My New A10 Rig
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October 18, 2012, 04:58 PM
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North East Alberta
My System Specs
So, in the "why not" category I went ahead and ordered an ASUS 2 GB (DDR3) HD 6670 video card to round out my new rig. Figured that I might as well. Glad I found out that buying DDR5 would be a waste of money if I hook it up to my APU. Besides I never did find out if 2GB of DDR3 was a better bang for my buck than 1 GB of DDR5. And the 1GB DDR5 card was a few dollars more than the 2 GB DDR3 card. I was worried that the new lot of cards would all be DDR5 which is not that useful to me as a dual graphic card.
I know there are some games where there would be little benefit to this dual graphics set up but others where there is supposed to be significant benefit. I'm thinking that this 2GB of video ram on the HD6670 should be giving me some better FPS than just the A10 and in some cases the Dual Graphics will produce a significant boost to my graphic performance. I was also interested to read that MS Office 2010 takes advantage of some of the features of this card - and it may even speed up my web browsing (if I go to Firefox?).
I do want to add a third screen (Santa are you listening?) and try out AMD's three screen effect. I'll need a bigger desk but small sacrifices are necessary to get a nice system. I am going to order Dirt 3 which is one of the games AMD likes to profile because it does really benefit from the Dual Graphics (if one is to believe the reviews and articles). I'm also going to get a flight sim package - I think it's about time I learned how to fly - and then the three way front windows of "my plane" will look real cool - I don't know much about flight sim games but I'll be 'investing' some time to learn a bit more about them before I order one - any recommendations?.
I was able to get a price match from Mem-Express with Newegg.ca and saved a few like $6.00 but hey it paid the shipping. So for under $100 tax. S/H & a 2 year ME replacement warranty I've got a 2 GB HD6670 which I will be running as a dually with my A10. And after an email complaining that they were not prepared to mail the card to a post office box I got a prompt reply and a fix to that 'bug' they said and they do indeed ship to rural post office boxes.
I should wait for the PSU & Videocard to arrive before I get to rebuild this baby. I suppose I could get a head start and change out the fans and install the new hard drives into the current system this weekend. I'm a little shy about hooking up my new motherboard/CPU/ram to my old 'scary' Logisys PSU but we'll see what time allows.
Since this is my first build I think I'll look for a few "how to" video's and guides on line for first time builders. Any links I should follow?
Now onto eBay and order some games for this new rig. Dirt3, Shift2, Flight Sim, ? ? ? we will see what ends up in my basket. Any suggestions for this non-violent pacifist?
My System Specs
ASUS F2 A85M Pro
AMD A10 5800K 4.2Ghz most of the time
32 GB Kingston HyperX Red @ 1600 Mhz
Gigabyte HD 7970 OC
128 GB Kingstons Hyper X SSD (Win8 OS) 180 GB Intell 330 SSD (Win7 0S) 2T Seagate SATA III Drive 3T Seagate SATA III Drive 750 Seagate e-SATA FreeAgent portable drive 250 Seagate Passport USB portable drive
Antec 620 HCG-M
Fractal Design R4 Titanium Window
ASUS on board RealtekŪ ALC892 - usually my Razer SWTOR Headphones
LG BlueRay Lightscribe DVD Burner
Three LG Monitors: Main Screen a W2442- 24" LCD, & 2 x LG E2040T LED 20`screens.
Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 Pro ~ Windows 7 Home Premium, both 64 BIT
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