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  • Fake_Blood 30 Jan 2013 11:04:38 4,464 posts
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    @Carlo the Bitfenix Prodigy is a nice case for mini itx and it's not expensive. Also watch out with the gtx 680. You need one witch takes up only 2 slots, most take up 3 slots.
    Evga has a two slotter but it only has one fan so I think it's rather noisy.
    Asus is releasing a 2 slot 680 with 4 gb and two fans.
  • FutileResistor 3 Feb 2013 19:30:20 1,239 posts
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    Sapphire Radeon 7850 with free Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3 and Hitman Absolution for 85.
  • grey_matters 3 Feb 2013 19:38:53 3,863 posts
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    FutileResistor wrote:
    Sapphire Radeon 7850 with free Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3 and Hitman Absolution for 85.
    That's a 7770, FR.
    Still a decent deal, like.
  • FutileResistor 3 Feb 2013 19:43:13 1,239 posts
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    Well of course it is. Slip of the keyboard.

    If a 7850 was available for 85, I'd buy two.
  • grey_matters 3 Feb 2013 19:48:34 3,863 posts
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    FutileResistor wrote:
    Well of course it is. Slip of the keyboard.

    If a 7850 was available for 85, I'd buy two.
    Yep, I clicked that link pretty fast given your record on finding good deals despite it being too good to be true.
    :)
  • FutileResistor 3 Feb 2013 20:38:12 1,239 posts
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    Graveland wrote:
    The GTX 550 Ti is around 80 on Amazon. Does anyone know if it's any good? I did a theoretical specs check online to see if my system could run DayZ with the aforementioned graphics card, and it said I should be able to run it on High settings. Might beef my RAM up from 3Gb to 8 for around 40, too.
    550 Ti Vs 7770 550Ti is not as good the 7770, as well as being one generation behind.

    If you must go with Nvidia, a GTX 650 is not quite as good as a 7770 and normally around 90. A GTX 650Ti is slightly better than a 7770 normally around 105. Nvidia just aren't price-competitive.

    Increasing RAM will make no difference at all to your gaming performance, should help with multi-tasking though.

    If you can overclock your Q6600 to 3GHz, that would give you a good framerate boost.

    Edited by FutileResistor at 20:38:48 03-02-2013
  • Buztafen 3 Feb 2013 21:35:22 16,532 posts
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    I'll be putting up some more 560ti 448's for sale on ebay in the next day or so. One of those would pair nicely with a Q6600...atleast the one i paired with mine does! :)
  • Carlo 3 Feb 2013 22:34:13 18,233 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:
    @Carlo the Bitfenix Prodigy is a nice case for mini itx and it's not expensive. Also watch out with the gtx 680. You need one witch takes up only 2 slots, most take up 3 slots.
    Evga has a two slotter but it only has one fan so I think it's rather noisy.
    Asus is releasing a 2 slot 680 with 4 gb and two fans.
    Thanks for the case suggestion. I have a 1st gen Msi gtx 680 so it's a 2 slot.

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  • Buztafen 4 Feb 2013 09:54:12 16,532 posts
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    10 more 560Ti 448's up for grabs. 99 each! BARGAIN! :)

    FYI in some cases the GTX 560Ti 448 is upto twice as 'fast' as a 7770. These EVGA FTW models are factory overclocked too so are around GTX 570 levels of performance.

    EVGA Link.

    560Ti vs 7770
    (this comparison is between a bog standard 560Ti and a 7770, so add a few fps to the 560 for each game)

    Edited by Buztafen at 10:14:02 04-02-2013
  • Bremenacht 7 Mar 2013 16:14:02 19,666 posts
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    Look at this little rascal:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6820/revolution-or-evolution-asus-gtx-670-directcu-mini-on-show

    That would go jolly well in a little SteamBox. Or even in a little PC!
  • Rodpad 7 Mar 2013 19:29:29 2,102 posts
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    Surely that 670 won't actually be a 670. Some kind of gimped version to be that small.
  • Phattso Moderator 12 Mar 2013 03:45:14 13,955 posts
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    So I've been vacillating wildly between buying some off-the shelf small form factor PC monstrosity (Alienware X51) and building my own.

    Assuming I went the latter route: are those BitFenix Prodigy cases exceptionally gimped? I'd like to avoid a tower if I can, but I'll be wanting to put an i7 and a GTX660Ti or GTX670 card in there so I can imagine cooling is going to be problematic. I'm thinking i7 rather than i5 as the 8 logical cores might be more useful with PC ports from next gen console titles.

    Anyone built anything like that? Care to share you experiences? Cheers. :)
  • grey_matters 12 Mar 2013 08:08:17 3,863 posts
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    Ecosse did something similar. Different case though.
  • Phattso Moderator 12 Mar 2013 08:14:38 13,955 posts
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    Ah fuck - I can't have the same as Ecosse. Back to the drawing board I guess.
  • nickthegun 12 Mar 2013 08:26:00 61,348 posts
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    Just get one of those dell things. They aren't bad amd you've got enough wedge to fire and forget, you international man of mystery, you.

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  • Phattso Moderator 12 Mar 2013 08:40:10 13,955 posts
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    Heh - I was actually stood in an Alienware outlet at the weekend and came very close. But in the distance was a tech mart with booth after booth of PC components and I suddenly got the major horn on to actually build a system for the first time in fuck alone knows how long.

    Death knell for the Dell monstrosity might be the lack of a decent SSD+HDD option.
  • Rodpad 12 Mar 2013 08:48:06 2,102 posts
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    SSD + HDD is essential if you ask me.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 18 May 2013 19:55:30 39,805 posts
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    Right chaps. I'm going to buy an i7 CPU, what's a good motherboard to go along with it?

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  • FutileResistor 19 May 2013 20:25:50 1,239 posts
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    If you're not going for extreme overclocking, any 60+ Z77 motherboard from Asus, Gigabyte or MSI will be fine. They're all pretty much identical on performance, so it's just a question of picking the features you want.

    Also if you're not doing, 3D rendering, coding or video production. An i5-3570k would be be more than adequate. For gaming, you'll see virtually no benefit going from an i5 to an i7. The saving would be better spent on a better GPU.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 19 May 2013 20:40:23 39,805 posts
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    I'll be pissing around with VMWare (it's going to be introduced at work, so I want to get at least partway familiar with it), so I figured I'd go with the i7, especially since it'll mean it won't need upgraded as soon as an i5... probably.

    I've had this Q6600 for a good 6 years now I reckon. It's done me well.

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  • FutileResistor 19 May 2013 21:10:27 1,239 posts
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    VMware? You want lots of ram, get a motherboard with 4 RAM slots. I7 would probably be justifiable over an i5 for VMs.

    Memory has really jumped in price in the last 6 weeks. This is still a good deal for 8GB of 1600GHz DDR3.

    Edited by FutileResistor at 21:24:25 19-05-2013
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 19 May 2013 21:50:56 39,805 posts
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    Oooooh, you're not wrong. That's pretty good.

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  • FutileResistor 20 May 2013 00:19:00 1,239 posts
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    Found something even better if you can wait, the lead time is 1 or 2 months!

    If you get 2 of these8GB 1600GHZ DDR3 for 32 each. You would still have 2 slots free if you find you need more tha 16GB.

    Edited by FutileResistor at 00:20:53 20-05-2013
  • MMMarmite 20 May 2013 09:40:55 1,110 posts
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    Whatever you choose, have a check on the community forums for any known issues, a lot of motherboards have on-board NICs that won't work (if you need a network connection).
  • Widge Moderator 20 May 2013 11:34:41 13,746 posts
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    @Phattso Are you still umming and ahhing about this? I did a build with a really nice case, much smaller than a Bitfenix case but still able to hold those 660's.

    If so, I'll splat a write up.

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  • Phattso Moderator 20 May 2013 12:24:23 13,955 posts
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    @Widge Yeah, I am. The plan was to coincide a new PC build with my Rift arriving, but since that's still weeks away I'm relegated to umminh and ahhing over specs and salivating over how much better my Steam back catalogue is going to look on the new machine. I'd love to see a writeup of the box you put together for sure!
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