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#3061 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:02 PM

i finished building it last night and i've been installing software etc all day, had to go back to micro center for the millionth time to get a wireless card lol

side rant about MC: when i bought the 670 i looked on their website and it said it's supposed to come with metro: last light... i got in the car and was looking over the receipts and stuff for a steam key.... there was nothing lol

i went in and asked the guy and he said they didn't have the keys for the promo and tried to give me a $75 world of tanks credit, wtf? no thanks pal. gonna contact their CS i guess.


but i really do love the new rig, so fast and quiet. i'd definitely recommend the case. easy wire management and everything comes apart by hand. front door swinging both ways is really cool.


I don't mean to offend you but there's a very slim chance that you will get the Metro key. MC has great sales and selection but employees and CS are less than knowledgable.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:35 AM

Those speeds are at stock and games of today are rarely CPU limited. I can squeeze those results out of my 650 with overclocking.


Hahahaha ur joking right? Why wouldn't we all buy $100 amd cards instead of $300, $500 and $1000 i7s some that use $250 to $400 2011 socket mobos. You clearly havent done your research. CPU matters if u believe otherwise you're wrong.

I love amd a lot but Intel smokes them in gaming benchmarks at the i5 and i7 levels. If you aren't running an i7 you aren't getting those fps benchmark numbers. Disagree if you want doesn't change reality.
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#3063 vince_carter

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:36 AM

I don't mean to offend you but there's a very slim chance that you will get the Metro key. MC has great sales and selection but employees and CS are less than knowledgable.


Yea, doubt i ever see it either after chatting with their CS

they said they never got the codes

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#3064 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 10:04 AM

Hahahaha ur joking right? Why wouldn't we all buy $100 amd cards instead of $300, $500 and $1000 i7s some that use $250 to $400 2011 socket mobos. You clearly havent done your research. CPU matters if u believe otherwise you're wrong.

I love amd a lot but Intel smokes them in gaming benchmarks at the i5 and i7 levels. If you aren't running an i7 you aren't getting those fps benchmark numbers. Disagree if you want doesn't change reality.


I'm running a FX-8320 at 4.2Ghz. Granted the card gets hot (85C) put it can still push those frames within a margin of error.

#3065 Mako1215

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:50 PM

Yea, doubt i ever see it either after chatting with their CS

they said they never got the codes


Go in there and see if you can get a credit for the value of the game maybe since he was quick to offer $75 world of tank credit.

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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#3066 MiNuN

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:00 AM

Hey guys

I moved my pc a bit too far today and one of the wires came off the head, the wire itself doesn't look damaged but it is not coming back together if I rebuild it, it is completely loose and just falls apart

since then my internet has been a little wonky not stabled and keep disconnecting

I am hoping somebody can give me advice on how to make it work again properly

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#3067 elessar123

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:18 AM

Hey guys

I moved my pc a bit too far today and one of the wires came off the head, the wire itself doesn't look damaged but it is not coming back together if I rebuild it, it is completely loose and just falls apart

since then my internet has been a little wonky not stabled and keep disconnecting

I am hoping somebody can give me advice on how to make it work again properly


Replace the cable, or learn how to crimp (you'll likely need tools for it). Good crimp tools are expensive.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:06 AM

thanks elessar123

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#3069 kidrocklive

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:15 AM

Is the OP going to ever be updated? I'm debating on upgrading/building my 1st pc and am clueless on things lol.

#3070 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:32 AM

Is the OP going to ever be updated? I'm debating on upgrading/building my 1st pc and am clueless on things lol.


Probably not. Give us an idea on what you want to use the computer for and your spending limit. And we'll make a build list for ya.

#3071 kidrocklive

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 04:53 PM

Probably not. Give us an idea on what you want to use the computer for and your spending limit. And we'll make a build list for ya.


This is what I am running right now

CPU: Pentium Dual-Core E5400 @ 2.70GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6670
RAM: 4GB
OS: Windows 7 64 bit

I know you can get really crazy with PCs so I am not really looking to go all out crazy. I'd like to get a more up to date CPU as I heard mine is pretty dated. I was thinking when AMD does their next GPU bundle I would get in on that. I'd like to look into getting a solid state drive for the OS too possibly.

#3072 Duo_Maxwell

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 05:29 PM

This is what I am running right now

CPU: Pentium Dual-Core E5400 @ 2.70GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6670
RAM: 4GB
OS: Windows 7 64 bit

I know you can get really crazy with PCs so I am not really looking to go all out crazy. I'd like to get a more up to date CPU as I heard mine is pretty dated. I was thinking when AMD does their next GPU bundle I would get in on that. I'd like to look into getting a solid state drive for the OS too possibly.


Unless you want people start tossing out random suggestions there are some primary things you may have to decide on:

1) What is the primary use for the the PC going to be? Casual gaming, internet/email mainly, home use, business & home use, more modern/hardcore gaming, etc?
2) Do you want to upgrade or build a new one? A related question is can you upgrade? Keep in mind if your current one is a stock PC from say like HP, Dell, etc. then there won't be much for you to actually upgrade. So you'll probably need to do a new build, but there might be some parts you could maybe re-use in a new build.

Edit: I will throw out one suggestion for a good start hopefully. Seeing as you already have a Radeon 6670 card, you could go with trying to utilize AMD Dual Graphics in a new build. It basically takes the graphics in the AMD A-Series CPU/GPU and boosts it using your 6670. Similar to the idea of running 2 graphics but it will be less powerful. It probably won't be powerful enough to play every newly released game out there, but if you are using it for home pc with media & casual gaming capabilities it can be a very good setup. Let us all know what you want the PC to do and we can pitch in with more suggestions.

#3073 Mako1215

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 06:38 PM

MicroCenter has the i5 3570K (I believe that's the numbering) for $169. That's an awesome CPU to build around.

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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#3074 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 06:45 PM

MicroCenter has the i5 3570K (I believe that's the numbering) for $169. That's an awesome CPU to build around.


But not everyone has a MC near them.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:25 PM

Any recommendations for a decent keyboard for around $30 that has usb ports and is LED backlight? I've had the razor lycosa for two years now and its dying on me. I've been looking at the Logitech G105 and the price is perfect for me but it has no usb ports and the G110 is more than double the G105. Any suggestions?

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#3076 Mako1215

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:02 AM

But not everyone has a MC near them.


Yea and what if they do, and would never think to look there? That's why I suggested it.

If you don't live near a MC try price matching at BB or somewhere.

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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#3077 kidrocklive

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:41 AM

Unless you want people start tossing out random suggestions there are some primary things you may have to decide on:

1) What is the primary use for the the PC going to be? Casual gaming, internet/email mainly, home use, business & home use, more modern/hardcore gaming, etc?
2) Do you want to upgrade or build a new one? A related question is can you upgrade? Keep in mind if your current one is a stock PC from say like HP, Dell, etc. then there won't be much for you to actually upgrade. So you'll probably need to do a new build, but there might be some parts you could maybe re-use in a new build.

Edit: I will throw out one suggestion for a good start hopefully. Seeing as you already have a Radeon 6670 card, you could go with trying to utilize AMD Dual Graphics in a new build. It basically takes the graphics in the AMD A-Series CPU/GPU and boosts it using your 6670. Similar to the idea of running 2 graphics but it will be less powerful. It probably won't be powerful enough to play every newly released game out there, but if you are using it for home pc with media & casual gaming capabilities it can be a very good setup. Let us all know what you want the PC to do and we can pitch in with more suggestions.


The main purpose or use of my pc will be to browse the internet, but for what I have now it does fine for that. I was just thinking that I might stick to PC gaming for a while and not immediately buy into the next gen of consoles. Although, I will eventually be forced to because of sports games lol. With that in mind I’d like to I guess have a mediocre set up or modern games where I am not turning on ultra settings but am also not on low either.



As far as my machine goes, its an emachine I got from tiger direct I believe a few years ago. I thought about trying to use what I can from this and getting a new case/parts for the new one. That way in the future if or when I want to upgrade I would be able to. A friend of mind suggested I get a “bare bones kit” from I believe its tiger direct but wasn’t sure if that was really the ideal way to go or not.

#3078 kidrocklive

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:39 PM

I guess my understanding is that consoles are always outdated and if I can get something better and multipurpose it'd be more worth my money.

#3079 Mako1215

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:22 PM

Budget?

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 29 April 2013 - 08:28 PM

The main purpose or use of my pc will be to browse the internet, but for what I have now it does fine for that. I was just thinking that I might stick to PC gaming for a while and not immediately buy into the next gen of consoles. Although, I will eventually be forced to because of sports games lol. With that in mind I’d like to I guess have a mediocre set up or modern games where I am not turning on ultra settings but am also not on low either.



As far as my machine goes, its an emachine I got from tiger direct I believe a few years ago. I thought about trying to use what I can from this and getting a new case/parts for the new one. That way in the future if or when I want to upgrade I would be able to. A friend of mind suggested I get a “bare bones kit” from I believe its tiger direct but wasn’t sure if that was really the ideal way to go or not.


APU would be perfect for you.

#3081 kidrocklive

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 03:32 AM

APU would be perfect for you.


Why is that exactly?

My limit would probably be about $500-600 but if I could get by with less that's always good lol. Not really sure how the cost vs benefit analysis goes with PCs.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:34 AM

Why is that exactly?

My limit would probably be about $500-600 but if I could get by with less that's always good lol. Not really sure how the cost vs benefit analysis goes with PCs.


APUs have the best ratio of price to performance IMO. You only want medium/high which if you crossfire your old 6670 with the a10-5800k, you could definitely achieve decent settings for most games.

Do you happen to know whether your 6670 is the DDR3 or the GDDR5 version?

#3083 kidrocklive

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:10 AM

APUs have the best ratio of price to performance IMO. You only want medium/high which if you crossfire your old 6670 with the a10-5800k, you could definitely achieve decent settings for most games.

Do you happen to know whether your 6670 is the DDR3 or the GDDR5 version?


Found my order history on Newegg, this is what I have.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ( 100326DDR3L )

#3084 kidrocklive

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:59 AM

A buddy of mine suggested this set up:

CPU - $140
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819113286

GPU - $260
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102996

Motherboard - $90
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128521

Ram - $80
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820226223

Case - $90
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811233053

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#3085 Mako1215

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 11:05 AM

The gpu spot goes to the motherboard

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 30 April 2013 - 11:30 AM

The gpu spot goes to the motherboard


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#3087 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:08 PM

Found my order history on Newegg, this is what I have.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ( 100326DDR3L )


Scratch the idea of using the old 6670. Here's a different build:

RAM Corsair Vengeance 8GB Kit

Motherboard ASRock 970 Ext3

CPU AMD FX-6300

Case CoolerMaster HAF 912

Video Card EVGA GTX 660

Power Supply Rosewill 600W

It totals out to be $591.

The other build would be closer to $700 and you would be seeing much of a difference in performance.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 02:39 AM

A buddy of mine suggested this set up:

CPU - $140
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819113286

GPU - $260
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102996

Motherboard - $90
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128521

Ram - $80
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820226223

Case - $90
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811233053


If you are going Sapphire 7870 by this,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024&IsVirtualParent=1


which isn't really a 7870. Its a slightly paired down 7950. Should technically be a 7930. And a way better value at the 250 price point. Probably the best value is GPU right now if you can find it for sub 230, which it has been several times.

That said you can get a "true" 7870 for 200 if you watch newegg for a week or two. I've got the HIS 7870 for 190 AR, and never settle bundle included.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 03:59 AM

Scratch the idea of using the old 6670. Here's a different build:

RAM Corsair Vengeance 8GB Kit

Motherboard ASRock 970 Ext3

CPU AMD FX-6300

Case CoolerMaster HAF 912

Video Card EVGA GTX 660

Power Supply Rosewill 600W

It totals out to be $591.

The other build would be closer to $700 and you would be seeing much of a difference in performance.


I wouldn't go for Asrock, they're known for their poor customer service and low quality parts. Not to mention they're notorious for being unreliable. I would go for Asus or Gigabyte.

#3090 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 06:56 AM

I wouldn't go for Asrock, they're known for their poor customer service and low quality parts. Not to mention they're notorious for being unreliable. I would go for Asus or Gigabyte.


Asrocks are unreliable? Better replace my mobo soon.

Anyway, I actually meant to link the extreme4 because it has the display on the mobo for POST errors.


As for the video card, the 660 can push the settings that kidrocklive wants.

Sure, you could go with say a HIS 7870 but I really liked evgas warranty service.