Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by moab600, Nov 13, 2013.
Looks like you've had some $hit luck running SLI.
790 SLI? What's that? Or do you mean the chipset?
Embarrasing . . . .
1. AMD Phenom II X4 955 AM3 CPU (Just . . . . Intel )
2. PC Power and Cooling 760W 80+ Silver NONMODULAR Power Supply uke2:
3. Apevia X-Plorer 2 Computer Case (had no cable management back to store cables away, and that was with the PC Power and Cooling PSU!!)
4. R9 290 Reference Cooler Graphics Card (Heat + Fan noise + Power Hungry = NO).
5. 3x NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Cards when they were $1,000 each + 3x XPSC WaterBlocks (not enough computer power c1: c1: c1: . . . . . . . . . but seriously, WORST PURCHASE OF MY LIFE!!)
The first three things were all in my very first computer build that I have ever done in July of 2011, and it took me 13 hours to build the darn computer (I was a big newb at the time. Even now, I still learn new tactics on building a computer desktop).
Titans you need to put them under water and overvolt them to get the best out of them. Not many people know how to overvolt them and many that do are afraid to do so.
Hmmm, that's kind of a hard question as I usually research what I want to buy for weeks-months before I actually buy it. But I would have to say
1. Creative X-Fi Xtreme Music (the first gen one) - caused multiple bluescreens, terrible driver support, and the infamous "squeal of death". Took me FOREVER to diagnose the cause as I had no idea the sound card could be causing this.
2. RAM of unsupported speed (when I was still very new to PC building, I just trusted the guy at the store who of course knew nothing.)
3. Biostar P43D3 Motherboard (not so much a bad purchase, but this was when they weren't really making this socket anymore so I had to buy whatever was left at the store - which left me unable to use SLI anymore.) - Also, spectacularly failed one night years later with a loud bang and smoke.
4. Nvidia 8800 GTX x 2 - They were great cards and having SLI at the time was definite nerd points, but I should have let the technology mature further as there were a bunch of pitfalls as an SLI early adopter.
So really, other than #1, no real "bad" purchases or ones that I regretted, but these are some of my blunders.
EDIT: Just read some other poster's reply about buying a nonmodular power supply, that would have to be one of my past mistakes too. Huge wires everywhere, crammed into tiny spaces.
Geforce FX 5200...
MSI 865PE... RMA'd twice.
Pentium D 820, no matter how much overclocking I got on it it didn't do jack crap.
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200, didn't overclock for crap for me...=[
Radeon X1800 XT, paid some money for it but wasn't very fast.
AMD 5800k, this was not a bad APU in the slightest but I didn't use it for what it was intended for. I had it running the IGPU for awhile, then did CrossfireX with it, then moved to a 7790. I put more money into that system than what it was worth.
Some crappy HP LCD that did 1080p, bad colors and only lasted a little over a year. Just outside of warranty, like a weeks worth of time! HP refused any warranty claim.
Gigabyte FX5700 - Slow, expensive, and VRM burned out.
C2D 6550 - Didn't check up that these were terrible to OC due to high FSB, low mult.
Seagate 2TB drives - 2/2 dead
XFX 7950 DD - 4 fan replacements so far.
MSI X99S SLI - killed a 5820, 1 stick of RAM, 2 weeks no reply from MSI support.
Sapphire X1050. Back when I was a dumb kid, I purchased an X1050 to replace my busted Radeon X800 XT PE thinking it was better. Boy was that a dumb mistake.
I'm surprised nobody has added a GTX970 to their list yet given the threads created to bash it and NVidia.
I can better that.I sold my X800 Pro to buy the X1300 Pro, lol!!! Thought the higher numbers were all that mattered.Felt like crying when the smoke from my RX-8 in Most Wanted caused my frames to plummet, lol!!!!!
Most recently a Palit/Xpertvision GTX660. I got enticed into buying a 660 instead of a 750Ti by one shop offering this card for a very low price, and they claimed to have it in stock. First it took nearly three weeks before i got my card (and customer service was absolutely useless, only reason i didnt cancel my order was i knew it would take ages to get my money back), when the novelty of a high performance card had worn off a bit, it was just too loud and hot for my mITX rig.
So i stuck my old gt630 back in my rig, i didnt game as much as i thought i would anyway, and the 630 was good enough for KSP, sold the 660 at a pretty big loss. A few months later i heard from the buyer that he had to RMA it, cause it broke.
1) for mITX rigs, get a low power card, sacrifice some performance if needed
2) only buy from reputable shops that i have history with, id rather pay an extra €10 and get it the next day than deal with this ****
3) only buy from reputable well known brands, again, id rather pay an extra €10 than get a card with a **** cooler and have it break.
Matrox m3d powerVr
Pentium 4 3.06 one week later the price was cut in half and it was hot has hell
Asus A8V deluxe VIA chipset was very bad for overclocking
KINGSTON HyperX 4gb kit ddr3 1600 dead after 2 years but they gave me my money back.
Club3d r9 280x Although it's actually the whole r9 280x I should've bought the sapphire toxic cards cause the cooler on these cards suck. It can go as high as 90C with very good airflow in case
Corsair M65 RGB Comfort level is unbearable
Canyon headphones. Was cheap and small for my head. Wanted it so when I go to my friends place or lan I can just bring them instead of my hd598's
Seagate hybriddrive it's not as fast as everyone say it is.
amd 3000+ Was a bad cpu at it's time. Even slow intel was same price or cheaper and perform better.
So I learned my lesson. there's a reason why stuff are more expensive but you must also not just buy stuff because it's expensive you must also read reviews but good product normally cost a bit more than the average product. You get the exception. One example is that I can get a galax 980 hof edition cheaper than many other brands here but I don't know galax and if it's really good.
omg you make me laugh like an hour thinking on that chopper.
1) Asus Server Motherboard (2013) (many problems with ram modules, no support in my country)
2)TP-Link Wifi PCI card (Giant, expensive and powerless)
3) WD 80GB Sata 2 HDD (guaranty service send me a new one (after 5 months) i just store it for 2 months more then it was dead)
4)Generic 4x4cm Fans (those things doesn't blow a thing) i just dump them.
5)BenQ CD-ROM drive (just die cause i never use it)
The worst hardware i bought would have been two geforce 6600GT's for SLI... The SLI performance was rubbish and created graphics artifacts with my LCD monitor at the time... I ended up ditching them for a Geforce 7800 GT
asus p5n sli mobo. had to send it back 3 times. you could either use sli or change bios settings but not both.
a dvd drive that wouldnt recognize any windows disk (cant remember the brand)
any cheap mouse ive had
a bio star ideq thing with a nf2 chipset. you could change one setting at a time in the bios. if you dared go for two settings most of the time it meant 30mins trying to get it to boot again
a multi remote that glowed blue in the dark. it was cool but used 6 high end aaa batteries in 2 weeks
GeForce FX 5800 Ultra ran really hot and sounded like a vacuum cleaner ended up selling it and getting a much better Radeon 9800 Pro.
My CPU/ Mobo.
3930k with X79 were the shizzle if you need the raw performance, cores and quad memory channels.
If you game however, get a 3770k with Z87 mobo for like half the price.
No difference what-so-ever was ever seen.
Runs cooler and has better enegry efficiëncy as well.
I really like efficient systems now, but then? nooooooo I HAD to get the new shiney 6-core and quad memory because I believed Arma 3 would make use of it. Did I ever play Arma 3? the rather short story, yes. Multiplayer, what it was for? NO!
Corsair X64 ssd
Died 4 times on me!