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RollinThundr
08-12-10, 08:37 PM
Hey folks, long time lurker here. I just ordered a new rig this week and was hoping to get a few opinions on what the performance would be out of it. After picking up SC2 and getting abysmal performance and noticing older titles including Dragon Age, and the NWN titles, I have don't seem to be running quite as well these days I figured it was time to just bite the bullet and get a new machine. Keep in mind I haven't upgraded in a good 6 or 7 years, going from a 3200+ with a gig of DDR to the following.

Apevia X-Dreamer 3 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window & Temperature Display
800 Watts - XtremeGear Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
MSI X58A-GD65 Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Triple-Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 Audio, eSATA, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, IEEE1394a, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI

Intel(R) Core™ i7-940 2.93 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan I also maxed out the fan options in the case itself.
6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA [
1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive


I know its not the top of the line by any means but can I expect to get decent performance for at least a few years with these specs? Thanks for any feedback!

Drolfrawd
08-12-10, 09:05 PM
it's tops for me

bob saget
08-12-10, 09:21 PM
looks fine. maybe try getting a 930 instead of a 940 is there is any price difference.

RollinThundr
08-12-10, 09:30 PM
looks fine. maybe try getting a 930 instead of a 940 is there is any price difference.

I was under the impression that there wasn't a difference that the 940 just was at a higher clock 2.9 vs 2.8. Or am I totally wrong in that?

MUYA
08-12-10, 11:12 PM
Probably a 460 1 GB is better option? With the the ability to go SLI later?

2x460 in SLI have been shown to perform competitively against 480 but costing lower...

bob saget
08-12-10, 11:15 PM
I was under the impression that there wasn't a difference that the 940 just was at a higher clock 2.9 vs 2.8. Or am I totally wrong in that?

if you get a higher stock clock than the 930 for the same price, go for it, other than that, you probably will not see any performance benefit over a 930, and in either case, the 930/920 CPU overclock like crazy.

methimpikehoses
08-12-10, 11:20 PM
that rig is going to blow your pepis off going from a 3200+ and 1GB ram.

bob saget
08-12-10, 11:33 PM
yea. i went from a 4400 to my current one. pepis was blown.

RollinThundr
08-12-10, 11:39 PM
if you get a higher stock clock than the 930 for the same price, go for it, other than that, you probably will not see any performance benefit over a 930, and in either case, the 930/920 CPU overclock like crazy.

Gotcha, yeah it was a free upgrade to the 940 @ 2.93 over the 930 @ 2.83 so that's pretty much why I went with the 940. Figured any speed difference wouldn't really be that noticeable but hey free is free!

RollinThundr
08-12-10, 11:44 PM
that rig is going to blow your pepis off going from a 3200+ and 1GB ram.

No doubt, I got quite the mileage out of this 3200+, I want to say I built it in 01 or 02 if my memory is correct, though then again I did do alot more 360/PS3 gaming for a while there the last year or so, since it was starting to show its age when it came to newer PC releases. I just wanted to get something mid to mid high that was going to last for a few years as I'm too busy these days to keep up with the latest parts and didn't really want to have to upgrade much if at all anytime soon.

Thanks for the replies folks, appreciate the feedback.

JasonPC
08-13-10, 01:01 AM
Man this system is going to blow you away. I was blown away going from 3200+ to E6600 but this even blows an E6600 out of the water. You definitely won't need to upgrade for a while.

RollinThundr
08-13-10, 03:17 AM
Probably a 460 1 GB is better option? With the the ability to go SLI later?

2x460 in SLI have been shown to perform competitively against 480 but costing lower...

Thanks for that suggestion MUYA, I sent their sales department an email with the requested change (going through cyberpowerpc) after checking the stats of both cards the 460 does indeed seem like the better card. I see card manufacturers still like to use confusing model schemes, though it is somewhat my own fault for not checking first and assuming the higher numbered model of the two affordable Fermi cards was the better spec. We'll see how it goes.

At any rate I don't think I'll have too many complaints either way with the new rig.

Edit: seeing as though 2 460's running in SLI would only be about 100 more, I inquired about possibly going that route, I won't hear back til at least 12:30 est today if its possible to change an order thats already gone to the warehouse. I do have a question for you guys that are far more experienced with SLI and the like, would the 800w PSU that's currently slated for this system still be enough for it? Thanks again for feedback.

Intel17
08-13-10, 11:44 AM
Nice machine. Go for it, and then maybe get another 465 in there later on.

Drolfrawd
08-13-10, 12:21 PM
yea. i went from a 4400 to my current one. pepis was blown.

..............DD wipes off

Bearclaw
08-13-10, 12:31 PM
I would recommend the 1GB 460 and the 930. No sense in wasting money on a 940 when you can overclock the 930.

RollinThundr
08-13-10, 12:39 PM
I would recommend the 1GB 460 and the 930. No sense in wasting money on a 940 when you can overclock the 930.

The 940 was a free upgrade, it didn't cost anymore. I went ahead and changed it to 2 EVGA 460's superclocked 1g cards running in sli. Hoping the 800w psu will be enough on the power end.

Bearclaw
08-13-10, 12:41 PM
The 940 was a free upgrade, it didn't cost anymore. I went ahead and changed it to 2 EVGA 460's superclocked 1g cards running in sli. Hoping the 800w psu will be enough on the power end.

:lol: Then by all means, AWESOME upgrade for the same price. :thumbsup: Also, the 2 SLi 460's will perform very well. 800w should be enough for 460. I was originally going for a 460 in my rig and when I did i remember reading PSU requirements were quite low.

RollinThundr
08-13-10, 12:52 PM
:lol: Then by all means, AWESOME upgrade for the same price. :thumbsup: Also, the 2 SLi 460's will perform very well. 800w should be enough for 460. I was originally going for a 460 in my rig and when I did i remember reading PSU requirements were quite low.

Thanks Bearclaw, yeah I believe it was a required 400psu or 450. After looking at a ton of benchmarks for SLI early this morning I figured what the heck and went ahead and sent the sales dept. a couple emails. They're going to pull the order and make the requested change.

All and all I'm even more psyched now than when I first placed the order a couple days ago.

nekrosoft13
08-13-10, 02:16 PM
since you already ordered it, there is no hope of change

but few things hat could have been done differently

1)930 instead of 940, its cheaper, the 100mhz will not make it faster, and 930 can be OC'ed near 4ghz anyway EDIT: just seen the 940 free upgrade comment, if it didn't cost extra is fine.

2)not a fan of that case, but that depends on visual prefference

3)why did you buy SATA III hard drive, its a waste of money, Hard Drives still can't max out SATAI (yes first generation) max bandwith, SATA III for Hard Drive really not necessary. SSD are different story, SSD can benefit from SATAIII

RollinThundr
08-13-10, 07:10 PM
since you already ordered it, there is no hope of change

but few things hat could have been done differently

1)930 instead of 940, its cheaper, the 100mhz will not make it faster, and 930 can be OC'ed near 4ghz anyway EDIT: just seen the 940 free upgrade comment, if it didn't cost extra is fine.

2)not a fan of that case, but that depends on visual prefference

3)why did you buy SATA III hard drive, its a waste of money, Hard Drives still can't max out SATAI (yes first generation) max bandwith, SATA III for Hard Drive really not necessary. SSD are different story, SSD can benefit from SATAIII

Eh it was mostly modifying an already put together package deal that had a low base price. I'm not entirely picky when it comes to cases or HD speeds or anything of the sort. As long as it plays the titles I'm interested well enough (a smooth 50-60 fps) on whatever drivers work best (part of why I tend to stick with Nvidia parts, ATI's drivers have always had the most issues since the rage pro days in my experience with ATI cards at least) Thats good enough for me.

I mean I've been on the same machine for 6 or 7 years so I prolly don't fit into the super hardcore demographic to begin with I guess.

At any rate my changes went through on going with the Dual EVGA 460's SC in SLI so I'm sure I'll be content with perfomance, especially compared to what I'm used to with this ol aging gal here.

Thanks for the information on solid state drives and their advantages over SATA drives tho Nekro, I hadn't know that before and its definately something I'll keep in mind moving forward. Thanks again for the reply.

RollinThundr
08-18-10, 10:40 PM
Should have the new rig Monday, so very excited to finally be able to play SC2 and I can't wait to play Dragon Age with maxxed out settings. (nana2)

RollinThundr
08-19-10, 03:40 AM
Weird, the invoice Cyberpower mailed me has a i7-950 3.06GHZ 8M LGA 1366 instead of the i7-940 2.93. Hoping I didn't get charged extra, considering I tacked on extra for a second video card. Anyone have any prior experience with Cyberpower?

Maverick123w
08-19-10, 11:46 AM
Weird, the invoice Cyberpower mailed me has a i7-950 3.06GHZ 8M LGA 1366 instead of the i7-940 2.93. Hoping I didn't get charged extra, considering I tacked on extra for a second video card. Anyone have any prior experience with Cyberpower?

Well did you get charged more than you thought you were going to be charged?

Destroy
08-21-10, 10:07 AM
Missing an SSD drive for OS and common games/aps.

Bearclaw
08-21-10, 10:24 AM
Weird, the invoice Cyberpower mailed me has a i7-950 3.06GHZ 8M LGA 1366 instead of the i7-940 2.93. Hoping I didn't get charged extra, considering I tacked on extra for a second video card. Anyone have any prior experience with Cyberpower?

Well, what did you get charged? Was it more than the sales ticket?