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This is the current PC, Antec Black usb 3 case, not sure the model, but moderate in size Asrock B75 Pro-3 M Motherboard Intel i5 3330 Quad Core 3.0Ghz with 3.2Ghz Turbo Boost (Locked Multi) Hyper 212 Cooler 24GB DDR3 1600Mhz 240GB Mushkin SATA III Solid State CoolerMaster 1000W PSU Currently Windows 7 Pro Installed w/ Windows 10 Notifier for upgrade when available. Samsung 27" LED Monitor (Just a 1080P 60Hz) I have been toying with the idea of tossing a video card in the pc, so I can play some pc games. I currently have been out of the pc gaming loop for quite some time. The last video card that I bought was a GTX 570, and that was around when I quit pc gaming. Looking to get back, so I was doing some research on some cards that caught my interest. I will be playing at only 1080P for the moment, and pretty much sticking at that resolution. Here are the top few cards that I have narrowed it down to: 1.GTX 970 4gb 2. R9 390 8gb 3. R9 280x 3gb I was leaning more towards the 970 more and more but here is the thing. I keep fearing that the current setup is going to bottleneck. mainly the CPU. A few of my friends told me not to worry about the CPU as an i5 at 3.0ghz stock should be more than enough. The funny thing about me even listing the 280x even though its an old card, is that a friend of mine offered to sell me his windforce gigabyte 280x for $100 bux. I'm not really looking to drop a lot of money on a new gaming card, as I keep thinking to myself, that I would have to upgrade the CPU, and at that rate, if I will be doing that, I should just buy an 1150 motherboard, and go for a 4790K or something along those lines. But I am trying to keep my budget lower. Not really looking to dump money on a whole new system build, as this one is totally new really inside and out. I apologize if I am rambling here, but I need some solid advice if I can please. The 280x seems like the best overall deal, but would it be worth going to the 390 or 970? Would any of these cards bottleneck the system at all? Is the i5 too weak to play the new games that are coming out? Thank you all so much in advance!
So my previous computer was built using used parts (that were a few generations behind even then!) in 2008/09, it performed everything quite nicely until either the motherboard decided to die and/or the PSU decided to go wonky and take the mobo with it. For ~5 years I dealt with it (in all honestly pre-hardware failure it performed quite nicely for me, Skyrim, Metro 2033 and a few other intensive games could easily be played at medium+ settings with my GTX 285 @ 1080P) until I started looking around for a new system earlier this year. THIS may have something to do with my hastily made decision. I originally wasn't going to go with a SFF build, but over the years I have been wanting to build one for quite some time. I went from on the edge about building this rig to purchasing parts for it within a week, I'm quite an impatient bastard. I bought the Cooler Master Elite 100 mITX case first, essentially locking me into mITX at that point. Then I searched around for a decent motherboard STILL having not decided on AMD or Intel. In the end due to performance and future (or immediate; more on this in a few) upgradeability I decided to go with Intel and the 1155 socket. My first thoughts were to go with a lower TDP i5 and make everything under 300w and keep it fairly cheap, so I went in search of an i5 3350P. No one had those in stock so I decided to go with an i5 3340S instead at $20 more. I went ahead and ordered it and was about to order the Antec earthwatts 380 when I said 'screw it' and decided to just step it up a notch and go for a modular PSU, which was of course more expensive. After that I then started looking up GPUs. I came to the realization that basically every low profile video card is a gimped version of an already low end card when you're looking for a budget card. So... why go for a budget card at all? Why build a new system that I'll just have to upgrade next year to play any new games? So I went in search for the most powerful video card that is under 8 inches long, which I found out was harder to search for than I had imagined. So nearly $300 later I am now the proud owner of a GTX 760 low profile GPU. Also I figured if I'm going to save up a bit more and step into the next tier of graphics I may as well get the best CPU I can as well. So, I returned the 3340s and exchanged it for a 3570, which surprisingly was only approximately $30 more in the long run anyways. Whats a difference of 65w vs 77w really going to matter? I dont ever run stock heatsinks anyways, so of course I spent hours and hours researching the best one that would fit in the limited space of this SFF box. In the long run I'm going with a Cooler Master GeminII M4, which uses a low profile 15mm and just run a full size 120 on it. Probably going to slap my Yate Loon D12SH-12 on it if it will fit. Still have to decide on getting a new SSD or not and maybe a new 3-4TB hard drive, but other than that everything is ready to be built. This will be the thread with build pics, some sort of textual adventure through my build process and more of my general asshatery and shenanigans.
Hello everyone,My PC is like 2 years old for now, and i though of upgrading it a bit. Lets start with how it was at the beginning: Case : Simple case PSU : Cant remember the name, it was a 20$ PSU Mobo : http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4004#ov RAM: 2 GB x2 1333 http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=D32G1333S3&title=Samsung-DDR3-1333-2GB-CL9-Samsung-Chip-Original-Memory GPU : 2 GB Sapphire 6450 HDD : 300GB samsung ( dont know the details) CPU : Intel i3-2100 dual core. Thats how it was when i bought it,after some time i changed some parts, and this is what i have right now: Case : http://store.antec.com/Product/clearance_items/df-35/0-761345-15231-0.aspx PSU : Corsair GS600 Same MOBO Same RAM Same CPU GPU : AMD Sapphire 6870 1GB GDDR5 And here goes the question and the problems. When i got the PSU and GPU i didnt even know if they match my other components,(yes i am not really friendly with hardware),it worked, howether i think i am not getting the maximum from my GPU. What i want to ask you about is this: 1.I want a better CPU for gaming, was thinking about an i5 one. 2.Should i get to 8GB? Do i have to use exact same ram as i have , or i can buy any other 2x2GB 1333? 3.Is my motherboad good enought to handle an i5 CPU and OC it maybe? 4.Should i get an SSD for my system? 5. If i OC the i5,should i get a better fan for that? I mostly use my PC for gaming, and sometimes some rendering. Let's say that i dont really have much money to spent, howether should be enought for an i5 and OC it,the real problem its if my mobo is good enought and if it can handle the i5. Will wait for your answer guys, thanks in advace. PS: if there are any other suggestions you have, please tell me.
Hi Guys/Gals!! I recently built a computer for my friend! and it turned out well...lol. Anyway Opinions? BTW this was my first build for a 'Client' and my first Intel build. SPECS: Intel i5 4670k Gigabyte Radeon 7970 GHz Ed Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H Samsung 840 pro 256gb SSD (Boot) Seagate Barracuda 2TB (Storage) Corsair AX-760w PSU LG DVD Drive Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo 16gb Kingston Hyper X BLU RAM 1600MHz Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow White Windows 8 Here are some pics! During the build: EDIT: More pics!