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Forum Topic "Need some help with monitor selection"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Hi I will let you know precisely tomorrow if that helps. I will be getting an Acer 24" 1ms 144Hz 1080p monitor from Amazon. It was $240 before taxes brand new. The current monitor I have is an Asus 24" 1ms 60Hz 1080p monitor that is definitely pretty. I think it was $160ish. I will be able to compare the two and let you know the results! I have a 780 in my system, so I should see definite frame increases.

Forum Topic "Buying today any last improvement"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

i3 or pentium have better performance and upgradablity. the i3 4130 is a good bang-for-buck cpu. Pentium would be better for games now, i3 would be better for games later when they use multithreading. can't really vouch for the FX 6300. They're good CPU's but there are other options at that price.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2296708/intel-core-4130-6300-pentium-g3258.html

Forum Topic "Gaming PC build, including core i5 4590, Radeon 4GB GPU,opinions and suggestions wanted."

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

The monitors you have are only able to do up to 720p playback, the build you got can do 1080p. I would suggest getting rid of the monitors and buying 1080p monitors, otherwise bluray quality would be missing out if you can't do 1080p.

Either motherboard is fine, but would be wasted since you got the locked CPU. I would go for an H97 or B85 motherboard. I hope this helps!

Forum Topic "$500-600 gaming build"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

an APU build would give you great 720p gaming. 1080p and it would choke pretty hard. Just to give you an idea.

Forum Topic "Need Help Putting Together a $800 Gaming Build"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

an i5 4690k + gtx 760 with 8gb of ram would do you more than enough on Shadows of Mordor on very high settings (including streaming to twitch). 60 fps steady. My second build is what was used for my friend when playing Shadows of Mordor. You could trim off some features and hit that $800 budget with an i5 build.

Forum Topic "$900 Build help (£560)"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/vikingXcore/saved/9zNscf

Good CPU for gaming in that price range

Reliable motherboard with turbo boost option

RAM. pretty much.

1tb storage. (I'd recommend the WD Caviar Blue whenever possible)

GTX 970. This particular one is known for being super quiet.

Good budget case.

Tier 2-something psu. def reliable and more than enough for your system.

ODD. If you need it, if not that's $15 saved

You didn't note an OS, so if this includes OS I would swap out the video card for a 280x, check power requirements in case you need a bigger psu, then add the OS.

Good luck with your build!

EDIT: I'm at work and didn't wanna hassle with changing the storage option to the WD Caviar Blue because the work comp's cpu is garbage. :S

Forum Topic "Student looking to build a pc on a budget"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

oh this would be easy I think. You just need a decent CPU and like a GT 740/750 and call it good. Case would be on the shabby side though.

EDIT: Alternatively you could get an APU, but that would only be great for 720p gaming. Not so sure about 1080p

acfotiou's Completed Build: AMD Build for WoW & Multimedia

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

daww you :p I like all of the companies!

xANTO1NEx's Completed Build: The Marovingian (First Build)

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

DAMN DAT V8! hahaha xD. pretty well rounded build and good going on the combo. Great part choices.

thejd54's Completed Build: My First gaming pc i built :)

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

pics are poo I think if you cleaned your camera lens it should be better. Take pics of the insides as well! Good prices. did you turn off your APU's i-gpu after getting your 280x for performance increases, or does that really matter (I don't have any experience with APUs, so I'm curious)

patentmonkey's Completed Build: Anders First Build - Gaming Budget Beast

vikingXcore 4 Builds 5 points 53 months ago

Forgot to add your PSU friend. I would get more pics (and less blurry) on here. You might get picked on a bit for having the word beast in your title. You should look into an FX9's for a CPU upgrade soon when prices drop. That GTX 760 is definitely great. I did a build with a friend using that one and he hasn't had any problems and gets 60fps steady on almost all very high settings in Shadows of Mordor. If you get less than that, I'd suggest a CPU upgrade to help you out. Also, get a decent cpu cooler on the cheap to better cool your CPU.

acfotiou's Completed Build: AMD Build for WoW & Multimedia

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I am not a fan of this build, personally. I could've built a better computer at that price. Granted you have 2 monitors, and an SSD, I might be able to do that budget with an i5 and 280x.

Besides that. I would suggest you get a CPU cooler since this build will be able to over clock and you're going to need more power in the next year or so.

The plus's I see are the storage and the good price on the monitors. A friend of mine that I built for got the newer model of monitor and it's very pretty. I'm glad you enjoyed building this and hope to see more from you!

vgtherainman's Completed Build: Introducing MiTiS (First Gaming PC)

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

ohhhhh... very nahce.

vgtherainman's Completed Build: Introducing MiTiS (First Gaming PC)

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I love that case. I like how the Hue lights refract off the side showing off the texture making it look like carbon fiber or something :D

octonion's Completed Build: Personal Supercomputer

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Could've gotten a 800W psu and money saved would give you an ssd

bradenfontaine's Completed Build: The Deceiver

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

yeah, if the performance is still really good, then the next time I get asked to do a $600 build, I'll try out this little beasty

bradenfontaine's Completed Build: The Deceiver

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

How easy was overclocking the cpu? I love the mITX builds, I did one with/for a friend (second build) and our intel variant of that motherboard had only the two fan headers as well. Other than that I really enjoyed the quality of the motherboard. I noticed you got Seagate Barracuda 1tb. xD. I got one on mine and people complain about failure rate and noise and whatnot, but I have had no problems with it yet. I think I would opt for a L.P. heatsink just bc the tubes take up so much space in a small case. It was really hard for me to choose between the 860k and the pentium for my next build I'll be doing for a friend, but ultimately, chose the pentium to take care of single/lightly threaded games and programs now vice not being able to take advantage of 4 cores until a couple of years later.

+1 for the performance you're getting!

dfbennett83's Completed Build: HTPC and Console Alternative

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

very pretty HTPC. For an HTPC it sure looks alot like a higher end gaming pc though on the specs xD. I hope this lasts you for a long long time friend!

strikerxero's Completed Build: She needs a name.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 3 points 54 months ago

Princess Buttercup. You're welcome.

Great job on prices. I still would rather get a more budget friendly motherboard, but that is a steal of a price. I've dealt with the h100i. it's a pain with all of the cables even though it looks nice afterwards. I'd probably get a kraken. Looks very pretty!

Forum Topic "HELP need -_- first time noob -_- first build ever-_- im just 14-_- budget:1500$-1600$"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Hi 14yr old noob :p. If this is US price, I got something decent for you.

i5 4690k + GTX 970 build http://pcpartpicker.com/user/vikingXcore/saved/jfbRsY

i7 4790k + GTX 970 build http://pcpartpicker.com/user/vikingXcore/saved/MB88TW

both have a great GTX 970 and SSD. If just gaming, i5 and 8gb ram is all you need. i7 + 16gb of ram is great for editing and rendering videos and photos, pretty useless and overkill if you are just gaming. I love the cases in the parts lists. I would probably swap out HDDs for WD Caviar Blue or black. an i5 build with GTX 760+ will stream games just fine.

A decent Monitor would be a 1080p 60Hz 1ms monitor for ~$150-$170, good brands like Benq, Asus, Acer (I don't care for) Qnix any other brand you might recognize, usually.

Forum Topic "need help for a Gaming build (600-700)"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I'd go for xtroria's build, except add $10 and get a 280x.

I will say this though, with mostly max settings, my friend's pc was able to 60+ fps on Shadows of Mordor aka Orc Slayer 2K14 (his words, not mine xD). He's got an i5 4690K + GTX 760 combo and it runs like a top. You can check his parts on here, it's my second build. You should be able to get similar if not better performance with xtroria's build I believe and it's really all you need for a good while.

Forum Topic "AMD APU Build"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

If you were going for the cases that are the size of a box of spaghetti, an APU would be great. But if you got space for even an mITX build with GPU and up to $1500 budget, you could get a beast of an intel computer or even an 860K computer, while still maintaining portability of mITX (if you wanted to go that route) or the sturdy upgradeability of an ATX. APUs are specifically great for gaming at 720p for little money, but more than that and it would scream trying to run 1080p at medium settings.

I myself wanna do an APU build for funsies. Especially with an r7 250 to CF. Can't find a small enough box to go for the plunge.

Forum Topic "Gaming Laptop Parts $1,500 Budget"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

MSI or Sager. I forget of another company but there are companies that build them. I would suggest something aimed for portability with an i5 that you can stream games played on your desktop to your laptop (Steam stream for example). the letters on the end of the processor denote whether the CPU is replaceable which is something to look for if you want any sort of upgrade path for a laptop.

Forum Topic "my first time configuration (800-900$) need some advices"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

You do not need the wired adapter, the motherboard supports that already. I would suggest cut that out and upgrade to a GTX 970 since they are the new sweet spot for bang-for-buck. Otherwise just get a better 280x or 290 if you don't want to deal with a 970. All in all this is a pretty great build. can't wait to see it.

DarkApple3's Completed Build: 500$ budget ITX Gaming pc rig

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Yeah it's been that way since their inception. I'm not sure about SEGA and Nintendo, but Sony and Microsoft have done that since the PS2/Xbox.

Forum Topic "Asus Z97-pro (wifi ac) with Crucial Ballistix Sport memory?"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Under Computers and Tablets in Newegg is the Memory Finder tool. SUPER comprehensive. This should give you a more complete list of what RAM your motherboard supports. I don't know exactly how complete it is, but it goes on for pages and pages.

Find your motherboard and you're good to go. Of course they list the RAM prices for their site, so if there's RAM they don't sell, I don't know if it would even pop up on their tool.

Memory Finder

DarkApple3's Completed Build: 500$ budget ITX Gaming pc rig

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

7th generation consoles were at 30fps tops in nearly all games (can't think of a game that had higher fps). But PS4 gets 60fps EDIT: Don't know about XBone. Check the facts friends. Other than that I'd say you got a decent build there. I don't know how I feel about the motherboard, Biostar is foreign to me as far as reviews go. Great job on the price other than that!

IlikeDecepticon's Completed Build: Soundwave 30th anniversary!

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Awesome Case mod!! Now someone has to do an autobot like Blaster as the antithesis to this build!

JailBreak's Completed Build: BIG RED

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Didn't paint the motherboard back plate. -1

OK but seriously. Wow. So pretty and awesome parts. Definitely Overkill!

Forum Topic "A little bit of this a little bit of that"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/vikingXcore/saved/MB88TW

Best Haswell refresh i7

Great quality mobo

16gb of fast ram great brand

120GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD and 1TB for starting out

GTX 970 Best bang-for-buck GPU right now with comparable performance as 290/290X and overclocked = or better than GTX 780 Ti

Beautiful Case (I want this case. so. bad... >.<)

Great quality PSU with plenty of overhead for overclocking.

OS just a filler don't know if you want 8.1

WiFi best reviewed on this site that utilizes USB 3.0

A non-K version would cost about $20-$40 less.

An i5 version would cost about $100-$125 less.

This would definitely take care of all of the programs and run Wildstar like a boss.

If you want more storage than performance, then an i5 build with a 280x could give you savings towards more storage.

This would last you 5+ years. Guaranteed.

I did realize just now I forgot the CPU cooler. Damn. probably an increase in price of $30-$110 depending on what you want.

Also would need to look into fans for the case. Don't know how many comes with it, but I think 3-4 case fans would suffice and then of course the fans on the video card and CPU cooler.

Forum Topic "A little bit of this a little bit of that"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

$1500 is extremely easy. What are the musts of this build? as far as storage, programs, games. I think I could do ya an i7 build with 16gb of ram and a SSD+HDD easily for $1500. Want mITX? I can work with that too.

Forum Topic "My build is Ready. Considerations? PLEASE :D"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

It's ready friend. Can't wait for you to show it off!

Forum Topic "Will this gaming pc be good for years?"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I would swap out to the 760K and a $100 mobo and put towards a slightly better video card. Otherwise, tack on $50 and get an i5 for better performance and upgradability.

Forum Topic "Stuck choosing a motherboard, help maybe?"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

That's a hard question. I based my answer off of benchmarks seen in Tom's hardware and linustechtips and overclock.net . I'm sure there are others but off-hand that's what I got for you. It's because games are still only lightly threaded and intel cores are stronger because it's one core per die whereas amd cores are split with 2 cores sharing one die a piece.

When it comes to overclocking, Pentium still mops the floor with the 760k.

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/171712-amd-760k-vs-pentium-g3258/

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pentium-g3258-overclocking-performance,3849.html

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pentium-g3258-b81-cheap-overclocking,3888.html

http://www.overclock.net/t/1504554/760k-vs-g3258

note comment from Synge:

With both of these chips set to highest overclocks on air (about 4.7ghz each), the g3258 will spank the 760k in the majority of games. You'll get up to about 2x the FPS on lightly-threaded games, while in the most heavily-threaded games, overall FPS will be about the same.

However, in highly-threaded games like BF4 multiplayer and Crysis 3, while the average FPS will be about the same between the two CPUs, the Pentium will have more frequent framerate dips, while the Athlon's frames will stay more steady.

In short: Older games / most existing games: g3258 (big win) Some new games, future games: 760k (smaller win)

Swapping out your 760k for a G3258 would be more of a sidegrade than an upgrade. Being as you already have the 760k, I would just get a decent cooler and overclock what you have - and save your money for a future i5 or better.

Forum Topic "Stuck choosing a motherboard, help maybe?"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

ASrock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI. No particular order. $75-$100 will get the job done and still have quality behind the brand to last you a long time.

By the way. Just looking at your build I'll let you know a few things from recent research I did the past few days.

Pentium G3258 stock does better than either the 740k-760k's.

I would check on the quality of that SSD. If you got an old hdd you're plugging into this then I will not suggest you get one of those instead. Saying that, as far as SSDs go, I'd try for PNY, Sandisk, Samsung, Plextor, Crucial (no particular order). Some Kingstons are quality, but I think it's the older ones so look into that. Is 60GB really what you want??? storage-wise you won't be able to game and CAD with no space to store the information and those take quite a bit of info, that's why I'd suggest just a HDD.

That's pretty much all I got to say. I've put together a similar parts list for $650 including OS, but no Monitor, mouse, keyboard, or speakers.

msturtz's Completed Build: Blue

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

It is considered best, in theory, to get a matching stick of 8gb of ram. Would it work with other sticks? Yes. How long? Probably not long. Some people have said that their system would mess up. Some say it works fine. I would research it if I were you. A fallback option would be to sell the stick you have for a fraction of what you paid, then get 2x4gb or 2x8gb set of ram with a cas of 9 and atleast 1600MHz.

The GTX 970 is the new bang-for-buck GPU on the market right now. Below that would definitely be the 280X. So if 970 is out of your price range, definitely go for the 280X. Hope this helps!

msturtz's Completed Build: Blue

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

This really isn't a bad build. Atleast you got a 4690k and a decent motherboard. You're set to upgrade your GPU without worries. If you do upgrade, depending on what you get, you'll have to upgrade your psu to support the increased power draw. If you're planning on getting a GTX970, you'll be safe with a 500/550 PSU. 100W more for a 980. Try for XFX or Seasonic for PSU, otherwise check out tom's hardware PSU tier list, then pick an appropriate t1-t2b psu. You'll be set.

Other than that, mmm... I guess another stick of matching RAM for dual channel and a 128GB SSD. This really is a great build with upgradeability!

DiRonic's Completed Build: Son's First Build

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I really like the zalman heatsinks. I'm looking to use it eventually in another build.

Eebit's Completed Build: My Igloo

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

This is a good first build then! I mean, look at how awkward my first build turned out. I absorbed those lessons like a sponge and applied as much as I could remember on the other builds. Hope to see upgrades!

psych180's Completed Build: Off to university build!

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

No sir, not really. If the NZXT G10 GPU block fits, that'd be a "cheap" alternative, atleast compared to custom liquid cooling. You slap it on, get a single fan closed-loop cpu coller and an extra 120mm fan and call it good. Otherwise, just deal with the sound. I'm one for not really caring about the sound bc I got used to pc sounds in the 90's when the computer would be louder than some dryers and jets xD.

aPost23's Completed Build: Improved First Build

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

The build is nothing to gawk at, and if the motherboard isn't dipped in gold at that price point, there's no point in spending that much money if you're only going to use the features hmm maybe what, a few days out of the month? Yeah i'd stick to a cheaper $120-$150 motherboard. It's still a great motherboard, but $200+ is insane.

pdohr33's Completed Build: First Build - Dream Project

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Fish eye lens much??? Hahaha. Atleast the quality of pics are great and you can see everything. It looks good overall. How is the dual monitor setup with your 780? Do you stream or something?

Eebit's Completed Build: My Igloo

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Considering the rest of the build, I would've gotten a case that was atleast half that. Then you'd have better performance. Also the hdd's were overpriced, but I don't know if you got them in a country other than the US. It's a great case and I know there are cable management features, but it looks like you didn't utilize them. And 12GB of ram is definitely odd. I'd either have went with 16gb for the same price, or spent half of that price for 8gb and upgraded the CPU. Overall a somewhat awkward build.

Don't know when this was built, but If around the beginning of October, I would've gotten a better 970 build, or before October would've gotten a still yet better 280x build.

The upgrades I would do with this build are maybe 990fx mobo and 8350+, a 970/980, and 1 more stick of that ram to get 16gb quad channel. That would definitely increase the performance.

kevinw0ng's Completed Build: College/Gaming/Video Editing/Redditing/Everything

vikingXcore 4 Builds 0 points 54 months ago

cable management. uggghhh. Other than that great job. how's the performance with that cpu/gpu combo?

aPost23's Completed Build: Improved First Build

vikingXcore 4 Builds 9 points 54 months ago

Looks great. Still don't understand the price for extra features in that motherboard. Maybe i'm too cheap xD. This is a very classy black/red schemed build though.

psych180's Completed Build: Off to university build!

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

yeah you did a really good job on the insides too. Are you planning on getting an aftermarket cpu cooler just for the sheer fact that there's noise, or does it not bother you too much?

Forum Topic "Budget-ish Mini ITX Build"

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I'm really excited to see how this build turns out. I love the case and mITX builds

Forum Topic "How would I go about setting up a multi-cast stream on twitch?"

vikingXcore submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Hi holy crap someone unsertood what my goal was! Thanks for the input!

Forum Topic "$654 Build. Could I do better at same price or less?"

vikingXcore submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Yeah, I saw on tom's hardware that the performance difference is apparent between even a stock pentium g3258 and a 750k, with the pentium being a boss across the charts. That's definitely worth consideration if I can get a mobo with it and spend the same or less than with the setup I currently have on this parts list.

Forum Topic "$654 Build. Could I do better at same price or less?"

vikingXcore submitter 4 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thank you for your feedback. As a sidenote: I might overclock his GPU and CPU just to see if we could budge those settings any. But this build calls for economy over performance, so other than maybe switching the GPU to a 280, I'm afraid I might be stuck. Would a pentium be worth switching to if I could budget a 280x?

And dual channel will give him an extra few fps, but less space to expand, so that is why I think single-channel is looking appetizing with this build. Who knows, this kid probably would mess it up later on down the line if he were to add a stick of RAM. Muhhh...

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