how do you guys keep up on what's hot in hardware?

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  1. TigreTek

    TigreTek omega member OT Supporter

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    haven't built a pc in years and just sat staring at newegg for the last half hour. :wtc:
     
  2. Doomsday

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    research

    online forums, magazines, tech news/reviews, etc.
     
  3. TigreTek

    TigreTek omega member OT Supporter

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    well.. yeah.


    links?
     
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    you can use their forum too to get some questions answered
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Just give us a budget, and the recommendations will flow.
     
  8. TigreTek

    TigreTek omega member OT Supporter

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    i won't learn anything that way.
     
  9. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well as a general rundown, you have:

    Pci express. There's a newer version on the horizon although the current version is nowhere near tapped out by any hardware.

    DDR2. DDR3 is just starting to come out now, but it is not as fast, and insanely expensive.
    Stick to DDR2.

    Video cards. The 8800 series from nVidia owns it right now, although they have the next lineup coming out this fall, I believe. All 8800 cards are directx 10 compliant, which is the new direct x just recently released. ATI has DX10 with their 2000 series cards.
    But their drivers are not known to be so hot, the higher end cards are crazy loud, and not as fast as the nVidia cards.

    CPU's. Intel is THE way to go right now. And the Q6600 quad cores are very affordable, and the way to go with any build in the 1k range.

    Motherboards. Favorites vary from poster to poster.
    Obviously, Intel is king with their own CPU's.
    If you care to overclock, Gigabyte, Abit, Asus, the usual suspects, really...
    I find that the Gigabyte boards work very well with the Intel CPU's as a whole. They have more boards available for the newest chipsets from Intel than Intel has.
    There's a whole alphabet soup list of boards with the new Intel chipset.
    P35 - P33 - P31 - G33 - Q35 - G31

    features don't really vary that much from each one.
    Some have onboard video.
    Some are aimed for media center pc's.

    With some of the manufacturers, firewire comes in at the mid to high end line.

    With Intel, firewire is thrown in at the entry level.

    If you don't plan on overclocking, then you can't beat the Intel boards.

    Cases. Way too many to recommend. The only must that I insist on is that the case have a 120mm fan directly in front of the hard drives as well as a 120mm fan in the rear of the case.

    Optica drives. Quality burners are now $30-$35 shipped.

    Memory. The price of DDR2 memory has tanked, probably in anticipation of the vendors selling a ton of expensive DDR3 memory.

    Power supplies. Johnny Guru is THE best site for advice on psu's.
    Mainly because no other reviewer tests psu's as thouroughly as he does.
    The definitive page for psu's from $70 - $150
    http://www.jonnyguru.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1460

    Hard drives. Seagate is still the best. 5 year warranty backs that up.
    It's very poplular though, to use the 74gb Western Digital 10,000 RPM SATA drive. Next best thing to a server grade scsi drive that you can get. VERY fast. Also carries a 5 year warranty.
    Back that up with a 750gb Seagate ftmfw.
     
  10. P07r0457

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    I love it when people mention THG. I use it as my baseline tool to determine a persons experience and knowledge level. If they ever mention THG in a positive light, I know that I can safely ignore everything they ever say, and ridicule them for giving the shittest advice ever. Anyone that trusts THG is a fucking tool.
     
  11. fixthe fernback

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    I have seen one, maybe two posts from you in here that haven't been ridiculously negative/trolling/unhelpful.
     
  12. deusexaethera

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    I recommend something I saw on Newegg, and then Jolly calls me an idiot and recommends something five minutes newer. It gets the job done.
     
  13. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    He hasn't been the same since he went potroast on us.
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    He'll always be Jolly to me, no matter how much pot roast he eats.
     
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    I haven't had potroast in years. I don't care for the taste.
     
  16. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Sure, that's what you tell everyone in the forums.

    But you probably have a big fat potroast in the fridge as we speak.

    Admit it!
     
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    http://www.techreport.com

    their forum is relatively small but the members are very knowledgeable and the hardware reviews are good
     
  18. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    That and x-bit labs are my favorite two sites.

    They have some high quality reviews in those two sites.

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/
     
  19. TigreTek

    TigreTek omega member OT Supporter

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    wait so P07r0457 = jolly ogre? :rofl:
     
  20. P07r0457

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    welcome to last month.
     
  21. Clarity

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    He's still as cynical and useless as ever!
     
  22. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Ya, it's like some early change of life thing going on.

    He's probably wondering what color to dye his hair.

    :mamoru:
     
  23. P07r0457

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    no, black and grey is fine.
     

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