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2 hours ago, ak2m4 said:


10 hard drive's ?  

Typed in in twice LMAO

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Basically i spent about £3k at overclockers.co.uk, was on sale from about £4k as was just before another line of intel cpu came out. Beauty of working for my own IT ltd company is it's a company asset

OS: Win 10 x64 CPU: i7 5960k overclocked to 4.4ghz Coolers: full custom EK watercooling loop with 2 x 480mm radiators and dual DDC pumps in series Motherboard: Asus Rampage V deluxe Ram: G Skill r

Built mine a few years ago now:


Case: Corsair Carbide 330R Blackout Edition
Mobo: ASRock X370 Gaming K4
CPU: AMD R7 1700 (mild overclock @ 3.7GHz) with Noctua NH-U12S cooler
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB
GPU: Sapphire RX480 Nitro+ 8GB
Storage: 1TB Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSD, 6TB WD Black HDD, 1TB WD Black HDD
OS: Linux Mint 19.3


Mouse: Logitech G203
Keyboard: Filco Majestouch-2 (Cherry MX Brown keyswitches)
Monitor: Dell U2412M (24" 1920x1200 IPS)

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  • Ryzen 3700x
  • ASRock X570 Steel Legend Mobo
  • Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32gb DDR4 3600 Ram
  • Sapphire RX 5700XT NITRO+
  • 2 x M.2 storage
  • Corsair H ydro 100i RGB Platinum SE
  • 6 x Corsair QL140 Fans RGB
  • 2 x Corsair LL120 Fans RGB
  • Corsair RM650x PSU
  • Shakmod White braided 24pin Mobo cable
  • 2 x Shakmod White braided 8pin GPU Cables
  • Thermaltake Riser cable
  • Corsair 680x Case
  • 2 x Dell Curved S3220DGF 31.5 VA Monitors




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My late 2019 build:


i5 9600KF

Corsair Dominator 32gb 3600mhz

Gigabyte waterforce extreme RTX 2080

Gigabyte Gaming X Z390

Lian li 011D

Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB M.2-2280 NVMe PCIe SSD

2 x Kingston A400 SSD 480gb

2 x Seagate 2TB mechanical drives

Custom braided cables

All custom loop built by myself - Too much to list!



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Can anyone recommend some decent component brands that don't cover everything in RGB lighting as soon as it pops up a level in performance? I'm looking at a new CPU/MoBo/RAM and everything is just covered in bloody lights!

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Use https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/


Would recommend a far cheaper setup than that which Jedi has posted. You will never use most of the features of a board that costs more than 150 quid. Spending a lot of money on a good motherboard isn't really worth it unless you have some specific additional needs in mind for connectivity or running many expansion cards etc.


If you're using a single graphics card (which you really should be if you don't have more than a single 4K monitor) then almost any Z490 type motherboard is fine. MSI are my go-to pick but it won't really matter which you buy. Don't get a MicroATX as you will pay a slight premium for it being smaller and probably loose some connectivity too. Plain old ATX is the best value.




My recommendation would be the MSI MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS because it's from a reputable brand and is the cheapest. I am assuming that you don't need WiFi built in.


For RAM: All of these boards will support ridiculous RAM clock speeds. I'm just going to pick you something with a decent response time and from a good brand. Anything over 3000mHz is fine. Realistically you will never notice the latency or clock speed on RAM for general/gaming applications anyway. My recommendation would be two of these sticks: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/QBrYcf/kingston-hyperx-fury-16-gb-2-x-8-gb-ddr4-3200-memory-hx432c16fb3k216


You don't need more than 32gb for general or gaming purposes. If you do a lot of design work maybe consider 64gb.


On the note of LEDs: Just completely ignore LEDs and order what has the best specs. LEDs or not. Better value usually means not having to deal with needless lights though, even from brands like MSI, Gigabyte, Asus etc. who will certainly offer RGB on their worse value boards and RAM. Also you can now buy a properly soundproofed case :)


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On 23/06/2020 at 14:35, SgtTalbert said:





I like your big lego Boba Fett dude :D

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Hey Guys,


I just built a new rig,


My new setup consists of;


Case: CiT G-Force RGB


CPU: Ryzen 7 3800x


Motherboard: Asus TUF B450-Plus Gaming


PSU: CiT 650w


GPU: XFX RX 5700XT Thicc III Ultra Edition


RAM: 16GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance


SSD: Sandisk 120GB, Kingston 120GB and Intel Enterprise edition 600GB(courtesy of my job)


CPU Cooler: Corsair H45 water cooler






2 x BenQ 60hz 22inch panel


Keyboard: Corsair Strafe Cherry MX Red Mechanical Keyboard


Mouse: Steel Series Rival 300


Mousepad: Roccat Taito


Speakers: Phillips 100w rms 2.1


Headphones: Phillips SHG8200


No Pics I'm afraid.


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Recently treated myself to a semi-new build as my current system was being bottlenecked by cheaping out on an i5 rather than i7. Except my current i5 was like 2 generations old now and I couldnt buy a i7 of the matching generation anywhere. So needed a new motherboard, decided to switch up my storage too as I was running a mish-mash of old hard drives and SSDs of varying sizes. Decided to go big or go home, not cheaping out on any components anymore :P so jumped straight up to the i9 rather than i7. Probably complete overkill but at least I wont have to upgrade again anytime soon.


However the absolute best thing I did was upgrade my monitor from a bog standard 1080p somethingorother, to a 1440p 144Hz G-sync monitor. Cost almost as much as the rest of my PC combined but my god do games look good now running at 140fps and I didnt realise how big a jump in quality it was from 1080p to 1440p.


Also replaced my ageing corsair H1500 headset with a new Steel Series Arctis 7 which are phenomenally good and comfy.


New build:

Asus ROG PG278QE G-Sync monitor

MSI Z490A-Pro motherboard

i9 10900KF CPU

32GB Corsair Vengence RAM

GTX 1080Ti GPU

1 x 250GB  Samsung EVO 970 M.2 for boot drive (god damn these are fast, absolutely worth the upgrade, you push the power button and you're already at your desktop)

1 x 2TB  Crucial something or other SSD for games library

1 x 2TB mechanical HD for mass slow storage 




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On 02/07/2020 at 14:44, Lozart said:

Can anyone recommend some decent component brands that don't cover everything in RGB lighting as soon as it pops up a level in performance? I'm looking at a new CPU/MoBo/RAM and everything is just covered in bloody lights!


Most stuff these days is RGB, however, just turn it off in software

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1 hour ago, SgtTalbert said:


Most stuff these days is RGB, however, just turn it off in software


Funny you should say that, I bought a Gigabyte Z490 Gaming X in the end which has no RGB bullshit. Is nice and black (not that you can tell anyway seeing as it's in a non-windowed case). 

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I've not upgraded since 2016 I believe - I still run a pre-overclocked Gigabyte windforce 980Ti with an i7 6700k - 16gb of ddr4 and a Samsung nvme m.2.


While my current monitor is a 27" 144hz 1080p Iiyama; I would like to make a little return to gaming after around a years hiatus, maybe with a  1440p monitor and possibly one of these new 30 series RTX cards everyone is talking about - apparently the performance with the current Battlefield games at 1440p with the 3080 is pretty damn good.. even quite playable at 4k.


Because I skipped two core generations of GPUs (the 1080/ti and then the RTX 20 series), I imagine the jump in performance between the 980Ti and 3080 would be significant. Would love to go back and play BF4 at 1440p maxed out with a constant fps at a minimum of 144, tearing free - though maybe that's still wishful thinking?. Even so, with Gsync and Freesync I don't think the constant fps above the 144hz mark is actually necessary.

Funnily enough my brother is helping my 11 year old nephew build his first PC, I offered to donate some pieces I have lying around, in the form of my old GTX590 which was a beast of a card when it came out; it was 2 GPU chips on one card, effectively making it an onboard SLI solution for two GTX580s. But After doing a bit of research it turns out, this top of the line card which I bought for 6 or 7 hundred quid back in 2010/2011 wont be able to compete with a mid/bottom of the line 1660 contemporary card in the game 'fortnight' which is what he wants it for. Also, apparently SLI has gone the way of the dodo, so If you did want to run this card on a modern game, it would not be as a 590 but a single 580 GPU. To top it off, Nvidia  stopped supporting it in 2018 for driver updates so it may only be a matter of time until the card doesn't even switch on in a modern windows 10 machine - feels kinda sad really.

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