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Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:34 pm
With video card prices these days is it still better to build your own or get a pre-built rig? My current machine (Dell) has been all-purpose workhorse and gaming for 7+ years, but I'm running into too many bottlenecks at various parts to try to replace/upgrade (4GB limit due to OS, can't replace motherboard due to box, etc.)
Budget would be $1-1.5k, and machine would be used in the same way as this one - Word, Excel, Google drive, browsing and gaming (RPGs mostly - Diablo 3, etc.).
Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:06 pm
with pre builds you are limited to what and how much you can upgrade and this is on top of the avg life span of a computer which is about 3 years before it fails or outdated and in your case you got your money worth on your current rig lasting 7 years but for $1500 you can get a real good computer that will last but also give you room to upgrade. and I would go with the AMD ZEN cpu's as its more bang for your buck.
this is the rig I built last may and I run everything at ultra setting for the most part
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB
CORSAIR HXi Series HX850i 850W 80 PLUS PLATINUM
SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 500GB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1
CM Storm Trooper - Gaming Full Tower Computer
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
AMD RYZEN 5 1600X 6-Core 3.6 GHz
Windows 10 Home - 64-bit - OEM
MasterLiquid 240 All-in-one CPU Liquid Cooler with Dual Chamber Pump by Cooler Master
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SSC GAMING ACX 3.0, 6GB GDDR5
in all i spent $1700 back in may and is most likely can be done cheaper for the same parts at todays prices or save even more with different models but I would highly recommend a AMD build and with at least 16 gigs or more ram
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:28 pm
Thanks, Matrix. That prices out to about $1600 through Amazon and New Egg. I'm not sure I want to venture into liquid cooling, but I'll take a look at other parts using this (and the AMD recommendation) as a base.
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:58 pm
as for the liquid cooling I was going for a quitter and cleaner look as the all in one liquid coolers have come down in price and not much more than a high end after market air cooler. her is a picture of my back up computer using same case and cooler but is a Intel I5 build and the look is similar to my current one.
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:51 am
What's maintenance for the all-in-one liquid cooling like?
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:10 am
that one has been going for over 4 years now and I just blow the dust out of the Rad when I do routine cleaning.
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