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PumQin

I Want a New Computer

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I want to build a new gaming computer, and I want to try and go for something beefier than before. What kind of build do you guys have?
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Added: 5 years, 2 months ago
 
LegionRed
5 years, 2 months ago
I've a game laptop. i7 2670, 12gb ram, 240gb SSD + 750GB HDD, GTX 560M 2gb.
Theres not much I cant ask of this thing. Its not as powerful as a new high end desktop, but its tons more portable.
PumQin
5 years, 2 months ago
Portability is nice, but I do like having a large screen.
LegionRed
5 years, 2 months ago
I have a large screen I can hook too if I wish. But the laptop's screen is already 1920x1080, so its full HD, and looks fine for my needs most of the time.
Arrkhal
5 years, 2 months ago
I've got all the parts for a new gaming rig in the mail right now! I researched the hell out of everything, to try and get the best price-to-performance ratio, while maximizing reliability.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16...
Intel 3570 CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16...
16GB RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16...  (Paint Tool SAI will max out my current computer's 4GB in the blink of an eye, even with my crude doodles, so I figured 16GB would be prudent)
128GB SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16... (Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme drives have the best compromise between price, performance, reliability, and NAND quality right now. Wish I could afford 256GB, though)
WD Red HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16... (currently recovering from a catastrophic hard drive failure involving a 2TB Seagate Barracuda. Looking at the SMART data on my other Seagate vs. my WD, all future HDD purchases are going to be WD)
New PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16...

Reusing my old case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16...
Reusing old video card until I save up enough money for a new one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16... (it's ancient, but it actually outperforms a GTX 550 ti)
Hopefully will be able to snag this on sale: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16...

On brands:
I recommend nVidia over ATI. ATI offers better performance per dollar right now, but nVidia's driver support completely blows ATI out of the water. Drivers every week vs. every 2 months. nVidia also has a track record of supporting new technologies much faster. I was an early adopter of widescreen LCD monitors when they first came out, had a Radeon at the time, and basically spent 6 months unable to play any games that could not be played at the native resolution, thanks to ATI's shitty drivers. And the only reason it was 6 months is because I bought an nVidia, otherwise it would have been even longer. I'd rather not buy stuff from a company that makes such bad business decisions and offers such poor support for new tech.

Intel over AMD is a no-brainer right now. Get a top-end i7 if you're rich, or a 3570/3570k if you're on a budget.

Western Digital over Seagate; other than the above issues with Seagate I've had (1 failure, and both drives have much higher read and seek error rates), Western Digital will also ship you a replacement drive BEFORE you mail them an RMA'd drive, so that you can attempt to migrate data over. Seagate doesn't do that.
PumQin
5 years, 2 months ago
Ah, I got 16GB Ripjaws myself. But I actually do have a GTX 550 ti . . . and yes, I go nVidia over ATI. I used to have an ATI. I have AMD right now, and I want to change to Intel. But my current MB only supports AMD, so I also need a different one if I want to do that. I was thinking of looking into bridging video cards, but that GTX 760 looks pretty nice on it's own.

Can't say I know much about SSD.
Arrkhal
5 years, 2 months ago
I would definitely recommend a single card and not bothering with linked cards. Lots of overheating problems, and you can get "micro stuttering" issues which make games look terrible.

Especially not worth it if you were thinking of running double 550s. A 760 should give you well over double performance, particularly with anisotropic filtering. http://www.hwcompare.com/14825/geforce-gtx-550-ti-vs-g...
PumQin
5 years, 2 months ago
Well, my model of video card is discontinued anyway.
DJHeartBroken
5 years, 2 months ago
This hunk of junk laptop is a PoS and my art PC can barely run the newest games so I'm not sayin' shit.
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