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Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:53 pm

Hello all :D . I'm building a new computer for Titanfall and i appreciate your comments and advice on the parts. I like to know if the power supply i've chosen can power 2 Geforce 770s. For now, i'm getting only one 770 but i want to add another one later on. Any recommendations on cases. I want to overclock the CPU later when i get the second 770. I have a question about the PCI Lanes thing. Will I get full performance out of the video cards in SLI with this motherboard. I'm not informed about this. I see that it's 8 lanes or whatever. Thank you

Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX600)

Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III

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Asus Z87-A DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboard

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Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cac.

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Re: Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:57 pm

PCI Express x8 is enough for GeForce GTX 770 even if it's 2.0 revision. That board has 3.0.

Samsung Evo is using "TLC" chips. Read there and make your choice viewtopic.php?f=5&t=93048

I Think HyperX is 1.65V and Intel recommends 1.5V.
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Re: Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:41 pm

Wicked Mystic wrote:PCI Express x8 is enough for GeForce GTX 770 even if it's 2.0 revision. That board has 3.0.


I Think HyperX is 1.65V and Intel recommends 1.5V.


Hmm, HyperX Blu is recommended by TR's System Guide
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Re: Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:57 pm

Wicked Mystic wrote:Samsung Evo is using "TLC" chips. Read there and make your choice viewtopic.php?f=5&t=93048


Oh it's you again

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Re: Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:02 pm

Intel's guidelines for memory voltage is that 1.5v is recommended because it's JEDEC standard for DDR3, and they say not to go beyond 1.65v. That's been the case since Nehalem first appeared.
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Re: Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:25 pm

I changed my mind on ram. I'm getting HyperX Genesis
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Re: Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:37 pm

Welcome to TR!

First, some questions. Do you have a strict budget? If so, do you live near a MicroCenter? MicroCenter will give you a special deal on CPU and motherboard combos, which lets you stretch your budget more. If you have a strict budget, is there anything else you need to include like monitor(s), keyboard, mouse, etc.?

Also, what resolution are you targeting? Typically, a 760 will get you enough power to run games smoothly at 1080p resolutions. If you want to go higher, then we start talking about 770's, 780's, and higher.

HappySOB wrote:I like to know if the power supply i've chosen can power 2 Geforce 770s. For now, i'm getting only one 770 but i want to add another one later on.

SLI is rarely a good value option. Spending the extra cash to get a 780 or 780 Ti instead is probably a better option, and selling the first 770 to put cash towards a higher card later is probably better in terms of value as well. And even then, you really won't be running into performance issues unless you're trying to drive a 4k display, which is one of the rare cases where we would recommend a SLI setup.

I have a question about the PCI Lanes thing. Will I get full performance out of the video cards in SLI with this motherboard. I'm not informed about this. I see that it's 8 lanes or whatever. Thank you

Basically, if you only had one video card, it would run the PCIe slot at x16. When you use SLI (or Crossfire), you have two PCIe x16 slots running at x8. That's really just the implementation of dual GPU solutions and not a limitation of the board.
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Re: Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:40 pm

If you want a second GTX770 and are doing some OC I would get a better PSU and one that is modular. I'd suggest something like these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817171094
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139061
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817151108
And this would be the cheapest I would go on a PSU for that setup.
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Re: Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:51 pm

You need 230W for each GTX 770 and 77W for a new i5 or i7.
Add 50% for headroom/capacitor ageing and that means you need around 800W. If you want to do serious overclocking on the CPU and both graphics cards, you'd better aim for 1000W.

The Seasonic M12-II is usually a good middle-of-the-road option, though by no means the cheapest or the absolute best in that range.
I would seriously consider getting a single, better graphics card (780, or 780Ti) instead of two 770s. You'll get more consistent framerate, lower overall power consumption, and you PC performance will be less dependent on Nvidia's SLI driver profiles which are usually sketchy for the first couple of months of a new game compared to the single-card performance.

Going for a single card also means you can reduce your PSU requirements, get a smaller (mATX case), forget about the PCI-Express x8 and x16 stuff, and build a much quieter machine under load.
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Re: Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:23 pm

superjawes wrote: SLI is rarely a good value option. Spending the extra cash to get a 780 or 780 Ti instead is probably a better option, and selling the first 770 to put cash towards a higher card later is probably better in terms of value as well. And even then, you really won't be running into performance issues unless you're trying to drive a 4k display, which is one of the rare cases where we would recommend a SLI setup.
Seconded. SLI is a poor value.


There are plenty of good power supplies that can handle the extra load, just in case.

$116 -15MIR Corsair TX750M (80+ Bronze, Semi modular, 62 A)
$116½ SeaSonic S12G-750 (80+ Gold, 62 A)
$120 -20MIR Corsair CS750M (80+ Gold, Semi modular, 62 A)
$126 SeaSonic SS-850AM (80+ Bronze, Fully modular, 70 A)
$150 Corsair RM850 (80+ Gold, Fully modular, 70.8 A)
$156 SeaSonic SS-750KM3 (80+ Gold, Fully modular, 62 A)
$174 SeaSonic SS-760XP² (80+ Platinum, Fully modular, 63 A)
$190 Corsair AX760i (80+ Platinum, Fully modular, 63.3 A)


How about some better memory that runs at 1.5 or 1.35 V ?
$130 2x8 GiB PC3-12800 Crucial BLS2K8G3D1609ES2LX0 (DDR3-1600, CAS 9, 1.35 V, low profile)
$165 2x8 GiB PC3-14900 G.Skill F3-1866C9D-16GSR (DDR3-1866, CAS 9, 1.5 V)
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Re: Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:07 pm

derFunkenstein wrote:Intel's guidelines for memory voltage is that 1.5v is recommended because it's JEDEC standard for DDR3, and they say not to go beyond 1.65v. That's been the case since Nehalem first appeared.

I know my i7 920 never worked with anything at 1.65v even though the docs claim it works with it.

(Not really relevant to current systems, I know.)
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Re: Building a new computer for Titanfall

Postposted on Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:14 am

The crucial 1.35V low-profile stuff is excellent RAM and you'll never have CPU cooler clearance issues either.
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