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madster111
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014298

That's the best, least expensive one I've found. I did the advanced search for hertz, but they were all super pricey.

You're cheaping out on the monitor, dude.

I understand not spending too much, but if you're not gonna go for all out quality at least grab yourself a 23-24" one.

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Is this motherboard a good deal? Is it $30 cheaper than this one (after rebate) because it's smaller or because it's comparatively a P.O.S? If it appears sound to you guys, would it be compatible with the 3570K I bought? It comes with free memory too.

It's $30 cheaper but it's also 30% worse.

If you buying a 3570K, grab a Z77. That gigabyte or the asrock i posted are a good price.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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IPS is the only way to go in regards to monitors.




Quoting myself and adding the bold AND italics.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green_Lantern wrote:
Green_Lantern wrote:
IPS is the only way to go in regards to monitors.
Quoting myself and adding the bold AND italics.
Okay, smart guy. What about this thing?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236205

And why are so many people complaining about IPS monitors if they're so great?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this a good deal for a 250GB SSD? Factor in the ~$60 of Amazon credit I'll be getting and it'll be $100. I love my Samsung phone, are their computer parts good too?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nihm wrote:
Is this a good deal for a 250GB SSD? Factor in the ~$60 of Amazon credit I'll be getting and it'll be $100. I love my Samsung phone, are their computer parts good too?

That's a pretty good price, but do you need the 250gb?
It's cheaper and more efficient to pick up a smaller SSD and a large normal HDD. Put the OS and all the programs, maybe some of your favorite games on the SSD and everything else on the HDD.
That same model in 120gb would cost you $40 after the credit's factored in, and $60 will get you a 500gb SATA3 HDD from Western Digital, which gives you more storage space and the same speed for the things you need. MP3s and movies and stuff don't benefit from an SSD anyway.

Samsung gear is universally good, and from what i've heard their SSDs are no different.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I very much enjoy running two smaller sata 3 SSDs in raid 0. You have to create a raid stripe and load a raid driver when you install windows but it really is so easy you can just follow a guide.

Also I tend to suggest getting a Western Digital Caviar Black 500gb as a storage drive of anything other than games or windows.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do I really need a 500GB drive right now though? Yeah it'll cost the same but I'm not going to fill up the new PC right away. I'm still going to have my current PC that has all my music on it (with a couple hundred gigs of space to spare), and I've got an external hard drive, so I'm not really hard up for space. I can always get a big HDD later, and it'll give me an excuse to clean out the case.

Unrelated: A lot of reviews of components mention things being DOA (though the sample size is skewed since I'm sure most people get good stuff and just don't post reviews), is there a way to find out if I've received a broken component before I install it? Obviously if things are in pieces I'll send them back, but if I put everything together and something isn't working, how do I figure out what component's gone wrong?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know for my ssd at least the earlier firmware caused miss negotiation of sata 3 speeds and would cause bsods. But since then a firmware update has come out that has fixed it. A lot of reviewers don't know better though and continue to post the problem and give bad reviews. Best bet is to get it from newegg or tigerdirect or a place that you know will take returns and not give you the run around.

If your the type of person who doesn't store much on your hd then I guess you could get by with just a ssd but I definitely filled both my ssds and only have about 100gb left on my storage drive.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SSDs hell, i have 3.5tb of storage in my PC and have already used over half of it.
Flight Simulators use so much bloody space. 150gb worth of FSX and X-Plane, 300gb of movies, 50gb of music and 10gb of porn all just on 1 of my (6) HDDs. I've actually run out of SATA ports so my blu-ray drive is sitting there doing nothing. Anyone want it? $30?

2x 250gb SSDs in RAID would be incredibly awesome, though. Might actually do something like that when i redo my build in 6 months or so.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not interested in flight simulators, I have no movies on my PC since my bed or couch are more comfortable (with bigger TVs), I've got a couple gigs of music but most of that can be deleted since it's on my phone too, and I only use streaming sites for porn.

I do have 1 40GB and 1 120GB HDD from when I upgraded my PS3's (bought a 500GB for the 1st PS3, when that got the YLOD I put the 500 in a Slim that came with the 120GB drive), could those work in a new PC? I'd probably just get an enclosure for the 40GB and use it as a USB drive for various things, but if the 120GB works then that'd be cool for holding stuff until I feel like getting a huge drive. It's a Toshiba 2.5" SATA drive. It's never been used but I'm sure it has all the PS3 XMB stuff on it.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah the 120gb will work, although it'll be quite slow.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Card's here. Brb installing.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Sorry about the spam in the middle of the topic guys. That was shit of us - wont happen again.)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

madster111 wrote:
De-Ting wrote:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014298

That's the best, least expensive one I've found. I did the advanced search for hertz, but they were all super pricey.

You're cheaping out on the monitor, dude.

I understand not spending too much, but if you're not gonna go for all out quality at least grab yourself a 23-24" one.
Okay, I just bought this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+23%26%2334%3B+Flat-Panel+LED+Monitor/3176041.p?id=1218382963652&skuId=3176041#tab=overview

In case you can't view the page from your region:

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Ultrafast 2 ms response time
Allows pixels to change colors quickly to help eliminate streaking, blurring and ghosting in fast-moving scenes and video games.

23" antiglare flat-panel LED
Allows easy wall mounting and can be placed close to a light source and remain viewable.

1000:1 contrast ratio
Enables accurate color reproduction and sharp contrast between darks and lights for vivid picture quality.

250 cd/m² brightness
For a highly visible display and clear on-screen images.

1920 x 1080 maximum resolution in 16:9 HD format
Offers the highest number of pixels available for a full high-definition display.

170° horizontal and vertical viewing angles
Provide a clear view of the screen from multiple vantage points.

HDMI, digital (DVI) and standard analog VGA inputs
For versatile connectivity with digital and analog devices.

ENERGY STAR certified
Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.

Don't tell me it's a bad deal, because $150 was pretty much my maximum, and the thing has a 2ms response time. The refresh rate is only 60Hz, but c'mon, 2ms.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just skimmed through the topic, but I am going to have to tell you that if you are getting a monitor with a high resolution, you better get a good video card that can handle that resolution in games. I got myself a nice dell ultrasharp and everything looks extremely pretty in it, but there is one problem. Framerate drops greatly when I play games at this monitors native resolution (1920x1200). I have a TV screen that has a native resolution of 720p so I play games on that instead, but it is one thing to look out for.

You can never go wrong by getting the performance or mid-grade card of the current generation. Stay the fuck away from the budget ones, though.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ultrasharps are great monitors.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not this shit again!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah we have spam problems pretty often here. Matt should clean it up fairly soon, though.
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