First off I'd like to start out by saying a big thanks to everyone here for helping me to pick out the components for my new rig. So thank you for all your help in that regard!
Ok, let's get to the nitty-gritty.
Cooler Master HAF932
ASUS Rampage II Extreme
Intel Core i7 920
GFX card |
ASUS Radeon EAH5870 V2
6GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 1600
CPU Cooler |
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Logitech M/N s 0264b
The crappy one from my old Dell!
Everything in my rig is currently running at stock speeds.
Onto the Pics!
A look through the perpex:
A closer look at the insides:
Closer view of the TRUE 120 and RAM:
Extreme Close up of RAM:
My EAH5870 V2:
Finally, a closer view of the bottom of the case:
So overall, I'm really happy with it. It runs every single game I've played on it so far at very high settings without a hitch: C&C3, Portal, CoD4, Racedriver GRID, Medieval 2 TW etc. All at VERY high FPS at 1600x900. It dominates these games. And remember, this is without overclocking anything
Now, my original plan was to be able to play Crysis at Very High, 8x AA at max resolution without lag. So does it do it? Overall, yes, the game is very playable and enjoyable. There are only two points in the game's story where the FPS drop to the low 20s. And that's only if you're standing in a certain position and looking in a certain direction. Other than that, I usually get between 35 and 45 FPS which is great. Max FPS I've seen so far is around 65.
I'm really anxious to see how overclocking will affect these figures.
Waiting for DIRT 2 to arrive in the mail to see how it handles. And by the looks of what I've seen of the 5870 on Youtube, it should dominate the game.
Future plans for my rig:
- Lap my i7 920 and my TRUE120. Gonna be doing this as soon as my sandpaper and rubbing alcohol arrives. Ebay FTW!
- Overclock my i7 920 to 4GHz.
- Overclock my RAM.
- Buy another 5870 and run both in crossfire.
- Spray paint the inside of my case matte black to make it look sexier!
- Oh yeah, and buy a new keyboard.
- Possibly buy some kind of liquid cooling system. Not sure if I'll do this though.
So anyway, what do you guys think of my rig?!