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Prices are just a guide and could cost more or less depending on where purchased and changing prices so for current prices click staticICE or check out PCPARTPICKER which may even point out a potential compatibility issue with your build
There is so many different brands and models most are fine so for mb\gpu look up reviews for yourself and decide. The mb I suggest for example are mostly based on price\features so there's a good chance you will find something better suited to your needs
2017 Cpu Review
Techpowerup GPU Performance Summary
Ram Performance Reviews

 

Cheapest Gaming PC Updated 04/07/2018

  • CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU with Vega 8 Graphics $135 (Or 2400G $220 if you can justify it)
  • MB ASRock A320M-HDV $69 (Make sure the BIOS has been updated to support The CPU) -OR- ASRock AB350M Pro4 $89 (If you wish to OC)
  • RAM 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 3000Hz $133 (A 1x8 GB kit would be significantly slower due to single channel, but would allow future expansion to 16GB
  • HDD 7200rpm 1TB $55 -OR- Kingston SSDNow A400 240GB $69
  • CASE\PSU Antec ESK3450B w/ 450W PSU $72 (Or ASK3450B, whichever looks better; includes Antec VPA450P PSU which isn't too bad)
    TOTAL $464-583

 

AMD Low Budget Gamer Ryzen 2200G Review Updated 08/06/2018

  • CPU AMD Ryzen 2200G $132
  • MB ASRock AB350M Pro4 $88 (Needs bios update at store if box doesn't say Ryzen 2 ready)
  • RAM 8G (2x4) 3000 $149 <8GB ram may require texture detail lowered a notch to prevent stuttering
  • GPU 1050 ti 4GB $222 -OR- GTX 1060 3g $299 -OR- RX 570 4GB $369
  • SSD Crucial MX500 250\500GB $105\169
  • PSU Corsair CX450 Bronze 5y $62 -OR- SilverStone ET550-G Gold 550W 3y $79
  • CASE Deepcool Smarter $39
    TOTAL $575-IGP $797-1025

 

Intel Low Budget Gamer I3 8100 Review | (not overclockable) Updated 08/06/2018

  • CPU Intel Core i3 8100 3.6GHz 4 Core $154
  • MB ASRock B360M Pro4 $125
  • RAM 8G (2x4G) 2666cl15 $146 <8GB ram may require texture detail lowered a notch to prevent stuttering
  • GPU 1050 ti 4GB $222 -OR- GTX 1060 3GB $299 -OR- RX 570 4GB $369
  • SSD Cache Intel Optane 16\32GB $35\69 Cache Real World Review
  • HDD 1TB 7200rpm $55
  • PSU Corsair CX450 Bronze 5y $62 -OR- SilverStone ET550-G Gold 550W 3y $79
  • CASE Deepcool Smarter $39
    TOTAL $618-IGP (ok for a start but for gaming get a gpu quick) $840-1038



AMD Budget Gamer 2600 Review Updated 08/06/2018

  • CPU Ryzen 5 2600 3.4-3.9GHz 6C\12T $265
  • MB ASRock AB350M Pro4 $88 (Needs bios update at store)
  • RAM 16G (2x8) 3000c15 -OR- 3200c16 $254\265
  • GPU RX 570 4GB $369 -OR- GTX 1060 6GB $399 -OR- RX 580 8GB $449 -OR- GTX 1070 8GB\Ti $599\629 -OR- Vega 56 8GB $729 -OR- GTX 1080 8GB $749
  • SSD Crucial MX500 500GB\1TB $169\343
  • PSU Corsair TX550M Gold 7Y $105
  • CASE Deepcool Smarter $39
    TOTAL $1289-1854

 

Intel Budget Gamer (not overclockable) I5 8400 Review Updated 08/06/2018

  • CPU Intel Core i5 8400 $249
  • MB ASRock Z370 Pro4 $159
  • RAM 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3000C15 -OR- 3200C16 $254\265
  • GPU RX 570 4GB $369 -OR- GTX 1060 6GB $399 -OR- RX 580 8GB $449 -OR- GTX 1070 8GB\Ti $599\629 -OR- Vega 56 8GB $729 -OR- GTX 1080 8GB $749
  • SSD Crucial MX500 500GB\1TB $169\$343
  • PSU Seasonic Focus Gold 450W 7y $99
  • CASE Deepcool Tesseract BF $45
  • HSF be quiet! Pure Rock Slim $39 -OR- Antec A40 PRO $29 (Optional for lower noise)
    TOTAL $975-IGP $1344-1948

 

AMD Gamer Updated 09/06/2018

  • CPU Ryzen 5 2600X 3.4-3.9GHz 6C\12T $304 2600 Review
  • MB ASUS ROG Strix B350-F $159 (Needs bios update at store)
  • RAM 16G (2x8) F4-3200C14D-16GFX $325
  • GPU RX 580 8GB $449 -OR- GTX 1070 8GB\Ti $599\629 -OR- Vega 56 8GB $729 -OR- GTX 1080 8GB $749 -OR- Vega 64 8GB $849 -OR- 1080 Ti 11GB $1099
  • SSD Crucial MX500 500GB\1TB $169\$339 -OR- Samsung 970 EVO 500GB M.2 NVMe $269
  • PSU Antec EA550\650G-Pro $90\99 7y -OR- Corsair RM650X Gold 10y $153
  • CASE Fractal Design Focus G $69 -OR- SilverStone Kublai KL07B $109
  • HSF Be Quiet! Dark Rock TF $99 Optional for lower noise
    TOTAL $1565-2587



Intel Gamer Updated 09/06/2018

  • CPU i5-8600K 6C $349 8600k Review
  • MB ASRock Z370 Pro4 $159 -OR- ASRock Z370 Extreme4 (ALC1220 + Decent VRM) $219 -OR- ASUS Prime Z370-A $235
  • RAM 2x8 3600c16 $341 OC to ~4000c17 1.4-1.45vdimm
  • GPU RX 580 8GB $449 -OR- GTX 1070 8GB\Ti $599\629 -OR- Vega 56 8GB $729 -OR- GTX 1080 8GB $749 -OR- Vega 64 8GB $849 -OR- 1080 Ti 11G $1099
  • SSD Crucial MX500 500GB\1TB SATAIII $169\$343 -OR- Samsung 970 EVO 500GB M.2 NVMe $269
  • PSU Antec EA550\650G-Pro $90\99 7y -OR- Corsair RM650X Gold 10y $153
  • CASE Fractal Design Define S $119 -OR- SilverStone Fortress FT05 $149
  • HSF Noctua NH-D15 $115
    TOTAL $1227-igp $1676-$2784

 

AMD High End Updated 19/05/2018

  • CPU AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7-4.35GHz 8C16T $469
  • MB Asus ROG Strix X470-F $329
  • RAM 2x8 3600c16 $341 Ryzen Memory Stability Thread & Ryzen DRAM Calculator
  • GPU Asus RX 580 STRIX 8GB $539 -OR- EVGA GTX 1080 FTW 8GB $869 -OR- Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce Xtreme 11GB $1549 (aio version)
  • SSD Samsung 970 EVO/PRO 1TB M.2 NVMe $579/799 (pro is only worth it for working with large files like video editing)
  • PSU Corsair RM650X Gold 10y $153 -OR- Corsair HX750 750W 80 Plus Platinum 10Y $195
  • CASE Silverstone Fortress FT05 $139 -OR- Fractal Design Define R6 $201 + Connect D1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 and USB Type-C $45
  • HSF Be Quiet! Dark Rock TF $99
    TOTAL $2700-4020

 

Intel High End Updated 19/05/2018

  • CPU Intel Core i7 8700K 6C\12T $499
  • MB ASRock Z370 Taichi $295 -OR- ASUS Z370 ROG Maximus X Apex $439 (maybe worth the extra if you want to tweak every last drop out of the cpu\ram)
  • RAM 2x8 3600c16 $341 OC to ~4000+ 1.4-1.45vdimm Intel DDR4 24/7 Memory Stability Thread
  • GPU Asus RX 580 STRIX 8GB $539 -OR- EVGA GTX 1080 FTW 8GB $869 -OR- Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce Xtreme 11GB $1549 (aio version)
  • SSD Samsung 970 EVO/PRO 1TB M.2 NVMe $579/799 (pro is only worth it for working with large files like video editing)
  • PSU Corsair RM650X 80+ Gold 10Y $154 -OR- Corsair HX750 750W 80 Plus Platinum 10Y $195
  • CASE Silverstone Fortress FT05 $139 -OR- Fractal Design Define R6 $201 + Connect D1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 and USB Type-C (when available...) $45
  • HSF Noctua NH-D15S $115
  • Delid Tools der8auer Delid Die Mate 2 $49
  • TIM Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut Thermal Compound 1g $11 <For under IHS) & Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut Thermal Grease 3ml $35 (for CPU & GPU HS)
    TOTAL $2680-4233


Office Updated 19/05/2018

  • Intel Compute Stick BOXSTK1AW32SC Windows 10 2GB Ram 32GB Storage $165 -OR- ProStick Gen4 Win 10 Pro 4GB Ram 64GB Storage $259
  • Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Desktop Keyboard & Mouse Combo $88


Office 2 Updated 19/05/2018

  • Intel BOXNUC7I3BN 7th Gen Core i3 2.4GHz $349 -OR- BOXNUC7I5BN Core i5 2.2-3.4GHz $465
  • Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 2133MHz HyperX Impact SODIMM 13-13-13, 1.2V $124
  • Crucial MX500 250/500GB m.2 SATAIII $105/175 Review -OR- Samsung 870 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe $159
    Total $578-764


Workstation Updated 31/10/2017

  • CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8C\16T $399
  • MB ASUS Prime B350-Plus $135
  • RAM 3000c15\3200c16 2x8 16GB $220
  • GPU GTX 1050 2GB $149 -OR- GTX 1060 6G $369
  • SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SATAIII $212 -OR- Samsung 960 EVO 500GB $312
  • PSU Corsair CX450 Bronze 5y $62 -OR- Corsair TX650M 7y $117
  • CASE Silverstone Precision PS14 $49 -OR- SilverStone Kublai KL07B Mid Tower Case $99
    TOTAL $1226-1800


Threadripper Updated 31/10/2017

  • CPU AMD 1920X 12C\24T $1089 -OR- 1950X 16C\32T $1340
  • MB ASRock X399 Taichi $461
  • RAM 4x8 2400C15 $399 -OR- 3200c16 $481
  • GPU GTX 1050Ti 4G $199 -OR- GTX 1070 8GB $549
  • SSD Samsung 960 EVO 500GB -OR- $312 Samsung 960 PRO 1TB M.2 $695
  • HDD Hitachi 7200RPM 6TB $169
  • Blu Pioneer BDR-209 15x $85
  • PSU CORSAIR RM650X 80+ Gold 10Y $154 -OR- Seasonic PRIME Ultra 650W 80+ Titanium 12Y $209 newegg (need au power cable)
  • CASE Fractal Design Define R5 $155
  • HSF Noctua NH-U14S-TR4-SP3 $109
    TOTAL $3132-4253


Little Screamer Updated 13/03/2017

  • CPU i7 7700K 4.2-4.5GHz Quad Core HT $469
  • MB ASUS ROG Strix Z270I $279
  • RAM F4-4266C19D-16GTZA $350
  • GPU GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB $1129
  • SSD Samsung 960 EVO 1TB M.2 $629
  • PSU SilverStone SFX Gold 600W SX600-G $115
  • CASE SilverStone Fortress FTZ01S $179
  • HSF SilverStone NT06-PRO $68 <may need to offset fan for tall ram assuming vrm hs on the mb are not to tall...
    TOTAL $3219



Much below this line is old but there is still some useful info among it
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Cases
30 Case temperature review
12 Case temperature/sound Review

Fans
R10- Fan Testing-
120mm Fan Testing on an MCR120 Radiator Round 6
30x 120mm Fans Roundup - Tested on WC Radiato
Be Cool: Ultimate 120/140 mm Fans Roundup
140 mm Fan Roundup
Testing Eight Fans with Corsair's H80

WATERCOOLING PARTS

Blocks
CPU
XSPC RayStorm $59 (lots of other blocks out there that would make a fine choice but this one performs well at a great price)
GPU
EK-VGA Supreme HF - Acetal $55
Swiftech MCW82 VGA $59
XSPC RayStorm GPU $62
EK-VGA Supreme HF Bridge E. - Acetal $68
Depending on gpu you will need to add hs on mem\pwm but these are flexible good value\performance block's
MartinsLiquidLab
22 CPU Block's Review
Skinneelabs 2011 Roundup
Universal GPU Blocks

Pumps
EK-DCP 4.0 $47 (looks like a decent value pump) Q-max: 800 L/hr +/-10% H-max.: 4.0m +/-10% (oem jingway)
Swiftech MCP355 $85 (nice little high pressure pump) Nominal discharge 454 L/hr flow, 4.5m head (Laing DDC)
(optional to increase MCP355 performance) XSPC Laing DDC Top/Reservoir Combo $39.95
Swiftech MCP35X 12V Pump PWM 1300-4500RPM $99 Nominal Max discharge 1050 L/hr flow, 4.4m head Review
Koolance PMP-450S 12/24V (If pump speed will be controlled, PMP-450 adjusts more smoothly than PMP-450S) Maximum Flow Rate: 17.4L/min (4.6 gal/min) @ 12V, 22.3L/min (5.9 gal/min) @ 24V Maximum Head Pressure: 5.1m (16.8ft) @ 12V, 5.8m (19ft) @ 24V $89
(Optional extra) Koolance CTR-SPD24X2 Dual 24V Pump Controller $89
Pumps Review
Pump Noise and much more

Rads
There is heaps more rads out there this is just a few examples
Swiftech MCR320-QP 410x128x34mm 1063g 14FPI $69
Swiftech MCR420-QP Radiator $89
XSPC RX360 410x125x58.5mm 8fpi $109
Black Ice SR1 480 517x133x54 9FPI $129
XSPC RX480 125x58.5x???mm 8fpi $149
ThermoChill PA 120.3 405x129x60 10FPI $159.50
ThermoChill PA120.4 524x129x60 ~2Kg 10FPI $189
ThermoChill PA140.3 480x142x60 ~2Kg 10FPI $199
Black Ice SR1 560 480 605x153x55.9 9FPI $179
Thermochil and Black Ice make some of the highest quality cleanest finish rads available but you pay for it
Swiftech rads give excellent performance for your $ with a fan like the 1850rpm gt
XSPC are also very good but may need a bit more of a rinse to flush out crap before installing

extra costs to the above
barbs
clamps
fans
7/16" ID tubing works well as it is a snug fit over 1/2" and can be more flexible than 1/2" tube but both are ok
if you dont get a res to save space\cost a T piece can work well

Total cost of watercooling with a cpu\gpu block is ~$350+ but you can keep most these parts over many builds provided you can mount the blocks on the new gear

Insanity Updated 29/8/2014
CPU Intel Core i7 5930K 3.5-3.7GHz Six Core $679 -OR- 5960X Extreme Edition 3.0-3.5GHz 20MB Cache Eight Core $1199
MB ASRock X99-WS $399
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws 4 F4-3000C15Q-16GRR 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 $339 -OR- F4-2666C15Q-32GRR 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 $629
GPU Tri-Fire MSI R9290X-LIGHTNING 4GB $2490 - OR - TRI-SLI GTX Titan Black GHz Edition 6GB $4035
SSD Samsung XP941 512GB M.2 $578 & Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB $735
Blu Pioneer BDR-209 15x $85
PSU Corsair AX1500i $519
CASE Silverstone Temjin TJ11 Black with Window $577
$6401-8756+ cooling
CPU block XSPC RayStorm $59
GPU block's Three of whatever fits i dont know anymore
Rad Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 560mm $99
Reservoir anything from a T ~50c to a monster res
Pump's Swiftech MCP35X2 $222
Tube PrimoFlex PRO LRT Tubing (7/16" 5/8" 3/32") per meter $7.95
Fan's six Noctua NF-A14 Industrial PPC 140mm 2000RPM IP67 PWM $39ea
lots of fittings
$736+
Total ~$6k-10k
Some useful threads
List of suppliers for Cases, Case Mods & Water Cooling parts
The Truth About Graphics Power Requirements V2, See how many watts you really need
Beginner's Guide To Tweaking/overclocking Your Graphics V3, The How to tweaking/overclocking your video card.
Atomics Most Recommended Psus Thread., Looking for a good PSU. Look no further than this thread.
Official ASUS P8P67 Series Overclocking Guide and Information
http://www.overclockers.com/3step-guide-to...k-intel-haswell
Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 3 Step Overclocking Guides
Water Cooling Information/Guides & Reviews/Tests & Galleries
The LCD Thread
Guide to Building a HD HTPC
Extreme Cooling Forum Collective Sticky
Black Viper's Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Service Configurations
TweakHound Tweaking Windows 7

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The AMD LE-1620 seems to have been discontinued.

bugger i just found out the 4850e has been to so what to replace them with?

 

Seems alrite... I would change a few parts...thats about it.

feel free to list them i may or may not agree :) fine tuning pc's comes down to user preference in the end but any suggestions are welcome to make this better

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The AMD LE-1620 seems to have been discontinued.

bugger i just found out the 4850e has been to so what to replace them with?

At that price the Sempron LE-1250 or 1300.

I'd like to know how well they perform compared to an E1400, but haven't been able to find anything to tell me.

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Great Work! Deserves POTM.

 

Insanity

ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution $781

I know it's supposed to be EXTREME! (Doesn't get more extreme than six PCIE slots) But the Gigabyte EX58-Extreme would be equally insane with its massive heatsink add-on.

 

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 CPU Cooler $59.50

+1

 

OS

Vista Home Premium64bit $172

Also I'd add XP, Ubuntu (for cheap systems) and Win7 (for future proofing)

 

PS http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?s...71&hl=water link is broken.

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just been looking at high end a amd build

biggest problem seems to be it falls way behind i7 when it comes to multitasking its closer to the q9550 really but it is a bit cheaper still dosnt seem worth the extra over e8400 to me maybe if there was a good value ddr2 mb for it that it performed well with

 

AMD Phenom II Quad Core 955 $379

Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-UD5P $280

6GB DDR3 OCZ Platinum OCZ3P1600LV6GK PC3-12800 C7 $210

WD Black 640GB $126.5

PIONEER DVR-217BK $37

Corsair TX-650 650W ATX $165 1 gpu

Corsair TX-750 750W ATX $209 2 gpu's

$1198-1242+gpu

 

 

 

magnumxy

Gigabyte EX58-Extreme cant run 3 pci-e slots at 16x although i doubt you would notice a difference between x16x8x8 and x16x16x16 thats why i went with that asus mb

and i may aswell add the os extra os ta

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Gigabyte EX58-Extreme cant run 3 pci-e slots at 16x although i doubt you would notice a difference between x16x8x8 and x16x16x16 thats why i went with that asus mb

and i may aswell add the os extra os ta

There is a noticeable difference...

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Gigabyte EX58-Extreme cant run 3 pci-e slots at 16x although i doubt you would notice a difference between x16x8x8 and x16x16x16 thats why i went with that asus mb

and i may aswell add the os extra os ta

There is a noticeable difference...

 

at High res yea but anything under 1920x1200 and its the same.

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Gigabyte EX58-Extreme cant run 3 pci-e slots at 16x although i doubt you would notice a difference between x16x8x8 and x16x16x16 thats why i went with that asus mb

and i may aswell add the os extra os ta

There is a noticeable difference...

 

at High res yea but anything under 1920x1200 and its the same.

 

for anything under 1920x1200 and you wont be running 3 way sli\cf but yer

 

raradawg mind pointing me to something that shows this noticeable difference? from what i have seen so far when using single gpu cards and as long as its pci-e 2.0 the difference is barely measurable let alone noticeable

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magnumxy

Gigabyte EX58-Extreme cant run 3 pci-e slots at 16x although i doubt you would notice a difference between x16x8x8 and x16x16x16 thats why i went with that asus mb

and i may aswell add the os extra os ta

IT CAN RUN 16/16/16!??!!!!!

That is insane I take back what I said.

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I do not have true evidence on this matter, but there is a noticeable difference of about 5~15fps depending on what game and what settings its on as well as the resolution.

I'll search the web to see if there is anything on it.

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I was just reading this today...Dasa...GREAT WORK!

 

I just noticed one mistake...

Dell UltraSharp™ 3008WFP 30" Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor $2,2991

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I was just reading this today...Dasa...GREAT WORK!

 

I just noticed one mistake...

Dell UltraSharp™ 3008WFP 30" Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor $2,2991

ah yes an extra digit i have been fixing a few little errors like that for a while now seems i missed at least one

i think its also on special at the moment for the weekend its under 2k

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a little bump and i have added 4770 to the list

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Nice...what about the EVGA Classified for the insanity rig? Just a suggestion.

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couldnt find any reviews doing a comparison between it and the asus but it looks like a nice mb so il swap it over

there has just been some large price drops from ati by the looks most the high end cards have dropped ~$50 and the 4870x2 has dropped ~$150

a few of nvidias prices have dropped by ~$40 to

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everytime i see something like this then I see the price im like :D but then i see it doesn't include os and im like :(

 

Good list tho

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everytime i see something like this then I see the price im like :D but then i see it doesn't include os and im like :(

 

Good list tho

If the OS hurts your pocket too bad you can allways take advantage of the free Windows 7 RC while you save some cash for a retail OS.

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just added another monitor to the list and adding what power usage i can find for the others

BENQ 21.5" G2220HD 40000:1 HD 5ms DVI Glossy $225 42W(max)<1W sleep

hmm there has been a very nice price drop on the 24" benq

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I can't believe this thread is not up where it should be...Its a really good thread.

Get some Mod to sticky this or something.

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added a atom build with a new antec case and a few more monitors

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really nice thread Dasa. I'm starting to look at components for a build, and the thread has been very useful indeed...

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