[Sticky] What is your current PC config?
It’s always been that way, D1 – what costs a dollar in the States costs a pound in the UK, pretty much.
As for ordering components from the US, different taxes/duties apply so there’s little or no saving.
Not to mention, that you pay additional import taxes, when you buy something outside of EU!!
Added some pics to my original post, some came out a little blurry.
I’ve started slowly collecting components for a new build, but it’ll be partially old spec.
That's what I did Cody, took me over 6mos too get everything I wanted. I picked things up on sale or with rebates and stuff like that. This whole setup would be over $3.2k if I didn't price shop. Heh I might be able to play Star Citizen now 🙂 Merry Christmas!
It took me over a year to gather the components for the machine I'm running now. The new build should take less time: the CPU is awaiting dispatch, as is the case, I've already got the mobo and soundcard, and I've got a new monitor too. Still to buy: PSU, RAM, SSD, GFX card and keyboard.
Looks like your love of AMD will stand you in good stead:
Design flaw in intel processors... and the upcoming OS fixes may slow your machine down. Article (at El Reg) here.
Naughty intel... very naughty!
I just read about that the other day. Always been a AMD buyer, I guess because they are the little guy. This build was 100% AMD build and everything is running great, if you do your homework you can really build yourself a solid performer that will last many years. My last PC that is now my sons gaming machine has been running for 5 yrs without one issue.
But I think AMD is the way to go for right now especially for DX12 performance for the cost.
Sorry Cody, I thought I responded to this.... its almost a year late ;/
But yes its a EVGA. I only buy fully modular PSU personally and I haven't had any routing issues in my case or cables that were too short as you can see in my pics the case is very clean in cabling, took me like 30-40mins to route everything so it was all neat and clean. My last build had a EVGA and they are solid performing PSUs as long as you get the better ones.
It took me nearly a year to complete it, but here are my specs:
Processor: Ryzen 1700x cooled with a Noctua NH U12s SE AM4 Cooler
– MB: Asus ROG Strix X370
– Memory: G.Skill Flare X DDR4 3200 16GB (its running at 3200mhz)
– Gfx: Sapphire Radeon RX Vega 56 Pulse
– HDD: SSD CRUCIAL MX300 525GB (for OS) and HDD TOSHIBA HDWD130UZSVA P300 3TB SATA3 (for gaming) and a couple other for storage)
– PWR: CORSAIR RM SERIES RM750 - 750W
– Case: Cooler Master HAF 92
– Keyboard: Razer BlackWindow
– Mouse: Logitech G900
– Monitor: Samsung C27F591 27 inch Curved LED Monitor
- Soundcard: Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIe
- Speakers: Logitech Z5500 THX certified 5.1 speakers
- Joystick: Thrustmaster HOTAS Cougar and Logitech Wingman Cordless
I stuck with my Asus mobo sound for quite a while - as you say, D1, it has improved a lot - but the Creative Sound Blaster Z I have now definitely puts out better quality sound. Possibly not so noticeable on low-end computer speakers, but fed through a decent hi-fi, the difference is clear. It also has nice, chunky, gold-plated sockets.
Is a sound card needed these days with sound on motherboards getting better and better?
As mentioned by Cody, if you have a decent sound setup, you can even hear differences in sound from a youtube video. I used this card in my media machine, with a tube amplifier, in order to play HD music. Since I am planning to use an external USB card, with ASIO support for playing music, I installed this sound card in my gaming machine!! But I have always prefered sound cards, to motherboard codecs!!
Well, it's been a long, slow crawl to this point from my last rig, but here it goes...
CPU: i7-2600 -- quad 3.4ghz (lovingly donated from a scrapped workstation, works perfectly fine in this mobo, reguardless of what dell has to say about it)
Motherboard: 0GDG8Y -- inspiron 620s (donated via dumpster interception)
Memory: 8gb DDR3 1333 -- off brand, at least theyre paired ($30 got me the last 2 used sticks in town, max ram for this mobo has now been reached)
HDD: Lets just skip this one, nobody is jealous, no ssd here
Gfx Card: Sapphire Nitro RX 460 OC -- 8gb model, factory timings ($100 but this card DOES NOT work in this mobo thanks to dell dropping support for this bios. Modified the "last" bit on the legacy vbios, corrected the checksum by modifying a bit in the padding at the end of the module. This is definatly from the "John Conner PC Repair Playbook" that will be published sometime in the futureSHOCK)
Snd Card: Intel HDA -- builtin (linux utility HDAJackRetask allows me to get 5.1, cool. Getting quality audio using the default *buntu audio stack is LITERALLY impossible. Ive got openal, alsa and pulse cooperating happily and using high quality resampling (if needed) to 96k because it DOES make a big difference in final output quality)
Input/Joystick: js0 = ancient saitek x52 (little twitchy on the Rz after ~ 15 years... fixed it!) js1-4 = xbox360 wireless dongle (not my input choice, but handy sometimes) js5 = logiSaitek flight yoke system, 1 throttle group (my rudder thrustmaster RudderControlSystem pedals are serial/midi and I don't have those ports anymore)
I also recently purchased some 3Dconnexion SpaceBall 5000 USB 6D0F input devices I have been experimenting with.
I'm happy to explain any of these weirdo hacks that were used.
...and it's ok to laugh, just keep in mind this system is less than $200 and saved numerous pieces of hardware from the inevitable end result of windows doing it's thing -- perfectly good stuff being thrown in the dumpster, I mean.
For $200 you can play most games created in the last 5yrs.
Since your limited with your 1333mhz memory with speed I would upgrade to 16GB (2x8GB) sticks if you can manage it. Also you having a RX460 is fine, but your MB is limiting the performance. You have a PCI-E v2 port on your MB when your card supports PCI-E v3 so you are leaving some performance behind with the MB. But I guess you can't complain since you got it for free 🙂 but for under $100 more you could buy more memory and a MB that supports PCI-E v3 and you would then see a nice jump in performance over what you have now.
But you do have a solid 1080p performer which is fine for most gaming sessions, well done for $200.