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athlonfx 306 July 6, 2007 at 04:16 PM in Computers (10)
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#4816
Quote from pickmyname View Post :
Happy Easter/Sunday! My home build from 2011 started misbehaving today, followed by the BSOD and everytime I turn it on since, I get 5 beeps. From my understanding, that means an issue with the motherboard and/or CPU. I removed the internal battery, reseated the memory sticks... noticed that the coolermaster was a bit corroded with dust which I vacuumed out. All to no avail, still getting the beeps.

Would greatly appreciate advice on upgrades to my motherboard and/or CPU. I'd like to reuse what I can from my previous build in the short term and upgrade down the road. Here's my setup from 2011, quoted below:



Since then, I purchased the Dell U2414H monitor (also still using one of the 17" monitors) , and am planning to purchase a SSD drive in the near future as well. Would like something Broadwell-compatible - future upgrade in mind -, so thinking Z97 is a consideration? TIA.

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The 2500k is still pretty much on par with any CPUs under $200. 4690k is at most 20% faster (but it is cooler and OCs a little better).

So personally, if you have any ability to test your components, I would do that. The problem is most likely with the motherboard, second most likely is RAM/Video Card. CPUs rarely fail under normal conditions. If you could throw in a spare ram stick (or even try each of yours individually) and test your PC with integrated graphics, that would give you more clues.

Then, if you pick up an SSD, reformat and replace whatever component failed, you'll get a fast, clean and functional PC now and have money saved for a substantial upgrade to Skylake or the next architecture after it.

I suggest this beceause from what I'm seeing, Broadwell desktop is only going to be a step up in power consumption and graphics... speedwise it's not going to be a significant upgrade from the current gen and it's going to be priced fairly high. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel...91739.html

For that reason, it may also not be worth dumping money into a higher end Z97 board, as Broadwell will most likely not be worth $300+ more when you already have a high end Haswell. Depends on your needs and the level of overclocking you're doing, but there are lots of H81, B85, H97 boards that will save you cash if you aren't going to go Braodwell.
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Quote from nautilii View Post :
The 2500k is still pretty much on par with any CPUs under $200. 4690k is at most 20% faster (but it is cooler and OCs a little better).

So personally, if you have any ability to test your components, I would do that. The problem is most likely with the motherboard, second most likely is RAM/Video Card. CPUs rarely fail under normal conditions. If you could throw in a spare ram stick (or even try each of yours individually) and test your PC with integrated graphics, that would give you more clues.

Then, if you pick up an SSD, reformat and replace whatever component failed, you'll get a fast, clean and functional PC now and have money saved for a substantial upgrade to Skylake or the next architecture after it.

I suggest this beceause from what I'm seeing, Broadwell desktop is only going to be a step up in power consumption and graphics... speedwise it's not going to be a significant upgrade from the current gen and it's going to be priced fairly high. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel...91739.html

For that reason, it may also not be worth dumping money into a higher end Z97 board, as Broadwell will most likely not be worth $300+ more when you already have a high end Haswell. Depends on your needs and the level of overclocking you're doing, but there are lots of H81, B85, H97 boards that will save you cash if you aren't going to go Braodwell.
Thanks for all the info! It looks like it was due to either my graphics card getting unseated a bit, or else drivers, or both. I reseated it and it started booting up again. I had just purchased an SSD and more memory before it started acting up so I installed it and luckily had the original AMD disk because the ones available through the website, even through their product detector were causing issues such as gray screen. Running like a dream since!
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Quote from clinteastwood View Post :
Uh if anyone still uses this I could use some help.

Budget under $800 preferably, want to play Witcher III and GTA V smoothly at decent settings

Need:

CPU
Motherboard
RAM
Video card
maybe blu ray reader, not essential but would like
Maybe need a wireless adapter, otherwise I have to tape ethernet cable to the walls, no internet in my room

Have:

Case
Power supply
SDD and HDD
Mouse+keyboard+monitor
I'll just say get an i5 CPU, check out http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...,3902.html for motherboard for your budget, NVidia GTX 970 graphics card, and http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...,4057.html for memory, 16 GB if you can afford it, otherwise 8 GB. Blu-ray ROM costs maybe $40. Wireless for $20. If you don't plan to OC, then get a basic motherboard in that link to save a few bucks and spend the rest on memory. If you want to OC, then get a better motherboard and get by with 8 GB of RAM for now.
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#4819
1. Purpose of computer:
light- mild budget/gaming
2. Budget:400-600 for a-e
3.
a. CPU: considering between AMD Fx6300 (highly preferable) ~$90 and Intel Pen g3258. ~$60.
b. Mobo: no idea for 6300
g3258- ASRock H97m anniversary. ~$70
c. GPU: would love some recommendations here for which I have no idea. so long as nothing bottle necks.
d. Hard drive: http://www.microcenter.com/produc...0005N1A1AS
this any good? what do I look for when shopping for a hdd/sdd.
e: Ram: whatever fits and runs well with Mobo and priced efficiently.
4. would most likely oc g3258.
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#4820
I want a new computer case within the next few weeks, with my eyes on the Air 240 if it drops on sale. But I'd like to see what other suggestions there are?
  1. mATX case
  2. Reasonably portable
  3. Easy cable management
  4. Good stock air cooling
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1. Purpose of computer
- Gaming/Movies/Music (Streaming or on SSD/HD not disc) (Connected to Living Room TV via HDMI)
- Would like it to be as small as possible but powerful enough for gaming. Smaller the case the better.
- Games: Minecraft (required), possible other games but have not decided what I will start playing on it vs on my Xbox One (Long story why I won't play Minecraft on Xbox One anymore)

2. Budget:
If I get the results I want I don't mind spending the money but don't wanna go crazy <$1000 for sure.

3. List which parts you have:
Starting from scratch will be doing Windows 10, keep in mind PC will need to support Halolens. Would also like to be able to find cordless xbox style controllers for the PC.

Have External BluRay player that could be used to load os/games so it doesn't need to have room for one.


4. Will you be overclocking?
Nope.

If I was building a regular PC I'd have no problem but because I want it to be gaming plus as small a footprint as possible I'm not sure where to start.

Min 16gb ram probably take it to 32gb
Has to look great on an HDMI connected 50" TV
Probably 1 SSD for OS and 1 SSD for data
USB 3.0 ports for connecting external drives to make backups of data.
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#4822
Quote from MrSmoofy View Post :
1. Purpose of computer
- Gaming/Movies/Music (Streaming or on SSD/HD not disc) (Connected to Living Room TV via HDMI)
- Would like it to be as small as possible but powerful enough for gaming. Smaller the case the better.
- Games: Minecraft (required), possible other games but have not decided what I will start playing on it vs on my Xbox One (Long story why I won't play Minecraft on Xbox One anymore)

2. Budget:
If I get the results I want I don't mind spending the money but don't wanna go crazy <$1000 for sure.

3. List which parts you have:
Starting from scratch will be doing Windows 10, keep in mind PC will need to support Halolens. Would also like to be able to find cordless xbox style controllers for the PC.

Have External BluRay player that could be used to load os/games so it doesn't need to have room for one.


4. Will you be overclocking?
Nope.

If I was building a regular PC I'd have no problem but because I want it to be gaming plus as small a footprint as possible I'm not sure where to start.

Min 16gb ram probably take it to 32gb
Has to look great on an HDMI connected 50" TV
Probably 1 SSD for OS and 1 SSD for data
USB 3.0 ports for connecting external drives to make backups of data.
The 1 TB Samsung Evo 850 SSD for $310 is a great price. Newegg's Ebay store that hit FP on Sun. That should give you enough space for your apps and non-multimedia data (such as games) for years to come.
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