Comprehensive Gaming PC Guide Discussion - V
That said, unless you need a specific feature that comes with Pro version, there is no need for it.
^ that one in particular because the used is 25% cheaper.
Well there is another GTX 550 Ti, but for only $70 refurbished. Is this something I should snag or keep looking? (my PSU is a Cooler Master GX 650W 80+ bronze certified, and it does have a 6-pin connector)
My current card is a GT 220, so pretty much anything is an upgrade. Price is a pretty big concern for me, so I'm happy with linear returns on price/performance. (ie 30% cheaper for 30% less performance)
$95 after rebates. It's $20 more, sure, but it's new AND it destroys GTX 550 Ti
But if you need to get something as dirt cheap as possible, go for it. $70 is not too bad (for no rebates too).
What do you think about this deal on a Z77 mobo? Comes with 8gigs of RAM too which is what caught my eye.. been reading around and reviews on mixed on ASRock, some love them and some hate them. Seems like a great deal nonetheless though, you save like $60+ buying the combo:
2GB DDR3 or 1GB DDR5
Which is better for gaming?
What is needed to support a PCI 3?
Check out this topic, if you want to save $:
Secondly, first-time builder and primarily a Mac user.
Wish to build a low cost, upgradeable gaming PC set-up for my friend's birthday/Christmas. I have a general idea of what I want, but need advice and a check that I have all my "i"s dotted and "t"s crossed.
Parts I have available:
old tower that once housed a Pentium 4, USB front panel board I'm fairly sure is USB1.1 removable tower fan (located in the back, another fan placeable side-by-side) 80GB SATA hard drive SATA DVD drive, but unknown if it burns IDE hard drives ranging for 8GB to 500GB IDE DVD burners
In my shopping cart:
Intel G540 CPU 2.50 GHZ 2M CACHE 2.5 2 LGA 1155 Processor (BX80623G540)I may upgrade this later to an i5. MSI Computer Corp. DDR3 1600 Intel LGA 1155 Motherboards (Z77A-G45) HIS Radeon HD 6670 1GB (128bit) GDDR5 HDMI DVI-D (HDCP) VGA PCI Express X16 2.1 Low Profile Graphics Cards H667FN1GLow profile to make sure the graphic card doesn't usurp the other PCI slots. Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX VIO 1.5G Thermal Grease CPU Heat Sink Compound with Easy to Apply Syringe
Things I want to know, taking into account a future i5 upgrade and that I will not be overclocking:
What is the minimum power supply wattage I will need? Trying to keep power consumption low. In reading the guide, I think I could get away with a 250 watt? Does the motherboard come with a stock cooler for the CPU? If not, recommendations? To minimize costs, I want to use the IDE drives. Recommendations on a IDE/ATA PCI card? What version of Windows 8 do I need? Microsoft seems rather tacky about licensing and having issues either upgrading the comp or using the OS on another PC. I may want to install on my 2 Macs via Boot Camp in addition to the PC, if that's allowable.
Thank you all in advance.
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