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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Champ, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Champ


    Jun 28, 2008
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    So I'm on the market to build a media/gaming machine. The last time I built a personal PC, I was struggling and pieced something together. I'm doing a lot better now I have cash to spend. My last machine had the AMD 5000+ BE and a MSI 4850. Anything new would be an improvement. I'm really big into home theater and that's where my money goes now a day. The two things I know is the case I want and I'm doing micro atx. This case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112303 I'm gaming at 1080P and I want the most immaculate perform there there is. I'm looking at top flight cards, but i'm reading that's a waste. $500+ cards and such. Some games in Metro LL still don't run that great on with top cards at 1080P. I'm also an avid overclocker. So i don't know if I should go the logical route and get an intel processor or try one of these AMDs. Don't know if I should use a mid piont card thats like equal to earlier generation top end cards or get a 290x or 780 (original thought). And I still don't understand the clocking of memory and what it means when you read board specs and the have OC and the hz rating beside them. I'm definitely gonna be using this to store and watch my blu rays. I guess I need a few TBs for that and a couple of SSDs for gaming. I essentially need advice on a complete high perform media machine build and advice on the OCing of memory. Oh I have a $1500. Oh and power supplies. I'm seen some high end rigs with Ocing on like 750 or 800 PSU. I had a 700 watter from thermaltake and it burned out not being able to handle the CPU and GPU of my last rig being OCed. I was thinking i'd need a 1000-1200 watts PSU, but looks like I could use a fairly small one now a day.
  2. Jetster


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    Just a couple of thing to think about.
    An HTPC rig that is a high end gamer and overclocked is a conflict. Unless its water cooled when your watching blue ray its going to be loud.
    New high end $500 cards are fine. For gaming its better to have a more powerful card and use less then a under powered card that will be screaming.
    Any of the new high end card will run fine with a Corsair RM 650 PSU. The a silent version and the fan stops when it not needed.Keep in mind AMD CPUs use more power
    I use the Silverstone Granada GD05 case. Its almost the same case for $70 less. And its built like a tank
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