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Comment reply on KrumpetPirate's Completed Build: The Liberator

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

You can blame crypto-currency miners for the current shortage. Good luck finding RX 570/580 or GTX 1060/1070 cards right now.

Comment reply on KrumpetPirate's Completed Build: The Killbox

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems odd to me that the 480 would leapfrog the 390x since its launch. Admittedly, I have very poor example of a 390x card in my possession.

Comment reply on Dark_Nomad's Completed Build: Thought it would be just an upgrade...

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

why? have you had issues with the define nano s?

Comment reply on KrumpetPirate's Completed Build: The Liberator

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

The product page doesn't say anything about it and I don't have the computer anymore. Sorry can't help you.

Comment reply on BuyChah's Completed Build: Fat EVGA Logo

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You seemed to have missed the joke...

Comment reply on richardjr77's Completed Build: Node 202 - Portable Gaming and Productivity PC

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah I missed that in your description. I wonder if someone makes a filter that would sit perfectly between your input and the CPU fan, would make a nice shroud for your airflow, but it might get complicated to clean...

To be honest your temps are fine unless you are doing rendering or synthetic benchmarks like the small FTT prime95 load you'll likely never even get that high. Totally within the range of safety, the enthusiast in me wants lower temps and higher performance :)

As for the paste, most thermal interface materials (TIMs) are little understood by the community. I do not claim to be an expert in the area as there are so many variables between the solutions out there that you can't always be 100% best in class in every scenario. I just like that Gelid Extreme and have really good experience using it so I recommend it to others. I doubt a company like Noctua would have used an inferior paste on their product, so I doubt you have much to worry about.

Comment reply on richardjr77's Completed Build: Node 202 - Portable Gaming and Productivity PC

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That CPU intake fan is unfiltered isn't it?

I don't know, those CPU temps don't seem quite as low as they probably should be. I would personally pull the cooler and reapply some paste just to check. I don't know how the Noctua stock paste compares to something like my favorite Gelid Extreme paste but I would guess the Gelid would be more effective. I used that paste on my CPU and GPU and it lowered temps for both significantly.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is a single GTX 1070 enough to run 4K?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

If you can find it for that, get it. You can always downscale to lower resolutions, but you'll be able to see it on the display. It's clear that you want that monitor though, so go ahead and get it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is a single GTX 1070 enough to run 4K?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Well I would go with this one. I don't see 4k gaming being a thing until later this generation of cards or perhaps next generation. You are better off with a 1440p high refresh rate monitor with GSYNC support so you won't see tearing at the lower frame rates.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is a single GTX 1070 enough to run 4K?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I would doubt very much that any current graphics card could reliably run 4k for future games much beyond six months out at decent framerates and quality settings. You'd be fine for now, but you wouldn't be in a very short time. I would go with 1440p personally.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Pls find me nice microATX case for this junk:"

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the case, and I have a tough time recommending it to people. I got it so I could use a kraken x61 and hopefully isolate my GPU temps from everything else, but the case is ungainly at best. It can be difficult to build a clean system in it and I'm not sure it has compatibility for the coolers you mentioned.

Yes the V21 is lower quality, but having worked with the V1 I can say that it's good enough and not too bad.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Pls find me nice microATX case for this junk:"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Although this case is much larger than you would think from looking at pictures of it, I would say that it's a much better value overall than the similar Fractal Design Node 804.

Comment reply on KrumpetPirate's Completed Build: The Liberator

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir. He is really enjoying the build and loves the performance it provides.

Comment reply on iamafreak's Completed Build: Node 804 Micro Gaming and HTPC

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Remove the screws in the back and rotate it to where the fan is facing the inside of the case. It'll intake from the area below those white HDD mounts.

I personally went with a file cabinet in my build with the same case. I would rather go with the tile or board cover than flipping the PSU since it's overall better to intake cool air through the filtered intake than from the case. You wouldn't want to do that on carpet however since it suffocates the PSU and could lead to a system wide failure.

Comment reply on iamafreak's Completed Build: Node 804 Micro Gaming and HTPC

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Better have that PSU intake pointing up on that carpet, either that or put it on a board/tile over the carpet to prevent overheating.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 1060: Performance of a 980 for $250?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Either proposition does little good for me. I have a 390x and a FreeSync monitor. I think I am better waiting for the high end Vega cards. Who the hell knows what's going to go down with those things?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "~1000 Dollar Gaming PC?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I would not bet on AMD Crossfire profiles. They are often late and have various bugs preventing good performance. You are better off with a single GPU like a 1070 for your money.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 1060: Performance of a 980 for $250?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. I doubt very much that the AIB cards will ever fall below the FE cards. Not while people are willing to pay the higher price or while the supply is so ridiculously short.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 1060: Performance of a 980 for $250?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You should be banned for spreading such lies. Our overlords Nvidia, AMD, and Intel would never lie to get us to buy something from them.

Be gone with your filth!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 1060: Performance of a 980 for $250?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Likely Nvidia was referring to "VR Performance" which is annoying and doesn't mean anything to those of use who aren't spending $800 to be an early adopter.

Comment reply on Mind0verMatter's Completed Build: I LOVE GOOOLLLDDD!!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair enough. Could always go with a be quiet dark cooler but that may not be good for the color scheme overall. I have had a couple of Cryorig coolers and they look pretty slick as well.

I didn't see that you had de-lidded the CPU, I'm sure that helps quite a bit.

Comment reply on hellfire1984's Completed Build: BlackBox (Portable and Rugged Gaming PC)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure, great little card. Glad you posted this, the finished build looks awesome!

Comment reply on KrumpetPirate's Completed Build: The Liberator

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

m.2 SSD worked fine on the Gigabyte board, but didn't work on the original MSI B150M board that I had purchased. Works for his OS drive and is a major upgrade over not having an SSD at all. I didn't notice any bandwidth issues with the 1070 and my buddy says it runs amazing. Have you had issues with the 1070?

Comment reply on Mind0verMatter's Completed Build: I LOVE GOOOLLLDDD!!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great, need to get a better cooler to truly unlock that 4790K.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I bought a 390x and it says 750w is the recuirement but i have an Evga P2 650w does it make a difference?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Not necessarily, I wouldn't trust my system to some gold rated PSUs. It's all a question of capacitor quality and rail design.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Just need an outside critic"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I wouldn't get the 960 at this point with the 1060 coming out soon and the 480 being much better price/performance. Try and pair that motherboard with some 2400 MHz RAM if you can find it. That PSU isn't top of the line kind of quality, but should be adequate for what you are wanting to do. Might want to go with a 550W, Gold rated unit if you can find it, or an EVGA G2 or GS if you want something really great.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "900 build for a friend"

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Well the budget didn't have room for the i7 with all of the peripherals. Barely fit the 6500 under the 900 limit.

I'm not as familiar with the UK market though, surely someone can come up with something better than this.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GAMING PC FOR BUDDY (BUDGET 1300$-1400$)"

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Remember everyone:

Don't buy the brand, buy the product. Always check PSU reviews.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "900 build for a friend"

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £168.90 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £69.15 @ BT Shop
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory £53.99 @ Ebuyer
Storage Sandisk Z400s 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £33.54 @ Amazon UK
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £41.43 @ Amazon UK
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 480 4GB Video Card £160.00
Case Zalman Z11 NEO ATX Mid Tower Case £37.99 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply XFX XT 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £36.98 @ Novatech
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit £71.98 @ CCL Computers
Monitor AOC G2460PF 24.0" 144Hz Monitor £189.98 @ Novatech
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse £26.99 @ Novatech
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £890.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-07 20:24 BST+0100

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$800 dollar build needed"

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Here is an option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $45.71 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $157.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $57.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $434.98 @ Newegg
Case Zalman Z11 NEO ATX Mid Tower Case $74.36 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.67 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $19.49 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $91.32 @ Amazon
Monitor AOC G2460PG 24.0" 144Hz Monitor $381.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1678.45
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-07 09:18 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "why should we buy desktops if laptops offer the same performance/cost? (Build advices needed)"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh alplayer, nice to see you again. Athenriel linked a couple of benchmarks between the two machines. The CPU benchmarks show that even though the mobile i7 has hyperthreading technology (fake cores essentially) the single core speed is slightly lower than the 6500. That's the most important thing for gaming as far as CPU utilization is concerned.

The GPU benchmark shows the most important thing though. The 965M is a mobile chipset designed for power utilization, not gaming performance. It get's completely creamed in gaming applications by the 480. Despite the fact that the 480 performs at or about the 970 at launch, the 480 is the much much better card for the money.

Yes you could have gotten a cheaper system and perhaps your friend knows what types of games and how much you would travel with the rig better than we do, but for my money I will always buy a desktop unless I absolutely need the portability of a laptop. You are able to sit much more comfortably, the cooling on the system is so much more efficient, and if something breaks, you can fix it yourself without costly repair techs. Yes you can upgrade as well, even though you said you will never do that just wait till the upgrade bug bites you the first time.

Edit: To expand on the repair idea it is a major PITA to fix laptops and you will have to rebuy absolutely everything when your system starts to lag behind. More often than not the cheaper laptops come with the maximum allowed RAM at the start and cannot be upgraded.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Travellers Build. Mini-ITX + GTX 1080"

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You could but it would run really hot and I doubt you could overclock it. The 6600k is already a near thing, there is not much airflow as I mentioned. The higher base clock makes it better than say a 6500, but I would argue it would be a better processor for an HTPC

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Travellers Build. Mini-ITX + GTX 1080"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's an alternative form factor for you to consider:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler $42.34 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z170I PRO GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $165.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $62.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Z400s 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $83.93 @ Amazon
Storage OCZ Trion 100 960GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $199.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card $699.99
Case Fractal Design Node 202 HTPC Case $84.98 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair SF 600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply $121.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $91.32 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1803.49
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-06 13:45 EDT-0400

I've always liked the look of the SFF Node 202 builds, but the Define Nano S would be a better platform to upgrade in the future and would allow for a 6700k and 1080 to run much much cooler. Still, for your consideration.

Edit: The 1080 FE was intentional, there is little airflow in the 202. The blower cooler should theoretically intake through the side perforations and draw cooler air across the chip than a traditional cooler and out of the case. If you can find a low profile traditional top-down cooler than by all means go for it, just a guess on my part that the blower style might be better for the low airflow environment.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New build Mini ITX Gaming"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Should be fine. Some people might frown on them because they might leave residue which could hinder performance yadda yadda yadda, but they will work just fine. There are companies that sell special cleansers for CPU lids for this very purpose, but I've never seen the use in them.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New build Mini ITX Gaming"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it typically comes pre-applied on the cooling plate for AIO coolers, at least it did on my Kraken x61 and I didn't get a tube of paste extra. The one I linked is a very good paste, all you have to do is clean the pre-applied pads off with some 90% or higher isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) and you'll be fine. I like to use the little cotton circles that are meant for cleaning makeup. You can find them in most stores here in the US.

Comment reply on jreyes1216's Completed Build: The Red Box

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't find it all that hard to work in, but I didn't use an AIO cooler either so maybe that's the difference.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$800 dollar build needed"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

1440p, 144HZ, G-SYNC, IPS yeah that get's pricy. I'm trying to bring it down and was able to come up with this, but it's certainly not near as powerful as I would like for a high refresh gaming machine and lacks almost all of the requirements while still being over budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $125.12 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus H170-PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $111.56 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $34.98 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $58.00 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 480 4GB Video Card $199.00
Case Zalman Z11 NEO ATX Mid Tower Case $74.36 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.36 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $91.32 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer GN246HL 24.0" 144Hz Monitor $199.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1038.67
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-06 10:53 EDT-0400

OP would be better served by hooking the machine up to a TV until they can afford to spend the proper amount on a good monitor.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$800 dollar build needed"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You will have to compromise at this price point or buy used. 1440p/High Refresh monitor, unlocked skew CPU, Z170 chipset, and a GPU to run games high enough to utilize that monitor are at a much higher price point than you are asking.

See?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus SABERTOOTH Z170 S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $192.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $31.98 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $58.00 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $589.81 @ Amazon
Case NZXT Source 210 Window ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $80.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $19.49 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $91.32 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer XB271HU bmiprz 27.0" 165Hz Monitor $734.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2124.51
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-06 10:38 EDT-0400

That's cheaping out on the things you didn't explicitly ask for.

Edit: This is the best I could do for the budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 880K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $104.64 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $41.98 @ Newegg
Memory PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $23.98 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $58.00 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 480 4GB Video Card $199.00
Case Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case $37.31 @ Amazon
Power Supply Rosewill 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $19.49 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $91.32 @ Amazon
Monitor LG 23MP47HQ 23.0" 60Hz Monitor $104.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $775.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-06 11:04 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cheap GPU's - Are they worth it?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That is what Display Driver Uninstaller is for. Great tool.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1300 Dollar Gaming PC"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Well this would be the reason you tell people your location before posting a build request, here is one I did for UK prices since you said you were in Europe...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor £207.98 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler £72.13 @ BT Shop
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £116.99 @ Amazon UK
Memory Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £52.37 @ BT Shop
Storage Sandisk Z400s 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £57.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £41.99 @ Amazon UK
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card £409.98 @ Amazon UK
Case Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case £73.99 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply £74.99 @ Amazon UK
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit £85.21 @ BT Shop
Case Fan Fractal Design GP14-WT 68.4 CFM 140mm Fan £9.99 @ Amazon UK
Case Fan Fractal Design GP14-WT 68.4 CFM 140mm Fan £9.99 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £1213.60
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-06 14:54 BST+0100

Unlocked CPU/Z170 mobo and a great cooler means you can overclock, 16 GB of memory should be adequate for the future, a m.2 OS drive and a 1TB HDD for games, a fantastic case with three input and one output 140mm fan (plenty of headers on the mobo, won't need a fan hub), a G2 power supply with plenty of overhead for overclocking and is fully modular and gold rated.

All that left room for an EVGA SC ASX 3.0 card, which is much better than the FE cooler and should keep stable boost clocks without throttling itself. This card runs games at 1440p very well and if you are going to be on 1080p just max everything without concern.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New build Mini ITX Gaming"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good. Will definitely be a capable machine. Be careful mounting the AIO cooler, the pre-applied paste comes off pretty easy. I replaced it with some Gelid paste myself and it helped with the temps but honestly that CPU doesn't run very hot so you don't have to do that.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New build Mini ITX Gaming"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Well with motherboards you really do get what you pay for. The MSI board was really nice, had a good layout and a great BIOS for the money, but you will probably never use an m.2 drive in that motherboard since it does require the NVMe based drives which are way more expensive and don't really matter that much for people not using them for scratch drives for media creation. A regular m.2 drive is no different than a 2.5" SSD frankly, only less cables to route whenever you are building the rig which makes for a cleaner ITX build. Incidentally the V1 is a very roomy chassis and you won't have to worry about those extra two cables so don't worry to much about that.

The AC version of the MOBO only has better WIFI, if it's a minimal cost increase go ahead and grab it in case you upgrade your network in the future. Couldn't hurt.

GC? I'm not sure what you are referring to...

The RX 480 is a capable card at 1080p trading blows with a 970 and better than it at DX12 games. In the future we are going to see more Vulkan and DX12 games so you might as well pick one of those up. I think it will be a good little card for that resolution. That being said the stock cooler is absolute dog shite, seriously. The aftermarket models are due in a couple of weeks and I personally have my eye on a 480 with an 8 pin power connector from Sapphire. I might be able to overclock it and switch my 390x for the much much cooler 480 which would be great for the summer months.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New build Mini ITX Gaming"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £172.51 @ Amazon UK
CPU Cooler Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler £70.42 @ BT Shop
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard £108.23 @ Amazon UK
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory £30.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Sandisk Z400s 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £40.56 @ BT Shop
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £39.99 @ Amazon UK
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB Video Card £219.99 @ Amazon UK
Case Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower Case £35.49 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply -
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £718.18
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-05 00:28 BST+0100

There are some good parts

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New build Mini ITX Gaming"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Wifi speeds go up from A -> B -> G -> N -> AC. If you have 50 Mb/s service then the cheaper motherboard will be fine for you, it's only if you have higher than say 150 Mb/s service that the additional speed that an AC wifi controller really matters. You could play over wifi with either board.

While I did have a bad experience with my Gigabyte motherboard RMA, I did end up going with a Gigabyte board for his build. It was the only H170 chipset motherboard that they had at the local computer shop that I could use to figure out if the MSI board had a bad RAM slot. I'm trying to adjust my bias towards Gigabyte in the future. I think the MSI motherboard was a little cleaner (all the ports are on the outside of the board which makes routing a lot easier) and the BIOS is a lot easier for beginners.

That being said if you ever plan on putting a m.2 in an iTX build you better plan on doing it at the start. Most ITX boards (all?) have the m.2 port on the back of the motherboard and it can be hard to get to after the build is started. You would have to completely disassemble the build to get to the port. If you go with that MSI board just skip it. The only m.2 drives you can would be NVMe based drives like the Samsung 950 Pro edition drives and they aren't really cost effective for what kind of performance you would get in games. Just go with a quality 2.5" drive instead as they are no better or worse than the non-NVMe based M.2 drives.

Comment reply on hellfire1984's Completed Build: BlackBox (Portable and Rugged Gaming PC)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It wasn't the best build, but my buddy was pretty proud of his new machine.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New build Mini ITX Gaming"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

If you use wifi and have a decently fast speed (150Mb/s or higher) then I would say it is. I have an AC PCIe wifi card in my desktop and I get my full 300 up 300 down speeds while my wife sees 160ish up and down.

I tried to use that motherboard in this build and was disappointed to find out that it only supports NVMe based m.2 drives. Were you planning on using a m.2 drive in your build?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New build Mini ITX Gaming"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Likely it is AC wireless versus not, the link that you sent me doesn't give me any additional information on the parts that you were putting together. Can you link the motherboards directly?

Comment reply on KrumpetPirate's Completed Build: The Liberator

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Just regular old thumb screws. Mine came in a kit I got on Amazon.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help choosing a new GPU?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Go with a 1070 or 1080, don't do crossfire 480s. Crossfire (and SLI) don't always work and you wouldn't be happy with a single 480 on a 1440p display I would wager. Get a 1070 for excellent performance now and a 1080 if you think you won't upgrade for a few years.

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