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Entertainment & Technology / Re: New system time
« Last post by neXus on February 27, 2024, 06:01:11 AM »
I just say to go the better PSU now because when you do upgrade the Graphics card it is not another thing on top again and having do all the wires yet again.
If with the age of the current machine you may as well mark the PSU as a non skimp component and get one that is of the new standard and will last.
Sports, Hobbies & Motors / Re: Car Histories
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on February 26, 2024, 10:44:32 AM »
The Polestars look interesting, but I don't really know too much about them, might be another good option for me to consider though I'm only really interested in pre-2017 EVs to avoid the future VED change (c*nts)
Entertainment & Technology / Re: New system time
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on February 26, 2024, 10:40:08 AM »
You don't have to go with the new ATX 3.0 PSU standard and there are adapters for graphics cards, but it probably makes sense to at this point. 650/700W PSU will be fine if you're not getting a monster graphics card.

So if you're not looking at an ultra top-end build there is plenty of value to be had with an above midrange setup, £600-£1k depending on where you choose to save the pennies. Something like last gen 3070 or current gen 4060 (none of the blower cards).

I would go Intel personally, just because it works best with DDR5 setups, AMD setups with DDR5 are proving to be awkward.

Hardware prices (particularly for NAND chips) are going up rather than down, I would be looking to buy relatively soon before prices go to pot, maybe order the memory/M.2 NVMe now before prices go silly and pick up the rest later.

This is what I bought last year, probably would cost £6/700 now:

GameMax F15 case - very well reviewed and affordable case with excellent cooling
Asus Prime Z690-P DDR5/PCIe 5
Intel Core i5-13600K Raptor Lake
BeQuiet! Pure Rock 2 air cooler
32GB 6000Mhz DDR5 (2x16GB - dual channel is a must)
1TB PCI-E NVMe boot drive
nVidia RTX 3070 8GB graphics card

Since then I've upograded to 64GB DDR5 and swapped out the 650W PSU it came with for a 1kW Platinum+ I purchased ages ago on sale, there was nothing wrong the 650W really though. The i5 with all those cores feels face-melting compared to my 10 year old rig, can't see why you would need to spend more on a CPU unless going nuts for benchmarks and 4K ultra gaming.

Oh and if you really don't care about graphics performance drop in something a little older even, like a 1660 Ultra for £100, it will still play all your games
Entertainment & Technology / Re: New system time
« Last post by neXus on February 11, 2024, 23:27:22 PM »
All of that is pretty much in the bin if you want a new system.

- There are new requirement standards for PSU and the CPU / GPU hunger means you really need a minimum of 700W PSU but ideally just the 900/1kW ones are the most reliable!
- AMD just announced the Series 8g chip which looks impressive but a good 7 series there. (Ryzen 7 7800X3D) Intel wise most go for the Core-I9 1300k.
- Then of course, even if you go lower spec CPU it is all new motherboard, memory which is DDR5.
- Then graphics cards which are over priced giant bricks it depends on if you want Nvidia or AMD but 4 series Nvidia is a best so you could get a 3900 and still be laughing for most games.
You are probably going to need new cool and new case as well with all the changes.

So it will just be down to your budget.
Entertainment & Technology / New system time
« Last post by DEViANCE on February 11, 2024, 09:43:46 AM »
Hi all, its been a long time since I thought about this stuff, current system is mostly over 10 years old and I'm well out of the loop on PC stuff these days.

This is what I've got currently.

CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.40GHz Socket 1150 6MB Cache

RAM G.Skill 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 2400MHz TridentX Memory Kit

Mobo - Asus Z87-Pro Socket 1150 HDMI DVI DisplayPort Motherboard ATX Motherboard

GFX - Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB GDDR5 RAM PCI Expess 256 bit Graphics Card

PSU - Corsair VS550 550 W Active PFC 80 PLUS

I don't think much/any is going to be reusable, possibly the GFX as I don't play many high end games on the PC anymore. Don't know if that PSU is up to running a newer system?

I've always gone for the value/easy overclocking route rather than pure performance what is the best value CPU's these days?

Who's ahead in the intel vs amd battle at the moment?

Any tips/help/advice would be appreciated

Sports, Hobbies & Motors / Re: Car Histories
« Last post by knighty on February 07, 2024, 20:56:28 PM »
omg nige you'[re so old :-o

my little brother has a polstar2, he only took me for a quick spin in it, in the dark, and he drives like an old lady.... but seamed really nice and bloody quick, 0-60 in 4.1

he was considering a performance upgrade (optional extra)... but he borrowed my jag once and complained it was too fast 0-60 in 4.8sec so decided to stick with the normal performance of the AWD one, lol
General Discussion / Re: Merry
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on February 05, 2024, 11:01:12 AM »
Bit late but Happy New Year  ;D
Sports, Hobbies & Motors / Re: Car Histories
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on February 05, 2024, 10:56:31 AM »
So since the OP, I sold the Prius and leased a Nissan Leaf for a while (the refreshed 64kWh battery model). Can't really fault it. Lovely to drive and beat most things off the lights with its instant, linear acceleration.

Handed it back and I'm now driving a Mitsubishi Grandis Warrior (MPV) which so far has proven to be a luxurious heap of sh*t with neverending problems. The engine light constantly comes on for days at a time and the car alternates between driving fine, or getting no response or power when pressing the right pedal, almost like its 'jammed' somehow despite the pedal moving freely. The Mitsubishi garage have no clue what's wrong after many visits and lots of trial and error BS, so I'm resigning to living with the problem now as its a money pit.

Can't wait to sack off ICE cars and all their BS for good and I'll be going fully electric ASAP.
Entertainment & Technology / Re: Anyone into VR/AR?
« Last post by Binary Shadow on January 01, 2024, 23:52:14 PM »
Mostly for racing games with a wheel and pedals. Did some flying games and star wars squadrons with a HOTAS as well. Used to do some beat sabre and other games that were not seated but its not easy to find the time and/or space to do it.
Entertainment & Technology / Re: Anyone into VR/AR?
« Last post by knighty on December 28, 2023, 15:18:21 PM »
what do you use them for?

fancied one, my nephew and brother both have vr setups.... but seams like it's one of those things you mess about when you get and then never touch again?
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