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Room for Improvment again? MOBO failure forced me to upgrade my monster gaming rig a bit sooner than anticipated.
So here it is... Prometheus v2, my new gaming rig.
Case: Cooler Master "HAF 932" Black Steel ATX Full Tower High Airflow Case.
MOBO: ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX,
SATA-III 6Gb/s, USB 3.0 ATX Gaming Motherboard, w/3-Way nVidia SLI + AMD CrossFireX Support and U.E.F.I. BIOS. Republic. Of. Gamers. Edition!
CPU: AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor (L2 Cache = 8Mb)(L3 Cache = 8Mb)
CPU Cooler: "Corsair" Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, w/Quad-120mm Fans.
Memory: 16GB (4GBx4) "Corsair Vengeance PC-1600 DDR3 (PC3-12800) Dual Channel XMP Gaming Memory.
Video Cards: "Sapphire" (Dual) Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCIe v2.1 x16 HDCP Ready, CrossFireX, 2nd Gen DirectX 11, Plus Eyefinity.
Power Supply: "Corsair" 1000 Watt, ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 CrossFire Ready, Modular PSU.
Hard Drive (Boot): Crucial M4 256GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s, 2.5 Internal SSD.
Hard drive (#2): "Seagate" Barracuda 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200 - RPM, Internal HDD.
Hard Drive (#3): "Western Digital" Caviar 80GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8MB Cache 7200 - RPM, Internal HDD.
Optical Drive (#1): (Black) "LG" 6X BD-R, 2X BD-RE, 16X DVD+R, 6X BD-ROM, SATA Internal Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive Model GGW-H20L with LightScribe.
Optical Drive (#2): (Black) Plextor 20X DVD, Qflix Burner, 20X DVD+R, 8X DVD+RW, 8X DVD+R DL, 20X DVD-R, 6X DVD-RW, 16X DVD-ROM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW, 48X CD-ROM, SATA Model PX-806SA.
Monitor ASUS VE278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full 1080p Widescreen LED - LCD, w/HDMI, DVI-D, Display Port and 300 cd/m2 ASCR 10,000,000:1 w/HDCP support.
Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Professional "Fatal1ty" Series Sound Card.
Speakers: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Professional "Fatal1ty" Series Gaming Headset MKII w/ Surround Sound & Removable Microphone Boom.
Mouse: Saitek - R.A.T. 9 - 5600 dpi Wireless Laser Gaming Mouse.
Keyboard: Saitek - Cyborg v7 Programmable Multi Color, Backlit Gaming Keyboard.
Operating System (#1): "Microsoft" Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit.
Operating System (#2): Microsoft Windows XP Professional 32-Bit.
Sorry for the long list. I cut & pasted from a word doc.
Anyhow just looking for some feedback as to any improvements
I can make to increase performance. Comments welcome!
Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
Looks sexy. I recently posted to this forum a Tom's Hardware article on your CPU--give it a look. It seems that to attain any meaningful overclock, you need to use either very serious air cooling (the giant Noctua or Prolimatech tower coolers with excellent fans) or watercooling.
Since you have the best closed-loop setup (H100 with push/pull) short of a full-on DIY watercool setup, I am wondering how your CPU behaves on OC. With that mobo and cooler, it would be a crime not to OC.
I might not have gone with that CPU in my own build, but you definitely built the rig around maximizing its potential and at least matching the performance of the i5-3570k.
I'm assuming you didn't replace your graphics cards, as they are a little underpowered compared to the rest of the rig. Now is a good time to pick up a pair of Radeon 7950s, or perhaps wait a couple months for the Radeon HD 8000 series to drop.
You could have gotten away with a slightly smaller PSU, but with all the peripherals, possible OCing, Crossfire GPUs, and possible GPU upgrade in the near future, I would not go smaller than 700-750w. 1000w is definitely on the large end of things, unless you are preparing to go Crossfire on some 7970s... buy YMMV and people tend to have strongly-held opinions about their PSU size choice. Is the one you got at least silver/gold rated?
How do you like the Fatal1ty sound card? It's been bashed by reviews when used for other than gaming (watching movies, listening to music) and seems to be very narrowly tailored towards maximizing the professional gaming experience (esp. FPS MP matches) at all costs. What's your opinion on it?
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