i5 [email protected], R9 290 Windforce, 16GB DDR3 1600, HAF XB Evo, Dark Rock Pro 3 Cooler
i7-4790K | Z97 Class. | 16GB DDR3-2400 | GTX-980 | RAIDR | 512GB Samsung 830 | SuperNOVA 1Kw P2 | RV05
Dell U3415w | Ducky Shine3 YoS | Zowie ZA11 | Xonar Essence One | Tannoy Reveal 402
Since we're on the topic of SSD's....
So I received the laptop (finally) and I boot it up, only to be faced by the store demo screen that required a password to remove - with no instructions on the CD or anything that came with it to tell me the password. Got into safe-mode and got rid of the store demo.
This thing came loaded with literally 20-25 pointless programs. I've heard of "laptop bloatware" but seriously? So much?? The entire Cyberlink suite, an MS Office that hasn't been activated, Google Chrome, Bing/Google/Yahoo/Ask toolbars (are you fking kidding me?) and countless other stuff I can't remember. The CPU runs at 68-78c under WoW (apparently that's quite cool for a laptop) and already felt super-sluggish compared to my desktop in terms of speed/responsiveness.
This laptop is literally crying out for a clean rebuild on an SSD, so I'm hunting for a 120-128gb. I have the following options, going in price/per GB from lowest to highest:
Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB
Kingston SSDNow V200 128GB
Intel 320 Series 120GB
Corsair Force 3 Series 120GB
Crucial M4 128GB
Now before you yell "hurr durr go for the M4/Force3 of course!", there is a very high chance I'll be limited to Sata II speeds, I don't expect this laptop to be running a 6gb/s interface inside, so an M4/Force3 will be choked on the interface. SSD's aren't about raw sequential speeds anyway. Anyone have any input on those SSD's, especially the Kingston? I've heard very little about Kingston.
Honestly, I'm surprised the 320-series is less than the Force 3 over there.
Either way, I run the 320-series 160GB in my notebook.
Don't get fooled by performance numbers alone. It feels more responsive and faster than my Corsair Force F60 (~= Vertex II) sitting in my desktop despite having worse numbers to show for it, in everything except wow-loadingscreens, where it's only about twice the speed of my Spinpoint f3
Xuvial, I'm pretty sure that usually a SATA III SSD on SATA II will still perform better than most SATA II SSDs. Plus if you can get one for a great deal, why not?
Oh, wow. I was wondering why I had so much money.
You guys wanna know why? Heeeeeeeeeeeeeere we go:
I ordered my goods on the 17th. But they never actually took my money... till yesterday. What the bleeding motherf--?!
And I have yet to go get my new monitor, because goddamn mail were being twerps about it. Sent from Oslo two days ago early in the morning. But it didn't get sent from Stavanger to my city before the day after. Then finally, despite there being a literal 2 hour ride between here and Stavanger, and it being shipped from Stavanger 9:30 AM, they still didn't receive it... before today.
I swear to god my childhood self can't hold a candle to the rage I've got now. :|
I ordered a squishable narwhal, and UPS decided to ship it to Dartmouth College, near Boston, Massachusetts instead of Dartmouth, NS. Now I am waiting for the real delivery which was supposed to be yesterday, but they never came.
red panda red panda red panda!
Intel core i7-2600k @ 4.4GHz - Stock Cooler
Asus Maximus IV Gene Z68 skt1155 - RoG MB
2x4GB (8GB) G.Skill DDR3 12800 (1600) Sniper 1.25v
XFX HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB OC'ed
Thermaltake LitePower 700W
Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black Sata III 6gb/s
Logitech G5 LaserMouse
Logitech Standard Keyboard
TV Acer LCD 27" AT2758ML FullHD LED
Logitech Z5500 5.1 Dolby Digital
Bare with me here, want to help this guy make his rig even better. :P
Stock cooler on a [email protected]... RoG motherboard... Thermaltake LitePower 700w... 6870.... Acer 1080p 27"....
Why? Stock coolers not only look dumb, but they are terrible at heat dissipation, and for 4.4GHz I would not suggest anyone use a stock cooler. Stock coolers are for going up to 4.0GHz if you simply don't have the budget to get yourself a Hyper 212+ or Corsair A70. It's apparent to me that I don't think you really know what you were buying when you made this purchase (if you already made it.)
A 1080p 27" monitor is generally frowned upon, much less it being a TV...
Seeing as how this is likely a gaming build, I think you really made some poor choices when it came to certain parts, certain parts whom you'll never make full usage of.
For instance, an i7-2600K, for $100 less you can have a CPU that is just as powerful in games, the i5-2500K. That $100 alone could go towards a Radeon 6950 or an NVidia GTX 560 Ti, either of which would be improvements over a 6870, which, while a good card and even better Xfire'd, just does not pair up well with a 2600K+Maximus IV, it will bottleneck the CPU, no doubt.
We then get to the incredibly overkill motherboard, which while is an mATX, is still rather expensive for the form factor and I know I and some others feel the Maximus IV Gene-Z mATX seems like a fake Maximus, since they are supposed to be big, honking motherboards with tons of features and PCIe slots for expansion, but this pretty much takes that all away yet still asks some $170, whereas you could get just as good an mATX motherboard for far less.
I personally would not have gone for that power supply for 2 reasons, one I don't trust Thermaltake for almost anything, especially power supplies as I hear about more issues with theirs than anyone else's. 2 because 700 watts is a ridiculous amount of wattage for a 2600K+6870... so I'm really wondering why you opted for this, it almost feels like it's an ibuypower.com system. I would suggest a good 550-650 watt PSU from Seasonic, Silver Stone, Corsair, or Antec, personally.
I really would urge you to either switch to a 2500K+6950/560 Ti, or if you drop to a different mATX motherboard you could even up to a 6970 or 570, which would be an even nicer pairing with the CPU. Hell a 2500K+6870x2 system would actually work really well here, since you have the 2xPCIe 8x lanes available to you. Course you could just drop the CPU to the 2500K, keep the 6870, and drop the motherboard down a bit and get yourself a sweet 60-90GB SATA III SSD. Hope it's not too late for these changes, I think you'd be much happier! Unless you plan to do rendering, then half the stuff I suggested is moot.
Edit: Woohoo post #5,000 in the Post your gaming setup thread!
Samsung 23" LED 1080p monitor x2
Intel i7-860 2.8GHz
G.Skill Ripjaw 2GB DDR3 Ram x 4
EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 470
Intel 40GB SSD HDD
Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD
MSI Intel P55 MB
Corsair 750w PS
Windows 7 Pro
7.1 Dolby surround sound w/ woofer (I forget who makes it, I'm at work)
Logitech G15 gaming keyboard (a present from the hubby)
crappy windows mouse (sigh)
Booted the first time I flipped the switch after building it from scratch too. It's mah baby *hugs it*
Last edited by sherrasama; 2011-12-22 at 05:27 PM.