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In Topic: Need Help with build X99 Plataform

04 April 2016 - 02:00 PM

Some thoughts:

You say you probably won't SLI, but the main reason to go x99 is for the extra PCIe lanes for SLI. So, you might consider going to a newer Skylake platform using an i7-6700K. The i7 only has 16 direct PCIe lanes, but given the speed of PCIe 3.0, you won't notice any change if you SLI 2 980 Ti in an x8/x8 configuration. The Z170 chipset has lots of extra PCie lanes for the SSD, etc.
Of course, if 6-cores is what you're after, than the x99 is currently the way to go, although you could consider some variant of a Xeon platform.

A 1000watt power supply is a bit overkill. Even 2x980 Ti in SLI would only need an 850watt power supply (and actually use much less than that). CPUs and GPUs are generally getting less power hungry, so future builds would probably require even less power.
I'd recommend a good 750watt power supply unless you are sure you are going to SLI 2 980 Tis in the near future. (If history repeats, there will be a single card in about 2 years that will work better than 2x980 and use less power.)

Unless you intend to seriously overclock the CPU, the 240mm cooler is also overkill. Since you intend to use this semi-professionally, I doubt you'll take the chance to drive an overclock to the glitchy edge. So, a basic 120mm AIO water cooler, or even a basic CM Hyper 212 is more than enough. If you don't intend to overclock, you can use the "stock" cooler or a CM Hyper TX3/TX4.

But, other than that, everything looks fine. I'm not sure (at this time) how the PCIe SSD affects the PCIe lanes in the x99 platform. The Z170 platform has enough PCIe lanes in the chipset to handle the SSD without affecting the lanes from the CPU.

Btw, while that Intel SSD is a great performer, etc, you might consider getting a motherboard with an M.2 slot and using one of the new Samsung NVMe M.2 drives, which are just as fast, but a bit cheaper.

In Topic: FPS problems

29 March 2016 - 03:28 PM

It doesn't really matter what you do with your graphics settings, it's your CPU that's holding you back. The i7-4510u is an ultra low power, dual-core processor. (Why a dual-core is called an i7, only Intel knows.)
It's designed to run  browsers, office apps, etc, at a low power rate for thin & light notebooks - it's not designed to run games. In particular, it's not designed to run MMOs like GW2 that need a lot of processing power.

The only way to fix it is to get a laptop or desktop with a better, preferably quad-core, CPU. Sorry. :(

In Topic: OS taking too much space.

12 February 2016 - 03:50 PM

I don't know enough about the inner workings of Windows to make any comment about the files involved or their size.

However, I can say that the Windows 7 folder on my drive (SSD) is 49.7Gigs in total. I'm not even sure from that graphic, how that compares to yours, but my guess would be that it says 68Gig. That would definitely seem to be too big, but I couldn't say what could be deleted, etc.

Oh, it just occurred to me that part of that may be Windows 10. MS has been known to have been downloading Windows 10 in the background so that all the files are there already if you decide to upgrade. (That doesn't quite explain why my install is normal size though, but it could be because my OS drive is only 120Gig and nearly full, so there's not enough room.)

If it's been a long while since you've re-installed Windows, it's probably time to start with a fresh install anyway. :)

P.S. I don't know what the current state of GW2 or it's forums is, but things have slowed to a crawl in this section of these forums.

In Topic: Gw2 stuck on 0kb s

25 January 2016 - 03:47 PM

It could be that your firewall or anti-virus software is blocking GW2. The simplest way to check would be to turn off the firewall and/or AV and see if it then works. After it's downloaded you can determine which app blocked GW2 and what you need to do to get GW2 to work with it.
There's also a possibility that your ISP flags the GW2 downloader as a "torrent" and tries to block it or cap it. You'd have to check with the ISP.

In Topic: First time build

11 January 2016 - 03:37 PM

There's not much to say, really. The i5-4590 will get you about the best fps you can get. (A Skylake i5-6500 would only be 10% or so better - and more expensive.)
You will need to keep the graphics settings down a bit with the GTX-750 Ti - but mostly just "fancy" settings like shadows, etc, and you can always upgrade it later.

A 120Gig SSD is enough for the OS plus GW2, but it will be tight unless you move Libraries to the HDD. You might be better off to get a larger SSD - 250-500 Gig - and either drop the HDD altogether or get a smaller, or used, HDD. Check your current hard drive usage to get an idea of how much storage you need. (My personal system, at this time, has only a 120 Gig and a 500 Gig SSD*.)

Power supply prices fluctuate quite a bit, so you may not be able to save much on the power supply, but you could go with a 500watt supply if that will save you enough to get a larger SSD. (You could even go as low as a 400 watt power supply with the GTX-750 Ti, but that would leave no room for a better graphics card.)

Anyway - happy gaming!

* I had a 120Gig SSD (Kingston) and a 500Gig hard drive, but I wanted to get a larger SSD. I got a real good deal on a 500Gig Samsung 850 EVO, so it was easiest just to replace the 500 Gig hard drive.