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  1. Hi,


    Tanks for the advice guys. I'm definitely giving mom the 2500K, i'll get a GTX 770 for her build. That should make it a killer. :)


    I've settled on the AMD Athlon II X4 760K / ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME6+ combo, its the price of just the processor for any other combo i can go with and the ASRock board is good and feature reach (any other combo i can get i'll have to sacrifice a lot on the board). I'm hopping that new Excavator cores will be available for FM2+ sometime next year for more umf. Or i can eventually convert this to a NAS when i get a better hardware down the road. Or get the Excavator and put the 760K in a cheapo mATX board for a NAS, all the possibilities are awesome. :)


    As for the X4 760K, have a look at this guy's benchmarks link, very impressive.


    Now for the GPU, i'm having a real trouble choosing here. I want a AMD card, below are the option currently available to me:


    SAPPHIRE TRI-X R9 290 - 387 Euro

    SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 280X - 300 Euro

    MSI R9 280X Gaming - 295 Euro

    PowerColor TurboDuo R9 280X - 279 Euro



    I've found some difficulty in locating descent user reviews of thous cards so i cannot decide which one to get, i'm interested in long term card usage and how it went. So which card should i get?





  2. Hi,


    Problem is I play mostly MMOs, occasionally i boot up something from my Steam library like Dishonered/FarCry 3/Skyrim, but mostly i play less demanding titles.

    My mom on the other hand plays mostly Oblivion/Skyrim/AC4 with mods and Path of Exile/Torchlight2. That is why i want to give her the 2500K, i'll get her a new GPU for xmas too.


     I wanted to correct myself from above, the Case/Cooler/MoBo/CPU are 384 Euros, this excludes the GPU. :P


    I was actually right now doing some research and i was thinking of getting the below CPU/MoBo combo for 150 Euros, and adding a R9 290 GPU, maybe this one link


    AMD Athlon II X4 760K - link
    ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME6+ - link
    My problem is thinking about it the above does not look that much better the my P55A-UD3/i5 650 combo i got right now. The issue is that i most MMOs the CPU is still a bottleneck, or more precisely the single core performance is the bottleneck. I'm actually hopping that with both the XBONE and PS4 having multi-core AMD CPUs that future titles will be more friendly with multi-thread CPUs, that is why i want a 6350, maybe a 8350(if i can afford it.). Or am I deluding myself. 
    Edit: The A88X mobo looks good, i may be able to change the CPU in the future with a better one.

  3. Greetings All,


    Its build time again (has it really been 3 years)! Tempus Fugit!

    I'm very happy with my i5 2500K build, but i've decided i'll give it to my mom(She's a gamer!), so i need a new machine. I'm trying to keep the budget as low as possible, but still get a good system.


    I've decided to go with a AMD system. So what i have so far:


    Box  : Fractal Define XL R2 - link

    PCU  : Unknown?


    CPU Cooler: Coolermaster HYPER 212 EVO - link


    CPU  : AMD FX X6 6350 - link

    MoBo : Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 - link

    GPU  : Sapphire R9 280X VAPOR-X - link

    HDD  : unknown.

    RAM  : unknown.


    The above comes to about 384 Euros (all the prices you see on thous sites divide by 2. ) Below is a link to a aggregate site that basically pulls its results from about 5-7 online shops here in Bulgaria:


    Still undecided on RAM and HDD configuration, i'm thinking a 128GB SSD, and a 2GB HDD or 2. :)


    So i need some advice, i'm unsure about the future of the AM3+ socket, should i go for one of the better FM2+ boards and a AMD Athlon II X4 760K(getting a better chip when they become available?) and save some money, or get a better GPU, or spend money elsewhere on the build?


    I'm also looking for a 1440p monitor on the cheep. :)


    All advice is welcome and will be greatly appreciated. 


    P.S.: The build will be taking a few weeks(couple of months) and i'm in no hurry, so i can wait for better deals on parts. (I'll be back to using the "old work horse" from this weekend)


  4. Well my wallet is certainly screaming.


    Deus EX + DLCs

    Bioshock 1+2

    Arma II for DayZ, i've been waiting to get this for a long time. :)

    Magic the Gathering 2013.


    And i thing this is as far as i'm going, maybe something during the Winter sales, but the above should keep me entertained for a lot of months. :D

  5. @Trankop: Toshiba is a good choice, i have had a few laptops by them and except for a flaky keyboards i have no complains. But the new GFX need better cooling, which Asus has. :)


    @Dan: Unfortunately that shop does not ship out of UK. :( The A10 is only an option, if i cannot get the budget for a 660m laptop, and i'm getting it with a X-Fire card that is why i asked if any1 knows about the Asus K series and when they'll be available. :)

  6. Hi OCC,


    I would like to purchase a Laptop which i'll be using for gaming. I have a tight budget, that may increase during to holidays. :D


    I have looked around, and i really like the Asus G75 line of laptops.

    I would like to buy the GTX660m version, its a newer architecture than the 670m and runs cooler(or so I've read online), but it is currently unavailable in my neck of the woods. Hope that will change in Nov/Dec.


    Now in case i cannot increase my budget to afford a G75 i would like to get the K75DE, but with the A10 APU, does any1 know when these will become available? Google failed me. :(


    What do you guys think of my choices, can any1 that uses any of the above laptops comment on what they think?

    I would also like your suggestions on any other lapis i can try?


    Oh, i use this site for shopping: http://interacom.eu/

    If any1 can suggest a another dealer that ships to or is in Bulgaria, it'll be greatly appreciated :)

  7. Not sure on the order still since it's a rather tough question, but...



    1. Baldur's Gate 1

    2. Baldur's Gate 2

    3. Fallout 1

    4. Fallout 2

    5. Final Fantasy VI




    What is wrong with you guys the 1st 4 are unquestioning winners.


    I just change the 5th one to Morrowind.

  8. Trading Post when Live! today. This is probably the best implementation of a AH I've EVER seen. You can put up orders with a price that other players can complete for you if they want. All exact items are stacked into one slot with the lowest price shown (why haven't I seen more games doing this). Posting items from anywhere is also nice. They do restrict you to going to the NPC to pick up your purchases and sales, probably to prevent people from buying items and instantly using them out in the field (PvP stuff, Dungeons, and/or 10 mail item limit).


    D3 AH can go burn in hell. How did they go from the WoW AH to D3 AH.


    Ah, thats how EvE Online's Market has been working since 2003, except that their markets are region locked for each region of the galaxy.

    Through the years i have always wondered why no Fantasy MMO will implement a system like this and it has finally happened. :woo:


    Although tbh in GW2 looks more like the contract system in EvE. :)

  9. Seems as though the prize hand out was more complicated than the contest itself. :lol:


    We definitely need to think it through a bit better if we decide to do it again.


    Haha :lol: All the guys above me moving games around, this is hilarious. I think the best for the future is guys entering a contest saying which games they want to win if chosen, in order of preference..

  10. he's already got it


    Prizes still to be handed out / traded:

    • Andrewr05: Terraria (already owns)
    • Claymeow: binding of issac (already owns)
    • Coors: portal 2 (already owns) (friend request sent)
    • Fogel: Mirrors Edge - Cannot find on steam
    • Guestjim: Terraria(already owns), Deadspace 2(already owns)
    • muchoman: bastion (already owns)
    • myinnerfred: Serious sam 1st & 2nd encounters classic (friend request sent)
    • Savan: terraria - swapped mirrors edge to bp9801 (friend request sent)
    • Waco: binding of issac (already owns)


    Can i have Bastion or if you can't Mirror's Edge? ? :D

  11. I'm almost embarrassed to show this. :)


    • CPU: i5 650 @ 3.20GHz, gone to 3.60 on some OC runs, with default HS.
    • Motherboard: Gigabyte P55A-UD3
    • RAM: 2x4GB Kingston HyperX Grey Series (KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX) @ 1600 9-9-9-24
    • GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5830 1GB
    • Storage: 3 HDDs totaling 3TB, no SSD :(
    • Chassis: CoolerMaster Elite 330, hopping that the Corsair Vengeance C70 gets stoked here.
    • Cooling: default, some extra fans on the case.
    • PSU: CoolerMaster Silent PRO 700 Modular
    • Display: BenQ G2220HDA
    • Audio: Integrated, 2 speakers & headphones :( , but i'm not a very big audiophile.
    • Keyboard: an old LG, my A4 stooped working.
    • Mouse: A4Tech X7 (X-710BH)


    Country: Bulgaria

  12. Torchlight 2 please. :)



    Favorite FPS, that's a though one. I'll put my 3 that i ejoyed more in chronological order.


    Quake 3 Arena, this was the game that i spend playing most in school, right next to Heroes of Might and Magic III. I had so much fun with my school mates playing this on the school machines. Oh the good old memories. :D


    Far Cry, getting out of the tutorial area and on to that beach was such an awesome experience, that i re-started the game 15-20 in the 1st week just to go through it again.


    Half-Life1 and 2, There is nothing really to say here, these 2 games made giant strides in the FPS genre and had an amazing story to go with them too.


    Come to think of it, let me see if i can find thous Far Cry and Half-Life CDs. :D

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