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 Post subject: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Mon August 27, 2018 7:40 pm 
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I just bought/built my son a ghetto gaming rig.

Recertified HP 8300 SF (Core i5) - $175
Nvidia 4GB GTX 1050ti low profile - $159
16GB more RAM (20GB total) - $87
500 GB Samsung 860 EVO SSD - $95
Acer 22" IPS monitor - $85

~$600 and it renders videos 4X faster than my $3k trash can Mac Pro with dual AMD cards. :?


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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Mon August 27, 2018 7:44 pm 
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can it run rollercoaster tycoon

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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Wed September 05, 2018 3:26 pm 
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I "built" another rig for my son's best friend. His dad gave me $400. They have a monitor.

Dell 7010 MT with i5 (3470) and 8GB RAM - $145
ADATA 500GB SSD - $70 (Amazon Lightning deal)
Nvidia 4GB GTX 1050ti - $159
EVGA 500W power supply - $25 (eBay local pickup)

Probably could have gotten away with the stock power supply, but didn't want to chance it.


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LoathedVermin72 wrote:
can it run rollercoaster tycoon


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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Tue September 11, 2018 9:41 pm 
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I keep hoping this is a thread devoted to video game masterpiece Big Rigs.

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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
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Not a gaming rig, but I'm building a new PC/workstation that can handle some games. I mostly need rendering power, so I might go all out on the CPU. Any thoughts? Trying to keep it around 1200$. I may upgrade it later.

AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3GHz 8-Core Processor $209.99
Gigabyte - X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard $122.98
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $160.98
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $160.98
Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $97.99
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING Video Card $278.00
Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $96.78
EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $57.99

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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Tue September 11, 2018 10:01 pm 
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McParadigm wrote:
I keep hoping this is a thread devoted to video game masterpiece Big Rigs.

Do you know Alex Navarro?
BurtReynolds wrote:
Not a gaming rig, but I'm building a new PC/workstation that can handle some games. I mostly need rendering power, so I might go all out on the CPU. Any thoughts? Trying to keep it around 1200$. I may upgrade it later.

AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3GHz 8-Core Processor $209.99
Gigabyte - X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard $122.98
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $160.98
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $160.98
Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $97.99
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING Video Card $278.00
Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $96.78
EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $57.99

I need to do this soon myself. The last time we bought a computer was when the trailer for The Force Awakens was released. I remember because that was the first thing I watched to test the wireless connection.


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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Tue September 11, 2018 10:05 pm 
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The latest AMD procs have closed the gap with Intel for rendering in Adobe, but if the Intel proc is only $50 to $100 more, it'd be worth the investment.


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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
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Also, the GTX 1060 is the sweet spot, jumping up to the 1080 would likely cost you $200 more.


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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
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run2death wrote:
The latest AMD procs have closed the gap with Intel for rendering in Adobe, but if the Intel proc is only $50 to $100 more, it'd be worth the investment.

Yeah the Intel Core i7-8700K looks like the best of the best, but its about $130 more.

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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
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It's a tax write-off for you, right?


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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Tue September 11, 2018 11:00 pm 
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Yeah I guess so.

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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Tue September 11, 2018 11:02 pm 
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I've had this one about six years. Surprised it's lasted this long. I had a couple of hard drives failures but otherwise it's been a good one up until recently. It can still play games on lower settings, but Windows chugs.

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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Tue September 11, 2018 11:11 pm 
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You could get the NVME version of that SSD for about $50 more.


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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Tue September 11, 2018 11:59 pm 
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BurtReynolds wrote:
Not a gaming rig, but I'm building a new PC/workstation that can handle some games. I mostly need rendering power, so I might go all out on the CPU. Any thoughts? Trying to keep it around 1200$. I may upgrade it later.

AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3GHz 8-Core Processor $209.99
Gigabyte - X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard $122.98
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $160.98
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $160.98
Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $97.99
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING Video Card $278.00
Fractal Design - Meshify C Dark TG ATX Mid Tower Case $96.78
EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $57.99

serious question from a mac user: you're looking at roughly $1100 here, plus the labor and potential S&H headaches. Why not just buy a good comp off the shelf? how much more would a comparable stock rig run you?


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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Wed September 12, 2018 12:39 am 
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serious question from a mac user: you're looking at roughly $1100 here, plus the labor and potential S&H headaches. Why not just buy a good comp off the shelf? how much more would a comparable stock rig run you?

Maybe I've just been lucky, but I haven't had much trouble putting them together, and its kinda fun. Plus, I'm picky about what I want in them. and pre-built ones are so ugly!

The prices are a lot closer lately though. If I could find one I liked, I might get one.

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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
PostPosted: Wed September 12, 2018 12:43 am 
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Some super cheap ones on AMazon right now though...

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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
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Buying an off-the-shelf/prebuilt computer rarely makes sense.

For instance, companies charge $300 to "upgrade" from 16GBs to 32GBs of comparable RAM that Burt listed.

"Upgrading" to an 500GB SSD will cost you another $150.

"Upgrading" to a decent graphics card will cost you $200.

Those are basically the prices you pay for buying those components outright, so in many instances the base price is for the tower, processor, them building it and a shitty warranty.

As far as I can tell Burt ends up saving at least $600 AND that prebuilt system would have a shitty power supply and shitty, non-upgradable motherboard.


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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
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Also, building a computer is basically like putting together a 5 to 10 peice Lego set.


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 Post subject: Re: Gaming Rigs
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thanks guys, id probably go the same route were i a PC guy


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