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Offline Davest  
#1 Posted : Monday, 10 December 2018 1:07:01 PM(UTC)
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In the past I've always built my own PCs however now since I haven't built a new PC for almost 8 years I'd rather leave it to the professionals for the following reasons. I haven't kept pace with the industry, need your advice to make the right choices, lack the expertise and time (kids) plus the two year warranty.

On price I'm just wondering which is more likely to offer the best value Prebuilt or Custom. I assume as a business you might be able to offer better value on a prebuilt system depending on supply and demand compared to custom. Also would post Boxing Day be a better time to order and take advantage of any sales?

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#2 Posted : Monday, 10 December 2018 2:04:25 PM(UTC)
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Afternoon Davest,


It really depends on the price point you are aiming for as some of the Pre-Builds pricing are impossible to beat with a custom PC.


Our product managers do sometimes get bulk deals for systems that makes their prices the same as the components or even a smidge cheaper.


Because of this it can be cheaper to get a Pre-Build PC and add say an extra 8GB of RAM or an extra HDD if needed.


If you could let me know your budget as well as the resolution/ games you will playing I can quote something up and link a few Pre-Builds as well :)
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#3 Posted : Monday, 10 December 2018 8:33:02 PM(UTC)
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Thanks Thomas.

1. Budget / Price Range $5,000 - $6,000

2. Use - Work/Gaming

Work: Multiple open windows of real time data,charting and MS Office. Would like to replace dual monitors with a single 34" ultrawide monitor ideally with the capability
of being able to display the laptop and PC at the same time on split screens.

Gaming: Upgrade to 1440 (possibly VR later on) more for slower paced first person games and sims.

3. What components do you require - Require only the System and Monitor.

4. Specifics

- M-ATX or ATX form factor preferred Intel or AMD. Will not be looking at overclocking however it would be good if the mobo chipset has some future proofing for
next gen CPUs and SLI capable.
- One SSD for OS and second SSD for installing games,apps etc.
- NVIDIA GPU Only
- Not sure what Mobo WiFI standards are now, but fast WiFi for fibre required.
- Case Stylish and quiet while keeping everything nice and cool.

I haven't kept up with PC specs and changes for almost 8 years so your advice is greatly appreciated, thank you.

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#4 Posted : Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:53:17 AM(UTC)
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Morning Davest,


I've quoted up a powerful system maxamising your budget which I believe included the Monitor as well.


The 9900k is the top mainstream Intel CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads with the option of overclocking if you do ever change you mind about that.

The GPU I've gone for is the previous Generations top card which performs on par with the RTX2080 (or within 5%) though is roughly $150 cheaper.


The LG monitor I have chrosen seems to be the only model within your specs that support the multi display setup you are after as well.


Please have a look over the below quote and let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to make any changes.



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#5 Posted : Wednesday, 12 December 2018 8:50:10 AM(UTC)
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Thanks Thomas for taking the time to put together such a comprehensive system and quote. I do have some further questions though and rather than take up more of your time on the forum I'll
call into the store today or tomorrow.

Thank you.


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Morning Davest,


I have emailed through a quote for you via email as requested and will continue our conversation there :)
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#7 Posted : Wednesday, 19 December 2018 6:08:54 PM(UTC)
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Hi Thomas,

Completed the build yesterday all went very well and performance is exceptional. Just have one question regarding Lian Li BORA 120 RGB case fans. Is it possible to connect these directly to the motherboard (bypass the controller) so they are controlled directly by RGB Fusion instead of using the controller the fans came with.



Thank you.

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Morning Davest,


I'm not 100% sure on that as they would need to have a daisy chain ability to be connected directly to the motherboard and retain control of multiple fans.


Though Lian LI has stated that their fans are compatible with the majority of motherboard software RGB controlled apps so connecting the hub to the motherboard should result in your RGB syncing :)
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#9 Posted : Thursday, 20 December 2018 9:27:48 AM(UTC)
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Hi Thomas, thanks for your reply. Hub as in controller or is a hub an alternative device to the controller? How to connect to motherboard?
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It's starting to look like there may be two versions.

Is this the same setup as you have?

https://imgur.com/a/cNdYUBw
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#11 Posted : Thursday, 20 December 2018 11:03:18 AM(UTC)
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Different, it's ok I have the fan LEDs on static colour and can control fan speed via motherboard.

Now to sit and wait for the new AMD graphics cards. Whistle

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Oh my apologies, atleast it's all sorted :)


Next year looks like it's going to be a good year for AMD
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#13 Posted : Thursday, 17 January 2019 9:46:40 PM(UTC)
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Hi Thomas,

Happy New Year!

AMD announced the Radeon VII at CES with a release date of 7th Feb. Just wondering from previous releases by AMD when would you expect
a custom board by the likes of ASUS or Gigabyte to be available in NZ. Or should I just pick up an ASUS Vega 64 for now if the custom cards are expected to be six months or more away without a ridiculously high price due to global low supplies and high demand.

Thanks.


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#14 Posted : Friday, 18 January 2019 9:05:33 AM(UTC)
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Morning Davest,


I'm not sure if they will be that far away though I'd say we would be waiting at least 2-4 month potentially six though I hope not :)

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#15 Posted : Friday, 18 January 2019 9:15:44 AM(UTC)
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Great thanks for the prompt reply.

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#16 Posted : Friday, 18 January 2019 9:52:27 AM(UTC)
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Morning Davest,


Not a problem, let me know if you ever need help in the future :)
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#17 Posted : Friday, 18 January 2019 1:28:50 PM(UTC)
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Good news Nvidia have released compatibility for FreeSynch in latest drivers, finally given up on that consumer infuriating battle.



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#18 Posted : Friday, 18 January 2019 4:36:39 PM(UTC)
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It does look very promising though I am waiting for the PC community to verify which models will run ok and which wont as so far Nvidia has listed 12 as working flawlessly.
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#19 Posted : Friday, 18 January 2019 4:56:48 PM(UTC)
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I haven't had time to test across many games, however one in particular Naval Action it has immediately eliminated tearing which previous was quite significant using GTX 1060 on LG 34UC99 at 3440x1440 frames are now seem smoother at 60 fps doesn't seem to support the monitors 75hz


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Morning Davest,


That is good news, I've been keeping a close eye on the subreddit on the testing of monitors and working as well as it is for you seems to not happen that often.


Hopefully with a few more driver updates more monitors can be supported with minimum issues :)
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