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  1. I'm running a 1080p, 60Hz monitor. But as it turns out, after doing a little more research, I've discovered my motherboard only supports Crossfire for dual GPUs, no SLI.
  2. No. Well, at least this is my gut reaction - SLI/Crossfire is at best a %age gain over a single card, for double the cost. Now, if the best cards from last gen hit or pass the half-price mark, it might be worth running the numbers to see if the paired cards match or exceed the new ones, but otherwise... <shrug> Yeah that was my thought, I wasn't sure what sort of percentage increase I'd be expecting. But they certainly haven't hit half the price mark yet and probably won't. Unfortunately I only upgraded to my 970 about 6 months before the new generation of NVIDIA cards were released so it'll be a while until I can justify spending the money for another upgrade. My PC is going on 3 years old now so I might just persevere until the next generation of GPUs come out and consider a whole new PC build.
  3. Hey guys, First of all, apologies if this post is in the wrong space. I was thinking the other day, now that the 10 series (1050, 1060, 1070 & 1080) NVIDIA graphics cards are out, the previous generation are dropping in price. At the moment, I'm currently running with an MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming. Most games I get nice performance but I'm starting to see the limitations of the card on newer graphics intensive games that are coming out. I'm not ready to make a full upgrade to say a 1070 but was thinking if I found another of the same 970 card, it might be worth picking up at a reduced price. What are people's thoughts on this. Is it worth running two of these cards in SLI? Will this really give me much of a worthwhile graphics improvement? My knowledge is a little sparce on this topic so any info would be of help. Thanks.
  4. Hi all, First off, my PC specs: - Windows 10, 64 bit - 128GB SanDisk SSD (running OS) - HDD #1 - 2TB Toshiba HDD (this currently has my gaming programs (Steam, GOG Galaxy, Origin, UPlay, etc.) on it and some music and movies) - HDD #2 - 2TB Toshiba HDD (this just has primarily TV shows on it for streaming through Plex) - 8GB ram - Intel i5 3570 processor - MSI Nvidia GTX 970 So I just bought a new WD Black 2TB HDD. My intention was to dedicate this drive to gaming, so move all my downloaded Steam games and all gaming applications to this drive, leaving the other 2TB hard drive (HDD #1) to be dedicated to movie storage. I've installed a couple of hard drives before so have a reasonable understanding of what I am doing. My motherboard only has 2 SATAIII ports and 4 SATAII ports. I wanted to run the new WD HDD in a SATAIII port, figuring it will allow it to process data more quickly. I had to remove HDD #1 from a SATAIII port (the other SATAIII port taken by the SSD) and relocate it to a spare SATAII port. I then installed the new WD HDD into the now spare SATAIII port. Once I booted up, the PC had no problem locating HDD #1. As usual I formatted the new drive to get it working as usual. So, so far I've only installed Steam and GOG Galaxy onto the new WD drive. I figured this is a quick drive so these programs should boot pretty quickly. Unfortunately I seem to be wrong, both of these programs take a few minutes to run from the new drive, where as when they were being booted from HDD #1 they were much much quicker. My question is, after that run down of what I've done, have I made a mistake somewhere, or is there any reason this new drive seems to be booting my programs so slowly? Thanks PC community in advance.
  5. Hi knowledgeable people of the PC world, I need some advice. So I've had my gaming PC for about 2 years now, and I'm beginning to notice my framerates to be not up where I want them to be with some newer games. My current graphics card is a Gigabyte Radeon HD7870 2GB. Along with wanting to run at the higher graphics settings on new games, I do a fair bit of modding in Skyrim and am noticing that it really starts to struggle at times. I've played with overclocking but without much noticeable improvement. So, time to upgrade I figure! I'm looking at a GeForce GTX 970, seems to be the best in my price range. Okay, questions. What sort of improvement can I expect going from my old card to new one? Will it be able to run all my pretty Skyrim mods and most newer games on ultra? Is there any issue with me swapping out my AMD card for NVIDIA? There are a few different versions of the GTX 970, such as GTX 970 G1 Gaming (Gigabyte) and GTX 970 Gaming (MSI). Are there any differences or are these just the different names given by the different named brands? My system specs are: CPU - Intel Core i5 3570 3.4GHz RAM - Kingston DDR3 8GB OS - Windows 7.1 Storage - 1 x 128GB Sandisk SSD, 2 x 2TB Toshiba HDD Power Supply - Corsair 600W Sorry for long post! Any help or advice would be awesome! Cheers!
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    Again, thanks guys. I'm thinking that I'm really not worried about the ability to overclock for the time being, so might give that a miss. And sounds like with the 1155 vs 1150, it comes down to you get what you pay for, 1150 being newer, faster but more expensive. What would be a good CPU/Motherboard combo without overclocking (in the same price range obviously), for both 1150 and 1155?
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    Awesome, thanks guys. Problem is, you guys are starting to make me realise how little I know haha. Would you mind explaining overclocking to me? What are the advantages/disadvantages of it? And also, difference between 1150 and 1155 Intel sockets?
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    Hmm, all good points. Okay, so my budget for all components is probably no more than $1200. Considering I still want around 120GB SSD, 2TB HDD, roughly HD7870 spec graphics, and don't need DVD drive. What would you guys suggest building around those couple of things?
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    CPU is the same as the value gamer/low bydget gamer 2. Yes the graphics card is lower spec but from what I can tell it is still one of the better ones out there, I don't want to bother putting a real top end card in a mid range PC when I might not utilise it. What difference is there on the PSU? I will change to the Toshiba HDD however, I have heard a few not great things about Seagate but also have friends who use them and have no issues. But yeah for an extra couple of dollars I'll go for the Toshiba. Might contemplate the Ultra then also, and it's cheaper. Only compromise I can see is write speed which I'm sure isn't that much of a loss.
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    Thanks, I think it looks fairly similar to the "Value Gamer" on that thread. I've tried to save money in a few different areas though. Not purchasing a DVD drives either because I have one I can pull out of another computer and use. Is there much difference between SanDisk Ultra Plus 128GB SSD and Sandisk Extreme 120GB SSD?
  11. Hi guys, Just new to the forum. So, I've decided I'm going to get a custom built PC. I wanted to get a great system yet save some money. I'm not building the system myself but have spent a fair bit of time researching all the components going into it. I was just hoping that some of you people out there could give me an opinion of my build, check over it for me if you wouldn't mind? The build will consist of... - Intel Core i5 3570 - Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Motherboard - Kingston KVR16N11/8 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 - Sandisk Extreme 120GB SSD - Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 - CoolerMaster K281 Mid Tower Matte Black ATX Case, NO PSU - Gigabyte Radeon HD7870 Overclocked 2GB - Antec High Current Gamer 520W Power Supply - Microsoft Win7 Home Premium SP1, 64bit OEM I want to start getting into PC gaming a bit, as well as having a good fast desktop to run some of my engineering programs smoothly. Any advice and opinions would be greatly appreciated!
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