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  1. Congrats! The parts look great! If you post some high-quality pictures, we'll feature your build on our twitter page! Super stoked, have fun building :)
  2. Agreed, getting a good power supply will not only save you power in the long run, but also make your PC safer to operate. When you've purchased all these expensive parts, the last thing you want is a shoddy PSU burning everything up! ECC memory is not needed unless you're working with precision numbers. It will only pay off if you're working with chunks of numbers that are 20 plus decimal places in length. If you want silent, you can purchase a beefy air cooler (such as the Noctua NH-D15) and slap on a few silent fans (again, Noctua fans come to mind). It will keep your CPU frosty without adding additional case fans.
  3. Worry not! They're both harmless. Vulkan is a graphics API that was initiated by AMD and handed off to the Khronos Group. LunarG is a software company that makes tools to develop applications using the Vulkan graphics API. Chances are these are bundled with a game/application you have installed. Learn more about Vulkan and its advantages here.
  4. As sam said, a capture card can make your life a whole lot easier. in terms of graphics card, if you can grab a 970/980 for cheap or second hand, then go for it. Though they're last gen cards, they should suffice for your needs for a while. You can also opt for the GTX 1060 or RX 480 if you want current gen performance. Lots of motherboard and RAM manufacturers are adding RGB LEDs to their products. Hell, even SSDs are starting to get them. Simply do a google search for "RGB motherboards" to see a huge list of options available. I personally like the ones from Gigabyte, ASUS, and MSI. If you have any other questions regarding your build, don't hesitate to hit us up. That's what we're here for =)
  5. Download GPUz and check if it's detecting the GPU. If not, download the latest drivers and try again. What kind of performance are you getting in games?
  6. Elaborating on Sam's post. At $300, your PC won't be powerful enough to handle most triple-A titles adequately. The AMD A10-7860K APU is probably the best option when you're looking at integrated graphics options. You'll also be getting a fairly old platform with no support for NVMe SSDs and USB 3.1 Gen 2. Since you're looking to build your first PC, I recommend watching some youtube videos to familiarize with the different connectors on the power supply and where they plug into. The last thing you want is to plug the PCIe connector into your CPU power connector (unlikely, but I've seen crazier things done). Anyway, good luck and congratulations on taking the plunge!
  7. AMD's current platforms are all kinda old and lack features. With Ryzen on the horizon, I suggest you wait and see how it performs. The pricepoint will also be important ofcourse. But, if nothing else, at least you'll get a current-gen platform with good support for USB 3.0 3.1 and NVMe SSDs.
  8. Hey guys, Tom here with CustomPCReview here with an important message. Lately we've noticed an influx of spammers on the forums. We've rooted out a couple of them, but we'll need your help to keep the forums spam free. So please, when you spot a spammer, send us a message and we'll ban their butts back to Uranus. A big thank you to all of our members who contributed (or will contribute) to the integrity of our site. Have a wonderful holiday season. -Tom Li, Associate Editor at CustomPCReview
  9. Hey There's a couple of things to take into consideration when purchasing either. The 7970 at stock clocks beat out the GTX670 @ stock clocks by a couple of frames. But do keep in mind that the GTX670 is more power efficient and, since you are getting the one outfitted with the ASUS DCII cooler (which I adore, btw), it will also be quieter and have more overclocking potential. That said, if you are looking to get a STOCK 7970, it will be about $40 cheaper. So whether or not that GTX670 is worth the extra dough is up to you. My recommendation is the Gigabyte GTX670 Windforce OC Edition. It's only $360 bucks, is factory overclocked, and has a kick ass 3-fan heatsink. Just make sure your case has enough room to hold it.
  10. For the monitor, I recommend an ASUS PA238. 23 inch IPS monitor for around $300 from a brand name, you can't go wrong with it.
  11. If you are just looking to play the games you've listed, then this rig should do just fine. Nice budget build btw.
  12. if you are using any software that uses GPU acceleration, get the 7850 or the 7870. If not, skimp on the GPU a little bit and get a higher powered CPU. The i5 3570K is an excellent choice, but if you don't plan on overclocking, then you can opt for a non-K version. As for the motherboard, if you don't plan on going SLI or go crazy with overclocking any Z77 board will suffice. Also make sure that you get a good PSU, the Corsair HX 650 is a great choice.
  13. HDDs offer unparalleled capacity Razer keyboard because he likes it, everyone's different Feel free to post your dream build here on our forums! :)
  14. Hi Masael255, great post! Personally, I would prefer to stay in touch with reality. After having experienced this world for 20 years, I have made things far too precious and people far too important to throw away for a virtual simulation. Also, there are many things in life that are enjoyable and exciting, you just have to know where and how to look. I don't think true happiness can be obtained by sitting in that chair, for true happiness is something that can be shared.
  15. Yeah, definitely go with the 680 unless you can pick up a 7970 for a ridiculous discount price.