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#461
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Bought and traded myself to a new rig at a discount

Fx6100 3.3ghz 6 core CPU with Corsair H100 watercooling (planning on overclooking later)
16 GB DDR3 1600mhz Ram
2 gb 6870 Radeon
60 Gb Solid State HHD
1 TB Samsung Sata HHD

All for under 700$ (about 1000$ initially, but I sold and traded some items so the overall cost went down).. I'm satisfied.
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AMD Phenom II 3.4 ghz Quadcore
8 GB DDR3 1600 Corsair
1 GB ATI 6670
1 TB Sata Hard drive
500 Watt PSU

Not sure which brands the hard drive and PSU are. Bought the system prebuilt from newegg (was on a time crunch and needed new system ASAP) for $600 USD, it's on an ASUS mobo.

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I was considering my backup options and came to the conclusion that dual layered Blu-Ray disks are just too unreasonably expensive. Ended up buying a 4TB Hitachi external HDD (USB3). I'm just so lazy sometimes ;)
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Currently rebuilding my comp. Here's my projected specs by the end of the month. System is 85% complete atm

Intel Sandybridge (Core i5) @ 3.4ghz
EVGA Z68 Socket 1155 Mobo
G.Skill 16 GB DDR3
EVGA Geforce GTX 680 2GB Kepler
EVGA Geforce GTX 280 1GB (Physx only)
SB X-Fi Titanium HD
Intel 40GB SSD (OS and certain games)
4TB Hitachi Desktars (Additional Storage)
1.2kw Thermaltake PSU
LG Blu-ray burner

Edited by Bokishi, 02 April 2012 - 04:27 PM.


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I wish I had a clue how much "faster" the new gen of i5's and i7's are vs my old one. Not that it matters that much since this rig still runs everything top notch. And we're at 680 GTX's now? Heh. Still lovin' my 590 and still hoping I won't have to upgrade anything else for a couple years at least.

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Yeah I probably wouldn't upgrade from a 590 to a 680, I just got one cuz my triple 280s in SLI had finally run their course, plus I am so sick of most games and their SLI issues, just give me one freakin badass card from now on plz.

Anyway the gtx 680 is just sitting on my desk while I wait to receive my replacement Z68 mobo from EVGA, as the first one I got died after 4 days test usage

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Haha those glasses are swag.

System is done! Turns out the mobo was actually fine and that I had a bad processor, so I exchanged it for a new one

Sandybridge (i5 2500k) @ 4.4ghz
EVGA Z68 Socket 1155 SLI
G.Skill 16 GB DDR3
EVGA Geforce GTX 680 2GB Kepler
SB X-Fi Titanium HD
Intel 40GB SSD (OS and certain games)
4TB Hitachi Desktars (Additional Storage)
1.2kw Thermaltake PSU
LG Blu-ray burner

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No significant changes to my core system two years on, just added a 256GB second SSD as my games drive. Really should put the OS on it since it's the faster drive compared to my first-gen Indilinx one, but it's fast enough to not be worth the bother.

Intel i5-750 @ 3.33GHz
Prolimatech Megahalems + 2x Nexus Real Silent 120mm fans
Gigabyte P55A-UD4P
8GB PC10666 G.Skill Eco DDR3 1.35V 7-7-7-21
808.8GB WD Green
128GB G.Skill Falcon II SSD
Gigabyte HD5850
Asus Xonar Essence ST Sound card
Pioneer DVR-216 DVD-RW
Sony 3.5" FDD
Win7 Pro 64-bit OEM
Seasonic X-650
Antec P182
Scythe Slipstream 800-1200rpm case fans
2x Dell U2711 27" IPS monitors
Audioengine A5 2.0 powered speakers
Logitech MX1100 mouse + G15 (2nd gen) Keyboard

In:
Crucial m4 256GB SSD
CH Products F-16 Fighterstick USB
Alessandro MS-1 headphones

Out:
Audio Technica ATH-AD700 headphones


It really is time to upgrade the graphics card because the 1GB on the 5850 would choke on any modern graphically intensive game. The issue though is that the only modern graphically intensive game I own is The Witcher 2, which I have already completed once and would therefore feel silly blowing $400 on a worthwhile upgrade (GTX670 or HD7950) on half a game. *sigh*

Actually my biggest upgrade recently is not one that gets listed on system specs but is pretty notable in terms of overall usability. A new desk. Out goes my 15 year old IKEA chipboard desk that flexed alarmingly under the weight of my screens, and in is a fancy new L shaped workstation with hutch (and, get this, actual drawers :p ) - only MDF but at least it's solid. Also got a new chair, IKEA high-back Markus.

 

Also built a HTPC a year ago:

Intel i5 2300 (stock cooler)
Intel onboard HD2000 graphics
Asus P8H67-M microATX motherboard (first gen, complete with the potentially faulty SATA ports, too lazy to RMA)
4GB Kingston Value RAM
128GB Crucial m4 SSD
1x 2TB WD Green HDD
1x 2TB Seagate Barracuda LP HDD
LG BD-RW
2x 2TB 5900rpm Seagate external HDDs
2x 3TB 7200rpm Seagate external HDDs
Win7 Home Premium
Corsair CX-400 PSU
Antec Fusion Black case
Logitech Harmony 650 remote control
Onkyo SR-578 HT Receiver
Monitor Audio Bronze BR-2 bookshelf speakers

TV is still my old Samsung 46" B650 LCD which is really holding me back. Waiting around for the end of this year to see if I can get a good deal on the current get 65" plasmas.

Edited by Humanoid, 04 May 2012 - 10:32 PM.


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Actually my biggest upgrade recently is not one that gets listed on system specs but is pretty notable in terms of overall usability. A new desk. Out goes my 15 year old IKEA chipboard desk that flexed alarmingly under the weight of my screens, and in is a fancy new L shaped workstation with hutch (and, get this, actual drawers :p )

I had small wobbly table for my screen and keyboard when I lived in New Zealand. When I moved to Australia and got the room to spare, a real desk was high on the priority list. When I could afford it I went out to one of those specialist stores normally catering for corporate customers and bought desks (and drawers), chairs (and protective mats for the carpet) and wall units. Worth more than many a hardware upgrade in sheer improvement of the "pc experience" :thumbsup:

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ASUS P5QL PRO
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
6 GB Kingston DDRII667 RAM
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1.5Gb
ASUS Xonar D2X
Canton Movie 60CX Speakers
OCZ SSD Vertex Plus 120Gb
Samsung 320GB SATA2
Seagate 1Tb 7200 RPM S-ATA2 32Mb
Samsung 19" 923NW
Gamepad XFX XGear Dual Reflex
Cyborg V.5 Rumble Pad


I snagged the new graphics card through a very snazzy deal on eBay. However, now that the GTX 670 came out, I'm trying to tentatively sell it for a tidy profit. With the 670 I should be able to max out Arkham City with tessellation and Physx included.

Still, even if I don't manage to sell it, it's giving me great performance in everything, of course. I'm playing the Witcher 2 at 2560x1440 downsampled to 1080p. It is purdy.

On my wishlist is also a new monitor. One of these, to be exact. A brilliant deal.

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Ok made some final adjustments, and replcaced some damaged parts from the last meltdown. Been stable for a month so far

i5 2500K @ 4.2ghz (3rd one!)
EVGA Z68 SLI (3rd one!)
Patriot 16 GB DDR3 1600MHz (2nd set!)
EVGA Kepler GTX 680 2GB
SB X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty
Intel 40GB SSD (SRT Cache)
4x 1TB Hitachi Desktars 7200rpm
Coolermaster GX 750w (replaced my bad bad psu)

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Just installed a Kingston Hyper X SSD. Size is 120 gigs. First thing I did was install Ubuntu 12.04. Yay, no more Windows!

The system is a whole lot faster. I think part of it is the fact that I've moved to Linux, and part of it the HD to SSD upgrade. Booting especially is incredibly quick. It's beautiful.

Installing games now.

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Took a risk buying a HD7950 from Amazon US - if I need to return it I'll be out of pocket, but for a ~$100 saving ($330USD vs $400AUD+ locally, and shipping essentially the same) I figured it was worth it. Just installed it and all seems well. It's an MSI Twin Frozr model, with stock clocks of 880/5000MHz. I'll probably try to see if it can reach 1000/6000MHz on stock voltages, though generally these cards are capable of another 10-20% more over that with sufficient voltage. I definitely want to keep noise under control, especially given in the last 6 or so months, my slowly dying 5850 fan has damaged my ears.

Now I know I've said that the GTX670 is the clear winner this generation a couple months ago - but the landscape has shifted a bit given that AMD have lopped off over a hundred dollars off the launch price, and nVidia have not moved a single dollar. So the revised advice currently is this: go AMD unless you're absolutely set against ever overclocking the GPU, in which case it's a wash. This is based on street prices of $320-330 for the 7950; $400 for the GTX670; $420-430 for the HD7970; and $500 for the GTX680.

Additionally, I would say given current premiums for custom designed cards as opposed to reference, to always go for the custom unless you'll be going the waterblock route. This advice applies particularly strongly to the GTX670, which has a spectacularly cheap plasticky reference cooler and questionably contructed reference PCB.

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I'm not one for siding with any particular manufacturer but my recent experience with AMD cards has been nothing but clunky, games seem to be made with Nvidia in mind and it shows, I was constantly waiting for patches and drivers with my 5970.

Still, they're brilliant bang for buck right now and I'm sure that single GPUs are way less trouble :thumbsup:

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While the 7950 is much cheaper than a 670, the 670 is still noticeably faster than the AMD card, and in fact it performs about the same as the 7970 which, despite the price cut is still more expensive the Nvidia card.

At least in Europe, choosing between the 7950 and 670 is a question of budget. If your budget can take it the 670 is still the better choice.

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I did leave off a reminder that I run a comparatively high resolution of 2560x1440. But even ignoring that, the real comparison is as mentioned: willingness to overclock. Given the tight restrictions (no voltage tweaking) on doing so on Kepler, it means that the 7970 at 1100MHz+ is now on average the fastest single GPU, and the 7950 (admittedly at clocks I personally won't run) given the right treatment does the same to the 670 (again, at about 1100MHz). At high resolutions AMD has had the advantage since the start, and now it's a big one. A lot of current perception may say otherwise, but that's based on outdated launch reviews and benches: it's both damning and encouraging, but driver revisions have closed the gap completely since then (recall AMD had massive issues with Battlefield 3 initially).

In general, the 79xx series scales better than Kepler with clocks (almost linearly at parts of the curve), which is a complete reversal of the previous 69xx series which barely responded to clock boosts. And the overclocking headroom is massive, the 7950 stock core is at 800MHz, and easily reaches 1000MHz (a 25% boost) without touching the voltage, and at ~1.2V should generally hit about 1150-1200MHz, that's up to a massive 50% increase. The 7970 for what it's worth reaches around the same clocks from a 925MHz base (1050 for the GE editions being rolled out now - but don't bother buying the GE really).

Being out here on the other side of the world gives me little knowledge of worldwide pricing, but given the US pricing I've seen - placing the 7970 at barely over 670 pricing, means that for the majority of cases the 7970 is the superior investment.

Graphs and numbers below the line representative of my resolution (though not of the games I play), feel free to skip this part as it's admittedly boring.

 


Some graphs to back me up on both the scaling point and the overall performance - first up is the ubiquitous BF3, an nV stronghold until fairly recently. The blue bar is the 7950 at factory settings, the green bar is at 1025MHz. I do believe the AA advantages AMD here, but I always run AA.

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Going up to 2560x1600 - blue is 925MHz, green is 1050MHz, with the 7950 there at its stock 800MHz:

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Skyrim, another strong nV title, until recently:

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ARMA2

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Also have a fairly recent comparison between the top custom designs for both the 7970 and the 680 here: http://www.xbitlabs....n-hd7970_6.html

Plus some raw numbers: http://www.xbitlabs..../zfulltable.png

P.S. For multi-GPU purposes though, yes, I would go with Kepler for the time being. (But personally I don't think I'll ever bother with either vendor's multi-GPU solutions) I like to think I'm pretty vendor neutral, GPU history is HD7950 - HD5850 - 8800GT - X1950XT - 7900GT - 9800Pro - 4200Ti - 500Ti. Heh, that's perfectly symmetrical.

Edited by Humanoid, 31 July 2012 - 04:21 AM.


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Noting that my previous post has little value as general buying advice, I'll add that here instead, separated by what I think are the common circumstances for someone looking at getting a highish-end card. Assumptions are that pricing is roughly in line with the US pricing I had ($320-330 for the 7950; $400 for the GTX670; $420-430 for the HD7970; and $500 for the GTX680) and that the advice in general is applicable when comparing reference vs reference and custom vs custom.

Medium resolution, no overclocking
The cards broadly perform to their place on the price curve, with the 670 slightly overperforming, making it the best buy in this category especially when added to it running cooler and more efficient. As previously mentioned though, avoid the reference design like the plague, which is easy enough to do given Gigabyte sell their excellent custom design for the same price as other vendor's reference cards.

Medium resolution, overclocked
Here the respective AMD cards catch up to their nominal tier matches in terms of performance, though at a cost of a fair bit of heat and power (and consequently noise). A ~$70 saving on the purchase price goes a fair way towards closing the gap however. Ultimately your power supply and case cooling may have a good say in which way you go here.

High resolution, no overclocking
The main difference here compared to the medium resolution case is that the 670 loses its edge over the 7970, both in absolute performance and price-weighted performance. AMD edges this segment unless plans are made to add a second card later.

High resolution, overclocked
AMD clear win, matching or beating the equivalent nV cards even with a mild overclock let alone a maxed one. Again multi-GPU muddies the issue a little, but given the gap in price and in performance, it's tempting to go CF anyway in this segment.

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Thanks for all that.

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Intel I7 960 (3.2GHz) with EK Waterblock
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Samsung 30" SyncMaster 305T+ (same model as the 'dead' one)
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EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Hydro Copper
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Windows 7 Ultimate

Various peripherals: Wacom tablet, Microsoft LiveCam, Microsoft 5 button mouse (very old), Saitek X52 Pro flight stick, various external HDD and USB sticks

To-do:
Get external 7.1 amplifier plus subwoofer

New:
Got a new Corsair Force Series GS 240GB SSD added to the list. Won't arrive before Monday though, then it's time to carry out an old threat, to finally wipe my c: drive and reinstall Windows after 2 years (on the new SSD drive).




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