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#10: 01-22-2012 @ 07:45:35 pm
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Hooray!  I guess.  That doesn't seem so bad at this point. 


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#11: 04-28-2015 @ 09:52:46 pm
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EPIC THREAD NECRO.

It's about time. My current computer is nearing 4.5 years old at it's newest part and 5.5 years since being originally built. The thing has lasted well and still does a decent job at playing recent titles. However it's definitely reaching a point where even putting settings on lowest for some games trigger terrible frame rate drops and sluggish performance. I miss me some 60 fps gaming. So it's time to go all in and build a completely brand new PC from scratch! My goal is once again to build a PC that'll last me for another 5-6 years (barring of course hardware failure and replacement) on a budget of not much more than $1000.

Total: $987.91

Some notes:

  1. We actually have a spare 2 TB hard drive from when Shieke thought hers was dying and bought the extra drive but turns out hers was okay. So no need to purchase one but that technically puts the total a little over $1000.
  2. I'm getting the cooler master cpu fan because I'm hearing the AMD FX-8350 stock fan sucks balls but is otherwise an awesome CPU. The only problem with the fan is it's HUGE. Shieke has the same CPU and fan setup and the thing basically almost touched the other side of the case (it mounts "sideways" and blows air upwards out the top vent). Upside is it definitely does the job and is super quiet. I may end up switching to a different one that might be easier to install and smaller.
  3. Yes I'm buying another Windows 7. Mine and Shieke's current copies have been "upgrade" copies from when we got the university email deal way back when. It's kind of annoying to install Vista and then upgrade to 7 whenever we go to reformat a computer. I figured I'd just spend the money and save future trouble for myself. Also it allows me to keep the upgrade copy on my old computer in case we need it for visiting people.

I'm basically wondering if anyone sees anything horribly wrong or some piece of hardware that has raised red flags in the past for whatever reason or possibly you saw on sale the other day from elsewhere. It's been awhile since I've seriously looked at new PC parts and I've done some of my own digging but I may have missed something.

As far as parts go, I like AMD CPU's cause it's slightly cheaper and they work just fine. The only game I had issues with it recently was with Wildstar. I know I hear Intel's i7's work a bit better but if AMD's work just fine then I'm willing to save some money. I was also a Radeon graphics card guy as nVidia's card seemed to always run crazy hot and almost always had some weird issue with them but at this point I'm willing to switch back and give it a go. That said, I have no real attachment to specific brands and am willing to switch if someone really wants to make that argument.

Just looking for some feedback from folks and if no one sees anything horribly wrong I'll be putting in my order within the week.

This post was edited by Dominion on April 29, 2015, 9:55 pm


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#12: 04-29-2015 @ 06:32:49 am
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Keep in mind that Windows 10 is supposed to come out sometime around the end of July. You'll be able to upgrade to it for free for one year, and it is probably an upgrade you should do. DX12 will eventually be a thing you'll want.

I assume you're moving your old optical drive over to this new one since you don't have one on your parts list? Other than that, everything looks fine to me.

Let me know how the switch from Radeon to nVidia cards treats you! I'll probably be building a computer within the next year too, so I'd like to know. Been with Radeon for nearly a decade at this point and I'm always a little annoyed when I read about games getting a bit better performance with nVidia cards. I'm holding out until Intel's next revision of the iCore series of CPUs.


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#13: 04-29-2015 @ 06:56:29 am
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I don't trust EVGA as a brand, but it has been a decade since their hardware fucked up on me, so I dunno maybe let bygones be bygones?  I had a graphics card from them that didn't even last me a year before it killed itself.  Good luck there.  If you're going to go nVidia I'd go ASUS or MSI.  I SLI'd a pair of MSI nVidia's for years and they worked great, still happy with my current one.

I've been an nVidia user nonstop since like 2005 if not sooner.  Can't stand the ATI Catalyst software package, never have. I hated putting up with it on my ASUS laptop, really glad my MSi one is nVidia instead.  Much easier to manage. The only game I've ever played where I noticed the ATI on my ASUS laptop getting better performance was Dragon Age Origins which had documented improved performance on the AMD/ATI cards.

I was going to post something about Win10 but Tim beat me to it :)

Smart move getting a non-stock cooler for the CPU.  I did that with the build I did a few years ago and haven't really had overheat problems with this computer, certainly less so than any of my previous builds.

I'm surprised the AMD CPUs are relevant again.  Ever since the Core-i series started my understanding was AMD got left in the dust.  If they caught up that's great news for the consumer.

I wish it were easier to assess how big of a power supply one needs for their rig.

This post was edited by machvergil on April 29, 2015, 10:00 am


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#14: 04-29-2015 @ 07:47:54 am
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Keep in mind that Windows 10 is supposed to come out sometime around the end of July. You'll be able to upgrade to it for free for one year, and it is probably an upgrade you should do. DX12 will eventually be a thing you'll want.

I am very aware of the upgrade coming later this year. To me, Windows 7 is essentially the new XP and I suspect it to continue to be supported for awhile longer. If Windows 10 ends up sucking, I'll still have an easy install of 7 this way without having to do so much back installing. Otherwise, easy upgrade anyways.

I assume you're moving your old optical drive over to this new one since you don't have one on your parts list? Other than that, everything looks fine to me.

Is the Blu-ray/DVD not covering this? Or am I missing something? I was just grabbing it cause thought it'd be nice to have a Blue-ray for possible future.

I don't trust EVGA as a brand, but it has been a decade since their hardware fucked up on me, so I dunno maybe let bygones be bygones?  I had a graphics card from them that didn't even last me a year before it killed itself.  Good luck there.  If you're going to go nVidia I'd go ASUS or MSI.

I'll take a look into that. If there's one thing I don't want fucking up it's the graphics card. The power supply is far more easily replaceable. I can't remember but there was some motherboard manufacturer that gave me a bunch of issues when I built a computer awhile ago. I wanta say it was MSi but it's been far too long that I may be mixing things up. Oh well, I've liked ASUS so I'll look at their stuff.

I wish it were easier to assess how big of a power supply one needs for their rig.

I don't disagree. In general going 750W+ has been a safe bet so far though.

This post was edited by Dominion on April 29, 2015, 9:53 am


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#15: 04-29-2015 @ 08:41:40 am
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Windows 10 is coming out soon? Hot diggity damn, looks like my laziness will pay off before too long! That and my current lack of funds. 

The ASUS motherboard in Nate's old computer ran for a good long while. I think he's got an msi one currently, and it does some funny things on start-up sometimes, though I don't know if that's because of the motherboard itself or a problem with OS install that we did. Maybe when I buy a new laptop this late summer/fall we'll get him a new OS. Other than my ramblings, I don't have anything else to add. 


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#16: 04-29-2015 @ 08:43:57 am
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I'm a generally happy ASUS customer.  They have rarely let me down.


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#17: 04-29-2015 @ 10:44:33 am
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Is the Blu-ray/DVD not covering this? Or am I missing something? I was just grabbing it cause thought it'd be nice to have a Blue-ray for possible future.

I'm the one who is missing things! Somehow I failed to read that line.

As for power supply calculators, I ran your setup through a few of them (here and here and here). Only the last one had your exact video card in it (New Egg's power supply calculator didn't even have your CPU in it, so I didn't even try there!) Anyway, they came out with between 400 and 450 watts. I've had bad luck personally with power supplies, so always go with 700+ regardless of what these things say.


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#18: 04-29-2015 @ 07:54:55 pm
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Found the same card but made by ASUS for basically same price. Should hopefully work just fine as well. Updated the list.


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#19: 11-24-2015 @ 10:57:54 am
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I've been waiting all year to upgrade my computer.

Any of you who check this place regularly know that I'm kinda super excited for Star Citizen.  While that game is still "Alpha as Fuck" as I like to call it,  it's only getting rougher and rougher on my machine as they add more features.  This has been the story all year with each moth the game running worse and worse. 

Once upon a time I found it extremely playable at medium settings. This week while attempting to get performance assessments out of my machine, it ran at a whopping 15 frames per second in all graphic settings including low.  This is because I think they are finally dropping code for the upcoming Arena Commander 2.0 patches which will add multi-crew ships, which means the pilot+ship physics got more complicated.  Also the textures got a lot better, as did effects, and the whole thing is apparently tearing every part of my current machine apart.  All four of my Core-i5's CPUs are at 100%, the GTX 660 is at 100%, my RAM... well it's still only using 50% of the 16 GBs of RAM because... reasons(?)... and I'm suffering major freezes every 20 minutes are so when Windows 7 decides it's time to dump the entire page file.

While it seems silly to base your computer upgrade needs on a game in who-knows-how-long-it-will-take-alpha, the fact remains that my old machine was only a little ahead of the XB1 and PS4 in terms of power.   I can almost run Fallout 4 on ultra and expect 30+ FPS... but the thing dips a lot on draw distance and, for some damn reason, the trade interface?  I was playing it mostly high up until recently had had a smooth 45-60 FPS the entire time so the sudden drop when I bump up the stats is odd.   The Overwatch beta also ran pretty terrible on anything higher than medium.  Medium at least maintained 60+ fps in 1v1s (the multiplayer matches were too chaotic for me to watch the FPS very well I'll admit).

Like Dominion earlier it's been over 4 years since I upgraded the machine.  I built this machine not long after moving to Washington DC so before SW:Old Republic or Guild Wars 2, hell before I even had a 1080p monitor. 

So without further adeu, this is what I'm looking at getting

I actually debated going optical drive free and getting a cheaper case without one because honestly the only time I use my disk drives is to install really old games like UT2k4 and Dawn of War, and I use my PS3 as my BluRay player anyway.

The things I'm the most excited about here are the processor and graphics cards.  I've done some research and both are considered best in their price range, PC Gamer saying the GTX 970 is very good at punching above its weight, and a lot of folks who currently get 60fps 1080p in Star Citizen already are running this processor.

Any warning bells going or other comments on this build? 

 


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