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August 25, 2011 9:26:42 AM

Hello all,

I wasn't sure which category to post this so I hope I'm somewhat in the right section.

Over the last 6 months I put together 6 PCs for thje purpose of LAN. I bought most parts used whenever I found a good enough deal and while some are more powerful than others, my main objective was that the weakest woiuld still be able to hold it's own in most games.

All my systems seem to work just fine but it did occur to me that maybe I might be getting bottlenecked somewhere and I'm not even aware of this. Although I realize I could have moved some components to other setups, my main concern here is if for whatever reason, I'm holding back either my CPU or more likely my videocard in any particular setup.

I should add that all systems are hooked up to 23-24" displays all capable of 1920 x 1080 (although not all my systems can take advantage of that resolution depending on the game)

These are some quick specs, hopefully they give enough info (CPUs are stock unless otherwise noted):

1 - E8500 - P5Q Deluxe - 6GB DDR2 800mhz Reaper - EVGA 8800 Ultra

2 - Q6600 (3.0ghz OC) - Striker II Extreme - 4GB Patriot 2000mhz DDR3 - 2X EVGA 9800 GTX+ SLI

3 - i3 540 - P7P55D-E - 4GB Silverline 1333mhz DDR3 - EVGA GTX 460 1gb

4 - Q9550 (3.4ghz OC) - Maximus Formula - 8gb Corsair 1066mhz DDR2 - AMD 6970

5 - i5 760 (3.35ghz OC) - EVGA P55 FTW - 4gb Ripjaws 1600 myz DDR3 - EVGA GTX 470

6 - Phenom II X6 1050T (3.5ghz OC) - 890X-UD3 - 8GB Blackline 1600mhz DDR3 - ATI 4890

I appreciate any input or perhaps anything I should change or even add but again, my main concern here is bottlenecking.

Thanks in advance!


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August 25, 2011 10:48:16 AM
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I see no obvious cpu/gpu mismatches...

Sell 5 of the 6 rigs unless you are planning on opening an arcade... :) 

The i5 750 is likely the fastest cpu, and 6970 the fastest GPU...if you intend to keep one rig, might as well combine the fastest prts.
August 25, 2011 10:50:48 AM

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August 25, 2011 6:49:34 PM

mdd1963 said:
I see no obvious cpu/gpu mismatches...

Sell 5 of the 6 rigs unless you are planning on opening an arcade... :) 

The i5 750 is likely the fastest cpu, and 6970 the fastest GPU...if you intend to keep one rig, might as well combine the fastest prts.


Fantastic, thanks for the reply.

Like I said, these PCs are for a LAN setup I made in the basement for get togethers and the like. I wasn't going to build 6 Sandy Bridge setups for gaming when even the weakest PC in the list (E8500) can handle most games at decent resolutions just fine.

But I was most concerned about bottlenecking and am happy that the Q9550 does not hold back the 6970.

Again, thanks for the reply.
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August 25, 2011 7:31:04 PM

^^ The Q9550 might be holding teh 6970 a little, wouldn't imagine its a huge bottleneck though.
August 25, 2011 7:42:22 PM

gamerk316 said:
^^ The Q9550 might be holding teh 6970 a little, wouldn't imagine its a huge bottleneck though.


It's generally unnoticeable if your just doing a LAN party
September 4, 2011 6:04:20 PM

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