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Comment reply on Lithean's Completed Build: Arctic

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that explains it. I've had good support from the staff in the micro center near us. I'll be sure to give the price match a go next time!

Comment reply on giuliano108's Completed Build: shoebox

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I've helped a friend pick out this board. Stellar quality :D. Best on-board wifi I've dealt with and it stays really cool.

Comment reply on giuliano108's Completed Build: shoebox

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with Blackie_Sheen. It is a higher quality board, although there are some other boards at that price or higher w/ wifi/bluetooth onboard of the same quality.

The the performance from overclocking didn't suffer with the lack of a power delivery heatsink.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8276/z97-miniitx-review-at-140-asrock-z97e-itx-msi-z97i-ac-and-gigabyte-z97n-wifi/9

Comment reply on queenGreen's Completed Build: Pink Power

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

LOVE! Awesome case. Did you paint it or custom order or what?

Comment reply on aliib's Completed Build: My First Build

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ewww that tape. Other than that great job!

Comment reply on Lithean's Completed Build: Arctic

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, $1100. That's great! I'm surprised the RAM was only $65 at microcenter. everywhere I've looked (last week was last time) it was no less than $75 for crap spec'd RAM. I LOVE THAT CASE SO MUCH OMGAHHH.

Comment reply on tiberiusisgame's Completed Build: RIG2

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

have you had any problems with the HAF XB's hotswap bay? When me and a friend built his, we couldn't get the computer to read the HDD. Just curious.

Comment reply on DrWhom's Completed Build: Mini-ITX Gaming Build

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

This is an insane build. Great job! I've worked with the Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WIFI and the onboard wifi is amazing, so if you ever get frustrated with that board, you should consider the gigabyte one. Although, the BIOS is kind of bland. Meh, whatev's. This is an insane price. Love the case!

Comment reply on veystass's Completed Build: Mini Oculus Rift PC - NCase M1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

This is great! Cable management was done spectacularly! Very impressed with this build.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "streaming pc"

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Your rig that you have should suffice if you have an i7 or Xeon equivalent. My computer streams 720p@60 to twitch, although I do have to confess, I have great interwebs which helps on increasing bit rate and making it pretty. My friend has an i5 4690k+GTX 760 that he streams with and from my experience we hosted an extra-life 24hr gaming event and his computer was streaming the whole time without any drops at all. He was playing Shadows of Mordor on high+ settings and The evil within on high/ultra settings at 1080p easily. Again he does have great internet as well.

We both just used shadowplay to stream to twitch by the way (in case you were wondering). It would be nice to have a secondary pc dedicated for that purpose though. If you don't have a second monitor, I would recommend getting one so you can monitor chat, although I don't think it'd be wise to watch the video for extended lengths of time bc that would eat up a lot of bandwidth and you could suffer drops in your stream.

Comment reply on Sythesism's Completed Build: Alex's 3AM Build

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

hey not a problem. Concerns were about it being a re-branded CWT 450W with a 475W max power threshold and some people complained about noise emanating from the fan but it could be a faulty setup in that aspect. If someone has a build that wouldn't output more than 460-470W and the fan isn't noisy, then this would be something to keep in mind.

Comment reply on Sythesism's Completed Build: Alex's 3AM Build

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, and after some research I found that the PSU isn't really that bad, but deceptive about its wattage. It's a re-branded CWT 450W that can hold up to 475W until becoming unstable.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cases/display/thermaltake-psu-roundup_24.html

This was like the only review on the PSU I could find that actually did thorough testing.

As long as he doesn't go past like 470W he should be okay.

Comment reply on Sythesism's Completed Build: Alex's 3AM Build

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Tier Five - Replace immediately. These units are NOT recommended for any system, no matter the purpose. Reference to higher tiered models for a better and potentially money-saving unit

I would say no matter what he was doing, he should replace it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build htpc/gaming"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/vikingXcore/saved/f8TV3C

Just under $880 w/ MIR. $941 w/o MIR.

None of the parts are bad. I love sapphire's tri-x. I would look into reviews for it to see what everyone's opinion on it is.

i5 4690k is the best gaming cpu.

Gigabyte Z97x gaming 7 is a stellar motherboard with 2-SLI/CF capability. At micro center you get the CPU+mobo combo for only $300 so you're saving about $20-$50 on the CPU and about $60 on the motherboard. $100 for this motherboard is a steal.

Good HDD. A SSD would really complete this build. You might find a decently priced one at Micro Center.

Nice case. Great for cable management.

This PSU is great for overclocking, but you may want a 750W to be safe. If you plan to CF in the future, highly recommended you go ahead and get a 900W+.

Of course a great source of reference for PSU quality (sometimes inaccurate) is tom's hardware PSU tier list .

RAM is just one stick so you won't get the ~5fps increase in performance, but you could just hold off until you need 16gb and buy another stick. There are dual-channel options available though.

No aftermarket CPU cooler, so I wouldn't recommend overclocking until after that's been bought.

Comment reply on mundle101's Completed Build: Project Blue Rasp

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Man cave much? xD Looks like a battle station on a ship!

Comment reply on SuperHans11111's Completed Build: Peep Show

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

cat not included in parts list. -1

:P jp you got a great setup. I'm torn on whether I should get a 9xx's video card as I have a GTX 780. Maybe I should just wait for the next series. Such is life.

Comment reply on Sythesism's Completed Build: Alex's 3AM Build

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

If anything, i'm more worried about the PSU. tom's hardware PSU tier list

Overall you did a great job on cables, and even though he got the average B85M, he should be ok. Nice seeing the GTX 960 on here. I wonder how well it performs in popular games out right now.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build htpc/gaming"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Or the 250d. That thing is smexy. It can also take an H100i if you really wanted a AIO liquid CPU cooler.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build htpc/gaming"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah you picked a case that will look so huge compared to your mobo. You might save money picking an atx motherboard, but you also will not have wifi and Bluetooth. Or get a small case. Or stick to that and your mobo will look funny xD

Comment reply on JThursty's Completed Build: First Build

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes those are the ones i'm talking about. One of mine stopped doing it's job, so I'm gonna take a small hinge and hinge the fan door so that when it closes, the working clasp will actually hold it closed. might paint the hinge black to for appearances sake.

Comment reply on Abitdamaged's Completed Build: PC Portable

  • 57 months ago
  • 12 points

Forget the computer. I want the free car inside the cereal box!

Comment reply on TheGreatCanadian's Completed Build: The Great White North

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW that looks great!

Comment reply on SherwoodForest's Completed Build: Gina FX Rebuild

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok good to know I wasn't sure where it was.

Comment reply on OPP33's Completed Build: QP-Quiet Powerhouse

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah but 120 or 144 hz monitors you're almost guaranteed an extra $100 on top of what you paid for. That doesn't seem so bad though. $150? I could definitely live with that. Benq is definitely a good brand so no worries.

Comment reply on TheGreatCanadian's Completed Build: The Great White North

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Good information. I appreciate it greatly. Do you have any links or videos that show this? I wanna see the finished product, ya know? If you don't wanna bother thats ok. I'm not really in a rush to do anything yet, but it would be greatly appreciated.

Comment reply on TheGreatCanadian's Completed Build: The Great White North

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Like a shrink wrap or what? I'm curious

Comment reply on TheGreatCanadian's Completed Build: The Great White North

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I painted mine and regret it. The spray paint flaked off (probably due to no primer?) and it just gets all on my 780

Comment reply on SherwoodForest's Completed Build: Gina FX Rebuild

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I know! But I didn't know where else the expansion card. It's kind of confusing

Comment reply on hitsu1's Completed Build: Baby Bowser

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

hah, yes because we know that it will pile up. (My wife is like that too).

Comment reply on hitsu1's Completed Build: Baby Bowser

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know the RAM lit up. Fancy. Will she need mass storage, or is that enough for her? Did she get the exact same case or just a regular H440? Everything else looks great.

Comment reply on OPP33's Completed Build: QP-Quiet Powerhouse

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know dual-channel worked that way.

Either way you might get some hate mail on the RAM, just FYI. cables look like they could be tidied up a bit more too, but they're not horrible. I just know that case should be great for cables.

I've no clue what those fan's performance are like, but I do know that I LOVE THAT CPU COOLER.

The thermal paste was unneeded if you bought that CPU cooler brand new. The stuff on any nice CPU cooler (like that one) will have just as good of quality, if not better, but to each his own I guess.

The monitor is a bit expensive compared to other monitors with the same performance, but I'm really curious how the quality of the display is.

The PSU is pretty solid, for a non-overclocking build. If you are overclocking, I would suggest a better one for just a little more money.

(refer to this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html)

Other than that you picked some really good parts and you got a nice location for your setup. And the desk is pretty nice too. I like the stacked tabletop ones.

Comment reply on SherwoodForest's Completed Build: Gina FX Rebuild

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job on the cables man! what was the video card? Looked like a GT or something.

EDIT: OH I apologize, that was the expansion you noted, right?

Comment reply on pybrick's Completed Build: PyBrick PC (January 2015)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Hah, looks like fun. Who said you couldn't custom loop in that case?!

The cable behind the PSU bothers me. Is that thing bolted in??

I don't do custom loops so i didn't really look at the custom parts, but did you use a riser card for the GPU? I was just curious.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build htpc/gaming"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

also the vigilance doesn't have USB 3.0 headers, which I would implore you to pick a case that does, since 3.0 is much faster in data xfer and electricity (charging)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build htpc/gaming"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

only if the tower has the holes for the standoffs for the motherboard, otherwise it's a no-go. you can figure that out by setting up your parts list with that mITX motherboard, then go to case and select only mATX towers or whatever category it's in. If it doesn't pop up, it may not be able to support an mITX mobo. If it doesn't pop up, you can always do some googling. Some people will complain about the mITX being in a mATX case, but you can always say you picked the case for optimal airflow.

Comment reply on BombTime1010's Completed Build: My first build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i registered past the 90 day mark, so I didn't qualify D:<. I'm stuck with my 780. Oh well...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build htpc/gaming"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The second list has integrated wifi/bluetooth. The antenna is also included. After you get it all put together, you simply connect the included antenna and you're good to go! It's just a single rabbit ear and the stand is magnetic so if you got a case with metal on the siding, it would magnetize to it. Also there are other cases that would work that look really good and are better quality than the raidmax, but I just noted it was cheap and fit the bill.

The custom parts are if you go to micro center.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build htpc/gaming"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/vikingXcore/saved/kqGH99

So this is as close as I could get to your budget. This build aggravates me a lot to be honest.

dated processor + meh motherboard (The processor is still viable for gaming, but dated and on a dead socket)

OK CPU cooler because the fx-6300 is probably gonna need some overclock to run well with the GTX 960

RAM is okay, but is single channel. dual channel (2x4GB) would net you a ~5fps increase.

Storage is fine

GTX 960, it's new and works better with linux unless I'm mistaken and AMD works good with linux now (not the expert on that xS)

I chose this case vice the next cheapest case that has USB 3.0, mATX-size tower and able to support ATX motherboard (because better ATX motherboards exist over almost all mATX boards for similar price) sheerly because of price.

PSU is good to go; no worries.

This aggravates me because for this price, you get what you pay for. Everything besides gaming will run fine. No problems. Gaming? 1080p maaaybe medium-high settings 30fps+ at least.

I would suggest just saving a weee bit more. If you do, you will thank me. This would be more like what you want:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/vikingXcore/saved/sMjLrH

$900. $900 and you get a wifi/bluetooth-enabled TINY portable mITX build that includes:

i5 4590. any haswell i5 quad core 3.0GHz+ will suffice for gaming and entertainment.

Gigabyte H97N-WIFI. great motherboard. I've personally dealt with the Z97 version and it is a great motherboard. VRMs are all that big of a deal with this one in particular. Plenty of reviews. I'm happy with it.

2x4GB 1866MHz cas9 G Skillz Sniper series RAM. Great RAM great Brand. And fast!

HDD. It works.

EVGA ACX 2.0 GTX 970. The horrors of the ACX from EVGA! oh no!! Wrong. 2.0 corrected that issue (although I hear there's a new issue dealing with all of the 900's video cards.)

Raidmax ATOMIC. Super small. I can't believe I'm saying this but it actually looks pretty good! Storage space include 1x3.5" HDD and 2x2.5" SSDs or 1 3.5" HDD. It reminds me of the EVGA Hadrons sorta. There are other cases for that price so if you wanna change case, don't worry, it's no skin off my teeth.

Raidmax ATOMIC

PSU Seasonic. Same as previous build I believe. It's a great one easy on the electric bill. In fact this whole build would top off at like ~300W. Not bad.

OS. Doesn't really matter, as the Win10 is coming, so if you get either Win7 or Win8.1, you'll still be able to upgrade to Win10 for free (up to a year after it's released.)

I hope this helps. Do take note that an additional $300 is like the price of most preferable cards out right now for what you want, but this also includes an i5, wifi+bluetooth better card, better case. AMD options I would recommend with this build would be anything from R9 280/285 onwards.

EDIT: oh on the first build you could also swap out the video card for a 280. up to you.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build htpc/gaming"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok how small do you want the rig? There's a mITX option that's incredibly small like a tiny bit bigger than a toaster, then there's the mATX that's poooosssibly cheaper that is a bit bigger but still quite small.

Also, I would not recommend an SSD on a strict budget as all you're getting is faster boot time and faster load time which is not nearly important as performance. I don't care what anyone says, I choose mass storage over fast storage, and performance over loading. In that regard, would you need a 1TB hdd or a smaller and faster and more expensive SSD?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build htpc/gaming"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

OH, are you against mail-in rebates? You mail them in to the manufacturer and get money back. I've seen mail-in rebates take a couple of weeks and some a few months :S. But hey in the end it's saving money! If you need the price before MIR, then I can figure out something for you.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build htpc/gaming"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, if you are able to get to a micro center, then you'd be saving some dough and thus afford better parts in most cases.

Comment reply on hitsu1's Completed Build: The Bowser Box - Alpine Ski and MUD Destroyer

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I might do the same sans buying monitor. (Already got the acer 144hz 1ms monitor. GN246HL i believe?) Haha makes sense my OCD would probably kill me if my tower was on the right side of my monitor instead of the left. xD

Good to know about the total price, I appreciate it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1st build htpc/gaming"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you go on the microcenter website and see if there's a store near you? some of their in-store prices are phenomenal.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Moving from PS4 to PC gaming, please help me build my 1st!"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Games will read the i3 as quad-core apparently. I stumbled upon the subject while looking in the CPU forum. Do you happen to be near a Micro Center? Can't beat their in-store CPU+mobo deals (besides, you know, theft). cases are on-par with online prices too for the most part. RAM and PSUs are a bit expensive. Storage, sometimes they'll have good deals on storage.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First try at putting my own PC together (parts list)"

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I indubitably agree with inubidibleh on his suggestions. To add on a couple more cents, the RAM can be any brand, just go for cheapest 2x4GB cas9 (check for in-depth cas specs on RAM for the quickest timings. 9-9-9-9-24 or whatever it is will be pretty decent where as 9-10-11-12-24 is not that great. Check this because both would be labeled as cas9 RAM). Check out the Power Supply Tier List for a good semi-modular or full-modular Tier 2b or better PSU.

WD Reds are meant for RAID drives I guess? WD Blue will do you fine or even the Seagate Barracuda or Hitachi.

I don't know what performance gains are from the 760k to the 860k, but from what I read on people's completed builds is that it is noticeable and advisable. A perfect GPU mate for the Athlon would be the 270X, although overclocked maybe the 280/X. So keep those options and the GTX 760/960 in mind if you decide to upgrade your video card later before your CPU/mobo.

As far as used vs new. I personally would buy as much as I can new. Main reason (especially a lower budget system): Warranties. If you were to buy used RAM (which isn't a bad thing) but it decides to poop out a week in, then you just wasted money there. Storage can have viruses. PSU's (depending on how recent the series was released) could be nearing the end of the shelf-life. AMD video cards are selling for cheap on e-bay and such because of the downfall of crypto-currency mining. Cards that have been working 3mths straight 24/7. The only thing I would take risks on is a used (but relatively recently released) nVidia GTX video card, motherboard, the 860k, and the case. Then maybe the RAM, PSU would come next, followed by the AMD video card if you decide to get AMD. Storage is way too precious depending on what it could have that is important to you that may not be easily recreated/irreplaceable.

I hope this helps and good luck with the build!

Comment reply on BombTime1010's Completed Build: My first build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Fact: Yes, 90 days. you have to also register the warranty within 90 days to qualify as well.

Comment reply on TheGreatCanadian's Completed Build: The Great White North

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah those'll do good too! I wouldn't recommend painting the tubes. I regretted mine about a couple months later as it was slowly chipping away onto the GTX 780. (I didn't use primer; just spray paint.) I saw some tape jobs that looked pretty good though! There are also led coils that you can put on the tubes to make them light up as well!

Comment reply on FarawaySkies's Completed Build: Future Proofing

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get those prices sooo low?! As far as prices are concerned you practically stole the cpu cooler, mobo, ssd. That is amazing. Great job!

Comment reply on TheGreatCanadian's Completed Build: The Great White North

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

oh yeah btw looks really amazing. Those stragglers at the bottom are a pain to tidy up but maybe you could use a small zip tie or two to bunch them up?

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