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    #46
    Originally posted by Taffy View Post
    My PC just crapped out...what's a good bang for the buck CPU and MB?
    If you just want a nice budget gaming mobo/cpu/mem and are not interested in overclocking, it's easy.

    Intel core i5 4590 (3.2GHz) is $199 and a Gigabyte micro or mini ATX mobo for ~$60 and Crucial Balistix Sport 8Gb (2x4Gb) for $75. ~$315 at newegg. This is a big step up from anythig older than Sandy Bridge.

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      #47
      Originally posted by Unreal4Eva View Post
      Believe it or not I'm on a Dell Inspirion 530 with a Celeron CPU @2.20 Ghz with 2gb ram with a MSI Radeon HD 6450 GPU @1GB and UT3 runs with the bloom and DOF turned off but it still lags lol.
      I believe it. I'm on XP, 2gb ram, and an IDE hard drive. lol?

      Just haven't had a need to upgrade. It has ran great over the years. Does everything I want it to and runs UT3 90-120fps at the highest resolution with other settings on medium/medium-low.

      Originally posted by oldkawman1 View Post
      If you just want a nice budget gaming mobo/cpu/mem and are not interested in overclocking, it's easy.

      Intel core i5 4590 (3.2GHz) is $199 and a Gigabyte micro or mini ATX mobo for ~$60 and Crucial Balistix Sport 8Gb (2x4Gb) for $75. ~$315 at newegg. This is a big step up from anythig older than Sandy Bridge.
      Thanks oldy, that's not very expensive and does sound like a great step up.

      Have to admit to being a tweaker though. In the back of my mind, whenever I order a new CPU, I always anticipate seeing how far I can turn it up.

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        #48
        If it's not too much of a pita I would pull the battery and also re-install the latest bios. My evga 760 A1 Is flakey and needs that every once in a while. But if it's running smooth now let it be i guess and see what happens.

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          #49
          Here's what I have so far. I haven't built a PC in a while and didn't spend a whole lot of time researching so any comments would help.

          RAM:
          http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A15YBCJT4UFKRS

          MB:
          http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

          CPU:
          http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A1UWSSIAZDB9E7

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            #50
            Originally posted by Taffy View Post
            Here's what I have so far. I haven't built a PC in a while and didn't spend a whole lot of time researching so any comments would help.

            RAM:
            http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A15YBCJT4UFKRS

            MB:
            http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

            CPU:
            http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A1UWSSIAZDB9E7
            Do you use Open Broadcast Software? The more cores the better if you stream or save files locally for upload later. I recently got into it: 2nd day here, and found enabling HT on my 6 core Xeon (6c/12t) helped tremendously. I can record at 120fps, 1920x1080, @ 9k bits per sec and get smooth recordings. Without the HT there was noticeable stuttering, but none-the-less my system vs today's Intel chips is vastly different - Read this So IMO you should be fine if you save files locally, or stream.

            Regarding those choices, I dig the 4790K chip. Very nice! The rest I'm unsure of. Last time I really did homework on parts was 7yrs ago when I bought my 1366 systems.

            I know some parts are better for overclocking, on a motherboard. Not sure if it's the capacitors, voltage regulators, etc.

            Ram is Ram. It's always a hit and miss in my experience.


            EDIT: BTW, here is just some numbers on chips from Micro Center if you have a store near-by.

            I calculated $609 for that current platform you have above. With MC pricing you could possibly come in around the same price or cheaper depending on what you go. You'll need better cooling any way you go whether it be with the 4790K or the Haswell-e I have listed from MC.

            If you are familiar with overclocking you could get that 5820K up to 4GHz on reasonable voltage. I hear the sweet spot is between 4.2-4.4GHz and by then you are talking elaborate cooling systems: e.g. h20 loops with multiple rads. But 4GHz is still respectable with Haswell-e. That thing is a beast!

            Devils Canyon is also a terror! That chip is pretty much drop in and go! 4GHz base clock, turbo to 4.4GHz


            MICRO CENTER builds

            In-store only prices

            Haswell-e Build:

            Intel 5820k - $299

            Asrock X99 Motherboard - $239

            RAM - $104

            $642


            Devil's Canyon Build:

            Intel 4790k - $279

            Motherboard, your link - $123

            RAM, your link - $147

            $549

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              #51
              Originally posted by UTPlayer529th View Post
              I know some parts are better for overclocking, on a motherboard. Not sure if it's the capacitors, voltage regulators, etc.
              Use this to compare component quality. Most of the marketing for motherboards can and should be ignored.

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                #52
                Here is a couple of motherboard reviews if you want to take a peak. I'll be looking at it later on today.

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                  #53
                  i7-4790k

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