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s.a.wood15's Completed Build: Carbon Fiber is the New Black

vikingXcore 4 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

OMG I want those fans! They look so awesome with the way they're lit up! Are they very loud? Noise doesn't bother me that much, but if these are silent as they are cool, I wantz.

Carbon fiber job looks top notch. How was making the holes around the buttons and ports?

Great job on the price with every you did. This was an incredibly smart move, money-wise.

ctkeat's Completed Build: Sub-$650 Gaming Build

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

:O $160?! Yep buying another one soon then :D

ctkeat's Completed Build: Sub-$650 Gaming Build

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Great choice of monitor! :D

It may be only 1080p, but the refresh rate and high quality specs make this a great monitor to have, especially at $250USD or less.

Good job on cable management!

Blog Post "$700 Core i5-4460 Gaming Build Video "

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

SLI could make sense if scaling was better than what it is now, but that's extra money better put else where. It's still a solid board.

Blog Post "$700 Core i5-4460 Gaming Build Video "

vikingXcore 4 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

what's wrong with the mobo? I haven't seen any reviews on it, but based on the specs seems to be fine and great fit for the case and cpu.

The CX series PSUs I can understand how some ppl would be hesitant on that, but even if the PSU didn't hit the rated 500W, the overall power draw wouldn't be too much for it to handle.

To the pcpp staff, good job on the build and getting that deal with newegg! $700 is a great price point with the included hardware!

Forum Topic "Best Video Card for 500 bucks???"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

The three guys that commented before me are correct. Either of those cards are great at that price range. the air-cooled R9 Fury is really nice, so I'd look at that.

Martiis's Completed Build: The Martiis - My First Build

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I can attest to your statement.

Bought my SSD last year on Black Friday for a steal of $80 (normally around $160). After doing so, in January-March-ish the price dropped to $120 normal. Now I can find my SSD sometimes running for about $100 brand new. People should always consider when a pc was made when it comes to pricing.

Forum Topic "First PC Built, i think i made a mistake"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

No matter how awesome of a cooling system setup you have, you will still have to deal with the heat created, cooling systems just spit the heat away from the computer as fast as possible to keep your pc parts cool. Only important part are the computer's hardware temps.

My computer keeps my legs toasty during bouts of dungeoning online! But my CPU stays at a relatively frosty 45C.

Forum Topic "What is a worthy upgrade from my 760?"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Since you're running a 1080p IPS monitor, a step up from the newer GPU of the same tier does sound beneficial at $300 if you're looking for a solid 60fps with any, or at least most, games. It really does come down to the GTX 970 or R9 390, as you say.

If the rumored 380x is coming out, and is priced lower than the other two, it might be worthwhile, but the performance gain between the current 760 to the 380x might not be as big as you'd expect with 1080p@60hz monitor. (A monitor with a higher refresh rate would considerably increase the lead the possible 380x would have.)

If you plan on keeping your monitor for a couple or more years, I would wait it out until the next generation to make a decision.

My friend has a GTX 760 and that puppy can sure throw down on some meaty games and has at least a few years in it for what he plays!

I would suggest waiting it out until the performance gains between your card and the new card of choice are big enough that you know it's time to give up the beast.

philphaser's Completed Build: Coconut Lime 1.2

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Not going to mention the song reference since someone beat me to it in the 1.1 completed build xP.

Very nice build. I have this case and it's pretty swell. The only problem I had with were the cheap/breakable tabs or standoffs or whatever on the front fan door/cover. Other than that it's a beauty.

Paint job looks great too!

Excellent work on the PSU cables pulling them all through that grommet. I was unable to do the same with my sleeved corsair cables as they were still a bit bulky.

I haven't even heard of WD Purple. I'm curious what category that one fits among the black, blue, red, and green ones.

Chris4lyfie's Completed Build: Second Personal Build (Please Give Me Ideas For A Name For It)

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Borscht. Because it looks like borscht... with excellent cable management.

Blog Post "NZXT S340 Razer Edition Build"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Sorry what was that? Been watching youtube videos of people playing Rocket League. ^ ^

Great to know! I did see his video the other day. I didn't realize it was for this rig! Yes, he did a great job.

Enjoy bicycle-kicking like Liu Kang! Wataaa!

Blog Post "NZXT S340 Razer Edition Build"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

What a lovely rig you have there! This is super nice and the cables were done great. I didn't get to watch with audio with being at work, but what where the cable extensions used?

That video card is so smexy. Definitely jelly right now.

I hope you get some productivity done and all, seeing as you had made an earlier comment about playing the occasional game of Rocket league. That game is almost as addicting as Super Smash Bros imo.

Also hat tip to the staff for this video! I hope to see more! Maybe another crazy mITX build with the nano (if you can even get your hands on one that is?)!

Blog Post "NZXT S340 Razer Edition Build"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

He didn't say to use your neck to do it xP

Forum Topic "Top 5 anticipated games"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

yep it is. I'm sure they'll have a pc version 10years from when it releases. Nonetheless, I am sooo excited for it to happen!

golden3angle's Completed Build: The Cannibal Budget Build

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

I also double-taped a foam from the graphic card box for top ventilation holes to reduce fan noise.

This is a great idea!

KaPower's Completed Build: The Little HTPC that Could

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

that passive cooling heatsink is awesome xD. How is the quality of the case?

Apothocary's Completed Build: Vorga

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Sooo nice. You made that Phanteks look good! Where did you get that fan grill/cover for the dual 120 rad? Everything is so custom and nice!

TechTested's Completed Build: BIGGER FAN PLEASE!!!

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Hahaha yeah! Great video btw! I hope it works out. That was really interesting!

TechTested's Completed Build: BIGGER FAN PLEASE!!!

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

If there's a dust filtee on the inside of that panel you have won the interwebz for the day

born_flyer's Completed Build: Dark Knight

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

you're not alone. i thought it was a corsair obsidian series of some time with zalman side panels xD

Forum Topic "Streaming/Gaming Computer for roughly $800"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

It's not even necessary to overclock unless you're a power user anyways. Having that ability though does help like 3 years from now

Forum Topic "Streaming/Gaming Computer for roughly $800"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I did not mention overclocking at all. I did specifically state "at stock clocks" for a reason. Because at stock clocks, there is negligible difference.

There is no real performance difference between the locked i5 I chose and the 4690k at stock clocks. 1 or 2 fps increase is not a difference, that's a margin of error.

Even with overclocking, you're hoping for a performance increase (depending on what you're doing) of up to some small figure percentage, from stressing out your CPU decreasing its lifespan.

Forum Topic "Streaming/Gaming Computer for roughly $800"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

There is no real performance difference between the locked i5 I chose and the 4690k at stock clocks. 1 or 2 fps increase is not a difference, that's a margin of error.

The 970 is still a boss at 1080p over 60fps even with the handicap, I would still recommend this for 1080p builds where someone has a 1080p@120-144Hz monitor or dual or tri-1080p@60Hz monitors.

(I was trying to not go too far overboard on the budget, which is why I chose the 970, otherwise I would've done the r9 competitor to it at the next price point or the 980 :D)

Forum Topic "Best Value PC (high end)"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Ya, and the r9 390 will make the owner very happy! Good luck!

Forum Topic "Streaming/Gaming Computer for roughly $800"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $159.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $74.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $38.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $78.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage *Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB ACX 2.0+ Video Card $329.26 @ Mwave
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $68.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $855.19
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-07 01:06 EDT-0400

So this is a start of what I got. I even got a colored theme to it! Black and blue

People have yet to believe me when I say that a Haswell i5 quadcore processor paired with a GTX 760 can stream to twitch any gameplay quite easily at stock clocks (keep that in mind), so what I did was went with the typical setup for Streaming with a slight difference.

CPU, this is an i5 and almost as strong as the unlocked 4690K at stock clocks. What people tend to go with is an i7 right out the gate. I did not, as I priorized the SSD over an i7 build without an SSD.

Mobo. solid motherboard. Locked, which is okay since your CPU can't overclock. Has the essentials. No-frills, if you will.

RAM. It's RAM. Fast RAM, on par with 1600@9. This could use a 2x8GB set for longevity reasons, but still, 8GB is plenty for streaming and playing games.

Storage. Solid Bang-for-buck SSD and HDD. When the Barracuda series came out, there were issues with a certain batch, and now you'll deal with people who troll others for picking the HDD based off a single batch even after the issues got fixed. The ones who get this HDD nowadays for the most part are very satisfied with their purchase.

Video Card. It's awesome and does things.

Case. Hey! It matches the other parts! :B

PSU. Solid bang-for-buck PSU.

So the issues with most of the PC community setting you up with a streaming build at this price are this:

Streaming has been mashed into our head until our brains turn to gravy to mean USE i7. So i7 is a must. Oh, you're getting an i7? Automatically pick 4790K, because why wouldn't you if you get an i7? Casual or something??!!?

Mobo: Duh the gaming overclocking one with sooo many PCI slots and software, just so I can change the onboard sound into morse code saying "GAMING BOSS DETECTED) because reasons.

RAM = 16GB always

Storage = 1TB HDD if you're a casual, SSD has to be included at all prices (mostly) though.

Video Card = GTX #70 or higher or equivalent; R9 #80X or higher or equivalent.

Case = Full tower because man things

PSU = Seasonic or the companies they sell their PSUs to.

I DON'T HAVE THIS VIEWPOINT, THIS IS JUST WHAT YOU'LL SEE MORE OFTEN THAN NOT

I would like to just say that I've witnessed high/ultra settings 1080p@60fps gameplay being streamed to twitch for 24 hours straight without hang ups. (This was actually a friend's build that I had helped put together for here ). We had a fun extra-life gaming event that went for 24hours to raise money for children's hospitals in our local area. Off and on I'll watch him stream to twitch his game play on Shadows of Mordor and The Evil Within, and having minor frame drops (~5-ish) while streaming.

Not to say get an 960 or whatever, but just to give you a perspective from an undereducated person like me.

What I would like to see is that you opt for i7 and buying an SSD later, since they don't actually reflect great in gaming. (You load quicker. that's it.)

Everything else seems great. I hope this helps!

Forum Topic "Best Value PC (high end)"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $299.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler CRYORIG R1 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler $89.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus X99-PRO/USB 3.1 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $309.99 @ Amazon
Memory *G.Skill Value 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $78.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage *Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $673.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT Noctis 450 ATX Mid Tower Case $131.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $68.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Aerocool DS 140mm Black 93.4 CFM 140mm Fan $13.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Aerocool DS 140mm Black 93.4 CFM 140mm Fan $13.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Aerocool DS 140mm Black 93.4 CFM 140mm Fan $13.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Aerocool DS 140mm Black 93.4 CFM 140mm Fan $13.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1853.87
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-07 00:44 EDT-0400

Pricey, yes, but Every part has really great performance and overall is very quiet. The video card may be the loudest.

CPU is a really great, strong 6-core hyper-threaded CPU.

CPU Cooler is a personal favorite (although I've read that there might compatibility issues with LGA2011-3) Performance and noise on par with Noctua's variant. The fans that come with it are amazing. Overall looks sooo good.

Mobo. Don't know anything about it personally, but from a well-known company that has a pretty great reputation. It's whatever if you don't like it; just get a different one.

RAM is RAM. Tried to get it to match with mobo.

Storage. I just went with bang-for-buck over absolute performance. Highly reliable choices here.

Video Card. MSI 980Ti. 'nuff said.

Case. I really like this case. Very solid. Has an integrated 8-port PWM fan hub. No clue how well it works. Has RGB floor lighting and can fit tri-fan rads. Drools

PSU. Solid PSU for the price. Plenty of wattage. Pretty sure you could SLI a second card no problem, but to be safe, I would get at least an 850W.

Fans. These are super quiet, pushes air very well & looks smexy. If you don't care for the stripes, there are other options too!

The color theme overall is black/grey (some white).

Forum Topic "Best CPU air cooler for under $100"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Cryptic r1 ultimate or its taller bro, universal. One of the best performing and certainly the best looking. Hey I think the lucifer is under a hundo! xD

vikingXcore's Completed Build: Tiny Tina 2.5

vikingXcore submitter 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

My hdd is fine. The fans are the only noise I get, and I keep my hard drive clean and defragmented :B.

The older Barracuda series are the ones that had the most problems, which Seagate addressed with the next series. I've seen people complain about WD C. Blue just as much when they first came out. Now they're just as great of quality.

I would like to note that when I first got my HDD running, it was making noises and I thought, "oh god, it's one of those" and unrelated problems arose when I was doing some things. I stopped doing those things and after about a week or two, the noise went away and haven't had any issues since.

Between WD and this HDD, I would say get whichever is cheaper, but I hear that the Hitachi at this price (ultrastar or deskstar, I forget) would be the better buy over either of those two.

markasoftware's Completed Build: "The Pheonix" FX 6300/GTX 750 Ti

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

First of all, the instructions/manual that came with it SUCKS. It barely describes anything, and with little detail.

Yep, sounds like just about any case manual. hahahaha

Good job on the parts! Cables could be cleaner, but oh well. Looks good. Good job!

nchu1688's Completed Build: The Red and Black Beast

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

$100 for that PSU? Yes please.

You pretty much picked the best of everything in this chipset and I agree the monitor is fantastic (my Acer has the same panel = same monitor, basically). Where did you get the cables at anyways? Looks great. love the theme.

Forum Topic "2000 dollar max"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I apologize for the black and gold build, here is a black and blue build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $279.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler CRYORIG R1 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler $89.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $104.99 @ Micro Center
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $84.49 @ SuperBiiz
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $82.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Best Buy
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury 4GB Tri-X Video Card $569.98 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $121.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $88.88 @ NCIX US
Case Fan Aerocool DS 140mm Blue 93.4 CFM 140mm Fan $15.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Aerocool DS 140mm Blue 93.4 CFM 140mm Fan $15.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Aerocool DS 140mm Blue 93.4 CFM 140mm Fan $15.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Aerocool DS 140mm Blue 93.4 CFM 140mm Fan $15.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1637.24
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-03 02:02 EDT-0400

I put the fans in there in case you wanted to replace the cooler fans or have extra blue lighting

Forum Topic "2000 dollar max"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

OH Crap. Didn't see a comment you had made about wanting blue LEDs and stuff. Sorry. Down-vote as necessary >.<

Forum Topic "2000 dollar max"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $279.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler CRYORIG R1 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler $89.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z97-E/USB3.1 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $128.89 @ OutletPC
Memory GeIL Black Dragon 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $100.30 @ Amazon
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $82.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Best Buy
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB 20th Anniversary Gold Edition Video Card $619.99 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply XFX XTR 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $115.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $88.88 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1657.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-03 01:26 EDT-0400

This is a bit over-priced, but that's because I went for a legitimately good gold/black build. (Couldn't find a nice cost-effective PSU with gold lettering, so I went for this. I might've overlooked some cheaper ones though).

If theme's not an issue, then this build with same specs, but different parts could be at least $200 less overall.

As far as monitors go, what resolution were you wanting? That might hurt the theme of the build, but having a more cost-effective rig would be more logical than a shiny one with gold all over the place xD

I'd like to help you out though, and this build is more of a fun dream of mine.

I would like to note that the CPU cooler is amazing for the cost/performance/noise.

Forum Topic "First ever PC"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

It's possible.

The parts you've chosen are pretty popular and I've seen the ones that have been out before 9xx's came out on sale for at least $10 cheaper, so it's possible.

As another option, I would say if you could save up a bit of money on top of what you'll get, you could cover the extra cost that way.

Forum Topic "2000 dollar max"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

teehee. All the Devestator bundles!!

Forum Topic "First ever PC"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

You should try your hand at this when black friday rolls around. Surely by then you could squeeze a 970 or 390! (Yes, I know your name is not Shirly xP)

Forum Topic "nvidia 980 ti vs 970"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

At 1080p a 970 would get over 60fps fairly easily. As far as how many over, that's beyond me. Just do the middle man and get the 980. Still a studly card and does really well at 1080p. Heck my 780 gets over 60fps in many many games at 1080p and it's almost on par with the 970. The Acer GN246HL is being put to good use by this card. (ARK is another story. Medium settings?! QQ's)

Forum Topic "Building my girlfriend a small mini ITX gaming shoebox"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Co0lgamer raised valid points and has a great build. Go for that instead!

Forum Topic "Gaming build $1000 MAX $850 Minimum"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago
Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $89.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $109.00 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $82.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card $329.98 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $73.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $91.71 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $864.54
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-03 00:08 EDT-0400

As far as monitors go:

Type Item Price
Monitor BenQ GL2460HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $149.99 @ Amazon
Monitor BenQ GL2460HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $149.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $299.98
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-03 00:10 EDT-0400

I hope this helps. For an extra $40, you could get an FX8320 which would be nice.

EDIT: Also saving up for a decent CPU cooler would help too!

volldal's Completed Build: Corsair air 540 build

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

That ribbon-style SLI bridge needs to go xD

This build is immaculate! Everything on this is top notch. Very impressed!

Forum Topic "Top 5 anticipated games"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I... I'm surprised no one is talking about Final Fantasy VII remake... :'(

That's the one I'm waiting for...

Also you just mentioned Half Life 3, that just tacked another decade to the wait, thanks.

Oh god I just mentioned Half Life 3!?!

DAMMIT I DID IT AGAIN.

Forum Topic "Has anyone else not got their Windows 10 upgrade yet?"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Download microsoft's media creation tool. That'll sort you out. I tried the cmd line process and didn't work, so I used that instead. Enjoy the search bar!

Forum Topic "Has anyone else not got their Windows 10 upgrade yet?"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

you'll be fine. I just did yesterday with the windows media creation tool and it worked out great.

Forum Topic "Windows 7 vs Windows 10"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

http://reviews.gizmodo.com/windows-10-the-gizmodo-review-1720872266

This was a fairly comprehensive article from gizmodo.

You'll do everything from the search bar. the windows button is useless now, but still implemented hahaha. At the moment I only use the windows button for email access. That's.... yeah, that's about it.

Forum Topic "1st PC build part suggestions. (Good for Minecraft Modding)"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Hi could you post what the price should include? (monitor, mouse, keyboard, OS?) Also, are you near a Micro Center? If you're within an hour away from a Micro Center, they have stellar deals on CPU and motherboards.

What about form factor?

Wifi or no need? I ask those two questions because mITX motherboards nowadays have wifi built into them (some mATX and even ATX motherboards do too!)

That would make helping you very easy for us.

By the way, you'll need software to keep viruses away. You should check out the Antivirus Malware Security Forum and find some ideas there. Would you want that included in the budget as well? They can cost almost as much as an OS, but on a yearly basis, although some decent ones are free.

Forum Topic "Console crusher for up to 1000$"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

thanks :D

Forum Topic "Console crusher for up to 1000$"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

yeah I misread the parts I think. Review stars probably threw me off too.

Forum Topic "Console crusher for up to 1000$"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Oh, that's alright. Well, I have a bit of experience, although I did start out as new to this as you did not too long ago.

I googled all the different graphics cards and went on youtube to see how benchmarks and gameplay and overall quality of each of the GPUs.

You were looking for a console crushing system. Well, graphics will be the main factor (and then computing power will be almost just as important).

Considering that the most up-to-date console plays at the same level as an average system with an r7 260-r9 270<--maaaaaybe resulting in medium settings, 900p resolution at 45-60fps, that leaves with r7 270x, r7 370, GTX 760, GTX 960 and better to crush the graphics of a console at high and ultra settings, 1080p@60.

This is based off of what reviewers and owners have said about their computers.

A good resource would probably be like the various forums of popular websites (tomshardware, overclockers.net, pc world, etc.) or popular reviewers like linustechtips who has posted everything he knows about every video card that is out right now (amongst other various pc parts).

Use your judgement. I would say pick what settings you want to play at, pick the resolution, and how many fps you wanna see.

r9 280, 285, 280x, 380 are amazing cards to push high settings at 1080p@60 consistently. on the Nvidia side of things, the 760 and 960 have similar performance, but at ~$200 the R9 285/380 ro 280x will be the best bet.

If you want higher than 60 fps at mostly ultra settings at 1080p, which I would recommend only if you have a monitor that is rated higher than 60Hz, a 770, 970, 390 in the $250-$350 range would be best bet.

EDIT: I would actually include 280x and 780 in the list above as well. And I would add 780 in the list below, since I own the 780 personally

If you plan on gaming 1440p@60 at high settings, the 970 and 390 would still be great (at this point I would pick 390 for the extra VRAM personally).

And it keeps scaling up from there.

This is just what I've learned from my research.

Forum Topic "Console crusher for up to 1000$"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $159.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard *MSI H97M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $65.98 @ Newegg
Memory *G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card *PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card $213.99 @ NCIX US
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $59.50 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $68.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $91.71 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $747.04
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-01 19:33 EDT-0400

This is a bit more conservative, but will definitely do well in nearly any game you throw at it on high/ultra settings at 1080p@60Hz. I picked the OEM version of the Windows 8.1 since you can choose to upgrade to Windows 10 within a year and by then major patches for win10 will be out and dx12 games will have already started coming out. With OEM though, you'd have to purchase a new copy every time you switch out your motherboard (maybe other, more simple parts too), so I would say if you were really serious about a gaming pc, don't get an OEM version, and get a normal version for the added flexibility.

EDIT: With HBM2 possibly coming out on the next series of video cards next year. You may want to spend $200 or less and wait for a better video card with HBM2 in it to be safe. Just a thought.

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