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In 2005, Intel was running into severe heat problems with the NetBurst-architecture CPUs. A gaming system would likely be AMD-based, running a high-end Venice-series Athlon 64. For homebuilt systems, a popular option was an Opteron 144 overclocked to almost twice the stock speed. Incompatibility with a dual-core CPU would be quite believable, since the ...


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It's a bit expensive (listed at $250 on Newegg and $290 on Amazon), but I recommend the Fatal1ty X99M Killer from ASRock. This particular board was reviewed by Tom's Hardware in December 2014. It received "Tom’s Hardware Approved Award" It has the following specs: 4x288 pin slots for DDR4 memory modules. Supports up to 64GB of RAM. 2 x PCI Express 3.0 ...


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In 2005, the most powerful single-core CPUs on the market (and the wet dream of every gamer) was AMD FX-55 and later FX-57. For such a machine, 2 GB of RAM would not be unheard of, even in 2005. If you want something with more bang per buck that an ordinary gamer would be likely to have, an Opteron 144 mentioned in the other post would be a good choice (...


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There are many many more options if you build your own system, and you can then be more flexible in terms of the components and the machine that you end up with. For example: are you looking to max out the graphics card? do you want to be able to upgrade said card relatively easily in a year? The other piece of advice is to not get too hung up on ...


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For under $800 you can get some pretty insane video cards. Ever since the Nvidia GTX 900 series came out, manufacturers have been cramming as much as they can into every product (and that's a good thing). EVGA GTX 980 Ti FTW (~$680) Maxwell GPU architecture Supports 4 monitors (max digital resolution: 4096x2160) 6GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 16x Clocks & ...


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I'm surprised no one has thought to suggest a Skylake based platform. Unfortunately, the CPUs only have 20 lanes of PCI-E, so the second x16 has to come off the PCH, or divide bandwidth in half (PCI-E x8). Not really much of a problem if it's used for GPUs though. My recommendation is the Gigabyte Z170 Gaming 5. 4 DDR4 DIMM slots, 6 SATA III (6 Gb/s), 3 ...


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If you are planning to use it mainly for FPS gaming, and you are competitive in it, you are going to want to have a monitor that is 60hz - 144hz with a low response time <5ms. The 60hz - 144hz is your refresh rate and it won't matter what graphics card you have if you have a monitor that is only running at 30hz. If you're not on the competitive side ...


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Your computer's RAM cannot be significantly upgraded. Crucial's memory finder reports, and HP's support page agrees that your computer is limited to 4 GB of RAM. Further, you appear to be running a 32-bit version of Windows, which for technical reasons is limited to about 3.25 GB of RAM. If you really want to do this, I recommend figuring out which of the ...


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I would say you would be better off building a new computer. Here are the reasons: Your CPU is probably only good for one more upgrade then it can't go any further. With a new build, you could choose a socket that you could upgrade possibly 2 or 3 more times, depending on how often and what performance you desired As you mentioned, your computer uses DDR2 ...


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I would recommend something in the GTX 900 series, or the R9 200 or 300 series. If you want the most power possible, the R9 390 and the GTX 970 are both incredibly powerful cards, and just about equal in terms of performance. The only downside is they are just above your price range. (a quick search on google shopping shows most of them to be around 300-...


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I always initially recommend ASUS motherboards because of their build quality and great support among other things. The ASUS Q87M-E/CSM ($130) works with i7/i5 CPUs, 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports, micro ATX form factor, and built in features such as ASUS GPU Boost and BIOS EZ mode for easier overclocking. The ASUS A88X-PRO ($120) works with AMD Athlon/A- Series CPUs, ...


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I decided on the Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse (~$80 USD) as the replacement. This mouse supports Logitech's Gaming Software. I plugged it into my computer and it recognized the mouse without having to install any drivers, and I still had all my profiles from my old mouse. The mouse can have 5 DPI settings per mode and there are 3 modes per profile. The DPI ...


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To put it simply, the newer chipset you'll get with the GTX 960 won't really matter at all in comparison to the severe bottlenecking you'll experience with its memory bus size. Explanation On the video card itself, the memory bus connects the GPU to the VRAM. Think of it as a pipeline carrying water between two points. If you have a lot of VRAM (the water) ...


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A GTX 750 or a GTX 750 Ti would suit your needs. Buying a GPU better then the GTX 750 Ti would make your CPU a bottleneck and anything lower than a GTX 750 wouldn't satisfy your needs. Try to get a GTX 750 Ti if it's within your budget (it should be), if not, get a GTX 750. The GTX 750 ti would be good enough to run modern games at low settings and less ...


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So after the extended research I found the following evidence: 10 minutes of constant load test by Toms Hardware : Asus Strix GeForce GTX 960: 35 dB EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC: 35 dB ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 960: 36.5 dB MSI Gaming 2G GeForce GTX 960: 34 dB And the rest of makes in yet another Toms Hardware test: Asus GTX 960 StriX OC: 35.8 dB Gainward GTX ...


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My suggestion is the Corsair VOID headset. Pros The earcups are a departure from the ubiquitous circular/oval shapes - see the images in the link above. I find it to be an almost perfect fit around the ear without extra space. It's approx 70mm along the longer diagonal. They are circumaural (over-ear/closed cups). It is very well padded along the headband ...


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A Team Fortress 2 server uses about 500MB of ram for a 24 person server, with SourceMod and a few basic plugins running. The storage space you have is more than sufficient for 3 servers, as long as you aren't loading a ton of giant, uncompressed maps. The 8000GB of bandwidth will be fine for 3 servers. (I've run 14 servers on a 10000GB line, with a fast ...


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The i3-2120 is likely to be a bottleneck to the system if you were to only upgrade your graphics card to a GTX 970. The i3-2120 is only a dual-core CPU (with 4 threads), while the i5-3470 is quad-core; many modern games benefit from multiple CPU cores (and some even require a four-core CPU, such as Fallout 4). The i5-3470 is much more efficient and newer ...


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I have looked for other HDD that fit your requirements, and the one you linked to in your comments is the best that I have found. Its capacity is 2TB, it is a standard size, so it will fit inside your PS4, and everywhere I have looked, people have stated that it is a reliable drive. The downside to this drive is its speed. White it uses the SATA 6.0 Gbps ...


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Whenever I hear "heatsink" I immediately think of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (~$30). I, along with tons of other people, will instantly recommend this over anything else. It's actually gained sort of a cult following for how great it is. Fits LGA 2011 sockets and many others 2x120mm fans (600-2000 RPM) 9-36dB — 9dB on the lowest setting is ...


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I would say if you have that much budget, go for it! The GTX Titan X ($1,000), is probably not what you want, probably a better alternative is 2-way SLI GTX 980 Ti (~$1300). If you have issues with SLI (I doubt you will with only 2 way), you can always just use one of them when playing games. Using the SLI with Blender and probably those other render ...


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I'm currently doing 4k gaming - a 980TI is probably the most sensible option - its 90% of the performance of this generation's titan at 75% of the cost stock but I'd wait for the next generation if possible. On one hand they promise massive improvements. On the other hand, last gen hardware is cheaper. What do I base this on? I'm running a ivy bridge core ...


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Have you considered Vizio TV's? I am not sure if they are available in your country but they would fulfill all your requirements and you might even come in under your budget! You could most definitely get a 50" FHD (or 1080p) Vizio television for ~$800, but you may also be able to get an M-Series Vizio, this being their 4K model, for around $800. Vizio ...


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Not so easy to find Gaming headset with 600ohm. I know the Sennheiser HMD 26-II-600-X3K1 but it's out of your range. 600ohm is better but it doesn't mean that you cannot use lower impedence headset (http://www.cnet.com/news/headphone-buyers-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-low-vs-high-impedance-models/) Considering this, going for the HyperX Cloud ...


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You can't yet. There's high frequency monitors but they seem to top out at 1440p in most cases. Some of them may have gsync. All existing 4k monitors top out at 60hz as far as I know since the 'common' flavours of HDMI (2.0 for TV oriented gear and high end video cards) and DP 1.2) don't have the bandwidth for 4k/UHD and 120hz at the same time. You'd need ...


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The GTX 980 Ti as the other answer mentioned would well meet your needs. It's super powerful, probably the most powerful video card on the market for < $1000 and is competing with the GTX Titan X. Link And I know it is a common misconception that gaming cards (such as the GTX series) are bad for rendering, but that is simply not true. The workstation ...


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Note/Update: thanks to comments I now realize that I missed the 16:9 requirement - the below basically applies to a 16:10 monitor. If that is not an issue for you (I have used both and do not really notice a difference), then read on.... When time came to replace my venerable Iiyama E511S in 2013 (after ~9 years of service) I did a lot of research - I ...


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I personally have the BenQ GL2440 since december 2010 and a GL2450 since august 2014. They are really good monitors, with a good price-performance ratio. I really like them, because they are not too expensive and show the collors pretty good. Now BenQ has a newer version, the GL2460 which costs only 160€ currently on amazon Germany. Thus I would recomend ...


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It's expensive, at $300, but I recommend the Astro A50. The manual for this headset is online, for you to browse prior to purchase. It includes set up instructions The headset has 7.1 surround sound and works on both my Xbox One and PS4. The Astro page says it also works on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. I haven't tried it on any of those systems. The battery ...


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When it comes to gaming CPU recommendations, take a look at Tom's Hardware's Best CPUs for the Money which provides well-founded recommendations for all price ranges. In your case, the Core i5-6500 is a good bet if you aren't interested in overclocking, or the Core i5-6600K if you are. They're both based on Skylake, the latest architecture from Intel, and ...


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