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The Ultimate 'Build-A-PC' Thread. Complete With Pricings & Recommendations (06/06/10)


#3361 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3591 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 06 December 2013 - 09:35 PM

You can't use those codes on 770's due to the game bundles they come with -- it counts those as 'bundled products'/'free gifts.'

Ah, that's too bad.  Well, the guy hasn't paid yet anyway so I wouldn't have been able to use it anyway.


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#3362 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3591 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:18 AM

Hey Mooby, do you need the 4gb version of the 770? It's $350 at Newegg after rebate

http://www.newegg.co...473&Tpk=N770WF3

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#3363 Mooby   Herp Derp CAGiversary!   8101 Posts   Joined 4.6 Years Ago  

Posted 08 December 2013 - 05:34 AM

Thanks for the link, noticed it earlier.  Tricky thing about that is while it's the 4 GB version of the 770 it's actually base/reference core clocks unlike the other Gigabytes that are OC out of the box (you'll notice there's another 4 GB for sale with the higher clocks speeds but it's more expensive).  The way I see things with the 256 BUS going after a 4 GB 770 isn't worth it.  And while I deliberated AMD 280x for a while given the coin mining craze there's zero chance of getting one unless you notice a deal within thirty minutes.  I should have grabbed the $300 ($285 with MIR) MSI when I had the chance but now I'll just keep kicking myself and wait until they get back in stock and dip to an acceptable $320ish.

 

It's hilarious how prices were cheaper across the board two weeks before Black Friday.  Coin miners have wrecked the 770/280x market.



#3364 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   2769 Posts   Joined 5.8 Years Ago  

INMATEofARKHAM

Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:12 PM

It's hilarious how prices were cheaper across the board two weeks before Black Friday.  Coin miners have wrecked the 770/280x market.

 

An article I read the other day, have no idea where (likely couldn't find it again), is that is really hard to break even when you start figuring out your energy bill for all those graphic cards...  (Not to mention their cost)

 

Granted, I've never looked into mining bitcoins, or actually done, it so I have no idea of that article was even correct or full of BS... 



#3365 Mooby   Herp Derp CAGiversary!   8101 Posts   Joined 4.6 Years Ago  

Posted 08 December 2013 - 10:21 PM

I haven't, either, although a lot of people are making a good bit of money for essentially doing nothing.  The energy bills aren't too bad.  That said many of these people are going to get snakebit when the market crashes because tons of people are doing it now.  So if someone loads up their credit card by purchasing dozens of graphics cards they might not be able to pay it off in the long run.



#3366 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3591 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 09 December 2013 - 01:36 PM

It's not even bitcoins anymore.  People are mining litecoins, worldcoins, and whatever other coins are out there.  It seemed like a lot of processing power for not much gains.  You have to keep upgrading your hardware to keep up too.  

 

Anyway, Newegg has the PNY 2gb 770 OC for $290 after rebate.  It's good enough for me, but the rebate doesn't show up.

 

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814133495


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#3367 INMATEofARKHAM   Looking for my padded cell CAGiversary!   2769 Posts   Joined 5.8 Years Ago  

INMATEofARKHAM

Posted 09 December 2013 - 03:56 PM


Anyway, Newegg has the PNY 2gb 770 OC for $290 after rebate.  It's good enough for me, but the rebate doesn't show up.

 

 

Its a mail in rebate, not an automatic rebate... 

 

Not a bad deal to be honest... but I still going to hold pat. :)



#3368 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3591 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 09 December 2013 - 04:51 PM

I meant the pdf for the rebate doesn't show up :)

 

I'm in need of a new card now since the guy finally paid up.  Should I go with an Asus, MSI, or Gigabyte 770 instead of the PNY one?  I was reading PNY doesn't make the most reliable cards.  I guess money really isn't an issue since I have about $350 to spend after selling that 7950.


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#3369 Mooby   Herp Derp CAGiversary!   8101 Posts   Joined 4.6 Years Ago  

Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:42 PM

I would go with Asus/MSI/Gigabyte over PNY.  That said, the stocks on MSI are virtually non-existant right now (at least with Newegg and Amazon), Gigabytes are a tad overpriced at $340ish, and Asus is in the same boat.  Also, Newegg seems to have ended the free games promotion with Nvidia cards so while you don't get codes to resell (probably around $50ish total considering all of those games are getting heavy discounts now) you can make use of the 10% off instant discount using MasterPass to buy a card (works up to $50 on an order).

 

Right now, at this very moment, if you wanted to pull the trigger I'd say the MSI 770 Lightning is the best buy at $345.  After the discount it would be $310 and $295 after a further $15 MIR.  The Lightning has a slightly higher overclock than the 770 Gaming edition although from what I've read it isn't necessarily worth the premium.  That said, it is the only MSI of that tier (770/280x) available from either Newegg or Amazon currently.

 

Fake/real edit -- Getting conflicting reports on whether or not the game promo is still on.  I tried with the Asus and it didn't add the games to the cart.  Some people are saying it is with others... who knows... might want to get in now if you'd just prefer the straight discount.

 

Nevermind all that, cards are back and showing up with that MSI.  Blegh.



#3370 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3591 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 10 December 2013 - 01:24 PM

Thanks man.  The cards kept going in and out of stock yesterday.  I was up at around 3 in the morning and they weren't showing up.  Unfortunately, my master card was expired and I couldn't find my new one so I couldn't place the order.  I'm going to see what today brings and if anything just pick up the MSI with the games and try to sell the games separately.


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#3371 Mooby   Herp Derp CAGiversary!   8101 Posts   Joined 4.6 Years Ago  

Posted 10 December 2013 - 10:06 PM

Yeah, it seems like if you clicked at the right time you could bring up the cart without the cards.  At this point, though, I'd rather just have the straight discount as I've heard people having trouble with redeeming codes (which makes it extremely problematic to sell to third parties).  And above all that their stock of 770's is still terrible, as is Amazon's.  I don't understand how they're failing so hard to restock 770's.

 

FYI, as of right now -- 6:43pm Central -- seems like they're out of cards again, so you can get the 770 Lightning for $310ish after MasterPass code.



#3372 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3591 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:22 PM

Well I ended up buying the Gigabyte 770 2gb OC.  I really wanted the MSI, but I don't think the "reactor" would fit with the heatsink right next to it.  I figured the Gigabyte is pretty close in clock speeds so I went with that one.  I guess I could've gone with the 4gb for $20 more, but like you said, Mooby, it doesn't really help.


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#3373 Mooby   Herp Derp CAGiversary!   8101 Posts   Joined 4.6 Years Ago  

Posted 12 December 2013 - 08:02 PM

Gigabyte makes solid cards so not too much difference between them and MSI.  On the MSI front, though, if anyone wanted to splurge for a 780 you can grab the MSI one from Newegg now for $425ish shipped after the MasterPass code and $20 MIR.



#3374 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3591 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 13 December 2013 - 07:39 PM

I just got a notice that my card was delivered... I can't wait to get out of work and install it.  I also bought Arkham Origins for $10 on ebay since it didn't come with it.  Now I'm trying to find Black Flag for a decent price.


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#3375 Mooby   Herp Derp CAGiversary!   8101 Posts   Joined 4.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 December 2013 - 10:17 PM

For high rollers you can get the MSI 780 Lightning for $450 after MasterPass 10% promo code and a $30 MIR at Newegg.



#3376 52club   This ain't intramurals!!! CAGiversary!   684 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:54 PM

Even though the response time is a little high I love this monitor:

http://www.asus.com/...jectors/PA248Q/
Space for Rent:lol:

#3377 MrKrause  

MrKrause

Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:00 AM

(how close am I here?)

 

Next-Gen gaming (PS4 / XB1) PC equivalent cost is:
$460: (because ps4/xb1 don't seem to have a separate graphics card)

-or-
$730: (for the ability to remote-stream games to the Shield)
=======See Below======
$145 =
AMD FX-8100 2.8GHz Socket AM3+
http://www.ebay.com/...=item23324abd90

$270 =
Nvidia GeForce 670 2GB
http://www.ebay.com/...=item27d8b1f854

$50
AM3+ MotherBoard
http://www.ebay.com/...=item43bf4b4994

$65 =
8GB RAM (1066MHz)
http://www.ebay.com/...=item2a0a47a65d

$40 =
500GB Hard Drive (7200rpm)
http://www.ebay.com/...=item2ecbe05eee

$60 =
Case
http://www.ebay.com/...=item19de80b5a4

$30 =
Power Supply
http://www.ebay.com/...=item4176d6c2f3

$15 =
DVD-ROM Drive
http://www.ebay.com/...=item35a64a2ced

$45 =
Wireless 360 Controller for Windows

http://www.amazon.co...c&condition=new

$10 =
Keyboard, Mouse

Keyboard: http://www.monoprice...&seq=1&format=2
Mouse: http://www.monoprice...&seq=1&format=2



#3378 Mooby   Herp Derp CAGiversary!   8101 Posts   Joined 4.6 Years Ago  

Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:35 PM

They have the hardware the is the equivalent of a graphics card (just no dedicated video memory).  You aren't going to be able to build a PC that runs XB1/PS4 games without a dedicated graphics card.  You're also forgetting an OS for the computer unless you already have at least Windows 7, if not, that'll run another $80.



#3379 Fanboygamer   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   197 Posts   Joined 2.7 Years Ago  

Fanboygamer

Posted 28 December 2013 - 01:36 AM

Also forgetting a Bluray player lol

#3380 mrsilkunderwear   Just Do It. CAGiversary!   1496 Posts   Joined 5.8 Years Ago  

mrsilkunderwear

Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:31 AM

In case anyone is interested. I am selling my Nvidia Galaxy 460 GTX card. Its the 768mb version. $25 shipped. Handles any game but of course on medium to low if you are playing something like BF4.



#3381 fsecreast   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   450 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Posted 01 February 2014 - 05:49 PM

How will it do with Dayz/rust?



#3382 Tmac718   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   239 Posts   Joined 2.2 Years Ago  

Posted 01 February 2014 - 11:10 PM

Hey everyone I know nothing about PC parts or specs so bear with me here. I came across a relatively low price for what I was told is a good beginners gaming rig. So being told that brought up a red flag in my head immediately.

So I was wondering if I could get some feed back on the specs I was given. Maybe what you think the price tag on something like this should be or just better off finding something else.

CPU: AMD FX 8320 3.5 GHZ
Motherboard: Asus 760g
8GB of Ram
1TB HDD
Radeon R9 270X 2GB
Corsair 200R case
500 Watt PSU

I was already thinking of building my own rig recently with my laptop dying and being in need of a new PC. But being beyond a noob in this area and not being used to that feeling has me 2nd guessing myself.

Sorry for the long post any feedback would be appreciated! Thanks

#3383 StickyWaffles   Us Kids Know! CAGiversary!   329 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

StickyWaffles

Posted 02 February 2014 - 12:26 AM

These are new prices:

 

FX 8320- $150 (or $100 at Microcenter, but not available in all states)

Asus 760g- $50

8 GB Ram- $60

1 TB HDD- $50

R9 270X- $200

Corsair 200R- $30

500 Watt PSU- $30

 

So about $570 new, if you're buying it used, I think $450 is a reasonable price to ask for, and $500 is probably the most you should pay.

 

If you want to start a new build for about the same price, I'd recommend getting a core i3, a GTX 760, and an SSD, much better gaming performance.

 

Here's the best graphics card deal in this range:

 

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127744

 

If you want a full build of recommended parts, I'm sure someone can throw that together pretty easily.



#3384 Tmac718   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   239 Posts   Joined 2.2 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2014 - 02:38 AM

Thanks a lot very helpful reply. I think I'm going to start anew build but yes right in the same price range. I didn't really want to go over 650 ATM. His price is just about right but I figure I'll throw a few extra bucks into it. With your suggestions and possibly some other CAGs I'm sure I'll be happier with the end product.

#3385 StickyWaffles   Us Kids Know! CAGiversary!   329 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

StickyWaffles

Posted 02 February 2014 - 04:52 AM

Here's an example using Intel/Nvidia/SSD totaling $632. 

 

Core i3 Processor ($140):http://www.microcent...aspx?sku=724591

MSI Z87 ATX Motherboard ($40 AR when bought with CPU): http://www.microcent...tel_Motherboard

RAM ($65 when bought with CPU): http://www.microcent...Memory_Modules)

250gb SSD ($140): Samsung Evo goes on sale for this price often

GTX 760 ($200 AR): http://www.newegg.co...ID=1312731&SID=

Case ($22 AR): http://www.microcent...r_Computer_Case

500 watt PSU ($25 AR): http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817153165

 

Just an example for anyone interested, should be well balanced and play all games maxed out at 1080p (although the tough games won't consistently be 60fps). I'd prefer a better deal on RAM, case, and PSU,

 

For anyone that can spend $40 more, the i5 4670k will ensure you have plenty of power for new games. And for anyone wanting to save $40, the AMD FX 6300 with MSI AM3+ board will provide great performance for the money.



#3386 Fanboygamer   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   197 Posts   Joined 2.7 Years Ago  

Fanboygamer

Posted 02 February 2014 - 05:22 AM

In my opinion I think a fx8320 with an 760 is a better option. Games with take advantage of the multicore processor this generation and that processor is only a few steps behind a 4670k.

#3387 StickyWaffles   Us Kids Know! CAGiversary!   329 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

StickyWaffles

Posted 02 February 2014 - 06:19 PM

That's very true, it should be great with future games. Microcenter only gives motherboard discounts on select processors, but the 8320 is only $100, so they come out to the same price with a motherboard, $170.

 

For anyone wanting a cheaper GPU, the 7850 has about the power of the Xbox One, and it's $120 AR.

 

http://slickdeals.ne...shipping-newegg



#3388 Tmac718   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   239 Posts   Joined 2.2 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2014 - 08:21 PM

Yea the only thing that I was pretty certain about was the fx8320 with the ASUS mobo.

Looking further into it I wanted the M5A78L-M LX(mainly for the lowprice tag and bang for the buck) is only good with up to 95w CPUs and the FX8320 is a 125w.

So you guys got any recommendations around the same price compatible with the 8320. They seemed like a pair with the over clocking capabilities and such but looking further into it it seems like a no go....

#3389 ColFantastic   Ranking Officer CAGiversary!   473 Posts   Joined 2.6 Years Ago  

ColFantastic

Posted 21 February 2014 - 05:49 PM

Can I get some recommendations for a new mouse/keyboard set up for my gaming/home computer? My only requirement (if possible) is I would prefer to not have the items be crazy colors. I would prefer straight black or non-neon colors/black for anything I buy for my home. I suppose I would like the mouse to be wired and have at least a few programmable buttons. Any suggestions?

 

I was thinking about the Logitech G710+ keyboard, which is on sale at the moment from Amazon (http://www.amazon.co...d/dp/B009C98NPY).


ColFantastic's Sell/Trade List

http://www.cheapassg...s-vita-games-w/


#3390 elessar123   "AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER." CAGiversary!   10418 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Posted 21 February 2014 - 06:21 PM

I'm a fan of Cherry MX Browns, so that probably would be a nice keyboard.


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