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  1. #31


    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Maybe this will help you decide;
    GeForce GTX 670 vs GeForce GTX 660

    I still like saving $100 on the card. Either way in 2-3 years time, both cards would be old and outdated. Have you looked at the 660TI's
    Thanks for the good link pparks1. another page I emailed myself besides adding to favorites.

    It made the GTX 670 decision easier. Went right along with 3 things my Dad always said
    1. If there is time to do it over, there is time to do it right the first time.
    2. You get what you paid for.
    3. If you bought the good one to begin with, you would not have regrets now.
    Well, in response to those 3 bullet points, when it comes to computer, you can always jump into the deep end and buy absurdly expensive CPU's. But if you forgo a $300 CPU, for a $1,000 CPU, in 3 years time, you will likely find out that both are outdated and outpaced by a $200 current generation processor. So, I don't always agree with the concept that if something is better you should buy it now.

    In the case of these video cards, neither is absurdly expensive and going the 670 route might be the best choice. We are only talking about a $100 difference.

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  2. #32


    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    If you bought the good one to begin with, you would not have regrets now.
    You have to keep it real, though. I doubt that you want to spring for a water cooled GTX Titan.
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  3. #33


    Before all else; THANK YOU EVERYONE who responded in this thread. It has been real educational. Especially about understanding the video card numbers, somewhat.

    Ten years ago I was getting into photo editing and animations using unfreez. Then PSP 7. Got a Wacom, got ill and medication side effects consist of tremors and blurred vision. Before that I wanted a good AGP but met a lot of resistance from someone.

    If my grandson decides to try photo or video editing; I would rather he have the upper edge of good graphics to start because I know that nobody else will understand if I'm not still around. That's the reason I'm insisting on the GTX 670. Even though it's outdated, not as much as the 660.

    For now, he wants a good machine to beat his dad playing WoW.

    Once again everybody THANK YOU
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  4. #34


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    best wishes on the machine, but especially best wishes for your health.
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  5. #35


    thanks dirtyvu. I can hardly wait for the parts to get here. Didn't get to bank today. Maybe it's an omen and a good sale at TD or Newegg will happen by Monday.


    Is there any reason (like extra connectors because of EUFI or other) to get a new tower instead of using a gutted tower?
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  6. #36


    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    thanks dirtyvu. I can hardly wait for the parts to get here. Didn't get to bank today. Maybe it's an omen and a good sale at TD or Newegg will happen by Monday.


    Is there any reason (like extra connectors because of EUFI or other) to get a new tower instead of using a gutted tower?
    Mostly no.

    UEFI has nothing to do with the case.

    Newer cases can have up-to-date features like front USB 3 connectors, but an old case should be OK as long as it's compatible with a standard motherboard.

    That's assuming the old case isn't from an appliance PC. Dell, for example, may still be using nonstandard front panel connectors. It should be possible to overcome that, but I'd rather not mess with it myself. The Dell cases that I recall from the late 90's were more nonstandard than that: in particular, funny PSU wiring.
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  7. #37


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    thanks dirtyvu. I can hardly wait for the parts to get here. Didn't get to bank today. Maybe it's an omen and a good sale at TD or Newegg will happen by Monday.


    Is there any reason (like extra connectors because of EUFI or other) to get a new tower instead of using a gutted tower?
    Mostly no.

    UEFI has nothing to do with the case.

    Newer cases can have up-to-date features like front USB 3 connectors, but an old case should be OK as long as it's compatible with a standard motherboard.

    That's assuming the old case isn't from an appliance PC. Dell, for example, may still be using nonstandard front panel connectors. It should be possible to overcome that, but I'd rather not mess with it myself. The Dell cases that I recall from the late 90's were more nonstandard than that: in particular, funny PSU wiring.
    This is true, late '90s early 2000s Dell cases were ONLY built for Dell parts. If you wanted a new motherboard in one of those cases, you would have to mod it some.
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  8. #38


    Finally; we got all the parts, sort of.
    When it starts, there are no beeps.
    My brother pitched in 2 packs of Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGV38G1333ELK but it will not do more than a test and shut down.

    Pulled those 4 sticks and tried 1 stick of Ballistix 8GB Sport DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 . At first it lasted longer but still shut down.
    The monitor led changes color orange-to-blue and then back to orange without even saying 'No Signal' , Del for BIOS etc.

    Mobo= ASUS P8 Z77-V LK Manual located here
    550W PS
    i7 3770K

    Any ideas ??
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  9. #39


    I tried the single 8GB stick in Dimm 1 & 2.

    Can't do anything til daylight but it is acting like another computer did when I installed a new 6 GB/s hdd. Nothing until I jumped it down to 3 GB/s. Wouldn't think I need to on a 6 GB/s board and using the 6 GB/s slots.
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