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In Topic: I3 2100 3.10GHz (Sandy Bridge) VS. I5 3550 3.3GHz (Ivy Bridge)

27 September 2014 - 02:04 PM

In a CPU heavy game like GW2, you will get quite a significant boost with an i5 quad-core over an i3 dual-core. I don't know what sort of fps you were getting in WvW, large events, and crowded area, but it should improve significantly in those areas - going to 40-45 fps.
In normal PvE, again not knowing your i3 results, you should get over 60 fps consistently with the i5, but of course, the R9 270 is responsible for much of that.

You won't notice a lot of difference in browsing, watching videos, etc, but more intensive apps like video editors, spreadsheets, etc, will be a lot snappier.

The upgrade would be well worth the money and effort.

In Topic: Buying/Building a PC? Check here First! (The Suggested builds thread)

22 September 2014 - 05:24 PM

View Posttypographie, on 22 September 2014 - 05:06 PM, said:

the modular cable feature often tends to command a $20-40 difference on its own.
Too true, but ....

In Topic: Buying/Building a PC? Check here First! (The Suggested builds thread)

22 September 2014 - 01:57 PM

Well, you didn't actually give any brand and/or model number for the case you have, so it's impossible to say if the NZXT one is significantly better or not. If your current case can accept a couple of additional 120mm fans, then it would be cheaper just to add the fans, but if your current case doesn't really have the spots available for fans, or uses smaller, noisier fans, then the NZXT may work better overall. Cases are a very personal thing anyway - if you like the NZXT's looks, then go for it. It is a good quality, good airflow case.

Like the case, you gave no indication of the make/model of your current power supply. If it's a new-ish good quality unit and has the proper connectors it should work OK. But, if it's some generic cheap-o that came with a case/system, it's apt to be a bit over-rated and could lead to problems.
However, I don't think you need to go quite so far as to spend $95 on a Gold certified PSU when a Bronze one will do just as well. :)

The Bronze units might cost you an extra $2 in electricity each year, but other than that, will work just fine.

In Topic: Buying/Building a PC? Check here First! (The Suggested builds thread)

21 September 2014 - 02:47 PM

View Postnamasher, on 21 September 2014 - 04:30 AM, said:

i got at the store with the same price an i5 4570 3.2GHz .... they told me i need a cooler master vortex plus u think its necessary? ... 1200W PSU wouldnt fit in mine so how i know when i buy one if its gonna work for me?
LOL! - First word of advice - don't listen to those doofuses, and preferably, if you can, don't shop there any more.

1. If you are not overclocking, you don't "need" anything other than the stock cooler that comes with the i5-4570. If the 4570 you bought didn't come with a cooler, then it's either an OEM model, or it's one they removed from a system while upgrading.
In any case, if you do need a cooler, or just want to use a better one than stock, just get a basic CM Hyper TX3 or even a T2.
http://www.amazon.co...ds=cm hyper TX3

2. Even nVidia themselves only recommend a 500 watt power supply for use with a GTX-760 and that 500watts is for the entire system, not just the GPU (GTX-760)
If someone is suggesting you need a 1200 watt power supply, you have my permission to slap them (or yourself :) ) upside the head. Even running 2 GTX-760s in SLI would only need 670 watts and any modern 500-750 watt power supply will fit in most cases just fine.
Note - a bigger than necessary power supply will NOT make your system any more "powerful". It would just be a waste of money.
Note2 - under normal not-overclocked circumstances, an entire system with an i5-4570, a GTX-760, RAM, HDD, etc, will actually consume less than 300 watts, so even a 500 watt supply leaves you lots of headroom.

3. I'm not sure what case you intend to use, but it is possible you might need an extra fan or two. Contrary to what some people seem to be telling you though, the GTX-760 is not particularly power hungry and won't put out great amounts of heat under normal circumstances. So, generally speaking, if you have 1 or 2 120mm fans in the front of the case (blowing in) and one 120mm fan on the rear of the case (blowing out), you should have more than enough air flow for a single GPU.
(For reference, I run an i5-3570K with an HD7870 in a mini tower case with that fan setup - and a CM TX3.)

4. The CM Vortex Plus is a lower profile cooler than the TX3, so which one would fit may depend upon your case - if it's really small or low profile. In any case, as I said, you don't "need" anything other than the stock Intel fan, but the TX3 (or Vortex) would run cooler and quieter.

In Topic: New Build - Small and quiet(?) - feedback appreciated!

20 September 2014 - 02:30 PM

But, keep in mind that there's always newer and faster cards coming out. There's really not much point in looking at today's cards for future upgrades. Look at the future's cards when you upgrade in the future. :D