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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #735 on: December 30, 2011, 12:18:28 pm »
Yep I have returned 8)
Thanks Pat, That'd be great. This is a lot of money for me to put together and the help would be massively appreciated.
Thanks again.
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #736 on: December 30, 2011, 12:19:03 pm »
I have a bit higher budget (about 1500 CND, though I can go higher), but I want a laptop that can also run Skyrim and Crusader Kings 2, plus a bit of longevity (i.e. able to play games coming out the next few years comfortably [preferably at high quality :P])

Any help for me too?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #737 on: December 30, 2011, 08:20:39 pm »
I'm no computer expert on that kinda thing but I'd say screw the laptop, get a tower. Laptop's are usually closed units; you can't upgrade, meaning you're stuck with your current hardware (meaning getting longevity is not likely) While tower computers can be more on the expensive side, you've always got the ability to upgrade provided you can be patient enough. And if you go to upgrade your hardware, you can always either
A) Keep the lesser part as a backup
B)Sell it off to someone else who could use it for fun and profit. More the latter than the former, but still.
My two cents, however Pat should/would be able to give you the low-down on the more detailed odds and ends.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #738 on: December 30, 2011, 08:25:53 pm »
No. I will not get a tower, my brother shuts off my wireless connection to the router on occasion and the only way I can fix it is to bring my computer downstairs and directly connect. And I want the portability.

Tower is out of the question.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #739 on: December 30, 2011, 08:52:15 pm »
But Doc, you already have a laptop. Just use that when the router's off.

If you really want a laptop that'll run skyrim and pals easily for a decent price, I'd suggest taking a trip to 2016. Make sure to bring me back some lottery numbers when you go.
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #740 on: December 30, 2011, 09:01:38 pm »
Longevity isn't -required-, but if it's a possibility at all, yay for me. *shrug* I can buy a tower when I move out, I need a laptop now because I'll only have it. The one I'm using now is not actually mine.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #741 on: January 28, 2012, 06:23:26 am »
ok I finally have a job and a decent income coming in

I want to build my own computer now, so if you guys can list some good parts I should get, I wanna play skyrim on stupidly high ultra

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #742 on: January 28, 2012, 10:47:59 am »
Come back in a few months when you've got the money saved up. :D

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #743 on: February 07, 2012, 07:53:36 am »
With my old PC dead I've decided to try my hand at building my new one
Any hints for what to get with a max budget of around 900, and what are good places to buy parts in the UK?
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #744 on: February 07, 2012, 10:23:23 am »
Holy **** for 900 pounds you will have the most godly computer ever. You sure you want to spend that much? You could probably get something 'damn good' for about 200 less....
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #745 on: February 07, 2012, 11:32:23 am »
Yeah but he wants to spend 900 so let's not stifle creativity. :D

I like Intel so go for an Core i7. Also I feel a bit burned after switching to ATI with my last revision and have no plans on getting ATI equipment again, so I'd also recommend going with Nvidia. Look into a GTX 580 or 590. Heck, even a 570 will do you well.

Six gigs of RAM should work fine. Pick up a nice sound card and look into some aftermarket cooling - do not water cool, it's not worth it anymore.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #746 on: February 07, 2012, 04:43:42 pm »
Also I feel a bit burned after switching to ATI with my last revision and have no plans on getting ATI equipment again, so I'd also recommend going with Nvidia. Look into a GTX 580 or 590. Heck, even a 570 will do you well.

What exactly was the problem with the ATI? That was the way I had been leaning.

EDIT: And is there any point in getting anything more than quad-core right now?
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #747 on: February 07, 2012, 07:08:48 pm »
Truth be told, there's barely any point in getting a quad-core. Nothing really uses it. But they're cheap nowadays so there's no reason not to. :P

As far as ATI goes, I've had a lot of issues with CrossfireX. A fair number of games do not support it and they don't tell you they don't support it. So you find out when you boot the game and your system locks and has to be hard booted. As well, while Nvidia's PhysX tech may have been a gimmick a few years ago, it's the real deal now. The games that support it look spectacular and you cannot utilize the features with an ATI card.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #748 on: February 07, 2012, 07:21:06 pm »
As far as ATI goes, I've had a lot of issues with CrossfireX.

Ah. I was hoping that they would have had improved that
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #749 on: February 07, 2012, 07:40:15 pm »
Don't get me wrong though! When it works it's great.

But when it doesn't work it's a real hassle. :(