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Old 05-07-2018, 09:33 AM
 
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I wanted to build my own but was stuck on the video card. I went to microcenter and one of the employees help me build my system. He said the Titans were nice but not worth the price. I purchased the Corsair crystal case because I wanted it to look cool but a little dissapointed. Overall though my new computer seems to be running pretty good.
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Old 05-07-2018, 10:47 AM
 
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In my experience, Microcenter is a decent choice. the employees seem to know what they're doing.
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Old 05-07-2018, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I am curious why you needed such a high end machine. I spent half that much and have one helluva PC.
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Old 05-07-2018, 05:06 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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I am curious why you needed such a high end machine. I spent half that much and have one helluva PC.
Nothing was said about need.
Seems like a case of "I want it"

I am somewhat thankful for people like this,
since they subsidize the R&D to bring us the
next generation of machines
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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OK, let me fix that:

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I am curious why you wanted such a high end machine. I spent half that much and have one helluva PC.
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:04 PM
 
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I am curious why you needed such a high end machine. I spent half that much and have one helluva PC.
Indeed. My biggest spend on my current tower was the 1070 and an 2TB 850 Pro. I wasn't willing to go SSD+HDD or have 2 drives in this one. There's nothing so far it can't do.

That said, I'll never be able to go back to a spinning drive, no matter what SSD's cost haha.
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I am curious why you needed such a high end machine. I spent half that much and have one helluva PC.
Bragging rights.

I'm still running on my i5-3570 system I've built back in 2012. I chose a business grade motherboard (Gigabyte B75) and hard drive (Seagate Constellation) for durability. I chose a Radeon HD7770 video card ($100) and it does well. On chip (CPU) graphics blows and the card was a major improvement.

So far I had to replace one memory module (out of 2x4) but bought a matched pair for replacement.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:46 PM
 
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Doing just fine with my setup. Running ultra on everything zero issues..

Processor
[RIGHT] Processor [/RIGHT]
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790K CPU @ 4.00GHz

[RIGHT] Manufacturer [/RIGHT]
Intel

[RIGHT] Speed [/RIGHT]
4.0 GHz

[RIGHT] Number of Cores [/RIGHT]
4

[RIGHT] CPU ID [/RIGHT]
BFEBFBFF000306C3

[RIGHT] Family [/RIGHT]
06

[RIGHT] Model [/RIGHT]
3C

[RIGHT] Stepping [/RIGHT]
3

[RIGHT] Revision [/RIGHT]




Memory
[RIGHT] RAM [/RIGHT]
16 GB



Video Card
[RIGHT] Video Card [/RIGHT]
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070

[RIGHT] Manufacturer [/RIGHT]


[RIGHT] Chipset [/RIGHT]
GeForce GTX 1070

[RIGHT] Dedicated Memory [/RIGHT]
8.0 GB

[RIGHT] Total Memory [/RIGHT]
15 GB

[RIGHT] Pixel Shader Version [/RIGHT]
5.1

[RIGHT] Vertex Shader Version [/RIGHT]
5.1

[RIGHT] Hardware T & L [/RIGHT]
Yes

[RIGHT] Vendor ID [/RIGHT]
10DE

[RIGHT] Device [/RIGHT]
1B81

[RIGHT] Plug and Play ID [/RIGHT]
VEN_10DE&DEV_1B81&SUBSYS_85991043&REV_A1

[RIGHT] Driver Version [/RIGHT]
24.21.13.9731



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Microsoft Windows 10 (build 16299), 64-bit

[RIGHT] Service Pack [/RIGHT]
0

[RIGHT] Size [/RIGHT]
64-bit

[RIGHT] Edition [/RIGHT]
NVIDIA

[RIGHT] Version [/RIGHT]
10.0.16299

[RIGHT] Locale [/RIGHT]
0409



BIOS
[RIGHT] BIOS [/RIGHT]
V10.7

[RIGHT] Version [/RIGHT]
American Megatrends Inc. V10.7

[RIGHT] Manufacturer [/RIGHT]
American Megatrends Inc.

[RIGHT] Date [/RIGHT]




Sound
Audio 1
[RIGHT] Sound Device [/RIGHT]
NVIDIA High Definition Audio

[RIGHT] Driver [/RIGHT]
1.3.37.1

Audio 2
[RIGHT] Sound Device [/RIGHT]
Webcam C260

[RIGHT] Driver [/RIGHT]
13.80.853.0

Audio 3
[RIGHT] Sound Device [/RIGHT]
NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM)

[RIGHT] Driver [/RIGHT]
4.4.0.0

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[RIGHT] Sound Device [/RIGHT]
Realtek High Definition Audio

[RIGHT] Driver [/RIGHT]
6.0.1.8224



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[RIGHT] CD [/RIGHT]


Drive 1
[RIGHT] Size [/RIGHT]
1.8 TB

[RIGHT] Free Memory [/RIGHT]
1.4 TB

Drive 2
[RIGHT] Size [/RIGHT]
465.8 GB

[RIGHT] Free Memory [/RIGHT]
397.0 GB
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Old 05-09-2018, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Thanks for the link to that awesome website.

I am basically on the other end of the speed spectrum,
but plan to build a system with two monitors
and suspect I will need a decent video card for that.
You won't.

I used to run dual 32" 1440p monitors off an old Thinkpad laptop with integrated graphics Now it's run off newer laptop with a 1060, but the graphics card has nothing to do with running two monitors. That's just because sometimes I like to play games when I'm away from my desktop.

A $50 videocard will run two monitors just as well as a $1,200 Titan XP. Just need two video out ports, which many motherboards do not have. What you do on the monitors determines what graphics card. For general decent AAA game play, GTX 1050 Ti or 1060 are perfectly fine for 1080p resolution. If you want to run stuff at high graphics settings on a high-refresh rate display where you want to push 120 FPS it's more 1070/1080 territory, want to run games at 4K, want to do heavy amounts of video rendering especially 4/8K resolution, GTX 1080 Ti. Two of them if you can afford it. Some games/productivity make use of SLI, others do not. Solidworks does, AutoCAD does not. If you want to spend $800+ on a 1080 Ti to watch Netflix, well, nobody is going to stop you. It's a complete waste of money but if you have money to burn go right ahead.

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Old 05-09-2018, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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While your post was well written and I agree with it except:

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the graphics card has nothing to do with running two monitors.
That's entirely not correct. Dual Monitors have everything to do with the video card. If the video card cannot handle 2 monitors then nothing you do besides replacing it is going to give you 2 monitors. You can't just add a video... port?!?
Point was, which you succintly went on about: you don't need expensive for dualies. But you do need.
MOST inegrated graphics cards do NOT support duals. You got lucky on that one.

Still want to know what OP does on that thing? Gotta be a hardcore gamer, right?
Apparently too busy gaming on it to come back here and reply.
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