Mo money mo equipment

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by Respital, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. Respital

    Respital Active Member

    Hi guys,

    I recently won a prize of ~$600 and figured I'd treat myself to some new computer accessories. I was thinking along the lines of a new monitor, a new keyboard, and maybe a UPS. I'm not set on getting all three but those are what I'm considering. Here's what I'm working with now:

    Case: Fractal Design Define R5
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNova 750W
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI
    Processor: Intel i5-6600k @ 3.5Ghz
    Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws V 2x4GB DDR4 2400Mhz
    Video Card: ASUS Strix Radeon R9 380 4GB GDDR5
    SSD: Samsung EVO 250GB
    HDD: Various ∑8TB.
    Monitor: Samsung T220
    PCMark8 Score: 4738

    It's a fresh build (only a few months old), so I don't see much sense in upgrading anything inside the case. However, I've been using the monitor for many years and while it's still running strong I thought it would be nice to get an upgrade and use my current as a second screen. Given that I haven't really shopped for monitors before, I'm not sure what to look for. I do game a little bit but I also love watching tv and movies on my monitor. I was thinking of something like a 1080p monitor with an IPS panel and a higher refresh rate (maybe 144hz?).

    Another item I've been considering is a new keyboard. Again, it's not a necessary upgrade given my current one still works but I am intrigued by mechanical keyboards (although not enough to drop a lot of money on one). I currently use an old rubber dome keyboard that I've had since about 2007.

    Finally, I'm considering a UPS. Now this may be the odd one out in terms of items i'm considering, but I have had some parts suffer minor damage in the past due to a power outage and now that I have VOIP I figure it might be a nice addition not to mention having internet while the power is out.

    Of course, I'd like to hear your opinion on the matter and some recommendations would be very helpful.


    Edit: I'm from Canada so I'd mainly be looking at the following shops:
  2. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

    Where in Canada are ya? check Memory Express out too.. based out of Alberta, but locations in Manitoba and B.C. too!! Also, only $8.99 shipping on orders under 50 lbs.
  3. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

    R9 380 only needs about a 550 watt psu. You can save money there for something else.
  4. Respital

    Respital Active Member

    In Ontario, but thanks for sharing.

    Should have clarified, the rig is already built and running.
  5. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

    Thats cool man, I'm from Calgary but working in Ontario on a 6 month contract, near Waterloo

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