Build It: How to Build a Kick-Ass Ivy Bridge Gaming PC, Step by Step

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NavarWynn

Overall, the article, and the tech, and the end product is pretty typical. A wicked fast gaming PC built w/ off the shelf parts (that would stress even most 1%ers budgets ;-)) But guys, I feel like you are missing a lot of the creativity. Here are just a *few* things *creative* you could try out...

A workstation based gaming rig? don't tell me the thought of 3 GPUs, 2 CPUS, 20 cores / 40 threads, and 512gb of RAM @ 1800mhz doesn't give you a bit of a stiffy. Sure it may not run all your benchmarks, but some of us have the $25k necessary to run a single machine like that... Maybe you could show us if it would really be worth it?

A *real* budget price/performance machine - say $400?

An upgradable custom case rig?

How about upgrading an existing case to improve thermals, access, capability, etc.? Even something as simple as lighting? (just an idea ;-) ) With benchmarks, and load tests to show how much you improved it?

Setup a proper test bench to load test individual components & individual component upgrades?

Pop the top off an Ivy bridge to upgrade it's thermal dispersion?

Maybe do some proper white pages (like in the past) on the proper procedures for your articles/ conclusions/predictions?

Frankly guys, while the 'everyday' MPC articles are usually decent, frankly, they are getting kind of boring. I know most of you (like us) are just geeks - not mechanical and electrical engineers, but maybe you could at least *stretch* the box a little (even if you don't actually go outside it)...

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Danthrax66

What is with the table on the last page????????

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compguytracy

it looks like you went out of your way to get a crappy case, bad design, plastic clips, cable routing problems. why not get a better case?

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waynesalt

Curious, I know this is MPC, but is the kickass pc supposed to be budget friendly? I mean I Know that $1888 isn't Really pricey, but can't some of the things have been changed to fit a lower budget, for mainstream people? Like maybe a 2TB HDD and lose the SSD and V-raptor, a 7870 instead of 670, 8GB ram, a 3570k instead of a 3770k, should save at Least a couple hundred dollars...

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Penterax

Thanks for using the 1 TB VelociRaptor. It's nice to see someone build without following conventional "wisdom".

I keep wondering why no one tests 2 V-Raptors (or more) in RAID 0 against their SSDs; don't want to show up their favorites? Sure, they point to the single-drive numbers and say something like "See, even twice as fast, the hard drive just can't catch up to a modern SSD in any test." Okay then, bench it!

Okay okay I'm admitting it, I'm a V-Raptor fanboy looking to hold on to his favorite drives a bit longer. It'll be a bit sad for me, in a way, when I build again, and relegate my current ones to data drives behind that bad-boy SSD.

;)

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Danthrax66

velociraptors will always loose to SSDs. It isn't even a competition really since SSDs get 2-3x the read/write speeds and also have .1ms or less latency while the velociraptor has 7ms or more. Velociraptors are good for storage is you need speed, but even then you can get 15k rpm SAS drives that will perform better and more reliably.

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Gezzer

Okay this isn't a troll.
More of a gripe.

I remember when Max PC didn't pad it's page count with a "build a PC" how-to in every issue. When I saw the last build 3 different PCs article with no how-to I breathed a sigh of relief. Only to find another build how-to further on in the mag.

Yes there are Max PC readers who have never built a PC before, all 5 of them. But give me a break. How about a link to an in depth how-to instead. Then just add the link after each story, and update the on-line content as/if needed.

I'm just saying.

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Hilarity

FX 4170 + 7950 + 8GB DDR3 1600MHz, pocket the cash saved. No, you don't need Intel for a 1080p gaming build, and no Bulldozer isn't THAT bad. I'd also drop the SSD and get a single 2TB drive, loading times are irrelevant for a gaming system. You need bulk storage for today's ~15GB console ports.

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cldmstrsn

I have a 670 and in my experience runs better than a 7970. so if you are looking for a great card pick the 670.

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waynesalt

Is the 670 worth getting over say a 7870? If you look at performance vs price, isnt the 7870 just slightly behind but a fair bit cheaper?

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Hooded

I can't say that I would be using any spinning disc for a gaming rig these days.

I have at least two 120gb ssd's in each of my gaming rig's.
Whats with the 8gb of RAM? Boost it up to 16 so you can run without a swap file.

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ohsnaps1104

Who uses 16 gigs of RAM? I have 8 with page file disabled, works just fine.

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aferrara50

I have 64 gb and nearly all of it gets utilized. You set up a ram disk and load all of the applications that you commonly use off of the ram, especially games. Read/write speeds ~7,000mbs destroys even today's fastest ssds in raid 0.

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BryceBooth

Optical drives have their uses, such as transcoding your own movies, ripping cd's. As for RAM, I certainly agree with the minor cost of upping it to 16 GB, however, it's usually best to leave the page file as is. Yes, it's a gaming rig, but what happens when you start multi-tasking, or dive into Photoshop?
Sometimes it's best to err on the side of caution.

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Hooded

Running an x58 system with 24gb ram no swap file.

Run Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash all at the same time while in and out of either Access or an MS SQL DB. Also playing music with iTunes have never had a problem. No Swap file.
SSD's especially the sata3 ones are fast enough not to require a swap file. On a spinning disc a swap file is accessed faster because of it's size and location on the disc. Preventing alot of disc seeking. SSD'd don't have this limitation.

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BryceBooth

I believe you, but I was simply stating that not everyone uses their rig the same as everyone else. Some may delve into Photoshop's settings, and allocate all their RAM to the program. Sure, one can disable the swap file, but it's not hurting you if it goes unused either.

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fygquas

You mean like 8GB RAM + 8GB RAM disk?

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xenetic

If you want to spend more money on less gaming performance, follow this guide. If you want more performance for around a grand, go with a 3570K (hyper-threading is rarely used in gaming, not worth the extra $100), and an OC'd GTX 670 (matches the performance of a stock 680). Also, ditch the velociraptor. Grab a 120 gig SSD for less than $100 and a 2TB HDD.
I made an account just to respond to this "Kick-Ass" gaming PC guide. You guys should probably remove this post. Surely Gordon knows better than this.

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TheMissingPiece

This article was written before the GTX 670 was even available, and Maximium PC hadn't reviewed the 3570K to recommend it yet, thus justifying the selection of those two parts. The use of the Velociraptor was more of a personal choice, although it is a good hard drive for those who do not want to deal with the troubles of micromanaging an SSD.

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metalsphere

This is a nice PC build with quality parts for gaming purposes, and the price isn't huge either.

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RaptorJohnson

That was a nice comment with simple words for easy readability, and the length wasn't too bad either.

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Raswan

hahahahaha

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