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Old 06-10-2016, 02:10 PM   #1
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Hey guys!

Here is your PC hardware super thread, to talk about all the graphics cards and drivers and obscene frames-per-second.

For some contributing content, here is my computer, more or less:

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/desktop...00-series/300/

I welcome suggestions on which things I should do to heavily upgrade this.

Here's a link to a reputable review of the new 1070 graphics card. Seems like it's pretty good.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/...x-1070-review/

So -- please keep hardware discussions in the hardware thread now, thank you
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Old 06-10-2016, 02:28 PM   #2
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So, weird twist in the 1080/1070 saga. Apparently Tri/Quad-SLI is only going to be enabled for some applications. Regular SLI will be business as usual (ie, developer support).

https://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-...-enabled-games

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With the GeForce 10-series we’re investing heavily in 2-way SLI with our new High Bandwidth bridge (which doubles the SLI bandwidth for faster, smoother gaming at ultra-high resolutions and refresh rates) and NVIDIA Game Ready Driver SLI profiles. To ensure the best possible gaming experience on our GeForce 10-series GPUs, we’re focusing our efforts on 2-way SLI only and will continue to include 2-way SLI profiles in our Game Ready Drivers.
Kind of a kick in the ass for crazy ass liquid nitrogen setups, but won't affect base-level users too much. At least, it doesn't scuttle my plans to get another 1080 later on this year.
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Here's my computer, a little outdated now I guess.

http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8...id=23207037820
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If we're posting score results, here's my most recent 3DMark FireStrike Extreme score. Not my highest (it peaks ~11000), but for stability reasons I clocked down a bit:

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/8476794

I'd like to see burn_this_city's results for his 1080 though. I know 2x980s beat it/match it stock speed, but OCd the 1080 should beat them (and be far more stable) by 10%-15%.
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Old 06-10-2016, 03:28 PM   #7
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Okay, how do I find a 1080 or 1070 in Calgary besides Memory express?

Also, is the non founder editions the same as the regular ones to be released spec wise?
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If we're posting score results, here's my most recent 3DMark FireStrike Extreme score. Not my highest (it peaks ~11000), but for stability reasons I clocked down a bit:

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/8476794

I'd like to see burn_this_city's results for his 1080 though. I know 2x980s beat it/match it stock speed, but OCd the 1080 should beat them (and be far more stable) by 10%-15%.
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Okay, how do I find a 1080 or 1070 in Calgary besides Memory express?

Also, is the non founder editions the same as the regular ones to be released spec wise?
Newegg.ca, Tigerdirect.ca, NCIX.com. Local, good luck and godspeed :/

Founders are actually slower than all of the subsequent cards are/will be. They are stock speed with a "exclusive" cooler, while other cards will have aftermarket/3rd party coolers and boosted clocks.

The founders editions are kind of baloney, though they do look nice.
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Probably not a card for the ubber gamers but the AMD Radeon RX 480 is looking good at $200 US. Crossfire 2 of them and it's supposed to equal a GTX1080. Set for release on June 29th.

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http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...0-preview.html

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Old 06-12-2016, 03:56 PM   #11
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Suggestions for a new graphics card if I want to play Overwatch on say, medium?
Build is a couple years old now.
AMD A6-3600
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:30 PM   #12
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^^^ I have questions similar to the above.

Want to get ready for WOW-Legion and computer is getting a bit long in the tooth.

I have a Intel i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz), on 6GB of RAM, with a GTX 550Ti. I bought it in 2010, so have got 6 good years out of it.

Is this worth upgrading? Or is it time to get a new box? The graphics card is at the limit for the PSU, it has no headroom to run anything newer.
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^^^ I have questions similar to the above.

Want to get ready for WOW-Legion and computer is getting a bit long in the tooth.

I have a Intel i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz), on 6GB of RAM, with a GTX 550Ti. I bought it in 2010, so have got 6 good years out of it.

Is this worth upgrading? Or is it time to get a new box? The graphics card is at the limit for the PSU, it has no headroom to run anything newer.
According to this the GTX 950 only requires a 350 watt PSU. You should check individual cards recommendations though.

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desk...specifications

I can't speak about your other requirements though such as if the 950 is good enough.
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The GTX 1070 is out although NCIX doesn't seem to have any in stock. Expensive at $620.

http://www.ncix.com/article/nvidia_GTX1070.htm
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:12 AM   #15
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I am in the market for a new computer. Here is the specs I have been looking at and piecing together. I am kind of a computer part 'noob'.

Games I will be playing:
Heroes of the Storm
Overwatch

In the future if a good MMO gets released I will try it and that type of stuff. Please feel free to comment on any changes as I am open to suggestions.

Video Card
Radeon RX480 Releases June 29
$300

CPU / Motherboard
i7-6700K + Asus Z170-A Motherboard http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/BDL_MM00000758 $600
i5-6600K + Asus Z170-K Motherboard http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/BDL_MM00000759 $470

HSF
Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX50784 $90

Ram
Does brand matter much?
Does 1x16gb or 2x8gb matter much?
Any suggestions
$100

HDD
Sata III w 64MB Cache http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36934 $85

SSD
SanDisk Ultra II 240GB http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX53794 $105

Power Supply
EVGA SuperNova 750 G2 http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX50962 $140

Case
Prior Case.

Operating System
Windows 10
$100

TOTAL COSTS i7 bundle $1,520
i5 bundle $1,390

Thanks,
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:36 AM   #16
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On the RAM side of things, I know in the past brands did somewhat matter when it comes to motherboard compatibility. Not really sure if that's the case nowadays as I've been out of the hardware game for a while.
Might be worthwhile to take a quick look at the manual for the motherboard and see the list of compatible RAM models.
Also you'll want to go with 2x8GB rather than 1x16 as you get a slight performance edge with the dual channel.
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Build is a couple years old now.
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I play overwatch on medium on a 6 year old Radeon HD6950.

If you plan to only play blizzard games, you basically don't need to upgrade.
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Old 06-15-2016, 10:16 PM   #18
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What is a good value for the dollar 1440p Freesync monitor that has a good refresh rate?

Thinking of doing SLI Rx480s.
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^ Any reason you prefer two cards to one? I'll be interested to see how two 480's compare to the gtx 1070
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I dunno - I guess I liked the scalability? I only really play the Battlefield series, so if it's good on 1x480x then I am good, but if I need to, I can add a second?
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