Description

This computer was originally going to be for sale, but a couple days ago the onboard sound on my main rig died, so the motherboard is being sent in for RMA. For a few weeks this will be my temporary rig.

Ram and GPU were pulled from my main rig, hence no price. Once the computer goes up for sale it will have a Corsair XMS3 4GB Kit and either a GTX 750 or HD 7950 as the GPU.

Picked up a mildly used Prodigy for $55, got the motherboard, HDD, PSU and DVDRW for $120. Went with an i3 because ultimately it will be sold and the i5 broke the budget.

First time build with Ivy Bridge, and wow am I impressed with the temperatures (opposed to what I have read). The CPU on Prime95 does not break 56c. Stock cooler @ 80% fan speed (still quiet)

Said and done the total cost's will be:

With 4GB ram and GTX 750: $450

With 4GB ram and HD 7950: $470

Will upload some benchmarks so people can see how much of a bottleneck there will be with an i3 and GTX 780.

Game #1: Battlefield 4 @ 1440P, ultra settings. http://youtu.be/nVMG-oPwynA

Without ShadowPlay recording, FPS ranged between 55 and 89. Avg was around 65 FPS.

In comparison to my main setup (i7 3820 @ 4.3Ghz, 16GB ram), the i3 is still decent. Main rig FPS would range between 70-110. Avg was approx. 75-85 FPS if I recall correctly. Same map, approx. same amount of players. Will retest when rig is back up and running.

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

780 gpu=beastmode. i3=least mode

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

Don't underestimate the i3, sir. It is not as weak as you might think it.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

But you shouldn't match it up alongside a 780.. unless you're going to upgrade

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree. As said in description, it is a temporary setup. The i3 will be paired with a more suitable gtx 750 or HD 7950 when all is said and done.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not recommended. It is his rig and we can't do anything about it.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Who said anyone was "going to do anything". Just here talking about stuff.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

i3 is still very decent. In most games you'll only see a 15-20% difference in max fps vs an i7. What you will notice though, is a much lower minimum FPS. This is when you start to notice the chop ups. Obviously, it depends how well the game does with multi threading

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 because I have the same color prodigy and I'm envious of that GPU :p

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Uploading video of BF4 maxed @ 1440P. 64man server.