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#2791 Halo05

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:13 AM

I figure this is probably the best place on CAG to ask...

So I got a new computer on Black Friday via Newegg. Today I finally had all the parts so I hooked it all together. The tower powers up fine, lights come on, fans start running, etc. The lights on the keyboard do a little dance, the mouse lights up. The only issue is that there seems to be no signal getting to the monitor. I know it isn't the monitor's fault because I hooked it up to my PS3 to test it. I guess my next step is to contact the manufacturer unless someone here knows some voodoo. I opened up the case but nothing seemed out of place or loose. I tried both the VGA and HDMI ports and neither work.

As many of you know, black ops 2 is plaid with bugs, lag etc which many people have been suffering including me.


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:18 AM

One that you built, or a pre-built? I'd try re-seating the video card first.

#2793 JBaz

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:13 AM

I figure this is probably the best place on CAG to ask...

So I got a new computer on Black Friday via Newegg. Today I finally had all the parts so I hooked it all together. The tower powers up fine, lights come on, fans start running, etc. The lights on the keyboard do a little dance, the mouse lights up. The only issue is that there seems to be no signal getting to the monitor. I know it isn't the monitor's fault because I hooked it up to my PS3 to test it. I guess my next step is to contact the manufacturer unless someone here knows some voodoo. I opened up the case but nothing seemed out of place or loose. I tried both the VGA and HDMI ports and neither work.

Parts information would be vital to know for troubleshooting on the internet... I maybe Asian, but I'm not god.
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#2794 chibilaharl

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:21 AM

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ 75$ -19$
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard 46$ -14$
Memory: Corsair Vengence 8gb 32$ -8
Storage: Samsung 830 128gig 60$
Case: HAF 912 30$
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R785OC-2GD 149$ (179-30MIR)


Hey Jbaz, I was wondering if , based on the parts i have already, if you could recommend a good PSU. Also wondering if you have any parts i am missing that you think i should get.

#2795 Halo05

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:25 AM

Long story short, the video card is broken. It boots up fine without the card installed. I just have to send the part back to the manufacturer. Thanks for the help guys.

As many of you know, black ops 2 is plaid with bugs, lag etc which many people have been suffering including me.


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#2796 JBaz

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 75$
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 46$
Memory: Corsair Vengence 8gb 32$
Storage: Samsung 830 128GB 60$
Case: HAF 912 30$
Video: Gigabyte 7850 2 GB 149$

Hey Jbaz, I was wondering if , based on the parts i have already, if you could recommend a good PSU. Also wondering if you have any parts i am missing that you think i should get.

Depends on if you plan on overclocking the cpu and/or gpu. Since its a simple, closed box without any windows, you really don't need to spend the extra bucks for modular; while its a compact ATX mid tower, it's also got a lot of room for a regular PSU, plus its got a lot of cooling abilities.

The old x4 itself uses about 130w on load if all cores are maxed, with overclock, that bloats by about 50-60w to something roughly around 190-200w just for the cpu. Honestly, its not too bad in terms of going from 3.4Ghz to 3.9, but you'll need proper cpu cooling to remove and dissipate close to 200w of heat efficiently. Just for reference, the new Ivy Bridge cpu's are 77w on load at stock speeds.

The AMD 7850 GPU is already factory OC by a good bit; 975Mhz vs. 860. The TDP of the 7850 stock is 104w so I'd probably guess that the card pulls around 120-130w max, which is very very low powered anyhow. Together, you are looking at about 300-310w of power usage including motherboard, ram, hdd, ssd, and fans when fully stressed.

If you don't overclock and limit your future hardware expansions (extra harddrives, 2nd gpu), then a simple 400w from a good name will be more than enough power. Although, most sales have fled and parts are going back to MSRP; you'll find better deals and value on a higher wattage 500-650 for about the same cost of a 400. If you can't wait, I'd recommend the Corsair CX500 500w 80+ Bronze for $30 AR, AC (EMCJJHA24) @ newegg. Not as good value as the 430w for $17 last week, but its the best deal right now this week and all you really need.



As far as any other parts, I'd still recommend going with a cheap/value cpu cooler to tack on the 965. During that era of when those cpu's where made, the stock coolers on both Intel and AMD were horrible; Intel has gotten better mainly because they've reduce their tdp wattage. AMD has not; in fact, their FX lines have gotten even more power hungry, specially on load and overclocked.

With the CM 212 plus sale over for $15 (now 24), the next best thing is the CM 212 rippoff: Xigmatek GAIA 120mm for $20 @ amazon. Works the same, even looks the same. Pair it with a good thermal paste like the Arctic Cooling MX-4 4gram for $6.65 @ amazon. Not the best thermal compound, but its within a degree or two and doesn't cost 20 bucks.

I'd also recommend of adding some more case fans to the mix. Personally, I'd spend the few bucks and grab 2-4 Rosewill Hyperborea 120mm fans for $10 a piece if you want a good balance of quiet, performance and value. The Hyper Dynamic ball bearings rotation is a little smoother and quieter than regular ball bearings; effectively whisper quiet if you plan on watching some movies in the same room as the pc.

Although, its a bit daft to suggest $10 fans for a case that's only $30, so I'd say if value is your primary concern, then grab the 4 pack of Cooler Master 120mm Sleeve for $12. Same fans as the two you get already in the 912. Honestly, you could go by with the two stock fans if you don't OC anything, if you want to keep it cheap.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:30 PM

Long story short, the video card is broken. It boots up fine without the card installed. I just have to send the part back to the manufacturer. Thanks for the help guys.


I used to have a case that tugs at the video card, so when you screw it in, it actually becomes unseated, and would have problems like you described.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:03 PM

@ Jbaz

You mentioned to someone that OC is super easy these days, Ive never had an experiance recently with overclocking with the exception of my phone. How easy is it, because overclocking my phone, while easy to set-up is damn near impossible to find a good setting for it.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:09 PM

I also forogt to mention i snagged one of these for a few bucks.

Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Blue LED 5$

Also thanks for the reccomendations, I can wait for a good deal on a PSU, ive got most of the major computer parts, But i don't want to build during the holiday season. to hectic right now. IF you see a good deal on PSU's or that CM212+ let me know?




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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:50 PM

I want to upgrade my pc but not sure where to start or if I'd be better off just making a whole new build. This is my current pc Asus Essentio CG5275 and I added a HD 5770 gpu and a better power supply a couple years ago. Eventually I want to upgrade all the components but I don't have the money for that so I want to do a couple upgrades now.

How good is the ram, cpu, and mobo in my current pc? Should I focus on upgrading those first? My current plan was to buy a new case and a new graphics card since my 5770 struggles to run games on high at my monitors max resolution(1920x12000) then work on the other components as I get more money. My budget is around $300.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:16 AM

I want to upgrade my pc but not sure where to start or if I'd be better off just making a whole new build. This is my current pc Asus Essentio CG5275 and I added a HD 5770 gpu and a better power supply a couple years ago. Eventually I want to upgrade all the components but I don't have the money for that so I want to do a couple upgrades now.

How good is the ram, cpu, and mobo in my current pc? Should I focus on upgrading those first? My current plan was to buy a new case and a new graphics card since my 5770 struggles to run games on high at my monitors max resolution(1920x12000) then work on the other components as I get more money. My budget is around $300.



12000 resolution ...wow are you from the future?

#2802 elessar123

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:11 AM

12000 resolution ...wow are you from the future?


Probably doable now with 10 screens across.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:25 AM

@ Jbaz

You mentioned to someone that OC is super easy these days, Ive never had an experiance recently with overclocking with the exception of my phone. How easy is it, because overclocking my phone, while easy to set-up is damn near impossible to find a good setting for it.

Intel's unlocked K chips in the i5 and i7 series are stupid easy; just requires you to go into BIOS/UEFI and change the multiplier. As long as you aren't doing crazy bumps, you can get away with having all the other settings for voltages set to auto in most motherboards.

AMD chips require a little more work for settings, but there are so many tried and true solutions that it requires finding someone's similar setup and matching their settings. You can always play around with the settings to find the "best/stable" solution for your machine, but so many people have done OC on all these processors that you don't need to reinvent the wheel here.

Now, I wouldn't recommend doing extreme OC, that requires a lot more technical knowledge and proper hardware & cooling, but for the average joe that's looking to push an extra 5-15% from the cpu or gpu, its a lot easier than 10 years ago.

All this is of course assumes that one has a motherboard capable of actual overclocking. Most entry level chipsets leave that feature out.

I also forogt to mention i snagged one of these for a few bucks.

Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Blue LED 5$

Good deal, should fit nicely with your 912.

I want to upgrade my pc but not sure where to start or if I'd be better off just making a whole new build. This is my current pc Asus Essentio CG5275 and I added a HD 5770 gpu and a better power supply a couple years ago. Eventually I want to upgrade all the components but I don't have the money for that so I want to do a couple upgrades now.

How good is the ram, cpu, and mobo in my current pc? Should I focus on upgrading those first? My current plan was to buy a new case and a new graphics card since my 5770 struggles to run games on high at my monitors max resolution(1920x12000) then work on the other components as I get more money. My budget is around $300.

You have the original entry level i5 cpu that's only a dual core with HT; still considered a decent processor despite it not being that much powerful than the cheap i3 chips today. While its 2 years old, I would say that its still more than powerful enough to power a budget gaming box so no need to change that anytime soon.

Of what I can see, its 4 sticks of 2GB DDR3 1333 speeds. Not sure of what the timings are, but since they are 2gb sticks, they shouldn't be terrible. You do have upgrade abilities with throwing more and faster ram sticks, but 8gb is enough and 1333 isn't terrible; you'd best be spending or saving your money else where.

The good thing about getting an Asus desktop is the fact that they make their own good motherboards; even cheap pre-built's like this have a proper motherboard. What you have is the older socket 1156 microATX OEM board based on the Asus P7H55-M.


If you are looking for better gaming performance, then I concur with your original thought; just replace the gpu as a stop gap before building a new box. With a $300 budget, I'd say spend half that on a budget/value gaming gpu like the 6870, 7850 or the gtx 560 ti. I wouldn't exactly spend all 300 on a graphics card to an almost 3 year dual core cpu. While its a good cpu, it will hinder the performance of more modern gpu's pretty significantly; by as much as 40% in some games.

Probably doable now with 10 screens across.

You mean stacked high. It would still be 1920 resolution wide.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:36 AM

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:48 AM

You have the original entry level i5 cpu that's only a dual core with HT; still considered a decent processor despite it not being that much powerful than the cheap i3 chips today. While its 2 years old, I would say that its still more than powerful enough to power a budget gaming box so no need to change that anytime soon.

Of what I can see, its 4 sticks of 2GB DDR3 1333 speeds. Not sure of what the timings are, but since they are 2gb sticks, they shouldn't be terrible. You do have upgrade abilities with throwing more and faster ram sticks, but 8gb is enough and 1333 isn't terrible; you'd best be spending or saving your money else where.

The good thing about getting an Asus desktop is the fact that they make their own good motherboards; even cheap pre-built's like this have a proper motherboard. What you have is the older socket 1156 microATX OEM board based on the Asus P7H55-M.


If you are looking for better gaming performance, then I concur with your original thought; just replace the gpu as a stop gap before building a new box. With a $300 budget, I'd say spend half that on a budget/value gaming gpu like the 6870, 7850 or the gtx 560 ti. I wouldn't exactly spend all 300 on a graphics card to an almost 3 year dual core cpu. While its a good cpu, it will hinder the performance of more modern gpu's pretty significantly; by as much as 40% in some games.

Thanks I'll pick up a 7850. Any suggestions on what case I should get?

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:28 AM

@ jbaz: Do you happen to know if my MOBO is capable of such?

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:45 AM

Also, just curious but when is the next time pc parts usually go on sale?

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:00 PM

Thanks I'll pick up a 7850. Any suggestions on what case I should get?

Depends on how much you are willing to spend on a case and what features you want. Lets say that you do get the 7850 for under $200; we'll say a case of $50-120 is what you would probably budget for.

Any space requirements of where your current case is located right now (as in a pc cabinet or desk shelf)? You primarily want a decent budget value case or one that is just better looking with better features? Flashy or more subtle designs?

Since your current computer uses a microATX board, you can look at getting similar microATX cases if you prefer them over the larger ATX mid and full size cases on the market; honestly, I'd stick to ATX since its a much larger market and some microATX cases cost double of its ATX brothers from the same maker. This is a huge subject to talk about so I'll just group some products from a few manufacturers with prices.

Antec One - $50
Antec Three Hundred - $50
Antec Three Hundred Two - $60
Antec Eleven Hundred - $100

Antec has been one of the top tier name brands in the business. The list above are all good cases and picked from the huge selection that they have right now. The Antec One and Eleven Hundred cases are all new designs.

The One is their base value line that's nice quality for the price that looks modern and conservative at the same time. It is a bit compact in terms of space since you'll have a hard time squeezing in anything beyond a 10" card, but it makes up for offering front mounted USB 3.0 in a $50 case.

The Three Hundred's (v1 and v2) are generally the same and offer a good amount of features for the price. The v2 pretty much just offers USB 3.0 front conenctors for the added $10 price difference. Compared to the One, it offers more cooling abilities and its slightly larger all around; it also supports GPU's of 12.5" long, so anything modern besides a GTX 690.

The Eleven Hundred is a very nice looking case that keeps the same front face styles of the other cases, but adds a window. It's also slightly bigger as well with even more cooling options. It replaced the Nine Hundred case as a full sized ATX tower.

Cooler Master HAF 912 - $50
Cooler Master Storm Scout - $65
Cooler Master CM 690 II - $65
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer - $75
Cooler Master HAF 922 - $100
Cooler Master HAF 932 Adv - $110
Cooler Master Storm Trooper - $140
Cooler Master Storm Sniper - $150

Cooler Master, another big name in cases, is honestly my first to go brand for great value and features. They've just have too many good offerings for any price points and most look pretty damn good IMHO. I'm a huge fan of the HAF cases since I've built PC's in all of them and always impressed with their value. The storm series offer a different style, but offers the same features as the HAF.

The HAF 912 is the entry level gaming case that really sets the standard of all cases in the $50 range; gaming or not. When it came out, it was a knock out in features that you'd usually only see in the 80-100+ price range. It's also not super thin rolled steel that many cases happen to be made out of; its very sturdy, good construction and still compact and light. It can house even the biggest GPU, offers removable hdd bays, supports 2.5" ssd drives (it was new when it came out), and offers a lot of cooling.

If you are lucky, you can find the 912 on sale for under $50. I got one for $45 w/ 500w cooler master PSU last year. Usually comes on sale every month or two. I've built about a dozen computers using this case for budget builds and its the reason why I constantly buy them when they go on sale and keep them in stock for friends when they ask me to build a new pc.

The HAF 922 and 932 cases are also great value cases with more gaming specific features. The 922, 912's bigger brother, is a great value for $100, but you can find them sometimes on sale for $80 or 90. It comes with two 200mm fans (one on top and one in front) with still more cooling options. The latest version of the 922 now includes USB 3.0 front connectors, so you'll have to make sure which version you are getting.

The 932 is a full sized case and is even more feature packed for only being $130 ($110 @ newegg right now). It's actually the re-branded older HAF X case before they turned HAF into a series. Let me tell you, its a HUGE case with features that you'd expect to see in a $200 case. It can house 2 PSU's as well as a large assortment of liquid cooling radiator placements. The Adv version just adds USB 3.0 ports in a 3.5" housing, so they kinda got lazy there.

The Storm series is another set of good cases with similar subset features without the huge 200mm fans. I've only played with the cheap Storm Scout, but I find it pretty decent for the price. I personally don't like the looks of the series, but that's my opinion. The features is still pretty good internally. It's got a decent amount of space between the mobo tray and the back side door to route and hide cables since its a windowed case; the huge handle on the top is also a good feature if you plan on lugging the thing around from LAN party to the next, but in reality, you'll never use case handles since I find it the most awkward way to move a large heavy item that smacks into the side of your knee every 2 steps.

I'm sure the rest of the Storm series offer nice features and styling for the price, reason why I included them into the list. Some people love the HAF and hate the Storm's, then you find people who love the Storm's and hate the HAF.

Lastly, the lone 690 II case is an adaptation of the older 690 case that's something like 6-8 years old now. I have one from my Pentium D/Core2duo days sitting in my room right now. An oldie, but still a very decent case, specially for that price.

Corsair 300R - $50
Corsair 400R - $90
Corsair 500R - $100
Corsair 600T - $130

Corsair, another great brand in the PC industry. They aren't too big in the case building sector, but the few cases they have are very nice, specially since they offer great value for not costing very much now days. I honestly haven't build a PC in the corsairs, only because most builds I do tend to use other cases in the same price range and they become an after thought after I build (as in... oh shit, forgot Corsair made cases too! dammit!). I think they are stunning cases that aren't flashy.

The only case I've seen in person is my friends Corsair 650D case that's super nice. I believe he got it for $100 on sale about 8 months ago. I routinely see Corsair 400 and 500's on slickdeals.net almost monthly for $60-70. Almost tempted to buy one to see how nice it is for the price, then offload it to my brother or something at cost.

Fractal Design Arc Midi - $50
Fractal Design Define R4 - $95
Fractal Design Define XL - $120

Fractal Design is a very small case company that popped up a few years ago. They make some really nice brushed Aluminum and sleek cases that mirror that of more expensive Lian Li cases. This is another series I've yet to lay my hands on, but hopefully soon I'll snag the Arc Midi for a build one day.

The $50 Arc Midi is a very nice mid sized tower, a nice box to build in for a media center in your living room. When if first came out, it was one of the few sleek looking cases that came with USB 3.0 in the $50 price range. The nicest thing about the case is the removable drive bays with up to 8 drives. A very good contender if you need a media server/home NAS. The Define R4 and XL are also great looking cases that are styled between each other.

NZXT Source 210 - $40
NZXT Source 210 Elite - $50
NZXT Source 220 - $50
NZXT Phantom 410 - $100
NZXT Phantom - $120

NZXT is a relatively new case maker that took the industry by storm with the Phantom's. They make stunning cases that are still feature rich without the huge price; really set the bar for case makers of being beautiful without spending apple prices for one.

To start off, the entry level mid sized ATX cases of the Source series are great value cases for those who just need a simple case for a very cheap build. The 210's may look bland, but they have extremely good cooling abilities and can house 8 3.5" hard drives internally. The 210 Elite is the same as the 210 but with USB 3.0 front mounted port.

The 220 is my favorite of the series with its steel mesh front grills from top to bottom; styled more like a server/workstation case. I've used these to build home servers and over glorified NAS boxes for my photography friends. Personally, I plan on building a new NAS server in the near future and its between the Source 220 and the Fractal Design Arc Midi.

You can routinely find the 210 and 220's on sale for $40 shipped.

The Phantom and Phantom 410's are styled pretty much the same with similar features. The only real difference between the two is that the Phantom 410 is the smaller version of the Phantom full sized case. It's a fantastic looking case that really reminds me of the styling cues from the alienware gaming cases from a decade before, but with more edge and attitude.

The biggest drawback with the Phantom is that they are as deep as they are tall, so its a fairly large case even though the actual internal height is roughly the same any other ATX sized case. You don't get a window to showoff your parts that you put into it, but who needs a window when the outside looks god damn sexy!

The Phantom 410's came out about a year after the original Full sized case and still looks the part without being so huge. They also come with USB 3.0 ports before the normal Phantom's started to be updated with USB 3.0. That's one thing to make sure with the full sized case; they have like 20 different SKU numbers with tons of different colors and pretty confusing which one has USB 3.0 or not. I ordered one from amazon a while back right before the case update and got mine with 3.0 instead of 2.0; a good surprise, but no where on the product page on amazon mentioned it nor did they update NZXT website at the time.

Phantom 410's tend to be more on the $80 shipped price and the larger Phantom in the $100-110 shipped most of the time. This week is a bit higher in terms of pricing.

One thing I do have to mention before I move on: The NZXT 810 Switch case for $180 is their mother of all cases in terms of features and styling. It's their next winner after Phantom and most likely my next gaming case, specifically for the large amount of space for liquid cooling.

Rosewill Challenger - $50
Rosewill BlackHawk - $75
Rosewill Thor V2 - $130

I'm not knowledgeable about newegg's brand, the Rosewill, but I've heard pretty good things about their cases. I personally never took a liking to them because of their stylings, but ones listed above are keenly placed in your price range that you should check out.

I just find the Challenger but ugly and the Thor way to massive and crude looking for my tastes.

Silverstone Raven RV03B-W - $130

Silverstone is a high end case maker that rivals Lian Li. They aren't known for making cheap cases and the only case under $150 I would ever think about would be the Raven 3.

The front style looks pretty cool and reminds me of my Dainese back protector, part of my motorcycle racing gear. The case itself is the most unique of all of the cases listed because of the fact that's its a 90 degree motherboard mounting design where the gpu's will "hang" from the top. It's very weird indeed, but its a pretty nice and open case with great features from a top tier brand for not too much money compared to its other products. I've only seen this in person at my friends LAN party last month and its a very long case.

My biggest complaint of what I saw is that they should have made the rear panel hold more than 1 fan; it would have been an ideal place to maybe house a 2 fan radiator for liquid cooling. Or the very least mount points to hold a reservoir or pump without having to drill and mod the case. Then again, its not a case centered around liquid cooling at all; only air.


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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:09 PM

@ jbaz: Do you happen to know if my MOBO is capable of such?

Yes, your board is capable of overclocking. Its a 970 chipset.

Also, just curious but when is the next time pc parts usually go on sale?

Pretty much the week before and after Christmas; not to mention after new years sales.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:08 PM

Anyone in the market for a GPU the EVGA 560ti 448 core is on sale @ Newegg.

http://www.newegg.co...0-738-_-Product

It is a daily deal for $210 with a $40 rebate, so it becomes $170.

The 560ti 448 core is basically a 570ti but in some ways better :D

#2811 JBaz

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:25 PM

Anyone in the market for a GPU the EVGA 560ti 448 core is on sale @ Newegg.

http://www.newegg.co...0-738-_-Product

It is a daily deal for $210 with a $40 rebate, so it becomes $170.

The 560ti 448 core is basically a 570ti but in some ways better :D

Good price. It's equal to the 7850 in performance and its from EVGA.
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#2812 chibilaharl

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:26 PM

any reason to go 16gb of ram instead of 8?

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:41 AM

its got double digits...

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:43 AM

bot other than an extra digit no real reason to spend 30$ to get to 16gigs?

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:48 AM

for most people, 8 is more than enough. But, since RAM is cheap, there's no detriment to get 16 instead of 8.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:49 AM

is the benefit worth the 30$? I dont want to buy it if it is an unnoticable differance.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:04 AM

Depends on how much you are willing to spend on a case and what features you want. Lets say that you do get the 7850 for under $200; we'll say a case of $50-120 is what you would probably budget for.

Any space requirements of where your current case is located right now (as in a pc cabinet or desk shelf)? You primarily want a decent budget value case or one that is just better looking with better features? Flashy or more subtle designs?

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I think Im gonna go with the cool master HAF 912. Thanks again.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:09 AM

It is a nice case, that is what I am sporting right now, just waiting to be built.

#2819 chibilaharl

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    CAGiversary!

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:58 PM

Just did the math and so far i have bought 1060$ worth of pc parts for 370$ Thanks CAGS!

#2820 chibilaharl

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    CAGiversary!

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:10 AM

Hey Jbaz, that 500w corsair PSU you reccomended, will ti work for slight overclocking? my gpu says it needs a 500w psu. will that conflict with any OC i do?