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High-end PC (tier 12) - 2012 build - Mr. Man - 06-22-2012

Hello everyone,

I've finally spent some moolah + time to build myself a PC I can use for another 10 years (last PC I built was in 2002).

Specs:

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Waiting for my 2x Nvidia 680s to come in tomorrow. Then I will finish up the PC and do temperature tests. I also think I have my CPU fans on the wrong way and will have to readjust that


RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics) - MathieuB - 06-22-2012

The X79 platform supports quad-channel RAM, so you'd benefit from having four sticks of RAM vs two sticks.

Also, no SSD?


RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics) - Mr. Man - 06-22-2012

(06-22-2012, 10:56 AM)MathieuB Wrote: The X79 platform supports quad-channel RAM, so you'd benefit from having four sticks of RAM vs two sticks.

Also, no SSD?

1. I'll see if performance takes a hit then add 16GB more if that's the case.
2. Wanted to wait it out so the $/performance ratio for SSDs go down.


RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics) - PwnBroker - 06-22-2012

very nice. what kind of display setup and resolution you gonna run?


RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics) - Mr. Man - 06-23-2012

(06-22-2012, 04:12 PM)PwnBroker Wrote: very nice. what kind of display setup and resolution you gonna run?

(06-22-2012, 10:56 AM)MathieuB Wrote: The X79 platform supports quad-channel RAM, so you'd benefit from having four sticks of RAM vs two sticks.

Also, no SSD?

Hello everyone,

Really appreciate the feedback! I currently have a 24-inch monitor hooked up to my Nvidia GTX 680 in SLI. The graphic card positions are as followed in this picture:

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After running the setup through an initial batch test of varying games for durations of 30 minutes - 1 hour, my GPU temperatures were reaching up to 80C, which had me quite worried since my target temperatures were around 60s to lower 70s.

Therefore, I installed the EVGA Precision X tool, which allowed me to control fan speed using a curvature graph that allows me to kick the fan into high gear when it reaches a certain threshold. My current chart looks like this:

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For those who aren't familiar with what this graph means, it means for the curve apex at 70C+, I have the fan running @ 90% of it's full capacity. The relationship correlates as you move down the path.

After having done this and running L4D2, TF2, Red Orchestra 2, Dead Island, and a few other games, I was seeing a maxed temperature of 69C while on full load with a max FPS of around 500 and min FPS of around 175. My CPU clock is still stock @ 3.2 with the i7 3930k. When I record in game footage using Fraps, I get around 60 FPS locked in even through heavy fighting scenes.

I am still looking for advice. As you can see, both of my GPUs are very close to the power supply, which generates quite a lot of heat and causes my idling temperature to hover @ around 50s instead of 40s. I want to keep my GPU temperatures as low as possible in order to lengthen their lifespan. What, apart from going liquid-cooling, can I do better?

I do have a big fan right next to the GPUs (attached to the case) that's currently drawing air from the outside blowing straight at the cards. Should I invert the path and have the fan blow hot air out?

Lastly, the HDD, as expected and predicted by others, is currently my weakness. I am looking to bump that up to at least a 7200RPM HDD, if not a SSD, and move my current main one to backup storage.


RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics) - MathieuB - 06-23-2012

Video Cards are safe up to 100C, so 80C is nothing to worry about, even long-term. Same with 50C at idle.

If you insist on getting lower temperatures, after-market video card coolers are a solution. Two of those will do the job: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186048
Combined with the EVGA tool, they will drop temperatures and noise.

As for the hard drive, you won't notice much of a difference by going with a 7,200rpm hard drive. Getting a SSD is really what you want, as their access times are about 1000 times lower (approximately 0.007ms vs 7ms).


High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics) - mwhals - 06-23-2012

Looks good. I would definitely get an SSD and two more sticks of RAM.

Having two sticks of RAM really defeats one of the main benefits of socket 2011 over socket 1155.

A small 128 GB SSD will do wonders while using the hard drive for storage. It will definitely provide a lot for speed per dollar that a second 680 video card. Why bottleneck the system with slow disk access?

Overall, it looks like a very solid system.


RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics) - Mr. Man - 06-24-2012

(06-23-2012, 05:15 PM)MathieuB Wrote: Video Cards are safe up to 100C, so 80C is nothing to worry about, even long-term. Same with 50C at idle.

If you insist on getting lower temperatures, after-market video card coolers are a solution. Two of those will do the job: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186048
Combined with the EVGA tool, they will drop temperatures and noise.

As for the hard drive, you won't notice much of a difference by going with a 7,200rpm hard drive. Getting a SSD is really what you want, as their access times are about 1000 times lower (approximately 0.007ms vs 7ms).

(06-23-2012, 05:49 PM)mwhals Wrote: Looks good. I would definitely get an SSD and two more sticks of RAM.

Having two sticks of RAM really defeats one of the main benefits of socket 2011 over socket 1155.

A small 128 GB SSD will do wonders while using the hard drive for storage. It will definitely provide a lot for speed per dollar that a second 680 video card. Why bottleneck the system with slow disk access?

Overall, it looks like a very solid system.

I've decided to get one of Crucial's SSDs @ 512GB: http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT512M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JL3Y/ref=pd_cp_pc_2/187-6184711-3747002

and 2 more sticks of 8GBs.

And move my 2TB to backup storage. It will be interesting to see how responsive my system will become.


High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics) - mwhals - 06-24-2012

It will be great!


RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics) - Mr. Man - 06-24-2012

(06-24-2012, 03:57 PM)mwhals Wrote: It will be great!

I just got out of a couple of other games: Sniper Elite and BFBC2. Having set both @ insane AA and AF (32x 32x and 18x 32x respectively), BFBC2 was locked into 200 FPS and dipped to around 90-100 FPS during intense fighting (smoke, explosions, lots of tanks, light vehicles, and grenades + small-arms fire).

Sniper Elite graphic rendering was less stellar since the software isn't too optimized for SLI. Throughout the entire gameplay I had FPS up to 100, but hovered @ around 70-80s mostly.

Then I played R.U.S.E and ran the computer through several benchmarks. On CPU alone, the benchmark averaged @ 55-60FPS constantly with everything maxed out, again. Using GPU rendering the computer averaged @ around 80-90 FPS.