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Comment reply on Djangosp2's Completed Build: The Liberator :: $1000 Budget Gaming & Video Editing Rig

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a absolutely wonderful monitor. Looks good, decent sized bezel (about 1.5 cm), and excellent color reproduction. I highly recommend it.

Comment reply on Gigglerump's Completed Build: A $2000 Sweet-Sixteen Present to Myself

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely gorgeous. Excellent work!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Rig - Need Feedback"

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

This'll be better, a bit cheaper, and less likely to burst into flames

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/29BeB

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD FX-8320 vs FX-8350"

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice for a budget CPU cooler.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD FX-8320 vs FX-8350"

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the 8320; it can overclock to nearly identical frequencies as the 8350. I have the 8320, and I overclocked it up to 4.2 GHz on the stock cooler with AMD's Catalyst OverDrive software. With an aftermarket cooler, you could easily get both CPUs to 4.6 GHz.

Comment reply on Eventful's Completed Build: Great rig at $1000 price point. Intel i5 & HD 7970

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely gorgeous. Well done!

Comment reply on pikguard's Completed Build: My First Build

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build my friend. This should serve you well for quite some time.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for motherboard to overclock my 8350"

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Asus M5a99fx Pro is the best without paying the premium for stuff you won't need.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Double sided velcro for ssd?"

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

SSD's generate almost no heat so there's no need to woryy about the velcro melting, but it may not stay very well if the case gets shaken around, so be careful.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Concept Design Computer (not your average build recommendations)"

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Here's a great build that should cover you that includes a great 23" IPS monitor.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor $129.99 @ Microcenter
CPU Cooler Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler $24.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $74.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $125.99 @ Best Buy
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card $259.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $38.99 @ Microcenter
Power Supply XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $79.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $149.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1004.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 17:32 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD FX-6200 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor for 130 dollars, Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core for 570 dollars. Please help me understand."

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, the 6200 is last generation (Bulldozer Architecture) you'll want an FX 6300 or 6350.

Comment reply on shoelessgambler's Completed Build: Build for a Friend

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe even Steamroller :D

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I replace my sandy bridge system or just upgrade my GPU?"

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Not quite time to upgrade the CPU just yet. I'd wait for Steamroller or Broadwell before the gap in performance and power consumption is big enough to necessitate the upgrade. I'd say a new GPU is the best bet. A 7970 is my vote because it's very close behind a 770 and comes with free games you can sell if you don't want them.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD FX-6200 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor for 130 dollars, Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core for 570 dollars. Please help me understand."

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

There has been some very misleading information posted here. Much of which is not true.

  1. AMD does not use "Old Architecture" and using pins on the CPU is not a bad thing. AMD's latest architecture is from late 2012 and varies in it's goal very widely from Intel and as such, they excel at different things. Intel is excellent in single threaded tasks and per core performance. AMD is superior at price-performance and at multi-threaded tasks. Pins on the CPU has its advantages because it makes AMD sockets easier to line up when inserting the CPU, easier to identify bent pins (Intel has pins on the motherboard's socket) , and a motherboard won't be being rendered useless if a pin gets bent.

  2. Intel i7's don't have twice the advertised cores. They simply have something called HyperThreading which only means each core has 2 threads which do nothing but provide more bandwidth.

  3. Currently, the FX 8350 is a good amount better than the 3570k and very close to a 4670k. If AMD's promises hold true, the next generation will provide some immense upgrades like a much improved CPU scheduler, upped transistor count, higher achievable clock speeds, and lower power consumption. Haswell i5's should be on the look out.

  4. AMD processors do have their advertised core count. Each pair of 2 cores are simply linked by 1 pool of L2 Cache so a 6-core technically has 3 "Physical Cores," but that does mean it's still a 6-core.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What's a decent video card for playing Sim City?"

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The Athlon has no L3 Cache which will hurt in games, and Sim City likes the CPU a lot.

Comment reply on DJILLY's Completed Build: Unnamed 650D?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It is temporary as the OP says he wants to go for SLI 760's

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What's a decent video card for playing Sim City?"

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Obviously an iGPU isn't going to beat many dedicate graphics cards, but for Sim City, the A10 can keep over 30 FPS at 1080p with 1600 MHz RAM. Bringing it up to 2133-2600 MHz makes a huge difference and is much better than getting a cheaper, weaker CPU (Athlon or Phenom)and a lower end graphics card (7770-7790)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$1500 Build, Pretty Evenly Balanced?"

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Ivybridge-E is coming out soon, as well as the AMD 9000 series of graphics so you might want to wait a bit.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What's a decent video card for playing Sim City?"

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Getting an AMD APU (A10-6800k) is an excellent choice for very cheap. The APUs are very decent CPUs with absolutely amazing integrated graphics for so cheap.

Comment reply on VirtuaBoza's Completed Build: I call it the "NCC-1701"

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Very good build. My only gripe is about the CPU cooler, which you could have spent $10 more on to get a 240mm Radiatior which would have given you better temps. Aside from that, everything is fantastic and looks great to boot.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I3 3220 FOR GAMING?"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

On old games, no. On newer games, absolutely. My rig has an 8320 and 7870 XT and I've seen little difference between what my brother had seen with his 6300 and 7870 XT in older Dx9 games like Skyrim, but in newer ones like Crysis 3, there is a definitive difference.

Comment reply on jcrescenzo's Completed Build: i5-4670K - Haswell Build w/ ASUS Radeon HD 7950 3GB GPU

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Considering the 4 free games, I beg to differ.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Func vs Razer vs Mionix"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

The Logitech G6000 is a nice mouse with lots of buttons; the SteelSeries Sensei Raw is a great one with just a few buttons on the side.

Comment reply on construction's Completed Build: Cooler Master Desktop PC. Intel Core i3

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD processors do not have "reliability" issues. It is a common misconception due to Intel's popularity.

Comment reply on cweese's Completed Build: The White Harlot

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Decent, but not the best you could get for your money. Costs $30 less than my build did and that includes my monitor, an SSD, the same graphics card, and a nicer power supply.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "part picking help first time builder"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point
  • The AMD fx 8350 performs better than the 3570k in most games and costs less. Since you're overclocking, the 8320 is your best bet because it's even cheaper and can reach nearly the same frequencies.

  • The Xigmatek Dark Knight II performs almost as good as the H80i for a lot less. You will need to but your own thermal paste though; I recommend Arctic Silver 5.

  • A Radeon HD 7950 is better than a 660 Ti, barely costs more, and comes with 4 free games. You can sell any of the ones you don't want and bring the cost down quite a bit.

Make these changes and you get a better gaming system for $50 less.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $166.00 @ Vuugo
CPU Cooler Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler $57.23 @ Newegg Canada
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $9.72 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $119.99 @ Canada Computers
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $66.79 @ DirectCanada
Storage Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $99.99 @ Canada Computers
Video Card Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $309.99 @ NCIX
Case Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case $95.98 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply Corsair Gaming 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply $131.21 @ TigerDirect Canada
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $19.00 @ Vuugo
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) $97.99 @ NCIX
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1173.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-11 14:10 EDT-0400

Comment reply on alexpc's Completed Build: First timer ultra cheap

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build for under $500. Definitely a good console killer :)

Comment reply on construction's Completed Build: Cooler Master Desktop PC. Intel Core i3

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

For your purposes, an A6 would have been plenty, and would have saved you quite a bit of money. Your system is still pretty good regardless.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First gaming build $600 budget, Help/opinions"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a Radeon HD 7770 over a 650. They are more or less identical and the 7770 costs $40 less.

Comment reply on Akuratron's Completed Build: Presto MKII {(First Build, no Prior experience)}

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to the Jungle.... of cables

Comment reply on Forum Topic "does the 100i come with/need thermal paste?"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

75 Hz monitors are not going to hurt you in any way. The standard for most monitors is 60 Hz, which looks perfectly smooth and there is very little noticable difference between 60 FPS or 120/144 FPS.

As far as bringing the price down, there are a few things you can do.

  1. The AMD fx 8350 is not going to give you much of a difference in gaming than the 4670k. It can be found for $180 at Microcenter. If you want to overclock, the fx 8320 can reach nearly identical frequencies as the 8350 and it costs less. Also, 990FX motherboards cost substantially less than Z87 boards.

  2. The Cooler Master HAF line of cases are grievously overpriced. The NZXT Tempest 410 has more features (Like USB 3.0) and still looks nice for $30 less.

  3. This last tip is only relevant if the $100 "Brown Switch Keyboard" has not been purchased yet. You can get a nice, no frills mechanical keyboard for $80.

All these changes add up to bring the cost down just under $1550

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $179.99 @ Microcenter
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ Outlet PC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $119.99 @ Microcenter
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $98.69 @ Mac Mall
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card $303.98 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $37.38 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $89.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ Outlet PC
Monitor Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor Purchased For $150.00
Monitor Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor Purchased For $150.00
Keyboard Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard $79.99 @ Amazon
Speakers Creative Labs A60 4W 2ch Speakers $19.51 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1548.44
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-10 11:44 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "does the 100i come with/need thermal paste?"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

It should have some pre applied.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Can I get i7 3770k for cheaper than £230? PLEASE ANSWER QUICK, DEAL ENDS SOON"

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

230 is a pretty good price for it.

Comment reply on IamApropos's Completed Build: IamApropos - AMD Test Drive Build

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, I've been planning on grabbing a Kaveri APU when they come out and putting together a nice mITX machine. If the 6800k can get up to 5 GHz, I can't wait to see how its 28nm successor fairs at overclocking.

Comment reply on IamApropos's Completed Build: IamApropos - AMD Test Drive Build

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Done any overclocking on it yet? I've been curious to see how the 6800k overclocks.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Light Bleed in 2 New Monitors - Return one or both?"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

That's pretty bad if you ask me, I'm not sure what monitor you are refering to as that Newegg link is broken, but I can say my Acer IPS monitor has had nothing resembling that problem. I'd definitely try and get another monitor.

Comment reply on SINN's Completed Build: Viper Build

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree to disagree, DirectCU II is a very nice looking cooler IMO.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$1,000AUD i7 Gaming PC help"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, if you already have an external hard drive, a 120 GB SSD is a great choice. I have one as my boot drive in my system, and the 8 second Windows 8 boot times are fantastic. If you want to push your system even closer to your budget limit, a GTX 760 or HD 7950 are both great graphics cards that should fit in your budget.

Comment reply on Saginata's Completed Build: A PC

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the link! I was looking at the Dark Knight as well, but couldn't decide which. Helped a lot :)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$1,000AUD i7 Gaming PC help"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, let's get you up to speed on what makes a good gaming PC.

  1. An i7 is NOT a good choice for gaming. An i7 is essentially just an i5 with something called "HyperThreading" which is not used by modern games, rendering the extra $100 on an i7 useless. As far as the CPU goes, I recommend the AMD fx 8350; it is very similar to the CPUs used in the Xbox One and Playstation 4, which most AAA gaming titles will be optimized for.

  2. 16 GB of RAM is NOT necessary for a gaming computer. 8 GB is plenty and any more will just sit unused.

  3. The graphics card is the most important part of any gaming system. Though you do not need a very powerful card to play the low-graphics MMO's you had listed, if you're spending $1000, you should definitely have the freedom to be able to play graphically intensive games like Crysis, Bioshock, etc.

  4. DO NOT EVER PURCHASE A PREBUILT GAMING SYSTEM. They are 99.9% of the time they are overpriced, cut corners on very important core components, and are highly unbalanced.

That should cover the basics, now on to getting the best build for you.

If your goal is to get the absolute best system for your $1000 AUD budget, then this is what I would recommend.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $229.00 @ PCCaseGear
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $35.00 @ Mwave Australia
Motherboard ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $104.00 @ Mwave Australia
Memory Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $75.00 @ Mwave Australia
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.00 @ Mwave Australia
Video Card PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card $225.00 @ Mwave Australia
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.00 @ Scorptec
Power Supply XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $109.00 @ PLE Computers
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $905.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 00:56 EST+1000

If you wish to build a system that can handle the three MMO's you play (with ease) for a lot less, this is the system for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $139.00 @ PCCaseGear
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $35.00 @ Mwave Australia
Motherboard ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $104.00 @ Mwave Australia
Memory Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $75.00 @ Mwave Australia
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.00 @ Mwave Australia
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card $115.00 @ Mwave Australia
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.00 @ Scorptec
Power Supply XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $89.00 @ PLE Computers
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $685.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 01:00 EST+1000

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First Gaming Build - Advice wanted"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want to bring the price down, I suggest switching out to an AMD fx 8350 CPU, and a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, that'll save about $70.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I need help deciding which computer to purchase."

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Those benchmarks (from anandtech) are not reliable as they do not have any validation of equal test environments or a date of testing (benchmarks change with new drivers etc). True the 7850 is quite a bit better than a 7770, but make sure to provide reliable references.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which one? Gigabyte or Evga"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Gigabyte has an 8-phase power design and a quieter, more effective cooling solution. The only thing EVGA has going for it is a better warranty and much more visually appealing shroud. I'd go with an Asus DirectCU II or Gigabyte Windforce 760.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for advice/thoughts on a new build"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd suggest you swap that Athlon out for a Phenom II. The Phenom has L3 cache which will help quite a bit in gaming. You can get a mATX AM3+ for around $55 which gives you some extra cash to grab a much nicer graphics card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $84.98 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $54.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $56.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $84.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card $239.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master NSE-200-KKN1 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cougar CF-D12HB-B 64.4 CFM 120mm Fan $15.98 @ Outlet PC
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply $25.00 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $612.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 16:14 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "760 vs 7950"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

They're about the same really, but the 760 is a little bit ahead. I'd personally go for a 7970 and sell the free games. Ir would end up costing about the same as the 760 or 7950.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "basic lite editing and gaming pc"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say this is the best for your money. You'll have a spare HDD to record to, have a nice 8-core for recording and editing, and have plenty of graphics power for the games you play.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $144.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler $27.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $67.99 @ NCIX US
Memory Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $59.99 @ TigerDirect
Storage Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $96.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.98 @ Outlet PC
Video Card Asus Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card $105.38 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $37.99 @ Microcenter
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply $54.99 @ Microcenter
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $661.29
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 19:42 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "basic lite editing and gaming pc"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

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