Can you explain the rationale behind buying a 1200W PSU for a single 7970 (even a dual 7970 setup can be run with half that wattage) to me?
Last edited by Butler Log; 2012-10-07 at 10:54 PM.
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Just recently upgraded my rig:
Antec 300 case
Thermaltake TR-2 430w power supply (yes 430w is more then enough)
Gigabyte 970A-DS3 AM3+ motherboard
AMD FX-8150 octa core cpu
Cooler Master Hyper 101a cpu cooler with push/pull dual fans
8gb Patriot Viper 3 1600MHz ram
ASUS Radeon HD7750 1gb GDDR5 (running main gaming screen)
XFX Radeon HD4650 1gb (running secondary monitor off PCI-E x4 slot)
(yes I know my cabling looks like trash, no window in the side panel so no need to make it look clean)
As for me:
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k @ 5.0 GHz
Heatsink: Corsair Air Series A70
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked 1024 MB GDDR5 <-- Quality card for the price, and my plans to upgrade this box are merely to fit another one in.
SSD: Crucial 128 GB m4
HD: Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB <-- This had the same RPM and cache as the Caviar Blacks, but was 2 TB for $120 instead of 1 TB for $100 and 1.5 TB for $110. Caviar Black 2 TB was around $200 at the time.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2x4 GB) PC3-12800 1600 mHz DDR3 SDRAM
MOBO: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 1066 <-- This is honestly a piece of crap. It's advertised as full-sized ATX, but it's actually somewhere between ATX and micro ATX, which means my fan is covering one of my RAM slots. I should have done more research before buying it.
DVD: Asus 24x SATA DVD-RW <-- I admit to having never used this since the initial drivers/OS install.
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 <-- Bigger than necessary for the second graphics card I'll add later.
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Monitor 1: Samsung P2770HD 27-Inch HDTV Monitor <-- This was a steal. Refurbished, but from Samsung (a brand I trust) and through the Amazon Warehouse (whose return policy I trust), for $262.32 instead of around $450.
Monitor 2: Vizio E220MV 22-Inch HDTV <-- This was around $200 retail, but with employee discount I got some hookup cables and such for half off + boosted my numbers for that month.
Mouse: Razer Naga 12-button SWTOR edition.
Keyboard: Gigaware keyboard you can find in any radioshack for like 25 bucks.
Speakers: Gigaware 50W speakers you can find in most radioshacks for like 40 bucks.
Desk: Walker Edison 3-piece Contemporary Glass and Steel Desk <-- This thing is ridiculously sexy, and it was on sale for $90 instead of around $160.
Disturbingly enough, however, when I booted Prime95 to double check those numbers just now, I bluescreened x101 (needs more voltage). Hrm.
Last edited by Armond; 2012-10-08 at 05:10 AM. Reason: 27 and 17 are different numbers.
Ya the specs are slightly off, it's a work in progress, gonna add another 8 gigs of matched ram, and possibly swap my boot drive to an SSD. Thinking about a corsair H40/H50 for water cooling the CPU as well.
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You guys have just Gigantic cases, I'm happy with my Antec 300 but my god the size of some of your front intake fans is a bit ridiculous. :P
@Armond I'm kind of limited given the size of my case, I dont have the back panel room to route cables behind the motherboard, what can you recommend I could do to improve airflow/cabling look, given what you can see in my pics?
I'll admit the term "mid tower" really has lost meaning nowadays since so many of them are normal-sized (like your Antec 300) going to borderline full-tower sizes (like my Storm Sniper). The biggest advantage is of course cable management, more room to work in, more room to expand, etc.
Believe it or not, recently there has been something of a trend going on with PC builders/enthusiasts who are trying to get AWAY from huge builds and going for the smallest form factors. There's been a sudden shift towards building mini-ITX/uATX rigs, but still using top-of-the-range hardware. E.g. cramming an i5 3570K + Z77 mini-ITX board + GTX680 into a tiny case, so at first look it seems to be a modest little family PC, and then you see it pushing max settings in BF3/Crysis 2 at high framerates and wonder "dude what the fuck is in that little box?!". There's just...a crazy joy in the idea of building a cute little rig that performs equal or better to massive monsters that are 3x bigger!
For example look at this watercooled mini-ITX build featured over at ROG:
Can you think of anything more awesome?
Now even I really really feel like building my own little mini-ITX beast, but I have to slap myself keep myself reminded to spend money responsibly and be satisfied with what I have :P
Which caviar green would that be? :-P Not dissing the choice, just saying.. Greens have lower RPM and cache than blacks, that's the whole point of them. (less speed -> less power = less sound and heat)HD: Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB <-- This had the same RPM and cache as the Caviar Blacks, but was 2 TB for $120 instead of 1 TB for $100 and 1.5 TB for $110. Caviar Black 2 TB was around $200 at the time.
Last edited by Ghâzh; 2012-10-08 at 12:17 PM.
And yeah, not touching those settings. I actually built this guy about six months ago, and that bluescreen in my previous post is the first one I've had. Not gonna touch that vcore setting.
check it out - I spent a good ten minutes flipping between the green and the black before I decided I must be crazy and got the green.
which they don't mention in the technical specs). Greens are also made from cheaper parts hence the shorter warranty.
Nevertheless, if I was buying a storage drive right now I'd use the Green one instead of the Black I have at the moment. It's loud. Probably the loudest part in my pc while idling. :< Also the boot up sound is shattering. Like someone scratching nails against a blackboard.