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  • Dirtbox 16 Dec 2013 18:55:54 78,120 posts
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    Hitachi Deskstars are cheap and reliable.

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  • Roddles 18 Dec 2013 09:40:38 1,873 posts
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    Anyone in the market for a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard? Would rather sell it cheaply to a Eurogamer than deal with eBay at this time of year.

    It's in perfect pristine working order. Selling due to downsizing to an M-ATX setup recently.
  • PenguinJim 18 Dec 2013 09:45:13 5,853 posts
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    I'd imagine there'd be some interest in a "PC Parts Selling" thread here, and you might get more interest than here (I, for example, only look in this thread for vizzini posts).

    And if it's a very popular thread, your name will go down in EG history! \o/
  • Roddles 18 Dec 2013 10:40:10 1,873 posts
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    Excellent idea. Done!

    The PC Parts for Sale thread
  • Megapocalypse 20 Dec 2013 08:31:06 5,410 posts
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    Hmm, following a lightning strike I think I'm going to need a new graphics card. Don't want to spend too much (200 absolute max). Any suggestions?
  • Roddles 20 Dec 2013 10:00:31 1,873 posts
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    If you want the quitest and coolest - Asus 760 for 200.
    If you don't care about noise and heat then any AMD R9 280X for 200ish
  • ResidentKnievel 20 Dec 2013 12:20:12 6,195 posts
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    You could get a 270X for 150, it's nearly as good as a 760, and noise and temps are pretty good, too, at least on the third party coolers.

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  • Roddles 20 Dec 2013 12:32:11 1,873 posts
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    You might as well get a reference 760 for 150 then. It'll be better than a 270X in terms of temps, noise and performance.
  • ResidentKnievel 20 Dec 2013 12:38:42 6,195 posts
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    They aren't

    Where can you get a 760 for 150? If you can then he should definitely go for that.

    [code]Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Unlike yourself, I don't have a weird obsession with any platform.[/code]

  • Roddles 20 Dec 2013 12:41:59 1,873 posts
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    Quieter at load, pretty similar otherwise.

    Saw them for 150 on HUKD a while back.

    Get whatever then.
  • PenguinJim 20 Dec 2013 15:06:42 5,853 posts
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    There were some amazing prices in September/October. Everything seems 20%+ higher now. :o Fingers crossed for a January sale (if those still happen).
  • Megapocalypse 20 Dec 2013 16:09:43 5,410 posts
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    @Roddles cheers rod. Was looking at the 760 before I posted so that one it will be. Also helps that amazon can deliver it tomorrow morning. Now just have to battle with Samsung customer support to get the blu ray player fixed / replaced. Stupid storms.
  • ResidentKnievel 20 Dec 2013 18:13:41 6,195 posts
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    180 for 760

    Know you already bought one but for a 30 premium over a 270X they're probably worth it, not because of the slight framerate boost but because of the better Nvidia software and support plus if you're looking to get a G-sync monitor in the future (if they're ever sensibly priced) you wouldn't have to buy a new GPU.

    [code]Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Unlike yourself, I don't have a weird obsession with any platform.[/code]

  • orpheus 26 Dec 2013 19:47:37 1,000 posts
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    On the lookout for a 780 if anyone knows of any decent deals? Any sites with a January sale? :)
  • TFM_Excalibur 26 Dec 2013 19:52:43 1,049 posts
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    Anyone after a 3d monitor? getting rid of my lg 23" as picked up a cheap enough 32" lg tv so everything is going through that now.
  • Gartt 26 Dec 2013 23:23:21 1,738 posts
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    orpheus wrote:
    On the lookout for a 780 if anyone knows of any decent deals? Any sites with a January sale? :)
    Scan have still have a MSI 780 @ 354 which is still the cheapest I can see around at the mo.
  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 6 Jan 2014 20:21:54 2,434 posts
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    Quick question - looking into liquid cpu coolers...where do you get the flashy see thru pipe ones? Or are they mods to the bland black pipe ones? Not after some gaudy neon green shite, would just like some choice.

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  • EMarkM 6 Jan 2014 21:23:32 3,173 posts
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    @Daddy-Doom-Bar I'm no expert, believe me, but I keep hearing that liquid cooling is completely pointless and that the room it takes up would be more efficiently used as simple space for better airflow.
  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 6 Jan 2014 21:29:08 2,434 posts
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    @EMarkM I do keep hearing that the more I research. Found the pipes by the way...expensive and fiddly by the looks of it.
    Might just stick to a decent air cooler. I have an aftermarket one, but it makes a hell of a noise when under load.
    Could do with some way of venting the cpu cooler so that it gets fresh air from outside the case, as at the moment it throws the hot air straight out the back all efficient like, but it's pulling in air from inside the case, which as it's above the GPU I'm guessing its not all that cool air. I do have openings at the top of the case, but when I place a fan there to push cold air into the case from above, it's clear it's disrupting the airflow for the bottom front fans that are cooling the hdd's, gpu and psu. Mind you, it's all cold air in there...I have very little idea what I'm doing really.

    Edited by Daddy-Doom-Bar at 21:33:54 06-01-2014

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  • EMarkM 6 Jan 2014 21:31:31 3,173 posts
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    @Daddy-Doom-Bar I'm sure you'll get it all sorted. Good luck, and enjoy :)
  • Roddles 7 Jan 2014 13:17:22 1,873 posts
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    Forget water cooling. Noctua NH-D14 is the most acoustically efficient cooler, beating out any water cooling solution.

    Unless you have a see through windowed case, water cooling is largely pointless, expensive and risky.

    FYI I'm idling right now at around 26C and I don't go over 50C when gaming. I'm using an overclocked i5-3570K at 4.4Ghz. I've set the fan speed to mostly stay around an inaudible 500rpm.



    ( Component | Current | Min | Max )

    Edited by Roddles at 13:22:36 07-01-2014
  • TVoJ 7 Jan 2014 14:31:48 1,884 posts
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    +1 for anything Noctua. Absolute beasts
  • orpheus 7 Jan 2014 18:09:31 1,000 posts
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    See, it's stuff like this that makes me worry about my mobo (and it's only a year old). My DH-14 gives me idle temps of around 30, with peak gaming load pushing it to 70 degrees even at 1000+ rpm fan speeds (Planetside 2 is still the game that pushes my system the hardest, due to the much greater amount of locational calculation; but even Skyrim will push it to 50-60 or so).

    Not sure if it's the cheapish mobo just needing too much voltage (Gigabyte Z77-D3H), my oldish GPU not taking enough load off the CPU (GTX 570), or something else. I know the sink is fitted right. Could be shitty case airflow, but ffs I have two fans on the sink, one on the rear case & another in the bottom front bay.

    Le sigh. 70's the highest it'll go currently, but I'll likely have to take the overclock off again come summer, which is why I bought the damn Noctua in the first place. It's an i5 3750K, and it's only @ 4.2.

    :(

    Edited by orpheus at 18:10:12 07-01-2014
  • Roddles 7 Jan 2014 22:01:02 1,873 posts
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    I did neglect to mention that I have Noctua's NF-P12 fans in the case too, one at the front as an intake and one at the back, directly behind the cpu for extra exhaust. The GPU is also an Asus Direct CU II jobby so it does an immense job of cooling and circulating the air where it needs to go.

    Airflow is of course key with air cooling! Sometimes completely reinstalling, cleaning (with proper fluid) and re-applying thermal paste will help.

    What vcore does CPUZ report when you're at load? I get 1.224V. I'm also at 4.2Ghz, not 4.4Ghz as previously reported.

    And finally, don't forget the silicon lottery. Some CPUs require less voltage and thus don't get as hot as others.
  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 7 Jan 2014 22:35:06 2,434 posts
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    To be fair, I don't need a massive amount of cooling, just the noise reduction. I don't overclock as even though I'm getting fairly into all this pc diy malarky I can't afford to fuck anything up, so I'm not running before I can walk for a long while yet.
    Think I'll go for the slightly cheaper Noctua NH sink and give it a good clean up. My case is pretty good airflow wise with two fans bottom front and one on the rear right behind the cpu.

    Thanks for the advise guys!

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  • orpheus 8 Jan 2014 18:19:10 1,000 posts
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    @Roddles

    At high gaming load (100+ fight in Planetside 2, which is as close to 100% usage as gaming gets for me), I get 1.260v.

    The case is an oldish Coolermaster, vent on the left side, usual one in the rear fan slot, one at the front of the case at the bottom, and PSU mount is rear top. Not sure what the name of it is, must be 5 years old now.

    I alternate between wondering if I've actually overclocked 'properly', and thinking I've just gotten the bad end of the chip/board lottery this time round. The DH-14 doesn't make much more difference than my old Megahalem, as it's turned out, which also makes me think it might be an airflow issue. The room it's used in is small, and doesn't usually have an open window.

    Sorry for shitting up the thread anyway! Cheers for all your help Roddles, really appreciate it. If you've got any more tips let me know! :)

    Edited by orpheus at 20:25:50 08-01-2014
  • Roddles 8 Jan 2014 18:46:33 1,873 posts
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    Most games don't really tax the CPU so I'll do a full Prime95 load test at different fan speeds and report back.
  • orpheus 8 Jan 2014 20:24:56 1,000 posts
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    1.260v @100 Prime load (Blend) too.

    Edit: auto fan profile.

    Edited by orpheus at 20:25:26 08-01-2014
  • Roddles 8 Jan 2014 20:40:29 1,873 posts
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    1.224V @ 100% load in Prime95 blend mode after 10 minutes of two different fan speeds.

    61C at 700rpm (which my is what my custom fan profile in Speedfan wants to do)

    55C at 1300rpm (100% speed override)

    So at first glance we can see a big difference in our VCores. I must have good airflow since ramping up the fan speeds doesn't really do much for the temperature.

    FYI I'm looking at temps in HWiNFO64.
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