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New Rig for FFXIV: Specs and observationsFollow

#1 Jul 26 2010 at 10:42 AM Rating: Decent
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First off, I bought this computer through ibuypower.com. I put my order in on July 11th, and it arrived at my door on July 23rd. They gave status updates on every step in the process for the build and shipping, and it was a very smooth process.

Ok, specs:

Case: NZXT Gamma Gaming Case - Black
Observations: The case is the absolute basic one from ibuypower, but is a fantastic product. It is large enough to fit some of the bulkier graphics cards, has TONS of ventilation, and room for 5 80-120mm case fans. My build came with only 1, but the case is unbelievably easy to work with and I will probably get a couple more in the next week or so. I will also say that although the case is very open, it still runs completely silent unless I am running something hefty (benchmark is the only thing so far).

Processor: Intel Core i5 750
Observations: I went with this processor because it was about 150 dollars cheaper than the i7 that I was looking at, and yet it still has multi-threading and from what I've read is by far the most economical processor while still being powerful enough to not fall behind.

Memory: 4gb (2x2) DDR3 1600mhz RAM
Observations: I originally was going to go for 8, but I will probably just upgrade at a later time. Although I heard there is not a vast difference between the 1333 and 1600mhz RAM, it was only an additional 18 dollars which seems well worth it to me.

Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5870 2GB
Observations: This was the big upgrade. I wanted this because in every benchmark I've seen, the bottleneck has almost ALWAYS been the graphics card.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3
Observations: P55 chipset, usb3 compatible, cheapest price I could find with both those components. I've read some reviews that have all said this MB is extremely efficient for the money.

Power Supply: 750 Watt -- Thermaltake TR2 TRX-750M Power Supply - SLI Ready
Observations: I could have gone with a 750W Corsair for about 15 bucks more, but upon reading some reviews and talking with tech support for ibuypower, I realized that the Thermaltake is actually a more compatible power supply and has had less negative feedback.

-That's all I'll list for components but if you want to know anything else, let me know.

Conclusion: So far in the benchmarks I've run for ffxiv, I'm sitting at 4640 on HQ and 5400 on NQ. I'm extremely happy with these numbers.

My build cost 1250 bucks. I got free shipping, and no tax, and it was delivered 12 days after my order in perfect condition with all drivers installed and everything good to go. So far, this computer has exceeded my expectations and I am completely satisfied with everything about it.

I should also mention that I got a new monitor to go with it: Asus 23" LED, 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 1080p HD. Fantastic monitor and you can find it for 200 bucks with free shipping and no tax on newegg.com and tigerdirect.com

If you are looking for a new system that is VERY reasonably priced, I'd highly consider going this route. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know.

Edited, Jul 27th 2010 10:40am by BartelX
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#2 Jul 26 2010 at 10:51 AM Rating: Decent
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#3 Jul 26 2010 at 11:39 AM Rating: Good
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Can't really argue with anything you have here. I'd probably get an 860 or 930 though since at the microcenter near me they cost 200 bucks but otherwise, you're pretty much set to go and run this game without any problems. ;)

Do you plan on overclocking your cpu?

Edited, Jul 26th 2010 1:39pm by EpedemicOptikz
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#4 Jul 26 2010 at 11:42 AM Rating: Default
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completely forgot, yeah it's currently overclocked 10%. I don't want to really do any more because I don't trust it with a p55 motherboard.
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#5 Jul 26 2010 at 11:45 AM Rating: Decent
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BartelX wrote:
completely forgot, yeah it's currently overclocked 10%. I don't want to really do any more because I don't trust it with a p55 motherboard.

Why? Gigabyte makes great boards.
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#6 Jul 26 2010 at 11:50 AM Rating: Decent
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Looks like a good computer! For all you perspective buyers out there I'm going to post my build and the cost associated with it. This is kind of a buy pre-made convenience computer vs a home built ultra patience computer.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ($90)
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 ($200)
Memory: Corsair Dominator6gb (3x2) DDR3 1600mhz RAM ($160)
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB ($347)
Motherboard: Asus P6X58D ($243)
Power Supply: Etasis 750 Watt ($50)
Heat Sink: Noctua NH-D14 ($87)

Total: $1281 (Just occurred to me that your price probably includes Windows, so add $100 to this price for Windows)

I call this an ultra patience computer because I bought the parts over a 6 month period. Since I was building this computer mainly for FFXIV and didn't need it in any sort of rush it took me about 6 months to buy all the parts, which resulted in me getting the best prices possible for most of my parts (aside for case and heat sink). Upon building my computer I discovered that my Power Supply is faulty and am in the process of getting it replaced. There's definitely give and take in terms of buying a computer and building one yourself.

Either way, get those computers ready for FFXIV!

Edited, Jul 26th 2010 1:55pm by YukonWildAss
#7 Jul 26 2010 at 11:56 AM Rating: Default
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AngusX wrote:
Why? Gigabyte makes great boards.


Indeed, but the p55 chipset doesn't OC as well as the x58 which are standard in most of the i7 processor builds. Realistically, I could probably push it to 20% OC, but since I am not a big fan of liquid cooling and use case fans only, I'd be a bit worried about that during graphic intensive stuff like ffxiv and 3d animation software.
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#8 Jul 26 2010 at 4:22 PM Rating: Default
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What kind of benchmark does that build get? The only difference between what I'm going to have and your build is that I'll have the AMD Phenom 1090T. I'm curious as to how much my benchmark with go up with the new build compared to the one I have now. Currently I get a 2095.
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Interesting, I had avoided sites like cyberpower and ibuy...mainly because I could try to hook up a 12 months no interest plan at other places rather than the 6months over there. Looks like an awesome system though man, congrats.
#10 Jul 26 2010 at 5:11 PM Rating: Decent
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The extra money you spend on a 2GB 5870 isn't worth it unless you are going to add another screen...the performance gains will be minimal for an extra $100....not worth it unless you are going to crossfire or use multiple screens.
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Two points:

1. You should make your benchmark scores more noticeable instead of hiding them in the GPU commentary.

2. (more important) For the love of god, use the **** sticky that was provided for this exact type of discussion.
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#12 Jul 26 2010 at 5:47 PM Rating: Decent
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Thank you pickens for the subtle hint. I appreciate it. Now I know my score should be pretty good with my set up.

EDIT: Just in case you didn't see it, you can buy your RAM and your PSU in a combo deal. This is the combo deal I was going to use. Maybe you can save a little bit of money with this if you didn't see it before. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.432145

Edited, Jul 26th 2010 7:54pm by swisa
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#13 Jul 26 2010 at 6:07 PM Rating: Good
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Meh. I'm regretting on my decision on upgrading my system last year. It doesn't seem right to toss the system after a year just for a new game.
#14 Jul 27 2010 at 8:41 AM Rating: Good
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Added benchmark scores to conclusion. Sorry if this is a redundant post, it was more just to inform people that there ARE decent sites you can build a comp at for a reasonable price and get great results. Not sure I understand getting rated down for it, but then again, that's alla. =P
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