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Gaming, School, and Virtual Machines

by edman545

13
16 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

860MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.2GHz

Description

Build for a friend. He needed a gaming upgrade, and also a system that could run multiple virtual machines.

The CPU and Motherboard were passed down from a friend who recently upgraded. The hard drives and Power supply came from his old system. The DVD drive was actually an external USB drive that he wanted to make internal. I just removed it from the casing and installed it. He already had a parallel hard drive that he wanted to use, so the ribbon cable is going to be there anyway.

USB 3.0 was a requirement also, so I added the expansion card. Cable management stinks because it needs a 4 pin power connector right in the middle of the board.

The Geforce 9600 pictured was also a carryover from his previous machine. He plays a lot of Batman, and it's serving PhysX duties.

Yes, the PSU is upside down, but if you look, the cables come out of the wrong side. If I point it fan-side down, the cpu power connector won't reach behind the motherboard.

Windows 8 does a much better job with virtual machines than windows 7.

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CheesyHotDogPuff 1 point 26 months ago

Put the gpu on the top slot and the usb3 card on a lower slot, or else you will see some bottleneck from the x4 interface.

edman545 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

The config is 16-0-16-0 or 8-8-8-8. The two gpu's are on the 16x slots. if I put the usb3 into one of the 16x slots, then both video cards will run at 8x. I stuck it in the sole 1x slot on the board, which is right under neath the top slot. I know it looks wierd, but this is the only way to give both GPU's the full 16x.

CheesyHotDogPuff 1 point 26 months ago

K now I understand.

2wenty 1 point 26 months ago

Try running benchmarks with and without the extra PhysX cards installed. Occasionally, separate PhysX cards can bottleneck the main GPU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbww3dhzK0M) and it 'could' be affecting fps. Just a suggestion.

Oliver 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Wait, to GPU's in there, but one's AMD and the other's Nvidia? Im confuzled.

2wenty 2 points 26 months ago

It's for PhysX, a NVidia exclusive software for a certain few games.

Mistermickey 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Do you realize you could have purchased 2 tb hdd for the price you paid for the two 320 gb ones?

edman545 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

They were hold-overs from his previous build.

Mistermickey 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Ah, I see.

dgb1119 1 point 21 months ago

you are agod

vi715 -3 points 26 months ago

The RAM is definetly overkill, why did you get such a high end case? You could have put some of the money from the case into the GPU or maybe a better processor.

edman545 submitter 10 Builds 4 points 26 months ago

RAM is not overkill, he's running virtual machines. Obviously not while gaming, but he needs this feature. Got the case for $50 after mail in rebate.

Desekrezer 3 points 26 months ago

$90 High end? Hell no. maybe $300 for the Corsair 900d but $90 no.

brigittebeau 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

$370 for the Corsair 900D.

brigittebeau 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

What's wrong with getting a high end case?

About4Ninjas 3 points 26 months ago

i dont see how a $90 case is high end, when there are plenty of cases of the $120 mark