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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 15:45:33 12,934 posts
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    @mikew1985 - cheers. But I think you're right. Dammit! :)

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 15:48:02 12,934 posts
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    so what's a good gpu nowadays then to fit in my ridiculous budget :)

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  • overcorpse 11 Oct 2012 16:32:29 285 posts
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    I think your going to have to accept that your going to have to forgo either the monitor ot graphics card in a 400 budget.

    Nerf paper,scissors are fine as they are. - Rock.

  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 16:53:50 12,934 posts
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    Ok, well the mobo + cpu (i3 with a p77 mobo) was 190. That's bought. Not the cheapest, but I thought it was better to spend a few more quid on a 77 mobo, in case I ever want to upgrade bits and bobs

    Still need some ram though

    Let's have a quick look at those 660's then

    I have a feeling I am going to go over budget here :)

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 16:59:16 12,934 posts
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    bloody hell, I nee dto work out what speed memory to get too

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 17:31:14 12,934 posts
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    Ok, I've gone over budget :)

    But not by that much. I've spent 350 which covers everything I need except for the gpu.

    Need to have a shop around for something to replace the 4870. I'll have to go over budget obviously

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 17:50:29 12,934 posts
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    what exactly is the difference between a 660 and 660 ti?

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  • quadfather 11 Oct 2012 19:30:05 12,934 posts
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    ok all done and 150 quid over budget. Ah well, can't win em all :) Thanks for the advice chaps

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  • overcorpse 11 Oct 2012 20:30:45 285 posts
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    What gpu did you go for in the end?

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  • quadfather 12 Oct 2012 08:37:56 12,934 posts
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    660 ti for 197. This is along with a z77 mobo and an i3 cpu. Bigger monitor and ssd. Hopefully this should futureproof it a bit, even if its only the mobo. Took ages to decide on gpu and I know the ti is a cut down model but a) it'll be better than my currentone and b) I couldn't afford anything higher. Think it'll be ok?

    Edited by quadfather at 08:39:21 12-10-2012

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  • richispsycho 12 Oct 2012 11:07:51 713 posts
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    Can I get a 2nd opinion on this guys? The prices aren't exact yet but I'm looking to put a decent gaming rig together for about 800.

    I5-23570k
    EVGA GTX 660
    8GB Vengeance RAM
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB
    Samsung Writemaster 22x
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4
    650W Corsair Tx650M
    128GB Samsung 830 SSD
    Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
    Corsair Carbide 300R mid

    Total ~ 805
  • jellyhead 12 Oct 2012 11:19:22 24,350 posts
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    Looks fine.
    Similar to my spec but i have a GTX670 and (pointlessly) added a pain-in-the-neck Asus Xonar DGX card.

    That's an i5-2570k i take it?
    Depending on the motherboard you may need to check if the memory needs to be LP (Low Profile) to ensure it doesn't interfere with the CPU cooler.

    You may as well check if it's the 1.5V model as that will give you some overhead if you decide to overclock. I think :)

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  • andytheadequate 12 Oct 2012 11:28:02 8,269 posts
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    Have a look on cclonline.co.uk

    Only had a quick look and I'm no expert but there appears to be better computers for the same price
  • quadfather 12 Oct 2012 11:54:21 12,934 posts
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    Does anyone want this? Or is it even worth anything nowadays?

    *OVERCLOCKED* Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 @ 3.60GHz / Gigabyte GA-P43-ES3G Intel P43 Motherboard / Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 DDR2 Bundle

    It's not overclocked at the moment, it's set at default (2.5ghz)

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  • teamHAM 12 Oct 2012 21:24:20 3,062 posts
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    I was looking at getting a new PC ideally pre-built but that I can choose stuff that goes in it. I found Computer Planet and they build the PC for you, offer quite a big range of components and it all seems to be at a good price with free delivery.

    What I'm hoping for now is that someone is going to recommend them and say how awesome they are and/or recommend someone better for me...

    Edited by teamHAM at 21:24:56 12-10-2012

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  • quadfather 13 Oct 2012 09:43:23 12,934 posts
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    @teamHAM - you know what, I'm bloody glad I visited that site - I've just bought some upgrades and I put in the same upgrades to compare prices. Seems ok pricewise, but I've just noticed that I have a 550watt power supply and I've ordered a 660ti. That Computer Planet site didn't like the 500 watt one and was only happy when I selected a 600 watt one

    hope I've enough power to run the bloody thing

    anyway, back on topic, site seems ok. Try pcspecialist.co.uk as well to compare

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  • mikew1985 13 Oct 2012 10:57:29 12,892 posts
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    You'll be fine with a 500watt let alone a 550, don't worry.

    Im running a 660ti on my 500watt PSU.
  • teamHAM 13 Oct 2012 12:38:58 3,062 posts
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    @quadfather Yeah one of the things I liked about it was that it builds it all up on screen and checks for compatibility issues such as power or motherboard conflicts etc. I know the nerds would never get that sort of thing mixed up but I guess it's great for the rest of us :)

    PC Specialist looks good aswell thanks

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  • RobTheBuilder 13 Oct 2012 13:05:04 6,521 posts
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    Has anyone read up on the AMD Ram yet? Got a promo email the other day talking abut how it uses RAM in a certain way to boost speeds, but not seen any detail yet?
  • Bremenacht 13 Oct 2012 15:32:48 18,761 posts
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    I think they're just promoting their branded ram modules, but it sort of links into this:

    http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/46073-amd-a10-5800k-trinity-needs-faster-ram/

    And very much links into this:

    http://hexus.net/tech/news/ram/46493-optimise-os-amd-radeon-ramdisk-application/
  • Maturin 13 Oct 2012 17:10:37 3,105 posts
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    teamHAM wrote:
    @quadfather Yeah one of the things I liked about it was that it builds it all up on screen and checks for compatibility issues such as power or motherboard conflicts etc. I know the nerds would never get that sort of thing mixed up but I guess it's great for the rest of us :)

    PC Specialist looks good aswell thanks
    That's neat. I do like the way it updates and gives you different choices based on compatibility. I also like there are more options per item than PC Specialist.

    However PC Specialist seems to be cheaper for the same gear.

    I'll keep my eye on both over the next few weeks as I'm going to be buying a new machine next month to celebrate my birthday - though current plans for i7 and GTX670 perhaps are outside the remit of this thread. :)
  • whatthefu 13 Oct 2012 18:31:52 875 posts
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    quadfather wrote:
    Does anyone want this? Or is it even worth anything nowadays?

    *OVERCLOCKED* Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 @ 3.60GHz / Gigabyte GA-P43-ES3G Intel P43 Motherboard / Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 DDR2 Bundle

    It's not overclocked at the moment, it's set at default (2.5ghz)
    How much do you want for it?
  • RobTheBuilder 13 Oct 2012 19:06:24 6,521 posts
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    @Bremenacht Ahh RAM disk, that's the one. Ta
  • whatthefu 14 Oct 2012 00:26:21 875 posts
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    How hard is it to install a motherboard into a system case?
    It's about the only thing I haven't installed in a pc, and I'm looking at buying a mobo/cpu/mem bundle and picking up the other pieces and installing myself.

    Is it as simple as 4 screws, or can things go wrong?
  • MMMarmite 14 Oct 2012 01:21:35 1,065 posts
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    @whatthefu Simply make sure all the stand-offs are in the right places for your motherboard, put in it the case and screw it down.

    Also I find it easier to install the CPU before you put the motherboard in the case, just puts less stress on the socket and makes it less fiddly for fatter fingers ;)
  • RobTheBuilder 14 Oct 2012 01:26:37 6,521 posts
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    @whatthefu Apart from making sure that you don't bend the motherboard as you tighten the screws, and follow the instructions on which little bit of cable goes where it's pretty simple.

    I've built maybe 5 or 6 PC's, the last one took me about an hour or so to do the whole thing
  • mikew1985 14 Oct 2012 02:21:48 12,892 posts
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    And to avoid bending the motherboard, tighten as you would anything else.

    Opposite corners first. Also making sure you only loosely tighten to begin with. It really does get easier every time.
  • quadfather 18 Oct 2012 10:19:23 12,934 posts
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    whatthefu wrote:
    quadfather wrote:
    Does anyone want this? Or is it even worth anything nowadays?

    *OVERCLOCKED* Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 @ 3.60GHz / Gigabyte GA-P43-ES3G Intel P43 Motherboard / Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 DDR2 Bundle

    It's not overclocked at the moment, it's set at default (2.5ghz)
    How much do you want for it?
    Not sure really - not much - name me a price?

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  • dawguk 18 Oct 2012 12:17:35 4 posts
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    So, the AMD Virgo review recently got me thinking.

    I'm not a hardcore gamer by any stretch, but some of the games that I am playing are starting to struggle somewhat and I'm pretty sure it's down to my CPU. I'm currently running an Athlon X2 250 with a 1GB GTX460 and 4GB of generic Corsair RAM. I've looked at i5 pricing, but for what I do it's just not really that economical.

    Considering that it looks like I can get the CPU at ~90, motherboard at ~90 and RAM for virtually nothing, does this look like a viable upgrade for me? I have not got a lot of money to spend!

    I assume that it's the CPU that isn't cutting it, but perhaps the 460 isn't cutting it either. I have no idea about the in-built graphics capability in the A10-5800K - is it better / worse than the 460? Should I be looking to get a new GFX card also?

    Cheers chaps :)
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