If you haven't built your computer yet, just go Skylake. Even something as simple as an i5-6500 and a Gigabyte H110-A motherboard would serve you well for gaming.
Sorry, haven't gone on here in forever. The LED strip is just there for looks, it also happens to trace out where the sound stuff is (some shielding thing for interference). The GPU is fine, overclocks like a champ even though it's voltage is locked and it has a solid aluminum heatsink. Noise levels are fine, since it doesn't like to go above (or below) 42% fan speed, but even then it won't break 70 C. I'd recommend waiting for newer cards from both AMD and NVidia, though.
Ok, because I was thinking of maybe making a NAS or something, and wanted to know what I should be using. Would you recommend RAID 5?
I'm guessing all of those drives are in a RAID array. If so, which one?
Far Cry 2 was good. So was the Half-Life series.
Have you ever played Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon? The puns in that game would be right up your alley.
I like their exclusive titles, but as a company, they're no more or less evil than Microsoft or Sony. Remember when they tried to get all of the walkthroughs of their games pulled from Youtube?
In your opinion, how does the performance compare to a PS4 or XBox One?
One other interesting thing that I found was that for me, with the configuration I posted, the game will not work if I have Fraps going.
My original idea involved an i7-5930k and two R9 390x's, but that went over $2000 pretty fast, so I turned it down a couple of notches.
If only it was the 2005 version... Thanks for the heads up!
The only time a GPU will work in tandem with dedicated graphics is if you do crossfire with an AMD APU (beefy integrated graphics) and an AMD GPU (only certain combinations of each will work). Also, if a laptop has an nvidia GPU, the program itself can decide whether to use integrated graphics or the GPU. For a normal desktop with a normal processor and a normal GPU, the GPU gets used for everything from Facebook to Fallout 4, and the dedicated graphics don't get used at all (unless you have a multi-monitor setup and plug one into the motherboard directly instead of the GPU).
Yeah, it's working fine. In newer games, it'll do 1080p at medium/high settings (occasionally ultra), and on older games it'll do ultra settings without too much hassle. I got coil whine during 3DMark Ice Storm, but that's the only time it happened, and no one should run that test anyways. I'm curious as to how well it'll overclock, and what the performance difference will be, so I might have to try that soon :)
Yeah, it's nice that decent Z97 boards are getting cheaper. The reason I mentioned getting 2 sticks of RAM was to take advantage of dual-channel memory, which speeds up RAM access ever so slightly. I think it makes a bigger difference with integrated graphics to be honest, but it should cost about the same as the single 8 GB stick. I got 2x8 GB of RAM, but it is totally unnecessary; even with Windows 10's... interesting use of RAM, it's never used more than 5 GB.
My only major recommendation would be to look into a Z97 board. A few more features, and decent ones can be had for $120 or less. Everything else seems fine, but if you're interested, I'd actually get 2x4 GB sticks of RAM (slightly faster for dual channel memory setups, which most motherboards support). Also, what case were you thinking of?
Performance? It should be better. The R9 380 has 28 compute units plus four disabled ones, whereas the R9 380x has all 32 compute units enabled. Not a huge difference, but a difference nonetheless (whatever the difference is, AMD decided it wasn't big enough to change the TDP over). Price? It'll cost more (seems to be ~$20 more than 4GB R9 380's). Looks? The cards are the same size, so companies that make aftermarket R9 380's will put the exact same coolers on their R9 380x's.
I saw the option come up when I was ejecting an external HDD, then I was curious and looked it up. Reddit already has a huge thread on the subject, and anyone who said they did it said the screen went blank for a little bit, then came back on. I don't think it does any permanent damage. Reddit also said this happens because of a glitch with Nvidia's new driver, since that driver has support for external graphics cards connected to Thunderbolt 3 ports, but the driver is stupid and sees any GPU as detachable.
I heard that if you click to eject it, it'll stop recognizing your GPU for a little bit (few seconds at most), then recognize it, then start it up again.
Do the RAM sticks and the CPU cooler play nice? I only have a Hyper 212 EVO, and if I had sticks in all 4 slots one would be right up against the cooler.
Nice! On my PSU, the only stiff cable was the fat 24-pin cable. I've seen reviews go back and forth between the R9 380 and the GTX 960, but how did you end up choosing your GPU?
Thanks! If you sell your social life to Best Buy or Walmart (or other stores that Intel has on a very, very long list), and you sell your soul to Intel, then you too can save $200 on an i7 (even an Extreme one) twice a year. When I got my i7-4790k, the i7-5930k was already sold out, but it was going for around $300. Also, thanks for not being that one guy who gets the first comment and uses it to tell the OP that their PSU sucks.
Yeah, it's my first (and only) mechanical keyboard, and I lucked out and got it on a Black Friday sale. My only beef with it is that I think it's a bit ugly. Like my G502 mouse (also amazing).
No worries, it's not like I could hear how you said it or anything. For 1440p, the GTX 970 is capable, but the 980 is more capable :)... too bad it's $100-$200 more. If your card didn't come with such a good factory overclock, that would have been my recommendation to get the best performance for the money.
Sorry, just saw the 1600x900 monitor, and thought, "Not my first choice, but whatever. Why does he want a 980 for that?" If the 980 is really calling to you, it's your money, not mine.
If your monitor is doing less than 1440p resolution, and you're not itching to play Crysis 3 at insane settings, then the 980 would be overkill. Aside from that, nice build!
I was looking around too, and it seems like with some other B85 motherboards it would require a BIOS update to overclock the G3258, but I only saw it for the MSI B85-G43 (one step above the one you listed). Have you ordered the parts yet?
Of course, if NVidia's Pascal cards and AMD's Arctic Islands cards do use PCIe 4.0 or something other than PCIe 3.0, then you really should just wait the year. Or build now with the R9 390, since that should do DX12 just fine.
I was in the same bind as you, but a friend told me to build now, but get a budget GPU (like a GTX 750 ti) that you wouldn't mind replacing in a year or whenever Pascal comes out. Any new-ish motherboard should work, since I doubt NVLink would make it to consumer boards anytime soon (except maybe as a new SLI bridge), and Pascal will likely be coming out within three months of PCIe 4.0 (I'd be impressed if NVidia and every motherboard manufacturer could implement it that fast). So, it's up to you: how much are you willing to spend on a GPU that will likely be replaced in a year or so? Or can you wait that long before doing your first build?
One other option is the Logitech G710+. It isn't the prettiest, and is usually pretty close to the K70 in price, but it's worked fine for me.
Edit: It's actually at least $30 less expensive than the K70 (as of the time of this edit). Just sayin'.
New Edit: Its price is totally dependent on your country. In the US, the G710+ can be had for less than the K70.
I don't know if the motherboard is up for overclocking the processor (I know that H87 and H97 boards can, as well as some B85's). What games do you plan on playing? And how long do you plan on keeping the computer? Any upgrades in the future?