Still working on the specs for a planned build and am looking for feedback.
Was considering going AMD but I am more comfortable with Intel, don’t know why, maybe I am just cautious and am sticking with what I am familiar with. I am on a bit of a budget so I am not going for the latest and greatest, I can’t afford it but I would like to end up with a decent system to run IL2 at full detail settings on a 27” monitor at 1920 x 1080 if I choose to.
I was going to ask you if PCIe 3.0 was a concern, but that 2nd gen CPU and GPU and (I believe) the Z68 Chipset on the MB will all only run PCIe 2.0. But none of that matters for IL-2. That CPU and GPU will run the hell out of IL-2 totally maxed out. You should be able to run HUGE missions with tons of planes and objects especially if you are only using one screen. I don't think there's any need to SLI for IL-2. If you get into some newer games like CoD or WoP you might benefit from another 580 in SLI to run at ultimate settings. What's your budget if you don't mind sharing?
Hi fknox I would like to keep it as close to $1000.00 as possible but it will be hard not to go over. Will be pretty close on components to 1000 but Win7 64Pro will for sure push me over that mark. L I see the PCIe compromise but I am thinking the board is only $140.00, if in 6 months or a year I want something better I could always pick up a better board, all the other components should be able to match a newer board (CPU for sure and maybe the RAM)
You are corrupting me again, getting me to think about AMD. Trying to seduce me to the dark side!!!
Anyways here in Canada I have come up with this:
BUNDLE AND SAVE!
For a limited time, bundle and save when you purchase an AMD FX-8150 Processor together with a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Motherboard and AMD Performance Edition 8GB PC3-12800 CL8 DDR3 SDRAM Kit http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...150_990FXA_8GB
Yeah Steve after doing some more research that is another reason why I decided to go with the ASUS board.. As far as the whole Intel vs AMD thing.. from what I read the 8150/8120 was comparable to the 2550k that he is considering.. I have always been an AMD guy.. goth.. as far as the RAM goes.. 16G is probably enough .. but if I were you I'd go with two 8s instead of 4 4s.. that way if the price drops ****her and you just decide to max it out you can do that ... I learned that lesson with the 256 vs 512 vs 1G bit back i the day..
that has been part of my problem in deciding on what board. As well as budget it has been a case of reviews, I have not found a board that does not have some negative as well as positive reviews and horror stories. Heard enough bad stuff about Asus as well so it is not a clear choice. When it comes to AMD I have read even less so I am even less aware in that regard.
My bad experience with ASUS was n customer service.. I am still using a 939 Gigabyte board that I bought about 7 years ago .. I have had no issues whatsoever with it.. but in this case I was looking at the ASUS board over the UD3 board because it seems t have more features, although for me none of this is etched in stone.. When it's all said and don e I may still go with the Gigabyte board just because of the bigger picture.. budget and the fact that I have bought stuff in the past with features that I never wound up using... I will make up my mind when I am ready to pull the trigger..