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13 Aug 2013   #11
DreadStarX

Windows 8 64bit Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Well, that's how it is.......SLI/Crossfire doesn't add up the GDDR5 on all the cards, it uses the RAM of one card. If you use cards with say 2GB and 4GB you will only have 2GB usable RAM.
Forgive the double post

I was informed by a friend, that you can have 4 Cards and run the individually, the SLI was an option. EVE Online can be insane, 2,000 vs 2,000 man fights where you graphics card is running full bore, and you're trying to coax more out of it.


My goal is to get as much bang for my bucks. If I spent 7500$ on a PC (USD), then I want to maximize the potential for that 7500$.


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13 Aug 2013   #12
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dreadstar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Well, that's how it is.......SLI/Crossfire doesn't add up the GDDR5 on all the cards, it uses the RAM of one card. If you use cards with say 2GB and 4GB you will only have 2GB usable RAM.
Forgive the double post

I was informed by a friend, that you can have 4 Cards and run the individually, the SLI was an option. EVE Online can be insane, 2,000 vs 2,000 man fights where you graphics card is running full bore, and you're trying to coax more out of it.


My goal is to get as much bang for my bucks. If I spent 7500$ on a PC (USD), then I want to maximize the potential for that 7500$.
That makes sense I guess, to be honest I don't play games like that and have only ever had SLI once to get a bit more grunt for regular games and benchmarks etc.
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13 Aug 2013   #13
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Another thing I would say, (although it would be awesome to have some nice 2560X1440 Monitors) if you are gonna have 8 screens then I would stick with 1920X1080 otherwise it will hammer the VRAM badly.
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13 Aug 2013   #14
DreadStarX

Windows 8 64bit Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dreadstar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Well, that's how it is.......SLI/Crossfire doesn't add up the GDDR5 on all the cards, it uses the RAM of one card. If you use cards with say 2GB and 4GB you will only have 2GB usable RAM.
Forgive the double post

I was informed by a friend, that you can have 4 Cards and run the individually, the SLI was an option. EVE Online can be insane, 2,000 vs 2,000 man fights where you graphics card is running full bore, and you're trying to coax more out of it.


My goal is to get as much bang for my bucks. If I spent 7500$ on a PC (USD), then I want to maximize the potential for that 7500$.
That makes sense I guess, to be honest I don't play games like that and have only ever had SLI once to get a bit more grunt for regular games and benchmarks etc.
CCP Games has bumped their requirements up with the latest expansion "Odyssey". Since I am still in class, and will be heading back to dorm after class, I'll not be able to grab the current hardware specs they suggest, but roughly want;

CPU: 2.8Ghz+
RAM: 2GB Min, Suggested 4GB+
HDD: At least 15GB - 20GB of Free Space (Increases every expansion by 1 - 3GB)
GFX: 200s Series minimum; suggested 560GTX or higher. My current computer at home is rocking a 560GTX, its a boss of a card for the price I paid.

There is that information; If you want the specs, just Google for it.
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13 Aug 2013   #15
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dreadstar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dreadstar View Post

Forgive the double post

I was informed by a friend, that you can have 4 Cards and run the individually, the SLI was an option. EVE Online can be insane, 2,000 vs 2,000 man fights where you graphics card is running full bore, and you're trying to coax more out of it.


My goal is to get as much bang for my bucks. If I spent 7500$ on a PC (USD), then I want to maximize the potential for that 7500$.
That makes sense I guess, to be honest I don't play games like that and have only ever had SLI once to get a bit more grunt for regular games and benchmarks etc.
CCP Games has bumped their requirements up with the latest expansion "Odyssey". Since I am still in class, and will be heading back to dorm after class, I'll not be able to grab the current hardware specs they suggest, but roughly want;

CPU: 2.8Ghz+
RAM: 2GB Min, Suggested 4GB+
HDD: At least 15GB - 20GB of Free Space (Increases every expansion by 1 - 3GB)
GFX: 200s Series minimum; suggested 560GTX or higher. My current computer at home is rocking a 560GTX, its a boss of a card for the price I paid.

There is that information; If you want the specs, just Google for it.
Funny you mention that as I actually had 2 x 560ti in SLI, that is how I found out it only uses the Vram from one card lol. I was hoping to double the 1GB and was quickly disappointed
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13 Aug 2013   #16
DreadStarX

Windows 8 64bit Professional
 
 

Yeah, but back to the topic. I'll hold off on the motherboard/processor. But is there anything else I should be looking at purchasing? What style of ram should I buy 4x 8 GB?

I currently run 2x 2GB sticks at home for 4GB. G.Skill is what I have. The ram is a few years old, around 3 to 5. DDR3. I'm so out of date on my PC Building.

My final project after I get this computer built is to roll down to my high school, and work with the kids there on custom building a computer case. I haven't decided what Logos to put on it, but for sure is a SevenForums "SF" with the proper colors. Include an EVE online logo, as well as the companies parts I'm using. But I'm still working out the threading needed for screws, and proper airflow.
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13 Aug 2013   #17
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Ok, so hold off on the CPU and Mobo, the Ram well I would expect the Ivy-E boards to have 8 x Ram slots like Sandy-E, so you have the option to either get 8 x 4GB or 4 x 8GB, the later will allow for expansion should you require 64GB lol.
I love G.Skill and my last 4 sets of Ram have all been G.Skill. I expect you can run with at least 2400MHz on the new Ivy-E, but again it's best waiting until the time to see the full specs of the new chipset.

What cooling do you have planned? Realistically if you want 4 x GPU's then heat is gonna be a big issue, have you considered a full custom loop to cool the beasts?

SSD, what capacity did you have in mind? The new Samsung 840 Evo's come in 1TB size and look very promising.

Paul.
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13 Aug 2013   #18
DreadStarX

Windows 8 64bit Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
Ok, so hold off on the CPU and Mobo, the Ram well I would expect the Ivy-E boards to have 8 x Ram slots like Sandy-E, so you have the option to either get 8 x 4GB or 4 x 8GB, the later will allow for expansion should you require 64GB lol.
I love G.Skill and my last 4 sets of Ram have all been G.Skill. I expect you can run with at least 2400MHz on the new Ivy-E, but again it's best waiting until the time to see the full specs of the new chipset.

What cooling do you have planned? Realistically if you want 4 x GPU's then heat is gonna be a big issue, have you considered a full custom loop to cool the beasts?

SSD, what capacity did you have in mind? The new Samsung 840 Evo's come in 1TB size and look very promising.

Paul.
Well, I was going to look at the SXCP or XSCP Cases, according to the article here on SForums, they make some very insanely good Water Cooling kits. I was going to go a full loop, and watch the cooling. I planned on overclocking it when I need too, but I'm still a novice in that section.

As for the SSD, i was going to keep it below 250GB. Because I've heard a lot of negative comments about anything above 250GB. But I've never owned one.
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13 Aug 2013   #19
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

256GB SSD's are the sweet spot for price/performance these days, but there is certainly nothing wrong with bigger capacities if you buy a quality SSD. You buy junk, that's when you start having problems. I'm very picky about what SSD I use, and recommend. As for the case, read reviews and watch videos on the ones that can suit your needs and you will find out everything you need to know about them, good and bad. You don't have to settle on one right now, but do your homework, find the one that you want and keep an eye on it and catch it on sale. You don't have to order all of this at one time, especially something like a case.
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13 Aug 2013   #20
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dreadstar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
Ok, so hold off on the CPU and Mobo, the Ram well I would expect the Ivy-E boards to have 8 x Ram slots like Sandy-E, so you have the option to either get 8 x 4GB or 4 x 8GB, the later will allow for expansion should you require 64GB lol.
I love G.Skill and my last 4 sets of Ram have all been G.Skill. I expect you can run with at least 2400MHz on the new Ivy-E, but again it's best waiting until the time to see the full specs of the new chipset.

What cooling do you have planned? Realistically if you want 4 x GPU's then heat is gonna be a big issue, have you considered a full custom loop to cool the beasts?

SSD, what capacity did you have in mind? The new Samsung 840 Evo's come in 1TB size and look very promising.

Paul.
Well, I was going to look at the SXCP or XSCP Cases, according to the article here on SForums, they make some very insanely good Water Cooling kits. I was going to go a full loop, and watch the cooling. I planned on overclocking it when I need too, but I'm still a novice in that section.

As for the SSD, i was going to keep it below 250GB. Because I've heard a lot of negative comments about anything above 250GB. But I've never owned one.

As Kelly says 250/256 is a good place right now, but if you can afford bigger then there is certainly no issues with the decent brands like Samsung. The new range of 840 Evo's look good, but the older 840s and 840 Pros are excellent drives.
Just depends what space you need and how quick you want to access it. Most of us have the OS on the SSD and then a regular HDD or 2 for storage etc, I only have a 128GB SSD and my Steam games come to a few 100GB so I chucked them all on a HDD, but I have the one I play the most on my SSD for quicker load times.
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