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spider-prime
09-04-2013, 03:41 AM
Trying to decide, everyone I've been somewhat interested in have mixed reviews. So I'm going to pass on those.

It's for a LGA1150 socket, I'm getting a i7 4770k CPU.

So I want something that gets the most out of it. I was going to wait till I got to the store to ask what they think I should get...but then I thought about it and they will only want me to buy what they want me to buy and not what I want.

So any good choices out there?

I hate looking up motherboards. Only thing I haven't decided on yet.

Drunken Savior
09-04-2013, 05:09 AM
Well tell us what you are looking out of it.

Overlocking? What features do you want? Lots of USB 3.0 ports? Better Audio than Realtek? Video outputs via Intel HD? All 6 GB/s SATA ports? Room for SLI/CF? Any brands you're looking to avoid? How much are you looking to spend?

Dj Jimmi Zero
09-04-2013, 05:53 AM
I'm building a new PC as well, I have overheating issues with my current setup and the parts are a little old. What do you think of these parts?

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131876
Tower: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146097
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284

Drunken Savior
09-04-2013, 06:05 AM
All of those parts look fine but it's too rich for my blood! I wish I could throw around that kind of money on a machine, haha. Do you O/C for fun or is there something you do with the extra gained processing?

spider-prime
09-04-2013, 09:29 PM
I'm tied between
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_1201&item_id=060868

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?item_id=060730


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130693

These are basically what I'm looking for, I think the MSI MB is very nice. I might go with that one.

Drunken Savior
09-04-2013, 10:35 PM
Can't go wrong with either the Asus or the MSI. I do like that the Asus has only USB 3.0 ports and built in wifi. But it's arguable that you won't be taking advantage of both of those features.

spider-prime
09-04-2013, 10:40 PM
Yah that's what I figured with them also. Having over 4 USB 3.0 ports are all I really need and the built in wifi I already read is crap and I already have another wifi card from my old computer that I'm just going to switch over.

Plus, I like that the MSI has soundblaster drivers instead of realtek, I've only had problems with realtek drivers that I went out and bought a soundblaster sound card. Never had a problem since.

Dj Jimmi Zero
09-05-2013, 10:17 AM
All of those parts look fine but it's too rich for my blood! I wish I could throw around that kind of money on a machine, haha. Do you O/C for fun or is there something you do with the extra gained processing?

I work on Photoshop, Maya, and Cubase from time to time, I also like the extra power so my games are future proofed. Everything in my current setup is made for overclocking except for the CPU, and the motherboard itself is ready for AM3+ cpu's.

Drunken Savior
09-05-2013, 10:33 AM
Well to be fair, a $250 case doesn't provide any benefit to any of that over a $100 case. ;) You can find a case that provides excellent space, airflow, or silence for $150.

Dj Jimmi Zero
09-05-2013, 01:42 PM
Your right, but I really like the case, it's fancy n'stuff, and it's perfect for the liquid cooler that I'm getting.

progmetal
09-06-2013, 10:25 AM
I bought an asus z77v mobo with built in wifi. Best wifi i ever had. Been so dissapointed in alot of the usb thingies.

Drunken Savior
09-06-2013, 11:07 AM
I bought an asus z77v mobo with built in wifi. Best wifi i ever had. Been so dissapointed in alot of the usb thingies.

Additionally, as silly as it seems, I'm actually out of USB ports in the back of my machine. :( And I'd like to add other PCI cards if I could. Using either a USB port or a PCI slot for wifi seems like a waste for me. I'm not planning on getting a new mobo anytime soon, maybe 2017 or so, but when I do, I'm probably putting a high emphasis on a built in wifi solution over PCI or USB.

The ultimate irony of all of that is that I use a wired connection 90% of the time, unless I bring my tower to a LAN which is like only 3 times a year.

spider-prime
09-06-2013, 03:28 PM
That's what I was planning to do is buy a USB port for a PCI-E 1x slot. They are on sale at the store for 10 dollars.

spider-prime
09-10-2013, 07:43 AM
fuckkk finally finished building this new computer and modular PSU are funny when you don't actually plug them in correctly lol I kept swithcing everything around thinking I didn't plug them in right and then I released..... I FORGOT TO PLUG THEM INTO THE PSUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!

So here I am thinking the new Geforce 770 GTX that I got was broken, but it was cause I forgot to plug in the one PCI-E power cord..... That's what I get for doing this at 5 in the morning.

I got the MSI board, works great, I love it's bios menus, makes it really easy to change things compared to other bios for computers I had, very easy to overclock.

I forgot to buy a PCI-E 1x wifi card, cause I forgot to check if it had a PCI slot which it doesn't, so I can't use my wifi card till I get a new one. oh well, I have a long enough cord for now for the net.Downloading some games now to see how well this will work.

I also got some of the I/O shield in the back jammed these little things into the ports, too annoying ot unplug everything so I said FUCK IT! I'm chopping those things off!

GAHHHHHHHHHH! But overall, great new computer. very fast, Windows 7 boots up in 8 secs. For now anyways till I start loading this HDD full of stuff :P

Drunken Savior
09-10-2013, 04:28 PM
I don't think you ever told us the specs! Also, good choice on a modular PSU, makes cable management a breeze if you have a decent case. And yeah, my ASUS mobo has one of those visual bios (I forgot the name EFUI or something) and it's nice to use a mouse on the bios, haha.

Congrats on the new build. Now test everything!

spider-prime
09-10-2013, 10:12 PM
They were all out of i7 4770k and I didn't want to wait, so I just got a i5 4670k instead. The only main thing really missing from the two is that the i7 has hyper threading.

i5 4670k
Gskill 16gb ripjawX 1600mhz They were on sale for 99 dollars and they are great to OC with, I got it up to 2000mhz without any problem.
the MSI Z87 Motherboard from above
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 770 Windforce I was only going to get a 760, but since they didn't have the 4770k CPU I was going to get, I said fuck it and got it. Well worth the cash, can't believe how awesome this card is, has no problem running anything.
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3093&product_name=HAF%20922%20(USB%203.0%20version)

This is the case I got, on sale for 55 dollars, well worth it, very easy to put everything together with cause everything is removable and tons of expansion for tons of HDDs.

I just got a WD Black 1 TB HDD for now, didn't want to buy something I was unsure of and it was 20 dollars off. I'm not worried about space with it, cause I still have a 3TB HDD for storage.

Last I got a LG Bluray 14x writer for 40 dollars. Didn't come with any software, but doesn't matter, my last bluray drive came with one.

Drunken Savior
09-10-2013, 10:16 PM
Few programs really use hyperthreading anyways. But that setup looks pretty solid. You're ready for Battlefield 4, lulz.

Use that BD drive to rip blurays!

Rip them using this. It's free while it's in beta, you just need to check the forums for the new beta serial keys every few weeks (http://www.makemkv.com/aboutmkv/)

Then you use Handbreak to encode the mkv to a more manageable size. I'm sure you know how to use Handbreak. ;)

spider-prime
09-10-2013, 10:45 PM
that's what I figured also, so I just went with the cheaper CPU.

You want my crap load of bluray movies, don't you!

Drunken Savior
09-10-2013, 11:30 PM
Sending all your rips on a SSD will suffice. Thank you. :D

spider-prime
09-11-2013, 12:28 AM
Doh! I also got the 770 cause it was supposed to have a code for Batman Arkham Origins but then I found out it's only at certain retailers, ie not the one I bought mine from :(

Drunken Savior
09-11-2013, 12:33 AM
That sucks man. I bet Arkham Origins would be a great game to benchmark your machine with.

spider-prime
09-11-2013, 12:35 AM
I just check their site! I AM supposed to get it! WTFFFFF ME WANT NOWWWWW!

http://www.canadacomputers.com/nvidia/batman.php

Just emailed them, hopefully they tell me the information I want.

Drunken Savior
09-11-2013, 01:12 AM
When I got BL2 with my 670, there was a card with a code in my box. Double check that shit!

spider-prime
09-11-2013, 01:37 AM
WILL DO!

dang not there.

Chronos
09-11-2013, 02:18 PM
Make sure you check out that MSI motherboard on the MSI forums, because I know their boards can be a bit of a gamble sometimes. I generally go for Asus or Gigabyte motherboards in the builds that I do.

Drunken Savior
09-11-2013, 05:39 PM
Also, here's a helpful website for setting up your new OS with the 3rd party software you like to use. I've used it before and it's very beneficial. You pick what you want, and it downloads the newest versions without bloatware.

http://ninite.com/

spider-prime
09-11-2013, 05:57 PM
Make sure you check out that MSI motherboard on the MSI forums, because I know their boards can be a bit of a gamble sometimes. I generally go for Asus or Gigabyte motherboards in the builds that I do.

I read a lot of reviews on it before buying it. It's working just fine. It's one of the higher rated also on Newegg

But, I do get batman! WOOO! They just didn't have the codes yet to give out and I have to go to the store tomorrow to pick it up.

spider-prime
09-12-2013, 11:38 PM
Batman is mineeeeeeee! I wonder if I get the deathstroke preorder bonus still?

spider-prime
09-13-2013, 07:36 PM
Wow, what timing and luck.

While transferring files from my old PC to a external, my video card crapped out on me, I tried switching it and computer won't turn on anymore.
Luckily it wasn't the HDD so I got it out and just shoved it into the new computer to transfer the rest of the files.

So this pile of hunka hunka love is going into the junka junka pile!

Drunken Savior
09-13-2013, 11:57 PM
What card died?

spider-prime
09-14-2013, 04:26 AM
What card died?

my 560 ti, didn't last too long compared to other cards I've gotten.

Sulblazer
09-14-2013, 05:30 AM
I'm running an AMD rig...not nearly as powerful as yours (but honestly, what AMD rig would be?)....but I just recently upgraded from an old Gigabyte AM3+ board to an ASUS sabertooth 990 revision 2 board...190 bucks well spent, I think. My old board was bottlenecking the crap out of the 670 gtx because it was a first gen PCIe x16.

I also upgraded my case from an Antec 300 to an Antec p280. I love having the extra space! I used to hate big towers....but having the space to work with when you have to switch or upgrade components is such a nice tradeoff.

Only thing I want now is a BD-Rom for ripping, a new SSD, and a water cooling or Peltier cooling system. Got this 300gb seagate as my main drive with 3 x seagate 2Tb barracuda drives as storage...when it's serving movies and music to other devices in the house...that shit gets pretty damned hot.

Here's are my specs:

- AMD fx 8350 4.0ghz (haven't overclocked it yet)
- Asus Sabertooth 990 r. 2 mobo
- Corsair vengeance 8gb 1866hz
- Asus gtx670 2gb
- Total of 6+ Tb of storage
- Windows 8
-...and I can't think of anything else that's significant.

Oh, I use a USB wifi adapter from Amped wireless...this thing is freakin' awesome. I have a neighbor friend who lives 3 houses down...and I am able to pick up his verizon wifi signal at "Excellent" quality (or 4-5 bars). I love this USB adapter. I have the SB1000 model. I highly recommend this adapter to anyone looking for quality USB wifi. 80 bucks when I purchased it about 4 months ago.

Sulblazer
09-14-2013, 05:47 AM
my 560 ti, didn't last too long compared to other cards I've gotten.

Man...you must really game the shit out of your cards. All my old cards still work, I think. 8600gt...250gts...and 460gtx. Well, I can't vouch for the 8600gt anymore cuz it's no longer in my possession...and the 250gts I have in my son's computer is barely starting to crap out, i think. Starting to see artifacts when it's getting pushed. 460gtx is now in a media center (aka, wifey pc)...still goin' strong.

I probably won't upgrade my video card again til' the 900 series are out...so, another 2 years, maybe? Hope my current card, 670gtx, is still kickin' then.

spider-prime
09-14-2013, 04:12 PM
damn straight I do, I have over 400 PC games and I played every single one.

spider-prime
09-14-2013, 07:55 PM
I saved my old PC! Glad I know enough of computers to troubleshoot this crap.

I somehow have a ripped cord on my PSU. No idea how I got that and it basically wasn't working, so I pulled that cord out and put in another cord into the video card and all is well now... so far, it could have caused damage. I wanted to keep this PC for when my family comes over and they want to kick me off to look up things on the net and not kick me off playing games!

I finally got Spider-man to level 60 in Marvel Heroes!

Drunken Savior
09-14-2013, 10:28 PM
Here's are my specs:

- AMD fx 8350 4.0ghz (haven't overclocked it yet)
- Asus Sabertooth 990 r. 2 mobo
- Corsair vengeance 8gb 1866hz
- Asus gtx670 2gb
- Total of 6+ Tb of storage
- Windows 8
-...and I can't think of anything else that's significant.

That's pretty nice. The 600 line has been pretty good, the Keplar chips are amazing. I'm still hoping that Shadowplay (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2013/05/23/nvidias-shadowplay-brings-effortless-gameplay-recording-to-the-pc-masses/) isn't vaporware though. I have a 670 as well and it's pretty much my PS4/X1 card for the next handful of years. That processor looks sweet as well, though I have to admit I'm kind of an Intel/Nvidia builder. However, I'm not against suggeting ATI to those who are asking for builds on a budget. You certainly don't get a good bang/buck ratio with Blue and Green.

I'm also a huge PhysX whore.

spider-prime
09-14-2013, 10:57 PM
All I have to say is that the 770 GTX is friggin awesome. Very glad I got it, not seeing any trouble running any games and never had low FPS. Huge upgrade from a 560 ti. That's for sure.

Zachalmighty
09-14-2013, 11:58 PM
Honestly, I usually stick with brands. Asus, EVGA, and Gigabyte have never given me problems. Then from there you just want to look at the socket, total memory supported, amount of drives you want and their SATA speeds and last but not least the FSB speeds.

Sulblazer
09-15-2013, 03:08 AM
Whatever happened to A-bit? Remember them those mobos? They were pretty good back in the days. Not sure if they got bought out or what.

Yeah, my 670gtx is blazingly fast. 460gtx was a good card for the years it served me....but, the 670 blows it out of the water. Best part? I can play minecraft full rez ;p

That processor looks sweet as well, though I have to admit I'm kind of an Intel/Nvidia builder.

To be honest...if I could go back, I would have waited a few months and built a i5 4670 system instead. I don't do nearly enough multi-core tasks to justify the FX 8530. Also, the i5 4670 is pretty damn killer for gaming. I stuck with AMD cuz I didn't want to upgrade my mobo to save cost. But when I found out my old Mobo was bottlenecking things like my SSD (now dead) drive, vid card, and even the CPU...it was too late to turn back (damn you Fry's and your 15 days return policy...you suck dick!).

My next system, whenever that will be, will probably be an Intel unless AMD suddenly whips out some killer CPUs by then.

ASUS and Gigabytes have always been good boards to me. MSI...I've had some issues with in the past...mostly when it comes to overclocking. I've never tried an ASrock board before, heard they're pretty good as well. Stay away from low-mid end Biostar boards....they tend to crap out. The high end bioStar boards are pretty good though.

My favorite board is my Asus Sabertooth...so many places to plug shit in! I love plugging up holes!