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Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 780?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The 980 supposedly is going to cost 600 and be somewhere around 780ti performance, and the 970 somewhere around the 780 at 400 bucks. Either way it would make sense to wait and see. I'd also consider picking up a 290 from AMD instead if I were in your position.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Guesses on price of GTX 980?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Supposedly 500 bucks and should be out in the next week or two for purchase

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is there anybody that has used BOTH a keyboard with MX Reds and one with MX Browns?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly unless you don't like it, keep it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is there anybody that has used BOTH a keyboard with MX Reds and one with MX Browns?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I've used both, and if I had to pick between them I'd go browns. MX Reds are too light for me personally.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$1,500 PC Build for Gaming - looking to order in next 48 hrs"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd ditch the thermal paste and switch the GPU to an r9 290. Would also look into different power supplies, the price for that 650w is borderline criminal.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$1,500 PC Build for Gaming - looking to order in next 48 hrs"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The 290 does not run hot. The original design with the reference cooler was inadequate to handle the heat it generated. Non reference coolers run absolutely fine. In fact the powercolor pcs+ 290 is cooler and quieter than any equivalent nvidia gpu on the market in the US.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2k Gaming rig"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't bother with a 780 or 780 TI. As it is the new nvidia cards are going to be announced in a few weeks. If anything plan to get a 980, otherwise get yourself an AMD 290 as you get slightly better performance than a 780 for around the price of a 770.

I agree with mdhol on the CPU (keep it if you want though), motherboard (it's a damn expensive motherboard), RAM, and SSD (but not hdd).

I'd take it a step further and say the power supply I'd get something different. 150 bucks for a 750W psu is wayyyy too much.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for Some Help"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

seagate doesn't have reliability issues. If this is related to the backblaze article you should do some more reading, you'll see that the article was mostly useless and not informative for normal users.

Agree with p.much everything else though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3 Fans or 2?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The Tri-X is a better card than the DCUII.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which graphics card should I get?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

The 290 is a much more powerful card in every measurable way.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "which r9 290 should i get"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's a review of the 290x version http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/65702-powercolor-r9-290x-pcs-4gb-review.html

And here is the same review done for the sapphire tri-x 290:

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/65172-sapphire-r9-290-4gb-tri-x-oc-review-7.html

This comparison is actually in favor of the sapphire as it's being done on a 290 instead of 290x with the powercolor, but as you see the powercolor still runs cooler and quieter.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "which r9 290 should i get"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually the PCS+ handily beats the Tri-X, and trades blows with the vapor-x

Comment reply on Forum Topic "¸¸.•*¨*•Case Lighting•*¨*•.¸¸"

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

I like xoxide for a site, and logisys for cathodes.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "BEFORE I BUILD! IS THIS LIST GOOD BAD? PLEASE DO TELL!"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The ASUS 290 you linked

Comment reply on Forum Topic "BEFORE I BUILD! IS THIS LIST GOOD BAD? PLEASE DO TELL!"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, but not to the Asus version. The DCUII is a pretty bad cooler on AMD because they didn't bother optimizing it from their nvidia version. The powercolor pcs+ is on sale now and is a damn good card.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$1700 Budget Build"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd ditch the 770 for a 290, ditch the asus motherboard (wayyy overpriced) for another red and black board that's cheaper (there's several gigabyte and msi ones), switch the evo for a pny xlr8 (won't notice a performance difference but will save 30 bucks ish), and switch the powersupply for this to save some extra scratch without losing out on quality.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "$1700 Budget Build"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The 980 is RUMORED to perform around the same level as a 780TI for 500 USD, the 970 is supposedly priced at 400 usd. I'd wait for the 980 to launch and see how AMD reacts with the pricing of the 290. As it currently stands, I'd pick a 290 though as you can get a powercolor pcs+ for 348 and it will run cooler and quieter than most cards on the market.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "[First Build] <2k Gaming and Intensive Circuit Simulation Rig. Feedback wanted!"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

For the money right now, you can get a powercolor pcs+ 290 for less than that 770, and it will outperform it and run cooler/quieter to boot.

Also i'm not familiar with that power supply, it may be worth it to check and see if reviews are available to find out whether or not it's a decent unit.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "BEFORE I BUILD! IS THIS LIST GOOD BAD? PLEASE DO TELL!"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 2 separate 1tb drives? Makes much more sense to get a single 2tb drive and partition it if you need to.

Ditch the thermal paste because it's only going to offer a few deg c improvement at best.

I'd ditch the 770 for a 290 in a heartbeat, you spend a little more but you get a considerable amount more performance (a bit better than a 780).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dual 780 SLI"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Neither of those is the case with non reference design coolers. The Powercolor PCS+ 290 is quieter and cooler than any 780 on the market, you can look into reviews for yourself

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dual 780 SLI"

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

I would honestly go the route of dual 290s. They perform better than 780s at 1440p, give you more vram, and are cheaper to boot.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fans and LEDs run for 3-5 minutes after shutdown, but not when sleeping."

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans running is likely a bios feature. I forget what it's called, but the logic is that it runs the fans for a few minutes after shutdown to disperse the remaining heat to preserve the longevity of components.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best current 4k solution/setup?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly 290x are better than 780TIs for 4k. VRAM usage and speeds plays a bigger role at higher resolutions and NVIDIA is lacking there compared to AMD.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Opinions needed on build"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The PCS+ is a much cooler/quieter card than the turboduo.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1440k gaming rig. 2nd build, last was about 20 years ago ;)"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

If the benchmarks and rumors are to be believed, the new nvidia 980 will perform around the same as a 780ti for 500 bucks. Whether or not that is worth it is up to you.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1440k gaming rig. 2nd build, last was about 20 years ago ;)"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes haswell E is a pricey platform. I didn't make any changes though because given his budget it wasn't like switching funds around would yield some massive performance improvement over what I suggested. If he wanted to save money he could switch to a 4790k and some mobo/ram.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Opinions needed on build"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Which is quieter depends entirely on which card you choose in the lineup. For example, the powercolor pcs+ 290 is quieter and cooler than any 780 on the US market.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Opinions needed on build"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The 290 is SLIGHTLY faster (not enough to call it much better), but it's also considerably cheaper. I'd definitely go with a 290, though not the ASUS DCUII. That card has heat issues because ASUS was lazy when adapting the DCUII cooler from their nvidia lineup.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1440k gaming rig. 2nd build, last was about 20 years ago ;)"

  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

Honestly the big thing I'd say here is it makes a lot more sense to switch the card out for 2 290s or 290x. At 4k, they tend to perform better than 780TIs because of the extra vram/wider bus. You'd get a lot more performance out of it while adding little to nothing to the overall price. Also the samsung ssd while decent, is kind of pricey.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $389.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $94.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Asus X99-DELUXE ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $396.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $259.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $348.50 @ Newegg
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $348.50 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Phantom 240 ATX Mid Tower Case $77.27 @ Mwave
Power Supply XFX ProSeries 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $147.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Samsung U28D590D 60Hz 28.0" Monitor $599.00 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2817.19
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-08 13:31 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Comments on this Frost Castle?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The XFX psu I linked you is in fact a Seasonic unit. It's a seasonic rebranded as xfx, very common practice in the industry. As for WD your call but I'd get a single 2tb drive regardless. As for the GPU, AMD is giving you much more bang for buck. You get a more powerful card, more vram, and 3 games to choose as well.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Comments on this Frost Castle?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Couple suggestions to bulk up the gpu/fit in a better cooler:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Corsair H75 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $79.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock Z97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $94.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $80.10 @ Newegg
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card $348.50 @ Newegg
Case Deepcool STEAM CASTLE (BLACK) MicroATX Mid Tower Case $99.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1193.52
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-08 06:14 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for a PC for competitive gaming on ultra settings and a ton of FPS"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You're overpaying on some components such as the motherboard, gpu, ssd, case, power supply, and wireless card. By readjusting them you could push the graphics further.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $339.94 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $94.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $128.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $166.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $209.99 @ Adorama
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $348.50 @ Newegg
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $348.50 @ Newegg
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $81.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply XFX ProSeries 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $147.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) $142.98 @ Newegg
Monitor Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor $139.99 @ Micro Center
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-AC68 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $96.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard $111.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser Mouse $49.99 @ Amazon
Headphones SteelSeries Siberia v2 Headset $68.36 @ Amazon
Other CyberPower Battery Backup $99.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2560.15
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-07 13:38 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Water cooling a XFX R290"

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

You don't really need much more than an h55 to cool a 290 enough to get the most performance out of it without going ln2. Most people I've looked through on OCN with a 290 and h55 report load temps in the mid 60s, which is plenty low enough to allow you to push overclocks. As for the vrms you would want to get heatsinks. Gelid makes a vrm kit specifically for the 290/290x that you can use with the kraken g10 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835426042).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Are 4 better than 2?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

In a nutshell yes. You're not going to get any performance benefits by doing so.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Are 4 better than 2?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It will make a minor difference in temperatures. A few degrees celsius normally tops.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "H100i, H110, or Kraken x61?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

Don't pay attention to manufacturer rated specs when it comes to fans. The truth is there is no standardized method for testing static pressure, noise, and airflow employed by manufacturers. Everyone does it differently, so their numbers are almost never directly comparable. Instead you'd be better off reading fan roundups or reviews from sites that use the same method for testing each fan to actually get comparisons.

Even with good static pressure fans the h440 is a toasty case. I'm using noiseblocker eloops as my front intakes (comparable to gentle typhoons) and I still see around 5-7C temp difference between my front panel on and off.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "H100i, H110, or Kraken x61?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

Problem is your case.

The h440 is really restrictive for the front intakes, making CPU temperatures particularly warm I've noticed in my own usage. That being said, I'd still get the h100i. Fact is you're going to get the overclocks you want within temp limits with any of those coolers, so why pay extra?

One suggestion I'd make is to switch your rear exhaust fan to being an intake. In the testing I've done with my own using an H100i, Kraken x61, and H105 it drops temperatures by at least 3 or 4C because of the front intake restriction.

EDIT: seeing as how the h105 is only 10 bucks more, I'd probably get either of those two. The h105 will run cooler but you'll need to run the fans off your motherboard and control using the mobo software, the h100i will run a little warmer but you'll be able to control fan speeds via link and you can change the led color.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "780ti RMA or Refund?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Refund and get a 290x/290 instead. Slightly less performance, but a lot of money saved.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 780Ti vs (waiting) GTX 880"

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Rumor has it the new 980 will be priced at 680 levels, so 500 bucks and the 970 at 400 bucks.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Mechanical keyboard under $150"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It isn't so much looking at the brands, but trying the switches personally. I personally suggest trying the coolermaster keyswitch sampler LINK because it comes with a lot of different switches to mess with to help you decide what you like most.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PARTS LIST FINALE! Opinions and advice wanted and needed"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You could switch to an asrock h97 performance board for 80 bucks, saving you 40 bucks that could be used elsewhere. I wouldn't call that a small amount considering you could use that along with downsizing the case to up the GPU to a 290 for instance

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PARTS LIST FINALE! Opinions and advice wanted and needed"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a locked CPU paired with a cpu cooler (useless unless noise is really that big an issue) and an unlocked motherboard? Doesn't make sense

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PARTS LIST FINALE! Opinions and advice wanted and needed"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

From the top:

  • You have a locked CPU with an unlocked motherboard. If you want to overclock the CPU change to a 4670k/4690k, otherwise drop the z87 motherboard for something that's h87/h97.

  • Dom plats are ridiculously overpriced for what you're getting, I'd suggest rethinking your ram choice as that money could be much better spent in other areas, such as a better GPU.

  • You can get a cheaper SSD like the PNY XLR8 with no noticeable performance hit to save some cash

  • Why two separate hard drives? Makes more sense to get a single 1 2tb unless there's a specific reason you need two.

  • That GPU is old, and not worth the money at all. Would make a lot more sense to rework the system like I suggested in my earlier points to upgrade the GPU.

  • You don't need a full tower case for future upgrades unless you're thinking of getting 4 GPUs in the future for some reason

  • Unless you have a program that DOESNT run on win8/win8.1, you should upgrade to windows 8.1. It runs better, gives you directx12 support, and with a start menu button replacement is almost exactly the same UI as win7.

  • Unless you regularly use optical media (CDs etc), drop the optical drive. You can easily install windows using a usb thumb drive and there's plenty of guides online showing how to do it.

With all that in mind this would be my suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $234.66 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Silverstone AR01 81.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $104.99 @ Newegg
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $83.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $104.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $83.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card $259.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case $81.05 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $59.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter Intel 7260HMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $41.99 @ SuperBiiz
Other Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIe 124dB SNR Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module $209.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1455.08
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-31 18:11 EDT-0400

Comment reply on Forum Topic "THIS IS IT! Evga gtx 770 or Tri-X r9 290?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The 290 is definitely the better option. As for black screens, no. Some people may get a dud (something that happens with both amd and nvidia).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Haswell-E X99 DDR4 Gaming Rig"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Wouldn't bother with the 780TIs. Fact is a refresh is right around the corner it makes more sense to wait if you're insistent on going with nvidia. Otherwise, I'd go for 290s or 290xs instead. You get 90-95% of the performance for 30% ish cheaper and more vram.

Either way with overclocking in mind you would probably want to consider bumping up to a 1000w psu.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Haswell-E X99 DDR4 Gaming Rig"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly who cares if it's only 4 slots. He still has two slots available to give him 32gb of ram which is beyond plenty. Dual chan vs quad chan doesn't exactly result in a huge performance difference either.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on this setup?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't bother with 780TIs. At the most I'd pick up 290s. Fact is we're right around the corner from an NVIDIA GPU refresh and rumor has it they'll be lowering prices. Either way the 290 is much better for value.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on this setup?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

That's well over budget considering he's also got two monitors to buy. He'd be spending 1200 ish on GPUs alone.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "DirectX12?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

All current GPUs from both manufacturers should receive DX12 support:

http://techreport.com/news/26199/directx-12-to-support-existing-hardware-first-games-due-in-late-2015

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Yay or Nay?"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Drives, RAM, clcs, and everything else are very low power consumption. You could fit the drive in his build, the ram, the motherboard, the wireless card, and ANY clc of his choosing and you're not going to consume 150 watts total for them. The SSD is a couple watts, RAM is also very low, fans for a dual rad clc would take up another 30 ish plus another 20 TOPS for the pump unit, add another 50 for the motherboard and you're still well under.

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