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Hey /g/, the sales are starting to hit and I want to start pulling the trigger on my first build. How does this look? Anything wrong?
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Jesus christ, just woke up so still tired

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zWNkzy
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>>45353178
Looks good, but I'd get a full modular PSU, small cases like that are a bitch to build in. Also, switch the blue to a black, more expensive but they're better.
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changed it to a fully modular xfx xtr 550, its $6 more than the evga g2 750 but i dont feel like being ridiculed for getting a psu that supplies more than twice my estimated wattage
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>>45353178
>http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zWNkzy
Not bad at all. I'd go for 1x8gb for ram instead of 2x4, so you can upgrade to 16gb in the future. Otherwise you should be fine.
>>45353307
I wouldn't worry about getting a fully modular psu. The only thing thats not modular is the 24pin and the 8pin, which he needs. Also, blacks may be better, but he's getting an ssd anyway, so speed might not be the highest concern on the storage drive
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>>45353358
I can understand going for 1x8 but gskill 2x4 is going for $56 right now and 1866 is combo'd with the i5 for even less than 1600
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2yr6mG
I really need help with the motherboard
I was told not to spend over 120$ let alone 100$ because I will most likely not even utilize most of the power , I'm not looking to overclock yet I bought stuff just in case . First time builder and very nervous but I have help from a friend who has been doing this for decades .

I need help /g/
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>>45353428
Id probably go with a smaller case, full towers are way to big, not saying go matx/itx but probably better off with a mid so you dont feel so bad when you glance over at your monolith. As for the mobo just get the cheapest atx one you can find, if you plan to sli you can get the gigabyte z97x sli, its not shit and loaded up with useless features and itll match your color scheme
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>>45353464
>full towers are way to big
If you live in the bedroom you grew up in inside your mommy's house maybe. But if you are an adult then a full tower is a place to put beautiful water cooling.
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>>45353371
2x4 is better as it's dual channel
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>>45353464
Any recommendations on the motherboard?
Certain ones to look out for during the sales just in case
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>>45353500
>implying i wasnt privileged and had a big ass room growing up
>implying you cant do a custom loop in matx
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i've got to ask this here - i'm experiencing artifacts in some games(VRM temperature reaches 70c or so) - i can think of 3 reasons why:
- CPU gets too hot, (and it is pretty close to graphic card) -> mediecore airflow -> graphic card gets too hot
- faulty graphic card
- not enough juice from PSU

my build:
2x sata HDD
1x SSD
intel i7 3770k (stock cooler)
asus maximus V formula (ridcershit i know)
16GB ram
Silencio 550 case
sapphire radeon HD 7970 (dual X version)
650W PSU (bequiet)

i would love to get confirmation for any of those possible reasons before i spend my jewgelds on replacement parts, or before i RMA my card.
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>>45353514
theres the msi z97 pc mate and the g55 sli, not sure if id get those with a windowed case since you will regret it when you see the clashing colors, with mobos you can pretty much just go for the color scheme matching and whether or not you want sli or onboard ethernet etc
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what is the best dongle for wifi ?
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A budget gaming rig : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZpCbdC

I'll get the GPU on ebay as there are some really tasty deals

What do you guys think ?
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http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/CBr6mG

Here's my build, I already have a number of the parts. I'm just slowly getting all the parts together since I don't need the computer for another two months and I don't wanna fork out such a massive amount in one lump sum. I figured I'd buy the gpu last just incase something new comes out or price drop on the gtx 980
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Any good SSDs on sale?
Just need one under 100$
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first build so going for a budget pc

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZKZfkL

any issues?
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I'm thinking about making a cheap build ($500) and upgrading parts here and there. What's a good case that's compatible with almost anything?
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Story /g/ents?

The Pentium G3258, I want it and I want it now. However, muh hyperthreading. Seems I'll be doing 0 gaming and only using it for development (Visual Studio and Android SDK) and general fucking around, will I really miss the hyperthreading? €60 this bad boy costs.

Or should I just man up and splurge (poorfag confirmed) the extra €50 on an i3320?
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>>45354132
MX100 256GB for $99

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct256mx100ssd1
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>>45355946
Only work? no media at all? it'll be fine, then
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>>45354034
as long as you're not playing far cry 4 it's good
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>>45356018

Only media work would be very light raw processing on lightroom. I'm confused because everyone says using Visual Studio without hyperthreading will give me cancer of the aids
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>>45355741

An OCed 3258 is just as fast as a locked i3. However, if you went with the i3 you wouldn't have to spend nearly as much on the motherboard nor would you really need an aftermarket cooler.

If you could squeeze $20-$30 more into your budget, you could get a much faster setup in the form of this.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/RX27ZL
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>>45356057
>Visual Studio without hyperthreading will give me cancer of the aids
so what, just so it takes longer than a higher end processor?
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>>45356066
i5 is a bit of an overkill for a 270 though
depending on the game an i3 + 280 would do better
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>>45354034
Your CPU will bottleneck the 280x, even while overclocked to 4.5 GHz. I wouldn't go higher than a 270x. Also I'd go with at least a 500W power supply, as the AMD cards are more power hungry.
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Thoughts on this? Still not sure exactly which GPU I want to get. I don't plan on overclocking immediately, but I want the option to later, which is why I chose the K but no fan.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rm6ssY
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>>45356177

>overkill

Not exactly the word I'd use but okay. He could also go with this. A used 280x could be a consideration as well, and would be quite a bit cheaper.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QkjpNG

>>45356184

>implying Hawaii = all of AMD's cards

Only the 290 and 290X are truly power hungry. The rest use nowhere near as much.
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>>45356109
I'm only asking! Seriously though, shit doesn't need to be lightning fast, once it runs smoothly and at a reasonable speed I'm happy.

The "people" who are warning me off it are workmates who fuck and blind their machine out of it if a command isn't executed immediately, and i do mean immediately.

Hence I'm here, seeking advice because even 4chan is better than the "I'm cursing at my computer therefor I am master wizard programmer" dicks i know.

Thanks for the help. Just saw somewhere else that buying the g leaves the option for upgrading open down the road so i think that seals it.
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>>45356184
Considering benchmarks were made with this cpu and a 6 GB GTX Titan I can hardly imagine it doing a bottleneck
Also the estimated wattage seems right, I changed for a 450w power supply
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>>45356318
depends on the game, but yes, CPU bound games will be bottlenecked by the pentium, regardless of whether it's paired with the GTX titan or not
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>>45356347
sure, I know what I should expect from this CPU, maybe Far cry 4 will but I have no interest in this game
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>>45356227
would the mobo be able to run with an i7 if i chose to upgrade after some time?
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>>45354034
I would up it to 8G of ram since you might as well do it now? I bet there are some decent combo deals on ram online.
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>>45356199

That 290 should be fine, but you could also take into consideration a GTX 970 if you bumped your CPU down to a non-k i5.

>>45356401

You'd need a BIOS update to use the Refresh chips like the 4790k, but the 4770k and 4770 would work perfectly fine. You might actually be able to do a tiny bit of OCing to an unlocked chip after updating the BIOs as well, since MSI, Asrock and ASUS boards support non-Z overclocking now.
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>>45356433
Yeah, it's planned but as I live in yurop everything is more expensive so I'll get the extra ram some time after
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How does this look?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/V26RHx
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>>45353371
>>45353358
By the time he needs 16GB for games, DDR4 will be out. Never futureproof computer hardware.
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>>45356510
Oh ok good that you planned for it and are going to run dual channel. Looks pretty solid man, the pentium is a beast cpu if overclocked.
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>>45356535
Ignore this post, forgot to add HDD. Here we go:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JwDxt6
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what mobo would be best for a beginner using a i5 4690k

I'm already building my pc and just need to buy the gpu and mobo , most likely I'll buy a gtx 970 from Msi or asus but the motherboard is what I'm trying not to break the bank on.
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>>45356611
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>>45356535
You could invest in a good CPU cooler if you're going to spend that much anyway.

Case seems a bit shitty. The review I looked at said it had misleading specs and that it's too cramped for a water cooler radiator as advertised to be compatible with.

SSD is alright for the price, I guess. Not quite as good as the MX100 but $15 cheaper.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5736/cooler-master-n600-mid-tower-chassis-review/index8.html
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AS Rock z97 Anniversary v MSI PC Mate z97.

Both same price, similar specs except MSI have VGA & DVI. Not sure what I'll be doing monitor wise yet, will prob use tv or buy two shitty old ones hence I like the MSI keeping the options open.

Any reason why I should disregard this and still get the ASRock?
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>>45356620
Looks solid anon, not a huge fan of the case. I was looking at an ITX or mATX for my build which is pretty similar to your specswise. Too bad I live in yurop though, these faking prices here jesus.
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>>45356779
Really tickles my tits at this time of year especially
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>>45356710
Yeah I think you're right about the cooler. At this point, an extra 30 bucks isn't going to kill me and it certainly couldn't hurt, especially if I end up overclocking the CPU. Think I'll stick with the SSD I've chosen as well, especially since it's like 75% off right now.

>>45356710
>>45356779
Decided against the case, went with the Corsair 400R instead. Updated model: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/233t4D

Any other suggestions anons?
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>>45356894
Forgot to add the cooler:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m7yk8d
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>>45356913
>>45356894
Guy who suggested a cooler here, Ripjaws RAM have large heatspreaders that will interfere with that heatsink. Either go with a different cooler, or get lower profile RAM.

DDR3-1866 for $64
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-hx318c10f8

The manual suggest that for 2 sticks of RAM, you should install in the 2nd and 4th farthest slots. Actually, the 212 Evo and Ripjaws ram might fit together, I know the cooler is wide enough to block large RAM in the slot closest to the CPU, not sure if it also blocks the second closest slot. Picture from your motherboard's manual.
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>>45356620
>>45356894
>>45356913

Swap the case for an NZXT S340

PSU is overkill, even for triple SLI 970s

Aside from that it looks fine
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>>45357110
So going with one 8GB stick would be a better idea than two 4GB sticks if I decide to keep the same cooler? Or do you think I can make it work with the Ripjaws and 212 EVO?
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http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ArkN7/saved/bPf2FT

>buy link related now
>or save up a few more thousand while waiting on the 8GB 980s/980Tis/next-gen Titan and do a full tower Tri/Quad SLi 4k rig

Halp.
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>>45357289
Why anon? Such overkill for only browsing 4chan...
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>>45357322
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Can anyone conceive a budget gaming build around $500? Potentially take advantage of some of the deals going on?
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>>45357176
The PSU is $70 after MIR, so it's not like he's overpaying by that much

>>45357210
It's safer to go with 1 x 8GB. It's slightly better for performance if you go with 2 x 4GB due to dual channel. Low profile RAM is always an option, but prices now make it a bit more expensive. The issue is that if you decide to upgrade to 16GB in the future for whatever reason, then that means the cooler will still end up blocking slots unless you change coolers or go with low profile RAM.
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>>45357471
Great, thanks for the input. Think I'll go with the 8GB just to avoid any issues. I can deal with the slightly worse performance. And the finished product:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JoshEats/saved/R6Zqqs
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>>45357110
On my Z97-A the 212 EVO does cover the closest RAM slot but the second in unobstructed.
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This is what I got so far.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/23whBm
Any recommended RAMs, HDDs and SSDs?
I also would need a screen.
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>>45357671

Personally I would do this

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Jy7TNG
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>>45357596
Depends on how it's installed. If the cooler is installed with fan horizontally aligned, then it's possible to block two slots, depending on the motherboard. If it's installed with the fan vertically aligned, then only the fan will block the RAM, and it's possible to just remount the fan if you need access to the RAM slots closest to the CPU.

http://www.overclock.net/t/632591/cooler-master-hyper-212-plus-evo-club/6250#post_22771552

In the 2nd picture you can see that the guy had to move the fan higher to let the RAM fit underneath.
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>>45356592
Personally I have been buying "too much" ram for my systems as far back as 2002.

I have never regretted it.

I was building right now I would get 16gb ddr3.
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>>45357768
A couple of questions.
Why the different fan?
I was thinking of getting the Gigabyte Z97 Gaming, is it better or worse than the one you recommended?
Does the ram matter, or are all manufacturers pretty much the same?
Is the Gigabyite 970 the best out of the manufacturers or is it mostly prefrence?
Is the case you put better than the antec? Asking this because I have an antec now, but it's fairly old.
Also, the screen is 60hz, does that matter?

I know this may seem like I'm trolling but I haven't looked into PC parts for 6 years.
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why the fuck is ram so expensive.
I remember you could get the same shit 3 years ago for cheaper.
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Grf9FT

I'm going to buy this.
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>>45357953

>Why the different fan?

It's just a few dollars more than the U12S and performs better.

>I was thinking of getting the Gigabyte Z97 Gaming, is it better or worse than the one you recommended?

That's really preference. Find the board with the features you want to get and go for it. I've never been a big fan of "gaming" boards regardless of brand, though that's just me.

>Does the ram matter, or are all manufacturers pretty much the same?

The biggest difference would be the heatspreaders used, but aside from that they're mostly the same.

>Is the Gigabyite 970 the best out of the manufacturers or is it mostly prefrence?

Personally I'd prefer the MSI Twin Frozr or a Zotac but that's just me. You can't go wrong with any 970 really. PNY's blower cooler design kinda sucks but still a good performer. Your Gigabyte is perfectly fine.

>Is the case you put better than the antec? Asking this because I have an antec now, but it's fairly old.

The Enthoo Pro is the absolute best case you can get in that price range. It's got great build quality and features out the ass. It's better than some cases that cost nearly twice as much.

>Also, the screen is 60hz, does that matter?

Will you be playing games where you can consistently get 120-144 fps or higher? If so you could go for a monitor with a higher refresh rate if you want. I personally use a 144hz VG248QE since most of my games are piss easy to run at high FPS. 60hz is still fine for the most part though.
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Can somebody explain to a non-gayman what the difference is between the different models of GTX 970/R9-290 GPUs is? Is it basically just different chipsets and cooler designs?
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>>45358142
Why would you buy a discrete GPU with worse performance than integrated graphics?
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Hijacking this thread. I need a better case. These are my specs with a EVGA 500w PSU
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>>45358192

What, you mean the differences between different manufacturer's GTX970s? Nothing much. Cooler design, maybe they fuck with the clocks, warranty they offer on the product, etc.

They're all a 970 though.
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>>45358148
I have no idea which games I'll be playing, that's what you have to tell me, since right now I'm still on core2quad Q660 and 9600GT.

My current PSU died, and I loaned one from a friend, that's why I'm switching, which PSU should I get, a cheap one for 50$?

Also, thanks for the help.
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>>45358205
I didn't know Intel's integrated graphics were that far ahead.
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>>45357953
Not the guy that posted that, but:

8$ more for 2" larger heatsink/fan. Probably worth it if you're in the pricerange already. If you're not, why not get the EVO 212?

Gigabyte Z97 Gaming is arguably better, but probably not in any meaningful way that you would notice. The Asus Z97-A is a great board.

Like any computer parts, quality control is important for RAM. Most recommended brands are usually GSKILL, ADATA, and Corsair.

For 970 as far as I can tell it is mostly preference and there are complaints with all manufacturers. That said, generally you will want to buy Gigabyte, Asus, MSI or EVGA when it comes to nvidia graphics cards. Some people claim Asus has worse customer support of the four.

Antec used to be one of few companies that made actually good cases, so they were kind of the go-to for a number of years. Now there are MANY companies that make good cases. (Antec, Fractal Designs, Bitfenix, Corsair, Coollermaster, etc)

60hz / 120hz / 144hz matters depending on what you use your computer for. Most people will notice the difference between refresh rates most when playing fast-paced first person shooters. A higher refresh rate will not help if your FPS can't keep up (60hz at 60FPS is the same as 120hz at 60FPS), so highly demanding games won't show much difference. If you get motionsickness while playing games, you may find that high refresh + high fps relieve your symptoms. If you only play slower games or top-down games (rpg, rts, moba) or don't really play games at all, get an IPS with that has good responsiveness.
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can anyone recommend a good z97 motherboard, preferably black or black and white?
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>>45358242
They're not really, the GT 610 is basically just an alternative if you don't have integrated graphics or need something to hook up an extra monitor to.
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So /g/, retarded question here: How detrimental would it be if I put cum in the watercooling system?
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>>45358223
Is there much difference between 290x and 970 cards at all? Is one necessary better at one thing than the other?
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>>45358416
Pretty bad. You'd have to pay child support to an old busted tower.
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>>45358448
The 290x is a better space heater.
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>>45358205
X99 doesn't have integrated graphics
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>>45358416
assuming it's a closed loop water cooler that any retard can buy, then it's instantly ruined because you have no way of putting it back together
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>>45358467
That's nice. X99 wasn't the chipset in question.
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>PcPartPicker
What is this? Are you niggers so stupid you can't write down the nomenclature and the pricing yourself? Jesus christ.
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>>45358506
>Calculators
What is this? Are you niggers so stupid you can't just use an abacus? Jesus christ.
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>>45358506
Well, someone told me to do it because it pisses you off.
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>>45358448

Both perform about the same at 1080p (though mantle should put the 290x ahead by a fair bit) - but as the resolution scales the 290x will do much better. In crossfire though - especially at 4K - a 290x will equal a 980 sli setup.

Hardocp recently tested 970 and 980 in sli at 4k and Nvidia surround and the 290x walked over the 970 and equaled the 980.
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>>45358637
So basically, 290 is hotter and faster, 970 is cooler and quieter? I'm not really looking for crazy fps or multi gpu setups, and my gtx 750 (non-ti) does 80% of the things I could ask it to do, it only stutters in a few mmo's during intense fights and stuff.
I'm really just looking for a linear upgrade, under $200. Would it even be worth it when I could easily spend that much money on peripherals, which I probably need more?
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>>45358637
How much extra watts does the R9 290x draw compared to the 970.
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>>45358804
about 60 more at load
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>>45358791

290x, not 290 - the 970 is flatout better than a 290 these days, but more expensive.

If a 750ti does what you want going crazy for a 970 is not the smart move - you are better off at looking at something more modest (like a 270x or 280 or 760) - not only are those cards still a huge improvement over a 750ti they are a lot cheaper than a 970 and will power 1080p with medium/high graphics quality in all but the most demanding games.

>>45358804

This anon >>45358853 is right, but when heavily overclocked 290x drinks electricity like americans inhale burgers.
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>>45358908
Thanks for the info on the power draw. I'm thinking about building a rig later in the year and was contemplating pickin up one 290x to later sli them if it was needed.

Seeing as how an R290X is cheaper or same price as a 970 the only downside would be power draw.
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>>45357337
Google unlocked overclock bundle, and find a deal on a ps4 and ram from newegg, bought 8 gigs of 2400 mhz and a gold 750 psi for just over a hundred this week
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