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  1. Monitor   Dell 22 Touch Monitor - S2240T   Market Value3 $349.99 Total Savings $70.00   Dell Price $279.99 [HR]   System Core/Tower Motherboard Asus Z170-A CPU Intel Core i7 6700K 4.0GHz Quad Core 8MB 95W Ram Crucial 32GB DDR4-2133 (2x16GB)   Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB   Sound Card Onboard Sound   Storage Hard Drive Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5inch SSD   Comments: Primary drive.  Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5inch SSD   Comments: Secondary drive.  CD / DVD Asus 24x DVD-RW SATA (Black) Case / Cooling Case  Fractal Design Define R5 Titanium  Power Supply  EVGA SuperNOVA 850W P2 Power Supply CPU Cooling Corsair Hydro Series H60 CPU Cooler (Rev. 2)   Additional Cooling Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound   Software OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit   Software: Games NVIDIA Bundle: The Division [with NVIDIA GTX 970 or higher]  Accessories Services CPU Overclocking Warranty Warranty: Lifetime Labor and Tech Support, 1 Year Parts   Software / Preferences Software: Courtesy Install Acrobat Reader   CCleaner   Chrome Dropbox Flash   Gimp Origin Steam 7Zip NVIDIA Geforce Experience    Subtotal $3,235.86 Shipping $53.60 (Fedex Ground 4 days) Total $3,289.46 @[member=AOBLXIX] @[member=Nova] @[member=VinasSol]
  2. There are lots of repeated questions about upgrading and building computers. While many answers can be helpful I see a lot of what I would consider fundamental questions not being asked and answered. To get started I always suggest to my friends and clients a few things to start seeing what your basic requirements are.   Make a list of your required software and main games to want to run. This list really doesn’t need to be long as a lot of software have low requirements such as Office and other basic software. The list should include software such as Adobe, Sony’s Vegas, Blender and the like that is above normal resource intensive. Next you want to research the suggested or recommended requirements by the developer for using the software and game. This will quickly give you a base line of minimum specifications that you want to incorporate into your next step. I generally circle or highlight the highest requirements for each items and incorporate that into a new list. The new list is your baseline or minimum you want to strive for.   Notice I haven't mentioned budget or component brand yet but will start to take shape now. Research prices for your minimum components such as GPU, CPU and Memory after which add a few hundred dollars for the rest of your components such as a motherboard, power supply and case. Will this fit in your budget? If not you may want to look at prebuilt systems as they are around the same price, many times for budget systems they are cheaper than building your own. You can’t beat a budget system that comes with a free monitor, keyboard and mouse.   Now the highly opinionated suggestions! If you're considering an Intel I5 series and are more into gaming as your resource hog you do need to take a long look at AMD. Generally the AMD’s CPUs beat the I5 in performance and cost is reduced overall. If your main game supports AMD’s Mantle a complete AMD system which includes CPU, chipset and AMD GPU has been proven to run well and even beat Intel systems but for far less money. Keep in mind for CPU intensive software like 3d rendering, movie making, encoding etc Intel will outperform AMD in every aspect. Motherboard is the heart and soul of your machine and every item in your PC and accessories is connected to it. It dictates communication between all your components, tells your OS what components you have and basically configures your system (through EFI or BIOS). Picking the right motherboard is probably the hardest decision, or it should be, you will make. Every other component you chose must work with and is supported by your motherboard. Just because you pick up some DDR3 memory doesn’t mean it will work with a DDR3 supported motherboard, same goes for CPU sockets. Instead of reviews by review sites I generally stick with my preferred brand and check out user reviews. Keep in mind you will have many novice builders who post a bad review because they really have no idea how to properly build a complete system. Dead on Arrival (DOA) will happen no matter what brand so I disregard those reviews too.   Utilizing USB 3.0, ensuring enough PCI slots that support 2.0 and full x16 bandwidth is essential. Looking for EFI support for Windows based OS is also huge, but EFI doesn't play well with Linux. It works, but my experience has shown issues from time to time. Stay away from micro boards and open box sales if possible. Micro have the same amount of communication paths but on a very smaller board causing them to run very close together and will contaminate from time to time, your systems communication stream causing random errors and lock ups. Do you need all the features a board has to offer? If not look for a lesser version of the board. This reduces your chance of messing up a setting and paying for features you will never use. I personally stay away from “Gaming Boards” as the price is generally a lot higher and I will never use half the features. ASUS will have three to four versions of the same board ranging from the boards name to pro version. By looking at the specs and reviews most time I purchase the deluxe model (middle tier). But even though they are mainly the same board performance specs and reviews will show huge differences between them.   Graphic Cards is another area of confusion for some reason. Hopefully we can clear some of the fog on this real quick. Generally most games especially AAA titles get support from one of the two players (AMD or Nvidia) and of course that game will usually have better performance utilizing their hardware and drivers. SLI/Crossfire is another major issue I feel many don’t fully understand. Just throwing a couple of budget GPU’s into your system WILL NOT OUT PREFORM A SINGLE HIGHER END GPU. Just as I have stated all over the forums about overclocking a budget CPU, multiple GPUs are the same way. Don’t get me wrong, I run two 670 FTW’s right now, but the game or application must be supported by the driver to utilize the two GPU’s effectively otherwise your system defaults to only using one anyways. Plus add in lower space, less heat, lower power requirements and a lot less issues planning for a single GPU right away and not for two in the near future is best all around.   Memory and the amount you need should be evident from the list created. Generally 6GB is plenty still but the key is to run the memory as per the motherboard and CPU suggestion. Mostly they utilize dual channel so limiting your memory to just two sticks will increase performance and decreases random memory errors. Yes running all the memory slots full your OS or application can “lose” where it stored data on your RAM and cause that memory error. Always check with your motherboard’s supported memory before purchase. I always buy top quality memory sticks and from the supported list and have never had an issue with memory compatibility, timings and settings. Once I didn’t and ended up having to buy memory again that did support the motherboard a backwards two for one deal.   SSD or not? SSDs are amazing little hard drives that generally far exceed standard hard drives but at what cost? Many cloud based hosting such as Amazon and Azure don’t utilize SSDs yet do to size constraints but go through thousands of hard drives a year. The thing many don’t understand is most programs load what data and code they need quick access to is loaded into RAM when you start the program, thus the access to a hard drive is minimal after the program is loaded. Of course it depends on the program and how it is coded etc but this is true in gaming. So yes, you will load faster and be ready to play faster but you will still wait for other players. I have an SSD but install my games on a regular hard drive and I generally am in the top 5 in Battlefield ready to play in between rounds. Bottom line a SSD doesn't really give you an edge. They do give you reliability and virtually no slow down over time where you will get those issues with a standard hard drive which makes them ideal for your OS install and possibility programs that do utilize hard drive cache.

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