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Serris

February 21, 2014, 06:37:48 pm #31 Last Edit: May 17, 2014, 04:17:12 pm by Serris
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.5 GHz
Memory: Corsair 4 GB DDR3 @ 1600 MHz
Graphics Card: EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 760 2 GB GDDR5 256-bit
Motherboard: MSi P67A-GD65

The Investigator

Quote from: Serris on February 21, 2014, 06:37:48 pm
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.5 GHz
Memory: Corsair 4 GB DDR3 @ 1600 MHz
Graphics Card: MSi nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2 GB GDDR5 192-bit
Motherboard: MSi P67A-GD65

4 GB? That's all? O_O

Telex Ferra






Serris

Quote from: Francis Underwood on February 21, 2014, 08:21:32 pm4 GB? That's all? O_O

I had a second 4 GB stick, but my old motherboard had a defective memory slot, so I misplaced it and haven't found it since.

andrewthetechie

Updated to show the newest specs on the beast (8 MONITORS!!!)

Veritas

What do you do with all that? Why not sell those crappy GPUs and get one really good one? You could buy an r9-295X for like $1000.

Here's what I've got now. Just did some upgrades (mostly case mods and GPU; had to RMA a broken part too :/ ).

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
CPU: Intel i7-2600 3.4 ghz quad-core
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2133
GPU: Asus DirectCU II TOP R9 280X (3GB GDDR5)
SSD: 120B Samsung SanDisk
HDD: 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM
PSU: Cooler Master GX750 750watts
Case: NZXT Guardian 921 RB (modded to remove small drive bays)

Right now, nothing's overclocked - I haven't bothered to OC the new GPU yet and the i7 is a non-k version so I can't squeeze much more out of it. I run three monitors; two small Dell something-or-other panels (13'' and 15'') and a 24'' 1080p Samsung panel.

Martin Thompson

QuoteWhat do you do with all that? Why not sell those crappy GPUs and get one really good one? You could buy an r9-295X for like $1000.

I was suprised to see that one R9 295X was more expensive then 2xR9 290X TRI-X (Sapphire custom cooled) in Euros atleast (i think the 295 was rated at about 1200 euros whereas the two 290x's are a grand total of just under a 1000).

How do you like that RAM btw? I'm always a bit weary of buying non Kingston or Corsair RAM. I guess its just good experiences with those brands. I did read some reviews of the other RAM card brands having statistically more fallouts though. Don't have the link anymore. I suppose its just as good as any other brand tbh cuz its all silicon anyway :P


andrewthetechie

Well, as I work from home I do a lot with all 8 monitors. I'll have to take a screenshot next time I am working, I display lots of information that i need to process all at once. Multiple putty sessions, multiple browser windows with data. I've actually gotten to the point where I have to run chrome and firefox because trying to run all of my windows in a single browser causes it to crap out. As for them being "Crappy" gpus...they've run every game I've thrown at them at a perfectly acceptable FPS...so they stay. When they die, they'll get upgraded.

As for Gskill ram, I also have it in my main right, 32gb. Its worked just fine for me. :)

Veritas

Quote from: Martin Thompson on May 17, 2014, 05:53:41 pm
QuoteWhat do you do with all that? Why not sell those crappy GPUs and get one really good one? You could buy an r9-295X for like $1000.

I was suprised to see that one R9 295X was more expensive then 2xR9 290X TRI-X (Sapphire custom cooled) in Euros atleast (i think the 295 was rated at about 1200 euros whereas the two 290x's are a grand total of just under a 1000).

How do you like that RAM btw? I'm always a bit weary of buying non Kingston or Corsair RAM. I guess its just good experiences with those brands. I did read some reviews of the other RAM card brands having statistically more fallouts though. Don't have the link anymore. I suppose its just as good as any other brand tbh cuz its all silicon anyway :P

Well, one R9 295X includes water cooling and essentially two R9 290Xes in Crossfire, but in one unit.

I like it fine - for a while, actually, I thought it might be slightly defective because I was having issues with the system hanging at the BIOS screen on boot until the restart button was pressed, but I recently determined that was caused by a different (faulty) component. If I remember right, though, I got a pretty good deal on it.

Trevor of Borg

Stock pc- processor- amd a8-6500 apu- 3.5ghz quad core
                   Gpu- radeon hd 8570D
                  hard drive- 1tb with a hotswap bay for a second drive
                   ram- 6gb ddr3 no clockage
           
Its a gateway dx4380-er36. It is sold at the source canada.

RadioActivitii

How can you all afford these things  :what:

I can't even afford to get my...blown up memory cell thing fixed.

(Yup. STO destroyed half of the RAM in my laptop, which was bad to begin with. I also can't play Minecraft at all now without overheating.)

Trevor of Borg

In canada we have the ability to get government student loans. And it covers the cost of your education, supplies, and other things you may need. You can live on the loan..kinda

Martin Thompson

Quote from: RadioActivitii on May 18, 2014, 06:45:10 am
How can you all afford these things  :what:

I can't even afford to get my...blown up memory cell thing fixed.

(Yup. STO destroyed half of the RAM in my laptop, which was bad to begin with. I also can't play Minecraft at all now without overheating.)

Because I have a job which earns me money that I saved to get it. As far as educational facilities go, Dutch Universities costs you about 1800 euros tuition a year and you receive a loan from the government of 90 euros (if you live with parents) or 250 euros (if you live by yourself) a month for a period of 5 years. If you finish your study no more then 10 years after you started, your loan is remitted. Besides that there are also more money-loan facilities for students, but those are all loans you need to pay back in the end.


Veritas

Quote from: RadioActivitii on May 18, 2014, 06:45:10 am
How can you all afford these things  :what:

I can't even afford to get my...blown up memory cell thing fixed.

(Yup. STO destroyed half of the RAM in my laptop, which was bad to begin with. I also can't play Minecraft at all now without overheating.)

How did STO destroy your RAM? How do you know it was STO?

Speaking personally, my system is a hodgepodge of components I've bought and upgraded over time. It started life as a Dell XPS 8300. I upgraded the PSU and graphics card a few years ago. A little later I got an SSD. Then, I transitioned to a fully custom build by getting a new case, RAM, and motherboard. The most recent upgrade was improving the GPU again, and modding the case so the new GPU fits.

I try to keep in mind the end-of-life for all my components. The way I'm going I'll be due for a total overhaul (new mobo, new processor, new GPU, maybe more RAM) in about 3-4 years. Before that I will probably upgrade the HDD/SSD.