Gaming PCs Thread...time for a sticky / running thread?

Gaming PCs Thread...time for a sticky / running thread?

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toxicnerve

Original Poster:

24,456 posts

145 months

Friday 6th November 2015
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Guides

Few links from PCGamer to get started:

How to

Buying Guides

Budget Build c.£600

High End Build c.£1,500

"Extreme" Build

How to install Windows 10 quickly

Power Supply Calculators

Jinx said:
For a quick "will my PSU run this" calculation - PSU calculator
http://www.coolermaster.outervision.com/PSUEngine2
http://www.bequiet.com/en/psucalculator

Other sites and forums

HardOCP - Good forum and review site
Bit Tech - Hardware and modding site

Edited by thetoxicnerve on Saturday 26th June 20:33

Big Pants

438 posts

109 months

Friday 6th November 2015
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I'd love that - I'm trying to configure a fairly hefty top spec rig at present but have analysis paralysis over some of the details...

Steve93

1,055 posts

158 months

Friday 6th November 2015
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Good idea smile

Not long built my budget gaming PC after getting back into PC gaming. It seems to be handling most things very well indeed.

toxicnerve

Original Poster:

24,456 posts

145 months

Saturday 7th November 2015
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Could a Mod sticky this please?

How would people like this thread to evolve / grow / what form would they like contributions in?

Fubles

394 posts

149 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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current settings/specs, issues and gameplay feedback on specs to give an idea of how things play out? I'm happy to get involved, now I'm getting back into my PC gaming...

toxicnerve

Original Poster:

24,456 posts

145 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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My thoughts were around keeping the thread sort of generic to the platform (i.e. hardware / OS / drivers) rather than getting into particular game specifics (though not doubt there will be an element of that).

I've only recently started looking at PC Gamer but they offer some solid information. Quite impressed.

http://www.bit-tech.net/ is also another great site and features many awesome custom builds. There are some seriously skilled and patient guys over there.

Good solid reviews of hardware too.

wst

3,414 posts

129 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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Bit-tech is a solid crowd, and some fantastic knowledge there. The mods/scratchbuilt PCs they make are quite amazing as well. They've made some good overclocking guides, at least for the Sandy Bridge Intel CPUs (I haven't looked at the others for fear of "I must upgrade"-itis happening... I have a Sandy Bridge i5 though so it helped me to know about those particular guides)

The subreddit, /r/buildapc, is pretty good for help with budgetting. They make heavy use of PC Part Picker to lay out builds and budget them, I used them when coming up with my PC build a few years ago.

130R

6,424 posts

174 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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This is my current build: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/10036850

I swapped the graphics cards out about a year ago now but won't do anything else until at least Nvidia Pascal comes out.

toxicnerve

Original Poster:

24,456 posts

145 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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Have you got a Fire Strike score for it?

wst

3,414 posts

129 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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I just ran firestrike to see how my computer was doing. Seems a bit of confusion on the CPU front, it's meant to be running at 4.5Ghz >_<

130R

6,424 posts

174 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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toxicnerve said:
Have you got a Fire Strike score for it?
Just ran it: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/9202208

toxicnerve

Original Poster:

24,456 posts

145 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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That's a solid score. I just did a run too: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/9202610?

That's 4770k and SLI 780Ti, all overclocked though.

I run a little utility called F.lux which warms up the monitor colour temperature at night (after sunset) to make it easier on my eyes but knocks about grand off that score which is something I've recently noticed.

Hence my other thread about wanting to automate some tasks. When I launch games I want to close the app and then relaunch it when I close the game. Might be a bit tricky.

Art0ir

9,314 posts

138 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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Not sure why its still saying invalid, I have Lucid Logic removed but whatever. Not bad for a Mini ITX build.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/9202585

toxicnerve

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24,456 posts

145 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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What's Lucid Logic?

Art0ir

9,314 posts

138 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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toxicnerve said:
What's Lucid Logic?
Something that Gigabyte ship with their boards. Basically VSync.

paulwoof

1,478 posts

123 months

Sunday 8th November 2015
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i think we can pretty much get rid of all the stickys in this section, Restoring ps3 back ups is not really relevant. none of the stickies are really updated.
Usernames one could probably stay.

T1berious

1,535 posts

123 months

Tuesday 10th November 2015
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Gets my vote.

After recently doing a 5930K build it would have been useful to share \ get some ideas smile

Squirrelofwoe

2,993 posts

144 months

Tuesday 10th November 2015
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Agreed, various related topics crop up again & again so makes sense to have a ton of valuable info/advice/guidance in one place. smile

toxicnerve

Original Poster:

24,456 posts

145 months

Tuesday 10th November 2015
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Have submitted a request in the website feedback forum. Hopefully this will get sticky status and we can keep it running and help a few people out.

mikef

3,613 posts

219 months

Tuesday 10th November 2015
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Part of the fun of PC build threads is that although your own tech expertise is undoubted, some of the recurring advice on builds is, well, slightly bonkers. There will always be "get a mahoosive PSU", "no-one needs a core-i7" and "water cool your Core2 Duo", and subtly refuting that is part of the fun.

Even the links above have a section on "which SSD for gaming?". But they don't go into the merits of SATA, M.2, NGFF and PCIe, they just worry about which brand of SATA3 SSD, so not a definitive or up to date guide.

The advice I'd give today on a top spec build (i7-6700K, ASRock Z170 Extreme 7, multiple Samsung SM951 NGFF SSDs) is quite different from 6 months ago