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This is my current (as of October 2013) gaming rig. Over the years, I've taken the approach to upgrade "here and there" as I felt a need or experienced a game-stopping issue that could be addressed with a part replacement.

Assorted parts buried within this rig actually date back to 2005, though most things have been replaced. I did a major rebuild in 2008, but about all that remains from that build is the Antec Nine Hundred. 2009 brought along the hard drives (non-SSD) and dual Westinghouse monitors. The Radeon 6870 was a 2010 purchase that has held up remarkably well. 2011 brought the ASUS monitor for some great Eyefinity fun. In 2012, I replaced my dying 2005 Logitech MX518 mouse and G15 keyboard with a Razer Imperator and BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth. I also added the OCZ SSD when doing a Windows 8 fresh-install. Finally, in 2013 I added a second SSD (the Samsung), replaced the existing 8GB RAM with 24GB and upgraded the power supply to the HX750 in preparation for a new video card purchase I hope to have in place for Battlefield 4.

My gaming interests are pretty vast, but I spend most of my time in racing games and Battlefield 3. This system runs BF3 at about 45-60 fps on High, which meets my personal minimum comfort level; however, it suffers on high with Eyefinity turned on, so I will usually run at Medium when using all three screens to maintain 45+ FPS. (I get about 65-85 FPS on Medium and a very uncomfortable 20-25 on Ultra with a single 1920x1080 screen).

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  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build, You should upgrade that GFX card though. Other than that great build.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

This is why I love modular systems.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How's this rig holding up after a year and a half? I have to imagine that 6870 is close to retirement with the games we're seeing now. Everything else in this build still looks fantastic, so a new GPU would really bring this thing to the modern age!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

As it happens, I just recently farmed this build out for parts. The primary SSD/OS, monitors, speakers and 8GB of RAM were preserved, while the case and MB took a serious downsizing. You can see the results here: eight-point-oh (downsizing).

The CPU/motherboard and extra RAM were passed along to a family member needing some gaming peformance upgrades. He paired those parts with a Radeon 270X and as you can imagine is pretty happy with the results.

To your question, the 6870 paired with the i5 3570K was a setup that still played BF4 at passable (though not impressive) framerates using mostly medium settings. In addition to being my wife's main PC, it served as a nice "guest" PC for multiplayer gaming after I built my current system.

I've been running my current system for almost 2 years (with some "minor" upgrades along the way). It's probably overdue for a completed build entry.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, thanks for the update. It's cool to see that all these parts still have homes in some way. Those two 280Xs must be good performers. I've been itching for a GPU upgrade and have really been considering the 280x and the 290x. Hoping the new 300 line's release will drop those prices.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Indeed, it is always nice to see parts continue to be useful rather than just sit in the closet or head to the recycler!

The 280X's did perform nicely and I ran an 3x Eyefinity setup with them at 1440p. (Racing games are so much fun with 3 screens in case you were curious!) There were definitely some headaches that cropped up with Crossfire from time to time, but for the most part I was pretty happy.

That said, I recently upgraded to my first nVidia card in a while -- a 980. It's also performing great and temps are a fair bit cooler in my case now compared to two 280X's.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! All good things to hear. The Eyefinity setup has always seemed so cool. One day I'll be at a point (financially) where I can do three screens, but for now, I'm happy with my setup.