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Crackbone
May 23, 2003

Vlaada is my co-pilot.


chazburgr posted:

MicroCenter has an open box on a Gigabyte Radeon 7950 for $271.96. It says that the whole thing is complete and comes with the balance of the manufacturer's warranty. Is this a steal and a half and should I jump on it to upgrade my GTX 260? Only concern is whether or not Gigabyte is good for quality and reliability since I've never dealt with them.

It's a good deal, but not great. You can get a Sapphire 7950 for $280 after rebate with free shipping on Newegg today. The 3G of memory is irrelevant for performance purposes.

It's nice that it comes with the rest of the warranty, but you're still more likely to need to use that warranty with an open-box card. I'm sure MC didn't properly vet the card before putting it back on the shelf.

Finally, we're not big fans of Gigabyte anymore. A few years ago they started cutting corners on their products, particularly power delivery. It doesn't mean the card will explode, but they don't make products to the same standard as somebody like EVGA or Sapphire.

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Factory Factory
Mar 19, 2010

I can do sex. It's just alien sex.


I think 3GB is reference for 7950s and 7970s. The double-size versions have 6GB.

LoboLoboLobo
May 26, 2008

yoink!

Crackbone posted:

Finally, we're not big fans of Gigabyte anymore. A few years ago they started cutting corners on their products, particularly power delivery. It doesn't mean the card will explode, but they don't make products to the same standard as somebody like EVGA or Sapphire.

Excellent. Thank you. I knew Gigabyte was, at best(?), a second tier manufacturer, but wasn't sure if the deal was worth it or not to overlook that bit.

Ragehaver
Jul 27, 2001

"Though I often smell of excrement, I deserve your respect because I provide a valuable service."

And more to the point, after reading that recent benchmark on consistant framerate performance, wouldn't a 660Ti be a better buy?

Here is one for $10 less and it comes with a free game.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16814130809

LoboLoboLobo
May 26, 2008

yoink!

Ragehaver posted:

And more to the point, after reading that recent benchmark on consistant framerate performance, wouldn't a 660Ti be a better buy?

Here is one for $10 less and it comes with a free game.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16814130809

If AMD fix that through an updated set of drivers, wouldn't that make it a moot point? I perceived that the 7950 and 660 ti had comparable performance (using Anandtech's benches) with the edge going to the 7950 just based on the average price across the board for it.

f#a#
Sep 6, 2004

taming the wilderness


I just wanted to thank this thread for for guidance. I picked up components almost exclusively from Crackbone's list, with a budget of $1200, and assembled everything yesterday without any issue (except the CPU fan rubbing against its wires on the first boot). I had no idea how much tangible benefit I'd get from having an Intel 520 series SSD, but read/write times are stupid fast. I didn't think it was possible to boot up a system in ten seconds.

Really, the only beef I have with the system so far is the U2412M monitor's backlight bleed, but that's minor compared to how fantastic the image looks.

Philthy
Jan 28, 2003

Oh yeah.

f#a# posted:

I had no idea how much tangible benefit I'd get from having an Intel 520 series SSD, but read/write times are stupid fast. I didn't think it was possible to boot up a system in ten seconds.

Absolutely love SSD as my boot and "current game of the month" drive. I can't believe I sat around for over a minute to wait while Windows booted for so long. Listening to the drive spin up, make a few clicking noises, finally boot, etc.. No more! Living in the future is awesome.

Ragehaver
Jul 27, 2001

"Though I often smell of excrement, I deserve your respect because I provide a valuable service."

chazburgr posted:

If AMD fix that through an updated set of drivers, wouldn't that make it a moot point? I perceived that the 7950 and 660 ti had comparable performance (using Anandtech's benches) with the edge going to the 7950 just based on the average price across the board for it.

That's a significant "IF" to gamble on. Suit yourself.

As is, the 660ti is a superior card for less money. Consistant frame rate is much more important than comparing max and averages. I'd rather have a solid 45fps rather than a stuttering 25~55fps range.

BoyBlunder
Sep 16, 2008


Looking to get some advice on the following build (most parts were pulled from the OP):

ASUS P8Z77-V
Intel i5-3570
8GB DDR3 1333
WD Blue 500GB Rotational HD
Intel 330 120GB SSD
BitFenix Shinobi Black Steel ATX Midtower Case
Antec EarthWatts Green 380W PSU
Total: $689 (Budget = $800)

My current machine:

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
Core2Duo E8400
4GB DDR2 6400
NVidia GeForce 9400GT
Western Digital 250GB HD
Seagate 1TB HD
Antec Sonata Case
Unknown PSU

I am constantly running out of RAM on my current system. Looking at prices of DDR2 RAM, it's wayyy more expensive than DDR3, and I can't imagine paying more for old tech than new, thus the system upgrade (I figured it was time too). Also, I don't play ANY games, so I don't even think it's necessary to get a graphics card, and will be fine with the on-board GPU, but I would like the option of having it there incase I ever foray into light PC gaming in the future.

This system doesn't really do much except as a file/cloud backup/media server, and a torrenting box. Do you think the system I've specced out is too much for my needs? I think it'd be great, and it would last me for years, but I figured I would get some advice first as I have been out of the PC hardware game for about 5 years now.

edit: Oh, and I would gut the 1TB disk out of my current system, and slap it in the new one for 1.5TB total of rotation disk speed, with 500 GB/SSD being 6GB/s.

BoyBlunder fucked around with this message at Jan 4, 2013 around 17:43

LmaoTheKid
Oct 7, 2002

BA-DAH-DAH-DAH-DAHHH I'M LOVIN' IT


BoyBlunder posted:

Looking to get some advice on the following build (most parts were pulled from the OP):

ASUS P8Z77-V
Intel i5-3570
8GB DDR3 1333
WD Blue 500GB Rotational HD
Intel 330 120GB SSD
BitFenix Shinobi Black Steel ATX Midtower Case
Antec EarthWatts Green 380W PSU
Total: $689 (Budget = $800)

My current machine:

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
Core2Duo E8400
4GB DDR2 6400
NVidia GeForce 9400GT
Western Digital 250GB HD
Seagate 1TB HD
Antec Sonata Case
Unknown PSU

I am constantly running out of RAM on my current system. Looking at prices of DDR2 RAM, it's wayyy more expensive than DDR3, and I can't imagine paying more for old tech than new, thus the system upgrade (I figured it was time too). Also, I don't play ANY games, so I don't even think it's necessary to get a graphics card, and will be fine with the on-board GPU, but I would like the option of having it there incase I ever foray into light PC gaming in the future.

This system doesn't really do much except as a file/cloud backup/media server, and a torrenting box. Do you think the system I've specced out is too much for my needs? I think it'd be great, and it would last me for years, but I figured I would get some advice first as I have been out of the PC hardware game for about 5 years now.

edit: Oh, and I would gut the 1TB disk out of my current system, and slap it in the new one for 1.5TB total of rotation disk speed, with 500 GB/SSD being 6GB/s.

If you want to save some dough, the i5 is a little overkill. Otherwise, that machine will last you a long long time if you're not gaming.

EDIT: unless you're doing media transcoding via plex or PS3 media server, then stick with the i5.

LmaoTheKid fucked around with this message at Jan 4, 2013 around 17:50

P-Funk
Jan 7, 2001



BoyBlunder posted:

I am constantly running out of RAM on my current system. Looking at prices of DDR2 RAM, it's wayyy more expensive than DDR3, and I can't imagine paying more for old tech than new, thus the system upgrade (I figured it was time too). Also, I don't play ANY games, so I don't even think it's necessary to get a graphics card, and will be fine with the on-board GPU, but I would like the option of having it there incase I ever foray into light PC gaming in the future.

This system doesn't really do much except as a file/cloud backup/media server, and a torrenting box. Do you think the system I've specced out is too much for my needs?
Yes. Way more than you need. Look for used DDR2 2GB sticks (around here I picked up 2x2GB sticks off craigslist for $20). Alternatively there are socket 775 motherboards that support DDR3, although I believe they only accept 2GB sticks at the most. If you end up getting a new system, go with a cheapo Pentium and cheap motherboard.

Wowporn
May 31, 2012

HarumphHarumphHarumph


For anyone who did buy ram with big dumb heatsinks and are now regretting it, they are usually pretty easy to take off. Someone posted a video of it in the last thread, you basically just find the spot on the side where the sides of the big dumb metal fins connect and pry it apart slightly with a screwdriver. I got the G Skill rip jaw ram, and it's the most ridiculous looking ram I've ever seen, but 8gigs came for free with my mobo, and if it gets in the way when I eventually add a cooler to overclock higher then I can just do that because the fins are attached in the same way as the ones in the video.

Also, thank god newegg is agreeing to give me a refund on faulty card #2 & also paying for the second round of return shipping themselves. Take this as one more vote of MSI being not a great company to go with. Now I'm looking at:

This EVGA 650 ti for $150 from Tiger Direct
(http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...7879&CatId=7387)

Or, if I get lucky, there's a goon in SA mart selling a used EVGA 570. He's asking for an almost new price at the moment, but if I can talk him down to something reasonable for a last gen card with 14 months of use I'm gonna grab it.

My cpu is a 3570k, either would be a decent fit for it, right? The 650ti might bottleneck it a little bit, but I'm okay with that, but I wanted to make sure it wouldn't be slowing down the 570 and causing me to spend extra money for no reason.

Shadowhand00
Jan 22, 2006

Golden Bear is ever watching; day by day he prowls, and when he hears the tread of lowly Stanfurd red,from his Lair he fiercely growls.

Need a quick bit of advice. I currently have CF 5870s on my computer. I run at 1440p and generally like things to look pretty good. I've been thinking about moving towards a single 670. Would I see an improvement in framerate or should I just wait for the next generation? The only game I've had issues with are TSW.

Factory Factory
Mar 19, 2010

I can do sex. It's just alien sex.


You would, but nowhere near enough that I'd call the cost worthwhile.

Yivgev
May 18, 2004

i brought my +1 ak-47



vyst posted:

If you're going to stick to wireless, I'd highly suggest investing in a Wireless N router, and then a Wireless N adapter for your PC. You might not see better ping times in games (and then again you might) but on the whole you should see better performance with internet-type stuff because of speed and the N protocol will be a stronger signal. If other people are using G, you can get a dual band router.

Sounds good. I'll definitely look into this. Thanks!

Anemone
Dec 28, 2008

piak piak


Could someone explain to me the differences between a GeForce 660 and a 660 ti card?

These are the two I'm debating between:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...5E14-125-443-TS

Ragehaver
Jul 27, 2001

"Though I often smell of excrement, I deserve your respect because I provide a valuable service."

Anemone posted:

Could someone explain to me the differences between a GeForce 660 and a 660 ti card?

These are the two I'm debating between:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...5E14-125-443-TS

More money, more performance.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/660?vs=647

Both can be had a bit cheaper. Maybe look into EVGA instead of Gigabyte though.

Anemone
Dec 28, 2008

piak piak


Ragehaver posted:

More money, more performance.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/660?vs=647

Both can be had a bit cheaper. Maybe look into EVGA instead of Gigabyte though.

Thanks, it seems I let my newegg fangirlism get to me.

So between these two would you pick the evga over the galaxy?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...3123&CatId=7387

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...5049&CatId=7387

Ragehaver
Jul 27, 2001

"Though I often smell of excrement, I deserve your respect because I provide a valuable service."

Anemone posted:

Thanks, it seems I let my newegg fangirlism get to me.

So between these two would you pick the evga over the galaxy?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...3123&CatId=7387

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...5049&CatId=7387

EVGA typically has better support. I don't think Galaxy is awful, but I haven't heard much positive either.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16814130809

To expand on my previous answer, it also may depend on your gaming resolution. If you are playing at 1080p, you should probably get the 660ti. If you are gaming at a lower resolution, the 660 should be just fine (or consider a Radeon 7850)

vyst
Aug 25, 2009

Ask me about getting into Goonwaffe early or not taking too long to answer your emails!

Anemone posted:

Thanks, it seems I let my newegg fangirlism get to me.

So between these two would you pick the evga over the galaxy?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...3123&CatId=7387

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...5049&CatId=7387

The EVGA runs pretty hot so be careful if you don't have exceptional airflow/cooling in your rig.

Wowporn
May 31, 2012

HarumphHarumphHarumph


Ok so I've been bouncing back and forth between gpu's like a spaz, but I am going to for sure settle on this one if there's nothing wrong with it. It's a bit more than I wanted to spend, but the performance increase over the 650ti I was looking at is definitely worth $30 extra(technically only $15 extra after rebate).

Sapphire Radeon HD 7850:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16814202004

My only reservation is that it only has 1gb of vram; I know having more than the reference amount isn't beneficial at all for games, but I thought the base amount for the 7850 was 2gb. Am I wrong, or if I'm not wrong will it make a big enough difference that I should look at something else? Looking to order this as soon as my other card has been shipped off for a refund, which will be in a couple hours.

Edit: According to the internet, the difference between 1 and 2 gb versions of the card is only a couple of frames per second, and seeing benchmarks for it makes me think it's definitely worth it; unless anyone says otherwise I'm going to go ahead and order it.

Wowporn fucked around with this message at Jan 5, 2013 around 00:28

Ragehaver
Jul 27, 2001

"Though I often smell of excrement, I deserve your respect because I provide a valuable service."

vyst posted:

The EVGA runs pretty hot so be careful if you don't have exceptional airflow/cooling in your rig.

Really? I have a GTX 670 and it maxes out around 70~75C. Maybe I'm just used to my burning hot GTX 570.

ASUS is really the only other brand that people like around here. MSI as well, if they recover from their over-volting mishap.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16814121653

Ragehaver fucked around with this message at Jan 5, 2013 around 04:35

Budzilla
Oct 14, 2007

I do it because I love you.


I'm about to pull the trigger on a new gaming system and I just want to thank Crackbone and Factory Factory for not making me buy a 2011 socket system.

AlphaDog posted:

Also, thanks for putting PC Case Gear into the OP for Aussie goons. They're a pretty great company and their shipping prices are reasonable, which is quite rare here. They're also a convenient 5 minute drive from my house, which is nice as hell. If you really must pay someone to assemble a system for you, their rates aren't too bad either.
I think Staticice part finder and MSY should be added to the OP under Australian links. Staticice is a pretty good search engine. MSY is very popular in QLD, the website isn't the best but heaps of nerds are always there on Saturdays.

dongsweep
Nov 27, 2004

~ P * R * I * D * E ~

I am building my first computer that I am considering not putting a disk drive in. I am wondering how I can get Windows 8 on it when building it without the drive? I was thinking downloading it on my current rig (assuming Microsoft has a digital option), putting it on a flash drive (hope it is under 16gb) and then somehow running the installer off of the flash drive?

Also, it seems like all the benchmarks on Tom's show the 7950 beating the 660ti in every category. They are both $300 on NewEgg and I have always preferred nVidia in the past but this is making me wonder if I should go AMD this round? I will not be OCing.

dongsweep fucked around with this message at Jan 5, 2013 around 05:56

Ragehaver
Jul 27, 2001

"Though I often smell of excrement, I deserve your respect because I provide a valuable service."

dongsweep posted:

Also, it seems like all the benchmarks on Tom's show the 7950 beating the 660ti in every category. They are both $300 on NewEgg and I have always preferred nVidia in the past but this is making me wonder if I should go AMD this round? I will not be OCing.

Posted on this same page, but worth a read before you decide:

http://techreport.com/review/23981/...ti-revisited/11

dongsweep
Nov 27, 2004

~ P * R * I * D * E ~

Ragehaver posted:

Posted on this same page, but worth a read before you decide:

http://techreport.com/review/23981/...ti-revisited/11

Thanks for the read, I appreciate it.

Sir Unimaginative
May 2, 2007

I'm interplanetary, bitch
Let's go to Mars




dongsweep posted:

I am building my first computer that I am considering not putting a disk drive in. I am wondering how I can get Windows 8 on it when building it without the drive? I was thinking downloading it on my current rig (assuming Microsoft has a digital option), putting it on a flash drive (hope it is under 16gb) and then somehow running the installer off of the flash drive?

They do, but only for an upgrade. If you qualify it's $40 until January's out. You still may qualify for an upgrade license even if you intend to keep the old rig running if you have any loose Windows keys (XP or better) after accounting for all your computers. (Some people have veritable graveyards of keys.)

Three things to note about the installer:
1) You can make the boot stick with the installer downloader. It will flag it bootable for you. I shouldn't have to say this but back up whatever is on it first.
2) The installer will download the same architecture as the copy of Windows it's on. Do this all on a 64-bit version of Windows if you value your sanity. And make sure it's actually 64-bit. Most processors are 64-bit, even at retail, but 32-bit Windows still gets installed far more often than it should (read: ever) because computer manufacturers are the Devil.
3) The installer for either architecture of Windows 8 will fit on a 4GB stick. Neither will fit on 2GB, and you can't put both on the same stick.

Sir Unimaginative fucked around with this message at Jan 5, 2013 around 06:55

Wowporn
May 31, 2012

HarumphHarumphHarumph


The process is really easy, I did it that way and it was probably the only part of my build that went completely smooth.

I finally got steam/some games up on my new pc even though I don't have the gpu yet 'cause I got sick of having it just sit around, and even with just the intel hd 4000 integrated graphics it was a bigger upgrade from my MacBook than I thought it would be; I'm going to be waiting for my 7850 to arrive like a puppy who's owner is coming back from a tour in Iraq. Thanks again to this thread for all the help!

Harik
Sep 9, 2001


Verviticus posted:

Also, try OBS it's way loving better than xsplit.

Imagine a 100 point blinking red "Thank you" here. All the streaming software I'd found was complete poo poo, this works amazingly well.

In slightly more thread-related question,
http://mail.ultraproducts.com/produ...7&productID=367

This has apparently been discontinued. It's a 7-port two-computer hub, with a push-button to individually swap each port between PCs. Is there anything else like it on the market? Because I've got one at work that I use all the time for swapping various USB chip programmers between windows & linux, depending on which dev environment I need. It's really nice to just hit a button instead of fumbling around tangling cords from one hub to another.

Best I've found is "Printer sharing" USB switches, 1 port-2 computers.

d[-.-]b
Aug 1, 2004

my fav champ that hero who cats a spell that make all bad guy fall down and say my dick BIG


Related to the OBS question, does anyone know why, despite streaming in 1200p, twitch doesn't give any choices for different resolutions on my stream? Is it on my end or theirs?

Nullset
Apr 21, 2010


d[-.-]b posted:

Related to the OBS question, does anyone know why, despite streaming in 1200p, twitch doesn't give any choices for different resolutions on my stream? Is it on my end or theirs?

The resolution option is one of the features they only make available to Twitch Partners. http://www.twitch.tv/p/partnersvideo

NextTime000
Feb 3, 2011

bweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
<----------------------------


Hello everybody! I am seeking to upgrade my desktop's Video card and pick up a 2nd monitor for the purposes of streaming video games over the internet. The 2nd monitor would be useful in allowing me to look at chat rooms (both goon IRCs and the twitch.tv chat room), voip programs to see who is talking to me, or generally browse the internet without having to alt-tab out of what I am doing. If I am not streaming, I can actually play all the games I like at near max settings already, but when I hit the "start stream" button I gotta turn down the settings to get somewhat close to a frame-rate I deem watchable/playable. If you want to see for yourself you can view some recordings I have made here: http://www.twitch.tv/nexttime000/vi...past_broadcasts

Even if streaming is something I should not be doing because I am a Boring Person, upgrading to a dual-monitor setup is still something I want to do. So I still want a new video card and a monitor (yes I know there is a whole monitor megathread, but I still need know what I should do with the video card)

Technically I am on a bit of a budget, but I am sure I can get everything I need for less than $800.

so here is my current setup (this was purchased as a full set, sans the video card I think, from tiger direct roughly 6 months before I registered on SA):

PSU: Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply
RAM: OCZ OCZ3G1333LV4G Gold 4GB PC10666 DDR3 x2
Motherboard: Gigabyte 880GM-UD2H Motherboard
CPU: AMD HDT90ZFBGRBOX Phenom II 1090T Black Edition Six Core Processor
HDD: WD Green WD10EARS 1TB Desktop Hard Drive

video card: XFX HD555XZNF2 Radeon HD 5550 Video Card - 1024MB GDDR2 this was purchased with the explicit notion that it was just going to "get me by" until I got an upgrade
Monitor: Acer X183H Bb ET.XX3HP.B01 19" Class Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1366x768 same as with the video card, this was something for me to use to be able to look at images being outputted by my computer. But it should work fine as something to just display IRC clients and the like.

I included all of the parts just to make sure you guys got all the data you need to help me, and to see if there any any other glaring faults with it. Thanks!

EDIT: vv yeah I figured that would set off some alarms too, which is why I put it first on the list

NextTime000 fucked around with this message at Jan 5, 2013 around 18:19

Fruits of the sea
Dec 1, 2010


NextTime000 posted:

Hello everybody! I am seeking to upgrade my desktop's Video card and pick up a 2nd monitor for the purposes of streaming video games over the internet. The 2nd monitor would be useful in allowing me to look at chat rooms (both goon IRCs and the twitch.tv chat room), voip programs to see who is talking to me, or generally browse the internet without having to alt-tab out of what I am doing. If I am not streaming, I can actually play all the games I like at near max settings already, but when I hit the "start stream" button I gotta turn down the settings to get somewhat close to a frame-rate I deem watchable/playable. If you want to see for yourself you can view some recordings I have made here: http://www.twitch.tv/nexttime000/vi...past_broadcasts

Even if streaming is something I should not be doing because I am a Boring Person, upgrading to a dual-monitor setup is still something I want to do. So I still want a new video card and a monitor (yes I know there is a whole monitor megathread, but I still need know what I should do with the video card)

Technically I am on a bit of a budget, but I am sure I can get everything I need for less than $800.

so here is my current setup (this was purchased as a full set, sans the video card I think, from tiger direct roughly 6 months before I registered on SA):

PSU: Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply
RAM: OCZ OCZ3G1333LV4G Gold 4GB PC10666 DDR3 x2
Motherboard: Gigabyte 880GM-UD2H Motherboard
CPU: AMD HDT90ZFBGRBOX Phenom II 1090T Black Edition Six Core Processor
HDD: WD Green WD10EARS 1TB Desktop Hard Drive

video card: XFX HD555XZNF2 Radeon HD 5550 Video Card - 1024MB GDDR2 this was purchased with the explicit notion that it was just going to "get me by" until I got an upgrade
Monitor: Acer X183H Bb ET.XX3HP.B01 19" Class Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1366x768 same as with the video card, this was something for me to use to be able to look at images being outputted by my computer. But it should work fine as something to just display IRC clients and the like.

I included all of the parts just to make sure you guys got all the data you need to help me, and to see if there any any other glaring faults with it. Thanks!

That PSU is terrifying. A no-name brand, and at least $20 cheaper than any 750-watt psu should ever be.

Check the OP for some good PSU recommendations.

Blaisedell
May 7, 2008



I'm building my first PC and was wondering if someone could give my build a once over and tell me if there are likely to be any issues with the components I've chosen. This PC will be solely for gaming and the most important thing for me is a consistent framerate, but high quality graphics settings on new games would be nice as well. I don't really think I will need to overclock so haven't chosen a CPU and motherboard for it.

I've used the OP as my basis and will probably get the components below unless there's a reason I shouldn't. I will probably add some hard drives at a later date but for now I think the SSD should be enough.



This thread has been a great help. Thanks!

Blaisedell fucked around with this message at Jan 5, 2013 around 21:05

Ashex
Jun 24, 2007

These pipes are cleeeean!!!

I really want to use my HIPER HFC-10828-C2 low-profile heatsink on my sandy bridge PC but the socket doesn't match up. Are there any universal LGA775 to LGA1155 mount adapters I can use?


Edit: Searching around tells me no. So I guess I'll need to find a new heatsink.

Ashex fucked around with this message at Jan 5, 2013 around 20:57

P-Funk
Jan 7, 2001



Ashex posted:

I really want to use my HIPER HFC-10828-C2 low-profile heatsink on my sandy bridge PC but the socket doesn't match up. Are there any universal LGA775 to LGA1155 mount adapters I can use?


Edit: Searching around tells me no. So I guess I'll need to find a new heatsink.
Any reason to switch from the stock cooler?

Guni
Mar 11, 2010


Budzilla posted:

I'm about to pull the trigger on a new gaming system and I just want to thank Crackbone and Factory Factory for not making me buy a 2011 socket system.
I think Staticice part finder and MSY should be added to the OP under Australian links. Staticice is a pretty good search engine. MSY is very popular in QLD, the website isn't the best but heaps of nerds are always there on Saturdays.

MSY is a good store, but it has a REALLY REALLY bad website, hence why only umart and PCCG are there. I agree it should probably be listed...

Naan Bread
Sep 3, 2011



Yivgev posted:

I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on a ~$1400 gaming build. Since I haven't built a system in almost a decade I figure it would be a good idea to get a second opinion from someone more knowledgeable than me. The build I've worked up is mainly chosen from recommended parts from the last System Building thread:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.95 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($277.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.30 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($89.33 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($143.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Alfa AWUS036H 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g USB Wireless WiFi network Adapter ($30.99)
Total: $1299.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 22:17 EST-0500)

Goal: Gaming. Just gaming. I work on my laptop and I'd like to have an actual PC to game on. I play FPS games primarily - these days its almost all Planetside 2. I'm not up to speed on what higher-end gaming resolutions are these days, but I think 1080p? I'm not sure.
Budget: Around $1400 - I can go maybe $100 higher. Lower is also good but I don't want to compromise performance.


One of my main concerns is wireless. I sublet a room and the router is upstairs and across the house. I definitely need a wireless connection - is the adapter I've chosen good or are there better mobo-integrated options?

Thanks very much goons!

If you haven't already bought then I'd highly recommend swapping your case choice. I got a fractal core 3000 a month or so back and it's a bit lovely. The hole where you put the CPU power cable through the back of the case is too small for the 8-pin plug that you need for that CPU/MB; I don't know if it's just me but the screws/standoffs for the motherboard are RIDICULOUSLY small and literally only two screws can reach the standoffs to hold it in, the other four simply fell out as soon as I stood the case upright. It just feels like it was designed and all drawn up but nobody thought to test out the final product. Check out the fractal define R4, it's a bit more expensive but looks much better and much more thought out.

Duo
Aug 4, 2002


Hi all, I'm really thinking of building a gaming machine. I'm not looking for the absolute best but something in between. I'm hoping to keep it under $1K. I was just going to go with a regular ATX system but after seeing some mini ITX setups and the Bitfenix Prodigy case I'm starting to change my mind. I love how that case looks and it would be nice to be able to easily carry it and hook it up to an HDTV sometimes. Anyway here is a build I've come up with and I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on it or if I've chosen anything terrible. It's been at least 6 years since I've last built a PC so I wanna make sure I'm on the right track.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.17 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $976.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 19:30 EST-0500)

From what I've read mini-ITX preforms pretty well these days right? Also I don't absolutely have to have a mini setup, but it's what I'm leaning towards now. Here is an additional regular atx build I've picked out as well: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vY0m

Anyway this thread has helped me out tremendously so thanks!

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Naan Bread
Sep 3, 2011



I've got this sapphire 7850, and it all works great, but I've just now been looking over the specs and it very clearly states it requires 2x PCIe 6-pin power connectors when there is very definitely only one socket on the card. It looks like some other brands of 7850 with the same specs have 2 sockets, what the hell is going on?

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