What are ya'll gaming on?

By on March 16, 2014 12:53:31 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

sulley1

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Since the alpha is only a little ways out, I was wondering what everyone was planning on playing it (or the beta, or the final version ) on?

 

My specs:

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Intel Core i5-3470 @ 3.2GHz

8 GB Kingston 1600MHz RAM

ASUS P8Z77-V LX

ASUS Geforce GTX 670 4GB OC +20MHz (1000MHz)

Raidmax 750W 80 PLUS GOLD

CoolerMaster Storm Scout 2 Case

128 GB Samsung 840 Pro (OS)

1TB Western Digital HDD (DATA)

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March 16, 2014 1:18:30 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Machine is custom built by me recently

 

Win 7 64bit Ultimate

Haswell i5-4670k

Corsair H60 hydro cooler

8gb Gskill DDR3 2400

Gigabyte G1 sniper z87

Asus GTX 660 OC ( Flashed bios for maximum overclock 1241 mhz )

PSU is a modified Server PSU 1200w ( its 8 years old )

Toshiba 256 GB SSD ( OS drive )

dual Seagate 1gb in Raid 0 mode ( total 2 gb for data)

 

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March 16, 2014 2:01:37 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

I'm too lazy to dig up the exact components, but the gist is:

 

Win 7 Pro

i7 3770 stock

16G RAM

HD7870

256GB Samsung SSD for OS, non-steam games and software

256GB Samsung SSD for steam games

1TB HDD for MP3's

Simple Antec black mid tower case

24" Asus LCD

 

 

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March 16, 2014 6:18:38 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Asus K53S  laptop

 

Win7 64bit home premium

I7 2670QM 

8GB RAM

GeForce GT540m

Samsun SSD 830 128GB for startup

Hitachi 500GB for data

 

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March 16, 2014 10:42:45 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Windows 8.1

16GB Ripjaws RAM

Haswell i5-4670k @ 4.5 GHz

Nvidia GTX 780 TI

1 TB Seagate Hard Drive

750 W Power-sourcey thingy-majiggy

50" LCD TV

My setup annihilates pretty much everything except stress tests, but I still need an SSD :c

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March 16, 2014 10:45:08 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Win 7

8 GB

Nvidia GTX670

Intel i5-3570K

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March 16, 2014 10:57:06 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting ParagonRenegade,

  Haswell i5-4670k @ 4.5 GHz

What kind of cooler are you using?


Quoting ParagonRenegade,

My setup annihilates pretty much everything except stress tests, but I still need an SSD :c

Wont prevents my legions of evil from annihilating your fleets of righteousness though. Mwahahahah

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March 16, 2014 10:58:57 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Operating System
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
    Intel Core i7 3610QM @ 2.30GHz    38 °C
    Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
    16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)
Motherboard
    Alienware M17xR4 (U3E1)    28 °C
Graphics
    Generic PnP Monitor (1600x900@60Hz)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Dell)
    2048MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 7970M (Dell)
Storage
    476GB FUJITSU M17XR4_RAID0 (RAID)
    15GB USB Flash Memory USB Device (USB)
Optical Drives
    PLDS DVD+-RW DL-8A4SH

Audio
    Sound Blaster Recon3Di

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March 16, 2014 11:25:14 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting EvilMaxWar,

What kind of cooler are you using?

I have some dinky little aftermarket cooling fan, and a very large, spacious and well-ventilated case. Never breaks 65 Celsius.

 

Wont prevents my legions of evil from annihilating your fleets of righteousness though. Mwahahahah

I TAKE THAT AS A CHALLENGE.

MY DO-GOODER RAINBOW SOLDIERS ARE ITCHIN' TO KICK SOME ASS.

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March 16, 2014 12:10:31 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting ParagonRenegade,

Windows 8.1

16GB Ripjaws RAM

Haswell i5-4670k @ 4.5 GHz

Nvidia GTX 780 TI

1 TB Seagate Hard Drive

750 W Power-sourcey thingy-majiggy

50' LCD TV

My setup annihilates pretty much everything except stress tests, but I still need an SSD :c

 

  Holy crap.

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March 16, 2014 12:25:02 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting sulley1,


  Holy crap.

You must bow before my processing power! Bow!

:3

Rest assured I paid through my teeth (~1500 w/ rebates, sales and the like) for that kind of gear. But the payoff for doing so... OH THAT PAYOFF MAN. (Seriously though my computer's specs are mostly superfluous, you can get by perfectly fine with far less)

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March 16, 2014 1:16:44 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting ParagonRenegade,
You must bow before my processing power! Bow!

:3

Rest assured I paid through my teeth (~1500 w/ rebates, sales and the like) for that kind of gear. But the payoff for doing so... OH THAT PAYOFF MAN. (Seriously though my computer's specs are mostly superfluous, you can get by perfectly fine with far less)

 

Well you do know that you have a 50 foot tv...

Quoting ParagonRenegade,

50' LCD TV

But a 780Ti? That's something of beauty. How much dedicated memory does it have, and what brand?

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March 16, 2014 1:27:03 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting sulley1,


Well you do know that you have a 50 foot tv...

...

That may be a bit of an unintentional... 'exaggeration'...

Still, 50 inches isn't bad amirite?

:3

But a 780Ti? That's something of beauty. How much dedicated memory does it have, and what brand?

Asus; Asus makes/vendors the best Nvidia cards in my experience. 

*Checks under pile of crap for box*

3 GB

I'm lucky to have it; my close friend bought me it and asked for nothing in return! (I may or may not have performed certain oral actions upon his person for unrelated reasons)

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March 16, 2014 1:38:04 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting ParagonRenegade,


Quoting sulley1, reply 9

  Holy crap.

You must bow before my processing power! Bow!

:3

Rest assured I paid through my teeth (~1500 w/ rebates, sales and the like) for that kind of gear. But the payoff for doing so... OH THAT PAYOFF MAN. (Seriously though my computer's specs are mostly superfluous, you can get by perfectly fine with far less)

I wont bow because I have just as much power and faster loading times. Ok im not overclocked yet though, as everything runs fast enough.

Btw you got lucky with your chip if you can get it to run nice at 4.5ghz, they cannot all to do it. And you did not specify your mobo. Btw

I am done paying through the teeth for my computers. My last upgrade cost me around 700$ ( Mobo + cpu + Ram + cooler + SSD ).  But then I resold my old parts on Ebay for about as much ( long story but it involved getting a bunch of parts at a steal on Craigslist and reselling them for good profit while upgrading my case and psu )

 

 

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March 16, 2014 1:42:17 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.4GHz

Memory: 16GB RAM

DirectX Version: DirectX 11

Graphics Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640

Display Memory: 12 GB

Native Mode: 1680 x 1050(p) (60Hz) (my display is over 6 years old).

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March 16, 2014 1:50:32 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting EvilMaxWar,

I wont bow because I have just as much power and faster loading times. Ok im not overclocked yet though, as everything runs fast enough.
everything runs fast enough
fast enough

Lies!

Btw you got lucky with your chip if you can get it to run nice at 4.5ghz, they cannot all to do it.

Doesn't the "K" variant of our CPU mean it's made with overclocking in mind?

And you did not specify your mobo. Btw

Asus Z87-Pro

It's heavy as a brick, sturdy as steel plate.

I am done paying through the teeth for my computers. My last upgrade cost me around 700$ ( Mobo + cpu + Ram + cooler + SSD ).  But then I resold my old parts on Ebay for about as much ( long story but it involved getting a bunch of parts at a steal on Craigslist and reselling them for good profit while upgrading my case and psu )
 

I completely replaced everything from my old computer, and my ability to resell is on par with my aiming ability lol. Smart move, getting rid of your older junk like that, I'll have to remember that!

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March 16, 2014 2:07:55 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting ParagonRenegade,



Doesn't the "K" variant of our CPU mean it's made with overclocking in mind?

 

It is, I planned to overclock but so far all my games run at constant 60fps so I decided to not bother. But I will eventually.

 

Good choice going with asus. I have stuck with them for years and its the first time i buy a gigabyte mobo in a long time. So far so good but I had a few weird glitches in the bios and the software support sucks donkey balls. I think ill be back to asus next time 

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March 16, 2014 3:33:07 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting EvilMaxWar,
Ok im not overclocked yet though, as everything runs fast enough.

Don't bother overclocking your CPU or GPU. Most CPUs and GPUs made these days are built to automatically decrease their clock speed if they get hot to prevent them from burning up.

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March 16, 2014 3:42:39 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting Lucky Jack,


Quoting EvilMaxWar, reply 13Ok im not overclocked yet though, as everything runs fast enough.

Don't bother overclocking your CPU or GPU. Most CPUs and GPUs made these days are built to automatically decrease their clock speed if they get hot to prevent them from burning up.

True, Chips throttle down on temperature threshold. They have been doing that for a while. 

That is why overclockers invest in after market coolers. With a decent cooler this will not happen. And you should never overclock to the point that your chip heats up to throttle point anyway. Typically with adequate cooling you will hit stability problem before heat problems.

Some chips are beasts. Some of those old Q6600 Quad core could overclock over 4.ghz ( Stock 2.33 ghz ) 

I had a Xeon processor before that I ran at 4.15 ghz which was rated for 3.15.

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March 16, 2014 4:04:58 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting EvilMaxWar,
That is why overclockers invest in after market coolers. With a decent cooler this will not happen. And you should never overclock to the point that your chip heats up to throttle point anyway. Typically with adequate cooling you will hit stability problem before heat problems.

Some chips are beasts. Some of those old Q6600 Quad core could overclock over 4.ghz ( Stock 2.33 ghz )

I had a Xeon processor before that I ran at 4.15 ghz which was rated for 3.15.

Hopefully you have some good monitors to let you know when you are nearing the temperature threshold.

Maybe we should also talk about CPU and GPU temp monitors. How many of us will realize that they are seeing a performance problem due to the game's graphic settings being so high that they are overheating their CPUs or GPU?

I am using "All CPU Meter"  for my CPUs and "GPU Meter" for my GPU, both by Addgadgets.com. Both of these run in my sidebar, which makes watching them while playing games in windowed mode easy. I also occasionally use HWVMonitor from CPUID for those times when I want additional information about my CPUs and GPU performance, such as when playing a game in full screen mode.

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March 16, 2014 4:22:07 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

The widely accepted reference for Intel CPU core temp is the software called RealTemp , this is what most overclockers will use. For GPU, I use GPU_Z and ASUS GPU tweak.  I flashed the bios in my graphic card in a very aggressive manner .

I removed almost all automatic throttling by power usage features, which results in the card running significantly faster in average. The temps are still verey good though, thanks to having an Asus DIRECTCU II cooler on the thing.

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March 16, 2014 4:59:53 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting EvilMaxWar,
Good choice going with asus. I have stuck with them for years and its the first time i buy a gigabyte mobo in a long time. So far so good but I had a few weird glitches in the bios and the software support sucks donkey balls. I think ill be back to asus next time 

I agree. ASUS has been a very good brand for me also. My mobo, graphics card, and tablet/laptop are all ASUS.

Quoting Lucky Jack,

Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit

WINDOWS 8? You are an adventurous man, aren't you?

Just kidding. My tablet/laptop (I say /laptop because I have an attached keyboard for my tablet that gives it a touch pad, keyboard, and another battery[not sure what to call it, tabtop? ]) runs Windows 8.1 but without the touch screen I feel it would be rather cumbersome. 

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March 16, 2014 9:00:35 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting sulley1,

Just kidding. My tablet/laptop (I say /laptop because I have an attached keyboard for my tablet that gives it a touch pad, keyboard, and another battery[not sure what to call it, tabtop? ]) runs Windows 8.1 but without the touch screen I feel it would be rather cumbersome. 

It's actually pretty good, because it makes your games run a few FPS faster! No joking here, this is real talk; it makes your CPU ~5-7% faster effectively because of how it's programmed!

The only real downsides for 8.1 (which isn't the same as vanilla 8) are that the windows key doesn't take you directly to desktop, and some of the 'mouse over the edge of the screen' features are a bit hyper-responsive.

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March 16, 2014 10:14:40 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

I didnt really read through the thread to compare builds, but im running my own custom desktop

 

 

 

Case is a Cooler Master HAF-XM, with two Corsair high performance 120mm fans.

Motherboard is an ASUS Sabertooth 990fx r2.0

Antec 1200W PSU

AMD FX-8350 with a Corsair H100 water cooler(Over clocked to 4.5 GHz)

32GB 1600 MHz Corsair Vengeance

Two-Way SLI GTX Titan Blacks

1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD

1TB Samsung 840 Evo(SSD)

120GB Corsair Force Series SSD(For operating system and drivers)

And a CD/DVD Reader/Writer

 

Im also running three 23" HP Widescreen monitors for NVIDIA Surround

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March 16, 2014 11:37:18 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting Shamrock1232,

I didnt really read through the thread to compare builds, but im running my own custom desktop

 

 

 

Case is a Cooler Master HAF-XM, with two Corsair high performance 120mm fans.

Motherboard is an ASUS Sabertooth 990fx r2.0

Antec 1200W PSU

AMD FX-8350 with a Corsair H100 water cooler(Over clocked to 4.5 GHz)

32GB 1600 MHz Corsair Vengeance

Two-Way SLI GTX Titan Blacks

1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD

1TB Samsung 840 Evo(SSD)

120GB Corsair Force Series SSD(For operating system and drivers)

And a CD/DVD Reader/Writer

 

Im also running three 23" HP Widescreen monitors for NVIDIA Surround

Has your supercomputer found the last digit of Pi yet? 

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March 17, 2014 12:12:49 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quoting ParagonRenegade,



Has your supercomputer found the last digit of Pi yet? 

A FX chip... I avoided those because of their poor single thread performance.  They should do better with newer highly multithreaded apps and games but right now there is still an advantage to have very good single thread machines. This is why I went with 4670k

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