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High-end PC (tier 12) - 2012 build
06-22-2012, 02:03 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-01-2014, 02:01 PM by Mr. Man.)
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High-end PC (tier 12) - 2012 build
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
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06-22-2012, 10:56 AM,
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RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics)
The X79 platform supports quad-channel RAM, so you'd benefit from having four sticks of RAM vs two sticks.

Also, no SSD?
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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06-22-2012, 01:12 PM,
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RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics)
(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.
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06-22-2012, 04:12 PM,
#4
RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics)
very nice. what kind of display setup and resolution you gonna run?
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06-23-2012, 03:07 PM, (This post was last modified: 06-23-2012, 03:09 PM by Mr. Man.)
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RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics)
(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.
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06-23-2012, 05:15 PM,
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RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics)
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.as...6835186048
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).
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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06-23-2012, 05:49 PM,
#7
High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics)
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.
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 CPU: Intel Core i7 3930K CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 GPU: EVGA GTX 650 2GB SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB HDDs: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB and Western Digital VelociRaptor 500 GB Motherboard: Asus P9X79 Pro RAM: 8x8GB (64GB) G. Skill Ripjaws Z 1600MHz Optical Drives: two Asus DRWB1ST PSU: Seasonic X650 80+ Gold Keyboard: Das Keyboard Professional S Mouse: Logitech Performance MX Tablet: Logitech T650 Monitors: NEC P241W and NEC PA241W Speakers: Bose Companion 3 Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
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06-24-2012, 03:43 PM,
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RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics)
(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.as...6835186048
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-S...11-3747002

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.
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06-24-2012, 03:57 PM,
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High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics)
It will be great!
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 CPU: Intel Core i7 3930K CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 GPU: EVGA GTX 650 2GB SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB HDDs: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB and Western Digital VelociRaptor 500 GB Motherboard: Asus P9X79 Pro RAM: 8x8GB (64GB) G. Skill Ripjaws Z 1600MHz Optical Drives: two Asus DRWB1ST PSU: Seasonic X650 80+ Gold Keyboard: Das Keyboard Professional S Mouse: Logitech Performance MX Tablet: Logitech T650 Monitors: NEC P241W and NEC PA241W Speakers: Bose Companion 3 Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
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06-24-2012, 07:25 PM,
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RE: High-end gaming PC, tier 12 (With pics)
(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.
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