Building A Gaming PC - Parts Advice Needed Page 238

  • Theshape80 22 Mar 2021 15:17:47 422 posts
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    After having a rx580 for a few years now be decided to upgrade to a Rtx 3060. Took me a couple of days but finally been able to bag one at non scalper prices!
  • muddyyfunster 22 Mar 2021 16:02:38 1,058 posts
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    @Theshape80 what was your technique? I'm going to have to bite the bullet soon. Have signed up for a couple of discord groups and have had Twitter part alerts on for the past few days.

    I've been pleasantly surprised by how regular the alerts are, but the prices themselves have been uniformly scalpy thus far.

    Edited by muddyyfunster at 16:06:29 22-03-2021
  • Theshape80 22 Mar 2021 16:07:20 422 posts
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    @muddyyfunster Iíd signed up to a few alerts of discord and stock Informer. I found they worked but were far too slow and about 10 mins behind. Just by pure fluke I think.
  • THFourteen 22 Mar 2021 16:31:24 54,352 posts
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    The scan drops are the best way to get anything but you have to be quick off the Mark. Because they use captcha and change the links every time they are better against bots. Also they drop quite a few cards in one go. And they limit one card per address and ip address. Thatís how I got my 3080.

    CtrlAltStock discord.

    Make sure you are signed into scan every day and setup to pay with PayPal.
  • muddyyfunster 22 Mar 2021 16:51:25 1,058 posts
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    @THFourteen Thanks that's really good info and have added that Discord to my list.

    I like Scan, we use them at work a lot. The dream would be to get an FE from them. I'm prepared to pay 10% over RRP but not the 20-40% piss-take pricing that I'm seeing in a lot of places.

    Currently have no GPU so would take any 30 series card (except 3090) at a sensible price.

    Edited by muddyyfunster at 16:51:37 22-03-2021
  • captbirdseye 22 Mar 2021 17:56:23 10,702 posts
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    Just to note that don't think Scan have dropped anything for weeks now on the 3080 FE side.
  • THFourteen 22 Mar 2021 17:58:52 54,352 posts
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    Yeah 3rd of March was the last one it looks like. So itís coming right :-)
  • captbirdseye 22 Mar 2021 17:59:47 10,702 posts
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    I did notice that their general preorder queues are pretty low now so maybe they will open those back up again.
  • Theshape80 22 Mar 2021 18:15:34 422 posts
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    Scan did have 3 lots of 3090s today. If you can afford them that is.
  • StixxUK 22 Mar 2021 18:23:06 8,610 posts
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    All the sensible people want 3060Ti's right?
  • Rogueywon 22 Mar 2021 18:25:32 11,357 posts
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    StixxUK wrote:
    All the sensible people want 3090s right?
    FTFY
  • Fake_Blood 22 Mar 2021 20:05:08 10,882 posts
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    I wish SLI was still a viable thing for games. For Flight Sim 2020 VR I wouldnít mind a second 3080.
  • muddyyfunster 31 Mar 2021 10:44:18 1,058 posts
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    I had a 3070 FE from Scan in my basket... so close.
  • Dougs 8 Apr 2021 08:11:47 98,694 posts
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    So my (11 year old) PC died last night. Was making a bit of a racket, then went kaput. Getting nothing from it at all. Assume it's the PSU and/or Mobo. Anyway of checking without buying a new PSU and starting from there? Not sure it's worth spending a huge amount of time trying to fix given the age....
  • dominalien 8 Apr 2021 08:27:18 10,402 posts
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    Do you have real life friends? Replacing parts one by one is probably quickest, if you have access.
  • Dougs 8 Apr 2021 08:31:21 98,694 posts
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    None nearby who may have a spare PSU! I'll see if I can pick up one on eBay etc for cheap.
  • dfunked09 8 Apr 2021 08:36:50 1,901 posts
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    Or try the slightly slimey "buy from Amazon and return it if it ends up not being the issue" trick.

    I've got a EVGA B3 550w sitting in the attic that I keep meaning to sell, can sort something out if you don't have any luck.
  • Tomo 8 Apr 2021 08:41:56 19,180 posts
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    @Dougs

    I got a spare Corsair CX500M if that's any good. I was going to eBay it, but rather avoid there.
  • Tomo 8 Apr 2021 08:42:32 19,180 posts
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    Hahaha
  • Tomo 8 Apr 2021 08:43:07 19,180 posts
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    You can tell GPU upgrades require a PSU upgrade these days...
  • Dougs 8 Apr 2021 09:04:30 98,694 posts
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    dfunked09 wrote:
    Or try the slightly slimey "buy from Amazon and return it if it ends up not being the issue" trick.

    I've got a EVGA B3 550w sitting in the attic that I keep meaning to sell, can sort something out if you don't have any luck.
    Thanks, good plan. Have bought a EVGA 500w one from Amazon for £35 which I can ping back if it's not that. It's not powering much so should be fine!
  • Dougs 8 Apr 2021 09:06:13 98,694 posts
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    Ah, thanks Tomo. As I don't know if it's the PSU, I'll try Amazon first so I can return it.
  • nickthegun 8 Apr 2021 09:27:39 86,026 posts
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    If you just use it for, basically, office stuff you might be as well just buying an-ex office PC off ebay.

    There are thousands of old work PCs floating around ebay that you can grab and stuff your old memory, HDD, whatever into

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Small-Desktop-PC-DELL-Optiplex-790-SFF-Dual-Core-4GB-RAM-250GB-HDD-Windows-10/224404982838

    Edited by nickthegun at 09:27:58 08-04-2021
  • dfunked09 8 Apr 2021 09:32:29 1,901 posts
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    Yeah, refurbed SFF/USFF machines are great if it's being used for basic non-gaming stuff. Much less space used up compared to a mid tower too.
  • Dougs 8 Apr 2021 09:58:59 98,694 posts
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    Was thinking about that and probably what I'll do it it's not the PSU. It's now only used for poker, music and office stuff so one of those should be fine.
  • Dougs 9 Apr 2021 11:44:12 98,694 posts
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    Bah, looks like it took out something on the Mobo too. Getting nothing even with new PSU.
  • nickthegun 9 Apr 2021 11:47:02 86,026 posts
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    Captain Obvious says: youve tried a different lead, right? A fuse could have gone.
  • Dougs 9 Apr 2021 14:12:21 98,694 posts
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    Yeah, I can see the gfx card is getting power no worries (with both PSUs, really should have checked that before....). There was a slight burning smell so god knows what it was!
  • nickthegun 9 Apr 2021 14:24:29 86,026 posts
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    Check for bulges on the capacitors
  • Dougs 9 Apr 2021 14:57:24 98,694 posts
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    Ta, can't see anything obvious. Given its age, probably not worth doing much more other than strip the parts out.
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