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Comment reply on Forum Topic "<$500 Gaming PC Help"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Go for 2x4 GB Dual channel is always superior.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "<$500 Gaming PC Help"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. for PoE apperantly its a bit more CPU bound than GPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming PC ~500$ (~450€)"

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

It might be better to go for the Athlon X4 760 depending on what you use your PC for. If you like to render videos the 6300 would be neat while gaming you could cut-down on the CPU for a higher end GPU.

GPU > CPU while gaming

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming PC ~500$ (~450€)"

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

SSDs. Improves boot and loading times. Easily one of the best upgrades anyone can make.

But on budget builds if you don't really care about boot, game loading, and file transfer then you could use the extra 50 on a better GPU or CPU.

Comment reply on trevorb's Completed Build: First Build: Blue Steel

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Overall a nice build and it looks close to what I'm hoping to build in the future. For the future upgrades your planning, you didn't describe what you were using the PC for, but:

If you're mostly a gamer: Upgrade the GPU before the CPU.

If you have a more work based build: Upgrade CPU and RAM (If you really need to).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I wait til the black friday deals/ christmas deals?"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, this is probably the best answer. For a second I thought they would bundle a site wide sale, crazy thought I guess.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "EXTREME Budget ITX build ($500)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Radeon drivers tends to be a lot worse on linux than the Nvidia Equivalent. Sure, theres some success stories but its not the greatest idea.

Also Nvidia is more power and heat efficient. Thats pretty important on an ITX build.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Low Budget Gaming Monster Hopefully"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You're spending too much on unimportant aspects of the build and too little on the important parts.

The case: Its 160 dollars, you get a bit more functionality but then you have to ask; "Is it worth it"?

The sound card: Ditch it.

The storage: $155 on a 1TB HDD? You're spending 3x what everyone else would for a HDD of near equal performance.

The Memory: Are you rendering 1 Hour HD videos for your youtube channel? No? Well then downgrade for a 8GB equivalent. If you ARE then why do you have a 1TB drive?

The Cooler: You don't need a Liquid cooler, it might be nice but you'll do just fine with the H12.

I can't speak about the peripherals as I don't know much about them but check out reviews and find out if they are worth the price.

Comment reply on hwellen's Completed Build: Old Man's Build PC4

  • 62 months ago
  • 5 points

Grandpa plays Bf4? Im I getting older or is everyone getting younger? 0_o

Great, albeit costly build :D

Comment reply on Jared0430's Completed Build: Gaming PC v3

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

GabeN does not approve...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Linux Questions"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Linux Mint is great. If you ever plan to delve deeper into linux go into Xubuntu -> Fedora -> Arch Linux.

Also reddit.com/r/unixporn is a great resource to see what others have done with their machines.

You probably won't be satisfied with Wine its a 10+ FPS decrease usually.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Linux Questions"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

One problem with Linux is that technically adept users blather on about how perfect it is, and how easy etc. That probably gives the average user a falsely easy idea of what it's like to adopt a new way of working. It takes time and energy to learn something new.

Watcha talking about, Linux IS perfect! HERSEY! Glorious GabeN will hunt you down for such Blasphemy!

The difficulty of Linux is often exaggerated, too often people don't realise that they spent LESS time installing Linux than they ever did installing Windows. Its just that whenever something goes wrong for these people its an immediate "LINUX SUX, WINDOWZZ IZZ RULE".

Linux IS hard, it has a learning curve to it and its own philosophy. But if you were to actually calculate the time you spent struggling with anti-viruses, malware, drivers, speed, you'd certainly realise that linux IS superior in many aspects.

Hey, at least with linux I don't have to restart my PC once a week for several hours to install ****** updates that probably break more things than they fix.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Linux Questions"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

There's play on linux which is an addition to wine. There is also CodeWeavers which is a paid service build buy the developers of Wine. Both add a bit more ease of use but its still not perfect and you'll be pretty limited.

People often don't realise how little of that library they play. Even valve themselves have openly said that most users only play 3/4th of their own libraries. Theres a bit more than 700 games for linux but all the big valve games are expected to be ported over within this year (Most already are).

Just recently "Bioshock: The last sequel" was released for linux. So linux gaming DOES have a future, if the market opens up and advertising becomes aggressive.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Linux Questions"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends. A) On your PC specs and B) how old the game is/ how well its been tested.

Gaming with Wine is sketchy. I'd only use that program for a bit of older Gens and Photoshop, paint tool SAI, etc.

I'd recommend Mint as a starter, any Debian or Ubuntu based OS will work wonders for a first timer. Elementary, Mint and Xubuntu are my recommendations. Distrowatch will tell you the current most popular Distros, you'll be amazed by the sheer amount of choice you have (But PLEASE stick to something that's based on Debian or Ubuntu)

If you don't like what you see (Especially with something like Xubuntu or another lightweight OS) you have options to deck everything out. Dock programs, window managers, Desktop environments, etc.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Linux Questions"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're going the Nvidia route then Linux FTW. If you prefer AMDs GPUS then stick to windows.

Advantages:

Custom desktops (SEE reddit.com/r/unixporn)

Security (Anti-virus software is not recommended)

Speed (On the more optimized games you'll get more FPS than the windows equivalent)

Choice (Hundreds of different distros)

Cost (Think about what you can do will an extra hundred dollars for your build).

Cons:

Developers are reluctant to build for Linux because of its small user base

AMD drivers are ****

Won't make breakfast

Honestly just use linux for several months, see how you perform. You'll save 100 dollars that can be put onto a more powerful card. If you don't like it you can play some of the Linux titles currently available (Dota 2, CS:GO, etc.) as you save up for a copy of windows.

Linux is near perfect in every aspect (I may or maynot be subscribed to /r/linuxmasterrace)

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

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

ditto, I'd cross the border to buy my junk. Although thats assuming he has a friend on the other side of the border.

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

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Im probably the only one that really likes the look of the cooler master 130

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is it worth building? $400 price point"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Man that build idea is terrible. Lel

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I wait til the black friday deals/ christmas deals?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea Im thinking I should get as much as I can from those sales and then buy whatever I don't have later.

When does everything restock for those kind of sales? If its more than 2 weeks after the black friday sales, then Its probably not worth it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need a lot of information. UPGRADE my computer OR get a NEW COMPUTER."

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

upgrade/overclock the GPU, buy an SSD?

Ditto what to recommend, but it would be better to upgrade.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$600 gaming pc needed"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice link.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That makes me feel pretty silly. I didn't think it was a new chipset. Saw only 4 CPUs for it and assumed it was outdated :/

In fact... Could you tell me more about the two upcoming releases? Google isin't coming up with much.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The only thing I dislike about this build is AM1. Isn't the line dying and upgrading would be difficult?

Correct me if Im wrong.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

My personal recommendation would be to keep the OS and about 4-8 games on the SSD and have a nice little 100-200GB hard drive for photos, docs and pretty much everything else.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't see that until after I posted that comment.

It turns out links blend in too well with the parts listing :D

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking more at it I'd probably recommend OP go Eschatons route. Maybe change out the processor and Mobo for 760k and a MOBO line that isn't dying.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats pretty neat. Now all they need to do is announce that the FX line won't die and AMD would be golden for a very long time.

I also read some of the reviews like the Serf that I am. It turns out some random internet stranger managed to get the thing to run modern games at pretty decent graphics when paired with the 750 TI.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

No, Im saying Multi-Cores have aged well in general. The higher cored CPUS are getting better as more games adapt to utilise those cores.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

More games are using more cores these days so it aged well. You are correct thou, a stronger Dual Core (Even without hyper threading) is usually better.

Also, ITX's are a bit harder to work with and cable management is harder with them.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Change out the cooler for the H12 Hyper NVM IT WON'T

Over all I like your parts list, looks better than mine too.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Micro ATX is about as small as you'll get for a entry build UNLESS you'd want an APC and skip out on a dedicated graphics card (Amd A-Series APUs would be decent), then you could go for the Mini ITX.

What are you expecting out of this build? If its really just light gaming you could go for one of the A-series CPUS w/o a dedicated card. I define light gaming as a BF4 at 40 or so FPS on Medium-High.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Intel Pentium G3220 performance in rendering and editing software?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

For rendering and editing the consensus is that you want a fairly decent CPU. The Pentium flies for gaming because of the bias to GPUs we have here.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The problem with the lower end builds is that for about only a 50 more you get a massive power spike. Theres a sweet spot for Entry, Budget, Mid-end and higher end builds and you might be cutting it close on that spot.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "ULTIMATE STEAM MACHINE (for the same price as a console)"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm, thats pretty tough. Intel has the new unlocked pentium and AMD has the X4 760k.

For 440 USD I just came up with dis. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $69.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $47.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $68.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card $123.98 @ Newegg
Case Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case $36.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $441.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-10 13:03 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Newegg parts Non refundable???"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You can still RMA and whatnot if your parts are broken but you cant actually refund a functioning nodefont item. Some parts allow refunds while others dont.

Comment reply on kaizix's Completed Build: First Build™

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you put any thought into your build or just said, "ehhh **** it"? Motherboard is almost 3x the cost of the CPU (The second biggest part to a build). You could have gotten a 1TB HDD for literally 10 dollars more.

Im not sure if the Pentium will bottleneck your GPU too much in gaming but good luck with anything that requires CPU Power.

Edit: Turns out that the build is most likely being bottlenecked by that CPU. :(

Comment reply on Eschaton's Completed Build: Over the Hill and Across the Dell

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Neato. Together THE LINUX MASTER RACE SHALL RISE FROM ASHES!

I wish I still had old computers laying around, I had 2 p4 computers I could have kept for a server :(.

Comment reply on Eschaton's Completed Build: Over the Hill and Across the Dell

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, live disks can never be really used as measure for actual performance.

I would have recommended you keep Linux on the computer but I Wasn't entirely sure If your grandparents could grasp it (I might be a bit biased in my suggestion though. I have quite the bias for linux).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What do you guys think about this budget gaming pc build? What kind of FPS?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

And depending on whether you are a student or not you can get windows for free.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What do you guys think about this budget gaming pc build? What kind of FPS?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

4GB of ram will quickly bottleneck you.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Are AMD APUs really that bad?"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It literally won't matter for videos. You could go for a 80 dollar pentium or A Series and it wouldnt matter. You won't even need the A10 if all your father does is watch youtube/netflix and edit spreadsheets.

The people that freakout are Neckbeards who can't imagine life without a dedicated $500 GPU- Oh wait.

A recommendation from a n00b: Go for the Pentium G3258 w/o a Dedicated GPU. If you need to upgrade the CPU or add a GPU down the line then that intel is the definite choice.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A christmas gift for my son - please review and advise - Minecraft & Teaching Lesson"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ditto, I sorta had a reply chain with OP before you commented.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A christmas gift for my son - please review and advise - Minecraft & Teaching Lesson"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You do realize That I only just noticed that the harddrive she was considering was 35 dollars?

The price on the first link was 80+ dollars for a 250GB.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "World of Warcraft Gaming Rig"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

WoW truly isn't that heavy of a game.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A christmas gift for my son - please review and advise - Minecraft & Teaching Lesson"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

First thoughts: You're overspending on the hard drive (Like reeaaaaly overspending). You could buy a drive at that price that is 4x the size. Try to find a 500GB HDD for about 50 or so dollars.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$600 Max AMD Rig"

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Took some of your suggestions... PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $108.00 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $56.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.00 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive -
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card $169.99 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $27.00 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.00 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $13.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $501.97
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-24 21:51 EDT-0400

Changed out the video card to the GeForce because of some potential Compatibility issues that could arise.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$600 Max AMD Rig"

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems pretty good. This will probably be what I end up using. Thanks.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$600 Max AMD Rig"

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Any reason I'd need the CD drive btw?

And noted, I've heard bad things about raidmax. Ill be sure to avoid them more in the future.

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