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Offline Tzetsin

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Hardware recommendation
« on: March 20, 2016, 03:40:51 AM »
Hi guys, long time no see eh?  :D

I've got an issue with a computer that I need to solve about... 6 months ago.  My poor nephew has been waiting for me to fix his computer foreeeever.

The problem i have with it is that its an older LGA 1366 MOBO with an i7-930 in it on water.   The two nvidia 480s are on water, and the cpu is on water.  I replaced the one GPU and somehow fried the MOBO, it has burn marks on the 8 pin cpu power connector, and the plug from the psu has melted and warped.

The computer worked before I swapped in the new GPU so I must have fucked it up somehow.  I did loose a little non conductive fluid on the mobo when i was taking the gpu out, but it was clean and dry before I put the psu back in.... cause  aside, I need to get this damn thing running.   

The computer powers up but wont post, nothing on screen at all.  The mobo is most certainly fooked.  God knows what else. I wanted to start with just replacing the mobo because i want to keep the CPU waterblock,  I can't find a 1366 mobo anywhere "easy" and I really don't have the time to screw around with this thing.... water cooled computers are cool, but a pain in the fkn ass to work with. 

We've decided to just replace the mobo and proc with something a little more up to date and just remove the cpu from the loop.  I'd like to not buy any ram just yet, in case the current ram is still good (enough power shorting to melt the post of a psu cable.... god only knows what was killed in the process)

So I need some quick advice on what a good bang for your buck mobo and proc is these days that supports DDR3 triple channel 1600mhz.  Honestly though, if the value is there we can just replace it as well.

I realize the 480s are getting long in the tooth, but he doesnt play many triple A titles and he is a big fan of the "cool" factor of the water cooling, so the 480s stay.

The only real requirement that i "must" have with the mobo is that its ATX and supports SLI.

Thanks for any feedback guys.  This is time sensitive too, I want to order it today (sunday) because I'm going to be out of town after today for about a month.  (his old man can help him put it together if i have the parts ready for them)

I'm heading out of town because my girlfriend is preggo and due on April 5.  She lives 600km away, so I want to make damn sure I'm there when the time comes!  Then she's moving to my home town with me.   Terrible time to move, but life is complicated that way sometimes hehe.

Thanks again guys :)

-Tz


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Re: Hardware recommendation
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2016, 09:26:35 AM »
Where are you planning on buying from, seeing as its such a rush?
« Last Edit: March 20, 2016, 05:11:43 PM by LPfan4ever »

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Re: Hardware recommendation
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Re: Hardware recommendation
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2016, 11:52:51 AM »
You have a few options with your rig if you go to 1151 you will have to upgrade to ddr4 though the price of ddr4 has dropped it's still a good chunk of money

If your going to oc a i7 6700k is your best very high end option but even a good i5 6500 non oc is great to save you a lot of cash
6700k around $525 no hsf included
6500 around $290 and includes a cpu fan and heatsink
You can get 8gb ddr4 really cheap now for about  $50 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX58568
Then when it comes to boards you have many options if your going with a k series try to get a z170 such as http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX58643 which comes in around $180

If you want to stick with ddr3 I'll send another few 1150 options when I get home later
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Re: Hardware recommendation
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2016, 05:16:17 PM »
Where are you planning on buying from, seeing as its such a rush?

Just online, probably ncix unless I find what i'm looking for somewhere else a lot cheaper.

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Re: Hardware recommendation
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2016, 05:20:27 PM »
Just online, probably ncix unless I find what i'm looking for somewhere else a lot cheaper.

This is a great option as well http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/BDL_MM00000677

if you are sticking with the ddr3 path you could go with a nice Z97 board like this http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX52126
and a good CPU such as http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX52609 for OCing
or http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX52072 for a much lower cost non oc chip

hope that helps a bit
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Re: Hardware recommendation
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2016, 05:21:07 PM »
You have a few options with your rig if you go to 1151 you will have to upgrade to ddr4 though the price of ddr4 has dropped it's still a good chunk of money

If your going to oc a i7 6700k is your best very high end option but even a good i5 6500 non oc is great to save you a lot of cash
6700k around $525 no hsf included
6500 around $290 and includes a cpu fan and heatsink
You can get 8gb ddr4 really cheap now for about  $50 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX58568
Then when it comes to boards you have many options if your going with a k series try to get a z170 such as http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX58643 which comes in around $180

If you want to stick with ddr3 I'll send another few 1150 options when I get home later
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cpu just needs to be adequate to run games.  even mid range cpus these days run any game pretty good, so i don't think there is any need for high end or unlocked chips, especially considering the age of the 480s.

Is there any real value going with DDR4?  I have to be honest, my rig (you know the one) has zero problem doing anything, so I hesitate to arbritrarily go with ddr4.  Do you think a DDR4 mobo/cpu/ram combo will make a marked difference vs a DDR3 combo?

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Re: Hardware recommendation
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2016, 08:17:07 PM »
Nope. If budget is a concern a haswell i3 and cheapish motherboard will fit the bill, or any used i5 2400 or better will be fine. The biggest limiting factor for you is going to be sli, since not many lower end boards support it.
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Re: Hardware recommendation
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2016, 08:26:27 PM »
Bond is right, there is always the option of something like this
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX52126 $159
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX53625 $169
Total $328
Throw your ram in it and your off to the races
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