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#3091 Hente

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 08:47 PM

I'm going over to someone's place to test out a 560Ti that I'll be buying for $70, anything I should keep an eye out for specifically?

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 09:58 PM

I'm going over to someone's place to test out a 560Ti that I'll be buying for $70, anything I should keep an eye out for specifically?


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#3093 supracom

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 03:07 AM

Hey all, my gf is looking to upgrade her rig to something suitable for hardcore gaming. She wants something that can run most titles at best/ultra settings. Price point is $1200-$1500. She was considering buying a premade machine, but I figured with some research and help, she'd likely get more bang for her buck assembling the parts on her own (i.e., on my own). I'm just starting to look into all this, so if you helpful folks could point me in the right direction, I'd be much obliged.

#3094 Mako1215

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:54 AM

i5 3570K/ i7 3770K
670
8GB ram
180-240GB SSD

That would make a killer rig.

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#3095 clonesniper666

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:02 AM

Not necessarily a build question but I have a question about a mouse.

I was wondering if I should get the DeathAdder 2013 edition (6400 DPI) or should I stick with the older model DeathAdder (3500 DPI)?

I just bought the older model for $48 at Walmart but seen we have the newer models for $70 and with my discount it would only be $65 after tax for the newer one.

#3096 pantsattack

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:17 PM

Is there a buy sell trade spot on CAG for PC parts? I can't see it.

#3097 Mako1215

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:20 PM

Is there a buy sell trade spot on CAG for PC parts? I can't see it.


I don't think so. Feel free to make one.

First, how can you claim prior non-existance to devalue a movement? I am sure the civil rights movement would love that. "Well, there was no movement to free the slaves before, so why is it relavent now?"

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#3098 abwly45

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 02:39 AM

Hey all, my gf is looking to upgrade her rig to something suitable for hardcore gaming. She wants something that can run most titles at best/ultra settings. Price point is $1200-$1500. She was considering buying a premade machine, but I figured with some research and help, she'd likely get more bang for her buck assembling the parts on her own (i.e., on my own). I'm just starting to look into all this, so if you helpful folks could point me in the right direction, I'd be much obliged.


Here is a rig I threw together in about 10 minutes.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/WeMl

When you are in that price range you can do a lot. I'm sure with research you could knock another 100-200 off that if you buy the parts over 2-3 weeks. Or get better.

This can give you a starting point. If you have more questions let me know. At that price range you should be building. You can put together a great rig.

#3099 Mako1215

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 03:15 AM

Good PSU

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#3100 abwly45

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 03:20 AM

Good PSU


Yes it is. Seasonic is probably the best PSU maker around. They are the OEM for Corsair as well.

850 gold and modular for $100... BUY NOW!!! if you are looking to build a PC.

#3101 Mako1215

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 04:54 AM

I was posting for others. I'm looking to build another so I might scoop it up.

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#3102 Juub

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:19 AM

i5 3570K/ i7 3770K
670
8GB ram
180-240GB SSD

That would make a killer rig.


Pretty much what I got, except I got an i5 3550. As for this thread, I hear the Geforce 700 series is just around the corner. Do you guys think it's a good time to be buying Nvidia cards? The new gen will roll out soon it seems so there's most likely gonna be a huge price drop for the 600 series so the top of the line 700's have the same price points as the current top of the line 600's. Otherwise the 600's would cannibalize the new series.

#3103 Mako1215

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:31 PM

Pretty much what I got, except I got an i5 3550. As for this thread, I hear the Geforce 700 series is just around the corner. Do you guys think it's a good time to be buying Nvidia cards? The new gen will roll out soon it seems so there's most likely gonna be a huge price drop for the 600 series so the top of the line 700's have the same price points as the current top of the line 600's. Otherwise the 600's would cannibalize the new series.


I keep hearing about 700, but honestly I wouldn't invest in it right away. I would wait to see some bench marks.

Typically the prices of the 600 should go down.

First, how can you claim prior non-existance to devalue a movement? I am sure the civil rights movement would love that. "Well, there was no movement to free the slaves before, so why is it relavent now?"

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#3104 supracom

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 03:02 AM

Here is a rig I threw together in about 10 minutes.

When you are in that price range you can do a lot. I'm sure with research you could knock another 100-200 off that if you buy the parts over 2-3 weeks. Or get better.

This can give you a starting point. If you have more questions let me know. At that price range you should be building. You can put together a great rig.


Thanks, this was very helpful. Will probably end up going with something very similar to your build. Aren't new gpus supposed to get released soon? Might hold out till then for a good deal on the current gen of cards, or look into the new ones. I've been talking to some friends about assembly, one says it's easy while another says it can be somewhat challenging. From my own reading, it seems like assembly should be fairly intuitive albeit time consuming. Any tips or cautionary advice for a first timer?

#3105 Mako1215

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 03:24 AM

http://www.overclock...s-gk110-300-gpu

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#3106 - Glenn -

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:17 PM

Hey guys, I'm finally going to be upgrading my current PC. I've decided on the Intel 3570k processor - and am looking for recommendations on MoBo & Ram with a good cost to value ratio. I'd love 16gb even though I probably won't need it - this will only really be used for gaming & web browsing.

I'm also going to pick up win7 (upgrading from vista) and another HD - either a smallish (inexpensive) SSD or a 6gbs 1tb SATA.

I will be eventually (black friday?) upgrading my NVIDIA Geforce GFX 275 to something better, but right now my main issue is the Core2Duo 6420 I'm still running as I am sure it's bottle-necking me even though it's overclocked to 2.8ghz).

Edited by glennfrank, 16 May 2013 - 04:33 PM.


#3107 Mako1215

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:38 PM

Wait to buy anything. With Haswell and the 700 coming out prices will drop on the CPUs and the 600 series.

First, how can you claim prior non-existance to devalue a movement? I am sure the civil rights movement would love that. "Well, there was no movement to free the slaves before, so why is it relavent now?"

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#3108 - Glenn -

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 05:39 PM

You think the prices on the i5s are going to drop that dramatically? If it's a matter of $10-20 I can deal with not waiting :)

#3109 j-cart

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 06:27 PM

The i7-2600K is still $190 used, prices won't drop unless there is a drastic jump in performance.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 06:42 PM

That's kind of what I was thinking as well.

I am currently looking at: ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 and ASRock Z77 Extreme3 as mobo choices.

I recently built my gf a "steambox" based on an mini-itx ASROCK board and a bitfenix prodigy case and was impressed with the ASRock's features.

Anyone have any other recommendations? Or any experience with either board?

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#3111 Mako1215

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:15 PM

Honestly I couldn't tell you what the drop would be, but I see them putting in some Haswell chips that perform better at the same price as some of the currents ones.

I like playing the waiting game just to see what happens and prices. Worst it's $10 -$20. Even better would be a $50 drop it more.

First, how can you claim prior non-existance to devalue a movement? I am sure the civil rights movement would love that. "Well, there was no movement to free the slaves before, so why is it relavent now?"

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 04:46 PM

I know this isn't the right thread but I didn't want to create a new one.

But what is this PC like for the price / performance factor? http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4ac348e878

For £300 even without a OS is cheap here - I don't know too much about CPU, Video cards etc thanks.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 04:55 PM

I won't answer anything about the hardware and leave it to the thread regulars (I am really not up on AMD hardware at all), but I will say that saying they're including a free copy of Firefall - which is a free to play game - seems pretty shady.

#3114 j-cart

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 05:23 PM

I know this isn't the right thread but I didn't want to create a new one.

But what is this PC like for the price / performance factor? http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4ac348e878

For £300 even without a OS is cheap here - I don't know too much about CPU, Video cards etc thanks.



The price reflects the quality of the PC. It is using a 6670 gfx card which is pretty damn old at this point.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:56 PM

I know this isn't the right thread but I didn't want to create a new one.

But what is this PC like for the price / performance factor? http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4ac348e878

For £300 even without a OS is cheap here - I don't know too much about CPU, Video cards etc thanks.


3+ year old CPU, GPU, motherboard etc. Hell, it doesn't even have SATA III ports, a standard for 2+ years.

#3116 Rhett

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 06:48 PM

Hey guys, almost made a new thread for it but I guess I'll just post here.

About to finish buying my desktop parts (tonight), and just looking for any comments or input. Have the RAM, and bought the video card last night. Everything else is coming from Amazon (have a monitor, HDD, and case from my previous desktop). Everything is definitely compatible.

Is for gaming, explicitly. Also, my monitor isn't 1080p (nor is my TV - 720p), so I'm not worried about "hitting the limits" at max settings. Will probably get a new monitor eventually, but short of it outright dying on me...


CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($85.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (Purchased For $155.00 [$140 after MIR])
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $413.47
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#3117 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:07 PM

Hey guys, almost made a new thread for it but I guess I'll just post here.

About to finish buying my desktop parts (tonight), and just looking for any comments or input. Have the RAM, and bought the video card last night. Everything else is coming from Amazon (have a monitor, HDD, and case from my previous desktop). Everything is definitely compatible.

Is for gaming, explicitly. Also, my monitor isn't 1080p (nor is my TV - 720p), so I'm not worried about "hitting the limits" at max settings. Will probably get a new monitor eventually, but short of it outright dying on me...


CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($85.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (Purchased For $155.00 [$140 after MIR])
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $413.47


Sounds great to me.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 11:41 PM

Sigh - my son wants a PC to play Steam stuff on. I just used Boot Camp to partition off part of our 2009 iMac for Windows 7. It works for older stuff (like Planetside 2) but is not likely to hold up for long with anything new.

So I'm looking at either picking up a cheap PC ($500-range) or going this route and building something. I've never done it nor really have the desire to, but the CAG in me knows it is the way to go for the best value. I guess I'll have to start reading through this thing...

#3119 Mako1215

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:09 AM

My i7 3930K shall be here tomorrow.

First, how can you claim prior non-existance to devalue a movement? I am sure the civil rights movement would love that. "Well, there was no movement to free the slaves before, so why is it relavent now?"

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#3120 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:18 AM

Sigh - my son wants a PC to play Steam stuff on. I just used Boot Camp to partition off part of our 2009 iMac for Windows 7. It works for older stuff (like Planetside 2) but is not likely to hold up for long with anything new.

So I'm looking at either picking up a cheap PC ($500-range) or going this route and building something. I've never done it nor really have the desire to, but the CAG in me knows it is the way to go for the best value. I guess I'll have to start reading through this thing...


What resolution are you planning on playing at?