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Subject: RE: Saberon's $1500 Build Template
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Panz3r Nov 01, 2014 01:48 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Is the zotac brand reputable?

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Saberon Nov 01, 2014 01:56 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I've never personally bought Zotac, I've always gone ASUS/MSI/EVGA. I don't know where their RMA center is or what their customer service is like.  

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Aldira Jan 11, 2015 05:29 PM Reply | Bookmark
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There an update  for this thread now with new pricing?

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Saberon Jan 11, 2015 05:35 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I updated it around a week ago, so things shouldn't be that much different. If you have questions, I'm here to help!

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Saberon Feb 18, 2015 11:29 AM Reply | Bookmark
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You'd have to ask NCIX directly at PC(at)NCIX.com on that one

Is there a reason you can't get all the parts at NCIX? They do offer price matching.


Edit; aaaaand I replied to a ghost

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Phil_A Feb 18, 2015 11:32 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Not a ghost :). I think some of the parts aren't sold here although I may be mistaken. Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB Tri-X Video Card for example.

Just had a build recommended through PC Part Picker, hoping NCIX can help me out.

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Babaghan Feb 18, 2015 11:32 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Quote: (Saberon @ Feb 18 2015, 11:29 AM)

Edit; aaaaand I replied to a ghost


Oh you're post went through fine - just in the wrong thread. Hint: Mount Fuji

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Ivan * NCIX Feb 18, 2015 01:58 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Good idea for a template thread, moved to PC Builder section and stickied.

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Saberon Feb 18, 2015 02:01 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Woohoo! Thanks Ivan

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Ivan * NCIX Feb 18, 2015 02:21 PM Reply | Bookmark
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It's good content. Can we possibly has moar threads, for example, sub 1K solid gaming build and/or reasonable 4K build?

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Saberon Feb 18, 2015 02:36 PM Reply | Bookmark
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New threads or posts within this one? Don't want to spam up the forums

Are you able to change thread titles as well?

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Ivan * NCIX Feb 19, 2015 01:28 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I would recommend separate threads for each template, makes it easier to find + discern information if a thread covers a single topic/approach/template only.

Nobody can change thread titles, not even Greg Almighty.

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Slar3 Feb 19, 2015 01:31 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Hey Saberon, just wondering about a compatibility issue. If I were to replace the i5-4690k with the Intel Xeon X3 1245 would it still be good to go? Thanks.

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Saberon Feb 19, 2015 02:06 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Yes, it's on the support list for the Z97-E (and every other LGA1150 board)

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Saberon Feb 19, 2015 02:07 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Thanks Ivan, I'll work on those today

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Tiel_C Feb 19, 2015 09:56 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Quote: (Saberon z Oct 19, 2014 01:03 PM)


256GB is the maximum size SSD I'd get.


I gotta ask, why?

From benchmark experience, the higher you get, the faster you get. One of the main reasons to get a SSD, is due to the performance. If you can get better performance, while also getting more storage, what's the harm?

As an example, the Crucial MX100 256gb vs 512gb has a difference of 330Mb/s(256) and 500Mb/s(512) Sequential Write speed, among some other things like higher 4KB random read and write, and it shows in benchmarks (which then show in real time for when an SSD's speed is needed)

So i'm just curious as to why, as personally i looked through the builds and that was the one thing that kept making me "huh?"




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Saberon Feb 20, 2015 05:48 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Good question! Well, it's for a number of reasons. A 128GB SSD is just very cramped to begin with, and the price/capacity ratio is usually poor. The 256GB versions allow much more breathing room. And if you have the budget for a 512GB+ SSD, go for it. I'd rather save the extra money and throw it into a better GPU.

In my experience, there is very little perceivable difference in speed between something like the 256GB and 512GB versions of the MX100. I've installed a number of SSD's over the years and I really can't say the speed of one stood out over the others. (Crucial MX100, Mushkin Chronos Deluxe, Plextor M5 Pro, Intel 530, Intel 730, Corsair Neutron GTX)

Perhaps my wording wasn't the best in that quote. "256GB is the sweet spot. If you have surplus funds in your budget, then a larger SSD may be worth purchasing".

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Aldira Mar 13, 2015 06:39 PM Reply | Bookmark
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With dvd writer and os, this is sitting up at 1600+ right now

What could be sacrificed for a better price without losing too much in quality? If even possible lol

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Saberon Mar 13, 2015 06:42 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Yeah the Canadian dollar has caused prices to go up on a lot of items. :(

o R9 290 instead of GTX 970

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Aldira Mar 13, 2015 06:56 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I noticed that adding items from the first post doesn't put them in as sale prices- when I went into each item and added, it came out to a much more reasonable 1560 ish

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Saberon Mar 13, 2015 07:00 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Yeah my links won't be the right prices but if you add via the showcase at the top of my post it'll be correct

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Aldira Mar 13, 2015 07:09 PM Reply | Bookmark
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The showcase actually didn't have the sale prices updated when I added directly from it- odd ... I had to go into each one to readd

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Sachin_B Mar 13, 2015 07:54 PM Reply | Bookmark
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It's going to get worse as the dollar keeps on tanking. Rumour has it another rate cut is in the works. If that happens, watch prices go up even more. Would have been great to keep hardware prices low. What can you do!

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Gavin_Y Mar 15, 2015 02:03 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Hey Saber, thanks for the helpful thread.

I've put together a machine (my rig from 2008 is starting to die out, it seems...) based on your setup here, with the hopes of it carrying me another 6-7 years. Does this seem alright? As far as I can tell everything seems compatible.
Do you think the Mobo, psu and processor hold up if a couple years down the road I throw in another 970?
What do you think of the EVGA card compared to the 20-30 cheaper Zotac and Gigbyte ones? I don't really know the differences, I just have the EVGA one currently because I haven't seen anyone complain about coil-whine with it (yet).

I plan on throwing in the 3 drives I have in my current computer, so I'm not too worried about a 250 ssd
I game, work in Unreal and other 3D programs quite often and don't really do ant OC'ing or anything like that.

If all is well I will start price-matching (doesnt seem like it will get me that far, but its something).


Thanks for any help!

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Saberon Mar 15, 2015 02:22 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Hey Gavin

The CPU is the best for gaming at the moment, so you can't improve much there. Motherboard has tons of features as well. A couple years down the road it's probably better to replace the 970 with whatever is out at that time rather than SLI it.

I have nothing but great to say about all EVGA cards I've purchased (~8 maybe?). Never tried Zotac, and my first and only Gigabyte was DOA (Can happen with any company though!). Definitely a good choice with either ASUS or EVGA.

I'm not crazy about the Corsair CX series, the above PSU is only $10 more and I have much more confidence in it. (Although not modular)

Also the Intel 530 240GB SSD ($164.99) gives your entire order free shipping. I don't know what your shipping cost is, but it might be worth something to do the math on. (120GB SSD + Shipping VS 240GB SSD free shipping)

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Gavin_Y Mar 15, 2015 06:01 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Thanks Saber!

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William S Mar 19, 2015 08:20 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Seasonic makes most of XFX power supplies...the 650 watt XFX XTR Gold 80+ Modular for $95 is a steal.....not quite as good as a Seasonic X Series PSU but it surely beats any PSU unit by Corsair.

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justmoe1 Mar 19, 2015 10:52 PM Reply | Bookmark
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great thread. not big on some of your picks. most is comes down to preference.

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Kohulan_P Mar 20, 2015 07:41 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I just bought an Fractal Design R4 because it's on sale and a pretty good price. Do you think it's worth it to upgrade to the R5 for $30? The box is still in shipment so haven't even received it yet, but having second thoughts.

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Saberon Mar 20, 2015 07:44 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Keep your' R4. It's still a really good case and you won't regret it.

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