Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
The $1300 build continues pushing for big numbers in DiRT 3, actually beating the stock $2600 build at Ultra quality and 2560x1600. It’s too bad that neither its motherboard nor CPU are suitable for “reasonable” overclocking. Another couple hundred megahertz from Turbo Boost could have helped pushed frame rates even higher at CPU-bound settings.
Amazingly, the $650 build continues to demonstrate playable 1920x1080 results at our highest tested detail levels. Paul's mission appears accomplished!
which is not bad... for Just $650 ...So the first piority for gaming PC is still the Video card!
Great as always. It sad that the Nvidia GTX 680 has yet to be considered due to availability and pricing issues hehehehe.
But coming from a notebook background, I more or less have to start from scratch.
I can use my old mouse, and my TV as a monitor. But on top of the estimated build costs listed, I also need the OS, keyboard, and likely other misc. odds and ends.
$200 ($100 OEM) for Windows 7 is brutal.
I also don't want to waste time on a desktop that only has a GPU advantage over the notebook.
Desktop upgrades over even a mobile i7 is still pricey.
Since I know my 2720QM uses the same die as desktops; it'd be swell if I could just yank it out; plug it in a desktop board and call it a 2600k. In a desktop it wouldn't have to stay in a 45W TDP
But.. *sigh*.. the parts are locked, the sockets don't match; and a real life desktop carbon copy of my notebook is out of my budget atm.
If I could find a way to attach a 7870 to my notebook motherboard, I wouldn't have a problem with the frankenstein-ish creation.
The 6670 just doesn't cut it sometimes
But at least you're fairly nice about it.