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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #750 on: February 07, 2012, 08:38:38 pm »
And by the way, you recommended I get aftermarket cooling, how much should I spend on it? I assume a decent fan+heatsink wouldn't be that much but I thought I'd ask.

EDIT: I know you recommended I get a GTX, but what does everyone here think of the Radeon HD 6970? It's quite a bit cheaper than the GTX Series and doesn't seem to under-perform it by too much.
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #751 on: February 07, 2012, 10:35:27 pm »
If you're comparing the Nvidia card to the HD 6970 it really comes down to how badly you want PhysX.

Also a good aftermarket cooler can be picked up for around 40 USD.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #752 on: February 08, 2012, 01:05:08 pm »
How does this look? (I'm mostly just asking in-case I've done something stupid like put together two thinks which aren't compatible) It should fit in my current case, but it's looking like I'll have to get a HDD as well. Might downgrade the graphics card to one of the lower GTXs if that's too costly (900 was my upper limit, not my target and I probably did do a bit over board on the card)
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #753 on: February 08, 2012, 01:27:45 pm »
Everything looks good and compatible.

Just make sure you can fit that video card in your case and you're set. Might want to consider another two gigs of RAM sometime down the line, as well.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #754 on: February 08, 2012, 01:30:35 pm »
Thanks for the help pat.
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #755 on: February 08, 2012, 01:49:05 pm »
My pleasure! Let me know if you need anything else.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #756 on: February 08, 2012, 01:54:12 pm »
Let me know if you need anything else.
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Know of a good 1TB HDD?
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #757 on: February 08, 2012, 02:01:44 pm »
Seagate or Western Digital are fine. It'll usually run you about 100 USD for something decent.

Just make sure to get something with at least 7200 RPMs.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #758 on: April 11, 2012, 08:11:53 am »
My GeForce 9800 GT is slowly dying. I'd like to replace it with something similar, but my budget is pretty tight at the moment. I can't really spend more than 50 on a new card. I've already looked around a bit, but I'd like the advice of people here too.

I don't really need anything much more powerful than my old 9800 GT, since my monitor is only 1280x1024 and I'm on Windows XP. But if my budget allows, then why not more power? :)

Most places seem to recommend a GeForce GTS 250 as a good budget gaming card, and I've been able to find one online, second-hand, for about 45. I don't know anything about ATI/AMD's offerings though, and its naming system is even more obtuse than Nvidia's. Halp?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #759 on: April 11, 2012, 09:53:20 am »
In an ATI flavor you may want to look into the Radeon HD 5770 or the upgraded Radeon HD 6770.

I use two 5770 cards.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #760 on: April 11, 2012, 10:40:23 am »
Is there any good reason to go with ATI over Nvidia, or vice versa?
And to choose the 5770 over the 250 or not?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #761 on: April 11, 2012, 11:06:13 am »
I'd go with Nvidia. This build was the first time I tried something other than Nvidia and I am thoroughly disappointed.

Nvidia's PhysX has become very attractive and I wish I had it.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #762 on: April 11, 2012, 11:52:50 am »
All right, I also have a preference for Nvidia, but I haven't used an ATI card for a long time, so it's probably just marketing getting a hold of me :P
I'll keep looking at affordable Nvidia cards then. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #763 on: October 13, 2012, 03:27:24 am »
Hi guys, was wondering if I could get some advice.

I'm looking at treating my PC (running windows Vista) to a nice upgrade.

I was thinking of getting 8 when it comes out, but also sticking in an SSD for the OS and programmes to run off, and then use my current HDD's just to store media.

I was wondering if somebody could advise me on which drives to choose.

Is compatibility an issue?
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #764 on: October 13, 2012, 04:19:42 am »
I don't know about drives, but don't get 8. Seriously. All it does is detract from the GUI of 7.
No way dude, you're trolling me.