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Hardware update

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Hardware update

Post by TP_Andy » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:43 pm

Hey chaps,

With my birthday (and Christmas too, after all) growing near, I realized there will be a few Korunas to spend on some hardware goodies this Autumn so I'm coming here for a word of advice.
My current rig is doing well, however especially in rowdy missions in BoX or DCS or even in some dense gunfights in Ghost Recon it is clear that the elder components of my PC are bottlenecking the relatively new 1060 3GB NVidia I bought in July since my ol' trustworthy 560ti burned down. I'd like to hear your opinions on which components should be replaced first - bear in mind there might be about half of a year before another one can be replaced as there is not that much Korunas to spend at one time. :Biggrin

Current setup:
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R 2.0 (I love how it sounds like an American tank or assault rifle designation)
CPU: AMD FX-6300 six-core, nominal 3,2GHz, currently running boosted at 3,7GHz
RAM: 12GB DDR3 (there are kit of two HyperX Fury blue and one HyperX red. Had also one stock Adata but had to remove it since its clock incompatibility that resulted in major power decrease)
PSU: Not really sure, should be able to do 200Watts
HDD: WD Black 640GB + 240GB Adata SSD
GPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB (as I mentioned, it is brand new, so no replacing here)
Controls: Thrustmaster T-flight HOTAS X
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Re: Hardware update

Post by Tom » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:37 pm

Tricky because we'd need to know your budget and how expensive things are for you - no point advising if the components are cheaper here etc.
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Re: Hardware update

Post by TP_Andy » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:23 pm

True that. I did not think this that much through but it will all depend on the end of the month results on my bank account. So just to imagine the levels:

- CPU between 80 and 170 pounds. Generally I should be able to reach to low-tier Ryzens or some i5 equivalent , however that would require replacing the MB as well which is about another 80-90 pounds.Do you think it's worth stepping up or staying at AM3+ architecture (FX 8350 Vishera was the last one I think, sells at about 70 pounds) without the need to replace the MB?
- 16GB RAM sells currently at about 140 pounds, current MB takes up to 2133MHz in frequency, which should be enough
- A nice, terrabyte-sized WD black which would be optimal for me comes at about 70 pounds.
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- Not many (men), but very much (dedication). 312th Czechoslovak Squadron's motto.

German Andy #2: currently operating an E-7 during the Unternehmen Taifun campaign
German Andy #1: 1st class Iron Cross, vacationing after DGHL campaign
Soviet Andy: recovering from wounds taken during SOTK and SA campaigns
British Andy: at the recruitment office
US Andy: still farming somewhere in Arkansas

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Re: Hardware update

Post by Jacko » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:11 pm

Is the PSU on the low side
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Re: Hardware update

Post by TP_Andy » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:39 am

Jacko wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:11 pm
Is the PSU on the low side
I'd say if the CPU will have 95W TDP (not that 1XX one), it should be still enough. As I upgraded from the 560ti, loads of power is now unused, because the 1060 has about thrice the lower TDP as the 560. Theoretically, the PSU would now handle even the hungrier CPU, but I'll have to check that when I get back from work.
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German Andy #1: 1st class Iron Cross, vacationing after DGHL campaign
Soviet Andy: recovering from wounds taken during SOTK and SA campaigns
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Re: Hardware update

Post by Gosho » Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:45 am

I'd take the i5 and less RAM - I do not know what else you use the rig for and what the demands are but for IL2 8GB is more than enough.

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Re: Hardware update

Post by TP_Andy » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:05 am

Gosho wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:45 am
I'd take the i5 and less RAM - I do not know what else you use the rig for and what the demands are but for IL2 8GB is more than enough.
At the moment I am utilizing 12GB RAM (3x8 GB) which seem to work just fine so your option sounds actually good. I'll try to find some optimal motherboard and i5 and see what would be the pricetag of the package.
Non multi sed multa.
- Not many (men), but very much (dedication). 312th Czechoslovak Squadron's motto.

German Andy #2: currently operating an E-7 during the Unternehmen Taifun campaign
German Andy #1: 1st class Iron Cross, vacationing after DGHL campaign
Soviet Andy: recovering from wounds taken during SOTK and SA campaigns
British Andy: at the recruitment office
US Andy: still farming somewhere in Arkansas

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Re: Hardware update

Post by Silk » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:51 am

If looking for a processor for only this game then single processor speed/performance is what you want. If you also play other games then you may need a more generalist approach.

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