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  • Gartt 25 Oct 2013 12:31:02 1,740 posts
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    Dabs have already got the 290x under 400, I wouldnt buy the reference card though.
  • Roddles 28 Oct 2013 13:39:16 1,898 posts
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    http://hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/61677-nvidia-takes-axe-geforce-gtx-780-gtx-770-pricing/
  • PenguinJim 28 Oct 2013 13:56:58 5,865 posts
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    Yes, there's a 239 770 at Scan, but I'd spend the extra 11 for that Zotac 770 at eBuyer.

    Actually, I wouldn't buy either, as it looks like the bundles haven't "updated"..? Should be Assassin's Creed 4 and Splinter Cell: Blacklist AND Arkham Origins with the 770 from today.

    Actually, even then, 250 doesn't quite ring my "bargain bell". A friend wants me to choose them a card for Christmas (he uses Linux from time to time, so AMD's out of the running) - hopefully there'll be a 230 decent-cooler 770 within the next couple of weeks. :p
  • ram 28 Oct 2013 15:57:05 3,481 posts
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    Overclockers have updated their Geforce range to include the new additional games. Prices start at 239 for a Gainward 770.

    I can feel my wallet trembling.
  • Gartt 28 Oct 2013 17:29:26 1,740 posts
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    I love a good price war, really glad I held off buying a card a couple months ago now. The extra money Ive saved is making a 780 look mighty tempting now.
  • orpheus 28 Oct 2013 18:32:31 1,001 posts
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    Shit yeah, 780 for xmas I reckon :D

    Edited by orpheus at 19:22:18 28-10-2013
  • PenguinJim 30 Oct 2013 03:48:18 5,865 posts
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    237 delivered Zotac 770. 7 too much for me to post about it in the bargains thread. :p
  • Gartt 6 Dec 2013 13:42:16 1,740 posts
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    Got a MSI 780 Twin Frozr Gaming in my basket at scan for 353, can anyone see prices coming down any more than this in the near future?
  • Gartt 9 Dec 2013 17:33:36 1,740 posts
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    Decided just to go ahead and order one! :D Considering I was going to pay around that for a 770 a few months back Im pleased.

    Should see me ok for a good few years, unless they release something ridiculously good in the next couple of years.

    Anyone game in 1440p? Will probably be in the market for a new monitor soon, so either a resolution bump is on the cards or 1080p with a 120hz or 144hz refresh rate. Any thoughts?

    Edited by Gartt at 17:35:51 09-12-2013

    Edited by Gartt at 17:36:19 09-12-2013
  • superdelphinus 9 Dec 2013 17:53:59 8,070 posts
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    How much is the 780 ti?
  • Gartt 9 Dec 2013 18:00:20 1,740 posts
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    cheapest Ive seen so far is 504 before shipping.
  • B0rked_Gamer 9 Dec 2013 18:18:41 2,704 posts
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    The 280X offers very similar performance to the GTX 770 but has moar gigabytes.

    I can vouch for this card as it's completely silent and offers good temps and what have you.

    http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-amd-radeon-r9-280x-1000mhz-3gb-gddr5-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-gaming-twin-frozr--r9-280x-gaming-3g--916M.html?q=radeon%20r9%20280x&src=16
  • Deleted user 9 December 2013 22:36:11
    Jesus I paid 540 for my 780 from scan two months ago........cries.


    The 780 is a fucking beast of a card though. It can handle fucking anything
  • ResidentKnievel 10 Dec 2013 21:09:10 6,201 posts
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    Gartt wrote:

    Anyone game in 1440p? Will probably be in the market for a new monitor soon, so either a resolution bump is on the cards or 1080p with a 120hz or 144hz refresh rate. Any thoughts?
    You could wait for a g-sync monitor

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  • neosalad 12 Dec 2013 12:19:22 953 posts
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    advice please.. cant decide on case for my new build...

    i think the Corsair carbide 300R (58.. but amazons price is higher)
    Corsair Carbide 300R ATX case

    or a Zalman Z11 Plus (55ish from dabs)
    Zalman Z11 Plus

    i prefer the look of the corsair (non window version btw)
    but it only has 2 usb 3.0 (i would have liked some usb 2.0 on the front too) and 2 fans come with it...and the zalman Z11 has both uisb 3.0 and usb2.0 (though i have read the usb 3 has to connect to the back, some newer amazon reviews seem to suggest you now get a usb 3.0 header)and 3 fans come with it.
    Only gripe with the zalman Z11 is i think it will age badly wheras the Corsair Carbide 300R will probbaly look better in years to come (wont age as bad cos of the plainer look)

    ideas? suggestions welcome...
    oh. i've already ordered the Haswell Cpu i5 4670K and ASUS Z87-A C2 Motherboard..

    when i order my case i'll be getting a corsair CX750 modular psu (it's haswell certified) and most likely the corsair vengeance 2x4GB DDR 1600 CL9 RAM.... unless someone thinks i should get something else.
    will order GPU in Feb..I think.. possibly will do SLi in the future too...(the mobo supports SLI) and make do with the integrated 4600 it has till then..(still better than what i curently have!)

    it's literally the case thats my sticking point now, swaying more towards corsair 300R, anyone got experience with the zalman Z11 or the corsair?

    Edited by neosalad at 12:22:24 12-12-2013

    Edited by neosalad at 12:32:10 12-12-2013
  • munki83 12 Dec 2013 12:26:57 1,432 posts
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    I'm thinking of picking up a new graphics card this week. Looking to get one at about 200 was thinking of the 760 but wondering if I should maybe make the switch to ATI...hate decisions about graphics cards. If it helps I'm not likely to game at any res above 1920x1080 and I have the new i5 and 8gb of ram
  • B0rked_Gamer 12 Dec 2013 12:36:35 2,704 posts
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    munki83 wrote:
    I'm thinking of picking up a new graphics card this week. Looking to get one at about 200 was thinking of the 760 but wondering if I should maybe make the switch to ATI...hate decisions about graphics cards. If it helps I'm not likely to game at any res above 1920x1080 and I have the new i5 and 8gb of ram
    Just to repeat this advice I posted earlier ^ but if you can stretch to 230 the 280X is the shit. I have a shed load of video cards and hands down the MSI 280X is the best card I've ever bought (slightly better than the Asus GTX 670 Top which is also a work of art). In my opinion the 280X and the GTX 770 are the best bang for buck at the moment but the 280X comes with 3GB of video RAM.
  • Gartt 12 Dec 2013 12:38:47 1,740 posts
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    That Zalman looks ugly as sin. Out of the two id go for the corsair, i base that purely on looks mind.

    Would highly recommend the Fractal R4 currently 76.99 on amazon, might be too expensive for what youre after though. Two usb2 and two usb3 on the front, looks great too.

    Rest of the build sounds fine, you'll be looking at low settings and dropping the resolution to play on integrated graphics though.
  • neosalad 12 Dec 2013 13:01:38 953 posts
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    @Gartt
    cheers
    i know what you mean... about the looks... went for the corsair case, will make do with the 2 usb 3.0 on front.... and ordered my other stuff too.. from dabs. Will sort out card after the new year no doubt... looking towards nvidia.. what would you suggest for up to 150, with the possibility of Sli in the future?

    was looking at a GTX 650 or GTX 660? i'm a little out of touch with them these days, some have Ti's or custom Oc versions.. is it better to get an ASUS make if my mobo is ASUS say?

    I am on a budget. it's currently just over 450, originally i was going to spending 100 less, as i changed from AMD to get the Haswell last minute... and keep my nvidia 9500Gt in this pc rather than take it out. I already have a 1.5TB SATA i'll be using from my current pc aswell as a recently purchased 240GB SATA for the O/s/Programs (maybe selected games)

    Edited by neosalad at 13:08:41 12-12-2013
  • Gartt 12 Dec 2013 13:14:20 1,740 posts
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    Tomshardware Graphics Heirarchy Chart is a good reference point. You can see where your Intel graphics sit and see where you can from there.

    Pick your budget and keep and eye out for deals. Matching manufacturers isnt really important imo, just pick your budget and read some reviews. Asus, MSI and EVGA are probably the top picks imo for gpus as they have the best cooling solutions.
  • neosalad 12 Dec 2013 13:20:54 953 posts
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    @Gartt oh, i know the intel integrated be crap compared to a proper card. but theyre still better than my current card, lol..
    it's literally only going to be a couple of month.. once my credit card cools down.... only just had the car mot'd 2 weeks ago man and i HAD to buy "Super Mario 3D World" too to show my WiiU i hadnt forgotten it..!
    :D

    Edited by neosalad at 13:23:22 12-12-2013

    Edited by neosalad at 13:23:49 12-12-2013
  • Gartt 12 Dec 2013 13:30:44 1,740 posts
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    :D Im sure it will serve your needs for the time being. I put my rig together six months ago and have been saving up for my new card that Ive only just bought.
    Trust me, the wait will make installing the new card all that more sweeter.
    Waiting can be good when it comes to buying, listen for news of the new nvidia 800 line too if its going to be a few months before you jump in. Might get some nice price reductions on the 700 series when the 800s are released.
  • ResidentKnievel 12 Dec 2013 13:37:14 6,201 posts
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    @neosalad

    R9 270 is the best sub 150 and sub 150W (if you only have a six pin connector) card right now, but like Gartt says if you're getting a GPU in a couple of months then there's no point in choosing one now as a lot can change in that time.

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  • munki83 12 Dec 2013 16:38:25 1,432 posts
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    Gartt wrote:
    That Zalman looks ugly as sin. Out of the two id go for the corsair, i base that purely on looks mind.

    Would highly recommend the Fractal R4 currently 76.99 on amazon, might be too expensive for what youre after though. Two usb2 and two usb3 on the front, looks great too.

    Rest of the build sounds fine, you'll be looking at low settings and dropping the resolution to play on integrated graphics though.
    The r4 is a fantastic case I used it for my first build. Really quiet bit weighs a ton
  • jonsaan 31 Dec 2013 18:59:13 25,352 posts
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    Hi folks. I haven't built a PC in forever. Got myself a case and put all the bits in. It powers up! Yay.

    But I have a fan question.

    The one built into the case has connectors that look like they would link to a psu and not the mobo. Is that normal?

    FCUTA!

  • uiruki 31 Dec 2013 19:12:57 3,704 posts
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    A Molex connector? Yeah, they're still in use. The main difference is that you can't change the speed of it and it'll run at full tilt all the time. If you have the cash and the inclination it might be worth replacing it with one that does plug into your motherboard as reducing RPMs even a bit has a big effect on noise.
  • jonsaan 31 Dec 2013 20:02:52 25,352 posts
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    Thanks. Is that why when I boot I get a psu power supply failure and a system psu supply failure?

    The one on the CPU is running fine. Bios maybe?

    FCUTA!

  • Rhaegyr 25 Feb 2014 15:17:01 1,716 posts
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    Looking to build a gaming PC for my cousin - his budget is 650 max.

    I built an AMD rig for a mate (with help) a couple of months ago (500 in total) and it runs pretty much everything on max. I was going to go with an AMD build again but after reading a few threads on this forum (and the wider internet) it seems AMD are in a bit of a slump for gaming at the moment, especially CPU-wise. Am I reading too much into things or should I opt for an Intel build instead?
  • Moot_Point 25 Feb 2014 15:24:07 4,106 posts
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    @Rhaegyr Intel FTUW!

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