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December 2, 2012 10:55:44 PM

I purchased my rig about 15 months ago and I'm wondering if I'm in need of upgrading anything. I've got moderate computer knowledge but am not very savvy about hardware.

I'd like to be able to run upcoming and current release (Hitman, Far Cry 3, Assassins Creed 3, etc.) at very high, preferably ultra/max.

My current set up is

Motherboard- Asus P8P67 Pro REV 3.0
CPU- i5 2500K 3.3GHz Quad Core 6MB 95W Overclocked to Between 4.3 and 4.8
Ram- 2 x Kingston DDR3-1333 4GB
GPU- 2 x GTA 580 (running in SLI)
Case- Antec P183 V3 (Gunmetal Finish, Window) w/ Pass-through USB 3.0
Power Supply- Antec HCP-1200 1200W Power Supply
CPU Cooling- Puget Hydro CL3 Liquid Cooling System
Additional Cooling- Custom 120mm Windowed Side Panel Fan
OS- Windows 8

Is it time to update any components in order to keep up with max settings ingame? Sure the GTX 580s in SLI should be able to max things for a while? And more than 8gb of ram isn't really necessary for gaming is it?

Is my CPU still relevant? Anything else anyone can think of to keep ahead of the curve?

Thanks for your help! It's much appreciated.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 2, 2012 10:59:02 PM

Well, its really up to you. If you can play the games you want to play, then stay with it. I am actually running 570's in SLI with a 2500K and I am still getting max settings on anything with my 2500K.

I don't see anything I would upgrade.
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December 2, 2012 11:07:08 PM

tk423 said:
I purchased my rig about 15 months ago and I'm wondering if I'm in need of upgrading anything. I've got moderate computer knowledge but am not very savvy about hardware.

I'd like to be able to run upcoming and current release (Hitman, Far Cry 3, Assassins Creed 3, etc.) at very high, preferably ultra/max.

My current set up is

Motherboard- Asus P8P67 Pro REV 3.0
CPU- i5 2500K 3.3GHz Quad Core 6MB 95W Overclocked to Between 4.3 and 4.8
Ram- 2 x Kingston DDR3-1333 4GB
GPU- 2 x GTA 580 (running in SLI)
Case- Antec P183 V3 (Gunmetal Finish, Window) w/ Pass-through USB 3.0
Power Supply- Antec HCP-1200 1200W Power Supply
CPU Cooling- Puget Hydro CL3 Liquid Cooling System
Additional Cooling- Custom 120mm Windowed Side Panel Fan
OS- Windows 8

Is it time to update any components in order to keep up with max settings ingame? Sure the GTX 580s in SLI should be able to max things for a while? And more than 8gb of ram isn't really necessary for gaming is it?

Is my CPU still relevant? Anything else anyone can think of to keep ahead of the curve?

Thanks for your help! It's much appreciated.


Dude you're good for at least 1-2 years lol.
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December 2, 2012 11:08:41 PM

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Well, its really up to you. If you can play the games you want to play, then stay with it. I am actually running 570's in SLI with a 2500K and I am still getting max settings on anything with my 2500K.

I don't see anything I would upgrade.


Well, for a reference, I'd be hoping to run Crysis 3 on as close to maximum as I could when it's released.

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Dude you're good for at least 1-2 years lol.


Haha, well that's great to hear. Like I said, I'm not too hardware savvy and don't have much knowledge about how long it stays relevant or becomes outdated, etc.
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December 2, 2012 11:10:58 PM

Here's a tip.
If the game is multiplatform, you don't need to upgrade for it.

Hitman, Far Cry and AssCreed will not what so ever tax your graphics.


You don't need to worry about the curve as the curve is far, far behind PC hardware. Really most GPU's from the GTX270 onwards in the enthusiast range are far beyond anything that most games can throw out.

Take care in maintaining your PC (dust etc) and to be honest it's probably next-gen ready as that will require a GTX 680 so with two 580's you're fine. The only thing I would suggest is possibly a CPU cooler like the DH-14 but if your temps are fine then no need to touch a thing. I'm running a GTX 560 Ti with a pretty old Phenom 940 and 8GB DDR2 and I can play most things on max at 1080p other then the PC nut-busters like Metro and BF3.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 2, 2012 11:11:02 PM

I don't believe you would have any problems at all with running Crysis 3 on max.
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December 2, 2012 11:17:35 PM

You're set for a long time with that.
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December 2, 2012 11:52:15 PM

I dunno if it's these last two beta released Nvidia drivers (which absolutely suck) but I can't get more than 45 fps in Hitman, Far Cry 3 or Assassin's Creed III.

My frames will constantly jump between 35-60 fps but I barely stay steady at 60 fps for more than a few seconds.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 3, 2012 12:01:19 AM

Well, I heard rumors of Far Cry 3 being poorly coded from the console, so that might be the problem. AC3 and Hitman should be running fine though.

What res is your monitor?
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December 3, 2012 12:08:10 AM

I'm using a 50 inch 1080p TV running at 1920X1080 resolution.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 3, 2012 12:26:09 AM

Hmm, I'm trying to figure out how you are struggling in games. It seems odd.
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December 3, 2012 12:30:12 AM

I can't really pinpoint it myself, either. Quite troublesome.

I just cleaned my GPUs recently, too. Idling about 35-45 degrees and not hitting much higher than 80 or so if I'm gaming really heavily in something like FC3, which is not optimized well.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 3, 2012 12:32:38 AM

I wish I had FC3 to test. I want it so bad, but don't have the money or the time right now to play it.
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December 3, 2012 12:35:17 AM

You'd probably be about as frustrated as most people trying to run it. For a lot of people SLI doesn't work at all.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 3, 2012 12:37:18 AM

Well, that's disappointing. I guess I'll just wait till it gets cheap then :) 
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December 3, 2012 12:45:57 AM

I've tested my ram and I know that's not the issue. I've cleaned my cards and they seem to be running fine. Any way to test if there's something wrong with them?

Possibly any other hardware issues?
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December 3, 2012 1:20:44 AM

Your rig is fine. I think you might just be bragging (which I would do, too if my rig was that nice!) Keep up the good work.
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December 3, 2012 1:42:53 AM

Ha, thank you. Didn't mean to come off bragging or arrogant or anything.

My apologies if I did. I did my research when I purchased the rig but past that my knowledge of hardware is pretty minimal. Most of you guys would probably find it laughable.
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December 3, 2012 3:22:09 AM

tk423 said:
I dunno if it's these last two beta released Nvidia drivers (which absolutely suck) but I can't get more than 45 fps in Hitman, Far Cry 3 or Assassin's Creed III.

My frames will constantly jump between 35-60 fps but I barely stay steady at 60 fps for more than a few seconds.

Welcome to the world of shitty ports.
Most console games that run in Dx9 are coded like crap, so no matter how much power you throw at them, it's hard to get a solid 60 fps. Now go figure that you won't get 60fps in hitman, yet you would in BF3 and yet which looks better....
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 3, 2012 3:27:24 AM

^ Such as GTAIV.
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December 3, 2012 4:00:33 AM

honestly, depending on how much you can sell the 580's for, 2x 7950 or 2x 7970 might be the only upgrade worthwhile now. Or you can get a 6 core intel for 500$.
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December 3, 2012 4:04:49 AM

FOr your framerate issues, those are frames you would expect from a single 580, actually, a little worse. Make sure your SLI is set up properly.
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December 3, 2012 4:23:02 AM

Well....
If I was in your position, Higher quantities of RAM, Higher Clock speeds, (Just for shits and giggles)
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December 3, 2012 1:40:05 PM

Rich_ said:
FOr your framerate issues, those are frames you would expect from a single 580, actually, a little worse. Make sure your SLI is set up properly.


As far as having your SLI set up properly, there's not really much more to it than going to the Nvidia Control Panel, Clicking Configure SLI, Surround, PhysX and then selecting Maximize 3D performance under SLI Configuration, correct?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 3, 2012 5:35:12 PM

That's about it yea.
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December 4, 2012 12:57:33 AM

Well, I cleaned my cards and reseated both of them and I'm still getting dropping below 60 frames in Hitman, along with other games, constantly.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2012 1:39:56 AM

tk423, we have similar systems. We should bench some games to see if you are under-performing if you would like. Your system should out-perform mine. Care to run a 3DMark and a few other games?
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December 4, 2012 1:45:04 AM

Sure. Let's do it.
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December 4, 2012 2:11:42 AM

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5118881

There are my results running "Full 3DMark 11 Experience" on "Extreme (X)".

As you can see, my results are pretty abysmal. I didn't score higher than 24 FPS on any of the tests.
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December 4, 2012 2:57:45 AM

tk423 said:
http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5118881

There are my results running "Full 3DMark 11 Experience" on "Extreme (X)".

As you can see, my results are pretty abysmal. I didn't score higher than 24 FPS on any of the tests.


Seems to be around the average score for your system if the system comparison chart is anything to go by.
If this is the case that you're scoring the same as similar systems, then you may just have to accept that a lot of ports are programmed by dribbling idiots who can't program for ****. No matter how much power you throw at them, they aren't designed to be played at high resolutions etc.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2012 2:59:18 AM

Well, if you go with the Performance preset, I can compare mine to yours. I do not have the full 3DMark. Also, the extreme version is pretty crazy.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2012 5:33:52 PM

Well, that seems about right, I scored about 1000 lower, so your SLI is definitely working.
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