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[Computer Build Thread] - Haswell? More like Has...damnit, I had something for this...

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    Gaslight wrote: »
    Again, spread that shit by hand .

    Clarification/warning: do not literally spread it by hand.

    I have a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ on my Ivy Bridge chip, and I use the "thin center line" application method on the chip itself, and also "tint" the actual heat pipe contact area of the cooler with the paste by applying a little bit and then spreading it very thin with the edge of a credit card.

    I would agree with @tsmvengy about the "If you can't get the cooler to come off, you did it right" rule of thumb, although it is seriously always a butt-puckering moment when I DO need to remove the cooler because I am always worried I will yank the chip out of the socket and damage it for that reason. D:

    I did yank the chip out of my AM2 motherboard once, nothing bad happened to the chip though!

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  • ButtcleftButtcleft Registered User regular
    edited June 2013
    AMD APU Bundle

    How is this bundle for a good starting point on rebuilding a PC that's nothing more than an email/web browsing machine?

    Was thinking of pairing it with This Cooler Master 525w power supply since that seems to be the cheapest one i can find with a brand I trust, and this Seagate Barracuda HDD since space is not important for this project.

    Trying to price out a replacement/rebuild for someone.

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  • kingmetalkingmetal Registered User regular
    Anyone come up with any clever ways to block the on-board audio ports on your motherboard? I put an Asus Xonar DG in my system because my onboard audio does not work, and I'm curious if anyone makes little... well port-fillers for lack of a better term. This is a totally frivolous and pointless mod, I just want to block out ports that aren't usable.

  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    just hammer some nails. (not).

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  • AlectharAlecthar Alan Shore We're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered User regular
    Buttcleft wrote: »
    AMD APU Bundle

    How is this bundle for a good starting point on rebuilding a PC that's nothing more than an email/web browsing machine?

    Was thinking of pairing it with This Cooler Master 525w power supply since that seems to be the cheapest one i can find with a brand I trust, and this Seagate Barracuda HDD since space is not important for this project.

    Trying to price out a replacement/rebuild for someone.

    Don't buy that PSU. Cooler Master's units are almost universally cruddy. Just grab a 300W Seaonic unit, or the 380W Antec Earthwatts unit. 500ish watts would be more than you'd need anyway.

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  • ButtcleftButtcleft Registered User regular
    edited June 2013
    There was a nice seasonic cheaper than the cooler master, so I got that and ran it passed them and they gave the okay so I get to have fun assembling my first APU system when I get them to order it tomarrow.

    Thanks Alec

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    Aw, yeah, VLC blu ray works. Watching Jurassic Park now.

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  • Bendery It Like BeckhamBendery It Like Beckham Hopeless Registered User regular
    So as I mentioned in the last thread, I took of the heat sink last night to see if I applied the paste right. Here's the pics:

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    So it looks like it spread pretty well (in fact, I may have used too much since it seems like it went over into the blades of the sink too.) So I reapplied and started up again. Still 48-50 degrees idle, 66-68 degrees while playing FTL. I looked at my order from NewEgg from years ago and it looks like I didn't buy the heat sink separately, so I guess I shouldn't expect more from a stock fan and heat sink.

    I've had issues with this style of heatsink before not seating properly (lga775?), the clip in pins were tweaked and I had to move bend them back in to place to get the heatsink to fit snug. Yours look to be okay, but make sure the heatsink doesn't jiggle even the slightest once fully applied.

  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist rugged, weathered Registered User regular
    edited June 2013
    I've had issues with this style of heatsink before not seating properly (lga775?), the clip in pins were tweaked and I had to move bend them back in to place to get the heatsink to fit snug. Yours look to be okay, but make sure the heatsink doesn't jiggle even the slightest once fully applied.

    Yes, I did notice that. It wasn't sitting well the first time, so I propped the whole case back up and checked around the back side (fortunately the case has a hole cut behind where the CPU sits) to make sure the pins made it through all the way. They didn't, so I had to pull them out and try again. When I reapplied the paste yesterday, I made sure to push the pins in hard the first time so I could avoid the problem. Although, following the comments since then, I fear I applied too much paste again. /sigh

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  • GroveGrove Los AngelesRegistered User regular
    edited June 2013
    So this'll be a bit different but hoping you guys can help me out.

    My PC is dying on me and from what I can tell it's not really salvageable/not worth it. I built this PC with a friend and help from this thread a few years ago.

    Now I'm looking into a new desktop, but I'm currently crazy busy and don't have time to research/order/wait/build for a new desktop. I also lack the patience right now truthfully.

    So I was thinking about ordering a pre built one...I know...I know. BUT it's been forever since I've done this and I have no idea where to go. I went on Amazon to look and prices seem pretty reasonable.

    I was looking at Alienware, but I don't know. I'm primarily wanting it for gaming. I pretty much only use my computers for one other program/general interwebz.

    Was hoping you fine gents might be willing to point me in a solid direction. I'm open to different price points as it's less of an issue. I recently bought an ASUS laptop which I've been quite happy with and been using it as a gaming laptop for the past 5 months while I was out of the states.

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  • IncindiumIncindium Registered User regular
    edited June 2013
    Anyone get one of the 760's yet? I see they are out... $259 for the Superclocked EVGA model with the dual fan design looks pretty nice.

    Edit: Is it bad that I want to buy one despite not really having any performance issue with my 560ti and one of the reasons is so I won't have to use the stupid Mini HDMI to HDMI adapter like with my current card that if you bump it you lose sound and/or picture signal.

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  • GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    Incindium wrote: »
    Anyone get one of the 760's yet? I see they are out... $259 for the Superclocked EVGA model with the dual fan design looks pretty nice.

    Edit: Is it bad that I want to buy one despite not really having any performance issue with my 560ti

    If it's bad than the fact I am seriously thinking about selling my 670 to get one has to be much worse.

    I was also looking at the EVGA superclocked with the cooler...a part of me wants to see what their FTW edition with 4GB of memory is like though.

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  • SarksusSarksus Registered User regular
    How long before they usually release their 4GB FTW cards? I feel like the additional memory will come in handy in the next 5 years, which is how long I intend to keep the card.

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  • Day of the BearDay of the Bear The Qun demandsRegistered User regular
    I'm not sure. They should be able to release them at any time since the boards are just refreshes of the 670s which means they don't have to build a new pcb from scratch. But there may be some limitations on release timings dicted by nvidia

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  • WulfWulf Disciple of Tzeentch The Void... (New Jersey)Registered User regular
    edited June 2013
    *grumble grumble* So apparently you need to drill some custom mounting holes to fit the X60 onto the top mount for the Corsair 500R. Brought it into work so I can get at some of our drill presses and gasket material so I can make it anti-vibration too. So much for a simple evening re-build :whistle:

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  • IncindiumIncindium Registered User regular
    edited June 2013
    So what would the benefits of the 4GB FTW cards be? Where would you see the increases in performance and will it be worth the ~$40-50 price increase on those cards?

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  • AlectharAlecthar Alan Shore We're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered User regular
    edited June 2013
    Incindium wrote: »
    So what would the benefits of the 4GB FTW cards be? Where would you see the increases in performance and will it be worth the ~$40-50 price increase on those cards?

    How helpful additional VRAM is really depends on what resolution you're gaming at, and what you're playing. If you're talking about super high multi-monitor resolutions, you're getting into the realm where even some not-crazy games are going to benefit from that additional video memory. Similarly, if you're playing Skyrim, or GTA IV, or the like with those super-fancy high-end texture mods, then that will tax VRAM more than normal, particularly at higher single-monitor (and by extension, multi-monitor) resolutions. Even then, the real question is whether or not that VRAM makes the difference between playable and non-playable, because if it's just a change from 13FPS to 23FPS, who cares? Ditto for 113FPS to 123FPS. The only way to find that out is to find some benchmarks, Anandtech has an okay comparative benchmarking tool, and they actually just did an article about the differences in performance between high VRAM 780s and those with less.

    So if you're a 1080p gamer, and you don't dump a lot of 3rd party graphics mods onto your games, then the difference between 2GB and 4GB would likely be insignificant. That may change over time, but I doubt you'd reach the point where you the only thing making you upgrade the card is its lack of VRAM (if you get my meaning).

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  • IncindiumIncindium Registered User regular
    I'm 1080p and only driving a single monitor(an HDTV) so yeah more VRAM isn't likely to do much for me it sounds like.

    Anyone know if you get any free games when buying a new EVGA 760 card?

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  • GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    Incindium wrote: »
    I'm 1080p and only driving a single monitor(an HDTV) so yeah more VRAM isn't likely to do much for me it sounds like.

    Anyone know if you get any free games when buying a new EVGA 760 card?

    It doesn't look like it on Newegg. There are 670's and such which are still offering the free copy of Metro: Last Light. Curious Nvidia hasn't carried over the offer or started a new one for 7-series cards.

    I am only a 1080p single-display gamer myself at the moment but I am still entertaining designs of going up to 1440p at some time in the next year or so, which is why a 4GB card interests me.

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  • SarksusSarksus Registered User regular
    Mostly I might get a 1440p monitor sometime in the future and I suspect texture resolution can increase in the next five years so I don't mind spending a little extra based on that assumption.

  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    @Grove: For a desktop, I would look into Dell or possibly Alienware. Also poke around on review sites (tomshardware, maximumpc, etc) for some prebuilts they have reviewed recently. I know that MaximumPC keeps a running list of their best prebuilts; just not sure how readily accessible that list is.

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  • GroveGrove Los AngelesRegistered User regular
    Mugsley wrote: »
    @Grove: For a desktop, I would look into Dell or possibly Alienware. Also poke around on review sites (tomshardware, maximumpc, etc) for some prebuilts they have reviewed recently. I know that MaximumPC keeps a running list of their best prebuilts; just not sure how readily accessible that list is.

    Cool thanks @Mugsley.

    I've found a couple of contenders. Right now I'm trying to decide whether to pull the trigger or wait until I have more time to build a new one. My laptop is decently powerful and is serving the purpose of both for now.

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  • SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    @Day of the BearDay of the Bear help me build a new computer! mine just died

    also everyone else in this thread too, I guess

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  • SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    shit wait how the literal fuck did I even do that

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  • MadpoetMadpoet Registered User regular
    Grove wrote: »
    Mugsley wrote: »
    @Grove: For a desktop, I would look into Dell or possibly Alienware. Also poke around on review sites (tomshardware, maximumpc, etc) for some prebuilts they have reviewed recently. I know that MaximumPC keeps a running list of their best prebuilts; just not sure how readily accessible that list is.

    Cool thanks @Mugsley.

    I've found a couple of contenders. Right now I'm trying to decide whether to pull the trigger or wait until I have more time to build a new one. My laptop is decently powerful and is serving the purpose of both for now.

    @Grove - What are your lead choices right now? I am somewhat looking for a prebuilt game PC, but prices seemed pretty absurd last I looked. (I wound up going with an Asus laptop, as it had better bang for the buck than gamer PCs somehow)

  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 Hi! Registered User regular
    SLyM wrote: »
    @Day of the BearDay of the Bear help me build a new computer! mine just died

    also everyone else in this thread too, I guess

    Give us a budget and a few pointers to work with - do you want a small sleek quiet monolith, or do you want something big and flashy with lights everywhere?

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  • SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    I want something that either will or can easily/cheaply be upgraded to play PC versions of next gen console games. I can't say I particularly care about size or appearance.

    I would probably be aiming for somewhere around 800-1000 if I could, but I'm not sure how feasible that is.

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  • GroveGrove Los AngelesRegistered User regular
    @Madpoet

    I was looking at this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227466

    Still searching. I actually have an ASUS laptop which I like a lot, but yeah I still like having the desktop.

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  • Day of the BearDay of the Bear The Qun demandsRegistered User regular
    oh dang slym sorry that your rig toasted.

    Uh right now for around a grand you can do pretty well.

    I just put together a build for a buddy that i think came to roughly 1000usd before windows. haswell i5 4670, 660ti although the 760 is out now, 8gigs of ram, ssd 2terabyte hdd, corsair h60 on cooling in a corsair 200r. I actually need to take some pics and post it up in here but that should be within the ballpark of what you're talking about here.

    To shave cash in order to fit windows into your budget you could stick with the stock air cooler and either downsize or ditch the 2tb hdd. Can you reuse your old case? Drives?

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  • SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    edited June 2013
    my old computer was a laptop I was using for college, my other computer before that was a shitty dell that I am typing this up on now, I don't think there's anything in it worth cannibalizing.

    EDIT:

    is windows 8 out for real now?

    Because I have seen nothing of it I want but maybe 7 will be less expensive now if it is? I dunno.

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  • Day of the BearDay of the Bear The Qun demandsRegistered User regular
    uhh you may be able to find a bargain on windows licenses, i'm not sure. but i think the full retail is still normally about the same as it was before. 7 versus 8 is more down to if you don't agree with 8 or not

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  • SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    God, looking at all these cases and stuff makes me realize I don't even know where to start or what to look for.

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    The first time I saw a UPS was on a military base. Why would I want one for household use? I have one day left of Amazon Prime left and I'm thinking of getting one.

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  • FoomyFoomy Registered User regular
    edited June 2013
    Cantido wrote: »
    The first time I saw a UPS was on a military base. Why would I want one for household use? I have one day left of Amazon Prime left and I'm thinking of getting one.

    They clean and protect the power, like a power strip, only much better. And sudden loss in power can cause you to lose data or have it be corrupted. In extreme cases it can even damage components. The same reasons they had them on the military base really.

    They're just a good way to protect your investment in computer equipment.

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  • VeganVegan Registered User regular
    Too many people have regretted not having a UPS. It shouldn't be skipped over in any build.

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  • DyasAlureDyasAlure SeattleRegistered User regular
    So I'm new to the thread. What is the best way to figure out what I need for what I want to do? Than figure out how much I have to save? Should I post what I have so people can suggest what to upgrade (if possible) versus out right buy better stuff? My rig is a few years old, and I notice drag in D3. And also, Hi nice to meet you all.

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  • a5ehrena5ehren AtlantaRegistered User regular
    Post what you have now and what you do/want to play. If D3 is your primary jam, a relatively modest upgrade should work. If you want to max Crysis 3, that would be a more substantial change...

  • BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Bluster Kerfuffle Master of Windy ImportRegistered User regular
    edited June 2013
    Quick question for you ladies and gents, regarding which platform I should go with for my upcoming build.

    I'm looking at doing my first serious, from scratch build in about 6 years and I want to do something that's flexible enough to last for the next 4-5 years for both gaming and running 4-5 virtual devices at a time (I do a good bit of android and other mobile programming/development) and a couple of compute heavy tasks. Problem is I haven't really been keeping track since the first AMD quad cores started rolling out, so I'm not all that up on the latest couple of revisions.

    Big question I'm asking myself is do I go for a X79/2011 build with a 3820 or 3930K and as much RAM as I can shove in the mobo and look at going to an Ivy-E chip somewhere down the line, or would a X87/1150 build w/ a 4770K be able to keep up in the long term?

    Budget I'm looking at is between $2000-2500 and it'll be a full or E-ATX tower as my big ass hands don't like working in smaller form factor cases and a closed looped liquid solution for CPU cooling.

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    Foomy wrote: »
    Cantido wrote: »
    The first time I saw a UPS was on a military base. Why would I want one for household use? I have one day left of Amazon Prime left and I'm thinking of getting one.

    They clean and protect the power, like a power strip, only much better. And sudden loss in power can cause you to lose data or have it be corrupted. In extreme cases it can even damage components. The same reasons they had them on the military base really.

    They're just a good way to protect your investment in computer equipment.

    I'm going to South Korea, will this one be suitable for varying voltage? (Today is my last day of Amazon Prime.)

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  • Day of the BearDay of the Bear The Qun demandsRegistered User regular
    Quick question for you ladies and gents, regarding which platform I should go with for my upcoming build.

    I'm looking at doing my first serious, from scratch build in about 6 years and I want to do something that's flexible enough to last for the next 4-5 years for both gaming and running 4-5 virtual devices at a time (I do a good bit of android and other mobile programming/development) and a couple of compute heavy tasks. Problem is I haven't really been keeping track since the first AMD quad cores started rolling out, so I'm not all that up on the latest couple of revisions.

    Big question I'm asking myself is do I go for a X79/2011 build with a 3820 or 3930K and as much RAM as I can shove in the mobo and look at going to an Ivy-E chip somewhere down the line, or would a X87/1150 build w/ a 4770K be able to keep up in the long term?

    Budget I'm looking at is between $2000-2500 and it'll be a full or E-ATX tower as my big ass hands don't like working in smaller form factor cases and a closed looped liquid solution for CPU cooling.

    For heavy virtualization work the extra ram on x79 and potentially the extra cores/threads actually are pretty nice. I'd say a modest 2011 motherboard and a 3820 would see you pretty well and probably not cost much more than an equivalent haswell setup, other than the extra ram.

    Basically you'll pay more for the motherboard but less for a quad core i7 on x79 right now as compared to haswell.

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