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2013 High-res PC screenshot thread + PC Down / Super Sampling Thread + PC Bullshot Thread (Amazing) - Beautiful candy for your pupils
Race your PC Thread - Benchmark and Overclock (With Guides) your new or old PC here
Mechanical Keyboard Talk - Talk about buying expensive and loud clacky things here
Online Security Thread - Surf safe
This OP is a constant work in progress. If you have something to correct, add, or critique please PM me or msg @HazardVG on Twitter.
06/11/2013: Nvidia 320.18 WHQL Display Drivers CAUSING ISSUES. Uninstall them in safe mode and go back to 314.22(Download Win7-64Bit)
06/05/2013: Build Sheets updated with preliminary motherboard guesses.
06/03/2013: Intel's new CPU architecture 'Haswell' launches June 3rd (Shows 5-10% performance increase, same overclocks, runs 30C hotter, much higher loaded power draw, and being $30 more expensive. Possibly
04/26/2013: Anandtech new heatsink coolers and AIO water roundup (Featuring actual good charts!)
03/28/2013: Frame times and observable FPS through FCAT will new mark a new era of benchmarking (And why you should avoid CrossFire for now). PCPER (7950 and 660Ti) // TechReport // Anandtech
02/28/2013: PCPer does a great job explaining Frame Time vs FPS (and perils of multi GPU setups)
08/04/2012: Two useful cooling articles: Case Fan Temps and Positioning - (Bit-Tech), 60 Fans Tested (Vortez)
09/09/2011: Inside the second: A new look at game benchmarking Why FPS isn't everything, and Multi-GPU still has issues.
If you want help with a build fill this out AND try making one of your own from the resources in the OP :)
Use PCPartPicker to find the best prices and have a nice list of parts (Check if items are in stock!). I highly recommend Amazon, Newegg, and NCIXUS in North America.
Basic Desktop Questions:
- Your Current Specs: CPU / RAM (DDR2/DDR3) / Motherboard / GPU (Graphics) / PSU (Power Supply) / Case
- Budget: Price Range + Country
- Main Use: Rate 1-5. 5 being Highest: Light Gaming, Gaming, Emulation (PS2/Wii), Video Editing, Streaming games in HD, 3D/Model work (and what program), General Usage (Word, Web, 1080p playback).
- Monitor Resolution: What resolution will you be playing your games at? Are you going to upgrade later? Are you buying a new monitor?
- List SPECIFIC games or applications that you MUST be able to run well: Is 30FPS acceptable? 60? 120? Will you use CUDA accelerated software?
- Looking to reuse any parts?: List make and model (e.g. Corsair 520HX 520W, 640GB SATA HDD, Antec 900)
- When will you build?: What time frames are doable? Are you building this weekend? Do you need it in a week or so? Can you wait a month or two?
- Will you be overclocking?: Yes, No, Maybe (This means yes!)
PICKING YOUR PARTS
Anandtech's 'Bench' CPU and GPU Benchmarks - A great resource. Helpful for getting a general idea of performance or comparing hardware.
How much power do I really need? - For Low-Mid systems a good PSU with 380W on the 12V is enough. For Mid-High systems a solid 550W is enough due to lower power use now.
Above that 650W-750W for systems looking for dual GPUs. 850W-1200W for enthusiasts. Check the News + Review section below for more info on PSUs.
NeoGAF PC Builds:
Mkenyon's Small Form Factor Build Sheet - http://bit.ly/GAFBoxOne
Hazaro's PC Build Sheet - http://bit.ly/GAFPC2013
$60 - BitFenix Shinobi . $80 - BitFenix Ghost . $100 - Define R4 . . . $130 - Fractal Define XL R2
$40 - NZXT Source 210 $50 - BitFenix Outlaw $60 - CM HAF 912 . . . $60 - Corsair 200R
$80 - CM 690II Adv. . . $100 - CM Scout II . . $110 - Lian Li PC-7HX $110 - Fractal Arc Midi R2
$130 - CM HAF XM . . . . $140 - Shinobi XL . . $160 - Switch 810 . . . $160 - CM Storm Stryker/Trooper
$75 - Silverstone PS07 $100 - Corsair 350D $100 - Define Mini . . . $120 - Silverstone SG10
[HEADSETS]$100 - SteelSeries Flux $250/300 - Sennheiser 350 SE / 363D - 363D are open ear, include virtual 7.1 DAC, and are USB.
[HEADPHONES]$30 - MonoPrice DJ 8323 $100 - ATH-AD700 $250 - AKG Q701
[MICS]$33 - ModMic 2.0 . $15 - Logitech USB Mic $3 - DX Clip-on mic (2-6 Week shipping)
[KEYBOARDS]Mechanical switches are referred to Cherry MX switches. MX Brown = Quiet tactile, MX Blue = loud tactile, MX Black = stiff linear, MX Red = soft linear. Cooler Master University.
$10 - Rosewill RIKB . . . $25 - Logitech K200 . . . $44 - Razer Arctosa
$80 - CM Quickfire Rapid $65 - Logitech K750 . . . $65-110 - Rosewill RK-9000's
$90 CM Quickfire Stealth $100 - Noppoo Choc . . . . $110 Vortex KBT Race
[MICE]Xornet is great for the price, but the Spawn has a better sensor. Customization on Sensei is unparalleled.
$30 - CM Storm Xornet . . . $40 - CM Storm Spawn $60 - SteelSeries Sensei RAW (Rubberized imo)
- What the hell does TN, VA, e-IPS, IPS, and PVA mean?
- Scogoth lays out different display connectors. DVI, Dual Link DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort (DP), VGA
- NeoGAF Cheap/Korean 1440p monitor thread
[BUDGET]$150 - ASUS VS229H-P
And any $100-$120 monitor that has decent reviews and is not an lesser brand. Many of the higher monitors also go on steep discounts.
[STANDARD]$170 - ASUS VH236H . . . . . $185 - ASUS VS247H-P . . $185 - ASUS VS239H-P
[ENHANCED]$250 - ASUS VG23AH . . . . . $300 - Dell U2412M (16:10, no 1:1 scaling)
ASUS VG23AH if you don't wear glasses or glasses with any sort of filters/polarizers. It might be IPS/PLS but it has the best 60hz performance of ANY monitor on the market and can be driven to run at 72hz or 75hz with this program and these settings. Go for the Dell if you want 16:10 and super crisp colors.
[120Hz]$270 - ASUS VG248QE. . . . . $350-400 - BenQ XL2420T . .
BenQ has more options and a better stand, ASUS has a better response time and better colors. Both can be used with Lightboost to achieve CRT quality smoothness of motion. Hopefully there will be some gloss/semi-gloss panels released from Samsung soon.
[2560x1440 IPS]$400 - MonoPrice IPS-ZERO-G $800 - Viewsonic VP2770-LED
Crossover is available through Ebay, pixel perfect versions come at a premium. It has the same panel as the Apple Cinema Display. The VP2770 has a lower input lag at 7ms. Both are 1440p.
Performance-PCs (Cases, Fans Acessories)
Micro Center (Parts and great IN STORE deals)
AVADirect (Custom Built)
Falcon Northwest (Custom Built)
MAINGEAR (Custom Built)
NCIX (Parts, Assembly, Price Match)
Canada Computers (Parts)
Memory Express (Parts, Assembly, Price Match)
Newegg.CA (Parts, Ships from US)
DealGenius (Price Comparison)
Shopbot (Price Comparison)
Overclockers UK (Parts)
Aria PC (Parts)
Ebuyer (Parts, Custom Built)
Dino PC (Custom Built)
YoYoTech (Custom Built)
PC Case Gear (Parts, Best Online Retailer)
Umart (Parts, Cheaper Shipping Outside Victoria)
Scorpion Technology (Parts)
staticICE (Product Finder)
The Tech Report
Jonnyguru + HardwareSecrets = Legit PSU reviews
Silent PC Review = The quiet side of computing
Ninite A batch downloader and installer for popular programs. A fantastic time saver for any new PC build.
Steam Mover tool for moving Steam games to a different HDD/SSD
Steam Tool Another tool for moving steam games.
MSI Afterburner (aka RivaTuner) allows you to manage GPU overclocking, fan speed/profiles and chart many aspects of your GPU.
CPU-Z - gathers information on your Motherboard, BIOS, CPU, FSB, VCORE voltage and memory timings.
GPU-Z gathers information (Speed, architecture, temps) on your video card and GPU.
Real Temp allows you to monitor the temperature of your CPU core(s).
HWMonitor allows you to monitor fan speed, temperature, voltage, etc.
CrystalDiskMark Tests read and write speed of your hard drives.
nVidia Inspector allows you to optimize the display, improve the performance and fully utilize your NVIDIA graphics card.
Radeon Pro allows you to optimize the display, improve the performance and fully utilize your AMD graphics card.
Dxtory / nVidia driver options allows you to limit the frame rate on most games. Excellent for older games or just getting a locked framerate.
Fraps allows you to record real time video, take screen captures and display your FPS.
Open Broadcast Software a streaming program for things like Twitch.TV A free and better competitor to XSplit.
OCCT allows you to stress test your CPU and GPU, along with GPU memory.
Prime95 allows you to stress test your CPU and RAM for stability.
FURMark allows you to stress test your video card.
Memtest86+ allows you to run a full memory scan to deal with the blue screen of death and system errors.
2013 Thread Part 1
2012 Thread Part 1 + Part 2
2011 Thread Part 1 + Part 2
2010 Thread / 2009 Thread / 2008 Thread