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Seeing that you have GTX660ti in SLI with a Piledriver CPU, how is the performance in games? Do you experience microstuttering? If you play games on emulators, do they run smoothly? Thanks.

I recently in the last week got the 2nd 660ti. The performance is highly noticable. I will notice a little stuttering like in skyrim when you press quick save (I think most of that lag is on the game honestly) but after its done saving it shoots back up to 60FPS. I dont usually play most games with vsync on, but having it on with SLI makes the gameplay so smooth. I was playing WoW and instead of getting 35-40 FPS in org (high pop realm) I was hitting 40-60 steady. I dont think I saw it go under 40. Outside of populated areas, I was hitting upwards of 120-150FPS depending on where I was flying around.
 
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Sorry forgot the extra part of your question. No I do not play any emulators so I cant really be specific about that. but I was running 2x 2GB virtual machines, (giving them 2 cores each) and playing skyrim and was still hitting 60 FPS
 
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Be advised that the MSI Z77A-G41 is a notoriously poor overclocking board as it only has 4+1 phases and very limited voltage controls in the BIOS. I know that the budget is indeed tight, but I strongly suggest not getting that motherboard. The $25 savings may well not be "worth it" in the long run...

From the reviews I can find (HardOCP and HardwareCanucks) it seems to be a decent overclocker. The 3570k is 77w stock, I'm getting to oc to 4.3-4.5ghz will take less than 100w, which the board should be able to handle.
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i would personally wait as when haswell launches people will be selling there stuff to upgrade.
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Did you decide on a build yet?
 
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Most of the parts arrived today, I had to change the case to an Antec New Solutions 4000 and the PSU to a Corsair CX750M becasue the original choices' sales ended. As for ram, he wanted 16gb ram, so I bought a set of Patriot Signature Line DDR3-1600 16GB kit for him, and I talked him into spending a bit more to get the HD7950. I picked the XFX HD7950 3GB Double D. The GPU should arrive tomorrow.

As for the mobo, the MSI Z77-G41 is surprisingly good overclocker. I was expecting somewhere around 4-4.3ghz, but it's currently running at 4.5ghz @ 1.25v (I'm still running OCCT on it).

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Is there any way to disable the integrated GPU? I just installed the XFX HD7950, but it still only displays on the onboard GPU. I looked through the bios but I can't seems to find an option to specify which GPU it'll use. Thanks.
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Is there any way to disable the integrated GPU? I just installed the XFX HD7950, but it still only displays on the onboard GPU. I looked through the bios but I can't seems to find an option to specify which GPU it'll use. Thanks.

What you need to do is set the graphics in the BIOS to "PEG" (PCI Express Graphics). According to the copy of the manual I downloaded (on pg. 46-47) it should be found via the following:

"Settings" -> "Advanced" -> "Integrated Graphics Configuration" -> "Initiate Graphic Adapter" (set to "PEG")
Edited by svenge - 5/24/13 at 7:51pm
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I checked the setting, it's already at PEG, but it's still booting to the onboard GPU.

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OK, I might have found your problem. The BIOS you're running is 2.7, and 2.8 included some PCIe compatibility fixes.

I'd download and install the most recent BIOS (version 2.10) and see if that helps. It worked for a guy I helped yesterday with a similar problem with his H61 board...
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