You can get a DDR3 based system. It is the standard now and DDR2 is rapidly on its way out.

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Hello all!

I'm spec'ing out a Media Center build for a friend of mine.

He has a HDTV (1080i) with 2 HDMI connectors. He will not be using a 5.1 sound system (he lives in Queens and can't really bump the sound). He's mainly looking for a system that can play Blu-Ray DVDs and internet content.

He may look, eventually, into ripping his current DVD collection onto his network. But that will be in the future.

Here are the components I'm looking at (he requested a higher-end system). One of the big questions that I have that I haven't found an answer for is: on the video card, does the HDMI send an audio signal? I know it has a internal S/PDIF connector, but does it send the signal through the HDMI? Also, being that I've not worked with S/PDIF before, does it connect to the ROM Drive, or the MB?

Here's the Spec:

Video Card
PALiT NE/960TSX0252 GeForce 9600GT SONIC 512MB 256-bit GDDR3

ASUS P5E3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

Memory - 4GB
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

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Answer:Need some advice on a build

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Hi EveryoneThis is going to be my first new build project and I would like some advice on good quality, good value components. I am looking to build a good quality but cheap(ish) PC for the in-laws.I am after a dual core CPU, MOBO with room for expansion and as many built in USB ports as possible. I will also need a graphics card (rather than on board) but this just needs to be half decent rather than for playing games at top quality. I would prefer on board sound so no need for sound card.The PC will be used for the usual Internet and Office type use, but also a lot of video calling abroad. I want to be able to expand as I go along if needed and a good smooth running system.Any help you guys can give me would be much appreciated.CheersRichie

Answer:First PC build - advice please!

I always buy from Novatech,never had a problem with their components .

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I'm planning to build a PC using the following. Can anyone tell me if these components are compatable/ pitfalls to watch? This is my first build. Thanks!Elite ECS 755-A2 SIS 755 MotherboardAMD A64 2800+Retail Kit Skt 754 (Including Heat Sink+Fan)processorATI Peak Radeon 9550 128MB 80 GB Maxtor SATA Hard drive512MB 184Pin DIMM PC3200 CL2.5 NP RAMTSUNAMI CAPRICORN ATX PC CASE 350w Pwr Supply Microsoft Windows XP Home Digimate 17 inch TFT Monitor

Answer:PC build advice please...

click here always a good idea to read the MOBO manual first.

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Hello all
this is my first post in this forum,
anyway after years of paying for over priced, pre built PC's im making the jump into the 'build your own' world and am after some help,
my pc will be used for gaming and various multi tasking.
first of all ive decided to use a AMD Phenom II X4 965 CPU,
im unsure on which motherboard to use and which one my CPU will fit into it? will it fit into most? ive been looking at the ASUS M4A77T AMD 770/SB710 ATX Motherboard - AM3 Socket.
also ive been considering the cooler master centurion 5 ii, will the motherboard mentioned above fit into this? and what power supply will i need? power supply units have confused me the most :/
any criticisms, advice, help and anything else will be greatly appreciated
thanks in advance

Answer:PC Build Help? And Advice,

The Phenom II x4 945 is on the supported CPU list for the Asus M4A77T See Here but you probably knew that. And yes that board will fit in the Centurion 5 ii case. As for power supplies you need one in the 600W to 750W range, a few suggestions from ebuyer try for a brand name for best reliability but read the reviews they will guide you. You don't mention graphics which will be the most important component in a gaming machine and again you need to check on-line reviews. My only experience is with the ATI Radeon series and in that you will need a minimum of an HD5770. For the operating system I would choose Win7 64bit and put in 8Gb of fast DDR3 RAM

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CPU ? Inter Core i3 2100 3.1Ghz - £90.96
MOTHERBOARD ? Asus P7P55DELX S1156 - £103.56
RAM ? 4GB Corsair Value Select 1333MHz DDR3 Memory (2x 2Gb Strips) - £33.55
GPU ? CCL Choice GeForce GT 520 1GB - £42.29
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB (7200rpm) SATA 6Gb/s 16MB 3.5 inch Hard Drive (Internal) - £29.72
CASE - Inwin Griffin Midi Tower Gaming Case - £34.68
Windows 7 - 64 bit Home Edition - £72.59
Optical Drive - Samsung SH-S223L Internal 22x DVD Writer Drive SATA - £13.49
Total Cost is £420.86
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