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  • Razz 5 Oct 2013 19:15:57 61,112 posts
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    Please help!

    I'm after some random bits of hardware for repairing an old PC, if you have any of the following spare parts knocking around id happily take tgem off your hands.

    1gb of DDR1 Ram
    AGP display card (any)


    Please reply or pm me. Cheers!

    Edited by Razz at 19:17:06 05-10-2013

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  • ResidentKnievel 9 Oct 2013 17:22:26 6,184 posts
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    @Razz

    I've sent you a PM if you're still after parts

    HD 7950's can be bought for 175 atm, I don't think you can get better performance/price than that.

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  • Buztafen 11 Oct 2013 09:16:42 16,210 posts
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    Gents, what gpu's are we looking at on a budget of around 200 (can probably stretch to 225ish)? This is coming from a 560Ti 448.
  • munki83 11 Oct 2013 09:27:26 1,412 posts
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    Buztafen wrote:
    Gents, what gpu's are we looking at on a budget of around 200 (can probably stretch to 225ish)? This is coming from a 560Ti 448.
    I was thinking of getting the 760 but I'll admit that the X280 IS tempting me to get my first ati card

    Edited by munki83 at 09:28:15 11-10-2013
  • Buztafen 11 Oct 2013 10:10:48 16,210 posts
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    760's do seem to be around 200 (250 ish for a 4gb version). Not sure i want to go back to the red side...
  • TheSaint 11 Oct 2013 10:14:06 14,317 posts
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    These guides are always useful for weighing up the pros and cons:

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-review,review-32779.html
  • mcmonkeyplc 11 Oct 2013 10:46:48 39,447 posts
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    Nvidia 4EVA!

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Deleted user 11 October 2013 12:05:39
    760 is 163 at Aria: http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Palit+GTX+760+2GB+GDDR5+Dual+DVI+HDMI+DisplayPort+PCI-E+Graphics+Card+?productId=57591
  • Buztafen 11 Oct 2013 12:11:21 16,210 posts
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    Interesting. Are Aria fairly legit? Cheers.
  • Deleted user 11 October 2013 12:59:05
    They're fine as far as I know. Been going for years, I forgot they existed until PCPartPicker reminded me of their existance
  • Buztafen 11 Oct 2013 13:23:01 16,210 posts
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    Never used PCPartPicker before. I think it would have saved me approximately 10 years of wasted time searching for bargains over the past 15 years... :(

    Edited by Buztafen at 13:23:22 11-10-2013
  • orpheus 11 Oct 2013 19:04:14 1,000 posts
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    Yeah Aria are fine, I use them for quite a bit of stuff.

    Hnnnghh so tempted by that card.
  • TheBlackDog 11 Oct 2013 23:28:41 384 posts
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    Need some advice about buying half a PC. I was quite happy with my i5 750 until the power socket got struck by lightning (no surge protector) and now I've got no LAN connection, the thing won't shutdown unless I hold the power button in and it makes a horrible (although quiet) whining noise unless I load default settings in BIOS. Apart from that, it seems to work fine but I'm a bit nervous about keeping it like that and losing data later down the road.

    I'm assuming I only need a new mobo and maybe PSU (which is a bit crap anyway), but then it'd be stupid to get an old mobo instead of upgrading the CPU as well right ?

    So, thats mobo, CPU and PSU. Plus I was looking for a 256 Gb SSD and a 2 Tb HDD, which makes me think I'd be better off buying a full PC and flogging the GPU and RAM. Someone talk me out of that as an idea, and even better, if anyone is selling a Sandybridge or Ivybridge mobo and CPU combo I'd be interested.

    If I'm buying new, any ideas on whats the budgetest thing I can get without going Haswell (and for some reason I'd prefer Intel).
  • TheBlackDog 12 Oct 2013 07:54:01 384 posts
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    @moron :confused: If I was just gaming on the PC I'd just leave it as is until it crapped out, but I also use it for other things (like most people, I'd assume). The SSD is because I can't bear to wait the extra few secs for my hard drive and I keep reading how people are living much happier and more contented lives after installing an SSD. I'd much rather have that than the latest CPU.
  • nickthegun 12 Oct 2013 08:18:19 59,537 posts
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    Dont listen to him, its completely worth doing.

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  • superdelphinus 12 Oct 2013 08:58:55 8,051 posts
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    Depends on the game I think. I moved fsx to my ssd the other day and the difference was pretty dramatic
  • superdelphinus 12 Oct 2013 09:44:19 8,051 posts
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    Didn't say anything about frame rates
  • TheBlackDog 12 Oct 2013 10:00:48 384 posts
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    @moron Relax moron; I have a 7870 and plenty of RAM. I obviously didn't want to start a "Budget Mobo and CPU" thread so all is good with the world. I'll be able to play games AND load stuff faster - vive la revolution !!

    To stick to my principles about not needing to upgrade from an i5 750, I'd also be interested if anyone is flogging just an 1156 socket mobo, preferably SATA3. /not sure if this is the right thread anymore ?

    Edited by TheBlackDog at 10:14:50 12-10-2013
  • sanctusmortis 13 Oct 2013 19:36:25 9,628 posts
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    It's sounding more and more like the new series of AMD APUs to take advantage of those shiny A88X sockets may go up to octo core. Which is bananas, but what with some of the announced recommended specifications coming out lately for BF4 and Watch_Dogs that's probably a necessary boost. What with them being hardware partner for BF4, expect the top APU to be capable of 1080P60 at high settings for that game, for relatively little money.
  • captbirdseye 13 Oct 2013 20:11:03 4,906 posts
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    The Watch dogs/COD specs are pretty funnny. 780 is the recommended gfx card lol.
  • Buztafen 15 Oct 2013 09:42:28 16,210 posts
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    Right, it's time. I've been waiting on 2 things before buying the parts for my new pc...mainly because i'm in no rush, they were:-

    1 - Windows 8.1 (coming from Win 7 Ultimate)
    2 - C2 Stepping motherboards (may aswell get the latest)

    Here's what im saving from my old pc:-

    HX850 PSU
    Keyboard/Mouse/TV etc
    GTX 560Ti 448
    Hard drives

    And here's what i think im getting:-

    i5-4670K
    MSI Z87-GD65-GAMING or ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO?
    16gb DDR3 Crucial Elite (around 100 on Amazon)
    840 EVO 250GB SSD
    New Sata DVD Drive
    Corsair 300R Case (already bought)

    I can't decide between the MSI and ASUS mobo. I'm swaying towards the MSI because its cheaper and has a coaxial output rather than just an optical?

    Any comments are welcome.
  • Roddles 15 Oct 2013 10:01:41 1,840 posts
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    Save 50 and just go for 8GB. Games don't use more than 4GB, which leaves plenty of OS and other application room on 8GB. It's a fallacy buying it now as an investment. If you do eventually need it, the price in the future for an extra 8GB will be much cheaper than now anyway.

    Motherboards are all the same performance wise. Just choose whatever has the features you need.

    Edited by Roddles at 10:02:25 15-10-2013
  • Buztafen 15 Oct 2013 10:31:51 16,210 posts
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    Roddles wrote:
    Save 50 and just go for 8GB. Games don't use more than 4GB, which leaves plenty of OS and other application room on 8GB.
    I do get that, im just going off the trend of newer games recommending 6 and 8gb to run. Watchdogs and BF4 are 64 bit only games and it seem like other companies are following suit.

    After some fairly extensive searching, I can't seem to find 8gb of DDR3 for less than 60 anywhere and all prices seem to be continually increasing. The cheapest 16gb packs seem to be around 100. If i go for 8gb and then for whatever reason want to upgrade to 16gb i doubt i'll be able to find another 8gb for 40 in the future...

    Cheers for you comment RE the motherboards.

    Edited by Buztafen at 10:41:17 15-10-2013
  • Phattso Moderator 15 Oct 2013 10:36:07 13,308 posts
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    I stuck 16GB in my machine, and it has been great to have shitloads of things running at once without having to worry about virtual memory kicking in and fucking everything in the A.

    Obviously if every penny counts then 8GB will do it, but it didn't feel like too much of a premium for 16GB to me. Don't regret it, especially in light if the Watch_Dogs specs appearing.
  • Buztafen 15 Oct 2013 10:46:37 16,210 posts
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    I remember going for 4gb of DDR2 back when i did my last major overhaul in 2007 and it wasn't really needed. However it meant i could just forget about memory and concentrate on gpu's as incremental updates when it wasn't playing games the way i wanted it to.

    If someone has a link to 8gb of some really cheap but quality DDR3 then i'm all ears/eyes though.

    Edited by Buztafen at 10:48:28 15-10-2013
  • TheBlackDog 15 Oct 2013 11:32:25 384 posts
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    @Buztafen Not much help but you can get 2 x 4 Gb for 40 on Amazon occasionally. I picked up some fast HyperX Black for 40, but usually the cheap good branded stuff has a 2 - 5 week wait (the stuff I bought was, unusually, in stock). You can definitely get 8 Gb for 50 though - Crucial on there now.
  • Buztafen 16 Oct 2013 10:29:28 16,210 posts
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    Cheers BlackDog, will take a look.

    Question, will going for 1600mhz DDR3 instead of 1866mhz in any way affect the overclock i can achieve or the 'real world' performance of the system?

    I'm looking for a moderate OC of around +1ghz on this new system like i currently have with my old Q6600.
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