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Mr Gardoki
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


I requested one, I don't know if that one took or not





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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


The GB is getting sticky.





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ILikeLSUToo
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


Has anyone had a chance to read it in full (or a good chunk of it)? Would appreciate any feedback/suggestions/refutes.





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VABuckeye
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


I've only skimmed but it looks like tremendous work to me. Kudos.





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HobbsTheTiger
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


The guide is great, especially the breakdown of visual effects. Minor addition could include some preferred tips for assembly?

E.g. Newegg video suggests installing CPU/cooler on MB outside of case, while other videos install after MB is seated.






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ILikeLSUToo
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E.g. Newegg video suggests installing CPU/cooler on MB outside of case, while other videos install after MB is seated.



This is a good point. Some cases actually have a large cutout on the motherboard tray so that you can do the entire cooler installation with the motherboard already mounted, including installation of the back plate.

Personally, I prefer Newegg's method, to do the entire cooler installation outside of the case. Air coolers can be tricky (and obscenity-inducing) to install sometimes, and it's made worse by having to deal with the hassle of installation in the case, where you can't simply maneuver/rotate the motherboard as needed. By doing the installation outside the case, you also get a closer, well-lit view of your thermal paste application and the evenness of the tension/pressure of the mount at all angles.

It might make a couple of motherboard screws a pain in the arse when you have to mount the motherboard with a giant heat sink in the way, but it's manageable. I always take my time installing coolers, and even now I still feel like I could've done a better job after I finish installing it.






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brucevilanch
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I always take my time installing coolers, and even now I still feel like I could've done a better job after I finish installing it.


I change thermal paste in less than 5 minutes everytime. That time includes uninstalling the 100i pump from the hold down brackets and reinstalling it. IDGAF.

Speaking of which, I just changed to Gelid extreme. I've already noticed a temp drop from the Tuniq mx2 or whatever the frick is was called.






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Napoleon
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I assume you mean 4 Display Ports (or Mini-DP)? Never seen a 7970 with 4 HDMI ports.

As far as I know, there's an ASUS card and perhaps an MSI with 4 Display Ports, but please link me to confirm.

Either way, $225 is a great price and there aren't too many scenarios in which I'd advise against getting a 7970 at that price. Just need to confirm it's not some shitty scaled down PCB with a cooler that barely keeps it below 90.

EDIT: Just checked PCPartPicker, and there are now 8 7970s under $300, the cheapest being an ASUS for $268 that has two DVI ports and 4 display ports -- Is that the one you're talking about? It's a 3-slot card.



It was on a facebook swap site, I didn't get it.
I'm going to build a new system in a few months.
I'll use this guide as a reference. My last build was AMD based and will be three in November. So time for a new one. I mainly want to be able to run a modded out FSX at full settings. That's the only games I play besides Civ are Flight Sims.






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ILikeLSUToo
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If I'm not mistaken, FSX benefits most from a CPU's single-threaded performance, so an Intel CPU would be the way to go.





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Freauxzen
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


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ILikeLSUToo




Spring is my time to do this. I hope this stays updated, I might just follow this exactly in terms of the 1k budget.

Just an awesome thread. Thanks for doing this. The hardest part was finding all of the right parts, cases, etc. that all match. I'm not really a hardware guy, as much as I use a computer, I would rather it prebuilt. But that's always a gamble. Case in point, my current PC.






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Mr Gardoki
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


By spring prices will have changed but we all keep up and can help.





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ILikeLSUToo
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


I will keep it updated. Spent way too much time writing it to just let it become obsolete.


I'm planning to revise the GPU segment for the new AMD cards, but I might as well wait a few more days for more official info on the 290x.



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Mr Gardoki
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


No reason to rush that without multiple reviews





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ILikeLSUToo
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


Updated video card section today to add a brief discussion of the R9 and R7 cards from AMD, and updated the video card performance table.





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Taffeta
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


Thanks for this guide. Has helped a lot in determining what parts I need.

My parts will be in by Tuesday and hopefully I can assembly during fall break.

AMD FX-6300 6 core 3.5ghz
XFX Radeon HD 7870 ghz edition 2gb
MSI 970A-G46 Motherboard
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4GB
Caviar Blue 1TB
Rosewill wifi adapter
Rosewill Redbone U3 Case
Cosair CX 600W

Spent ~ $670 after rebates.









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Mr Gardoki
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


already ordered the 7870?





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Taffeta
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


Yeah. I ordered all these parts Monday. the 7870 will be here Friday.





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Taffeta
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


also...

Will I be able to use Windows 7 from LSU? I read this on tigerware..

"Note: All the Microsoft operating systems on Tigerware will work only if the users have had some kind of operating system prior to the installation."

Anyone have experience with this?






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ILikeLSUToo
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Don't use LSU's Windows 7. Just get a torrent and the activator by Daz, and you won't have to keep activating it like LSU requires periodically.





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Dam Guide
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re: Build the Best Gaming PC Your Money Can Buy: A Detailed Guide (Now w/ Cliffs!)


Was using the guide going over what I picked vs your recommendations, may want to give the processor recommendations a quick read through. I think you mention i7-4670K that either should be i5 or 4770K. You mention at the end the 4770K, so I guess you were meaning to go with that.

While I am here, what are your thoughts of going two cheaper cards vs one more expensive card? I was taking a look at some tests that had two Nvidia 760s scoring very well vs single cards in just under $500 range.

pcpartpicker i was debating



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