Originally Posted by ku4eto
Originally Posted by cookieboyeli
After checking prices, you are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. Thank you! +rep!
I would have missed that since I assumed 280X was way out of budget, but it's right there at $150-160, a bit high since I was aiming at $130-140 but with some searching I'm sure I can find a good deal. It's like another 15% performance over the 270X in there now. Do you think it will have any issue with the dual core? BF4 will be played on it. I know the CPU will be a bit of a bottleneck here, but how much now?
Well, it will run more or less fine. Its a low-mid end system, so i guess more moderate-high settings would be good if you go at 1080p
The CPU was a major bottleneck though. Constantly pegged at 100% in BF4, the 270X couldn't do it's work. And of course when your CPU is at 100% it stutters hard. A different sort of stutter. It's quicker and sharper. Almost hurts to watch sometimes. Good thing it's not mine is all I can say. My younger brother uses it although it is technically the family computer. He's in between the "I don't care, as long as it works good" type person and "Hey my FPS dips bad here and but it doesn't say 100% GPU usage? Why?" So sometimes he actually participates in the art/process. Tweaking settings to make it run smoother, etc. I've trained him to close his 50 tabs while playing at least. (my god how are we related).
But really, a 280X at $90? You've got to show me where you found the magical land of underpriced GPUs because dude, $130 is the lowest I can find. Saving that much on this project would be a massive, massive help as I can't even afford to look in it's direction, nevermind buy a new CPU, MB, RAM, CPU, GPU. And it needs cooling "rethink" so bad it's not even funny. Seriously, imagine an Athlon II X4 on 1.52v with a 270X on 1.312v, 4x2 DDR2
all choked up inside this thing!: http://thermaltakeusa.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00001914
I bought this thing when I only had silence in my head. (Get it? lol) It does an EXCELLENT, FANTASTIC JOB at utterly killing noise and dampening what it can't kill to near silent, pleasant frequencies. But it's at the cost of terrible airflow for what has become a gaming PC. Cases are impossible to sell, otherwise I would since I have one sitting a year already and the other does not match its task nor the space under the desk. I've got about -0 dollars for a new case though, so it's fans I need. After this 280X goes in it's going to be in big trouble.
That's my major concern here.
With no outtake fan
unless you count the CPU cooler blowing a little towards the back, one 120mm intake on the bottom, and the stock thing that glows and moves but doesn't actually do anything this thing is an oven. I can't add another fan because the current MB doesn't have the headers for it! Seriously, it's unsavable. There are complaints about it creating "a pillar of heat" and words said like "is that safe?"
I've got to lower the amount of wattage it uses and raise the percentage of heat it actively disperses while increasing the processing power by over 9000.
Here's what my plan has already gotten me:
$40 Pentium G3258 (Will delid and OC to as close to 10Ghz as possible)
$112 Gigabyte Z97X SOC-Force (This will help)
$49.49 Samsung Wonder Ram 2X4GB (You may see a pattern that I like to overclock)
$35 Corsair H80i as part of 4670k $155 combo!!! (Me: FX-6350 > 4670k) (A shame I cannot overclock the fans as that would probably solve the issue)
I am very proud of the bargains I found and would like to continue the trend!*Sorry if that was too much information. Not really, I'm not sorry. Too bad for you!Edited by cookieboyeli - 10/27/15 at 4:59am