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Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« on: January 31, 2013, 02:42:20 PM »
I'm gonna be building myself a new gaming rig here in about a month. Only my HDD and case will be reuseable from my old machine as the damn thing is ancient.

My tenative plan for the new machine:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=21508352

Keep in mind I am not committed to getting these through newegg that is just where I went to establish my baseline.

So please let me know if you guys have any particular suggestions. I will primarily be using it for gaming, I might run Fraps through it as well.

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Re: Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2013, 03:04:25 PM »
The difference between the i7 2700k and something like an i5 3570k or even a 2500k is pretty small for the price.

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Re: Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 03:48:29 PM »
Is there any real benefit to the i7 2700k?

If not I will definately switch on over.

I'm trying to find ways to save build cost.
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013, 04:42:52 PM »
Its a little bit faster stock, and would probably be a bit faster overclocked (the i5s still overclock really well, though, so there may not be much of a difference there either.)
The i7s also have Hyper-threading, so if you use programs that are properly optimized for multiple threads it would have a larger advantage. But, games are mostly not (its more a multimedia editing thing at this point), and the difference between them in gaming isnt really enough to justify the cost.

Heres a comparison for the i5 3570 and the i7 3770 (which is apparently just a little bit more powerful than the 2700) - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/701?vs=551
Its a bit better than the i5 in encoding, compressing, etc, but the gaming benchmarks aren't leaps and bounds over (for $100 difference).

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Re: Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2013, 04:49:47 PM »
I'm sold.


Thanks! I really appreciate it.

My major stumbling block at the moment is gettng a new power supply. I know I want something that'll run my new rig since my current one is only a 350w but I don't want to spend $100 on just the supply....

Maybe I'm just being picky but I'd like something modular so I can remove the myriad of parts I won't be using.

Not sure I can have both modular and cheap though.
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Re: Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013, 11:07:53 PM »
I always use the Ars Technica guides as a starting point.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/12/ars-technica-system-guide-december-2012/

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Re: Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2013, 11:19:40 PM »
Im gonna do the same, build a new pc. But I read the i7 cant be over clocked. So im going with the i5 and most games dont use hyperthreading.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zbfq

Mines gonna be a full overhaul. Btw this site is great even tells you if theres things on sale that match up to your pc. Like my mobo I priced was on sale with 8gig ram but I wanted 16.
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Re: Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2013, 12:13:54 AM »
Where did you hear the i7's can't be overclocked?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-overclocking-core-i7-3770k,3198.html

If you mean the Ivy Bridge ones, they may not overclock quite as good as the Sandy Bridge i7's on air cooling (but have a better stock performance, generally dont have to mess with the voltages, and have lower power draw when overclocked.) but can still be overclocked.

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Re: Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2013, 03:27:12 AM »
I think I read it somewere on toms forums. But cant find it now. Of course that could have been some scrub not knowing what he was talking about. Either way im gonna go with the i5.

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Re: Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2013, 11:59:14 AM »
The purchase was made.

Got all my stuff last night, threw the thing together and pressed the power button.

NOTHING.

Of course I did something wrong I'm sure... The green light on the mother board and massive GPU both light up when the power chord is plugged in. So at least I know The Board GPU and PSU all work...

I'm gonna pull the whole thing apart and try to figure this out. Damn job getting in the way of me fixing my computer.
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Re: Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2013, 03:35:01 PM »
Everything has been worked out, I am now posting this from my new SCREAMING fast PC.

Ran the Fire Strike 3dmark benchmark and It went well.
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Re: Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2013, 07:26:52 PM »
Everything has been worked out, I am not posting this from my new SCREAMING fast PC.

Ran the Fire Strike 3d benchmark and It went well.

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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2013, 11:54:19 PM »
By went well I mean it passed with an ok score. Never went below 8 fps and held steady at 10 for most of the test.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/356232
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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2013, 12:55:28 AM »
By went well I mean it passed with an ok score. Never went below 8 fps and held steady at 10 for most of the test.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/356232

it was the word not that confused me

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Re: Mid level Tech Geek looking for Advice
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2013, 02:39:23 AM »
By went well I mean it passed with an ok score. Never went below 8 fps and held steady at 10 for most of the test.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/356232

it was the word not that confused me

I reread that too and wasn't positive... Figured I'd fix it just in case... XD
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