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So, anyone else waiting for the new Kaveri APUs? Not even a week ago I commented to a friend that it had been too long since I built a computer and next thing I know my parent's computer starts bluescreening. I concluded it was the RAM but when I told them how much it would cost to get them something new they decided to just have me build them something new. I'm hoping they bring in some good low end APUs, my parents are set on Kaveri but I'll feel kinda guilty buying them more of a processor than they really need. They only use the computer for internet browsing and playing whatever old Windows 95 games still run.

It's real crazy how cheaply you can build a great gaming PC these days. When I was a junior in high school(freshman in college now but I took a few years off) I blew my life savings to get a computer that could just barely run Crysis and GTAIV maxed out. I rebuilt the computer a few times, did some potent upgrades, but eventually reverted back as I went a little overboard. Now I'm running a R7770 and contemplating the fact that the latest generation of consoles is faster than my PC. Of course, I don't need much power to play Crusader Kings and Minecraft either, so it doesn't bother me too much. tongue.gif I think I'm going to have to rebuild it again though, I've got a massive case with 5 obnoxious fans. I can easily turn it into a mini-itx, the only issue is finding a quiet case.
post #3947 of 6598
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Originally Posted by MohawkUS View Post

So, anyone else waiting for the new Kaveri APUs? Not even a week ago I commented to a friend that it had been too long since I built a computer and next thing I know my parent's computer starts bluescreening. I concluded it was the RAM but when I told them how much it would cost to get them something new they decided to just have me build them something new. I'm hoping they bring in some good low end APUs, my parents are set on Kaveri but I'll feel kinda guilty buying them more of a processor than they really need. They only use the computer for internet browsing and playing whatever old Windows 95 games still run.

It's real crazy how cheaply you can build a great gaming PC these days. When I was a junior in high school(freshman in college now but I took a few years off) I blew my life savings to get a computer that could just barely run Crysis and GTAIV maxed out. I rebuilt the computer a few times, did some potent upgrades, but eventually reverted back as I went a little overboard. Now I'm running a R7770 and contemplating the fact that the latest generation of consoles is faster than my PC. Of course, I don't need much power to play Crusader Kings and Minecraft either, so it doesn't bother me too much. tongue.gif I think I'm going to have to rebuild it again though, I've got a massive case with 5 obnoxious fans. I can easily turn it into a mini-itx, the only issue is finding a quiet case.

Good luck!

 

What!? But Crysis and GTA4 aren't that old? And GTA4 is a schitty not efficent port? What were the specs back then?

post #3948 of 6598
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Good luck!

What!? But Crysis and GTA4 aren't that old? And GTA4 is a schitty not efficent port? What were the specs back then?

It had an i5 750 and Radeon 5770 and the affor mentioned ASUS motherboard. It's been at least 4 years since then I believe. I can't quite remember when I got GTAIV but I paid $7 for it, whenever that STEAM sale was. I got the Crysis Combo pack(with warhead included) so that was a bit older. I remember how proud I was maxing out Crysis(ok... 1680x1050 res and 2x MSAA isn't really maxing) at a mostly playable 19FPS. GTAIV was about 25FPS, but I was using graphics mods. I just remembered that I registered here about a month after I built it, so it must have been about June of 2010. Say what you will, but the Grado SR-80s I started with were very potent gaming phones combined with the Dolby Headphones of the Essence STX I had at the time. I've always sucked at FPS games, but I beat a guy 1v1 in Crysis multiplayer with a score of 10 to 0. How? The cloaking device in that game lets out a slight buzzing noise, the guy thought he was being stealthy but as soon as he turned on the cloak I was tracking him like a bloodhound. Got to a point where he was actually hiding from me and cloaking, we were playing a real small map so I could track him from the other side of the map easily. The guy probably thought I was hacking. biggrin.gif That's the experiance that led me here, I was looking for a headphone forum to talk about the awesome headphones I had gotten off of Amazon. I had no clue that they were considered the gateway drug to headphondom at the time.
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post #3949 of 6598
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It had an i5 750 and Radeon 5770 and the affor mentioned ASUS motherboard. It's been at least 4 years since then I believe. I can't quite remember when I got GTAIV but I paid $7 for it, whenever that STEAM sale was. I got the Crysis Combo pack(with warhead included) so that was a bit older. I remember how proud I was maxing out Crysis(ok... 1680x1050 res and 2x MSAA isn't really maxing) at a mostly playable 19FPS. GTAIV was about 25FPS, but I was using graphics mods. I just remembered that I registered here about a month after I built it, so it must have been about June of 2010. Say what you will, but the Grado SR-80s I started with were very potent gaming phones combined with the Dolby Headphones of the Essence STX I had at the time. I've always sucked at FPS games, but I beat a guy 1v1 in Crysis multiplayer with a score of 10 to 0. How? The cloaking device in that game lets out a slight buzzing noise, the guy thought he was being stealthy but as soon as he turned on the cloak I was tracking him like a bloodhound. Got to a point where he was actually hiding from me and cloaking, we were playing a real small map so I could track him from the other side of the map easily. The guy probably thought I was hacking. biggrin.gif That's the experiance that led me here, I was looking for a headphone forum to talk about the awesome headphones I had gotten off of Amazon. I had no clue that they were considered the gateway drug to headphondom at the time.

Wait seriosly? That is cool The cloacking thing that is :D

 

When you said life savings, I imagined something like $10k or something. I bought a similar rig as well.

 

When I was a Freshy in High School, I bought the AMD 965BE with 5770.

 

I still use the AMD CPU and H50 AIO liquid cooling but I changed everything else.

 

I swapped the motherboard as the other one was shorting out. It's a Gigabyte with a 970 AMD Chipset. Gigabyte GA 970 D3P. It comes with everything I needed to support all the new parts I bought for it. The new case with an internal USB 3.0 plug, crossfire graphics, AHCI and some other schiit. It is also only to last and not anything major, the 965BE CPU is aging of course so I didn't splurge on an mobo. This is $89 right now on Newegg but I was able to snatch it with my budget during the post holiday sale for $55 :)

 

I also upgraded the RAM a year back. Got 8GB Corsair Vengeance Ram. Nothing too fancy. Probably going for 16GB when I can.

I also upgraded my disk drive. I now use a SSD 240GB as my main OS disk drive. Bought it during holiday break. Gets extremely nice speeds. 480MB/s 'average' read :D Got it for $110 :D Seagate 600 series. I had the chance for a Samsung 840 EVO, but I opted for this instead as it was cheaper and had same perf as the one on sale.

 

Also was able to get an amazing deal. Got two HD 7870 GHZ Editions for $109 each. The 7870 is basically the R9 270 and R9 270x with the 270 being a downclocked but more energy efficent 7870 and the 270x being an OC'd 7870....which basically still means that they are the same schiit. (R9 270/x's are about $180-$240 each right now with the median at $200).

 

Also got me a new Corsair Carbide 300R for $50. Niceu.

post #3950 of 6598
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I'm sure most of us heard about the resurected Linksys router...or a new one that uses the 'retro' design.

 

Reading the news blip about it, this was my thougth pattern:

 

 

Oh nice, I remember back when I had one

 

Oh cool, I love that stuff. Hope I won't screw it up but its still cool of course.

 

Oh snap, those sound like some nice upgrades

 

Even better, but no Thunderbolt? Ehh, that isn't really made to be a format for storage devices only anyway. Nice nice though

 

..Ah......... You can go **** yourself Belkin. People liked the old one because it was extremely affordable, configurable, and very reliable. 

I have a nice Asus I paid l;ike $150 for... DUal Band with Usb 3.0 support ect... ect...

 

I feel it was worth the price I paid, it's never given my ANY trouble 

 

Also Bowei HYBRID... my pc is going to be TWO YEARS OLD in May... can you guys FREAKING believe that :O I must give you guys a hand because two years later and it's still a ticking! No major issues yet :3

post #3951 of 6598

Buffalo WHR-HP-G54......  Bought in 2007/2008 and has not had any issues yet!  Well, until now, but that stemmed from the Tomato firmware that was written on it.  Any real reason to upgrade?  I have a dedicated FTP server running off a laptop at home, and airplay/dlna from my raspberry pi.  Bandwidth over WiFi is OK, cannot run 12GB movies without seek time.

 

I get 1.6-1.8MB/s through WiFi - WiFi

post #3952 of 6598
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Buffalo WHR-HP-G54......  Bought in 2007/2008 and has not had any issues yet!  Well, until now, but that stemmed from the Tomato firmware that was written on it.  Any real reason to upgrade?  I have a dedicated FTP server running off a laptop at home, and airplay/dlna from my raspberry pi.  Bandwidth over WiFi is OK, cannot run 12GB movies without seek time.

 

I get 1.6-1.8MB/s through WiFi - WiFi

I get about the same speed through mine as well 

post #3953 of 6598
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I get about the same speed through mine as well 

Not worth it yet then?  Was hoping that a n/ac would significantly improve WiFi - WiFi transfers at home.  My upload speed is only 2Mb/s, so my server on WiFi is not bottlenecked at all.

post #3954 of 6598
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Wait seriosly? That is cool The cloacking thing that is biggrin.gif

When you said life savings, I imagined something like $10k or something. I bought a similar rig as well.

...

Also got me a new Corsair Carbide 300R for $50. Niceu.

Yeah, a high schooler's life savings isn't all that much. biggrin.gif I spent about $1,300 on it and that was with a $200 loan from my parents. My main problem was that in all of my previous builds I overspent on the PSU, case, and motherboard. I guess I was too concerned with reliability which is ironic as I've gone through about five sticks of RAM(never cheap out on RAM... uhh) and had problems with the high end motherboards and the PSU(never use a second internal HDD as your backup drive -.-)

Graphics wise I've been all over the place, I upgraded to a GTX570 at one point, swapped camps back to AMD with a 6970(AMD has superior AA imo), and then downgraded back to my 7770 which I am more than happy with. Really, I wish I'd stayed with my original build, would have saved me a lot of money, but I got fed up with all the RMAs.

I also got an SSD a few months ago during a sale, though I made the mistake of buying a refurb Sandforce drive. It had the 'fixed' firmware on it but it still only lasted a few months. It lasted long enough that I couldn't get any warranty on it of course. rolleyes.gif

I'm trying to figure out how I can change my system around to make it quieter. I guess I'll probably just switch to a Fractal case or something? Would like to go mini-itx but I've got a perfectly working motherboard right now and getting a new one just to have a smaller build seems wasteful. Plus with my luck I'd end up getting something faulty. tongue.gif
post #3955 of 6598
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Yeah, a high schooler's life savings isn't all that much. biggrin.gif I spent about $1,300 on it and that was with a $200 loan from my parents. My main problem was that in all of my previous builds I overspent on the PSU, case, and motherboard. I guess I was too concerned with reliability which is ironic as I've gone through about five sticks of RAM(never cheap out on RAM... uhh) and had problems with the high end motherboards and the PSU(never use a second internal HDD as your backup drive -.-)

Graphics wise I've been all over the place, I upgraded to a GTX570 at one point, swapped camps back to AMD with a 6970(AMD has superior AA imo), and then downgraded back to my 7770 which I am more than happy with. Really, I wish I'd stayed with my original build, would have saved me a lot of money, but I got fed up with all the RMAs.

I also got an SSD a few months ago during a sale, though I made the mistake of buying a refurb Sandforce drive. It had the 'fixed' firmware on it but it still only lasted a few months. It lasted long enough that I couldn't get any warranty on it of course. rolleyes.gif

I'm trying to figure out how I can change my system around to make it quieter. I guess I'll probably just switch to a Fractal case or something? Would like to go mini-itx but I've got a perfectly working motherboard right now and getting a new one just to have a smaller build seems wasteful. Plus with my luck I'd end up getting something faulty. tongue.gif

I did the exact same thing, overspent in wrong areas.

Why did you downgrade to a 7770?

post #3956 of 6598
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I did the exact same thing, overspent in wrong areas.
Why did you downgrade to a 7770?

So I'd have more money to spend on headphones of course. tongue.gif Really though, it was more than I needed. I was becoming more of a casual gamer and I easily maxed out any game I wanted to play. I actually first downgraded to a passivly cooled 6850, but surprise... it was faulty. I guess the heatsink wasn't attached right or something, it hit 100C quicker than my OCed 6970 when I accidentally unplugged it's fan. I had a Thermalright Shaman on that card btw.
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So I'd have more money to spend on headphones of course. tongue.gif Really though, it was more than I needed. I was becoming more of a casual gamer and I easily maxed out any game I wanted to play. I actually first downgraded to a passivly cooled 6850, but surprise... it was faulty. I guess the heatsink wasn't attached right or something, it hit 100C quicker than my OCed 6970 when I accidentally unplugged it's fan. I had a Thermalright Shaman on that card btw.

To be fair, I'm a variable gamer. Most of the time its not with games that are hard to run.....that didn't stop me from crossfiring a few cards into it :D

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http://gizmodo.com/13-steam-boxes-ranked-1496078448

 

I'm reading this and by the time I'm halfway down the list. I'm wondering who the hell this bozo is. He is literally changing his criteria on what he already subjectively likes as he goes down -_- like seriously. He rips the first two for being like cardboard boxes. And he rips others for having too many bells and whistles.

 

His final top choices are literally boxes, one more sleek (like the first two he hated) than the other which was more industrial looking(yet again, like a few he ripped).

 

And then

Quote:
 Another box with a pedigree, the Digital Storm is doubtless a well-made (and liquid cooled!) machine. And with a Core i7 4770K, GTX 780 Ti, and 16GB of RAM, it's a damn powerful one too. So why not higher? It looks exactly like a PC. Of course, it is just a PC, but still. How boring.

WTF?

 

Is this Twitter? I swear, Gizmodo and the rest of Gawker is literally Twitter for Tech. 

post #3959 of 6598
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Originally Posted by MohawkUS View Post

So, anyone else waiting for the new Kaveri APUs? Not even a week ago I commented to a friend that it had been too long since I built a computer and next thing I know my parent's computer starts bluescreening. I concluded it was the RAM but when I told them how much it would cost to get them something new they decided to just have me build them something new. I'm hoping they bring in some good low end APUs, my parents are set on Kaveri but I'll feel kinda guilty buying them more of a processor than they really need. They only use the computer for internet browsing and playing whatever old Windows 95 games still run.

It's real crazy how cheaply you can build a great gaming PC these days. When I was a junior in high school(freshman in college now but I took a few years off) I blew my life savings to get a computer that could just barely run Crysis and GTAIV maxed out. I rebuilt the computer a few times, did some potent upgrades, but eventually reverted back as I went a little overboard. Now I'm running a R7770 and contemplating the fact that the latest generation of consoles is faster than my PC. Of course, I don't need much power to play Crusader Kings and Minecraft either, so it doesn't bother me too much. tongue.gif I think I'm going to have to rebuild it again though, I've got a massive case with 5 obnoxious fans. I can easily turn it into a mini-itx, the only issue is finding a quiet case.

Really excited for Kaveri. Might scrap my current build (forgot what the generation right behind Trinity was) for Kaveri if it can actually compete with an i5-2500K or better.

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I have a nice Asus I paid l;ike $150 for... DUal Band with Usb 3.0 support ect... ect...

 

I feel it was worth the price I paid, it's never given my ANY trouble 

 

Also Bowei HYBRID... my pc is going to be TWO YEARS OLD in May... can you guys FREAKING believe that :O I must give you guys a hand because two years later and it's still a ticking! No major issues yet :3

:D

 

Congrats.

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http://gizmodo.com/13-steam-boxes-ranked-1496078448

 

I'm reading this and by the time I'm halfway down the list. I'm wondering who the hell this bozo is. He is literally changing his criteria on what he already subjectively likes as he goes down -_- like seriously. He rips the first two for being like cardboard boxes. And he rips others for having too many bells and whistles.

 

His final top choices are literally boxes, one more sleek (like the first two he hated) than the other which was more industrial looking(yet again, like a few he ripped).

 

And then

WTF?

 

Is this Twitter? I swear, Gizmodo and the rest of Gawker is literally Twitter for Tech. 

Digital Storm did a nice job on the case. I don't care about whether if it's a Steam Machine or not, just dat case.

 

I'm sort of not really sure if I should take their word on it that they designed the entire case. They usually use Silverstone cases (remember the RAVEN mITX prototype that showed up last month? Looks like the Bolt, eh?) as base designs so I wouldn't call it "Designed by DS".

post #3960 of 6598
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

http://gizmodo.com/13-steam-boxes-ranked-1496078448

I'm reading this and by the time I'm halfway down the list. I'm wondering who the hell this bozo is. He is literally changing his criteria on what he already subjectively likes as he goes down -_- like seriously. He rips the first two for being like cardboard boxes. And he rips others for having too many bells and whistles.

His final top choices are literally boxes, one more sleek (like the first two he hated) than the other which was more industrial looking(yet again, like a few he ripped).

And then
WTF?

Is this Twitter? I swear, Gizmodo and the rest of Gawker is literally Twitter for Tech. 
The Bolt's pretty smexy.........
Yeah, I agree with you bowei, this guy's weird.
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