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  1. sam.chen received reputation from Andy jk in Custom PC for 3D Rendering and Animation   
    Hmm... your build actually has some issues. The Intel Core i7-7700 CPU won't work with the X99 Gaming motherboard. They're on different platforms. You need a Z270 like the Z270 PRIME-A. An easy way to tell if they're compatible is by their sockets. X99 is LGA2011v3 and the Z270 boards are LGA 1151. That should put you under budget. 
    For the power supply, that one is fine. Super Flower makes some good stuff. Why two GTX 1060's? If you're buying a new system, always opt for a single more powerful card vs two. Gives you options down the road, less heat, and scaling isn't always 100% so your actual performance is never actually double what a single can do. Not to mention there's usually some driver issue that screws everything up. I'd only buy a second if it's actually the only option such as with the higher end stuff like a GTX Titan X. As for the cooler, that NH-D15 is great, but considering you're not getting a K series SKU, I'm assuming you're not planning on overclocking. If that's the case, you don't need something that powerful or that expensive. A Hyper 212 EVO will do the job just fine. 
  2. sam.chen received reputation from Alex.Stevens in Ryzen CPU Models Leaked?   
    Looks interesting... and it could be true but it's likely to be fake. That's a lot of SKUs to come out on launch day and it's highly unlikely AMD would do something like this unless most of it is OEM parts. That naming scheme is also kinda ridiculous since it's the same as the graphics which could cause quite a bit of confusion. If you drop the AMD, part in the front, those CPUs can easily get confused with the GPUs. 
  3. sam.chen received reputation from midnightskyline in Wanting to build a whole pc from scratch   
    The budget would definitely depend on what games you want to stream. If you get a decent capture card, CPU/RAM/GPU usage should be fairly low even after long hours of streaming. I'd recommend checking out some of our gaming builds for some ideas. You really just need to tack on something like the Elgato Game Capture HD60 card or Avermedia Live Gamer HD which will take the resource usage of encoding 1080p video when streaming. 
    https://www.custompcreview.com/pc-computer-builds/recommended-gaming-pc-builds/
    Personally I'd recommend going with a mid-range system or higher. That way you can get smooth gameplay and have something like OBS or Xsplit in the background taking care of the stream without affecting your gameplay. 
  4. sam.chen received reputation from Matthew_morgan6 in My 1st build   
    Sweet build you got there. That Phanteks EVO with the tempered glass looks awesome! Definitely need a bigger desk. Can't even fit properly sized speakers, haha!
  5. sam.chen received reputation from HADES in oculos   
    Yeah, that would be the idea. If your shop has a generous return policy.
    Otherwise, I'd highly recommend upgrading your graphics card first. The GTX 680 is simply too old at this point. The rest of your system should do fine, but even if you can afford an AMD RX480 or GTX 1060 it should give you a good entry level VR experience. Of course, a GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 would be ideal. 
  6. sam.chen received reputation from Rcsmith9125 in Budget AMD build/ suggestions   
    Looks fine to me. Only suggestion I have is to pick up a cooler since those chips run a bit warm. The Hyper TX3 or Hyper 212 is a great choice. Also gives you some cooling headroom in case you want to overclock the chips a bit. If you need to reduce budget, you can step down to something like a 500W PSU. EVGA's 500 W1 runs under $38. That RX470 is so efficient that you can probably even get away with a 430W PSU TBH but there's not a huge price difference between 500w and 430w. 
  7. sam.chen received reputation from sekelani in First PC Build   
    What kind of games are you looking to play and at what resolution/quality settings? That will determine if this system could run all the new games. 
     
    If you're looking to play games at 1080p, low/medium settings, the only thing I'd change is the GPU. The GPU I'd recommend picking up a Radeon RX 460. Same price, but ~30-40% faster. If you want even better performance, I'd step up to a Radeon RX 470. Not too much more expensive, but over 2x faster than that GTX 750 Ti.  To make budget room available, you can downgrade the PSU to a 550w and you can drop the CPU cooler. Also, if you don't absolutely need the 1tb of capacity, I'd recommend going with a true SSD. The Crucial BX200 240gb is about the same price as that 1TB SSHD, but it'll be way faster. 
     
    Hope that helps.
  8. sam.chen received reputation from Rami in Help me urgent ! IS THIS GOOD?   
    Yes, this system should be very good but I don't recommend picking up a GTX 970 anymore now that the GTX 1070 is out and very much available. Unless you're getting an incredible deal, something like the EVGA GTX 1070 SC Gaming will offer significantly better performance than a GTX 970. You may also go with a 650W PSU without any issues if you can get one for a significantly lower cost. The newer Nvidia GTX 10xx series and Radeon RX 4xx series are very power efficient based on new nodes and new architectures. 
  9. sam.chen received reputation from Rami in Help me urgent ! IS THIS GOOD?   
    Yes, this system should be very good but I don't recommend picking up a GTX 970 anymore now that the GTX 1070 is out and very much available. Unless you're getting an incredible deal, something like the EVGA GTX 1070 SC Gaming will offer significantly better performance than a GTX 970. You may also go with a 650W PSU without any issues if you can get one for a significantly lower cost. The newer Nvidia GTX 10xx series and Radeon RX 4xx series are very power efficient based on new nodes and new architectures. 
  10. sam.chen received reputation from Carson Chang in NEED HELP WITH CUSTOM BUILD   
    What @auldgrunt said above. You either need to change that CPU to a HEDT CPU, so i7-5820K, i7-5930K, i7-5960X, etc. or you need to go get a Z97 board and some DDR3 memory. 
    Also, you have both a Sentey and a Corsair case in your cart. You only need one case. I'd pick the Corsair. FYI the H100i will come with thermal compound pre-applied which is actually decent. You'll only need additional if you plan to remove the original. 
  11. sam.chen received reputation from yulval13 in First build for 1000€   
    The SPEC 03 looks good. I haven't played around with it in person, but the exterior is likely just a redesigned 200R which is a case I'd happily recommend as well. Good luck on the build!
  12. sam.chen received reputation from Carson Chang in i7 Build   
    Hmmm... Not much I'd change. Build looks great to me.
    For the cooler, I'd say the Hyper 212 EVO is a good choice. It's cheap. It performs well. You can also get an AIO water cooling unit, but it costs a lot more for slightly better performance depending on the model. 
    As for the OS, the difference between Home Premium and Professional is that professional is more designed for users on an active domain environment. Probably don't need it for a home gaming system. It's also needed if you're planning on getting more than 16GB of memory. Looks like you're only putting 16GB in there so you're good. That said, if you do decide to go 32GB, it's a simple one click upgrade to Professional, so I'd probably get Home Premium since it's cheaper. 
  13. sam.chen received reputation from Carson Chang in Building new custom pc   
    Looks great to me. 
    Only thing which is personal for me is I like the MSI GTX 970 Gaming better. Quieter since it uses two larger fans but more importantly it'll match the blue/black color scheme of the motherboard. Looks like you were trying to do that with the memory as well. 
  14. sam.chen received reputation from Carson Chang in Need comments about my future custom portable pc build   
    Well, the Silverstone RVZ01 can support coolers up to 83mm which isn't bad. What I'm worried about is the motherboard. That Maximum Impact VI is just so full of stuff. If you have somewhere with a good return policy, I'd try the Noctua NH-L9I. I've had some good experience with that, but it depends on if your motherboard will work with it. Silverstone also has some good low profile coolers. I think the AR04, AR05, AR06 should fit. 
  15. sam.chen received reputation from Carson Chang in Need comments about my future custom portable pc build   
    Not bad. Just a couple things I'd like to add. 
    1. Go with 2x4GB rather than 1x8GB. Your CPU/motherboard uses dual channel memory so your ram will be running at half speed if you only run a single stick. Run either two or four for best performance. 
    2. I'm not sure why you chose that Transcend SSD, but the Samsung 850 EVO is what you want. 250GB can be picked up for <$100 these days. I'd personally go with the 500GB and ditch that HDD. 
    3. Speaking of HDDs. That HDD is designed for HTPC, IPTV, video recording applications and is not suited for your use. Personally I'd go with as large of a SSD as financially possible to remove the HDD altogether. That specific case you chose may have issues with airflow if you went with a traditional 3.5" HDD. The 3.5" HDD bay sits right on top of the PSU and the heat from that combined with the HDD's own heat may cause premature drive failure. If you really want a HDD, I'd recommend getting a 2.5" laptop HDD. That way it can sit next to the SSD. Something like the HGST Travelstar 7K1000. 
    4. Did you need a disk drive? If you do, remember to get a slim loader. 
     
    Good luck!
  16. sam.chen received reputation from Carson Chang in Need comments about my future custom portable pc build   
    Well, the Silverstone RVZ01 can support coolers up to 83mm which isn't bad. What I'm worried about is the motherboard. That Maximum Impact VI is just so full of stuff. If you have somewhere with a good return policy, I'd try the Noctua NH-L9I. I've had some good experience with that, but it depends on if your motherboard will work with it. Silverstone also has some good low profile coolers. I think the AR04, AR05, AR06 should fit. 
  17. sam.chen received reputation from Carson Chang in Need comments about my future custom portable pc build   
    Not bad. Just a couple things I'd like to add. 
    1. Go with 2x4GB rather than 1x8GB. Your CPU/motherboard uses dual channel memory so your ram will be running at half speed if you only run a single stick. Run either two or four for best performance. 
    2. I'm not sure why you chose that Transcend SSD, but the Samsung 850 EVO is what you want. 250GB can be picked up for <$100 these days. I'd personally go with the 500GB and ditch that HDD. 
    3. Speaking of HDDs. That HDD is designed for HTPC, IPTV, video recording applications and is not suited for your use. Personally I'd go with as large of a SSD as financially possible to remove the HDD altogether. That specific case you chose may have issues with airflow if you went with a traditional 3.5" HDD. The 3.5" HDD bay sits right on top of the PSU and the heat from that combined with the HDD's own heat may cause premature drive failure. If you really want a HDD, I'd recommend getting a 2.5" laptop HDD. That way it can sit next to the SSD. Something like the HGST Travelstar 7K1000. 
    4. Did you need a disk drive? If you do, remember to get a slim loader. 
     
    Good luck!
  18. sam.chen received reputation from Raiever in Custom Gaming Build   
    The rest looks OK. Good luck!
  19. sam.chen received reputation from Raiever in Custom Gaming Build   
    Looks OK to me. Good luck!
  20. sam.chen received reputation from Raiever in Custom Gaming Build   
    No problem. Most of your parts are already purchased so I don't have much input to give.
    Only thing I can say is I'd probably go with a XFX TS 650W. That build doesn't require all that much power so 650w should be more than sufficient. I'm also not a huge fan of Corsair CX PSUs these days since they've switched to CWT as their OEM. XFX uses SeaSonic which is what Corsair used to use when they were the gold standard for PSUs (TX650 era). You can get Windows 8.1 for a lot cheaper. With Windows 10 coming in like a month, might as well get the cheapest OS that gives you the free upgrade. 
  21. sam.chen received reputation from Rhyno in What do you think of this build?   
    So in order to tally up about how much power you'll need for a build, I just do some mental math. Every SSD/HDD I appropriate around 10w. The CPU and memory I usually appropriate ~150w-200w. I've never seen it go over that in all my testing. The GPU you just gotta read reviews. I'm pretty familiar with the GTX 970 and it shouldn't draw more than 250w. I usually add ~50w more for some overclocking. A quick and easy way to estimate the GPU maximum power if you've never read any reviews is to look at the power connectors. Generally speaking, the PCIe slot provides 75w, each 6-pin provides 75w and a 8 pin provides 150w. The GTX 970 has a 6pin and a 8pin, so ~300w. Some manufacturers like to overbuild their cards for overclocking though so it may not be accurate. 
    So 10w (SSD) + 200w (CPU/Memory) + 300w (GPU) = 510w maximum power draw. Then I like to add 25%-30% to that number to leave room for expansion. 
     
    1080p dual screen? That sounds like a bad idea. All you'll see is bezel in the middle. Generally people play with 3 screens if they do that. The GTX 970 will support playing with multiple screens (it's called Nvidia Surround), but if you want to play at the absolute highest settings on the latest games with 3 screens, you may need an even more powerful graphics card. If you're okay with medium/high or medium settings depending on the game then it'll be fine. The GTX 970 is mostly designed to go highest settings on a single monitor. As for what I look for in a graphics card, I just look at reviews. I look up what games I wanna play then I look how many FPS (Frames Per Second) I can get. If it averages over 60, then it should give me a pretty good experience. 
  22. sam.chen received reputation from Rhyno in What do you think of this build?   
    Looks good to me.
    As long as it has enough storage for you and the cost is acceptable, it's perfectly fine. People just do SSD + HDD because it costs a lot for higher capacity SSDs. If you've got a 500GB movie collection, there's no reason to pay a ton of money to store it on a SSD when a HDD could do it for much cheaper.  The GeForce GTX 970 is an excellent card. You're not planning on using it to play 4K games and you don't have a multi-monitor setup right? Just a single 1080p or 1440p screen?   
    Otherwise, a couple small things I'd suggest. 
    That motherboard is pretty overkill. You only have one GPU and one storage device. Unless you're planning on adding several more graphics cards and like 10 more SSDs in there, it has way too many bells and whistles and costs way too much too. For a build like yours something like the Gigabyte Z97X UD3H Black Edition would be fine. Save the money and put it elsewhere. Larger SSD, better cooling, etc. Or in your pocket works too. =)
    That GTX 970 also doesn't use that much power. You can step down to a 650w, but go with a much higher quality, higher efficiency unit. I like the Antec Earthwatts 650w 80+ Platinum or if you want to stick with the EVGA unit, you can go with the SuperNova 650w 80+ Gold. 
     
     
  23. sam.chen received reputation from HowardGex in New Scion FR-S is Awesome....   
    Hey, so I'm not really a car person and prior to this I've never even gave a crap about scion, but damn I just saw a trailer for the Scion FR-S on YouTube and it looks like a REALLY REALLY slick car. The Scion site says it starts at $24,930 for the stick version and I'm sure you can get it cheaper if you haggle with the dealer. Maybe lease it at ~$250ish or lower per mo for 36mo? 2.0L, 4 cyl, 200HP, 151 LB-FT, 6 spd, RWD, coupe. Any car guys got any thoughts? Scion FR-S | Prices And Information | Scion.com aGso9oKcYtM W7jBnYS_Ot8
  24. sam.chen received reputation from HowardGex in Guy gets shot lifting weights! LOL!   
    Ok, so I came across this story and WTF'ed all over. You won't believe this hahahaha. Epic fail... ;)
    Weightlifter says dumbbell fell on bullet that shot him in shoulder - latimes.com
  25. sam.chen received reputation from HowardGex in Inspirational Video   
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