What will you be doing with this PC?I'm looking to build a computer for mostly gaming (primarily StarCraft II, and games on a similar level, but I want it to last me a while, if it can) with the ability to concurrently stream or run FRAPS, but also for programming (including applications with 2D graphics involved), and some casual-level audio/video recording/editing.
What is your maximum preferred budget?I'd prefer to spend $600-800, but am not opposed to going up to $900, or maybe even $1000 if the difference in performance is significant enough across the jump.
When do you plan on building/buying the PC?After another week or two for accumulating funds, I'd like to amass the components as soon as I know what I want. I can first make a practical trip to Microcenter in about two weeks
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget?I need pretty much all of the internals. I have peripherals like keyboard, mouse, and monitor lined up for me already. I'm all set on an OS, too. I also have a case already (NZXT Phantom 410). Oh, and I have an optical disc drive taken care of, as well.
Which country will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in the US, are you near a Microcenter store?I am in the US, and I am near an Microcenter.
If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing?I'm not sure if I'm discouraged from doing this here, but I have the following pieces which, if they are suitable for a build in at my target level, I can use (I don't know specs very well). If any or all are terribly outdated, I have no problem buying an upgrade:
Will you be overclocking?I am interested in it, but won't be doing it right away if I do.
Are there any specific features you want/need from the rig?I mean, I guess it would be cool if it's capable of somewhat efficient Bitcoin mining. Not necessary, though. I do need a healthy amount of USB ports, however. Eyefinity or something similar would be a neat feature, but I'm not sure where that lies with respect to my preferred price range. I like having options.
Do you have any specific preferences?I do like the idea of booting from an SSD, and having one or more HDDs beyond that. Also, I'm partial to AMD, for what it's worth. I also would prefer internal components that don't light up, or at least don't flash, as I hear many do.
Blah blah blah OS?Taken care of already. Student deals are awesome.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor||$209.98 @ OutletPC|
|Motherboard||MSI H81I Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard||$66.15 @ Mwave|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory||$104.99 @ Newegg|
|Storage||Kingston SSDNow KC300 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive||$89.74 @ Amazon|
|Video Card||MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card||$262.98 @ Newegg|
|Case||BitFenix Prodigy (Orange) Mini ITX Tower Case||$82.48 @ OutletPC|
|Power Supply||Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply||$29.99 @ Newegg|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available||$846.31|
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|CPU||Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor||$223.11 @ Newegg Canada|
|Motherboard||ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard||$113.91 @ Vuugo|
|Memory||A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory||$90.25 @ DirectCanada|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||$64.14 @ Vuugo|
|Video Card||MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card||$200.00|
|Case||NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case||$117.68 @ NCIX|
|Power Supply||EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply||$65.58 @ NCIX|
|Optical Drive||Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer||$17.96 @ DirectCanada|
|Keyboard||Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse||$37.71 @ Vuugo|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available||$930.34|
|Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-01 04:59 EDT-0400|
 AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor  ATI RV730And here is my lspci -v:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV730XT [Radeon >HD 4670] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller]) Subsystem: Hightech Information System Ltd. Device 2009 Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 28 Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M] Memory at fe9e0000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K] I/O ports at c000 [size=256] Expansion ROM at fe9c0000 [disabled] [size=128K] Capabilities:If anyone can shine some light on the subject or just guide me in the right direction that would be great, thanks.
Kernel driver in use: fglrx_pci
We've shown you some of the best GPUs for mining Ethereum and Bitcoin, and so we thought it would be interesting to take a quick look at how AMD's Threadripper performs with a CPU-optimized algo ... I'm following this tutorial for mining Litecoins, and I'm having a little hard time finding the optimal cgminer settings for my AMD Radeon HD 6670. Any hint on that? The tutorial gives this configurations for Radeon 7950 series GPUs (which is not mine): timeout /t 30 setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100 setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1 cgminer --scrypt -I 19 --thread-concurrency 21712 -o stratum+tcp ... One of the best GPU chips for mining right now is the AMD Radeon HD-7950. It's still quite popular due to its good hashing power potential, along with it using less electricity/heat to operate than the higher-end chips like the 7970. New GPUs will be coming out soon (I'm not keeping up with current announcements, to be honest)... always something new coming soon. Bitcoin Mining Amd Radeon, Forex Traders Lifestyle Trading Excess In The City. Bitcoin Mining Hd 6450! ATI Radeon HD 5670 Bitcoin AMD's Radeon HD 5670: Sub-$100 DirectX 11 September 28, 2014 – 15:24 After a holiday break, AMD’s staggered launch of the Evergreen family picks back up today with the launch of the Radeon HD 5670.
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