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Published on February 3, 2015 By Jafo In Personal Computing

Following on with ID's thread re new PC build.... and I'd only hijacked Starkers' one to describe what I'd been doing to date...so here's my own thread with the ins and outs of what's what.

My old machine [also home-grown] was a [then] reasonably OK machine....

Lian Li PC-A6010 case [black]

Antec TruePower Quattro 1000w PSU

ASUS P6T-se  X58 i7 MoBo

Intel i7 920 2.66Ghz LGA1366 CPU

12G OCZ Triple [6x2G] PC12800 DDR3 Gold Ram

CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooler

Vantec EZ2 Sata hot-swap racks [x2][black]

1TB Seagate Sata2 7200 HD [x2] [redundancy backup/data]

2TB Western Digital Caviar Green Sata2 HD [x2]

500G WD Sata2 7200 HD [game backups]

250G Seagate Sata2 7200 HD [x2] [secondary/alternate OS installs in racks]

240G SanDisk SDSSDX240GG25 [for OS]

ACR-105 Multi card reader

LG Sata DVD-RW [x2][black]

ASUS GTX590 3GB GPU

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit RTM.

 

That was its final specs...having doubled the ram from 6 and adding a 'faster' GPU.

The stumbling block was really 'just' the CPU.  For FSX  it's a case of 'the faster the better' - so just before Xmas I started researching....

 

More to come...

 


Comments (Page 16)
on Nov 06, 2016

Yeah, I actually carried my boat anchor out to be dumped recently, 70 pounds for 22 inches is a bit severe these days.

on Nov 07, 2016

what are the chances that the zen will be any good?

on Nov 07, 2016

Considering they finally discovered that their single thread performance blows and decided to engineer with that in mind, a lot higher than they were for anything since the Athlon X2.  Don't expect them to leapfrog Intel though, it's highly implausible.  They've been comparing it favorably against Broadwell-E performance, but that line is a dog in the single thread performance category.  The fastest out there taps out with a 3.8Ghz turbo and is dwarfed by the 4Ghz Haswell E, and the soon to be released 7700K will smoke the previous king of the hill anyway.

 

If they match the Broadwell refresh in clock speeds while exceeding it in performance per clock only slightly, they could still end up a good 20% behind Intel anyway.

 

On the other hand, regardless of how well it fares, they finally have an acceptable product for something other than budget computing.  Their processor line hasn't been remotely useful for people with money to burn for over a decade, it's been kinda sad.

on Nov 07, 2016

alaknebs

what are the chances that the zen will be any good?

I certainly hope it's a lot more competitive against Intel than many expect it will be.  I don't believe Zen will surpass similarly rated Intel CPUs, but I think they will be the strongest alternative to Intel for quite some time.  I have both an Intel and AMD, so I'm not a fanboi of either, and could possibly look into building a new machine with a Zen CPU in 2017 if the line fares well in terms of speed and performance.

on Nov 07, 2016

Unless AMD is outright lying, it actually is surpassing Broadwell-E CPU's in at least rendering, they just haven't given us any indication that it can meet or break the speeds Intel is reaching.

on Nov 07, 2016

psychoak

Unless AMD is outright lying, it actually is surpassing Broadwell-E CPU's in at least rendering, they just haven't given us any indication that it can meet or break the speeds Intel is reaching.

To be honest, I don't place too much value in company claims or benchmarks when a CPU hasn't even been released.   I ended up getting an AMD FX 8350 and an Intel i7 4770K, both of which are great units, not because of any company spiel but rather real world assessments.... actual user reviews, etc.

on Nov 23, 2016

Monitor turned up today....seems there was a run on them and they were out of stock.

So, 2 and a bit weeks....but it was worth the wait.....it's a classy piece of kit that now keeps up with the rest of the machine.

Still no rumblings from the 980 fan as yet....running Gsync for FSX in 2560x1440 at frame-rates around 90+ ..... [though FSX is more about CPU than GPU].

I've left the old monitor connected as well....so my very first foray into multis.....

So much screen real-estate .....gonna get lost in it...

on Nov 23, 2016

Hey Starkers I was reading the last few pages. You do know Microsoft said Windows 10 is the last version they will put out right? So no 11 or 12 or more. They will just release a anniversary update every year. 

on Nov 24, 2016

Lots of 'fun'....

Thought I'd use a screen magnifier to make life easier....got several....one of the better ones interferes with Fences....

 

Meanwhile.... my old trusty Sysmetrix has stopped..... seemingly doesn't like the new monitor.  I noticed its times were wrong....and that the hands weren't moving....and the only way to get it to go is to move it a bit....and hold cursor focus on it.

Quite odd...

on Oct 29, 2017

12 months on and all's well.

A Win update for the nVidia driver has messed with the 'magic pink' in ye olde Sysmetrix...so the pink is now just......pink.

My eyes/comfort has accustomed to the new screen res.

I only use/see the old monitor when I'm booting....still a one-monitor man....

on Oct 31, 2017


still a one-monitor man..

I use two, generally: one for general use; the other for watching videos, etc.  However, both mine are 32" UHD TVs that I mounted on mounted monitor stands rather than the original stands that take up desk space.  With moving I haven't had a chance to set it all up yet - hopefully today - so I'm using my trusty li'l HP 2-in-1 for now.  Yup, this new computer room/man cave is huge and I'm gonna have fun setting it up without the space restrictions of the other place.

Anyhow, another cuppa and I had better get back to work/unpacking/settling in.... otherwise we'll never get the pics done to show off this fabulous house.

on Nov 01, 2017

fooshniken

 Just curious since I'm interested in a M2 card for a future build. One tip I read is to unplug all other storage units for it to be recognized in bios.  I don't believe this boot problem is a motherboard issue since the Z99 is built for this type of card.

 Or like you said earlier, just wait for Windows 10 to hopefully catch up to all of the new hardware coming on to the scene.
whats m2 card.

on Nov 01, 2017

admiralWillyWilber


Quoting fooshniken,

 Just curious since I'm interested in a M2 card for a future build. One tip I read is to unplug all other storage units for it to be recognized in bios.  I don't believe this boot problem is a motherboard issue since the Z99 is built for this type of card.

 Or like you said earlier, just wait for Windows 10 to hopefully catch up to all of the new hardware coming on to the scene.

whats m2 card.

It's a type of SSD that connects directly to the motherboard.... or to a PCIE adapter.

on Nov 02, 2017

Yea M.2 is definitely a good way to go. transfer speeds are very nice on them.

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