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    posted a message on Upgrading an Old PC, Opinions Welcome
    Quote from jppk1

    Change the RAM to something cheaper and the processor to FX-6300 which has two more cores and more cache and you'll be good to go.


    Honestly, I've looked at the benchmarks at AnandTech and I don't see a significant improvement over the 4300 for gaming. 4 frames here, 6 frames there. Unless I am overlooking something, in which case by all means, help me out. The 6300 is only 15 bucks more expensive so it's tempting anyway, but that could also buy me a new game so unless there is a good reason to go for it I might just save the money for something else. And as others have pointed out, the RAM in the original build is overpriced and I've found multiple kits for around 40-45 bucks.

    Quote from CommanderBumi

    The 1866 ram has no speed difference that is noticeable, it's just cheap


    Ah, I see. However, my other concerns still stand so I don't think that is the motherboard for me. Will the 2GB verson of the 7850 offer a noticable difference over the 1GB version?
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    posted a message on Upgrading an Old PC, Opinions Welcome
    There are lots of things you can use a PCI-e slot for. Such as a tuner card, audio card, network card, and on and on. I wont be getting any of those things immediately, but I could see at leas an audio card in the future to go with my home theater system.

    And yeah, the difference between 1333 and 1600 may be minimal, but if they are the same price, why not go for 1600?
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    posted a message on Upgrading an Old PC, Opinions Welcome
    Interesting build. However, I don't like the motherboard for a few reasons. First of all, once the graphics card is installed, I will only have a single PCI slot left, which is really only good for legacy support. Secondly, no SATA 6Gb/s. And third, only two DDR3 slots which means if I ever upgrade my RAM I would have to replace the old modules rather than add to them. Also it only supports up to 1333 MHz if overclocked (which makes the choice of 1866MHz RAM questionable). Of all the parts the motherboard is where I would be least willing to skimp. I tend to keep parts running for quite a while and having room to expand is pretty important.

    But it does bring up a question. How much VRAM does one really need on a GPU? I am under the impression that 1GB is fine, but is it worth the money to go for 2GB? Also I'm not sure a six core will make a significant difference when it comes to general gaming, maybe a few frames. It may or may not be worth the extra 15 bucks, but I think I would be better off going for the 4300 then upgrading to the 8350 sometime later.
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    posted a message on Upgrading an Old PC, Opinions Welcome
    I'm not completely sure about the backwards compatability on the AMD sockets, but I am looking for DDR3 RAM, since I am upgrading the whole system.

    Also, 1333 is slower than 1600, so that wouldn't be equivelant. However I did find some Kingston DDR3-1600 for 43 dollars and others for about the same price. I normally like to buy everything from the same place, but 20 bucks is 20 bucks.
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    posted a message on Upgrading an Old PC, Opinions Welcome
    It's actually only 65 dollars on Newegg's site, regardless I can't find equivilant RAM for 40 bucks, at least not on Newegg. A link would be helpful.

    Quote from 1TrollLtd

    If you want to play planetside 2, you may want to consider a nvidia card as it has been somewhat optimized for that game.


    Yeah, I've heard about that, but it also seems that the 7850 is a better overall card than the 650ti. So I may have to deal with it since Planetside is only one of many games I play.
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    posted a message on My First Build Has Been A Failure
    The PSU testers are very easy to use and you can probably pick one up at a Radio Shack, or your local equivelant. Unfortuantely you can't just use a multimeter because the PSU won't operate unless there is a load.

    Last week my friend built a PC and he had very similar symptoms. I told him to do the same thing, instead he RMA'd his motherboard and ended up bending a CPU pin before realizing it was the PSU all along.
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    posted a message on Upgrading an Old PC, Opinions Welcome
    Thanks for your input. The reason I wanted the new motherboard is mainly for future upgradability, but I see your point. If I do upgrade in steps I'll get the graphics card first. That will help depending on how much money I'm able to round up.
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    posted a message on My First Build Has Been A Failure
    You could buy a PSU tester, they cost around 15 bucks. This sounds like a PSU problem to me. Also, if you have another PC in the house that has compatible parts, you could use known good parts to eliminate possibilities.
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    posted a message on Upgrading an Old PC, Opinions Welcome
    Hey guys, I have been shopping around for the last couple hours for some upgrades for my PC. I wouldn't say it is terrible, but it is getting pretty old and I think it's time to spend some more money on it. So we are all on the same page, I'll tell you what I have now.

    AMD Phenom II X4 940
    MSI 785GT-E63
    4GB RAM (Salvaged from an HP PC, so probably the worst they could find)
    PNY GTS 250 XLR8 (accelerate, get it? :D)
    Corsair TX850W
    Drives are all SATA, so no worries there.

    The first problem is the CPU socket is an AM2, for which there are no more CPUs. Secondly the memory is DDR2. So that means I need a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, and graphics card. Another problem is that I am not a man of many dollars, so I really need to get something that performs well for it's price. I could probably come up with 500 bucks maximum. Mainly it's an entertainment PC, so lots of streaming video and gaming. I don't do any video rendering nor do I want to. I would like to get a solid 60FPS while playing Planetside 2 on high settings. So, here is what I was thinking.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JXPQ

    I had also considered breaking it up and getting the motherboard, RAM, and CPU first then the graphics card later; maybe even getting another GTS 250 to run in SLI if I could find one and for cheap enough. That's when I ran into something really curious. It appears that most of the GTS 250s I found are going for 180 dollars or more. I don't understand how this could be since I could get a much newer card for that price. I even saw one for over 300 dollars, which is insane. Have they become collectors items while I wasn't looking or something? Can anyone explain why they are so expensive?

    Anyway, I will probably just buy everything at once since that makes more sense. But if I were to upgrade in two steps, would you guys go for the graphics card, or the core components first? Any other opinions or recommendations are welcome.
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    posted a message on Metal Arms 2?
    I remember seeing this in the store and thinking, "Meh." But I bought it anyway because I had lots of disposable income at the time and already had all the other games I wanted. As it turned out, it was one of the funniest games I played on the XBox. I loved the weapon that allowed you to hack enemies and take control of them.
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    posted a message on What is your favorite video game weapon?
    I'm gonna go with the stellar converter. Nothing quite like turning an entire solar system into dust.
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    posted a message on Is this computer well made for gaming?I
    190 dollars for an optical drive? And it doesn't even write Blu-Ray? They must be marketed exclusively to morons.
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    posted a message on Doctor Who Fans?
    I agree with Rose. Piper and Tennant had a really great chemistry and all of season 2 was a lot of fun. At first I didn't think I would, but I really grew to like Martha, she was my second favorite, until Amy. It seems like the later seasons have more of an over-arching storyline while the first three were more episodic.

    I am very intrigued by the Doctor's new companion. I can't wait to see what the next episode is going to bring to the table.
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    posted a message on Doctor Who Fans?
    Quote from Arty6842

    I am the only one liking Eccleston? I mean, seriously, he's like the most casual doctor of all time, unlike the previous or next ones.

    Shame he only lasted one season.


    The problem with Eccleston is that he wasn't around long enough. He was a lot of fun, but I'd have to say that Tennant is my favorite. Can't say anything of the original series since I'm a new fan having only started watching last year.

    Who is everyone's favorite companion?
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    posted a message on [PATCHED] On new Youtube layout? Don't like it? Click here if on Google Chrome.
    Quote from 16cadrian

    It sucks really, i mean the home page shows all your subscribtions, but it's not alphabetized so it's impossible yo find the youtuber you want. Plus videos can't be centered, so much wasted space on the right, why cant youtube just use the freaking layout from a year ago that actually worked?


    You can sort them alphabetically by clicking on the almost invisible down arrow next to where it says 'Subscriptions'. Why isn't it alphabetical by default? The guys at YouTube are idiots. The player isn't that far off center though, at least not on my screen, and you can use the large player option to put it in the center.
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