New Build Guides?

Brian_B

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Looks like the last round was summer (April/May)

Granted - you could probably had summed up Fall with "All this new hardware is about to drop, wait for it!"

And then summed up Winter with "Yeah, probably shouldn't have waited. Now your really going to wait"

But I'd still like to see this section not just wither and die - it was useful and informative.
 

Space_Ranger

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Problem with doing a build guide right now is that NONE of the parts that are desirable are even AVAILABLE! The over-inflated market value on components makes one of these guides difficult to **** near useless to put together.
 

Brian_B

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Problem with doing a build guide right now is that NONE of the parts that are desirable are even AVAILABLE! The over-inflated market value on components makes one of these guides difficult to **** near useless to put together.
I think an article even talking about that would be beneficial.
 

Dogsofjune

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If you can get it, we would suggest this....

Hopefully this all mellows out. I'd hate to think this is the future of new releases.
 

Endgame

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I find it incredibly useful to have a trusted place where I can look up what they would recommend for some things, as I just don't get to handle nearly the amount of hardware I used to. For example, I was just contacted by one of my friends that he wants to do another build in late march to early April. Now the thing about this friend, is these builds last a looong time, as he doesn't have tons of money to burn and has 3 boys (ages 12 to 7) and he passes hardware down the chain (essentially upgrading when one of the kids wants his own PC). His current set of systems are all ones I've suggested the hardware for and helped him build, and while they get the occasional "easy" upgrade of ram, vid card, or disk, most of the system stays the same. The systems are:

i7-920 @ 3.8ghz w/ 12gb ram, GTX 670
i7-2600k @ 4.6ghz w/ 8gb ram, GTX 970
i7-6700k @ 4.8ghz w/ 16gb ram, GTX 1080

The 920 will go to the youngest, and there isn't exactly much room to upgrade it anymore, but its had one heck of a run, and will probably be around 3+ years yet. The question is, what do I build today that is going to have that kind of longevity? I haven't looked at air cooling in ages, but I don't think I can really recommend an AIO to last 10+ years. If I suggest a mammoth heatsink (d15?) what case works best with it. I'll probably recommend a Ryzen this time around, and am thinking that if its going to last 10 years, I should probably go with a 5900 - should I have him spring for an expensive motherboard to make sure it lasts?

This is where these build guides come in really handy....
 

David_Schroth

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So.. how useful would the refresh be given the availability of the hardware?
 

Endgame

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So.. how useful would the refresh be given the availability of the hardware?
Its still useful, especially if your list is something like - Best "Bang for the Buck" X570 MB: MSI Tomahawk, Runner Up: Gigabyte Aorus Elite (or whatever). This way, if there is a runner up or two, I can read why you suggest the runner up and say, well, I can't get the Tomahawk, but I can get the Aorus Elite and the only reason it was the runner up was it was $10 more (or whatever), so I'll buy it knowing I'm getting something good.

I'm patient, and when building for someone that will keep a host for 10 years, they will be patient too especially when given a few options of things to watch coming in stock. For my build, I've gotten everything I wanted for my current build by spreading out purchases since August and getting things as they came in stock, excluding Video Card and Motherboard. MB wise, I wanted an Asus Dark Hero, and settled for the Hero viii Wifi because it was the only thing I could buy. Video Card wise, I wanted a 3090 through October, and then said if I can't get one, I'll take anything I can get... and I'm still waiting to find something.
 
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