Build a PC: Recommended Builds (July 2014)

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bairrd

Clearly they do not build these pcs. The h100i water cooler does not fit in the Phantom 530 case. Yay returns, and screw you PC Mag!

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bairrd

The fans for the h100i do not fit in between the space for the radiator on the cooler and all the heatsinks on the motherboard

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beatyas

No mention of a discrete sound card?
Is onboard that good?
Creative or Asus, for example.

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Mekan

This may have changed, but the reason I changed from AMD and back to Nvidia was simply because AMD never made their drivers quite right. I had all types of problems from simple OS to intense games. Nvidia has always had solid drivers and responsive fixes when issues arose.

Has this changed today? A bit faster means nothing if the game won't run do to driver issues.

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Mangoman232

Well, I've been using AMD video cards for the last nine years, and they've been kicking ass all along. Right now I'm running an XFX Radeon 7950 with 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 memory I purchased Feb. of last year, and with every upgrade of driver, it stays just as solid as a damn rock. Never had a bit of wonkiness, or anything, and the games I play are gorgeous at maxxed out resolutions on my 27 inch monitor. So I can vouch for the solidity of their drivers personally. On my wife's 'puter, I put in an Nvidia vid card, and never had a problem with that, either (note I did NOT use the word ISSUE???). So, there ya go. Give AMD another try. I like 'em. You will too.

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aarcane

WTF is with the pure Radeon month? I've got nothing against AMD except that I like my graphics to actually look presentable, but seriously, did you have to contaminate the entire month's builds with their wretched taint?

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Jacob Stanbery

Though I wouldn't touch current AMD CPUs, when it comes to the performance you get for the price you pay, their GPUs are the smarter option.

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NASzi

I agree with this, that original comment seems a little Nvidia biased. Though I can't speak of actual performance because I've actually never owned an AMD card, i'm not opposed to it, they're just never fallen in my sweet spot when I was in the market for a card.

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Jacob Stanbery

EDIT: duplicate comment

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mynamewasstolen

X79 is so old. A 4790K build would clean the "Performance" build's clock, not to mention leaving enough extra money for other nice parts.

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NASzi

I'd have to disagree with this. X79 is still very relevant and though the builds have the lower to mid range X79 chips, they leave room for upgrading to a better chip such as the 4960X.

On the other hand, for the mid range build, I think they should have stuck with Z97 as the chips are more current and overclock well.