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Old 03-04-13, 05:17 PM
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Going with a second 7870 is an OK option. There will be times when you won't get it working (or support will have to be patched in at a later date) so be aware that you may end up relying on a single 7870 at times.

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to be honest I never have any issues with one 7870 so it'll be fine running on one ^^.

I didin't mean Identical btw (not sure why I wrote that. >>)

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Old 03-04-13, 06:22 PM
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to be honest I never have any issues with one 7870 so it'll be fine running on one ^^.

I didn't mean Identical btw (not sure why I wrote that. >>)
That's cool - it's actually a really hard time in the market to give the best advice.

On the CPU side of things we are seeing a slow march towards multi-threading with consoles likely to develop that trend. However for PC only games there will be no need to rush into it so on balance IPC is still generally better. However graphical performance is more important than CPU performance so you don't want to be spending money on the i5 at the expense of GPU power. If you are overclocking and have a tight budget then it might be best to start off with a FX 6300 which could save quite a bit of dosh and then see if that gets you a better GPU. Having said that buying a cheaper CPU and splashing out £50 on a CPU cooler to overclock is a bad decision too... £30 at the most else you might as well just get the i5.

GPU reviews are going through a bit of a revamp at the moment too. Broadly speaking AMD are faster and cheaper but Nvidia is smoother. Given a tighter budget it certainly makes sense to get performance first (low FPS is not smooth regardless of how evenly it is delivered). Also SLI is better supported generally than xfire. Thought about selling your 7870 (they are going for £100-150 on eBay) and getting a 7870 LE of 7950?

Food for thought anyway. Try a few ideas and see which sticks

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Old 04-04-13, 02:33 PM
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I was thinking about sticking my 7870 up for sale but I might just stick with it and give AMD six months or so to sort out the crossfire issues (only really wanting to get dual monitors for around the release of star citizen and that'll be out in a year hopefully). I'd quite like to run multiple monitors you see, and I've had a terrible time with Nvidia 'cards in the past so I'm quite dubious to go the green route again.

I'll consider the fx6300 as it is a very good little chip but I can pick the 8320 up for only a little more if I look for a while (Aria usually have it in a daily deal thingymajig).

Ok, big update time.
So it turns out I'm having to change rooms so my computer is now in my room and I have a lot less space to play with. This means I will have to instead get a nice, quiet case and probably scrap the dual monitor idea. Here is what I've drawn up with so far:

BitFenix Ghost-
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...ource=googleps
Nanoxia Deep Silence (1 or 2 depending on the price at time of purchase)
http://www.quietpc.com/na-ds2


Thought it was appropriate to put in this thread as opposed to starting a new one. Still sticking with a 8320,seidon 120m(or xl) etc.

I'd appreciate some advice on these cases as they appear to have similar performance and price and I'm torn between the two
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I'd get the Nanoxia or Fractal tbh. Can't recommend Bitfenix cases really.
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Old 07-04-13, 09:20 PM
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Make sure the 990fx chipset supports ram that runs at 1866mhz. When i had my 990fx board it did not.
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Make sure the 990fx chipset supports ram that runs at 1866mhz. When i had my 990fx board it did not.
Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for suitable boards
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Old 17-04-13, 06:26 AM
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I'd get the Nanoxia or Fractal tbh. Can't recommend Bitfenix cases really.
I agree on this
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Old 17-04-13, 10:09 AM
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Thanks for the advice guys . I've ordered everything and I'm currently waiting for my stuff to arrive from Aria. In the end I went for a different case (an enermax Fulmo Advanced) because it had great reviews. Time will tell if that was a wise decision.

No more advice needed (I hope)
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Case is all personal so that is all your opinion. Hopefully you actually like it, that is more important than great reviews.
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I am planning to build server 2008 r2 for home use, l never done before, l want to it in order to improve my server admin skills as am new to field, l watched tomlogan video clip and liked it, guys out there, could u kindly advice on hardware stuff to buy prior to build please.
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Hello.

After building two systems recently on behalf of my friends I have decided to come up with a new system for myself as the Dull Uninspiron is not exactly a gleaming beacon of technology and power. I'm going to be using this system for gaming, specifically Star Citizen (https://www.robertsspaceindustries.com/star-citizen/ for those who haven't heard of it),Arma 3 and GTA V.

The following list is a first draft of sorts:

CPU: AMD fx8320 (probably will do an overclock on it, nothing too big)
CPU cooler: either a 212 EVO or a Enermax ETS-T40-VD
Memory:8 GB Corsair vengeance 1866mhz in Red (eventually will upgrade to 16gb if ever deemed nessasary)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme 3 ATX
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb
SSD: Crucial M4 128gb
PSU: Corsair T650 M
Case:Enermax Ostrog GT (Not found many reviews about it but Ostrog do tend to make very good cases from what I have heard)
GPU: 2x xfx 7870 1GHz core edition (already have one, so why not have another)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
oh, and a large amount of fans and a fan controller. I'm leaning towards Enermax or Corsair fans.

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