The 2014 Thread is up! - http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=745567
Laptop-GAF and TechSupportGAF - Visit our friends here
120/144Hz LightBoost thread - For all your low frametime (High FPS) needs
2013 High-res PC screenshot thread + PC Down / Super Sampling Thread + PC Bullshot Thread (Amazing) - Beautiful candy for your pupils
Race (and Overclock) 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.
01/04/2014: Spreadsheets updated and new 2014 thread created!
10/23/2013: AMD 290X launch!
10/22/2013: Some games running under Win 8.1 have mouse lag (See links for fix)
10/18/2013: nVidia announces G-SYNC, variable refresh rates on displays (This is huge!) [Anand]
09/17/2013: Oh my god the build sheet is updated. Image. (Spreadsheet (bit.ly/GAFPC2013).
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
08/04/2012: Two useful cooling articles: Case Fan Temps and Positioning - (Bit-Tech), 60 Fans Tested (Vortez)
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 / Motherboard / GPU (Graphics) / PSU (Power Supply) / Case / HDD (Hard Drive)
- 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? How important is PhysX / SuperSampling / CUDA to you?
- Looking to reuse any parts?: List make and model (e.g. Corsair 520HX, 640GB SATA HDD, Antec 900)
- When will you build?: Do you have a deadline?
- 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.
NeoGAF PC Builds
Mkenyon's Small Form Factor Build Sheet - http://bit.ly/GAFBox1
Haz's PC Build Sheet - http://bit.ly/GAFPC2014
$60 - BitFenix Shinobi . $80 - NZXT H230 . . . . . $100 - Define R4 . . . . . . . . $130 - Fractal Define XL R2
$40 - NZXT Source 210 $45 - Enermax Ostrog $50 - CM N400 . . . . . . . . . . $60 - Corsair 200R
$100 - CM 690 III . . . . . . . $100 - CM Scout II . . . . $110 - Lian Li PC-7HWX $110 - Fractal Arc Midi R2
$150 Corsair Air 540 . . . . $150 - NZXT H630 . . . $240 - Phanteks Primo . . . $400 - CaseLabs SM8
$75 - Silverstone PS07 . . $100 - Corsair 350D . . . $100 - Define Mini . . . . . . . $120 - Silverstone SG10
[HEADSETS]$70 - SteelSeries Flux $250/300 - Sennheiser 350 SE / 363D - 363D are open ear, include virtual 7.1 DAC, and are USB.
[HEADPHONES]$45 - Superlux HD668B $75 - Creative Aurvana Live! $150 - BD DT990 250 Ohm Pro $250 - AKG Q701
[MICS]$35 - ModMic 2.3 or 4.0 $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.
$15 - Rosewill RIKB . . . $15 - MS Keyboard 200. . $50 - Corsair K30
$90 - CM Quickfire Rapid $70 - Logitech K750 . . . $65-110 - Rosewill RK-9000's
$90 CM Quickfire Stealth $100 - Noppoo Choc . . . . $110 Vortex KBT Race
[PERFORMANCE MICE]These are intended for competitive gamers. Speed, accuracy, and sensor customization is valued above all.
Spawn is an amazing value designed for claw and hybrid grips. If you absolutely love the MX518 shape, then the G400S is a good choice at $45, but is outperformed by the Rival at $60. The Rival has zero acceleration and interpolation, which are native to all laser mice. Sensei for its ambidexterous (Left and Right hand) shape, and customization on the good sensor.
$30 - CM Storm Spawn $45 - Logitech G400S $60 - SS Sensei Raw (Ambi) $60 - SteelSeries Rival
[ERGONOMIC AND MMO MICE]For those that value comfort and extra buttons over a precise sensor.
The Recon has the best sensor and firmware here, and is a great value. The M65 has good build quality and an aluminum frame, a great choice if you have larger hands. The M95's side button layout is the best of the MMO oriented mice. G700s is the only wireless mouse listed here.
$35 - CM Storm Recon . . $60 - Corsair M65 . . . . . $80 - Corsair M95 . . . $90 - Logitech G700s
[PADS]For most people, any cheap cloth pad will be fine. These are some other options.
The Ripper XXL is massive, allowing a seamless mousing surface.The CM Storm Control RX is a thicker hybrid design with a lycra surface allowing for easier gliding movements, and is best suited for low CPI/DPI. The CM Storm Power RX is a large textured surface allowing for good control without destroying mouse feet. The Artisan Shiden is a glass coated cloth pad that defies the typical trade-off between textured and smooth surfaces, as it has great control and allows for smooth whips.
$20 - XTrac Ripper XXL $30 - CM Control-RX . . . . $35 - CM Power-RX . . $40-50 - Artisan Shiden L or XL
- 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
- NeoGAF 120Hz/144Hz monitor thread
[BUDGET]$140 - 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]$155 - ASUS VS247H-P . . $170 - ASUS VS239H-P
[ENHANCED]$200 - ASUS VG23AH . . . . . $270 - 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 great 60hz performance 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+ @ 1080p]$270 - ASUS VG248QE. . . . . $600 - Eizo Foris FG2421
Get the ASUS VG248QE for G-Sync Module compatibility, but it still works great with AMD cards and ToastyX's Lightboost hack. The Eizo is a VA panel with native strobing which allows for very impressive colors with near zero blur.
[2560x1440 IPS]$400 - QNIX QX2710 . . . . . . . . $800 - Viewsonic VP2770-LED
The QNIX can be overclocked to 120Hz, though not guaranteed. Motion blur is significantly reduced compared to any 1440p 60Hz panel because of this. The Viewsonic is a near-professional grade IPS screen with amazing colors, though not as good of a gaming monitor.
Performance-PCs (Cases, Fans Acessories)
Micro Center (Parts and great IN STORE deals)
NCIX (Parts, Assembly, Price Match)
Canada Computers (Parts) - Eastern Regional
Memory Express (Parts, Assembly, Price Match) - Western Regional
Newegg.CA (Parts, Ships from US)
Overclockers UK (Parts)
Amazon 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 and recording 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.