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Forum: New Build Advice 06-04-13, 08:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,938
Posted By Christoi
Depends on the usage really. You do see a...

Depends on the usage really. You do see a noticable improvement with things like editing and file compression where there's a lot of transfers going on between the CPU and memory, but otherwise it's...
Forum: Cases & Power 06-04-13, 08:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,431
Posted By Christoi
A 650w unit would be plenty for a setup like...

A 650w unit would be plenty for a setup like that, total power consumption at max load is probably going to be around 400w at most. I'd recommend upgrading the power supply anyways since the unit you...
Forum: Cases & Power 03-04-13, 04:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,684
Posted By Christoi
From what I've seen, at lot of these tests are to...

From what I've seen, at lot of these tests are to make sure that the power supply doesn't damage the components it's connected to, which can be a problem with low-end units. If the unit is within...
Forum: Graphics Cards 10-03-13, 02:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,796
Posted By Christoi
This, perhaps? ...

This, perhaps?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AAAFE7E/?tag=pcp0f-21
£20 over and it's a reference design, but it'll perform significantly better than a OC'd HD7850. If possible, I'd go with that one...
Forum: Graphics Cards 09-03-13, 04:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,599
Posted By Christoi
Corsair's labeling of the rails with the CX V2...

Corsair's labeling of the rails with the CX V2 series are actually a bit strange, as it's the same as the original CX units despite having internal upgrades. That unit should have no problems...
Forum: OC3D News 09-03-13, 04:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,583
Posted By Christoi
By the looks of things, it seems like the...

By the looks of things, it seems like the internal components haven't changed at all. I'm curious why they are releasing it now though, with Haswell boards starting to pop up.
Forum: Rig Gallery 08-03-13, 07:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,557
Posted By Christoi
Wow, the cable management is incredible for a...

Wow, the cable management is incredible for a case like that! I really like how clean you've managed to make it, especially with the mods you've done. :)
Forum: Mainboard & CPU 26-02-13, 04:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,184
Posted By Christoi
From what I've seen, you really don't need a...

From what I've seen, you really don't need a high-end board for overclocking, unless you plan on going with a custom loop or higher. This is especially since motherboards are replaced relatively...
Forum: Graphics Cards 22-02-13, 03:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,261
Posted By Christoi
In that case, as airdeano said you'll need to go...

In that case, as airdeano said you'll need to go with a reference design card. Most cards mentioned use completely different designs, which won't be compatible with that block. Since all of the...
Forum: Graphics Cards 20-02-13, 03:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,416
Posted By Christoi
I know the CPU discussion here is mostly...

I know the CPU discussion here is mostly resolved, but I thought it'll be worth throwing in a couple of points to consider, especially if you plan on upgrading it sometime soon:

There's seemingly...
Forum: Mainboard & CPU 11-02-13, 06:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 907
Posted By Christoi
Just to expand on what jamesriley said, the VRM...

Just to expand on what jamesriley said, the VRM design of the board is very similar to the R4E, with the only difference being that there less MOSFET's used. Number of phases, and all other...
Forum: Mainboard & CPU 08-02-13, 04:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,743
Posted By Christoi
LGA1155 Xeons are actually based off the same...

LGA1155 Xeons are actually based off the same chips as the i7's, so IPC is near identical. Major difference however is that all Xeons are locked, so you will be stuck at the stock 3.4Ghz clock speed....
Forum: OC3D Freebies 14-01-13, 06:25 PM
Replies: 5,704
Views: 677,742
Posted By Christoi
Wow 1160 online users! That's a 0.4% chance...

Wow 1160 online users! That's a 0.4% chance actually of winning anything, but I wish you all good luck regardless. :P
Forum: Air Cooling 03-01-13, 01:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,890
Posted By Christoi
Just wondering, but what are the temps? The stock...

Just wondering, but what are the temps? The stock cooler has been designed to also be able to handle units like the 2550k/2700k which have a 95w TDP, so it may not be necessary to turn the fans up so...
Forum: New Build Advice 02-01-13, 08:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,332
Posted By Christoi
Why not get a HD7950/GTX670 and upgrade the video...

Why not get a HD7950/GTX670 and upgrade the video card two years down the road? Saves a lot of money and often yields better performance than sticking with a higher-end card for a longer period of...
Forum: Cases & Power 02-01-13, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 997
Posted By Christoi
The Core Edition, I presume? That's an excellent...

The Core Edition, I presume? That's an excellent unit, being a rebranded S12II. Just make sure that the rest of the components aren't pulling too much power, what specs do you have?


The CX V2...
Forum: Graphics Cards 01-01-13, 04:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,160
Posted By Christoi
I wouldn't recommend running a HD7870 on a 450w...

I wouldn't recommend running a HD7870 on a 450w to be honest, especially with a heavily overclocked CPU and with that specific unit. In such cases it may be better to upgrade to a 550w-650w unit,...
Forum: Graphics Cards 01-01-13, 11:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,820
Posted By Christoi
I think it's important to note that the HD7950 is...

I think it's important to note that the HD7950 is a binned chip on it's own, with 4 compute units disabled given they didn't meet the standards during AMD's testing to be sold as an eligible 7970....
Forum: Cases & Power 31-12-12, 11:26 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 61,922
Posted By Christoi
Old post, but... That seems to be fairly...

Old post, but...

That seems to be fairly accurate actually. A 5850 has a rated TDP of 151w, the 3570k has a TDP of 77w, which would probably be around 100w depending on how many volts are added...
Forum: Graphics Cards 31-12-12, 11:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,160
Posted By Christoi
A 450w would be fine with a 7850, so a power...

A 450w would be fine with a 7850, so a power supply upgrade wouldn't be necessary. I wouldn't recommend upgrading in such short intervals though, either going for a 7850 now or a 7970 later would...
Forum: Graphics Cards 31-12-12, 08:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,160
Posted By Christoi
What power supply do you currently have? The...

What power supply do you currently have? The HD7850 pulls a fair bit more power than the 6670, so make sure it can handle the extra load.


Haven't they fixed that already? I'm not too sure about...
Forum: New Build Advice 31-12-12, 02:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,924
Posted By Christoi
From what I've heard about mutli-GPU...

From what I've heard about mutli-GPU configuration and such with the HD7xxx cards, I would say a GTX670 would probably be a better choice.

In terms of pure performance, the 7970's are definitely...
Forum: Graphics Cards 31-12-12, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,431
Posted By Christoi
Pretty much. It's based off the GK110 chip like...

Pretty much. It's based off the GK110 chip like the 570 and 580, but it has two SMX units disabled compared to the single disabled unit of the 570.

Whether you could run it in SLI with a 570, I...
Forum: New Build Advice 30-12-12, 05:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,559
Posted By Christoi
What will you be using the rig for? By the looks...

What will you be using the rig for? By the looks of things I'm assuming it's geared towards gaming, so most of my advice will be based upon that, though it would apply to most other uses:
...
Forum: Mainboard & CPU 30-12-12, 03:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,213
Posted By Christoi
It's not really worth it for gaming, the...

It's not really worth it for gaming, the performance increase in games will be marginal and it would be better to upgrade the graphics card instead. As you said, a HD7870 would probably be a better...
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