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August 7, 2011 4:05:22 AM

Sorry if this is a common thread topic, but I would like to hear feedback on my rig. I built it with gaming in mind.... Can it run games like Metro 2033 (DX11) and Crysis 2 (DX11) in 1080p? (or do I need to Crossfire?) My monitor is sadly only 1366x 768 and doesn't look good when hooked to my computer via HDMI. :o 

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600 (not K, don't plan on overclocking)
Mother Board: MSI P67A-G43 (B3)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6970
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX (750 watts)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX (7200RPM 500GB)
Disk Drive: LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-Ray Reader
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1

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August 7, 2011 12:00:14 PM

Your PC is absolutely fine for running all game at max detail @1080p, so the only thing you need to do is go out and buy a decent 1080p monitor, i swear by Dell ultrasharp monitors.

Dell UltraSharp U2410 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor
But the above may be to expensive for you, but the ones below are also good.
Dell Professional P2411H 24" Widescreen LED Monitor
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August 7, 2011 1:49:22 PM

Excellent components choices!

I agree with Uther39's recommendation of a Dell Ultra sharp. An alternative would be Dell's 2208WFP wide screen monitor from Dell's Outlet (re-furbished) store. I have one in use for over 2 years. Still going strong and I clearly notice the difference (good difference) between it and my other monitors.

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/popupproductdetail.a...

http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineSales/Online/Invento...
(Seventh one down the line - Ultra sharp)
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August 7, 2011 4:31:43 PM

Sadly I can barely run the Witcher 2 on solid framerates. (uber settings of course)
August 7, 2011 4:40:07 PM

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Sadly I can barely run the Witcher 2 on solid framerates. (uber settings of course)


If that is the case then there is something wrong with your system, is your CPU thermal throttling maybe due to a badly installed cpu cooler?
August 7, 2011 4:45:30 PM

I would doubt that. The default fan is hooked up. Haven't had any problems with my build.... besides audio cutting out for a few seconds once in awhile. (I think due to old speakers though)
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August 7, 2011 4:51:05 PM

Check CPU temps - that will tell the story.
August 7, 2011 4:52:17 PM

Well if you cant run witcher 2 at uber settings with your hardware at a measly resolution of 1366x 768, then trust me something somewhere is seriously wrong.
August 7, 2011 4:56:05 PM

What CPU temperatures are normal? The core temperatures are around 34C.
August 7, 2011 4:58:23 PM

Also you need to tell us what your ambient room temperature is, and what PC case your using.
August 7, 2011 5:18:32 PM

Sorry for the long delay. How do I post the results? (Can't print the screen image) My case is a COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 and the ambient room temperature is 72F.
August 7, 2011 5:23:53 PM

Ok just copy and paste them all onto here.
August 7, 2011 5:34:14 PM

Here we go!
August 7, 2011 5:42:52 PM

Ok well the idle temps look ok, now you need to do the same whilst running prime95 small fft test and again post the results here, it would also be good to see the GPU temps.
August 7, 2011 6:20:31 PM

GPU temps and CPU stress temps
August 7, 2011 7:11:02 PM

CPUz doesn't tell me the temperature. However while running the Witcher 2, I checked CPU usage and it was giving me a reading of 1%. (That can't be right) FRAPS was giving me frame rates as low as 24 to as high as 60.
August 7, 2011 9:08:07 PM

Its not the Temp im interested in with CPUz, its the CPUs clockrate as in MHZ, and CPUz will tell us this i need to know what it is at both idle and load, i think maybe you MB BIOS is not handling intels speed step technology very well, or maybe even overiding it and preventing it from reaching it full rated 3.4ghz clock rate.
August 7, 2011 9:36:33 PM

I have a similar system...a little longer in the tooth, but pretty comparable, and I can run the witcher 2 on the second highest setting at 60fps at 5760x1080, but when I step up to the highest, it goes to like 5. I would assume that at about 1/6 the screen size and with a better processor and motherboard, you would be able to run it extremely well at comparable settings...
August 7, 2011 9:56:03 PM

@lee3821 You really can't get a better processor though right? (Besides the Extreme i7 or 2600k)

@Uther39 So what settings should I pay attention to in the BIOS? (Will post CPUz results later tonight)
August 7, 2011 9:57:53 PM

not a bad build. only gripes is the ripjaw ram, the liteon dvd and the WD500
i would have went for lower cas ram there is some C7 1600 ram out there for a similar price. lite-on drives i have had have always broke long b4 there warenty was up. i prefer pioneer drives. and the wd 500 is easily beaten by a 1tb SP,F3. again at the same price.
August 7, 2011 10:07:44 PM

Good thing I will rarely use the disk drive, but I do deeply regret getting the 500GB HDD. (This is my first custom computer)
August 8, 2011 12:37:38 AM

I swear by samsung optical drives and hard drives, I love the 1tb f3, for that matter I always buy samsung tvs too.
August 8, 2011 1:56:14 AM

Very strange the core speeds remain the same for idle and in game. :ouch:  idle in Crysis
August 8, 2011 2:49:05 AM

Reginthorn said:
Sorry if this is a common thread topic, but I would like to hear feedback on my rig. I built it with gaming in mind.... Can it run games like Metro 2033 (DX11) and Crysis 2 (DX11) in 1080p? (or do I need to Crossfire?) My monitor is sadly only 1366x 768 and doesn't look good when hooked to my computer via HDMI. :o 

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600 (not K, don't plan on overclocking)
Mother Board: MSI P67A-G43 (B3)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6970
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX (750 watts)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX (7200RPM 500GB)
Disk Drive: LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-Ray Reader
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1


I like it! The only thing I don't like is the MSI MB, Asus or GB would have been prefered. However all your brand selections are excellent. Your CPU is also one of the best.

I'm Blackhawk1928 and I approve this computer build!
August 8, 2011 3:20:43 AM

Thanks blackhawk1928 I love my build as well! @Uther39 I think my CPU is fine. Got it to run at a constant 3492Mhz (disabled Intel C-State)
August 8, 2011 3:25:23 AM

Reginthorn said:
Very strange the core speeds remain the same for idle and in game. :ouch:  idle ]http://s2.postimage.org/2uqtvwvxg/Capture4.jpg in Crysis ]http://s2.postimage.org/2ur25lmec/Capture5.jpg
you answered why its happening in your next reply.. turning off c1 halt state stops the cpu from using its low power state
so it wont drop the multi to save power. turning on more c state options will increase efficencey even more. especialy usefull if your away from the pc hours at a time while it runs low usage apps.
August 8, 2011 6:16:01 AM

I have similar build i7-2600k, 6970 etc and i rock witcher 2 at max settings on 1080p with fine fps i never notice issues.
August 8, 2011 6:36:05 AM

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Sadly I can barely run the Witcher 2 on solid framerates. (uber settings of course)


benikens said:
I have similar build i7-2600k, 6970 etc and i rock witcher 2 at max settings on 1080p with fine fps i never notice issues.


Yeah, if you have problems with any game...its definetly not a CPU problem w/ a 2600
August 8, 2011 7:52:36 AM

turn off ``uber-sampling``... it just kills your frame rates even for high end rigs and offers little benefit.

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August 8, 2011 9:15:52 AM
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Reginthorn said:
Thanks blackhawk1928 I love my build as well! @Uther39 I think my CPU is fine. Got it to run at a constant 3492Mhz (disabled Intel C-State)


But im right in thinking as you said , it would not reach its full clock before, but now you have disabled Cstate in the BIOS it will reach its full potential, so do you now get decent frame rates in your games?
August 8, 2011 9:08:11 PM

Okay so I hooked up my PC to a 1080p tv and here are the rough results. So I can run Metro 2033 (DX11) Max settings at around 30-50 fps, Crysis (DX10) Ultra around 30-45 fps, Witcher 2 (Uber Max settings) around 22-34 fps, Battlefield Bad Company 2 (DX11) max at 75-60 fps and Mass Effect 2 at 60 fps. :D  I will say that they go towards the lower frame rates.

benikens said:
I have similar build i7-2600k, 6970 etc and i rock witcher 2 at max settings on 1080p with fine fps i never notice issues.

With Ubersampling turned on? What are your CCC settings. [Note: I haven't done anything with these settings]


Uther39 said:
But im right in thinking as you said , it would not reach its full clock before, but now you have disabled Cstate in the BIOS it will reach its full potential, so do you now get decent frame rates in your games?

No I didn't notice a change in performance, but my CPU is running its normal clocks. (tried a different temp and usage software) Also is there a way I can lock frame rates?
August 8, 2011 9:09:58 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
August 18, 2011 3:35:11 AM

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