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narsica

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New PC build
« on: June 04, 2018, 10:49:06 PM »
Finally ready to pull the trigger on a new system. Been a few years since I upgraded, and decided I should go brand new. Interested in thoughts/perspectives - Ryzen or Intel? Nvidia GPU, right? Stay with my Samsung 256GB EVO 2.5" Sata SDD, or move to M2 SSD?

I might have some parts to cannibalize from my current system. However, catch is that my computer has started to randomly BSOD, and I can't figure out what the hell is causing it. Different error message each time, all scans I've run are coming up clean. No need for a monitor or peripherals, just the tower.

Would like to stay within a budget of $1600CAD, but that's proving to be tough as I'm really trying to squeeze in a 1070Ti (unless I go Ryzen, which seems like it's cheaper).
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Re: New PC build
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2018, 11:12:27 PM »
It is amazing how out of date I feel on all of these questions.  Sorry.

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Re: New PC build
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2018, 11:14:11 PM »
I moved to M2 SSD and, well... the difference between my new M2 960 EVO and my older Samsung 840 EVO is pretty significant:

Screenshot where I benchmarked both at the same time.

I actually use the 840 for Windows still, and the 960 for the most demanding games I have (with everything else being on a 4tb WD black SATA drive). It's worked out quite well.

GPU: Nvidia holds the high end. I have a 1080, my first Nvidia card since around 2008. No regrets, but I do still have a big soft spot for AMD.

CPU: I don't really have an opinion  here. I haven't kept up lately. I'm still running an i5 4670k so I'm a few generations out now.

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Re: New PC build
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 09:44:34 PM »
Yeah, that's quite a difference. Guess M2 it is.
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Re: New PC build
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2018, 10:24:26 PM »
Pulled the trigger today. Most money I have ever spent on a computer, Jesus Christ.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor  ($279.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: MSI - X470 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($163.99 @ PC-Canada)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  ($222.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($132.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card  ($634.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case  ($119.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($117.75 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1722.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-10 23:21 EDT-0400
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Re: New PC build
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2018, 06:12:18 AM »
Only a 1TB hard drive?

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Re: New PC build
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2018, 09:52:46 AM »
If he runs out he can always pop in a new one.  Not everyone needs 2tb for their porn collection. :P

That will be a nice computer.  I hope the build out goes smoothly.

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Re: New PC build
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2018, 04:52:29 PM »
2tb? Hell, I burned through 3. I had to buy a 4tb drive last month. To go with my 2 SSDs and my other 1tb drive...

How do you survive with so little space? lol

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Re: New PC build
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2018, 10:54:01 AM »
Looks like a great system.

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Re: New PC build
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2018, 04:51:01 PM »
Oh, also. Do you have a Win 7 or Win 8 DVD sitting around? You can still fully install (not just upgrade) Win 10 using 7/8 keys, and save yourself the $117 you're spending on that...

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Re: New PC build
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2018, 09:58:24 PM »
Honestly, I haven't even half filled my 500gb SDD. I feel like 1 TB is overkill, but would rather have the space in case I need it.

I think I have a Win7 DVD around somewhere. Can you upgrade for free still?
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Re: New PC build
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2018, 10:41:26 PM »
Honestly, I haven't even half filled my 500gb SDD. I feel like 1 TB is overkill, but would rather have the space in case I need it.

I think I have a Win7 DVD around somewhere. Can you upgrade for free still?

I don't think so. But there's a better option anyway:

1. download the Win10 installation media
2. Create your bootable Win10 DVD or flash drive
3. After you build new PC, use this to install Win10
4. When it asks for an activation key, use your Win7 CD key and it should activate just fine

Microsoft doesn't SAY this will work. But it does. It was working in October 2017... It was still working in January 2018 ... Still working in March 2018. (edit: Another one from May 31, 2018!)

Basically, it looks like MS is being pretty dang generous about Win10 activations...
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Re: New PC build
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2018, 09:59:39 AM »
Nice work around.

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Re: New PC build
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2018, 11:31:01 AM »
Totally worked. Thanks Pix!!!

Motherboard came on Friday, so I spent time on Saturday building. The Meshify C is great case to build in - smaller than my previous Antec case but really spacious with excellent cable management. Build went well, aside from the fact that I somehow reversed the polarity on the case power switch, so it wouldn't turn on. Figured that out, only to be stumped with the fact that my mouse and keyboard wouldn't work in the Windows setup (but worked in the BIOS). Finally got my keyboard to work, Windows install went really smoothly (seriously, Windows 10 install was the fastest and cleanest I've ever experienced). Drivers updated, some minor tweaking. Then it was time to take it for a spin.

Loaded up Witcher 3 and HOOOOOOOLLLLLYY SHHIIIIIIIITTTT. Ultra settings, with 60fps. Oh. My. God. I have been missing out.
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Re: New PC build
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2018, 12:36:36 PM »
Yay! Glad it worked! :)

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