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Amazing website! Thinking about building a new pc

Postposted on Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:13 pm

Hey all!

A friend recommended this site highly and the allure of him saying such made me log on and check this place out for myself. I must say this place is amazing. As you all know, the tax season is upon us and it's beyond time I upgraded my old Dell *I say upgrade, meaning tossing that 8 year old clunker and replacing it with something... prettier*. It's lived a good life, but now in its age I'm constantly getting the beautiful blue screens of death and my patience is now null and void. I was looking through the system's guide and came across http://techreport.com/review/25743/tr-christmas-2013-system-guide and I think I'm going to take a deep breath and take the plunge. I've been keeping up with GPU prices, seeing some drop and some skyrocket *via that bitcoin mumbo jumbo* and I had planned to splurge quite a bit, just because it's time for an upgrade.

At the moment, the prices on the R9 290x's are off the charts, being bloated 200+ dollars than its suggested retail price. I have given thoughts to SLI but sadly I might dodge the 290x bullet and settle for an 770. Suggestions?

Hm, as I'm looking, I found http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150678 439.99 > XFX Double D R9-280X-TDFD Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Re: Amazing website! Thinking about building a new pc

Postposted on Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:25 pm

Welcome to TR!

What's your target gaming resolution? Do you plan to go for 2560x1440 or 1920x1080? Is your current monitor going to stay with you or are you replacing it? The reason I ask is that unless you're going for a multi-monitor or huge-monitor setup, the 290 series might be overkill in the first place. Not that R9-280s are reasonably priced right now, either, I guess. $440 seems kinda high for a card that was $300-350 a few months ago.

Personally I'm not terribly keen on multi-GPU setups. It seems like spending the same amount of money on a single GPU is similar (if not exactly the same) performance with less headaches. I don't own such a setup myself, so it's possible that my view is old and archaic and multi-GPU is totally reasonable now.

Personally, I just bought a 1080p IPS display about 8 months ago and I plan to hang onto it for a long while. That's why for my GPU upgrade I'm considering even further down the line at an R9-270 (or 270X, which is the same GPU with the same features only higher clock speeds) or a GTX 760. I'm a cheap-ass, though, so if I were to splurge I'd look at a 280 or GTX 770, as you mentioned. Any of those would be a substantial upgrade over my GTX 460, and I suspect a huge upgrade for you as well.
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Re: Amazing website! Thinking about building a new pc

Postposted on Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:29 pm

Welcome to TR!

Glad you started with a system guide, as that is a good starting point.

Now before you pick out a new video card, it would be good to know what resolution monitor you are using. A 780 or 290x is going to be overkill for a 1080p monitor. However, if you have something with more pixels or are planning on including a fancy new monitor with your purchase, then you would see a benefit with these high-end cards.

Generally speaking, SLI and Crossfire aren't worth it. You can increase performance with dual GPUs, but that will never double your performance. Getting a single, powerful card will be much more cost effective (and your system will generate less heat).
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Re: Amazing website! Thinking about building a new pc

Postposted on Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:30 pm

derFunkenstein wrote:Welcome to TR!

What's your target gaming resolution? Do you plan to go for 2560x1440 or 1920x1080? Is your current monitor going to stay with you or are you replacing it? The reason I ask is that unless you're going for a multi-monitor or huge-monitor setup, the 290 series might be overkill in the first place. Not that R9-280s are reasonably priced right now, either, I guess. $440 seems kinda high for a card that was $300-350 a few months ago.

Personally I'm not terribly keen on multi-GPU setups. It seems like spending the same amount of money on a single GPU is similar (if not exactly the same) performance with less headaches. I don't own such a setup myself, so it's possible that my view is old and archaic and multi-GPU is totally reasonable now.

Personally, I just bought a 1080p IPS display about 8 months ago and I plan to hang onto it for a long while. That's why for my GPU upgrade I'm considering even further down the line at an R9-270 (or 270X, which is the same GPU with the same features only higher clock speeds) or a GTX 760. I'm a cheap-ass, though, so if I were to splurge I'd look at a 280 or GTX 770, as you mentioned. Any of those would be a substantial upgrade over my GTX 460, and I suspect a huge upgrade for you as well.



Target resolution will be 1920x1080. I had thought about SLI but single seems to be a viable option as I'm not intending to spend too much money on hardware I don't technically need for an optimal performance. Yeah, ANYTHING at the moment would be a MAJOR upgrade considering in this Dell *shivers* I have integrated graphics and lets not even talk about the heartbreak in that. I'm still on the fence about the GPU, because after this build I refuse to upgrade for a very, very long time if I'm dropping over 1400+ into a PC. Actually a new monitor would be ideal, considering I was thinking about using my 32' Vizio HDTV as a monitor. Am I bad for wanting to do such? Lol. :o
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Re: Amazing website! Thinking about building a new pc

Postposted on Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:14 pm

It would work fine as a monitor. Heck I have my gaming rig hooked to my 55" Panasonic VT30 plasma, My i3 2125 hd 7750 system is hooked to a 37" vizio and it works great. My other HTPC light gaming rig with a i3 2120 and a asus low profile HD6570 is hooked to a 47" vizio.

I have had no problems...at least with the 32" vizio screen you will be using as long as your not 12" from the screen the pixels will not seem that big:) you will be able to lean back instead of being hunched over your keyboard 6" from your screen gaming. I used to do that when I had my $1000 dell 24" LCD 1920-1200 monitor in like 2005.
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Re: Amazing website! Thinking about building a new pc

Postposted on Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:18 pm

A 2560x1440 monitor doesn't have to break the bank. A hot-clocked GeForce GTX770 for $330 might work.
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Re: Amazing website! Thinking about building a new pc

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:09 am

Income taxes popped, and I've ordered my PC parts. I'll upload some pictures soon. The weather is kinda iffy so I'd imagine it'll be awhile before the parts arrive.
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Re: Amazing website! Thinking about building a new pc

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:46 am

Do show pictures of the new build; I'm working in mine right now. Good luck!
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Re: Amazing website! Thinking about building a new pc

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:29 pm

Neutronbeam wrote:Do show pictures of the new build; I'm working in mine right now. Good luck!


Good luck to you as well! Ran into some issues with Newegg and some verification but after giving them the proper information, the status is set to "Packaging" can't wait.

***edit*** As of 2/11/14 - All items have shipped. *Looks like I'm getting three separate orders, seeing as it's being shipped from three different places*
***edit** Everything BUT my motherboard shipped and I received it today. They have NO idea where my motherboard is. Neither Newegg or Fedex can find it.

Here are a few of the parts. Uploaded via phone to imgur. Motherboard is currently locked in NJ due to weather...

http://imgur.com/a/t1PkZ
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Re: Amazing website! Thinking about building a new pc

Postposted on Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:54 pm

New PC is built! Working like a charm! I decided first to give a try to my cases fan controller but my motherboard quickly disapproved. Updating and such now! I'll post more pictures soon!
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