4 PCs used for developing and playing video games.
nice build(s) ahah!!! why are you building so many?
Probably a development team of four.
Nice builds. What kind of games will you be making?
Nice set up,though for the money you spent, an ssd would have been a nice addition. These systems look pretty beast and will fun for a long time.
I couldn't justify getting SSDs for them just yet. I will get them soon though.
Okay, well I got one in my system and it is very noticeable, but prices keep coming down so waiting makes sense.
why 660 ti over 7950?
To be honest I just prefer EVGA & Nvidia over ATI and their manufacturers. EVGA has a great step-up program and support and Nvidia has great drivers and cards. I really like the new Geforce Experience software that automatically updates your Nvidia drivers based on available updates for games you have installed.
AMD has stepped up their driver game recently and they really don't have any issues. The 7950 performs as well and sometimes better than even a 670 so brand preference doesn't really make sense here when the performance delta is pretty big but the price is the same.
Not to mention that the Kepler series cards are atrocious in any tasks that require raw computing performance. With something like game developing, I have to say that this was a rather poor choice in cards.
I usually find it hard to back ATI cards, but in this application, ATI would have surpassed Nvidia by miles. When you think of ATI cards, you should immediately be thinking raw computing power.
Why would you find them hard to back? 7xxx series vs 6xx series AMD cards are always the better option unless you need CUDA.
CUDA cores are actually very effective when it comes to many aspects of which he might be using them for.
Perhaps. Maybe the game developing he doing isnt of the nature I assume. But still, CUDA cores aren't magic. Loads of optimization cannot entirely make-up for the lack of hardware capabilities.
Not really, if the GPU itself and the drivers are good the card is good. Nothing to do with the manufacturer there.
You were able to fit your RAM with the push/pull CPU cooler?
Yeah no problem. It has a low profile profile heatsink so it fits under the fan if you push the fan up a little bit. The clips on the fan allow you to move the fan up and down if you need to. I actually used the channel 2 DIMM slots anyway so the fan doesn't even touch the first DIMM.
You might want to watch out for that CPU, without proper water cooling, when it is a near to full load,reaches around 80-90 Degrees.
You can say that about any high end processor. It depends on; the case air temp. the heatsink on the cpu, and the thermal paste. A i7 2600 can run at 86C if the thermal paste is bad. However in his builds i think it would be fine, even if he OCs them.
For sure! Haven't got around to it yet.