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Old 05-10-2009, 06:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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So it's like a competition? Who's ranked number one on tech forums?

I'll definitely join once I get my new build if that's alright.

Btw, what GTX 285 do you guys recommend? BFG has an OC2 and OCX that are surprisingly the same price on Amazon, though I have no idea what the difference is. EVGA support is always top notch.

And about the extra case fans, is there some sort of installation required with tools or is it just an easy attachment?
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haha PVRT is...he's a folding beast! And yeah..it's like a friendly competition...no prizes..just bragging rights and knowing you contributed a lot to the cause


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btw you're rig will be very similar to mine...and i get right around 20k ppd (points per day) with both cards and 4 cores folding on the i7
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I'd get the XFX I linked too. Top notch stuff.
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XFX one says it ships in 1-2 months, so can't do that unfortunately.

Comatose, is your i7 overclocked at all?
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i agree...the XFX 285 is an amazing card.....and then you'll have room for another 285 if you wish down the road....


haha yeah it's overclocked just a bit -_o



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Wow, that's quite the overclock. Isn't that the max for i7? What kind of cooling do you have? Would my setup have adequate cooling to get to 4 ghz?
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i'm running a single water cooling loop on an MCR320 (3x120mm) radiator and a Apogee GTZ waterblock.
i don't run at 4.5 it's not stable, but i do run really stable on 4.0ghz

the V8...i've heard some people can get to 4ghz..but it's not stable in prime 95....but 3.8 is...

also if ya want to break into overclocking...check this out..it should make things a bit more clear for you so you'll know what you're getting into

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Is overclocking necessary if I don't really care that much about benchmarks and Folding score? I notice your guide says its advantage is also better FPS for CPU based games. But aren't games like Crysis mostly graphics card intensive? The only games I can think of that are CPU heavy are MMORPGs and games with big open worlds. Still, I'd probably wanna try out overclocking, but this is a real big investment for me so I don't want any part of my system dying during the process.

As you might tell, I probably don't know what I'm talking about half the time ahaha...are there any good, recent guides out there written in layman's terms for building a PC? And perhaps a guide out there that can get me caught up on a lot of the terms that I don't understand?
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Crysis is pretty CPU intensive as well if I recall.

It's true that the GPU is the biggest helper for gaming performance, but overclocking your CPU helps as well.

EDIT: If the XFX takes too long to ship, grab this one: Amazon.com: EVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR GeForce GTX285 1 GB GDDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Lifetime Warranty: Electronics
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Back to the optical drive, will that one Blu-ray/HD-DVD drive be sufficient? Can it play DVDs and CDs as well?
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