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PC Building Guide and FAQ of The Flood v2.0 [ Corsair 300R $50 ]

[quote][/quote] [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=72304145]Original Thread[/url] [b]Current Sales:[/b] [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011]Corsair 300R[/url], $50 [url=http://www.frys.com/product/7253043]Corsair HX650[/url] $72 [quote][/quote][quote][/quote] [b]Table of Contents:[/b] 1) [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=76528341]Building a PC[/url] 2) [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=76528341&postRepeater1-p=1#76528353]Getting started with Windows; Software, Programs, Optimizations[/url] 3) [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=76528341&postRepeater1-p=1#76528358]Audio General; Speakers, Headphones, Souncards[/url] 4) [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=76528341&postRepeater1-p=1#76528366]Audio General; Continued[/url] 5) [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=76528341&postRepeater1-p=1#76528374]Useful Links and Builds of Other Members[/url] [quote][/quote][quote][/quote] [b]Building a PC:[/b] Taken from Cystic. If he would like, I'll type my own section. [quote]After you've gathered all your parts, I'm assuming you're going to wonder what to do with all these wires. It's a pretty simple process, Of course, and we start with the case and the psu, or if you want, the motherboard, as long as either of them are put in first, it doesn't matter. [b][u]1. Fitting the PSU[/u][/b] [i]If you want to fit the motherboard first, go to step 2 then back to step 1.[/i] Open your case up, and look for a corner that looks like it will fit a PSU in it. It should be pretty obvious, if it already isn't, there should be four or 6 mounting screw holes for the PSU, and possibly parts built into the case to keep it into place. Just slot your PSU into there and screw in the appropriate screws. [b][u]2. Motherboard [/u][/b] Your case should already have a couple of mounting screws on the side, and it's pretty straightforward to see where the motherboard belongs and how it fits in the system. The IO shield (there should be a rectangular shaped hole in the back of your PC) should pop right into the back of your case. An IO shield should look something like [url=http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/144/images/6ioshield.JPG]this[/url]. After popping in the IO shield, check your motherboard box for [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Toennchen_IMGP5029_wp.jpg]standoffs[/url] (they come in plastic too) and screw them into the case's motherboard mounting holes, then just place the motherboard over the standoffs with the inputs that align to the IO shield (as long as your IO shield isn't upside down), and then screw the motherboard into the standoffs with the provided screws. If a screw won't go in or slightly flexes the motherboard, it might be recommended to leave this screw out, just as long as your motherboard is secure and you're not having problems with fitting upgrades in the PCI slots (we'll come to those later) the motherboard won't mind having a few screws missing if it doesn't look like it's going to be moving or rattling inside the case. [b][u]3. The Processor[/u][/b] In your motherboard, there should be a socket that looks either like [url=http://www.hardcore-hardware.com/images/news/lga-2011-computex/ASUS%20DB%206%20-%20Socket%202.JPG]this[/url] (Newer Intel) or [url=http://techreport.com/r.x/socket-am3/socket-am3.jpg]this[/url] (Newer AMD), or something similar. It is very important that your socket number matches the motherboard's specifications, e.g LGA 1155 will only work with an LGA 1155 motherboard, even if an LGA 1136 looks like it's going to fit. For AMD, you'll find that they're more versatile in sockets, however, anyone can tell you that you should only vouch for AMD given that you are under a tight budget or are building a computer for relatively basic tasks. Anyway, you should see a latch on the side of the socket. Lift up the latch, (and if there's a pin protection plate, most likely on Intel motherboards remove it but do not damage it, you may need it later for RMAs.) and place the processor carefully onto the socket (try avoiding contact with the pins, there should be a small indicator such as a small triangle on the CPU and the motherboard showing which way the processor should be placed) then carefully slot the cpu into place, making sure it's in, and then you want to close the lid (for intel processors) and then press the latch down firmly and secure it. [b][u]4. The PCI expansions[/u][/b] On your motherboard, there should be a couple of PCI expansion slots, [url=http://www.naplestech.com/shopcart/images/pc_slots.gif]in their respective sizes.[/url] Now depending on the type of graphics card you buy, it should tell you which slot it goes in. Now, you start off by seeing which back plates the PCI slot is aligned to on the case, and you can begin by unscrewing the plate. You will want to do this with the case lying flat. In some cases for larger, or more powerful cards, they will use 2 of these back plates and you will need to unscrew more than one. Some PCI slots come with security latches that secure the card in place, and it should make a clicking sound when you plug the card into the slot. After the card is in place, you can use the screws you've taken out of the back panel to secure the card into the case, so that it stays there. This applies to other PCI slot accessories, e.g more USB slots, PCI wireless cards, capture cards, etc. [b][u]5. The Optical Drive/Blu-Ray Drive/SD Card reader etc.[/u][/b] Now these are very easy to install, inside the front half of your case, there should be a few slots for whichever peripherals you choose to install. Remove the front panel dust shield/filters (if you have any) for the slot you want your drive to take. Where the dust shield is removed, just slot in the drive and it should not stick out of the front panel, nor should it be pushed inward too much. After the necessary adjustments, you will see holes for screws in the side of the drive bays - you want to secure the drive in place firmly, but not too tightly, just until the screw's turning becomes slightly difficult to turn. [b][u]6. Hard Drive[/u][/b] You should see underneath where your disc drive is supposed to be {unless it's some sort of obscure case), there should be a mounting area for HDDs similar to the disc drive bays, now for some cases, you may get easy-install options, such as NZXT's clip-on and slide in. You can also purchase 2.5-3.5 inch conversion cases for your 2.5" HDD if you want to move over data from a laptop or an mATX desktop. Installation should be straight forward and very similar to the disc drives, you should have no problem installing it. Again, you only have to make sure it's secure, not tighten it to oblivion. [b][u]7. Wiring and Cable Management[/u][/b] ([i]Skip the first paragraph if you don't want to use cable management, it saves the hassle afterwards[/i]) If you have a modular PSU, only plug in the power cables you need, and for non-modular PSUs, just keep the spare wires away from the main airflow pats of the machine, you can use zip-ties and bunch them up behind the PC's back panel (if it has one) or just keep them away from the fans. First, place all of the components inside the case, including the PSU, but keep the cables outside the case. First, take the 24-pin motherboard power cable and put it through the opening closest to the PSU. Run this behind the motherboard and out the hole closest to the 24-pin motherboard connector. Do the same with the 8-pin CPU connector. This is the only cable which might not be long enough, in which case you will need one of [url=http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-8-Inch-8-Pin-Extension-EPS8EXT/dp/B000M802RG]these[/url]. Once those cables are in, you'll want to attach the SATA cables to the optical drive, HDD, and any SSD's you might have. You can either run these through the same hole as the 24-pin, or a closer hole. I generally like to use the same [url=http://www.proits-it.com/Support/skills/Photos/eSATA_TypA.jpg]SATA A[/url] cable for my HDD and optical. If needed, you can lower the position of the optical drive so that the cable will reach, or even raise your hard drives. Make sure that when you are routing these cables that they do NOT overlap on the other cables that you already have, otherwise you will not be able to easily put your side panel back on. Connect the front panel cords that are attached to your case to the bottom of the motherboard. I generally like to keep them low to the case so that they can go under the other cords and out the hole where the PSU is. You can also route them through the hole under where you inserted the 24-pin, provided you have a case with enough rubber grommets. Although I do not advise it, some builders cut off the AC97 cable that is attached to the HD Audio cable (HD > AC97) so that they have a more clean look. After this, all that's left are the GPU cables and molex cables for fans. These are pretty self-explanatory. Just remember to not overlap cords. If you don't have twist ties, you can go to your local grocery store and grab some of those green twist ties in the produce section. You also might have some that came with your PC components. I'll post my build with labels once my H100 comes back from Corsair.[/quote] [url=http://imgur.com/a/oqpHx]Infographics[/url] (NSFW on the mousepad image). [Edited on 01.06.2013 1:24 PM PST]
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  • Edited by Lord Commissar: 6/14/2013 8:23:15 AM
    I miss the PC building community that existed in these mega threads. To bad Bungie.next killed communities like this off. [u]For the newbies looking at this thread[/u] Make sure to switch it to oldest when reading it if you want to learn stuff. This is a thread from Bungie.old where everything was sorted chronologically and there was no popular sorting system. The OP is but one of what I believe to be a 5 part guide.
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  • h60 vs Xigmatek Dark knight EVERYONE MUST KNOW
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  • Then superbunnie comes out of nowhere with a 5 month necro!
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  • I mean, I don't know a whole lot about "gaming" headsets other than to stay away from them. But, if this is all you can afford, I guess go for it, personally, I'd recommend the AD700s with a Zalman clip on mic.
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  • Hey guys what do you think of this headset? [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826193037[/url] I'm not looking for amazing sound and mic quality just decent quality works for me. Also I'm on strict budget. I'm a full time college student and I don't have a job at the moment. EDIT: Or would I see any real performance increase with [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826289003]this[/url] [Edited on 01.08.2013 8:49 AM PST]
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    Oh, I didn't notice this A thread about stuff I love [Edited on 01.08.2013 8:29 AM PST]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] cheezytacos1 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ThirstyAvenge [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] cheezytacos1 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ThirstyAvenge You should get the latest BIOS that you can get off Gigabyte's website. Also, nForce chipset. NVIDIA quit the motherboard chipset business a while back. How old is your motherboard?[/quote] I'm not sure, but I'm looking at my box for the MOBO and it says the AM3+ CPU BIOS are installed and it's AM3+ CPU ready, so I'm assuming I'm good to go[/quote] Well, in order to install a newer CPU. It's wise to update the BIOS. AM3+ is the socket. Plus, the best CPU you can install on your motherboard is the FX 8140 and the minimum required BIOS version for that exact CPU is version FB. I'm sure you can check the BIOS version by going into the BIOS. If it's already FB, you are good to go.[/quote] I do have the FB version so I guess I'm good. But I'm wondering, why can I only get the 8140? IS that what you mean't the 8140? Because I'm googling it and I can't find a retailer, It's not even on the AMD website. Why couldn't I get an FX 8350 for my MOBO?[/quote] I checked the support CPU list for your motherboard, the 8350 isn't supported. The Bulldozer FX CPUs (FX 8130 for example) however, are supported.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] SuicidalSplatter [url=http://www.anandtech.com/show/6570/amds-annual-gpu-rebadge-radeon-hd-8000-series-for-oems]Rustle status: Maximum overrustle.[/url] What does this mean, that only AMD will be selling true 8000 series?[/quote] No surprise.
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  • If you're buying a prebuilt chances are you'll get the rebranded cards while if you buy a 8950 for example from Newegg, it's the new card. [Edited on 01.07.2013 9:59 PM PST]
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  • [url=http://www.anandtech.com/show/6570/amds-annual-gpu-rebadge-radeon-hd-8000-series-for-oems]Rustle status: Maximum overrustle.[/url] What does this mean, that only AMD will be selling true 8000 series? [Edited on 01.07.2013 9:54 PM PST]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ThirstyAvenge [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] cheezytacos1 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ThirstyAvenge You should get the latest BIOS that you can get off Gigabyte's website. Also, nForce chipset. NVIDIA quit the motherboard chipset business a while back. How old is your motherboard?[/quote] I'm not sure, but I'm looking at my box for the MOBO and it says the AM3+ CPU BIOS are installed and it's AM3+ CPU ready, so I'm assuming I'm good to go[/quote] Well, in order to install a newer CPU. It's wise to update the BIOS. AM3+ is the socket. Plus, the best CPU you can install on your motherboard is the FX 8140 and the minimum required BIOS version for that exact CPU is version FB. I'm sure you can check the BIOS version by going into the BIOS. If it's already FB, you are good to go.[/quote] I do have the FB version so I guess I'm good. But I'm wondering, why can I only get the 8140? IS that what you mean't the 8140? Because I'm googling it and I can't find a retailer, It's not even on the AMD website. Why couldn't I get an FX 8350 for my MOBO?
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  • [url=http://xi3.com/xi3_story.php]"THE X7A MODULAR COMPUTER Power-Friendly Performance Power-users and gamers: start your engines! The X7A Modular Computer is like a high-performance race car housed within extremely compact chassis. Powered by a Quad-Core processor running at up to 3.2GHz, integrated with up to 384 graphics shader cores, and 4GB or 8GB of DDR3 RAM, [u]the X7A handles graphics-rich games like Crysis 2 with ease.[/u] The X7A runs 3 high-definition monitors simultaneously, has four USB 3.0/2.0 ports, four eSATAp ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, and up to 1TB of super fast solid-state storage inside the chassis. At a price point starting under $1,000 and operating a very power-friendly 40 watts, the X7A Modular Computer gives you a whole lotta bang for your buck."[/url] Yes, I know this isn't the Steambox, but I'd just like to point this out; This is their $1000 model, which isn't available for purchase on their website yet. Granted, there are no benchmarks and they'll say anything to sell their system, but I highly doubt this could beat an equivalent computer of $1000, so don't hold your breath about this thing. For all we know, "ease" could mean 720p at 30 fps on medium. [Edited on 01.07.2013 7:04 PM PST]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CostlyAxis [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] SuicidalSplatter Streaming?[/quote] Then it doesn't make it too much more different than OnLive. It already has the air of Ouya around it. The only thing really going for it is that it will (presumably?) support Steam natively.[/quote] Obviously. I feel like it'll basically just run Steam as the "dashboard" and it'll be a Steam store like what we have on the PC, but more optimized for however they do it.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] SuicidalSplatter Streaming?[/quote] Then it doesn't make it too much more different than OnLive. It already has the air of Ouya around it. The only thing really going for it is that it will (presumably?) support Steam natively.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] PMC Fluffy [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ABotelho [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] TopWargamer [url=http://kotaku.com/5973986/here-we-go-valve+supported-computer-hardware-will-be-shown-off-tonight?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow]"Here We Go: Valve-Backed PC Hardware Will Be Shown Off This Week"[/url][/quote] What the hell? How will something so small run anything decently?[/quote]They can eliminate the PSU by feeding power directly to the components. It also appears to use an AMD Athlon CPU, which consumes very little power. We already have mini-itx mobos, so this isn't completely implausible. The only confusing part is how they compensate for the GPU.[/quote] Streaming?
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ABotelho [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] TopWargamer [url=http://kotaku.com/5973986/here-we-go-valve+supported-computer-hardware-will-be-shown-off-tonight?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow]"Here We Go: Valve-Backed PC Hardware Will Be Shown Off This Week"[/url][/quote] What the hell? How will something so small run anything decently?[/quote]They can eliminate the PSU by feeding power directly to the components. It also appears to use an AMD Athlon CPU, which consumes very little power. We already have mini-itx mobos, so this isn't completely implausible. The only confusing part is how they compensate for the GPU.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] TopWargamer [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ABotelho [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] TopWargamer [url=http://kotaku.com/5973986/here-we-go-valve+supported-computer-hardware-will-be-shown-off-tonight?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow]"Here We Go: Valve-Backed PC Hardware Will Be Shown Off This Week"[/url][/quote] What the hell? How will something so small run anything decently?[/quote] Look at the OUYA. That thing is small but packs a mighty punch for only $100. This thing is a bit bigger than the OUYA so Valve can put more powerful stuff inside of it. I have faith in Valve. They'll pull it off. [/quote] It would have to be low-tier. The Ouya is nice and all, but it runs Android.
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  • I'm looking for help on getting my Minecraft server up and running. The only thing that I need help with is portforwarding on an old Belkin router which only seems to give me options for private IP address,
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ABotelho [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] TopWargamer [url=http://kotaku.com/5973986/here-we-go-valve+supported-computer-hardware-will-be-shown-off-tonight?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow]"Here We Go: Valve-Backed PC Hardware Will Be Shown Off This Week"[/url][/quote] What the hell? How will something so small run anything decently?[/quote] Look at the OUYA. That thing is small but packs a mighty punch for only $100. This thing is a bit bigger than the OUYA so Valve can put more powerful stuff inside of it. I have faith in Valve. They'll pull it off.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] TopWargamer [url=http://kotaku.com/5973986/here-we-go-valve+supported-computer-hardware-will-be-shown-off-tonight?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow]"Here We Go: Valve-Backed PC Hardware Will Be Shown Off This Week"[/url][/quote] What the hell? How will something so small run anything decently?
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  • [url=http://kotaku.com/5973986/here-we-go-valve+supported-computer-hardware-will-be-shown-off-tonight?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow]"Here We Go: Valve-Backed PC Hardware Will Be Shown Off This Week"[/url]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ThirstyAvenge [url=http://i.imgur.com/LSwPF.jpg]Also, good mouse guide.[/url][/quote]The G500 is not as good as the G400, and the Deathadder is better than the Sensei, but overall it's a good guide.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] ThirstyAvenge Download the 12.11 drivers and only install them after you have the graphics card installed. Also, how the heck did you play ArMA with the HD 4000??[/quote] I can play Arma 2 at 25FPS (still easily playable) at lowest settings on the Intel HD 2500.
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  • Lowest possible settings on some resolution below 1920x1080 lol! With 30FPS! Arma is not incredibly demanding at lowest settings. [Edited on 01.07.2013 4:00 PM PST]
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  • Download the 12.11 drivers and only install them after you have the graphics card installed. Also, how the heck did you play ArMA with the HD 4000??
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  • So, my GPU is set to come tomorrow! :D The ridiculous Asus 7970 Matrix triple slot monster, any precaution I should take? Should I download the drivers before I install it or after?
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