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


#3631 YBX87   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   13396 Posts   Joined 3.7 Years Ago  

Posted 14 May 2015 - 03:57 PM

I'm looking to build a new gaming rig in order to step up out of the comparative stoneage of my acer aspire v3 771g laptop. Anyone care to offer opinions on my proposed build?

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qxvcrH

 

I'm a novice builder, and I had to do a good deal of my own research to figure out what various terms meant, but I think what I've got listed will keep games looking pretty for a while without caving for an i7 and 16gb of faster ram to make the jump to ludicrous speed. I'd like to keep the price around $1000 if possible.

 

I've got a copy of win 8.1 to stick in it, and the SSD and HDD are being gifted to me by friends, so let's call the current cost about $1050 rather than the quoted $1487. I haven't verified any other prices yet, but I know Microcenter has the i5 for $30 less, before tax, so my total should be even a bit less if things keep going my way. Not set on the monitor either, but I wanted to have something in that slot, if only as a placeholder.

stay away from the 840 evo series ssd, it has issues. if you are going to get samsung evo series ssd, get the 850



#3632 sniperhit  

sniperhit

Posted 14 May 2015 - 10:10 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sKWdWZ
I'm looking into building a PC soon that's capable of playing games pretty decently tried to keep it as close to $1000 as possible. Would I need a liquid cooler or something for the AMD Cpu as I've read it can run pretty hot? Or would Intel i5 be a better replacement??
Never build one before so I'm hoping this works pretty well.

#3633 YBX87   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   13396 Posts   Joined 3.7 Years Ago  

Posted 15 May 2015 - 01:24 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sKWdWZ
I'm looking into building a PC soon that's capable of playing games pretty decently tried to keep it as close to $1000 as possible. Would I need a liquid cooler or something for the AMD Cpu as I've read it can run pretty hot? Or would Intel i5 be a better replacement??
Never build one before so I'm hoping this works pretty well.

you would need the aftermarket cpu cooler if you want low fan noise, and low temp

 

if you have the money, get i5 it is far superior



#3634 detectiveconan16   Batbutt. So Jealous. CAGiversary!   5570 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 01:15 PM

i5-4690k is $200 at Microcenter, plus it's eligible for some mobo deals. I got a B85 for $45 and 8GB of RAM with it for $55. Of course you can work around that.


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#3635 evilw0n   Deals & Games CAGiversary!   1641 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 23 July 2015 - 02:46 AM

Help fellow out...I've not paid attention to the motherboards in a while.  Other than the SLI vs non-SLI different in the Z97 vs H97, is there anything else that I would miss out on?  Anything else in a H97 motherboard that I should look for?  I'd say quasi-entheusiast but I'm not overclocking any more and have no SLI plans.

 

Thanks!



#3636 Cheaplikeafox OS X   Better Than You CAGiversary!   14222 Posts   Joined 9.4 Years Ago  

Cheaplikeafox OS X

Posted 29 July 2015 - 07:58 PM

Hey bros, 

I'm writing to solicit some GPU advice.  These are my specs currently:

 

Mobo: Gigabyte 97A-UD3P

CPU: AMD FX-6300

Memory: 8 GB Kingston Hyper Blu

GPU: HD 6570 2GB

PSU: 500W Corsair something or other.  Maybe 550W, I will double check.  Switching this out is a possibility if need be since I would just pop it into the HTPC I am building with spare parts.  

 

What I would ideally want is to have a GPU that would maximize the CPU/Memory/MOBO but not be bottlenecked by anything.  So I'm wondering if any of you guys have any recs or ways to find out like what the top GPU this combo of stuff would support?  I'm not really interested in future proofing, but I would like to potentially maximize the potential of this current set up.  

 

I have a Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 GC 768 MB GPU I could potentially swap out for the 6570 if that would be a significant improvement?  I initially couldn't fit the 460 in my old case which is why I switched to the 6570 and I mailed the 460 off to my brother for him to use, but he ended up getting another card so I could have him ship it back to me for like $10 or something.

 

Not sure if that would be worth the hassle or not.  I might do that in the meantime if it is an improvement, but if there is another card that is better and could still work in the system I'd be willing to start saving up for it.  I just don't want to overspend on a card I won't be maximizing.  


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#3637 indef  

Posted 29 July 2015 - 09:46 PM

AMD 280/Nvidia 960 are around the top-end recommendations for that processor, according to some quick googlery, and both might require some overclocking to prevent bottlenecks.  270, 760, and 750ti are all acceptable & affordable options that shouldn't require a psu upgrade.

 

I swapped out my 460 earlier this year, as it was really starting to struggle with modern games.



#3638 Cheaplikeafox OS X   Better Than You CAGiversary!   14222 Posts   Joined 9.4 Years Ago  

Cheaplikeafox OS X

Posted 29 July 2015 - 10:10 PM

AMD 280/Nvidia 960 are around the top-end recommendations for that processor, according to some quick googlery, and both might require some overclocking to prevent bottlenecks.  270, 760, and 750ti are all acceptable & affordable options that shouldn't require a psu upgrade.

 

I swapped out my 460 earlier this year, as it was really starting to struggle with modern games.

I definitely want to OC the CPU once I install the CPU fan.  Looks like I might shoot for the 280 or 960 if I can.  Both can be had around $150 if you do some Slickdeals trickery.  I might still put in the 460 in the meantime.  I don't play too many new games, though I will say my current card has been able to handle Dead Rising 3 and Dying Light with lower settings.  


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