• PC Building Thread V1ti
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With the removal of some beloved subforums, this thread is here for system builds, component deals, and asking if you should buy a 970. I will try to keep the builds in this OP as updated as possible with current performance and deals, but any input or ideas are well appreciated. Feel free to post any questions here, as well as any tricks you've found along the way. Also you can always PM me on here or add me on steam for any questions, guides, or builds. [B]Resouces[/B] [URL="http://pcpartpicker.com/"]pcpartpicker.com[/URL] – A fantastic resource for both comparing prices from many websites and doing some basic compatibility checks. To export in a format compatible with FP, select Export/Markup, then under format select BBCode. Then copy and paste the text in your post. The best part of all is that this site is available in many different regions and countries Here are two excellent guides for the actual assembly of a system. It's actually fairly easy, and following a good guide like one of these, the chances to mess something up are extremely slim. [URL="http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-guide-building"]An excellent step-by-step guide using pictures, it is cleanly laid out and easy to follow[/URL] This is a multi-part Newegg YouTube series that is very long and comprehensive. [URL="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw"]Part 1[/URL] [URL="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zAdwedmj1M"]Part 2[/URL] [URL="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok"]Part 3[/URL] [B]General Building/Component Tips[/B] If you get hung up on any details, go ahead and ask. No question is stupid in the realm of blowing $1k on a new system. Watch the quality of your PSU. It's not going to give you any extra performance, but a poor quality PSU can cause unnecessary stress on your component, causing them to age faster. Seasonic and rebrands such as XFX and Rosewill Capstone are excellent buys, as are SuperFlower units (and accompanying rebrand of the EVGA G2 series) and finally Delta units, most commonly they are found in Antec boxes. Check out the Antec HCP if you're in the market for a top notch PSU with high wattage. And please don't get a Corsair CX. Watch out for motherboard compatibility. An 1150/1155 socket motherboard does NOT mean it will work out of the box with every CPU that fits. You need to watch out for refeshes and "ticks" in the architecture. A good case can make or break a long term build. A good case is a dream to build in, and can both increase airflow and ease the process, while a bad case can bend, and leave some nasty cuts. Don't listen to just one person for your build if you've got time to wait. People have bias', and can miss some nice deals that just dropped. Even Kiwi. [B]Recommended Power Supply Models[/B] Here's just a quick list of model names that are generally recommended for a great quality unit that should last a long time without issues. [B]Seasonic: [/B]m12/S12/S12G/S12-II, [B]XFX: [/B]TS/XTR/PRO, [B]Superflower: [/B]Any, [B]EVGA: [/B]G2/P2/T2/GS, [B]Antec: [/B]HCG/TruePowerClassic/Earthwatts Green/Edge/HCP [B]Builds[/B] Here are some basic outline builds for a couple budgets. Generally anything above these you'll want to make an actual thread, as your specific needs/wants for a more expensive system can greatly sway the ideal parts. ~$500 build (For minimum budgets) ~$800 build (Pretty much optimal price/performance at 1080p, allows strong base for future upgrades, remove SSD if needed) ~$1100 Build (Entry level overclocking, fantastic performance at 1080p, good performance above) High End Build (Great overclocking, geared towards high performance 1440p gaming and higher load tasks)
So I'm building my second computer. I built my last one like 7 years ago. Here is the build: Tell me how bad I fucked up. [url]http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GXmf3C[/url] It cost me 681 before rebates. I'm also going to be reusing 16gb of ram from my old computer and I'll buy a 1tb harddisk when one is on sale and when I need it.
After looking at the high end pc in the op I'm a little mad at myself for not waiting just a tiny bit longer. Specifically my RAM sticks being high profile. They were much cheaper at the time than everything else I was seeing on Newegg. Might not make a difference to some of you but if I wanted a larger cpu cooler when I start pushing clock speeds i wouldn't be able to do it. Oh well it was my first actual build and I'm mostly happy with it.
Is a fully modular power supply really worth it? I am trying to find ways I can save some $$$ without compromising too much. [editline]9th February 2016[/editline] Also, GTX 970 or R9 390? [editline]9th February 2016[/editline] never mind that last question, can't get a 390 anyway
[QUOTE=The Pretender;49708195]Is a fully modular power supply really worth it? I am trying to find ways I can save some $$$ without compromising too much. [editline]9th February 2016[/editline] Also, GTX 970 or R9 390? [editline]9th February 2016[/editline] never mind that last question, can't get a 390 anyway[/QUOTE] Go ahead and drop down to a non full modular unit to save some money. Why can't you get a 390?
[QUOTE=Levelog;49708296]Go ahead and drop down to a non full modular unit to save some money. Why can't you get a 390?[/QUOTE] Trying to get everything by Friday and the only free shipping options won't come by then. [editline]9th February 2016[/editline] Have to get it on Amazon for Prime shipping and the two I was looking at say they can't process for 1-2 days.
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well one is a cpu and one is a gpu so no [editline]10th February 2016[/editline] ?????
[QUOTE=Aircraft;49709796]Can an AMD A6-6400k crossfire with an R7 370? I've tried looking this up on my own but I've found I royally suck at understanding their charts. FYI im planning to overclock the hell out of the apu[/QUOTE] Honestly the dual graphics with APU and GPU isn't that great. It ranges from barely helps to hurts. [editline]10th February 2016[/editline] [QUOTE=Rusty100;49710137]well one is a cpu and one is a gpu so no [editline]10th February 2016[/editline] ?????[/QUOTE] It actually is a thing with AMD APU's. It didn't work out terribly well, a bit more useful in laptops than it is in desktops. Its just crossfire with integrated graphics because unlike SLI you can crossfire different cards.
i guess i am very behind on AMD cpu things
[QUOTE=Rusty100;49710202]i guess i am very behind on AMD cpu things[/QUOTE] It's just not commonly talked about because it isn't good.
My girlfriend's father and I might build my girlfriend her own powerful artist desktop PC for a graduation present. I have no specifics in mind as to what the build will be but how does AMD's FX series compare to Intel's core series? Do they compete well? The last AMD processor I've had was a Phenom II 965 so my AMD knowledge is a little outdated.
I'm trying to find a case with multiple external facing hard drive mounts, similar to NAS enclosures but should be able to hold at least a micro itx motherboard. Having a real hard time finding any, the alternative is to get a case and fit a lot of hot swap trays in place of optical drives.
[QUOTE=Snickerdoodle;49711810]My girlfriend's father and I might build my girlfriend her own powerful artist desktop PC for a graduation present. I have no specifics in mind as to what the build will be but how does AMD's FX series compare to Intel's core series? Do they compete well? The last AMD processor I've had was a Phenom II 965 so my AMD knowledge is a little outdated.[/QUOTE] They don't compete with intel Core at all, they're still running on 2012 piledriver architecture.
So if I want bang for my buck, go Intel for now?
[QUOTE=Snickerdoodle;49712744]So if I want bang for my buck, go Intel for now?[/QUOTE] Intel's CPU's are considerably more expensive but perform better, if you're keeping to a tight budget then AMD is the way to go. There are of course numerous factors; overclocking? gaming? what's in the rest of the rig? As a rule of thumb the best all-round CPU would be the I5-4690K (if you want to overclock, although you would need a 3rd party heatsink), however it's a bit more expensive than AMD's higher FX range which has more cores but older technology and lower performance.
[img]http://i.imgur.com/pL5kyFI.png[/img] Can I add [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147373&cm_re=500_gb_ssd-_-20-147-373-_-Product]this[/url] without needing to upgrade from my 500W PSU?
Yes
Ended up going from an antec one to a corsair 400c, upgraded from an antec earthwatts 550w to a 850w supernova p2, and a gtx 110i is coming in today [editline]11th February 2016[/editline] Must say the cable management is 10/10 on the 400c, just a little annoying with the motherboard. there's only a couple things i don't like but i'm sure i can find a way to work around them.
Ughh my friend is having 2nd thoughs about getting a new gpu. [editline]11th February 2016[/editline] Well second thoughs as is in having hard time to decide what to get, whats a good replacement for 780? :D
[IMG_thumb]https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t35.0-12/12699146_661669713936261_1172367135_o.jpg?oh=4036c6da58fa6a2082342f9deed23211&oe=56BEC958[/IMG_thumb] Hows the management look? been about 2 years since i've done any
[QUOTE=~Kiwi~v2;49718493]That [B]red sata cable [/B]is an eye sore and a half. You could rotate your CPU block also. Other then that decent job.[/QUOTE] It was the only one i had left out of my old case that wasn't 30 shades of neon green or pink. I ended up rotating it after the photo because i was seeing some temp. anomalies. I had originally planned on routing everything from behind the motherboard to the respective ports, but there's simply just not enough room in the case for that. My biggest problem is the PCIE power cable. it seems awkward having a huge bundle of extra cable there. Besides that, the SATA ports are a bugger as well as the USB cable.
It's okay I still have zero cable management in my case. Nor do I have either of the sides on. Or the top.
[QUOTE=~Kiwi~v2;49718558]Let's just face it. Your rig will never be completed.[/QUOTE] It will be some day! (Not really) [editline]11th February 2016[/editline] I might clean up the build some day when I have actual human contact though. I don't think I've seen anyone who doesn't live with me in 3 weeks.
I've asked this before but I don't think I got an answer, how hard would it be to get rid of the blue leds on an r9 390 windforce?
[QUOTE=TheDestroyerOfall;49718418][IMG_thumb]https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t35.0-12/12699146_661669713936261_1172367135_o.jpg?oh=4036c6da58fa6a2082342f9deed23211&oe=56BEC958[/IMG_thumb] Hows the management look? been about 2 years since i've done any[/QUOTE] What does it look like on the other side though? :smug: I just built my rig, and I spent like 3 hours trying to weave cables all nice and pretty... It wasn't a great result. (I'll post when I get home with a picture.)
[QUOTE=~Kiwi~v2;49718949]Black electrical tape. Cover it. The non warranty void way of doing it. The warranty void way of doing it. Taking the card completely apart and snipping the cords to the LEDs.[/QUOTE] Yeah but that would look ghetto as fuck. I was wondering if it's done with some type of connector I could just pull out and put back in if I want to send it back.
I'm looking to upgrade my PC to handle editing 4k video. Using an Acer Aspire TC-605 CPU: Intel Core i5 (4th Gen) 4440 / 3.1 GHz Chipset Type: Intel H81 Express Processor Socket: LGA1150 GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB RAM: 8GB Thinking about buying an i7-4770K. I'm stupid when it comes to building computers, any advice is appreciated.
You'll definitely want an i7 over an i5 and I highly recommend more ram than 8 for video editing.
[QUOTE=C_Mandrake;49725510]I'm looking to upgrade my PC to handle editing 4k video. Using an Acer Aspire TC-605 CPU: Intel Core i5 (4th Gen) 4440 / 3.1 GHz Chipset Type: Intel H81 Express Processor Socket: LGA1150 GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB RAM: 8GB Thinking about buying an i7-4770K. I'm stupid when it comes to building computers, any advice is appreciated.[/QUOTE] See if you can pick up a second hand 760 or 770, they're good cards!
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