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  • Mekanik 25 Jun 2014 18:05:08 3,735 posts
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    Cheers. Will do.
  • whatthefu 25 Jun 2014 18:46:55 878 posts
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    Can anyone recommend a budget steering wheel - games would be Shift 2, WRC games, GRID etc.
    I like the X360 wireless speed wheel but not sure about PC compatibility.
    Same with Gioteck FR-1.

    If I mount a wheel to the desk I can't use the big TV.
  • zoolophage 26 Jun 2014 09:13:36 2,277 posts
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    -cerberus- wrote:
    @zoolophage In that case I'd look into AMD's FX series of processors (socket AM3+). Something like the FX 6350 and pair it with a GTX 750ti or a GTX 760 perhaps?
    Thanks for the advice, actually been looking at Scan.co.uk prebuilt systems as it's been at least 10 years since I've built my own pc. It was always a bit of a faff so I don't mind paying a bit extra to get someone else to do it, then later maintain it myself with graphics card upgrades etc.

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  • Sharzam 26 Jun 2014 11:26:56 3,362 posts
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    whatthefu wrote:
    Can anyone recommend a budget steering wheel - games would be Shift 2, WRC games, GRID etc.
    I like the X360 wireless speed wheel but not sure about PC compatibility.
    Same with Gioteck FR-1.

    If I mount a wheel to the desk I can't use the big TV.
    Can't talk about wheels specifically but regarding X360 bits. If it works on a Xbox 360 it will work on a Windows PC as they share the same XInput thingy bobs. If it's wireless you might need a dongle thourgh. Oh and if it works on PS3 it will work on PC as they share the same Direct Input thingy bob.  Basically PC  > all (for controllers )

    Edited by Sharzam at 11:28:41 26-06-2014

    Known as 'Sharzam' in 98.5% of games

  • Mekanik 26 Jun 2014 16:44:41 3,735 posts
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    I have tried using the MS official dongle thingymajig to get my 360 controllers working with my pc. It didnt work. Ended up buying a usb 360 controller instead.

    Reason apparently is something to do with power requirements for the dongle being quite high and some mobo`s dont like it up `em. Apparently.
  • Sharzam 26 Jun 2014 18:42:13 3,362 posts
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    Also did it say Microsoft on it or Xbox360 ? The latter is a Chinese knock off and dodgy as fuck.

    Known as 'Sharzam' in 98.5% of games

  • whatthefu 26 Jun 2014 19:02:08 878 posts
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    @Sharzam
    I was gonna get the PS3 wireless wheel since I read you can adjust sensitivity, which is one of the issues.
    What dongle does the PS3 wireless wheel need?
  • Sharzam 26 Jun 2014 19:36:31 3,362 posts
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    @whatthefu

    There is no dongle, the PS3 uses blue tooth which is a standard protocol. As regards to individual wheels it depends on drivers and connections. You would have to google that particular wheel, but no technical reason why it wouldn't work with PC games.

    Known as 'Sharzam' in 98.5% of games

  • Mekanik 26 Jun 2014 21:22:27 3,735 posts
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    Sharzam wrote:
    Also did it say Microsoft on it or Xbox360 ? The latter is a Chinese knock off and dodgy as fuck.
    It was/is official microsoft stuff (still got it somewhere). Packaging and all that. Did some research at the time as to why it randomly disconnected and reconnected. General opinion was power requirements.
  • PenguinJim 27 Jun 2014 13:38:37 6,010 posts
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    It's certainly an interesting article. :D

    "Of the final two best-value graphics card selections for the budget system, the Radeon R7 260X is my pick for overall low-cost GPU for 1080p gaming. Though the GTX 750 was nearly identical across the game benchmarks, the 260X put up a heck of a showing in the synthetic benchmarks often matching or even beating an overclocked GTX 750 Ti at times..."

    It's 1999 again and 3DMark is more important than actual game performance! :cool:

    OK, OK, I don't usually look at components that low, so it was a nice article to read. I didn't know Intel still made "Pentiums"! Cheers! Edit: this paragraph looks sarcastic, but I did enjoy the article! Honest! Ah, crap, I'm making it worse, aren't I... what can I do? All caps? THANK YOU FOR THE ENJOYABLE ARTICLE. No, no, that's even more sarcastic! Aieee! I think I'll just stop typing and hope they have me on ignore...

    Edited by PenguinJim at 13:42:25 27-06-2014
  • Sharzam 27 Jun 2014 15:51:09 3,362 posts
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    Not sure what I think about that article.  It's a good idea of course but the hardware selection seems off. 
    Chances are you fall into one of two camps,  either your a PC world shopper that will buy whatever is sold to you or you will be a gamer that builds themselves.  The only time I can think a budget self built pc comes in is if making one for a friend or with a particular use in mind (office,  htpc etc).  Would you really choose those parts?  Surely you would go for a APU all in one job or spend a bit more for a decent graphics card. 

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  • Mekanik 29 Jun 2014 14:00:43 3,735 posts
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    Small update. Built the pc yesterday for the boy. Slapped it all together and fired up first time. Easy install of windows and all drivers. Quite pleased with myself tbh. First time ive done that in quite a while.

    Cheers for the advice/help to you oh so loverly peeps in here.

    The (not-so-wee-now) boy is quite chuffed with his new machine!
  • Mekanik 29 Jun 2014 16:26:49 3,735 posts
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    Pics of the boy or his pc? :p

    He`s off home now with it. I`ll get him to send me a pic of the internals.
  • StixxUK 1 Jul 2014 11:50:21 7,291 posts
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    So uh when do we get G sync?

    I guess I could build a new PC now and stick with my 7870 until g-sync graphics cards come out...

    I reckon I'm gonna get one of those new Devils Canyon 4690k jobbies.

    Probably with a Corsair 250d small form factor case.

    Any ideas for motherboards to go with this setup?
  • PearOfAnguish 1 Jul 2014 12:02:00 7,500 posts
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    Graphics cards supporting G-Sync are already out and have been for a little while: http://www.geforce.co.uk/hardware/technology/g-sync/supported-gpus

    However, G-Sync monitors are stupidly overpriced so it's for rich kids only at the moment.
  • StixxUK 1 Jul 2014 14:27:33 7,291 posts
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    @-cerberus- I'll get a monitor with a g-sync module, but guessing they're not out yet?

    Thanks for the mobo suggestion, looks like a really good choice!


    edit: need to read thread re g-sync. Sorry!

    Edited by StixxUK at 14:28:01 01-07-2014
  • whatthefu 3 Jul 2014 20:54:28 878 posts
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    whatthefu wrote:
    Can anyone recommend a budget steering wheel - games would be Shift 2, WRC games, GRID etc.
    I like the X360 wireless speed wheel but not sure about PC compatibility.
    Same with Gioteck FR-1.

    If I mount a wheel to the desk I can't use the big TV.
    I got the wireless Speed Wheel, but in windows.. how do I turn the wheel off to save the batteries? (holding down the guide button for 3 seconds doesn't open a menu like on x360)
  • Tomo 5 Jul 2014 12:23:51 13,986 posts
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    At the risk of being ridiculed, has anyone built a mini-ITX PC? Is it worth the compromises? What are the compromises exactly? Any case suggestions... BitFenix Prodigy sounds good from various reviews.
  • Rodpad 5 Jul 2014 12:25:14 2,098 posts
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    I have a BitFenix Prodigy-M. It's has the same external dimensions of the original Prodigy, but it can fit an M-ATX board.

    I would say the original Prodigy is way too big externally for a mini-ITX board to be honest. The Prodigy-M is perfect for a portable M-ATX machine however.

    Edited by Roddles at 12:25:34 05-07-2014
  • Tomo 6 Jul 2014 10:03:14 13,986 posts
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    Ok, sounds promising then. Thanks guys.

    @Roddles - what's in your BitFenix then?
  • Rodpad 6 Jul 2014 15:39:34 2,098 posts
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    An MATX motherboard, SLI Asus 660Ti and a few more expansion cards.
  • cujo101 10 Jul 2014 11:27:45 3 posts
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    Has anyone build a PC with the Pentium G3258 chip? Very tempted to pick one up in the next day or two. It can reach up to 4.4Ghz with the stock cooler which is impressive.
  • azurelas_2 11 Jul 2014 05:42:05 1,151 posts
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    Not really PC related, but I've just upgraded my cheapo Logitech 2.1 speakers with a Logitech Z623. The difference is immense; no more distortion even at stupidly high volume, and BF4 never sounded so good.

    They aren't exactly cheap, but definitely worth every penny.
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