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#3271 encendido5

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:22 PM

Ok, so this is pretty close to my final build.  I'm going to try to take a trip down to Microcenter this weekend to get the CPU and M/B.  I decided to go with mATX because the case fits better and has better reviews than the Antec I previously linked.  I ended up finding a deal on an SSD so I jumped on it.  I won't be doing any overclocking any time soon so I'm going to hold off on a CPU cooler for now.  I'm still debating between the 7970 and a 770, but for the price, I think the 7970 will be more than adequate for 1080p gaming.  Either way, this will blow away that Revolt I was thinking of buying at $1200 :lol:

 

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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Cc5o

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($199.99 @ Microcenter) 
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($80.00 @ Microcenter) 
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($57.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Toshiba Q Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk  (Purchased For $150.00) 
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  (Existing) 
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card  ($274.99 @ NCIX US) 
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($39.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply  (Existing) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (Purchased For $15.00) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)  ($88.88 @ Outlet PC) 
Total: $906.84

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:01 AM

 

Ok, so this is pretty close to my final build.  I'm going to try to take a trip down to Microcenter this weekend to get the CPU and M/B.  I decided to go with mATX because the case fits better and has better reviews than the Antec I previously linked.  I ended up finding a deal on an SSD so I jumped on it.  I won't be doing any overclocking any time soon so I'm going to hold off on a CPU cooler for now.  I'm still debating between the 7970 and a 770, but for the price, I think the 7970 will be more than adequate for 1080p gaming.  Either way, this will blow away that Revolt I was thinking of buying at $1200 :lol:

 

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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Cc5o

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($199.99 @ Microcenter) 
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($80.00 @ Microcenter) 
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($57.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Toshiba Q Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk  (Purchased For $150.00) 
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  (Existing) 
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card  ($274.99 @ NCIX US) 
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($39.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply  (Existing) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (Purchased For $15.00) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)  ($88.88 @ Outlet PC) 
Total: $906.84

 

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 05:28 PM

Newegg has the 7950 for $200 after a $20 rebate so I ended up getting that instead.  I didn't think the extra $75 was worth +20 on the video card :)  Especially since I won't be playing any newer games.  

 

I'm taking a trip to MicroCenter this weekend to pick up the CPU and M/B.

 

It's slowly coming together...


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Posted 18 September 2013 - 03:08 PM

Update: I stayed up till 3am last night building my pc but I got it running.  Everything seems to working great except I haven't been able to modulate the front case fan.  It's running at full bore and it is loud as hell.  I don't know if the m/b supports voltage control on both chassis fan leads, so I'll have to do some research.  

 

I ended up getting a fully modular PSU to make things easier to connect and it was easier dealing with the cables when not attached.  However, I had a hard time connecting them to the PSU at the end.  There is no way you can plug them in with the PSU installed.  You have to plug the cables in and then slide it into the case.  This wouldn't be an issue with a standard ATX case, but it was a pain trying to slide it in in my small mATX case.

 

Anyway, here is my final build.  I'll post up some final pics once I get everything running and finish with the cable management.

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  (Purchased For $213.00) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  (Purchased For $19.99) 
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  (Purchased For $95.85) 
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (Purchased For $57.99) 
Storage: Toshiba Q Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk  (Purchased For $150.00) 
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  (Existing drive) 
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  (Existing drive) 
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card  (Purchased For $199.99) 
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case  (Purchased For $33.14) 
Case Fan: Rosewill RFX-120 87.5 CFM 120mm  Fan  (Purchased For $1.00) 
Case Fan: Rosewill RFX-120 87.5 CFM 120mm  Fan  (Purchased For $1.00) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply  ($99.99) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  (Purchased For $15.00) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)  (Purchased For $86.99) 
Total: $973.94
 
 
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edit: some final pics.  I still need to work on cable management though.
 
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#3275 ITDEFX

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:18 AM

So I am thinking of extending the life of my current 5 year build. I can tell that my first two hard drives are slowing down big time and they might be ready to die. I was thinking of replacing my primary drive, reinstalling windows 7 and keep going as long as I can. However recently I have been hearing some strange grinding noises coming from inside my PC. I thought it was the primary CPU fan but it was ok as there was no wires in contact. I checked other fans in the case and found nothing in contact with the fan. I took the pc apart and cleaned it out good but the noise keeps coming every once and awhile. could it be a hard drive (1 out of 3)? So should I just keep the machine going with a new hard drive for a bit longer?

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 05:42 PM

Nice build. I thing I can get away with my current build for another 2 years. I miss updating every year haha but my kids are getting more expensive haha

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 05:44 PM

So I am thinking of extending the life of my current 5 year build. I can tell that my first two hard drives are slowing down big time and they might be ready to die. I was thinking of replacing my primary drive, reinstalling windows 7 and keep going as long as I can. However recently I have been hearing some strange grinding noises coming from inside my PC. I thought it was the primary CPU fan but it was ok as there was no wires in contact. I checked other fans in the case and found nothing in contact with the fan. I took the pc apart and cleaned it out good but the noise keeps coming every once and awhile. could it be a hard drive (1 out of 3)? So should I just keep the machine going with a new hard drive for a bit longer?


A solid state and ram can make a huge difference on performance.. Really depends on what you are going for in your build, gaming, video editing etc. upgrade to your needs best way to go.

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:47 PM

Should I wait till Black Friday to put together a HTPC? I'm wanting something I can game on and possibly install SteamOS on when released. I was wanting to spend around $600 or so, majority cost on the CPU and GPU.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 01:46 PM

Should I wait till Black Friday to put together a HTPC? I'm wanting something I can game on and possibly install SteamOS on when released. I was wanting to spend around $600 or so, majority cost on the CPU and GPU.

 

That's tough.  I guess it depends on if you can wait 2 more months to put it together.  You might be able to save another $100 on the build vs. buying it now, but then again, who knows.  Are you going to get a monitor or any other peripherals as well?  

 

Here's what you could get for $650 if you were to buy something now.  You could probably get a cheaper case and PSU to get down below the $600 mark.  This doesn't include the OS either.

 

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:00 PM

Initially I was thinking:

 

AMD FX 8350

ASUS M5A78L Motherboard - get this together for $205 at Microcenter

 

Apevia HTPC case $70

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811144231

 

PNY GeForce GTX 660 $190

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814133470

 

G.SKILL Ripjaw Series 8GB $73

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231311

 

Cooler Master AIO Liquid Cooler $70

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835103180

 

I have a 120GB SSD I'd use for the time being, and eventually add a 2TB+ hard drive. I just sold my Mac Mini, and was wanting to use that towards the items. I really don't think there will be a way better deal on the motherboard/cpu, as those were the exact items I was wanting. Maybe I'll just get those 2 items and the case...


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:44 PM

Apevia HTPC case $70

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811144231

 

 

 

I have this case, but I don't recommend it for new builds.  The longest card you can fit is 9" and it only accommodates cards with a board height of 4", and that's if the card has the power connection on the end and not the top.  That doesn't leave you with many options if you plan on upgrading in the future.  The short height also doesn't give you much room for a good cooler.  There is also no front fan, so air flow isn't very good.  It sounds great on paper since it can fit an ATX M/B and it worked fine with my build, but my temps would be at 50-60C on idle and rose to 80C on load.  I paid $25 for the case though, so I lived with it.

 

Here's a pic of how cramped it is.  I added the side fans to help with the temperatures and they did help.    

 

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Granted, I could have done a better job in cable management, but there's not much room behind the drives.  If you want a small case, I recommend getting something like the Rosewill Line M I posted above.  It's still pretty cramped, but you can fit a full size CPU cooler and a bigger video card.  That is if you don't mind going mATX, you can still get a discount at microcenter.  

 

You should also be able to get a 7950 for $10 more than that 660 if you don't mind going to the red team.


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:52 PM

Thanks for the info, I was really wanting something I could lay on it's side. I think I am going to stick with nvidia for now as SteamOS supposedly will have better support for streaming with it. I also may get a better like a 760 or 770, as I think I'll most likely wait till Black Friday to get this.


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 06:11 PM

Yeah, that's what I was looking for too, but settled for the Line M.  Technically, you could lay it on its side  since there are no ventilation holes behind the motherboard.  You could just put some mounting pads on the side.  That's what I was going to do, but my wife didn't like seeing the "bottom" of the case from the side :lol:

 

You can also look at the Silverstone cases.  I'm not sure how tall they are, but they do seem a lot nicer than the X-Master.  They're more expensive though.

 

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:53 PM

Yeah, that's what I was looking for too, but settled for the Line M.  Technically, you could lay it on its side  since there are no ventilation holes behind the motherboard.  You could just put some mounting pads on the side.  That's what I was going to do, but my wife didn't like seeing the "bottom" of the case from the side :lol:

 

You can also look at the Silverstone cases.  I'm not sure how tall they are, but they do seem a lot nicer than the X-Master.  They're more expensive though.

 

http://www.silversto...=c_htpc&area=en

 

Thanks, I think I'll spend a little more and get one of those Silverstone cases, most likely the Silverstone Tek GD05B.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 05:20 PM

I think I saw a gigabyte 7950 for $180 after promo and MIR. That's less than the card you were thinking of with a slight performance increase

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:15 AM

I think I saw a gigabyte 7950 for $180 after promo and MIR. That's less than the card you were thinking of with a slight performance increase

 

Thanks, I think I'm going to wait till Black Friday and maybe get a Nvidia GeForce 760 or 770 depending on price.


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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:09 PM

Waiting for BF also so I can score a 7950 with battlefield4 or cod ghost :D. Fingers are crossed!

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:09 PM

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 07:48 PM

Waiting for BF also so I can score a 7950 with battlefield4 or cod ghost :D. Fingers are crossed!

lol not going to happen.

 

EA would never bundle and Activision rarely even has a 30% off sale.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 09:43 PM

It may be better to see how well the new AMD cards that are coming out this month fare against the price points of the current cards out now.


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 10:12 PM

It may be better to see how well the new AMD cards that are coming out this month fare against the price points of the current cards out now.


This. The new AMD cards could eff up the whole world.

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:02 PM

lol not going to happen.

EA would never bundle and Activision rarely even has a 30% off sale.

Fingers crossed I say lol!!! either way I hope the introduction of these new cards make the price point more competitive :D

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 01:34 AM

Why do i have to reinstall a new windows if i upgrade my motherboard!!! why!! Has anyone tried to install an OEM on a new board, and call microsoft to get a new code? I want to get rid of my crap H61 board. It's really holding my rig back.



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 01:35 AM

minus the GPU what does everybody think about this build? I just got one of the hyperx ssd kingston's on sale at Newegg today.

 

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:13 PM

Why do i have to reinstall a new windows if i upgrade my motherboard!!! why!! Has anyone tried to install an OEM on a new board, and call microsoft to get a new code? I want to get rid of my crap H61 board. It's really holding my rig back.

 

I've had to call them in the past for Windows XP and Office licenses and they gave me no hassle when I was transferring licenses.  They just asked if I was still using the old computer.


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 07:19 PM

Welp, installed my Z77, and all went well. I even punched in my OEM product key and it worked! I'm pretty sure it's, because i had to call Microsoft once before for a new code when my hard drive died. I really like this motherboard. It has 4 sata III ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports (+2 more on the board) and 4 sata II ports!,  UEFI Bios, and 2 PCI-e 3.0 slots. **** Heads up though. 2 of the Sata III ports will not push your SSD to maximum speeds (500/mb/s read/write) Only the two lower INTEL ports will. You will get around 380 on the other two.

 

CPU- i5 2500k Overclocked
PSU - Seasonic x series 650x Gold
GPU - ASUS GTX 770 Overclocked to 1241MHZ (GPU Boost 2.0)
MB - Asrock Z77 extreme4
RAM - 8GB (crap)
Case -Azza  Spartan

CPU Cooler - CM Hyper 212 EVO
SSD - 256GB Toshiba
HDD - 3TB Hitachi
HDD2 - 1TB Hitachi

 

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:44 AM

Welp, installed my Z77, and all went well. I even punched in my OEM product key and it worked! I'm pretty sure it's, because i had to call Microsoft once before for a new code when my hard drive died. I really like this motherboard. It has 4 sata III ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports (+2 more on the board) and 4 sata II ports!,  UEFI Bios, and 2 PCI-e 3.0 slots. **** Heads up though. 2 of the Sata III ports will not push your SSD to maximum speeds (500/mb/s read/write) Only the two lower INTEL ports will. You will get around 380 on the other two.
 
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PSU - Seasonic x series 650x Gold
GPU - ASUS GTX 770 Overclocked to 1241MHZ (GPU Boost 2.0)
MB - Asrock Z77 extreme4
RAM - 8GB (crap)
Case -Azza  Spartan
CPU Cooler - CM Hyper 212 EVO
SSD - 256GB Toshiba
HDD - 3TB Hitachi
HDD2 - 1TB Hitachi
 


Have you tried the wake on LAN? I can't get it to work on my asrock z87 extreme4 from the internet. It works on wifi though.

I'll have to check where I plugged in my SSD because I don't think I paid attention to that.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:18 AM

If you use windows 8 the hybrid shutdown could be causing WOL to not work correctly. Not sure. For the SSD run a free program called "AS SSD". (you've probably heard of it). It'll show you your speeds.



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:06 PM

If you use windows 8 the hybrid shutdown could be causing WOL to not work correctly. Not sure. For the SSD run a free program called "AS SSD". (you've probably heard of it). It'll show you your speeds.

 

Cool, thanks!  I turned off the hybrid shutdown so I'll see if that helps.  I realized my board has 8 SATA III ports.  I ran the AS SSD and I'm getting 495 read and 152 write so I guess I'm good.  


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#3300 Richard Kain

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I'm starting to look into assembling some tiny computers. Does anyone have experience working with Mini-ATX form factor motherboards? I'm kind of prepping for SteamOS, and also considering a re-build for my current Linux box. (Ubuntu) So we're talking moderate power at best, I'm not going to need these tiny boxes to scream.