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I got a friend who loves ENB and GTA IV, but he has trouble running GTA IV with ENB, so he chose these two configs for a new computer:

 

CoolerMaster HAF X Case

Intel Core i5 2500K

Dual GTX 570 SLI

8 GB Corsair XMS3 RAM

90 GB SSD and 1 TB Samsung HDD

MSI P67A-GD65

Corsair HX 1000 W

Config #2

 

CoolerMaster HAF X

Intel Core i7 2600K

GTX 580

8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM

50 GB PCI E SSD and 1 TB SATAIII HDD

MSI P67A-GD65

Corsair HX 850 W

Which PC will perform better?

 

(Please keep in mind that a fan controller, heatsink, and more fans for the case have been added as well)

 

He plans to overclock the video cards and CPU no matter what config he choses

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In GTA 4 specifically, the second PC with one 580 will perform much better than the other one, but in the games with proper SLi support, the first one will dominate the second one.

Pick your poison.

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For GTA specifically the second setup would be better, since GTA doesn't support SLI. Still, a single GTX 570 and i5 would run GTA:IV at maximum settings.

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If he spending that much, he should get a bigger SSD.

For the second PC:

 

PCI Express SSDs are insanely expensive, and I don't want to spend money on storage that I could be using on graphics cards or CPU. I only plan to use SSDs as my boot drive, while all my programs go onto the HDD. Why do you think I added the 1TB drive?

 

The first PC:

Regular SSDs are cheaper, but I think 90 GB is enough for a boot drive

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Just got my new setup up and running.

I7-2600 (not-really-need-for-K-model) @3.4Mhz

Crucial C300 128GB SSD, Samsung 1Tera HD, Asus P8P67, Corsair 8GB, GTX 460 1GB

SSD-loading times: nearly non existent (just one loading screen half way and thats it)

 

GTA IV 65fps and TLaD & BoGT 55fps

All settings max except view distance 60 (out of video mem)

with anisotropic filtering 16x and resolution 1920x1080 looks

like candy! Finishing storyline, once again, for 13th time!

 

I would say to go for i7/580gtx-setup and measure your ssd so that

32GB of gta fits in, well worth it.

 

 

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I'd take the first over the second, also 1000w is a little bit overkill, the Corsair 850W would be fine.

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If he spending that much, he should get a bigger SSD.

For the second PC:

 

PCI Express SSDs are insanely expensive, and I don't want to spend money on storage that I could be using on graphics cards or CPU. I only plan to use SSDs as my boot drive, while all my programs go onto the HDD. Why do you think I added the 1TB drive?

 

The first PC:

Regular SSDs are cheaper, but I think 90 GB is enough for a boot drive

Ask yourself is that amount of space actually large enough to store your OS and all of your programs.

Windows 7 eats up a large portion of the drive and even though it a bit less than Vista it's still massive.

Then you got system restore which reserves 12% and Recycle Bin-reserve at 10%

You installed all of your programs and a single game can eat up gigabytes of space.

With all of that do you still think there is plenty of space left?

If your grabbing a SSD just so you can boot the OS faster, you might as well go with the 64GB, but installing

programs on the HDD defeats the purpose of a "responsive" machine.

IMO just use HDD as they provide more space. And how much do you actually shave off when using a SSD?

Seriously I've installed Win7 on a SSD once and I can't see a damn difference. sigh.gif

 

Here is my proposed build.

 

- Item Pcs
Price
1
LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
1
$16.99
2
COOLER MASTER COSMOS S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
1
$199.99
3
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
1
$169.99
4
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
1
$69.99
5
EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
1
$369.99
6
NVIDIA Free Just Cause 2 + Mafia II Coupon
1
$0.00
7
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
1
$129.99
8
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR
1
$84.99
9
Kingston DataTraveler G3 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (White & Orange) Model DTIG3/2GBZ
1
$0.00
10
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1
$184.99
11
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
1
$329.99
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Subtotal
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$1,556.91
This motherboard has 3x PCIe x16 slots, when set into SLI or CFX the 1st two will split into x8/x8.

For that MSI board, if you run in SLI or CFX will both slots run in x8/x8 or x8/x4?

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For 1155, I think that CFX or SLI on any board will run 8X 8X. Anyway, since I have about 2000 to use, I got a HX 850 instead, HAF X, a Corsair H70, fan controller and a P8P67 Deluxe and a 5.25 bay to 3.5 bay converter to use the front panel USB 3 box included with the mobo for about $1900 total

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