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post #2566 of 6628
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

I just stick with the good stuff. I know and read many comparison tests, but in the end, the 'average' and stable one that was actually cheap was AS5. I got it for $7 so yeah.

 

The Noctua NT-H1 paste is excellent as well. Doesn't degrade over time like some other pastes do. I've had my cooler mounted for almost 1.5 years now and the temps are identical to when I first seated it. That's pretty impressive coming from AS5 (which I would have to re apply some what regularly) ... 

 

http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=13&lng=en

post #2567 of 6628
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Originally Posted by s1rrah View Post

 

The Noctua NT-H1 paste is excellent as well. Doesn't degrade over time like some other pastes do. I've had my cooler mounted for almost 1.5 years now and the temps are identical to when I first seated it. That's pretty impressive coming from AS5 (which I would have to re apply some what regularly) ... 

 

http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=13&lng=en

Enticiing. My paste is about dried up on my desktop ph34r.gif

 

I cleaned it a few weeks ago. And had to seal everything back up with the dried paste because I had none. But hey, the temperatures, even when gaming on it with the dried paste are not a problem.

post #2568 of 6628

So interested in Kaveri since Gigabyte is making Ultra Durable and Sniper boards for it. Either the rumors of FX chips dying are true or the APU is going to do admirably well, although it'll still probably be capped at 4 cores/2 modules. I sort of expect it to sit at equal terms with the Haswell i3 or sit between the Haswell i3 and i5 if AMD can squeeze out enough IPC improvements and such or unless more things start to switch towards heterogeneous computing or start to focus more on multi-threaded performance versus single thread or core (still, Intel does well regardless).

post #2569 of 6628
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post

So interested in Kaveri since Gigabyte is making Ultra Durable and Sniper boards for it. Either the rumors of FX chips dying are true or the APU is going to do admirably well, although it'll still probably be capped at 4 cores/2 modules. I sort of expect it to sit at equal terms with the Haswell i3 or sit between the Haswell i3 and i5 if AMD can squeeze out enough IPC improvements and such or unless more things start to switch towards heterogeneous computing or start to focus more on multi-threaded performance versus single thread or core (still, Intel does well regardless).

I remember the year they debuted the Sniper's in Taipei's. That was a memorable year as their page was flooded with cute girls in skimpy clothing holding their motherboards lol

post #2570 of 6628

Many will call blasphemy, but I game on a laptop. My previous desktop computer had i5 3570K and a GTX 460. I sold it because I travel too much to use it, and now gaming on a i7 3630QM and GT 650M SLI. To my amazement, it feels snappier in some games than my previous desktop, BF3 and Borderlands 2 run VERY fluidly on a window. No wonder, they're "old" games by now. Even as such, I have to say this is nothing like I imagined owning a laptop would be. It's quiet as a whisper, runs games nearly maxed, and renders faster than my previous desktop (thanks to HT).

post #2571 of 6628
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Originally Posted by Cat Face View Post

Many will call blasphemy, but I game on a laptop. My previous desktop computer had i5 3570K and a GTX 460. I sold it because I travel too much to use it, and now gaming on a i7 3630QM and GT 650M SLI. To my amazement, it feels snappier in some games than my previous desktop, BF3 and Borderlands 2 run VERY fluidly on a window. No wonder, they're "old" games by now. Even as such, I have to say this is nothing like I imagined owning a laptop would be. It's quiet as a whisper, runs games nearly maxed, and renders faster than my previous desktop (thanks to HT).

Most in the world that play PC games game on a laptop. 

 

Nothing wrong with gaming on it. The only problems I have are how compressed everything is. And layering out external monitors and mech keyboards and gaming mouses on a desk with everything pugged into that laptop feels almost counter productive to me at some points. I don't move around much so a desktop fits me well but I can definately understand where you are comming from. And good luck to you dog face.

post #2572 of 6628
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post

http://forum.hwbot.org/showthread.php?t=71658

 

So yup, NT-H1, PK-3, MX-4 are pretty equal, with lowest temp to highest temp in that order. The variation is so little just look for which one is the least expensive.

 

Arctic Silver 5 and Ceramique 2 are a bit weak though, as they're around 0.4-0.5 degrees Celsius worse in performance as far as the Delta temperature goes. Still not a big issue.

Agreed, although if you look around there's dozens of different reviewers putting the different pastes all over the map.  I try to see what the consensus is among them.

post #2573 of 6628
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Originally Posted by ethan7000 View Post

Agreed, although if you look around there's dozens of different reviewers putting the different pastes all over the map.  I try to see what the consensus is among them.

Usually it's fairly consistent.

post #2574 of 6628

Okay, so I plan on upgrading soon.

 

Do I get the 7950 now or wait for 9XXX?
 

I already purchased a Node 304 mITX + 8x2 GB RAM for $135.

The case will not fit a Crossfire/SLI configuration, aiming for single card performance.

 

I'm fps sensitive, and at the same time I like to dial the quality up.

My monitor will be a Xstar 2560x1440, I doubt the 7950 will handle 1440p with the latest/greatest.

 

But a IceQ for $200 is hard to pass up, solid and silent.

 

As for CPU, I don't need something groundbreaking.  Maybe an i5/fx will do for me.

I'm thinking of tearing down my current system, and borrowing the 6850 until a good card comes for cheap.  At the same time, I would really like to sell it.  I figure a whole system and monitor will sell for a better price than the raw parts.

post #2575 of 6628
If you're FPS sensitive, most obviously you will not want to wing your CPU choice. Since Intel has generally much higher per-core performance and no game benefits from six and eight cores of AMD FX, you are better off with Intel i5 or i7.As for the GPU, I would wait for 9xxx.
post #2576 of 6628

Uh, depends what exactly you want your system to be able to do and what games you're playing.  I am using an HIS IceQ 7970, standard clocks, so only a tiny bit faster than a 7950, and also happen to game on 1440p.  You should be able to play most non-demanding games at max settings with a good FPS, such as League of Legends, MMO's, and most games from a year or two ago.   With console ports such as Bioshock, Tomb Raider, Dead Space 3, etc, you're probably going to want to play on med-high settings to get a full 60fps.  Games like Far Cry 3, Crysis, etc, you're really going to have to turn the settings down to get a consistent 60fps. 

A 7950 for that price is a great deal no doubt, but just make sure that you're ok with the performance you'll be getting.  If you wait for the 9xxx series the prices are definitely going to be much higher so imo there's good reason to pick up a 7950 or 7970 now.  Try to get one with the AMD never settle bundle too, you can Ebay those games for at least $40 usually.

post #2577 of 6628
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Originally Posted by sari0n View Post

Uh, depends what exactly you want your system to be able to do and what games you're playing.  I am using an HIS IceQ 7970, standard clocks, so only a tiny bit faster than a 7950, and also happen to game on 1440p.  You should be able to play most non-demanding games at max settings with a good FPS, such as League of Legends, MMO's, and most games from a year or two ago.   With console ports such as Bioshock, Tomb Raider, Dead Space 3, etc, you're probably going to want to play on med-high settings to get a full 60fps.  Games like Far Cry 3, Crysis, etc, you're really going to have to turn the settings down to get a consistent 60fps. 

A 7950 for that price is a great deal no doubt, but just make sure that you're ok with the performance you'll be getting.  If you wait for the 9xxx series the prices are definitely going to be much higher so imo there's good reason to pick up a 7950 or 7970 now.  Try to get one with the AMD never settle bundle too, you can Ebay those games for at least $40 usually.

I always get my listings removed on eBay...  Though this particular 7950 does have the never settle bundle included.

 

What about this?

http://www.amazon.com/DisplayPort-Overclocked-Utilities-PCI-Express-GTX680-DC2O-2GD5/dp/B007ZT2E1C/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376954325&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=ecs+gtx+680


EDIT:  What was I thinking *doh*


Edited by Yazen - 8/19/13 at 4:54pm
post #2578 of 6628

I'm interested to see everyone's builds if you have pics.  Here's my most recent build:

i7 3930K @ 4.4GHz
8GB Dominator Platinum 1600MHz
MSI X79-GD45 Plus
Xigmatek Dark Knight II
Sound Blaster Z
2x MSI GTX 660 SLI
2x Samsung 840 Pro RAID 0
1100 Watt abs power supply
Custom Antec 1200 case

 

Peripherals:

BenQ XL2720T
Fidelio X1
Project Starlight
Turtle Beach DSS
Razer BW Ultimate
Roccat Kone
Xtrac Ripper

post #2579 of 6628
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Originally Posted by ethan7000 View Post

I'm interested to see everyone's builds if you have pics.  Here's my most recent build:


i7 3930K @ 4.4GHz

8GB Dominator Platinum 1600MHz

MSI X79-GD45 Plus

Xigmatek Dark Knight II

Sound Blaster Z

2x MSI GTX 660 SLI

2x Samsung 840 Pro RAID 0

1100 Watt abs power supply

Custom Antec 1200 case



Peripherals:
BenQ XL2720T

Fidelio X1

Project Starlight

Turtle Beach DSS

Razer BW Ultimate

Roccat Kone

Xtrac Ripper
0_o Jeez, Mr. RichieRich over here. :P
post #2580 of 6628
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Originally Posted by Yazen View Post

I always get my listings removed on eBay...  Though this particular 7950 does have the never settle bundle included.

 

What about this?

http://www.amazon.com/DisplayPort-Overclocked-Utilities-PCI-Express-GTX680-DC2O-2GD5/dp/B007ZT2E1C/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376954325&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=ecs+gtx+680


EDIT:  What was I thinking *doh*

I don't have much experience with Nvidia but a 680 should run pretty much all of your games at 60fps, especially if you do a little bit of overclocking.

If you want to save money though, 7950's are dipping below $200 pretty regularly and you can get even a 7970 for under $300 nowadays.  

 

Random pic of my comp xD.  The NZXT Phantom case looks kind of cool with all the outer panels removed.  Second pic is with my gramp's budget build.

I'd love to take some nicer pics but my room looks like ****(college).

 


Edited by sari0n - 8/19/13 at 9:44pm
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