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Old April 1, 2010, 03:21 PM
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Hey everybody! I'm getting a new rig setup, I'll mostly be using it for gaming, at a resolution of 1360 x 768. How will this rig hold up with today's most recent games? How will it hold up in the long run?

CPU: i7 930
Mobo: Asus P6X58D
GPU: Sapphire Vapor-X 5870
RAM: 1600 DDR3 6Gb Corsair Dominator
PSU: Corsair HX850W
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212+
HDD: Samsung F3 1TB
Sound Card: Asus D2X
Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling MX-3
Optical: Cheap-o DVD burner
Case: CM HAF 932

Three things:

1) When I mount the PSU, should I have it blow out air from the bottom of the case or blowing up into the case?

2) I think I definitely want to have my first go at overclocking this time around. How will the Hyper 212+ hold up in conjunction with the HAF932? I'm not aiming for the bleeding edge 4.0, probably want to go around 3.5-3.8.

3) I'll be pairing the Asus D2X with Logitech's Z-5500... other suggestions for a sound card? Auzentech is commonly recommended around here, but I can't get it in my country.

Would love your input!

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Old April 1, 2010, 03:26 PM
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The computer will destroy probably any game at that resolution.

Parts look good.

I have an i7 920 @ 3.85 and using a CM 212+ at 100% load the CPU doesnt go over 71C. I am using 2 of the same fans that come with the heatsink in push pull but the second one is only running at 1000rpm.

The fan is an intake fan for the PSU. Try to have it intake cool air from outside and blow the rest back outside. So basically keeps the PSU cool and it doesn't warm up the air in your case.
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Old April 1, 2010, 03:34 PM
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Awesome, thanks for the quick response 2Long! "Destroy" is definitely a comforting way to say it =]
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Old April 1, 2010, 04:03 PM
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Sounds like a solid build. Make sure to take plenty of pics and put them in the worklog section of the forum! I found the only drawback to the HAF 932 is the lack of filters for the massive side fan. That's why I purchsed the AMD edition. I don't know if you're aware of the HWC fan grills for sale. I'll be incorporating 2 of them in my 932 build coming soon.
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Old April 1, 2010, 04:08 PM
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i would go to say overkill for your res ;)
to be honest, i would say take $200 off and buy a bigger monitor :D or keep it as is and buy another monitor anyway!
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Old April 1, 2010, 04:21 PM
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Save up and buy a monitor man. I just bought the Samsung 2324BWX that was on sale for 189 at NCIX and canada computers and even though its only 60Hz I am thoroughly impressed. 2048x1152 resolution for 189 is pretty amazing.
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Old April 1, 2010, 04:35 PM
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+1 on the monitor...
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Old April 2, 2010, 01:39 AM
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I'm using a 32 inch TV, thats my resolution is on the lower end..

I guess my biggest concern is how long I can use this system to run games maxed out. What do you guys think?
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Old April 2, 2010, 01:50 AM
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Nothing can run metro2033 well maxed out so.... Never is my answer I suppose?
But you will be able to run games at that resolution at a decent framerate for at least 1.5 years and probably two. My computer was high-midrange when I bought it (q9400, 260 core216, 8gb ram, p5q pro) last year around this time and is running bf bad company 2 at over 1080p with no slowdowns or studdering in dx10 mode. More and more games are making it so you can run them at moderate settings without blowing up your bank!
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Old April 2, 2010, 04:04 AM
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After your reply I went and searched around for Metro 2033 performance on different rigs, and it seems like the game just isn't optimized.. at all, not to mention no noticeable visual difference between DX11 to DX10 or even DX9...

Really I'm just looking for a system I can put together, and wont really have to think about for the next ~3 years sans popping in another 5870 down the line. Have I accomplished that?

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