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  • Arcon commented on Any suggestions for Ghettobox 2014?

    Hello, thank you @TsunamiJuan for your reply.

    I switched the board over to a B85 board, and tweaked some more. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/38uwS

    At this point, the question falls to AMD or Intel, and I'm leaning towards Intel, Broadwell should work if my motherboard gets a proper BIOS, and even if I wait a couple gens out, Fry's got rid of the Sandy/Ivy Bridge stock with some crazy sales I unfortunately missed. The 2600k went for $185 for example.

  • Arcon commented on Any suggestions for Ghettobox 2014?

    Yes, the last few years the various part manufacturers have worked hard on getting power consumption down. On one of the recent Loyd builds on Tested, he powered a Nvidia Titan (Highest end, $1000 GPU) with a 660Watt PSU

  • Arcon commented on Any suggestions for Ghettobox 2014?

    So I got bored. And did a thing. Maybe I should do different budgets for fun. Here's another minmaxed build, its mostly the same idea but with an i5 instead of the 6-core AMD part, it put me a little over. I coulda cheaped out on the mobo some more but I wanted front-panel USB3 and enough audio ports to feed my Logitech G51s; I did have to drop the RAM, its my only regret about this budget build. No fancy table this time.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/37vm4

    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/37vm4/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.29 @ Amazon)

    Motherboard: ASRock H81M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Mwave)

    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.30 @ Amazon)

    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Amazon)

    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)

    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)

    Total: $513.55

  • Arcon commented on Any suggestions for Ghettobox 2014?

    Howdy Tested, Ive been working on the build Ive dubbed Ghettobox for a while now, and hope to build it come the first week in May, when my birthday hits. Ive mostly settled on this setup of parts, but wonder if there's anything anyone thinks I should swap out. I will probably try to buy most/all of this at my local Fry's Electronics, they offer price-matching with online retailers and occasionally have pretty good deals themselves. As to storage, I'll be bringing my WD 500GB drive over from the PC I'm using right now.

    I'll be using it as a jack-of-all-trades box, including gaming, and I play a variety of games (Feel free to add me http://steamcommunity.com/id/arcon_/ ), so balanced with a lean towards GPU is what Ive been looking at. I toyed around with an Intel build for a while but I couldnt get it where I felt like I was getting a good deal, maybe someone else can. I have a 5.1 set of speakers, so that puts a few motherboards out of the equation, but if theres a drastically better mobo with only the standard 3 in/outputs, Id rather worry about a cheap sound card down the road.

    Part List:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/36koX/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core

    ($109.99 @ Amazon)

    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+

    ($59.99 @ Microcenter)

    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

    ($64.99 @ Newegg)

    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB

    ($159.99 @ Amazon)

    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower

    ($49.99 @ Newegg)

    Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80+ Certified

    ($59.99 @ Newegg)

    Base Total:

    $529.94

    Combo Discounts (RAM+PSU)

    -$7.00

    Mail-In Rebates

    -$25.00

    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Total: $497.94

    I plan on keeping this around 500, and this particular build costs about 530 before mail-in-rebates

    Edit: Oh god, Tested kinda sucks for doing what I did; I made it a fancy table before anyone hopefully saw

  • Arcon commented on Asus screens

    You could try flux, which uses software to make the screen "warmer"

  • Arcon commented on Dude, Don't Get a Dell 4K Monitor

    Until good panels get cheap enough, 4k is for programmers

  • Arcon commented on Blogs Worth Reading

    http://tiamat.tsotech.com/ is run by a guy who has a thing for Monitors and how progress stopped when the term HD was marketed. Its one of my new favorites

  • Arcon commented on No BTSync, you are the Cloud!

    And then BTSync was the cloud.

    Well, sorta. BTSync is yet another sync service, like Dropbox and Google Drive, but this one uses your own storage and has unlimited space, file sizes, speed, and never touches another server. It does this by "skipping" the cloud, essentially turning your main drive into file server that only the devices with your key can access.

    http://www.bittorrent.com/sync

    I just kinda started looking into it, and it seems pretty cool. Its something that only gets better with cheaper storage and faster internet, and its nice that I don't have to watch my usage outside of my harddrive space

  • Arcon commented on Looking for an alternative for uTorrent

    to the trackers/other clients; I'm not sure about the details, but if all you use is public stuff its pretty great

  • Arcon commented on Looking for an alternative for uTorrent

    I've been using Tixati but supposedly its been banned from several private trackers because of how it displays its client info

  • Arcon commented on Octoberkast!

    Calm before the storm; bump for the kast! Come join us on the IRC channel and await impending awesome

  • Arcon commented on Octoberkast!

    Everyone can join a bunch of Tested forum regulars on irc://irc.freenode.net/tested (#tested on Freenode), the semi-(un)official IRC channel of Tested. It'll probably be less chaotic than whatever actual-official chat is thrown up (read: youtube).

  • Arcon commented on Help! I'm not a spammer.

    This is pretty relevant; I got this when I got banned for making a link-filled list for the Summer Reading 2012 Still Untitled. Drawn by (one of) our favorite mod Rallier

  • Arcon commented on Building and Testing the Unbalanced Gaming PC

    Here is what I would put together for under 2k

    Wishlist

    Currently have a terrible 500GB HDD and integrated 3200 AMD graphics

  • Arcon commented on How To Build a PC Optimized for Gaming

    I'm always a fan of the Loyd build videos. Cant wait for the next one

    Terrible 500GB HDD and integrated 3200 AMD graphics

  • Arcon commented on Shingled Magnetic Recording Paves the Way for 5TB Hard Drives

    I think TWiCH talked about Shingled hard drives a little while ago, and it seemed interesting. Its not going to replace the average users standard data drive, but it makes a really great case for archival stuff; backups, dumping family photos, movies, etc you plan on keeping. We've been steadily moving to a point where this is easier to do anyway. SSDs are taking the place of the "day-to-day" drive, holding the operating system, programs, and (depending on the person) games.