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#2341 Quaker

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 03:00 PM

View Postnamasher, on 03 October 2014 - 08:46 PM, said:

gonna leave the cpu cooler for later when i begin the OC plan when i change the mobo
This may be another typo, but, you'll want to change the CPU (and the motherboard) if you want to overclock at some later time. You'll want a processor that ends with 'K', such as the i5-4690K or i7-4790K, plus an overclock friendly 'Z' series motherboard (Z97 chipset).
If you actually think you might overclock later you should get those parts now. But I wouldn't worry about it much, you'll probably be so happy with the performance of your new system, you won't ever bother to overclock it.
(For example, I used to get OC friendly parts for many years, but after never actually OC'ing in the past 7 years or so, I've finally given up even buying the required parts. :) However, I do have an i5-3570K, because it was the fastest at the time, and I do use a CM Hyper TX3 because it's very quiet.)

Edited by Quaker, 04 October 2014 - 03:02 PM.


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 12:20 PM

View PostQuaker, on 04 October 2014 - 03:00 PM, said:

This may be another typo, but, you'll want to change the CPU (and the motherboard) if you want to overclock at some later time. You'll want a processor that ends with 'K', such as the i5-4690K or i7-4790K, plus an overclock friendly 'Z' series motherboard (Z97 chipset).
If you actually think you might overclock later you should get those parts now. But I wouldn't worry about it much, you'll probably be so happy with the performance of your new system, you won't ever bother to overclock it.
(For example, I used to get OC friendly parts for many years, but after never actually OC'ing in the past 7 years or so, I've finally given up even buying the required parts. :) However, I do have an i5-3570K, because it was the fastest at the time, and I do use a CM Hyper TX3 because it's very quiet.)

Thanks for the guide.

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 09:01 AM

Just curious as I am rather computer retarded I am wondering if http://www.dell.com/...lienware-x51-r2 would run GW2 well for wvw. the funds are not truly an issue (as people seem to hate alienware) and quaker I would love your input as well as you seem super knowledgeable.

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Posted 23 October 2014 - 01:56 PM

Given the specs of the linked config, it should play GW2 quite well. You can't get much better than the i7-4790 for a processor - which is the main concern for WvW - and the 760 Ti is more than adequate for 'high' graphics settings (at 1920x1080).
We'd have to check out various reviews of it to see if there are any specific problems or missing features, but the specs are certainly good enough. One concern might be cooling - it might get hot during a lengthy GW2 session, because of the small case.

http://www.stuff.tv/...x51-2014/review

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 05:00 AM

View PostKrakilin24, on 22 October 2014 - 09:01 AM, said:

Just curious as I am rather computer retarded I am wondering if http://www.dell.com/...lienware-x51-r2 would run GW2 well for wvw. the funds are not truly an issue (as people seem to hate alienware) and quaker I would love your input as well as you seem super knowledgeable.

The usual concern with Alienware is that you're often getting less for your money than other options. But at least in this case you're getting a small form factor which is somewhat unique and a bit more complicated to do yourself. If this is what you want, and you're happy with the price, I won't try to convince you otherwise.

As far as the system specs go, this should be a very solid system for most modern games at 1080p. GW2 in particular will run very well (or at least as well as it does for anyone).

Cooling is theoretically more of a concern in a small form factor due to less airflow, but I'd hope that a $1600 Alienware PC has taken that into account in its design. You can't overclock an i7-4790, and the GTX 760 Ti isn't going to get very hot either. Pay attention to your hardware temperatures from time to time, as any PC gamer should, but I think it will be fine.

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:59 AM

Hmm so any recommendation for price and decent cooling? I almost wvw exclusivly. been looking at alienware (I get a 20% discount on dell) and Ibuypower's erebus GT system. I need prebuilt due to my own incompetancy with systems. but if you guys have any recommendations that are more suitable I would absolutely appreciate it.

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 03:48 PM

Actually, I can't find any reviews that have any complaints about the X51 overheating - it apparently feels a bit warm during heavy use, but that doesn't affect performance - so you could just go with that.
Other than that, you could try to find or configure a regular Alienware or Dell desktop, such as an XPS 8700, with roughly the same specs.

Edited by Quaker, 25 October 2014 - 03:52 PM.


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Posted 29 October 2014 - 08:57 AM

I have all the parts with me now for an htpc/light gaming build using a Bitfenix Colossus Micro ATX and would like to know how capable it will be. Keep in mind I have all parts and will be building it in a couple weeks after my MCAT, so I don't think I'll be changing anything out.

core i3 4370 (3.8 Ghz dual core) with stock cooler
asrock h97m pro4 mobo
evga gtx 750 ti FTW w/ ACX cooling
evga 650W 80+ gold psu (bundled with gpu)
8gb crucial ballistix 1600 mhz
120gb samsung 840 evo ssd + 1tb WD blue

Thanks in advance for the feedback!

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Posted 29 October 2014 - 03:02 PM

It should be more than adequate for HTPC and "light gaming" use. Even for GW2 you should be able to play basic PvE or do things like crafting, etc, while lying on the couch in front of the tv. :)




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