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  1. Capo

    Budget Build

    Thanks! Any suggestions on a specific asrock mobo as well as RAM and a PSU?
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    Budget Build

    Hi All, I'm looking to put together a budget, low-end gaming machine for my kids. I already have a case, monitor, keyboard/mouse, hard drive, and a Nvidia 770GTX I can use (initially). What would you all suggest for the MOBO, CPU, RAM, and PSU? Target games would mostly be older games... WoW, some sim city type stuff, Minecraft, etc... Thanks!
  3. Hey All, Just curious if anyone has seen any good mid-line gaming laptop deals leading up and/or on Black Friday? Ideally, something in the sub 1k range if possible. Thanks for any suggestions!
  4. Wow, you're right. I had no idea prices were so inflated. Any idea if this is supposed to be a short term issue that is worth waiting out or is it expected to be the new "norm?"
  5. Hi All, I currently have a MSI 770 GTX that is starting to show it's age. The rest of my system includes a I5 4670k, 8 gigs of RAM, and a solid state drive. What would be a good affordable mid-line gaming card that would last me another few years? I've had my current system for a few years now and would like to extend its life by a few more years until I am ready to build a new rig from the ground up. P.S. - I game at 1920 x 1080 I appreciate your suggestions!
  6. And do you live near any Microcenters? No, I do not. I'm not aware of any decent hardware outlets in my area other than your typical Best Buy's and the like. I assume I'm likely stuck to online ordering unless a local retailer has a sale on a part or two.
  7. Thanks for the suggestion of parts! I believe I built my current system in 2007 or so. The only part that has been upgraded since then is the video card. I have: Q6600 MOBO = Nvidia 680i LT SLI 4 gigs of DDR2 RAM Geforce GTX 460 OS is on 2x 10k RPM raptor drives in RAID 0 Larger 7200 RPM storage drive Windows 7
  8. Thanks all for the reply. To answer your questions, I have a 27" inch monitor which supports 1920x1080. In the past, I have prefered Intel/Nvidia systems simply due to the maturity of their driversets but if that is no longer relevant, I am willing to look at AMD if there is a large savings to be had. The parts I'll be able to bring over are: - Monitor - Keyboard - Mouse - DVD drive - Speakers - Internal storage drive - Windows 7 The part's I'll be looking to buy are: - Motherboard - CPU (w/ aftermark heatsink if needed) - Aftermarket thermal compound (unless stock has improved these days) - Video Card - RAM - Primary OS drive - PSU - Soundcard (are these worth it these days? Or is onboard fine for most people still?) The primary use of the machine will be gaming. Thanks for any help.
  9. Hey All, My rig is getting fairly old and it's definitely time for an update! I wanted to get everyone's thoughts on what parts you would recommend and why. High level, assume I have approximately a $1,000.00 US budget. I don't need a monitor or peripherals, just the core components. I can honestly reuse my existing case too if that helps stretch the budget. I primarily use this machine for gaming and typically only build a new rig every 5 years or so, so staying power is important. Thanks for the help! Edit: Economies of scale matter too. While I do want staying power, if I increase my budget by 25% for only a 5% performance increase, that may not be worth it. Simply put, if I can get 90% - 95% performance from a $750 dollar system instead of a $1,000.00 system, that would be helpful to know.
  10. Thanks. However, are there any noticeable differences between the 250~ ones and the 350-400 ones (other than a sleaker look?
  11. Hi All, I'm looking for a solid 27' monitor for gaming and other basic windows activities. I'm willing to spend up to $400 if there is a noticeable difference in performance, but if one of the $250~ range monitors is essentially the same thing, then I would prefer to save the money. What would you all suggest? Thanks!
  12. Hi All, What parts do you all recommend for the best $900~ gaming rig? I will need the following parts, the rest I have: CPU Motherboard Ram Video Card PSU Hard drive The case I will be using is large and should be able to fit most components. Thanks!
  13. Hi All, I'm looking for suggestions on the "best" 27" monitor for $300 or less. I'm noticing a few of them at newegg, but would love some advice on which one to go with, and why. Thanks!
  14. I was about to ask the same question, but noticed this thread. I notice there are several 27" monitors on newegg (and other sites) for $299.99 right now. At this price point, which 27" monitor would you give the edge to? Thanks!
  15. Hi All, I'm trying to help out a friend here with a high-end monitor selection. He has a budget of $750 or so and is looking for a high-end monitor, whether that be a single top notch monitor, and LCD TV, or multiple monitors. Suggestions? Don't worry about cost so much, just keep it around 750k to 1k, though. His intent is gaming and he'll be about 2 to 3 feet away from it. Thanks!
  16. Is an AMD system even worth looking at? Last I read, AMD couldn't really compete much with Intel in the CPU market as of late - has that changed? Also, I notice no one is suggesting a solid state drive. Wouldn't it make sense to have a smaller SSD for OS + games and then a larger 7200 RPM drive for media and storage? Also, RAM wise, does it make sense to go for 8 gigs to help extend the life?
  17. Hi All, Looking for some current builds on gaming rigs in the $1500 area. The rig will be used by someone who does not OC and likely will not upgrade parts beyond the video card. This is also a rig that will be used for many years to come so getting as much longevity as possible is important. Also, only components in the case are needed no monitor, keyboard, etc. Anyone have a new build to share? Urls or carts would be really Appreciated.
  18. Hi All, Looking to get a new card for gaming at the $200.00 price point. Is the 460 1gb still the king of that price point, or is another option better? If the 460 1gb is the way to go, which one should I get? Looking at newegg, the MSI one has the most/best reviews. Is this the winner? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127510 Just so you all know, I OC a bit, but prefer a solid, fast, cool card out of the box. OC potential is nice, but out of the box performance is also important for me - if that helps with the answer.
  19. On the video card side, if you do want to stay closer to 800 than 1000, get the Nvidia GTX 260 1G version. It's around 220 and is an excellent card at that price point. If you want to spend closer to $1000, then you can look at a higher end Nvidia card of the ATI 5850/5870. Ultimately, decide on your video card budget first. The answer of "what is best for me" begins with your price point.
  20. Though I'm not a super heavy poster, I've been around these boards for many years, and Verran was one of the names I knew best and came to admire and respect. It has been said that success in life is not measured by its length, but by its depth and quality. If this is the case, then surely Verran lived a successful one. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Best, Capo
  21. Capo

    PS3 Deals?

    Thanks all, keep em coming. And, I'm in the US.
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    PS3 Deals?

    Hi All, Simple question - so I'm finally thinking of getting a PS3. What model is the best one to go for? Are there any specials going on right now or any which are coming up soon? Assume I know nothing. Thanks!
  23. Hi all, Quick question. I have a Droid Incredible and need to get a SD card to go with it. Is this just a normal SD card or anything custom for the phone? Also, suggestions on the brand and place to buy? My phone can use up to a 32 gb card but it doesn't have to be that big, per se. Thanks!
  24. I would imagine your desk is strong enough, my thoughts would be: -are your desk dimensions large enough for the tv plus two monitors? -since the desk doesn't seem that deep, I would caution about sitting too close to the tv. With that size, your eyes will have to jump all over the place if you're too close. In addition to not being good for eyes, it'll likely give you headaches.
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