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New PC Rig, thoughts?


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joenewbie
07.05.2013 , 08:30 AM | #1
I needed to stop playing this game on my laptop and so the following has been ordered and will be assembled in the next few days, was looking for thoughts or suggestions before I start assembly.

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series Black 550D Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: Corsair CX750 Builder Series ATX 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155

Liquid Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H80i

Additional Fans: Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800)

Graphics card: MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card N660 TF 2GD5/OC

Sound card: Onboard

Hard Drive(s): Boot: Crucial m4 256GB 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive CT256M4SSD2
Data: Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch

Optical Drive(s): Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST

Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 24-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit Monitor

Wireless Adapter: D-Link DWA-552 Extreme-N Wireless PCI Adapter

Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800

Mouse: Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball

Speakers: Logitech X-140 2.0 Speakers

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder

P.S. I also added this... Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard with LCD Display so I can do my rotations and whatnot with my left hand.
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MSchuyler
07.05.2013 , 09:34 AM | #2
Looks perfectly capable. One point on the drives. You lists a 256GB boot and a 3TB data drive. Ample, of course, but wanted to point out that running the whole game on a SDD drive is a bit faster than sticking it on a twirling data drive. You'll see increased performance if you do that, though YMMV as to exactly how much. The NVidia 700 series is out now, and the 680 is a tad bit faster than the 670, if memory serves, though the 670 will do the job admirably well. The rig should last you for some time to come.

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joenewbie
07.05.2013 , 09:48 AM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by MSchuyler View Post
Looks perfectly capable. One point on the drives. You lists a 256GB boot and a 3TB data drive. Ample, of course, but wanted to point out that running the whole game on a SDD drive is a bit faster than sticking it on a twirling data drive. You'll see increased performance if you do that, though YMMV as to exactly how much. The NVidia 700 series is out now, and the 680 is a tad bit faster than the 670, if memory serves, though the 670 will do the job admirably well. The rig should last you for some time to come.
Long time is the hope, but at least long enough to wait out a price drop on higher end graphics cards, I chose the 660 due to the price point as well as it's ability, same for the case or I would have paid another 60 bucks for the 650 instead of the 550, but yeah. I figure I can add 2 more sticks of memory for 32 gig and change out the GPU every year or two as needed.

Oh and I know I wasn't clear, I'll be running most things off of the boot drive and drop movies and music and whatnot on the data drive.. it's more of a bulk storage solution than "data" per se.
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ShakeNBakeUK
07.05.2013 , 11:52 AM | #4
defo worth getting a 670 or 760 instead of a 660 if you're buying right now.

they are far better and will last far longer, due to 256-bit memory bus

= better performance at higher resolutions / higher AA settings

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joenewbie
07.05.2013 , 12:35 PM | #5
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defo worth getting a 670 or 760 instead of a 660 if you're buying right now.

they are far better and will last far longer, due to 256-bit memory bus

= better performance at higher resolutions / higher AA settings
Looking at the 760 the price point on that is only about 40-50 more than what I'm paying for the 660... hummm or I can live with the 660 and then in 18 months get one that's 512-bit. *grin* not sure yet.
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Joesixxpack
07.05.2013 , 12:43 PM | #6
Should run good. Might need to pay extra attention to flow and clutter with the mid-size.

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DarthPolarBear
07.05.2013 , 01:42 PM | #7
Can i have it :P its a pretty nice rig!!
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joenewbie
07.05.2013 , 01:50 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Joesixxpack View Post
Should run good. Might need to pay extra attention to flow and clutter with the mid-size.



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There are two HD cages in that case, I'm pulling the middle one out to allow better flow from the front fans, should hit the GPU with that fan once that middle cage is out. Also might open the side panel and add more fans for more airflow on the GPU... Between that and the cable management I hope it will work out... I wish the stupid UPS guy would get here already though... he's saving me for after lunch because all of the above is coming TODAY... lol love it.
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ShakeNBakeUK
07.05.2013 , 02:06 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by joenewbie View Post
Looking at the 760 the price point on that is only about 40-50 more than what I'm paying for the 660... hummm or I can live with the 660 and then in 18 months get one that's 512-bit. *grin* not sure yet.
I've got a 660 and it runs pretty much everything I want to play at 1080p / 60fps with no probs.
It's certainly not a bad card.

But if I was buying now, I'd probably go for a 760 as minimum.
670/680's are also going reasonably cheap atm, and they are still pretty good.
You can get them stupid cheap 2nd hand.

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joenewbie
07.05.2013 , 02:49 PM | #10
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I've got a 660 and it runs pretty much everything I want to play at 1080p / 60fps with no probs.
It's certainly not a bad card.

But if I was buying now, I'd probably go for a 760 as minimum.
670/680's are also going reasonably cheap atm, and they are still pretty good.
You can get them stupid cheap 2nd hand.
Well that's part of my thinking coming from a laptop with on board graphics Intel HD 3000 running SWTOR I expect 660 to be enough of an upgrade for me personally in any case, essentially SWTOR is the only graphics intensive game I play at the moment so... yeah. Might let it slide and just upgrade in a year or two or whenever the 660 isn't doing good for me any more... it's one of the reasons I'm going from a laptop to regular rig in the first place, it's modular and I can add and remove things at will.

I mean the Mobo and i5 chip could last me 5 years easy before it's truly outdated to the point where it won't run what I want it to.... and the 16 gigs is more than enough and with room to make it 32 gig at a later time. Everything else is piecemeal. Want to add a blu-ray, I have the space, need another HD, I have room for one more too.... technically 4 more but then we're talking about getting cramped with lesser airflow.

Even the PSU is more than I need for a single GPU setup.... I'm happy with it but I do know where you're coming from on the card, I just don't know that I need the latest and greatest, besides, if it's really lacking and I feel short changed in some way in 6 months I can upgrade the GPU although I really want to get at least a year out of the graphics card.

I'm just gonna be glad to turn up the settings on SWTOR and actually see shadows and a lot lot lot more detail than I do on this laptop.
Roll your alts first, make the mistakes that teach you lessons, then roll your main and enjoy the ride.