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Comment reply on Forum Topic "HTPC for Dad"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it run GTAV? He loves cars, and GTAV has lots of cars, and racing :)

Though, if just using the CPU, A10 does seem nice and cheap! PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7870K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor $136.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI A88XI AC V2 Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard $98.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.98 @ Best Buy
Case Silverstone RVZ01B Mini ITX Desktop Case $69.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply Silverstone 450W 80+ Bronze Certified SFX Power Supply $59.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $452.94
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-23 19:17 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Prizem's Completed Build: Dark Rainbow

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Quiet and cool. By itself with the case fans, it keeps idle in low 30's. With my few extra fans for fun, it idles around 28-29. Playing on some MMOs like FFIV, TERA, and Archeage puts it in low to mid 50's. So far, pretty pleased!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Budget PC < $500"

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm, so would keeping i3 be ideal (like the front page entry-level build gives)? For its price <=$200, how does GTX 960 stack up with AMD?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor $108.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $42.99 @ Directron
Memory Team Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $44.99 @ Newegg
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5&quot; 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.75 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card $194.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case $22.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Antec Basiq 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $42.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $497.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-27 15:51 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Budget PC < $500"

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this idea of cutting costs on the CPU with Pentium to bump the GPU up to the 960. Looks like G3258 only supports DDR3-1333, so the 1600 would be slowed down?

Does this suggestion need a change to 500W PSU?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Budget PC < $500"

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Great suggestions, thanks! I do intend to use rebates, but the slight gains for the R7 265 do seem nice. Some reviews on newegg from this year have problems with drivers or too much heat. Any idea if that's a common problem or just some bad eggs?

Any reason for that PSU in particular? There's some similar off-rebate ones for cheaper.

Comment reply on Prizem's Completed Build: Dark Rainbow

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The lighting is part of the additional case fans I put in. There's a variety of LED case fans that light up when plugged in (blue, red, green, etc). I've read some people say LED case fans are mostly for show and that real enterprise fans would be better for cooling. But since this case came with good enough cooling as it is, along with the CPU fan, I figured that wasn't as necessary.

These case fans in particular (Coolmax Chameleon) have one LED on every corner that light up and individually change and cycle through colors.

I still need to get LED strips though, which would be attached in around the case walls.

Comment reply on Prizem's Completed Build: Dark Rainbow

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

So far, it's been working pretty great! It consistently loads the OS from cold boot in about 11-13 seconds, operations run smoothly, and programs installed on it open and shut down fast (Photoshop CC opens in 3 seconds). But I can't compare to other SSDs since this is my first PC using a SSD. So at least coming off of using HDDs for work, school and everything else, it's been a great change! I mostly wanted to get something cheap as far as the SSD went, so it works well enough for my purposes.

Looking on Crucial's site, it seems that both have the same read at 550MB/s, but for write, the 256GB gives 333MB/s while 128GB says 150MB/s. If you need speed, Samsung EVO seems pretty fast :)

Comment reply on Prizem's Completed Build: Dark Rainbow

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Good ideas! Yeah, I should see how I can straighten it up. I doubt that sagging stress is good for the life of the card.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New to Builds, Please Review"

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks for your help!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New to Builds, Please Review"

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for looking it over! In your helpful reply, you mention changing the motherboard, but it seems like the motherboard is the same as my post (MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150). Is there a different one you'd suggest?

Does this revision not need Corsair case fans?

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