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October 1, 2013 8:15:50 PM

Hello,
Building “gaming rig/media center” PC in one. Main PC will be located in the living room with HDMI connection. DVI cable will be going downstairs to separate LCD (gaming). Wireless keyboard/mouse.
Video card is not the best.
MOBO? – should I go with something cheaper and get better video card?
Missing PS – what should I get? 750W min?
Wireless mouse and keyboard – did someone use MX5500 in multilevel house? If yes – how do they perform?

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
• SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
• SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
• COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
• G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM
• TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
• COOLER MASTER HAF series RC-902XB-KKN1 Black Steel body, Front Mesh, Plastic bezel ATX Desktop Computer Case
Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5500

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Lechites
October 1, 2013 8:35:38 PM

A 650-750 PSU is fine, if it's in the budget would look for a better GPU, Yes, rest of the rig looks good
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October 1, 2013 10:01:39 PM

If you are not going to overclock, you can save some money there, then you would be able to step down to a B85 or H87 motherboard. Then you can invest in a newer graphics card.

The GPU is good, I have a GTX460 that performs about the same and I was able to play many games, but there are definitely better cards.
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October 2, 2013 2:40:26 AM

budget pl,

amd hawaii is coming
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October 2, 2013 3:24:55 AM

Media centers are sorta dead. I moved to a place that has regular old cable. Decided to go media center route. Then far as my research for whatever reason, people have leaned off doing this. To me a media center also controls your cable or satellite. I dont like double menus, so its only good if you can turn off the menus for the boxes from your provider or have standard cable like me.
But since your not worried about a Tv-Tuner card, Id say this is not something you want. You merely want a streaming box and use a PC on a TV for videos. Unless Im just so far out the loop that there is a different method to do this now, without a TV-Tuner card.
Which if thats the case. There are stand alone boxes that do this for cheap, for around 80bucks... Like the Asus O!Play.

Most wireless mouse/keyboards the quality ones, do about 30-feet range. I think you might have some problems doing that thru walls. Then since its RF, you might have problems with other RF devices or HAM radios, since your doing it at farther distance. I cant comment on one your looking at, I dont own one. But I always used a wireless mouse for over a decade now. You could also get a KVM device which will allow you to long distance hook up a keyboard/mouse wired. Or get USB extensions and run the USB dongle closer to your other room.
Then you have to worry about range with the video as well. If your planning on HDMI, then know that you will start losing quality at around 10meters. You might notice it, you might not, I do... For longer runs like that, far as actual AV equipment, you would run Component cables. KVM also does video but I pretty sure its a degraded picture off the rip.
D-sub 14/15pin connection also degrades. Not so sure about dvi but I assume it would. Have no clue about DisplayPorts.

Far as your actual gaming part of your rig. Id wait for the new cards to drop. They go on pre-order 10-3-2013 and go on sale on 10-15-2013, they also come with BF4 part of the pre-order of the r9 i believe. Your current card is a slouch in my eyes for that rig.
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October 3, 2013 9:59:39 AM

keha12 said:
Media centers are sorta dead. I moved to a place that has regular old cable. Decided to go media center route. Then far as my research for whatever reason, people have leaned off doing this. To me a media center also controls your cable or satellite. I dont like double menus, so its only good if you can turn off the menus for the boxes from your provider or have standard cable like me.
But since your not worried about a Tv-Tuner card, Id say this is not something you want. You merely want a streaming box and use a PC on a TV for videos. Unless Im just so far out the loop that there is a different method to do this now, without a TV-Tuner card.
Which if thats the case. There are stand alone boxes that do this for cheap, for around 80bucks... Like the Asus O!Play.

Most wireless mouse/keyboards the quality ones, do about 30-feet range. I think you might have some problems doing that thru walls. Then since its RF, you might have problems with other RF devices or HAM radios, since your doing it at farther distance. I cant comment on one your looking at, I dont own one. But I always used a wireless mouse for over a decade now. You could also get a KVM device which will allow you to long distance hook up a keyboard/mouse wired. Or get USB extensions and run the USB dongle closer to your other room.
Then you have to worry about range with the video as well. If your planning on HDMI, then know that you will start losing quality at around 10meters. You might notice it, you might not, I do... For longer runs like that, far as actual AV equipment, you would run Component cables. KVM also does video but I pretty sure its a degraded picture off the rip.
D-sub 14/15pin connection also degrades. Not so sure about dvi but I assume it would. Have no clue about DisplayPorts.

Far as your actual gaming part of your rig. Id wait for the new cards to drop. They go on pre-order 10-3-2013 and go on sale on 10-15-2013, they also come with BF4 part of the pre-order of the r9 i believe. Your current card is a slouch in my eyes for that rig.


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October 3, 2013 10:22:49 AM



Thanks Keha 12

KVM might be the way to go. I can keep the rig upstairs or downstairs - it does not matter. I said media server before but video streaming, web access and centralized network storage is what I am after.

Yes, cheap video card is just a temp solution.

"Far as your actual gaming part of your rig. Id wait for the new cards to drop. They go on pre-order 10-3-2013 and go on sale on 10-15-2013, they also come with BF4 part of the pre-order of the r9 i believe. Your current card is a slouch in my eyes for that rig."

Can you collaborate on this one pls ? Not sure if I follow.
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