Comprehensive Gaming PC Guide Discussion - IV

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Yes, 1 TB for storage purposes.
Some users who can keep the usage below SSD size can forgo the 1TB storage drive.

You can run games off of an external hard drive, but if it's using USB 2.0 (or older even) interface, it's going to be slower than an internal drive.
I have noticed recently witha few PC's and mainly higher end laptops that they come with a combined sata and usb port which i find pretty handy. No idea if there any slower then the internal sata ports on the motherboard.

Im mainly a laptop gamer and was wondering if anyone knew any suppliers of laptop GPU's i know most of them are soldered on for some unknown reason but the laptop i have i can freely replace the GPU if needs be. The only place i can find them are on ebay...and there used GPU's. And what laptop GPu would you recommend for playing up coming game titles? Obviously with DX11 and able to run with decent framerates with tessalation active.

I have been using the DX11 unigine Heaven Benchmarking demo that is on the NVidia site to test things.
I have noticed recently witha few PC's and mainly higher end laptops that they come with a combined sata and usb port which i find pretty handy. No idea if there any slower then the internal sata ports on the motherboard.

Im mainly a laptop gamer and was wondering if anyone knew any suppliers of laptop GPU's i know most of them are soldered on for some unknown reason but the laptop i have i can freely replace the GPU if needs be. The only place i can find them are on ebay...and there used GPU's. And what laptop GPu would you recommend for playing up coming game titles? Obviously with DX11 and able to run with decent framerates with tessalation active.

I have been using the DX11 unigine Heaven Benchmarking demo that is on the NVidia site to test things.


I don't know of any laptop that you can do that with. What do you have? Even if you could, with the parts so scarce it would probably cost too much anyhow and would be best to buy something new.
Unlike desktop graphics, there is no 'consistent' suppliers of laptop GPUs as nVidia and AMD do not sell them individually to users. Pretty much almost all of them are either parts that the OEM builders picked out for YOU specifically, or as you say, is used from an existing laptop.

It requires you to have standard MXM slot to be able to replace the laptop GPU (some laptops that have it uses propriety MXM slots that aren't compatible), but then, there are additional requirements:

1) Power supply brick
2) Heatsink, as one you have has 99% chance of not fitting the new GPU

Fulfilling all that + getting powerful laptop GPU will easily run you $600+.
How well would this run WoW or other major MMORPGs?

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156277

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157323

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127664

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817170010

Optimal Drive (if it matters): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276

I found these pieces on my own at first, and then I looked at this guide and I realized that I picked things that I found on your lists! I'm so proud! :D

P.S. This is my first computer build so take it easy with any/all criticism haha :D

P.S.S How high would the FPS hit?
Got a wrong motherboard, that's for AMD.

You have to get a B75 motherboard (or Z77 if you will get an overclockable i5-3570k or similar CPU, or want to SLi/XFire). To that end, if you will try CPU overclocking later on, you need to check if your case can handle tall tower CPU coolers

Power supply MUST have 80 Plus Bronze certification. One you picked out is going to send your PC straight to hell.

Otherwise, it's looking good.

The PC will run WoW @ ultra (shadows @ high) with good FPS.
Got a wrong motherboard, that's for AMD.

You have to get a B75 motherboard (or Z77 if you will get an overclockable i5-3570k or similar CPU, or want to SLi/XFire). To that end, if you will try CPU overclocking later on, you need to check if your case can handle tall tower CPU coolers

Power supply MUST have 80 Plus Bronze certification. One you picked out is going to send your PC straight to hell.

Otherwise, it's looking good.

The PC will run WoW @ ultra (shadows @ high) with good FPS.


OMFG! So you're telling me, I managed to find the build for a PC that can run this game MAXED OUT but for only $600 (w/ Mail-in rebate & coupons lol)!?!?!?!?! I love your guide! Kalg, you are my savior!
Well yes, but you HAVE to take the advice I have given or you are looking at a world of hurt.
08/14/2012 06:28 PMPosted by Kalganized
Well yes, but you HAVE to take the advice I have given or you are looking at a world of hurt.


I already changed the list! Would these be good:

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157326

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033
380W is not enough to power the HD 7770.

You want to take 500W if possible, to give you room to grow if you want a better graphics card. The minimum is 450W.
How about this build, Kalg? This, I'm hoping, is the final product that can run WoW with AA and Shadows on high PLUS Ultra settings :D And I still managed to be around $650 dollars, so readers, TAKE NOTES OF MY BUDGET AWESOMENESS!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
Case :D

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157326
Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077
Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
Operating System

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
Hard Drive Disk

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127664
Graphics Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276
Optimal Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152040
Power Supply
It's good. :D

If I were to make a final recommendation, I would get this power supply over that one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703035

(This is based on trustworthy Seasonic platform, and is fully modular with single powerful 12v rail)

But that is optional. You don't have to if you don't want to.
It's good. :D

If I were to make a final recommendation, I would get this power supply over that one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703035

(This is based on trustworthy Seasonic platform, and is fully modular with single powerful 12v rail)

But that is optional. You don't have to if you don't want to.


Trust me when I say, that I really wish I could get that Power Supply, but I am already over my strict budget ($600) because of the other components. Thank you for all of the help and the guide! I'm gonna request a sticky for this lol.
Oh and by the way, if I find myself still looking for even better, yet cheaper parts, I'll be sure to run it by you if you don't mind :D
Try using pcpartpicker to find best deals on parts you buy.

And sure. ;)
Like you read in another topic, I wanted to upgrade my computer, however I don't want to build my own. My only option is one of those build sites or something from BestBuy.com
Budget limit?
Do you need a copy of Windows, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers?
Can you read my new topic? :D thanks!
How far behind a GTX 670 is a Radeon 7950 after reasonable overclocking? I think I've decided against going multi-monitors for now as college is coming up next year, so if I end up going out of state I may not have the desk space or the options to transport it, but I'll see when I get there. For now I'm just curious about single-monitor performance.
GTX 670 does not have a massive overclocking headroom like HD 7950 have, generally.

Assuming both are those "enthusiast, overclock model", a GTX 670 will generally overclock up to just few % shy of GTX 680 stock. Few lucky models with good binned GPUs will match GTX 680 or even slightly beat it.

All known HD 7950s will match up to HD 7970 level with modest overclock, unless you get cursed by the RNG god and get a !@#$ty binned card. HD 7950s can continue to push a bit beyond it.

Unlike nVidia, AMD does not try to block voltage tweaking, so sky (and the binned quality of the GPU) is the limit, really.

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