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#2359931 Need some help with my build ^-^

Posted Quaker on 03 October 2015 - 02:43 PM

There's nothing "wrong" with the build, but I have a few comments.

The WD "red" drives are designed for use in RAID arrays. They work in single drive configs, but they may be more expensive than "blues" and have no real advantage. You could even consider using a "green" - for lower power - if you only use the drive for data.

A 120Gig SSD is large enough for Windows plus a few games and apps, especially if you relocate libraries to the hard drive. But, to have more room for games and apps and not worry about moving libraries, I'd suggest going to a 240Gig SSD if budget allows. (You could go for a CX500M or some similar 500watt PSU, if budget is tight - 500watts is enough for a GTX-970.)

P.s. I've been considering upgrading to a GTX-970 myself. I'm using an HD7870 now, but I can't crank the graphics up quite as high as I'd like. :)

#2359937 Need some help with my build ^-^

Posted typographie on 03 October 2015 - 08:03 PM

View PostSam, on 03 October 2015 - 06:17 PM, said:

Also some say the CX600 isn't that great?

The Corsair CX, CS and VS series are strictly mediocre, and are often a bit overpriced for their quality. In particular the CX and VS series are only rated for peak operation at 30°C, which is cutting it a bit close for the inside of a PC.

I'm not sure what's available to you from the retailer you're using, but if you can find an EVGA SuperNOVA G2 or a Seasonic X-series, those are considered top-tier performers and are reasonably priced in most markets. Anything between 500 and 650 Watts is reasonable for this build.

Alternatively, you could link your retailer's website and we can see for ourselves what alternatives you've got.


If your last PC is only four years old, there's probably several things you could take from it. Hard disks, for example, have changed little in four years. It likely also used compatible memory.

#2359946 Need some help with my build ^-^

Posted typographie on 04 October 2015 - 04:03 AM

They're a bit more expensive and I'm not sure if that's okay, but that site offers the Cooler Master V550 and Seasonic G-series 550 W, either of which I'd recommend over a Corsair CX/CS/VS unit.

Some reviews of the Seasonic G-series:

Cooler Master V550:

#2359964 Need some help with my build ^-^

Posted cobalt on 04 October 2015 - 02:12 PM

You could drop the WD red (mainly used for raid storage) and get a WD black (little faster than blues, meant for games), but if your just using the HDD for storage on your computer i would go with a WD blue. It would save about 30 or more  and you could put that into getting a better psu, as other posts have said cooler master, seasonic and if you want to stick with corsair they have the RM series which is good.

#2359973 Need some help with my build ^-^

Posted Quaker on 04 October 2015 - 03:35 PM

When it comes to power supplies, you can get into a lot of discussions about very insignificant details. Without getting into a long posting, I'll just say that a good quality 80+ rated power supply is more than sufficient for the average user. You can get into long discussions of efficiency, stability, ripple, etc, but in the long run these things are of little importance compared to overall build quality and longevity.
It's like arguing about the relative cornering ability of a Toyota Corolla versus a Honda Civic when all you're going to do is drive back and forth to work each day on straight roads.

That being said, Seasonic makes very good power supplies. They are the OEM for many other brands - that is, many other "brands" are actually Seasonic (or some other OEM) inside. They also tend to be more expensive then the models they sell under other names. :huh:

Spending the extra money on a "gold" rated power supply, over a "bronze" rated unit is not really cost effective. The small amount of energy saved will never recoup the extra cost (within the normal life of the computer). Any added benefits to stability, ripple, etc, are really only important to overclockers and/or those who are driving their system to the max 24/7. Any 80+ rated power supply has ripple, stability, etc, well within the limits needed by a normal computer.

nVidia recommends a 500watt PSU for use with a GTX-970, and, although that tends to be over-cautious, I would recommend you stick to it and not get a 400-450 watt unit.

In the long run, any of the power supplies on that list from that website, except for the bottom end LC Power or Cooler Master B500, would do just fine. Some may be marginally better than others, but not in any serious way. The reason why I often recommend the Corsair CX series is that I've used a number of them in various builds for people and haven't had a problem yet.

#2359994 Need some help with my build ^-^

Posted typographie on 04 October 2015 - 11:44 PM

View PostSam, on 04 October 2015 - 04:05 PM, said:

For example would the Corsair CX500M 500W modular do much better then a Corsair CX500 500W?

Modular means that the cables can be removed, so you can use only the cables you need and not have to cram the rest into your case. It's mostly to make building easier, and possibly to end up with a cleaner-looking build, but in some situations it can improve airflow to have fewer cables in the case. It's up to you if you want that feature. The CX500 and CX500M are probably identical otherwise.

Looks like the Seasonic S12II is actually a fantastic unit. I wasn't sure, because I hadn't seen coverage of it before. Seasonic is generally one of the best, but it's a bit uncertain to judge quality based on brand name alone these days. It's not modular though, which is kind of a bummer.

#2322788 The new daily system.

Posted Senatic on 10 May 2014 - 09:36 AM

I have a huge ass problem with it. Before I'd get my daily done just by playing the game. I'd do some dungeons, do some gathering, maybe champ farm a bit and do a world boss and bam it'd be done, didn't need to think about it- just do what's fun.

Now I have to go out of my way to get it completed, I have to interupt my normal gameplay to actually get it done. Which is kind of counter to what they were trying to make the daily be isn't it? They wanted it to be "play whatever YOU like". And now I can't, gg.

#2026872 A Comprehensive Look at the Flamethrower (And Elixir Gun)

Posted Phineas Poe on 18 October 2012 - 05:43 AM

Just a formal notice: I'm no longer maintaining this build.

The flamethrower hasn't really been a viable option in PvE for quite a while now, and I was hoping the balance patch would have something in store for it. Unfortunately as things stand currently, I just can't in good conscience recommend running it over the bomb kit or grenade kit anymore.

Thank you to everyone who helped trying to make the best of it. I'll be focusing my efforts elsewhere.

If you'd like to see what I'm currently running, you can find it right here:

Hey all. This is Phineas Poe from Sanctum of Rall’s Ethereal Guardians [EG]. Though many of you are likely already familiar, the purpose behind this thread is to provide a comprehensive guide to using the Flamethrower and Elixir Gun in Guild Wars 2. If you have any additional questions about the FT/EG that is not addressed here, please do not hesitate to comment in this thread, send me a PM on Guru, or whisper/mail me directly at Phineas Poe.3018 in-game.





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#2313096 What GW2 does right

Posted Minion on 01 April 2014 - 12:18 PM

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I guess they do April Fools.... Nah. This isn't a valid April Fools.

#2286180 How seriously do you take GW2?

Posted Konzacelt on 27 January 2014 - 06:47 PM

I take it as seriously as Anet takes criticism.

#2251505 Guesting and overflows

Posted Minion on 28 October 2013 - 10:46 PM

I play on Desolation. I'm in Europe, but tend to be online for approx 16~ hours a day, so I see everything. When you play around the clock (not everyday, I'm not mad) you see how the community works as a whole, and, well, it just doesn't at the moment.

The problem is how overflows work. Since Tequatl, Desolation has made a name for itself as Europe's go-to server for Tequatl kills. Every day/night we have a full Sparkfly. Full of guests. Full of non-Desolationians. This is a serious problem, not just for those who *don't* guest and sit in empty servers trying to kill Tequatl on their native server, but an even bigger problem for the natives of Desolation thrown into the overflow turmoil.

I like guesting. Guesting is great, in fact. I can play open-world content with friends too stubborn to join my server full-time. It's not perfect, since I still can't communicate with US servers, but it serves it's purpose. However, the ease of guesting means a lack of server pride and loyalty. If another server makes a name for itself as the go-to server for zerg champ farming Frostgorge and Cursed Shore, then the people will flock there. Other servers become barren while this focused server stacks up on overflows, leaving the natives to scratch their heads.

What I'm proposing, to fix the issue of server loyalty, is to bump natives to the top of the overflow queue if they happen to be in one. If a native friend is already in the main instance, their other native friend can be taxied in. This is fair, and by no means difficult to implement.

Just to counter the inevitable:
1. This will not kill off champ farming or zergs; there will most likely be more servers able to champ farm on a slightly smaller scale.

2. It is not unreasonable to make a guest wait longer than a native. Consider it a quarantine period.


#2273528 Post a Picture of Your Warrior.

Posted Illein on 22 December 2013 - 02:29 PM

Not quite sure why people hate on ascended armour that much, I love it, personally!

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#2270030 Living World 2013: The Year in Review

Posted Echou on 11 December 2013 - 01:14 PM

Story arc...finale? Could it mean that Scarlet....dies?

#2232379 Post a Picture of Your Warrior.

Posted OhFrustration on 10 September 2013 - 06:58 PM

View PostTerru, on 21 April 2013 - 10:30 AM, said:

Haters gonna Hate.

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Oh look, it's the ridiculously photogenic Warrior.

#2197685 Screenshot Your Elementalist

Posted Groggie on 02 May 2013 - 12:35 PM

She looks like some kind of aquatic goddess indeed! The color combination is really nice. :D

Just got my Ele to 80 yesterday, this is her look so far. I still need to find fitting gloves and perhaps another headpiece.

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