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In Topic: Bought new graphics card and dissapointed

Yesterday, 01:43 PM

Turbo-boost is built into the chips by Intel themselves, so you can be sure it won't have much, if any, effect on the lifespan or reliability of the processor. Maybe the chip will only last for 40 years instead 45. :)
Generally speaking, in normal use, chips don't "wear out", they just become obsolete. The parts in a computer that wear out are things like cooling fans and mechanical hard drives, and to a lesser extent, electronic components like capacitors.

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

28 August 2014 - 02:01 PM

View Postanudaw, on 27 August 2014 - 05:11 PM, said:

thanks for the feedback, i posted the same quest in pcpartpicker and someone suggested a Pentium g3258 for cpu and a r9 280x would that be good as well?
Like Typo, I wouldn't suggest you get a G3258 unless budget is a real concern. However, if you don't plan to overclock, you could replace the i5-4690 with any less expensive Haswell i5, such as the i5-4460, to save a bit of money but get nearly the same performance. Or you could use the money saved on the CPU to get a better GPU such as a GTX-760 or R9 270X.
Overall, an i5-4460 with an R9 270X would perform better than the 4690 and GTX-750 Ti.

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

26 August 2014 - 02:32 PM

Change the CPU to a newer i5-4690K (it should be about the same price). For a cooler, a basic CM Hyper 212+ will get you all the overclock a Haswell can handle.
For best performance with the Haswell CPU you'll want a Z97 based motherboard, not a Z87

In Topic: Bought new graphics card and dissapointed

23 August 2014 - 01:40 PM

I've had both AMD and nVidia based cards but I've never noticed any particular difference between them, especially not any major difference in contrast or 'dark-ness'. My current card is an HD7870, which is the earlier version of the R9 270X, but I've never played GW2 with any card other than my previous HD4870 (I think it was) and I haven't played SoSE at all, so I have no experience with using an nVidia card with either of those. I don't see any sort of 'dark-ness' issue with SWtOR with the HD7870.
Of course, that's not to say that there's not some issue with your particular R9, though. Have you been making the adjustments on the monitor or in the Catalyst Control Center?
Also, of course, are you using the latest driver?

Btw, similar to you, I intend to move most of my current rig into an HTPC, but I've delayed that because I'm waiting for M.2 SSD prices, etc, to stabilize, and so I'm looking to do that next spring. Meanwhile, I bought an A8-7600 to use in the HTPC. Of course, I got the A8 already, but the motherboard I ordered with it is "back ordered", so I have everything I need except the mobo (and Blu-Ray drive). :(

In Topic: Bought new graphics card and dissapointed

21 August 2014 - 03:10 PM

Oh, and I forgot to mention - and it's probably too late anyway - but the GT-610 probably sucks worse than the HD5450. But, it is replaceable later. :)
Basically, once you go below a GTX-650, you're better off, price/performance-wise, with an AMD based product. In your case, an R7 240 or 250, but, meh. :)