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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:41 am 
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Hello,

Been quite a while since I was here, long story but thought I would pop back, I recognise some names....

very much out of touch with new hardware so catching up quickly....basically I need to replace my very ageing system and looking for some advice and recommendations if you will please... :D

Currently have Asus P5ND board with core duo processor E8400 4 gigs ram :o (yes its lasted a long time) Geforce 750 GTX and Creative X-fi sound card and Logitech Z5300 speakers, keeping these they are great....(New screen bought now Asus VX279Q)I will keep my Windows 7 for time being

like my games and looking for good audio as well which is important....looking to upgrade in stages however so will keep current GF GTX 750 card and will reuse in new build and upgrade a little later

so looking for a good motherboard with high quality sound on board, solid state drive say 250 - 500 GB mid range cpu, 8 gigs memory, new PSU.....any help appreciated.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:07 pm 
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What way do you wish to go - Intel or AMD?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:11 am 
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Mr T wrote:
What way do you wish to go - Intel or AMD?


Hello Mr T good to hear from you,

My initial thoughts are I wish to go the Intel route....have been looking at Z97 Z170 boards

But a recommendation on AMD would also be beneficial....I like the Asus boards....

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:56 am 
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You cannot go wrong with any of the ASUS, Gigabyte or ASRock Z97 boards, just get one that fits your specs. Onboard sound is good these days and if you run the sound out through an HDMI cable to monitor and speakers, it sounds damn good to me... CPU wise look at i7 or i5 (minimum), again any are pretty good. I3 are good too, but a higher end i3 is blown away by a low end i5...

On the AMd front, if you use seperate graphics (as you are doing), go with the AM3+, look at the 8 cores and above. Board wise, cannot fault my M5A99 evo - expensive but reliable...

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While on-board sound systems are usually of high quality, it is the final delivery point.. the speakers.. that deliver the "good vibrations" we desire. A quality 5.1 or 7.1 speaker system should please 99.99% of users. Room acoustics are also critical with speaker setups.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:20 am 
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without knowing your budget, i'll link some amd stuff.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819113379
74 buck quad core with no graphics built in. 3.7 ghz.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813132056
I'm not much for asus, but they are the only guys with the fm2+ boards that have 2 3rd gen pci-e ports.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820226433
nice mushkin 2133.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817256102
you prolly can use your current psu if you're not changing vidcards, but here's a link to a new psu anyhow.

oh, and prolly want to get a cpu cooler. amd doesn't send anything good as a stock hs if you want to overclock.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835186092
this is adequate.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:21 am 
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Thanks Mr T, Karlsweldt, and bdub.....

I have the Z5300 Logitech speakers through XFi sound card and they sound great with bass altered sensibly!

Bdub, thanks for the AMD recommendations, I went with AMD for years and will look up the recommendations there...I have a 550 PSU at present so plan to keep until I upgrade the graphics card,
budget wise I am going mid range, always done that, but not 'cheaping' out as well....

Mr T will look up your AMD board....

So far I have in my sights on the Intel side Intel Core i5 4570 Haswell Processor Asus Intel Z97-P ATX Motherboard...will keep looking and researching, quite enjoying myself looking at the various options and review...

This will need to be a gaming rig, but on the moderate side....lol....I like my old games but like to wack in a new game form time to time...

Thanks for the help all, much appreciated...

more thoughts and recommendations welcome....

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VR headset?

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Not looking at VR headset as yet....Karlswelt....any good though ?

Ok I have my choices....

Intel
CPU i5 4670
Motherboard Asus Z97-P motherboard S 1150....

AMD route

Asus M5A99X EVO Rev 2.0 ATX Motherboard
AMD FX 8350 Processor - Black Edition

Looking for 8 gigs RAM, not sure which is best to use, also now looking for a 240 - 250 GB SSD drive....

What you reckon....I am leaning towards the AMD route at present.....?

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Not advertising or endorsing the product, but reportedly the Oculus Rift® is supposed to be one of the best.. with motion sensors and gyros to follow your moves and give a panoramic scene. Will be some time before I would want one.. other needs first.
As to any motherboard and CPU combo, first check the QVL (Qualified Vendor List) as to compatibility. Some motherboard models may not cover all CPU types. Going with 8 GB memory would mean a 64-bit OS type. Get a high-quality type of RAM, no scrimping here.

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