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    Default Getting the itch.

    Well it's getting about that time to look at building a newer machine. Dont know when the next big game will come out but my machine now is getting a little long in the tooth.

    Asus P6X58 d-e board.
    Gskill ram only 6GB , which one of them has failed and I had to take it out so I'm down to just 4GB. And not currently playing any games.
    WD 7200 HD.... Have an SSD with another OS on it with a dual boot system that I use for games.
    ATI HD 6970's running in crossfire
    Intel 1366 I7 930... OC'd to 4.2 on water.
    Corsair HX750 PSU. Still good might want to sell it cause I'm gonna probably get an 1000w next round with what I install.

    Those are the main components, with a PCI lan card. but thats it. My next system will be based on the FX chipset with AMD CPU. Just a much cheaper chip and performance is pretty fair for gaming.

    My question is , my case that I have is not very cable friendly. What case do you guys recommend for good cable management that can be run behind the MB and back out.
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    Corsair and NZXT make cases with good cable management.
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    Thanks Apache, hope all is well with you and yours. Been a while. Another question is. Have any of you guys tried out the new AMD R series cards. Was wondering which one was the strongest. Havent done any serious research yet, but I know a lot of guys on here like the latest and greatest. Cept maybe Phantom.
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    Yeah, life changes and you have to change with it. I'd love to spend money on a new PC, but I see no point now that I am not interested in any games coming out in the next 3 years. And the fact that I spent all my money on a car... silly me, having priorities.

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    Tbh your CPU is fine, even with current games. Unless ofc you're now wanting to do some heavy encoding and rendering.

    Agree with Apache on Corsair. Not so much with NZXT. Horrible cases imo lol.

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    Ok this is what I come up with off the top of my head, but subject to change. When I finally get around to it, there might be better options at that time but this is a rough go.

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    Just a couple extra thoughts:
    - I like having a blu-ray reader combo with DVD reader/writer.
    - Windows 7 officially reaches end of life in 2020. Windows 10 isn't available until later this year (maybe end of year). "Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson announced that current users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for one year after the operating system launches."

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    Do not buy that 840EVO!!! See my thread in this section for reasons why.

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    I really wouldn't recommend that CPU, your current i7 930 is probably faster, less power hungry and a hell of a lot more cooler than the 9590, AMD CPUs have pretty poor per core performance, if you chose to go crossfire with a second 290X later down the road that CPU would create quite the bottleneck.

    If it was me I'd be looking at just upgrading the GPU and RAM, the rest of your system is still decent.
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    Wow, an AMD build for a gamer ??!! So rare to see those these days. I don't mind someone going with an AMD build, but be aware that Intel just kills them on performance for games. See this comparison of the 'budget' AMD 8350 against the Intel i3 4360:

    http://www.techspot.com/review/943-b...cpu/page6.html

    Ouch.

    My advice - if you can find a buyer for your 1366 gear, you are good to go. If you have a Microcenter nearby, you are absolutely GOLDEN !! 1366 gear sells for more than you'd guess right now, and I'd say you should net at least $250 for your 2 GPU cards, board and CPU.

    Then off you go to Microcenter to grab this i5 4590 with whatever board suits your fancy for $160 - http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...oxed_Processor

    Factor in another $200 for a Radeon R9 290 and you will be set for a few more years. The 290x demands a price premium over the 290 of around $80-100, and it just isn't worth the extra 7-10% performance gains you will see. Total cash outlay may be as low as $100 for that upgrade, and you can leave the 1366 platform and CF GPUs behind. If you wish to wait until around May, we should see the intro of the new AMD 380 cards, and their performance will most assuredly be incredible. Note that this will wreck your budget, as the cards should retail for probably around $500 at launch.
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    My 2 cents:
    1. I would not get that CPU. You can get the Core i5 4690k for $239 or the Core i7 4790k for $319. Both of those should overclock easily. I have heard that the Devils Canyon (4690k) is a beast for the money.
    2. YOu can probably stick with the PSU you have, even if you plan on running SLI or crossfire.
    3. Get Windows 7, then when Win 10 comes out, get the free upgrade. (Win7 and up get a free upgrade if done within the first year after WIn10 comes out)
    4. get an 850 EVO. Will cost a little more, but with performance more on par with the 840 PRO
    5. I just got a G700s and I love it
    6. I love the Silverstone Raven cases. The "rear" of the mobo points up, making it easier to get to. My current system has the RV02E, and I may reuse it for my next build.

    Now get building!
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    You guys are awesome, and a bunch of Intel fanboys.j/k. With that said I'll rethink what I posted. Good advice here. Dead, I can get by with that PSU as well but not if I go Crossfire in the future. So am thinking ahead on that one. Could probably get by with this CPU as well but I've been pushing it at 4.2 for about 3 years with intense gaming so I dont know how much longer it will hold up. Also had a stick of Gskill ram fail. So I'm down to just 4 gb of ram. I know it's kinda stretched thin but it still works so far. I also want to get rid of the X58 chipset on this board. It's really old and the new stuff is way better. One quick question. Whats up with the intergrated graphics on the Intel CPU's now. Is that something I need to get around to use my video card. Can that be disabled or is that something I need to keep.

    Yes Juneau I saw your post about the 840's,point taken and will go with something different, probaly the Pro series as I dont think they are having problems right now. Thanks for the great input guys, I'll look at some of the items you mentioned and repost something in the future for approval.
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    You don't have to worry about the onboard video. Most BIOSes will use offboard video over onboard by default.

    In a recent Maximum PC, they paired the 4790k with the Z97 chipset, this board to be exact.
    GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    They were able to easily get an OC of 4.5Ghz.
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    After further consideration of all the suggestions, this is what I came up with.


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    Quote Originally Posted by {CLR} Cobalt View Post
    After further consideration of all the suggestions, this is what I came up with.


    Watch out on the G500. Make sure it is an old vs new one. I didn't like the feel of the new one at all and found an old on amazon.

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    Nice looking build.

    That mobo is a beast.

    I'm a big fan of EVGA video cards. How much is the GTX780Ti? You might want to compare it to the 970 or 980. I think the 970 is about comparable in performance to the 780.
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    Somebody's going all out eh. You better take pix when it's done.

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    Gonna be a bit Phan. Just getting around to looking and pricing what's out there.

    Dead, I looked at the benchmarks for the 970, 980, and R 290x .. the GTX 780Ti was really close to the 980 in performance on BF4 . .so that was good enough for me. The Ti's have always been good cards even way back when. It just stuck out during the benchmarks so I thought I would go with that one. Plus, I can SLI in the future if need be. I factored the wattage used for SLI and the 850w PSU will cover it with some to spare. I think the price is between 400 and 500 but Newegg is sold out.

    Here's the review. http://www.anandtech.com/show/7492/t...-780-ti-review

    And here's the card , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-003-_-Product

    Golden, I have the old mouse in blue that I picked up in Thailand when we were still playing BFBC2, and a gray one that the cable crapped out on me. I've spliced the cables on these things so many times. Last time I did splice the blue one I used hot glue to hold everything in place inside and where the cable comes out. Seems to be working fairly good so far. But yea ,the old ones are better.
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    LOL Cobalt sounds like you need to try a wireless mouse

    Like I said, I picked up the G700s recently and I like it. It charges off a USB cable and you can use it wired while it is charging.
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    That's a far better build than what you previously listed, I have the same GPU's in SLi, great cards, overclock nicely.

    Enjoy your new rig!
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