Gaming Rig 20170508

So back to a rig !

Good news guys :  AMD is actually doing something for us again ! The little compatibility issues with RAM sticks will be sorted out as we go along. It is certainly a good way to shave something off the cost of building a rig now. I would very much like to see how their laptop CPU’s are going to pan out.

Another thing is :  Kaby Lake X is doing Quad Channel DDR4 ! So I reckon it is time for 4*4GB instead of 2*8GB. And if Intel is going to throw some price drops in the mix, a 6-core instead of a quad-core. I am looking at latency rather than MHz and it seems like G.Skill is a good choice. Bit expensive, but are we really looking at budget here ? If you really need the MHz, G.Skill is also your man. Grab what you need. Just remember to grab a set of four sticks, Not two.

So it will have to be 299-series motherboard this time around. We are going to have to wait until the NDAs are lifted and the whole thing is officially released, but it is a nice jump forward if you ask me.

The way things are right now, I would go for a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SATA SSD for  the system. The machine spends less time booting than it does actually running things. Just stash the applications you need on there, it should be enough. For the real speed, we will be having a 500GB Samsung 960 EVO NVMe SSD in there anyway. Push the textures to the limit. The Skylake X is going to have loads of loads of lanes, so I am not worrying about my GPUs to suffer if I add another NVMe SSD later on.

So here we have it :  GTX 1080 Ti ! Times two – because fu*k you, that is why. If I had an unlimited budget, I would have a custom liquid cooling set up throughout the whole machine. But that is a serious upgrade when it comes to cost. The FPS will be spectacular running even one of these cards, so if the flow is good – save your money (you can buy more games).

I am into ASUS right now. Not really sure why. I think I would be grabbing a motherboard off them. They come with some nice automatic tuning applications. They will be built for it, but it is not even necessary to do so on this level.

I think we do need to throw in some HDD drives with a proven track record. No need to spend lots on it. And no need for fancy RAID setups, unless you need the RAID1. The SSDs have plenty of speed, we just need to stash media and documents on there that will not need hyperspeed.

Now what about Intel Optane ? I have seen it around. It will keep the tempo up a lot longer than the NVMe SSDs will. But do I really want to be an early adopter for this now ? We are only talking about RAM-sized bits of it. Okay, it is definitely cheaper than adding another 16GB or 32GB of DDR4. But I have not had the pleasure of trying it out. I wonder if it will make that much of a difference for the things I like doing on a PC. Still a budget issue though – if the budget does not matter, might as well stick it in.

Then I will be going for curved screen this time around. 21:9 3440*1440 should do it. A computer is not like a TV, where you will be sharing it many times. A curved ultra wide is nice for work too. Just visual editing is better on a flat one. If you need to, 4K screens are looking cheaper now. Do that. Or both. And add a 4K beamer while you are at it haha (I would love one) !

Right. Enjoy people !

Ultimate Gaming Rig (20120412)

I was helping a friend find a computer and I came across AMD’s new FX-4170 APU. Still with the 1866MHz DDR3 support, though also still pretty power hungry (125W). But this is going to be a desktop PC, so I don’t care about the usage that much. And now that we have the nVidia GTX 680 too, we might as well make a new list !

So it would include :

– AMD FX-4170 QuadCore ~4.2GHz
– ASUS Corsair V Formula / Thunderbolt
– G.Skill Ripjaws F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL (2x 4GB Set)
– 2x ASUS GTX680-2GD5 (OC to 1.058 MHz =9 )
– 2x OCZ Synapse Cache SATA III 2.5″ SSD 128GB (Raid 0 for System and Gaming)
– Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EZRX, 1TB 7,200RPM (Storage)

Add a cooling paste for the CPU just to be sure (the CPU fan is delivered with the chip), add a case with 2~3 fans and approx. 1000W (modular) PSU. Oh yeah, and an optical drive if you don’t have one lying around. Might make installing stuff on it a bit difficult !

This came up to 1958,39 euros on Tweakers, but most likely a bit more. And you’ll still need Windows 7 on it. Premium would do fine, though Professional has some options (also security options) that are nice to have. The 8GB RAM will handle that perfectly. Ultimate is going to need more though. They advise 16GBs. Though I’ve seen it run on a WinXP laptop, so it’ll work on less. I wouldn’t recommend it though.

Going back  to a QuadCore over the FX-8150 OctoCore setup, has to do with software. There is not that much out there, that will actually utilize the 8 cores. Most games won’t even use more than two. So the faster-but-fewer cores should do games really well. And it’ll still function with 1866MHz memory, which is imba !

What about this setup ? Isn’t this a nice one ? I guess that 2000 euros is a nice price to aim for when building a massive machine like this. This’ll run games at maxed settings for quite a while after you bought it.

Ultimate Gaming Rig (20120203)

So I came across a competition by nVidia. They ask you what the ultimate gaming rig would be. You can win a GTX 580, which is the most awesome thing available right now. Of course I want to win one !

You can find all the information you need here.

Here is my crack at it. Just a few notes :

  • I chose the max AMD over the max Intel, since it supports 1866MHz instead of the 1600MHz memory. Keeps the thing up to speed for an extra 6~12 months, I reckon. The additional power usage does not matter for the ultimate rig.
  • Two GPUs should be overkill, let alone the 4-way support of the motherboard. (I initially included three of them. And a second LED TV.)
  • The Storage HDD isn’t really necessary, but what the heck. Plenty of space to work on projects this way.
  • 32GBs of RAM should be overkill, although it will be handy for editing audio and video. And some future-proofing. However, Win7U could use some overhead.

 

PC Case: Zalman Z-Machine LQ1000

MB: ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX AM3+

CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.6/4.2 GHz 8 Core AM3+

GPU: 2x Gainward Geforce GTX 580 3GB Phantom 883 MHz GDDR5

RAM: 32GB (4x8GB) G.Skill DDR3 RipjawsX 1866MHz

HDD: System) RunCore RCP-V-T251B-MC 120 GB, SF-2281, SATA 6 Gb/s;
Gaming) 2x Patriot Pyro E 240 GB, SF-2281, SATA 6 Gb/s – Raid 0;
Storage) Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 6 Gbit/s

Optical: Sony BDXS-500u 12x BD Writer

Soundcard: Built-in (see motherboard)

Speakers: Bose Acoustimass 15 home cinema speakersystem

Monitors: Samsung UN40D6500VF 40″ LED SmartTV; BenQ SH960 1080p Beamer

PSU: be quiet! Dark Power Pro P8 1200W

External HDD: Media Storage) Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 8TB;
Back-up) Iomega eGo III Portable 500 GB USB 3.0 500GB

Cooling: Liquid Cooling and Fans (+ Controls) are built into the PC Case (see above)

Network Switches: 2x Linksys SE2500 (one for TV+Beamer+Network Drives+the other switch; one for PC+Server+Internet+the first switch)

Oh. My. Sweet. Baby. Jebus. This thing would cost a fortune. But it would make one very happy-in-pants !