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New work rig. Thanks Bosco and MSI for the mobo.
RedFury77 posted a topic in System BuildsI was very lucky to win a new MSI B150M Mortar motherboard and have finally built a nice system with it. Thanks Bosco and MSI! I bought some new stuff and was able to reuse some stuff out of the attic , here's the list: Mobo: MSI B150M CPU: Intel i5-6500 - new Cooler: prolimatech panther Ram: 8gb (2x4gb) Ballistix ddr4-2400 -new SSD: OCZ 120gb Vertex 3 HDD: 1 TB WD blue - new PSU: EVGA 700 B1 - new GPU: MSI GTX560TI Case: Cougar Evo I built this for work, I do work with Bobcad/cam modeling and cnc posting, as well as picture edits etc. So far pretty sweet!! A very nice upgrade indeed. I'll get a picture posted up here eventually, it's kinda funny looking at work with all the colored lights from my old build.
New Gaming Build
caviconpoder posted a topic in System BuildsHi, I'm new to these forums but I have been using the site for reviews for many years now. I am going for a new gaming build next month and want some opinions on my current selection of hardware. Here is my pcpartpicker link. Please let me know any changes I can make. I am going for a mid range non-oc build. I was waiting for the new AMD cards to come out but seeing as they are just rebrands with a few tweeks I decided I'd rather go for a 280x. I also thought of going for a 290 but it's a bit more expensive and I am only going to play at 1080 so I think it wouldn't be worth it. Also, I want to sell my current pc, but I am not sure how much I could ask for it. It's an older build, about 5 years old. the specs are: Intel core I5 1st gen 750 @ 2.67 gigabyte P55-UD3R mobo 4gb of ram Cooler Master GX 650w PSU AMD radeon 6850 gpu 1 tb WD blue HDD Rosewill Conqueror Case Any help and input will be appreciated!
New Build Need Advice to Finish
PanskiKow posted a topic in Processors, Motherboards and MemoryI just did a new build from my i7-930 Asus P6T6 WS Revolution, about time, yeah! But I need help trying to decide what ram and water cooling to get. I need 32GB of ram red/black to go with theme but would it matter if I purchase 2x8 dual channel set for 4x8 1600/1866 or Quad Channel 4x8. I thought about G. Skill Trident X Series 32bg 4x8 quad 1866 8-9-9-24 Do any of you no if there is better overclockable ram. Also I thought about the Swiftech H240-X Cpu Liquid Cooling Kit vs the Corsair H100i, H110 and H105 Which is better for overclocking. I know I really like the Swiftech reviews and it only 50.00 more. This case will hold two radiators 240/cpu top and 240 2 videos bottom. I have read reviews but I wanted to ask real world experienced overclockers. I haven't had this kind of upgrade for sometime and would like to overclock the clock out of it..! I've got new toys! Also any web pages to help with overclocking the MSI 970 would be help full, still figuring out the bios. Thank you! Windows 8.1 64 AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ Crucial Ballistix Elite 4x2 Dual Channel 8GB Samsung EVO 840 500GB Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 XFX R9-285A-CDFC Radeon R9 285 2GB 256-Bit "Need One More" SeaSonic X750 Gold IN WIN GR one Black Black SECC Full Tower "HUGE" Monitor ASUS VH236H 23"
Linux as an OS
Jklein posted a topic in OS: Non-MicrosoftOk I have been a windows user most of my computing life before that I had an IBM ps2 50/60 with DOS 5.0 (Did I just date myself.) Anyway I'm looking at Linux to broaden horizons. Correct me if I'm wrong but from the tutorials I have watched so far the primary difference between desktop and server versions of Ubuntu Linux is that desktop has a GUI and server has LUI like in DOS? So can I run anything you would in desktop on server Linux? If so I'm guessing we would access it like we did in DOS? The good old fashioned C:/Startrek/Startrek.exe and hit return?
new build Crossfire
Jklein posted a topic in Video Cards and MonitorsAlright everybody the time is finally here my refund comes in a few days and I'm putting together a cheap build based around the new a10 7850k I need an opnion on something should I go with two R7 260x's in a crossfire to eventually do a type tri with the processor or should I just go for a single 270x I'm trying to stay within 300 for the graphics card?
Critique my 1440p build
drsmooth posted a topic in System BuildsHello Overclockers! Having just joined I would like to say hi before I ask about my build. I will be using this build for primarily gaming, movie watching, and web browsing. Please let me know if I can save some money without sacrificing quality or performance. Hoping this build will be able to slay Witcher 3 and Battlefield 4 on max settings. I put the 850w power supply in because I plan on doing sli when this build starts to wane on performance. Plan on overclocking the CPU to around 4.0-4.2, nothing serious. Probably will leave the GPU as is. Just going to use my Sidewinder X6 keyboard and X5 mouse since I am so used to them and like them. Thank you. CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.98 @ SuperBiiz) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC) Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon) Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($73.98 @ NCIX US) Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ NCIX US) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC) Video Card: MSI GTX N780 TF 3GD5/OC 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon) Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US) Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($40.00 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC) Monitor: Dell U2713HM 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($596.96 @ Amazon) Total: $2312.81 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 11:10 EDT-0400)
New build: limited choices, dual OS
czGLoRy posted a topic in System BuildsHello, I am looking to upgrade my system, possibly just scrapping all of it and making a new one; I don't know if its "worth it" and need some help deciding the best way to do this. Computer is old, and I definitely need to replace some parts, and I want to start using two seperate SSD boot drives. Budget of up to $2000 but less is obviously good. I know this is long, I truly appreciate any input. Parts are more expensive here, and the selection is pale. Performance is a priority, value is a close second. concerns: the power here is ungrounded, I am unsure if this is a problem, but perhaps this means I should be choosing something different for a PSU, and is it is really hot here.. Current Ambient temperatures are (in a CM stacker case) w/ zalman cooler + intel i7 920 processor run at 51-57*C / 122-134*F and gtx 295 GPU at 51*C/123*F at idle on stock settings. I would like to be able to do some modest overclocking straight away if possible, and heavier overclocking over time. I am a bit concerned about the temps here, already implementing some better than average cooling techniques and the temps are a bit hot at stock, especially under load. Parts I am considering keeping from current system: not really attached to any of the pieces and feel pretty much everything could use an upgrade, but what is worth it? and what I would like to upgrade to; I am looking for some value, I would like to be able to easily upgrade if possible (IE for 7950 graphics card I am looking for, I would like to eventually add crossfire when I need it, and for the i7 3770k I am considering, I would like to in time possibly add in better cooling, maybe water cooling, and overclock both the graphics card and processor more heavily to keep up). Current system: CM stacker case - no dust filters, it gets pretty dusty fast, and the temps aren't great. Intel i7 920 processor with Zalman cooler Mobo: need usb3.0, its out OCZ powerstream 700w power supply (3 years old) Kingston Hyper-X ram 16GB (2 sets of 4 GB, 1600mhz). I do heavy multitasking, I may want more and better ram drives: 1 TB WD, 120 GB Intel 320 SSD, 120 GB OCZ Vertex 3. I want to start using two different OS boot drives, so I will need more SSD and/or storage GPU: crashes on all games, so this is out for sure. OS: Thinking of using windows 8, security is a big issue for me (and can't use linux), seems more secure. I don't know if I can install it on two SSDs for use in the same computer or not, but I have a Win7 64b license already. Proposed build: ($1434 on pcpartpicker, $1792 IRL) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LOPZ limited options, but open to pretty much any suggestion. Heavy multitasking, SSDs will be very helpful with the primary programs I am using, as well as more cores. Light gaming, SC2, Hitman, and BF3 are the most intensive games I can foresee wanting to play, but at high resolutions (2560*1600 on 30'''). Case: HAF XM ($148) + 2 200mm fans. don't mind spending more on a case that would be great and last forever, if it helps with temps over my stacker. Hotswap bays might come in handy with dual OS ssds Processor: intel I7 3770k processor ($355) cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo ($41) or, if it might help me get a decent OC going now, TR - SILVER ARROW SB-E ($88) (plan on possibly upgrading this later to water) mobo: Asrock z77 Extreme 4 ($148) or Asus P8z77-v ($203) or Asus P8z77 V-pro ($241) GPU: GIGABYTE HD 7950 ($372) or GIGABYTE HD 7970 OC ($462) or XFX 7970 ($441) or Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X ($375) (I hear about problems with this one). I think I would prefer getting a 7970 GHZ for same price, or a 7870 LE Tahiti, but I don't beelieve those are available. I would like CF this card in the future when I need it, but my gaming is not too intensive. SSD: Only choices are OCZ, Intel, Plexor, and Kingston, and they are pretty expensive. HD speed and capacity will be pretty important for my 256 GB drive, less so for my others, again I am going to be dual booting with two different SSDs, so two SSDs will be holding operating systems and I am not sure the best way to do this. - 256 GB OCZ Vector for ($319) or OCZ VERTEX 4 for ($297) or Plexor M5M ($296) or Intel 520 for ($298). I am thinking one OS will have a boot SSD drive (one of my old ones) and this 256/240 for storage/applications, and the other will have the other old SSD, and 1 TB storage drive. Any better way to do this? RAM: G.skill 16 gb (2x8) DDR3 2133mhz RipJawsX ($172) or current ram Power supply: Will ungrounded electricity effect the best PSU choice? Current power supply: 700w, possibly could keep this until I get my 2nd card. a friend is selling a used (2 year old) Corsair HX850, I could make him an offer but I have no idea what its worth. IT does seem like a solid power supply other options are: Seasonic X-series gold 850w ($207), cooler master Silent Pro Gold 800w ($217), and cooler master silent pro m2 850w ($189) If I went the route of 2x 7970 a power supply calculator recommended 800 watts, for 7950x2 on crossfire it recommends 700. Total cost for first choices: $1792 . I feel like I am tossing out money if I replace a few of these parts, but I don't really know which I should be keeping, and which are worth replacing. Your input is very valuable to me!. thanks!