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  • Rodpad 20 Jun 2014 12:20:21 2,605 posts
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    1GB of video memory is going to fuck you over. Go for a 2GB 760 at the very least.
  • Rodpad 20 Jun 2014 13:17:57 2,605 posts
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    Well what games are you going to be playing on this Linux build?
  • Rodpad 20 Jun 2014 13:27:30 2,605 posts
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    That card should be just fine then.
  • Jetset_UK 20 Jun 2014 19:45:28 3,571 posts
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    It's upgrade time, so just thought I'd run this past you guys before I click order....


    550W Corsair Enthusiast Series TX550M - 60

    Gigabyte GA-H81M-D2V - 35

    3GB MSI Radeon R9 280X - 210

    Arctic Cooling Freezer 11i - 17

    Intel Core i5 4590 - 143

    Will be using the RAM and 2xSSDs and a 1TB HD from the old one.

    Any thoughts?
  • Dirtbox 20 Jun 2014 19:48:31 81,879 posts
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    -cerberus- wrote:
    @Roddles No, I have a 760 ;) The Sapphire card is for a cheapass Linux build I'm working on for both my father and me.
    Don't get an AMD for linux, the driver support is pathetic and you'll never get anywhere near all of the performance out of it.
  • monkehhh 21 Jun 2014 16:47:23 3,907 posts
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    monkehhh wrote:
    Cheers, some good options. I'm off round tomorrow to see what they actually want and try to stop them buying some random 486 off Gumtree.
    Had a chat and explained some stuff and I reckon more like 500 / 550 quid is their actual budget - did a quick price up of an i5 that was a bit over 500 all in (minus OS, monitor, keyboard and mouse) and he didn't seem to shocked. Any ideas for an MMO / 1080p gaming machine? I'm particularly not up on which graphics card to recommend at that range.
  • Mekanik 24 Jun 2014 18:43:08 3,903 posts
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    Some assistance if possible.

    Its the boys birthday next week and ive promised to upgrade his pc.

    Buying this:

    Intel Core i5 4670K Quad Core Retail CPU Haswell + a Zalman cooler.

    My question is for a motherboard. Looking at either:

    Asus Z87-K C2 or

    Gigabyte Z87-HD3

    Is either one a good option or 1 a better choice than the other?

    Any help would be nice. If there is a better recommendation anyone has also open to hear it. MB around 80 quid price range.
  • Bowzer43 24 Jun 2014 19:37:46 1,282 posts
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    @Mekanik I've got the Asus board you're looking at with an i5-4670k. Asus software over clocks really easily in Windows and I like the fact you can crossfire amd cards on it. I got a r9-270x with a view to add a 2nd one at a later date. I prefer Asus over gigabyte but that's a personal preference. I just find Asus really well built and has always been really reliable (had several of them over the years).
    The boy shouldn't have any complaints with your choice!
  • Dirtbox 24 Jun 2014 23:01:42 81,879 posts
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    Asus have never served me well, they pop caps in no time, however, they're great if you like to overclock a bit.

    Gigabyte are as solid as they come, but the overclocking doesn't have a lot of the safeguards that Asus have. Aside from that they are better boards all round.
  • Mekanik 24 Jun 2014 23:31:36 3,903 posts
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    Thanks for the speedy replies fellas. Will give me something to ponder in work tomorrow.
  • Deleted user 24 June 2014 23:33:46
    +1 for Gigabyte. Never let me down.
  • Buztafen 25 Jun 2014 09:22:26 16,938 posts
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    There's always MSI for Mobo's. Same price as the Gigabyte but comes with 2 more USB on the back! Ooooooooo.
  • Buztafen 25 Jun 2014 09:31:17 16,938 posts
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    What if he doesn't...you know...want HDMI-in!
  • Buztafen 25 Jun 2014 09:46:24 16,938 posts
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    I've seen them...they're all created by YOU!
  • Deleted user 25 June 2014 10:00:02
    Looking for some advice. I've been thinking of replacing my ageing laptop with a desktop pc. I can currently play most stuff in my steam library on it (Geforce 9600MGT 512mb, Intel Core Duo 8400 @ 2.27GHz, 4GB RAM) but it runs hot, and gets a bit noisy and chuggy on certain games. I'm mostly playing point and click adventures, indie, and strategy games like Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings as well as simulation and other reasonably untaxing stuff. I'd like to be able to very comfortably play EU4 on 1920x1080 for example but it's a bit of a stretch at the moment.

    I guess that because it's so old that almost any new pc setup will blow it out of the water. Just wondering what kind of stuff I should be looking at, what would be enough for my requirements, and not total overkill given that I won't be playing FPS, racing games or other incredbily system taxing games. Any ideas how much I need to spend to get a pc that will cover my requirements? Or should I simply stick with my current laptop until I reach the point where I cannot actualy play the types of games that I want to play?
  • Deleted user 25 June 2014 10:34:24
    @-cerberus-

    Up to 800 or so would be fine. Any advice much appreciated.
  • monkehhh 25 Jun 2014 10:43:46 3,907 posts
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    Does that include everything? (screen, OS, peripherals?)
  • Deleted user 25 June 2014 10:51:18
    @monkehhh

    I already have an ssd with windows 7 in my laptop which I could perhaps transfer over to the desktop pc. Although I don't know if I'd need some kind of adapter for the drive to make it work. I also have a mouse and keyboard. The price would need to include a screen.
  • Deleted user 25 June 2014 10:55:38
    @-cerberus-

    Form factor isn't very important as it will be used in a spare room so space etc. isn't really an issue. Still, it'd be better if it was quieter rather than louder.
  • Mekanik 25 Jun 2014 16:57:43 3,903 posts
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    I went for the gigabyte board. Stuff should all arrive on Friday.

    So, being a bit of a software noob. Putting it together will be a doddle, but as i`m using the same HDD whats the deal with drivers etc? Do I need to re-install windows? Best to just format the HDD and start afresh? Just boot up after putting in the new bits then install the right drivers? Un-install the current mobo drivers first? etc.

    Sorry for poor questions but in the past when i`ve upgraded usually ive replaced the majority of stuff with the exception of the case/PSU or its just been a memory/graphics card upgrade.
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