Re: Video card ! Help
Like I say, I dunno how GTA4 would cope with Hyper threading rather than native quad cores, and I haven't had time to check yet. Hopefully the boost is enough for it to make the i3 viable.
Indeed, USB 3 and Sata 6GB/s doesn't interest me as I don't use high bandwidth USB devices and have two lightning fast sata 3GB/s SSD's.
I might even go for an i3 and use a really high end motherboard with at least two 8x lane PCIe and a 4 lane for a 9800GT "Green" PhysX PPU. I can always upgrade then to a native quad i5 or i7. personally I believe that as good as X58 is, the only main difference is RAM bandwidth, and dual channel is plenty for gaming. Encoding and 3D/Maths modelling is different and will suck up all that extra throughput. If money was no object though I'd definitely go UD7 X58A with two 16X PCIe and all the luxuries, grabbing a good stepping 920 while I'm at it and some standard 1600 8-8-824 RAM.
Now I have a case that can handle water cooling I may be investing in a 240 rad, res and pump to cool the CPU only. GPU's are nice and cool in this case, with my peak temps dropping higely. Got the figures wrong in a previous post. Load temps went from 86c at 850MHz Core all the way down to 71c using standard settings of Furmark and/or MSI's Furmark based DX11 Fury MSI logo thingie. Wouldn't mind running an i3 at 4.4-4.5GHz super cool. the increased idle noise (from the constant 2 x 120mm fans on the rad) would be worth it for lower loaded noise and very low temps.
I saw a water chiller in Custom PC magazine this month for £400, I'd get that too if I could afford it. Wouldn't use a radiator if I used a chiller as strangely, the rad would actually cause the water to heat up above the temp the water was chilled to due to the coolant being able to hit about 8c. The coolers are noisy, like a fridge but a quick "house mod" and that'll be solved. I'd drill 2 holes in the wall and put the chiller in the spare bedroom, threading the tubes through the holes and using rubber grommets to block the little bit of left over noise. THAT would be an awesome custom PC job
Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050