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  1. Upgrading an old PC for gaming

    BUDGET : 45,000 PHP (roughly 860 USD) So I need help on planning to upgrade my PC that recently died because I can't go on for another week without gaming. It was pre-built and really on the low end when it came to specs but I had to live with it since I didn't have much of a choice. I used it for esports gaming and a few indie titles since it was all it could run smoothly but it really disappoints my steam library with a lot of newer games i got. So last month, it came to my surprise (and a sure welcome one) that it wouldn't boot. Found out a pin in the cpu socket was broken (which may or may not be intentional). So now I set out to my parents to tell them I need a new PC and that this time I have a legit reason. Here are the potato specs: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz ASUS H81M-D Micro-ATX (broken) ASUS GT 730 KINGSTON HYPERX FURY 1x4GB DDR3 Samsung HD161HJ 160GB HDD Generic 700W PSU Generic Mid Tower Case LG 20M37D-B 19.5" Monitor (VGA & Dual-Link DVI-D only) I wanted to salvage a few parts from the potato to save a few monies like the stock cpu fan. hard drive, monitor, psu, and case. The rest I can reuse to build a more casual PC for my little brother so he can use something when I go to uni. I plan on having at least getting into the sweet spot of gaming; 60 fps, medium-ultra graphics settings, 1080p. So here are what i plan to buy for the new build: $233 Intel Core i5-7600K $353 Galax GTX 1060 6GB $134 MSI Z270M Mortar $100 G.Skill Aegis 2x4GB DDR4-2400 $820 Total I also want to throw in a 128GB M.2 SSD ($50) for a boot drive and games like R6 Siege which heavily relies on one by going $10 over budget and 2x80mm case fans($3) for the side and rear panels to cool my system since The case really isn't optimal for warm climates and gaming. Which brings me to a total of $873 (roughly 45,700 PHP). I'd like this build to last around 2 years with performance staying relatively OK with future games, but right now my focus is playing what games I have that I spent my hard earned money on and feel the satisfaction of my hard work. After that, if I have the budget, I'll slowly upgrade the build starting with a better case. I'll try overclocking the cpu in the future when I can afford a beefier gpu and a cpu fan. I really want to know what people think of it since I'm relatively new to PC building and don't have much knowledge on this subject except from watching Youtube vids and visiting blogs and forums. I'd also appreciate feedback and suggestions for this build and a few pointers for future reference when I find myself troubled by another PC problem.
  2. Review my parts list.

    I'm building my first PC and I'm buying the parts in the next few weeks. I want to see if I'm good in terms of my components. I can't be very flexible on the price, I'm trying to stay near $850 USD (I know I don't have a cooler, I wont be doing much overclocking so I think the wraith spire should be fine) My Stuff: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/bXkBcY
  3. I'm building my first gaming PC. I already have my build planned out(here's the build if anyone is interested: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/yX3wzY) but I don't want to buy everything at once. My build comes out to about $700 USD and that's a lot for me to spend at once. My plan is to buy the parts one at a time and to have this done by August at the earliest and December at the latest. What part do you think I should buy first? Edit: Thank you all for the responses! I bought the case since NewEgg was having a sale on it.
  4. I want to make a home NAS server so my family can access data from it from any device (besides mobile phones i guess). Also I could use that server to store some videos to edit. So, what are the recommended parts to build this server? How much CPU cores do I need (is a Pentium G3930 enough)? How much RAM? Can windows be used for the operating system (file sharing)? What should the casing be? And I'm going to use WD Reds btw, how do you restore lost files if a drive failed?
  5. Hello. I recently started putting together a parts list on pcpartpicker.com for a moderate to high end gaming pc and i need a little help. This is the last i have so far: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/VirdsEyeBiew/saved/hrjTHx My main use for this PC will be gaming and video recording (sometimes). I would like to stay under $2700 USD preferably. I play VR very heavily (HTC Vive and Oculus Rift sometimes) which is why i chose the Maximus X for the load of built in USB 3.0 ports and a few 2.0 because I'm going to need all of them lol. 8700k for multitasking (Recording, Gaming, Chrome, etc), 1080ti (need no explanation), and i was originally going to go for 32GB of RAM but seems a little overkill for me so i just picked 16GB of RAM. The single Samsung 850 SSD is because im going to use that as my main drive and pull my old HDDs out of my current build and just put them into this new one. The case is just RGB heaven. THIS IS JUST A PC BUILD. I already have all the accessories, peripherals and monitors i need so no need to add any of those. So any tips, opinions and feedback will seriously be appreciated as this is my first build by myself. Consists of: CPU: Intel i7-8700k CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 Liquid Cooler MOBO: ROG Maximus X Hero (Wifi/AC) GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Ti 11GB STRIX RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5" SSD PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold OS: Win10 Home Case: CUK Continuum Full ATX with Infinity Mirror and RGB LED Lighting
  6. Hi everyone. I'm brand new to building PC's (I suppose you get a lot here) and I have a few questions I'm hoping you can all help me with. A little about me... My names kris (based in the UK), I'm fairly new to building PC's but I'm not new to technology. I wouldn't class myself as a full "newbie" as I do have an understanding of most components, what they do and what's required. There are some terminologies/components that I do not understand but I will ask for an explanation of these as I go along. My objective I've always wanted to build my own pc but I've never actually looked into it or taken an interest until lately. My main uses of my pc are mixed if I'm being honest, I do a lot of photo editing, music/audio production & light gaming. I would like to build a pc that is somewhat "future proof" (I don't mind replacing/upgrading bits here and there) but that can still handle the majority of what I throw its way. I also do the general stuff like using Microsoft office and having 20 tabs of chrome open at once... Like most people, I have an extreme want/need for RGB lighting so as much control/versatility over this would be extra awesome. Budget I don't necessarily have a "budget" per say. I'm certainly not going for a budget build but I won't go over a certain amount of ££ for a particular part. As a very slack rule of thumb, you could say I'd be willing to spend £1700+ on a build. What I need help with Now I'm going to presume you get asked the same/similar questions on an almost daily basis so I apologize for this in advance if you're bored of the "same s**t different day" scenario. I have put together a somewhat complete parts list of what I'd like in my system (based on hours upon hours of research) but there are somethings I can't decide on/don't have the knowledge to decide if this product meets my requirements. You can view my parts list here: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/WykGcY 1) Motherboard I'm currently struggling to pick a motherboard, I need the mobo to have RGB, ideally built-in wireless or ability to have an internal wireless module (I don't mind external but only antennas). I have narrowed down to a few I am interested in but I can't seem to get past picking which is best for my needs out of the below list. I find myself leaning towards the Gigabyte z370 AURUS Gaming 5 but I have absolutely no idea why; just what my brain is leaning me towards... so you guys are more knowledgeable than myself, what do you suggest? Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING MSI Z370 GAMING PRO CARBON Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) Asus ROG MAXIMUS X FORMULA Asus Prime Z370-A 2) CPU For a while, I was NOT struggling to decide on a CPU, I was naturally leaning towards the i7 8700k (as an i9 is out of what I'm willing to spend) BUT there's a new player in town... the AMD Ryzen 2700x. I know if I pick the AMD it would warrant another motherboard change (for the socket type??) so I do realize the above options are suseptible to change. I also hear on the grapevine that Intel may also be releasing a new processor (and ideally I'd like to hold out for that). So... Intel 8700k AMD Ryzen 2700x Wait for Intel's new i7 8086k (which will be inline with my projected build timeframe) 3) Storage Now I do/did plan on using my current SATA SSD from my current pc and putting it into the one I'm building but I've recently come across a term called M.2 Now I have absolutely no idea what this is. So let me see if I have my wires crossed or not. Is m.2 a PCB with flash memory on (the same as SSD) but it connects directly to the mobo instead of using SATA cables? What is the benefit of m.2? How reliable is m.2? Am I even correct? Why is the grass green? 4) Memory I'm happy with the RGB ram I have chosen but should I wait for DDR5 also?? Points to note Audio on the board does not matter to me at all. I will be using my external soundcard and studio monitors for audio. I'm also un-decided on my OS. I currently use windows 7 and would like to stick with it but I realize times are moving on and I may face compatibility issues. Keyboard and mouse I'm sticking with what I have. I'm not interested in changing monitor atm also. Please let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions to anything I'd benefit from or any parts that are even better (cost doesn't matter so much). I appreciate everyone's advice. Thanks!
  7. Hi, I'm about to pucrchase parts for my first pc this spring: I'd like to use this machine for: recording/music production, streaming, some gaming (Mostly turn based strategy games / e-sports) I plan on overclocking my system. Would you think this could work? Also I live in Hungary so everything costs about +20% more than in the US I have a 1080p 30Hz monitor. CASE: Phantakes Eclipse P400S MOBO: Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming K5 - (I've heared good things about this one on Gamersnexus' Youtube channel so I choose it because I can upgrade to a Ryzen 7 in the future.) APU: Ryzen R5 2400G - (There's no way I can afford a dedicated GPU so this is my only choice for now) RAM: I'm not sure about RAM I need you help with this one - (must be 16GB / 3200) SSD: WD Blue 500GB - (Cheapest one available) PSU: FSP Hydro GE 550W - (This is what my friends recommended to me, also seems futureproof) Thermal Paste: Coolaboratory Liquid Pro - (Is it worth applying an aftermarket TP for overclocking or will I be fine with the one that comes with the APU?) total cost: 953 USD (Peripherials excluded) In the future I'd like to add a dedicated high-end GPU to the PC and change the APU to a Ryzen R7 Thanks for your help in advance!
  8. Hi there everyone! My wife has been playing games for the past few months on a pretty janky set-up by that I mean it's a laptop that's had the upper shell completely removed and a broken wireless card plugged into a monitor. I want to get her set up with a new pc so she can game with me at a higher quality and also on a less disheartening set-up. My "budget" is about $1000 USD which can go up or down if necessary for the sake of price to performance. She has a 1080p 60hz ips monitor so aim is close to max settings at above 60fps. The GPU doesn't need to be included since I'll probably wait until I see one fall to a reasonable price. Red/ blue/ green team doesn't matter to me. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks all!
  9. Hello great people, I'm new at the forums, though I have been following LTT for a while on youtube. I am here today to seek the help from the most power internet minds to help me on a quest to build the best 3D Motion Design and Rendering Workstation rig (for me... the best for what I'll use it). I will be using the Desktop Workstation PC (Maybe even go hackintosh?!) for: #1. 3D modeling and renders in Cinema 4D, Cinema 4D Team Rendering and OTOY Octane rendering #2. Motion Graphic animation and compositing on Adobe After effects, also color grading with AE and Red Giant Looks. #3. Rendering video with Adobe Media Encoder, from Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro I also, lightly edit on premiere pro. Design on Illustrator and Photoshop sparingly. Those apps will work just fine with any kind of Rig I end up building. Goal: A Workstation that can handle really well high poly counts on screen but can render advanced raytraced at decent speed. Budget: Under $4,000. Including a 98%+ sRGB 24-28" 4K Monitor. Wifi is a plus but not a Must Have. Keyboard and Mouse* can be suggested but won't be part of this budget. *Currently use an Intuos Pro 5 for cursor hadleing. Note: I will not be using this rig for gaming, I don't care for parts that are gaming oriented or flexible enough to game on. If the parts is a gaming part but works great on my new rig then I welcome it. Please, help me, I'm open to your great advice. Thanks! @Ejviper
  10. Used vs new

    Hey folks!! I fried my pc and have an insane amount of stuff to buy for house, family, business etc this year so on a very tight budget... this is my plan. Just wondering if this will be a decent setup to last a year until I can build my dream Used build https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/fY4jyX Any parts priced at zero are part I already have. Thanks
  11. I am building a new pc and i needed some help to know if my parts are compatable, any help would be appreciated These are the parts MSI GeForce GTX 1060 DirectX 12 GTX 1060 3GT OC 3GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready ATX Video Card | Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G | Kingston A400 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SA400S37/120G | Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan | Intel Core i5-8400 Coffee Lake 6-Core 2.8 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 65W BX80684I58400 Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630 | MSI Z370-A PRO LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard | G.SKILL Aegis 8GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel Z170 Platform Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-3000C16S-8GISB | EVGA 600 B1 100-B1-0600-KR 80+ BRONZE 600W Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply | MasterBox Lite 5 RGB ATX Mid-Tower with 3 x 120mm RGB Fans, Tempered Glass Side Panel, DarkMirror Front Panel & 2 Additional Color Trims for External Customization Options by Cooler Master Thanks alot
  12. I am going to order these parts tomorrow. I was wondering if any I could get any experienced opinions on what I am building. Any comments or suggestions about how i could edit my build to save money or be more compatible, or things I should do when I get my parts and such. (https://pcpartpicker.com/list/dD6JV6) **CPU** | [AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/mV98TW/amd-ryzen-5-1600-32ghz-6-core-processor-yd1600bbaebox) | $286.55 **Memory** | [Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/p6RFf7/corsair-memory-cmk16gx4m2b3200c16) | $204.99 @ Amazon **Storage** | [SanDisk - Ultra 3D 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FLDJ7P/sandisk-ultra-3d-1tb-25-solid-state-drive-sdssdh3-1t00-g25) | Purchased For $0.00 **Storage** | [Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/CbL7YJ/seagate-barracuda-2tb-35-7200rpm-internal-hard-drive-st2000dm006) | $59.79 @ OutletPC **Video Card** | [MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Video Card] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/ZWnG3C/msi-geforce-gtx-1070-ti-8gb-video-card-gtx-1070-ti-gaming-8g) | $614.88 @ OutletPC **Case** | [Fractal Design - Meshify C TG ATX Mid Tower Case] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/nL7v6h/fractal-design-meshify-c-tg-atx-mid-tower-case-fd-ca-mesh-c-bko-tgl) | $89.99 @ SuperBiiz **Power Supply** | [EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/y88H99/evga-supernova-g3-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-220-g3-0650) | $99.79 @ OutletPC **Operating System** | [Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/wtgPxr/microsoft-os-kw900140) | $89.89 @ OutletPC **Case Fan** | [Fractal Design - X2 GP-12 (Black) 52.3 CFM 120mm Fan] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4hH48d/fractal-design-x2-gp-12-black-523-cfm-120mm-fan-fd-fan-dyn-x2-gp12-bk) | $12.79 @ OutletPC **Monitor** | [Asus - VG248QE 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/rkphP6/asus-monitor-vg248qe) | $264.39 @ Amazon **Keyboard** | [Razer - BlackWidow Chroma V2 Wired Gaming Keyboard] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/mLnG3C/razer-razer-blackwidow-chroma-v2-wired-gaming-keyboard-rz03-02031700-r3u1) | $169.99 @ Amazon **Other** | [Blue Microphones Snowball Black iCE Condenser Microphone] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/2n648d/blue-microphones-snowball-black-ice-condenser-microphone) | $49.00 @ Amazon **Other** | [SanDisk 16GB Ultra Flair CZ73 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 130MB/s] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/nrp323/sandisk-16gb-ultra-flair-cz73-usb-30-flash-drive-speed-up-to-130mbs) | $7.95 @ Newegg **Other** | [Cable Matters Gold Plated DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable 10 Feet - 4K Resolution Ready] (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/83kwrH/cable-matters-gold-plated-displayport-to-displayport-cable-10-feet-4k-resolution-ready) | $21.99 @ Amazon | *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* | | Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1991.99 | Mail-in rebates | -$20.00 | **Total** | **$1971.99** The CPU comes with a motherboard and cooler (b350 gaming plus, and a wraith max cooler) The case comes with two fans, I am getting another of the same fan for a positive airflow. I already have the SSD. The flash drive is for a windows 10 mirror. I know the keyboard is stupidly expensive, but i like the razer products (especially the mouse that i have), so I'm getting it anyway.
  13. I was just curious where the best place is to buy 2nd hand parts and one that ships internationally
  14. ~$200ish used parts build (HP Z400/Xeon)

    Hey everyone! So i set out to build something to gift to my cousin for his birthday and tried to do my best with keeping performance somewhat high, but costs low. Had a spare Xeon w3550 i took out from the original Z400 build i did a long time ago (which got swapped with an x5687), so found me a deal on ebay for a complete Z400 system with a crappier CPU but 8gb ram, 250gb HDD, PSU, case, board, cooler, etc. Turns out you cant use the Z400 stock cooler without the backplate that you cant use if you transplant the system into another case, and the Deepcool Gammax 300 for $13 stepped in. However, if anyone builds in a Z400 as-is, then its a moot point. Threw in some other spare parts i had (128gb boot SSD, 500gb storage drive, LED strip, transplant case, a few extra ram sticks, 24pin/4pin extensions) but the basis of this build was the complete Z400 system for $100, a Xeon W3550 (like $7 on ebay), and a GTX 960 4gb ($100 local, used) and thats right about $200 and good to game! Furthermore, this socket/system can support six core CPUs like the w3680 (i7-980x) and w3690 (i7-990x) which are still very strong processors, but the caveat i found out is that using an unlocked processor even on a locked system like this, programs like intel XTU and Throttlestop can lightly OC those CPUs still! Ive read of some other folks hitting 4.0-4.2ghz with those, with the software overclocking those utilities provide. 6-cores at 4+ghz is nothing to scoff at, even if it was 1st gen era. Moving the Z400 board into a non-stock case though introduces some issues, the main ones being a sense pin on the yellow USB header needs to have a jumper placed on it (easy), the 5th pin on the CPU fan header needs to be grounded (also pretty easy, i just cut a spare front panel wire from a different case down to a single pin, stripped one end, placed it on the 5th pin, routed it out the back, and screwed the exposed ground wire into the chassis), and the rear fan header needs a PWM fan on it (easy, just install a PWM fan on the rear of the case and plug it in there). BIOS will throw a 1394 header error, but just go into BIOS and mark the 1394 header as 'hidden' and voila, boots without issue and not needing "to press F1 to boot" and you'd be hard pressed to find a difference in performance or function at this point. Also, the fastest stock CPU for this is the x5687 Xeon. 4c/8t, 3.6ghz base with 3.9ghz turbo. Cant OC like described above, but has plenty of grunt at stock speeds and there was no i7 counterpart to this one. This Xeon is faster than any i7 on the x58 platform stock. Pretty interesting! Check it out and lemme know what y'all think! also talk about this in vid form
  15. I was wondering if upgrading my motherboard and cpu would affect Windows 10? I am going to upgrade my motherboard from a Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard to a Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard and upgrade my cpu from a Intel Core i5-6500 to a Intel Core i7-8700K. I was just wondering if I would have to re-install Windows 10 Home (I hope I don't have to). I do not have a OEM version of Windows 10 Home by the way. I thought this is the best forum to post this in since I could not find a more qualified one so sorry if this is in the wrong one.
  16. This isn't really for me but for everyone who comes to this thread. I haven't seen a thread for websites/programs to save money on PC parts or pc building, so i made this thread for people to link and or help me and people with finding these websites/programs. Any help is appreciated thank you.
  17. So i am new to the forms, but run a college content creation program. We were looking for parts with our left over ramen noodle fund and came across this ad on the website geek, a tech extension of wish.com. https://geek.wish.com/c/5a93a075e114ef0146ea5a99 Now Im not an expert, but this seems a bit iffy... Now there are other listings from other sellers saying roughly the same thing, and then there are sellers who flat out say its a graphics card and raise the price. My thought was.... could you actually get a graphics card for $1. so i bought 10 of them, to make it a bit safer i mixed my purchasing with different sellers and made sure to save $0.15 at every turn by teaming up and purchasing my card with daloris... or edger the graphics card wizard. Clearly i am not implying Edgar is only a wizard, ANd im not saying go buy $1 worth of graphics cards.... But is this legal? "potentially real" https://geek.wish.com/c/5a289e186fdc515000576f53 "fake and free" https://geek.wish.com/c/5a289e186fdc515000576f53 fake and $1 https://geek.wish.com/c/5a93a075e114ef0146ea5a99 have fun
  18. Hi everyone, I'm hoping for some help in building my first video editing machine, it's been a bit overwhelming with all the choices and info available A few things about my situation: - presently editing 1080p footage from an old canon 60D DSLR (2011) on a struggling i7 core duo macbook pro with 32gb ram, 500gb hdd from 2011 - no real storage solution in place apart from loading old footage to external usb drives and uploading finished videos onto cloud storage - been saving up so I can: get a new system, get a storage solution (and shortly get a new camera) - 4k capable video production will be my primary use and photo editing a distant second - currently editing using adobe premier pro and hitfilm pro - don't plan on gaming with it - storage has been a huge issue for me for years, I'm hearing a raid setup optimised for 4k editing and storage might be a way to go, open to options - don't need a monitor Budget wise (system plus storage solution) - about $3K (Australian Dollars) if possible, willing to stretch it to 3.5k or 4k as I don't quite know much about storage solution costs for different set ups Would really appreciate any help here, I just want to dive back into editing and my machine is crawling and have run out of space!
  19. I currently have a pc with a 980 4gb, amd fx 8350, 24gb ram, not sure what mobo, 1tb hdd, 128gb ssd and a nice setup as well. I put my setup up for sale just to see what i could get and I got an offer for $1800 for everything I have. I want to leave about $800 for a new desk, monitor, keyboard, mouse, ect. I need a pc that would be worth it for me to sell my current one and get a new one that would perform better.
  20. Hi, I need suggestions for a new case. I'm going on exchange to Calgary for a while and I need to take my computer for uni work (and games). My current case is way too big, so I wanna get a small, compact case that allows for a: - Full-size GPU - 240mm rad (that'd be ideal but probably isn't gonna happen) - 2 HDDs, 1 SSD I'm not picky about the form factor. I'm obviously trying to re-use as many parts as possible but my motherboard has been mcfucked for a while so I'm happy to get a new, smaller one. No budget at this point. Just don't suggest something dripping in gold and I should be fine, cases aren't that expensive. Thanks in advance.
  21. Hi all! I need some help deciding what my next course of action should be... I live in the US, and I'm not really worried about my budget for this build. I don't really just want to throw money at the thing, but I don't have a problem putting the money in to get the parts I should be using. I currently have a system with an i7-6700k, strix 1080ti, a nice mobo, 32gb of DDR4 ram, a Corsair 860i, NZXT Kraken double rad CPU cooler, a 512 gb Mdot 2 boot drive, and 12 terabytes of mechanical storage in it. I'm a professional photographer and videographer, so I do a ton of work in Photoshop, Lightroom, Audition, Premiere, After Effects, and Dimension. I do a lot of work with 1080p and some 4k footage, which means a crap ton of encoding. I also have a Samsung CF791 34" monitor that I do all of my work on. Aside from my professional work I also really enjoy gaming (CS:GO, PUBG, Fortnite, Doom, Resident Evil 7, VR, etc) and streaming. I'm looking to get more monitor space, it's really a pain to monitor my chat and my stream while I'm only working with one screen, and while I love my giant ultrawide for editing, it makes playing games in 16:9 to stream a total bear. My need for more space got me thinking that I should split my setup into two different builds, one for gaming, one for editing, streaming, and rendering, so I don't have to worry about my machine being locked up for hours encoding when I just want to play some games! I was thinking that I should have system one be my rendering/editing/streaming machine, which would mean this PC would run with the ultrawide, my speakers, and probably the 12 terabytes of storage. This would mean that I would probably also do all of my daily browsing, movie watching, and email typing on this machine. And then I'm not really sure what the rest of the system should look like. I know for the second system I want to get a nice high hz gaming monitor, and then whatever additional parts I need. By big question is, what systems should the parts I already have go into (Or how should they be split), and what new parts do I need to buy to complete both systems? I'd really like to use all of the PC parts I currently have as none of them are very old. Thanks for the help guys! Joz
  22. Hi guys. So this is my second time building a PC and I need help choosing between i5 8400 & i3 8100 Coffee Lake. I made tons of mistakes on my first build and won't like such to be repeated. Just moved from London to Abuja (Nigeria) so parts are very difficult to get/expensive. The i3 8100 will set me back $155 whereas the i5 8400 will cost $230 to be delivered to my doorstep. I understand the i5 is way better but my concern is there won't be any need to upgrade to an i7 8700k in the future (considering the z370 motherboard). And going with the i3 I might be stuck with a chip that may perform that well. So, I need some help and guidance here guys. I'll drop down my full parts list for some extra advice. Lastly, I will be using the PC for gaming mainly and then some moderate to mildly tasking video editing like my first build (which I sadly sold off due to moving away). [Note: Parts incurred shipping/duty fees to Nigeria from $50-$150 and budget is $1600] Asrock Z370 Extreme4: $195 Corsair Vengeance 3000mhz (8gb x 2): $245 Sapphire Nitro 8gb RX 480: $405 [Locally sourced] Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo: $65 Intel i5 8400 or i3 8100: $230 or $155 Samsung 850 evo 500gb: $212 Fractal Design Meshify C: $150 EVGA SuperNova 650 G3: $153 Total: $1655 or $1580 depending on CPU [First Build Just In case] Cpu: Intel i7 4790k GPU: Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97 UD5H-BK RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x 8GB (1600mhz) CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i HDD: WD 1tb SSD: Crucial mx100 512GB Fans: Corsair SP140 Optical drive: Samsung DVD writer Case: Corsair 450D PSU: Corsair RM850
  23. Custom waterloop . First time!

    I took interest in water cooling my pc. Ater reading and posting on here i have come up with this build. I have all these parts . What i would like to do is watercool this with 2 loops. ( CPU loop & GPU loop ) So far i have no idea where to start. I have used EKWB.com but i do not at all like the parts it has chosen for me. I would like to pick and choose my own parts. I have a few ideas but trouble finding out if they are even compatible. My PC: CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($326.29 @ OutletPC) Motherboard: Asus - PRIME Z270-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($380.00 @ Newegg Marketplace) ---- bought it before market surge Memory: Corsair - Dominator Platinum 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($489.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($342.88 @ OutletPC) Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda Pro 8TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($273.99 @ SuperBiiz) Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB FTW3 GAMING iCX Video Card ($1324.99 @ Newegg Marketplace) --- bought it before market surge Case: Thermaltake - View 71 TG RGB ATX Full Tower Case ($194.99 @ Amazon) Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($257.98 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC) Monitor: Samsung - LC49HG90DMNXZA 49.0" 3840x1080 144Hz Monitor ($950.00) ----- Maybe, DEFINITELY leaning towards 2k/4k monitors Total: $4631.00 these are the water cool parts i have chosen, know that i am new to Watercooling so this list will be a mess. I will start with soft tubing and upgrade shortly to hard tuning . ( need to learn to bend) SO HERE IS MY MESS : Case Fan: Thermaltake - Riing Plus 14 RGB TT Premium Edition (5 Fan Pack) 63.2 CFM 120mm Fans ($139.99 @ Amazon) Other: XSPC EX360mm High Performance Radiator (Supports 3 x 120mm Fans) ($66.14 @ Amazon) Other: PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 3/8in.ID x 5/8in.OD Tubing Bundle (10ft pack) - Crystal Clear ($26.95 @ Amazon) Other: EKWB EK-ACF Fitting 10/16mm - Black ($18.11 @ Amazon) Other: Hardware Labs Black Ice Nemesis GTR Black Carbon Radiator - 360mm ($131.95 @ Amazon) Other: Thermaltake CL-W139-CU00SW-A Pacific DIY LCS INTEL/AMD with AM4 Support W4 RGB CPU Water Block ($65.92 @ Amazon) Other: Enermax NEOChanger 400ml RGB LED Reservoir and Pump Kits with Remote Control, Synchronisable RGB lighting via Motherboard, ELC-NC200RGB ($125.45 @ Newegg Marketplace) Other: Enermax NEOChanger 400ml RGB LED Reservoir and Pump Kits with Remote Control, Synchronisable RGB lighting via Motherboard, ELC-NC200RGB ($125.45 @ Newegg Marketplace) Total: $690.96 Any advice would help. Thanks
  24. 1K build. Need Help.

    I am horrible when it comes to putting parts together for a build. SO i need some help with this . I need to put together a pc for a friend. Some requirements: 1. i7-7700k CPU. NO AMD. 2. 16bg of ram 3. 1070 GPU (don't worry on price!) this is a FEBRUARY build. GPUs should be back on market, hopefully. 4. $1,000-ish Budget (USD) Please help. I know there are some geniuses on here, i could really use some advice . Do not worry about peripherals. Thanks !
  25. What is this Worth?

    I don't know how to price them. They're fairly old and not in the best condition. Any ideas? AMD FX 8350 AMD FX 4100 2x4GB of Unbranded DDR3 2600Mhz RAM Gigabyte Tech M68MT-S2 Motherboard GeForce EVGA GTX 670 2GB Hyper 212 Evo Heatsink (A little random for this particular site.) A limited edtion Destiny 1 PS4 500GB