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 Post subject: Gear question...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:39 pm 
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My son is getting back into pc gaming, and is pondering buying some gear from a friend. Thoughts? The bundle includes:
Core i5 4670
16GB DDR3 Corsair
760GTX
128GB SSD + 2TB backup
Corsair Obsidian 350D with Corsair liquid cooling
Windows 8.1
750 Corsair psu

Priced at $850.
Or any suggestions for a 5-600$ build, using some of the above.

Our household is wireless where his room is, so I am trying to convince him not to get carried away because the bottleneck will be bandwidth, unless we run a loong stretch of cable or get powerline working...

Thanks in advance!

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for the price I would switch out the processor for a
Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA. its about $5-$10 cheaper and is the newer version and does not have the built in graphics


as for the rest of your list its hard to say as you don't have a mobo listed and the liquid cooling that comes with the case we have no info on. when it comes to liquid cooling you have to be careful of the AIO units even from big brands like corsair as not all AIO liquid cooling systems are good.

also taking in consideration that case retails fro about $79 by itself and with your budget and depending how much they are trying to charge you for that case with the liquid cooling it might be best to go to air cooling and put the money else where

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:00 pm 
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Thanks Matrix. After reading that, and giving more thought, and my concern about SSD and water cooling on the budget, we might try a simpler cheaper build using some pieces we are scrounging up, built around an Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard, GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB video card, 3GB RAM, all enclosed in a nice, roomy, air-cooled Antec case and Antec 500 watt power supply. I know this is pretty ancient stuff, but hopefully will be workable for some rudimentary gaming experience. I think we need a lot more memory, but pretty sure this mobo maxes at 8GB.
Thoughts on resurrecting this relic?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:32 pm 
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so a few ways to go about this. I would re-use your current case if its big enough and if you already have a copy of windows 7 that can be re-used don't bother with windows 8 as Microsoft plans on letting people upgrade to windows 10 for free in the first year. here is the build I did to put it close to your price not including the case or windows


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822236625

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130902

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139051

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820231460

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813130779

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819116991

total $609


or if you can re-use an old hard drive you can get this SSD for the OS and game to go on and brings the price down to $594

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820721107

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:43 pm 
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Thanks again!
Tangential question: All the different color WD drives, do you have a quickie guide? I know it depends, but for the small subset of usages for the average user, what colors are best?

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here you go, I tried to add a screen shot but the site wont allow me, the black edition is usually used by those wanting something just a litter faster then a regular hard drive

http://store.westerndigital.com/store/w ... es/Desktop

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Thanks. Very helpful.
But I notice they don't talk about the purple ones... guess those are pretty application specific...

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purple is business class I believe

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