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June 26, 2012 5:32:21 AM

First post here and first pc build ever. Would like any thoughts, suggestions or compatibility issues. Thanks. This will only be used to play iRacing, rFactor2, Project Cars. This will be a dedicated pc for a racing simulator. Check out my racing simulator chair that it's going on at www.racingsimulatorseats.com. Thanks


This is a parts list from NewEgg.com


LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Subtotal: $1,120.90

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June 26, 2012 6:07:03 AM

I assume that you will only be running one 1920x1080 monitor? If you have multiple you may want the HD7970, 3GB of GPU RAM and equivalent to better performance to a GTX670 once the new drivers come out. Make sure regardless of which you get it has non reference cooling, as the whine of stock cooling will probably not be good in a simulation.

The Agility series is OCZ's mid-range SSD, get the Vertex 4 as it is the premium stuff and not that much more expensive.

Where's your Hard Drive?, I realise that this machine only has to hold 2-3 games but a 200GB Drive wouldn't go amiss.

That Hyper 212+ should be a Hyper 212 EVO, the EVO has a better baseplate, so better conduction of heat therefore better temperatures.
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June 26, 2012 6:16:58 AM

I've mounted a 32" Samsung 720p Flat Panel to this rig. I might eventually want triple screens so going with the 7970 would be your recommendation then? Thanks for the info on the SSD, I figured that I would just use an SSD and that's it. Would just a SSD not be a good idea to run everything? Also, check on the the Hyper 212 EVO, I'll change that. Thank you. Anything else?
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June 26, 2012 6:30:20 AM

Nothing wrong with running everything off an SSD, but then the problem is that programs and data that wont/dont need to benefit from its speed will be stored there, which fills it up quite quickly. I would put the OS, Drivers, Core programs and the simulators on that drive, with the HDD to hold everything else. Who knows, you may want to watch a movie in your molded racing seat.

That screen is only 720p, triple 720p screens wont be a problem for a 670, but at 1080p it might start to run out of GPU RAM. On a single screen there will be no noticeable difference between the cards as at that resolution they will easily hit the frame rate restriction (60Mhz typically) on max settings (unless your simulator is Crysis).

Also another factor to consider is that AMD cards support Eyefinity, which is a program to make multiple monitor gaming and use much easier.
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June 26, 2012 6:35:29 AM

Ok sounds good. Thanks so much for the input. I'll make the necessary adjustments. Thank you!
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