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Post Date: 2012-05-01

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  Quote xGrahamDJx Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: New customer and PC gamer - some vet advice?
    Posted: 01 May 2012 at 8:55am
First off - so glad to be jumping into the DS community.

In the late 90's, I made the switch from PC to console gaming (I know, I know). Now I'm making the belated switch back, and am completely out of my element!

Anyways, today I ordered the ODE V2 level 1 - I figured it would be a good starting point. I tend to play games for a very long time (for instance - I still regularly play CS:S [on my MBP!]).

I would like to hear you vets' opinion on 2 things.

1: How well can I expect to run Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, and CS:GO on the ODE V2? Those are the only games I care about for the far-flung future.

2: If a game releases in the fall that I get amped about, but my rig can't handle it at the preferable settings, which component of the ODE V2 should I upgrade first, and with what? (Or, will it depend on what kind of issues I'm having?)

Thank you guys (and gals?) so much in advance. Have a great day.

System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Pre-built Digital Storm ODE V2 - Level 1
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.40 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core) (Requires Z77 Motherboard)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX (Intel Z77 Chipset)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance Series (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 600W Corsair GS
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital/Seagate/Hitachi/Samsung (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 1x AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Corsair A50 120mm Fan High Performance Cooler
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock CPU 4.0GHz to 4.4GHz
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 May 2012 at 9:06am
Hi aGrahamDJx.....Welcome to the forums. 
 
You didn't mention the monitor size or resolution so I posted a link showing the HD 7850's performance with various games.  From the specs for Diablo 3 I've seen you should do great on a 23" monitor or so.
 
 
For a future upgrade , a new graphics card would be the first thought.  New Kepler cards and others will be coming out soon.  Tough to say which card until they come out.  Plus it's all about the budget. 
 
Hope that helps.Big%20Smile


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  Quote xGrahamDJx Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 May 2012 at 9:19am
bprat - that helps a ton. Thanks!

I actually don't have a monitor; I was planning on using one of my HDTVs (46" LED or 27" LCD). I've read/heard varying things about using that kind of a setup. What are the pros and cons?
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 May 2012 at 9:28am
I've never gamed on a TV.  I've heard it's not like gaming on a monitor.  
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  Quote Becks Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 03 May 2012 at 8:30am
Originally posted by xGrahamDJx

bprat - that helps a ton. Thanks!

I actually don't have a monitor; I was planning on using one of my HDTVs (46" LED or 27" LCD). I've read/heard varying things about using that kind of a setup. What are the pros and cons?


It will look pretty much the same as gaming on a console ..Pixelated.
If the funds allow, get yourself a DellU2410.
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  Quote Asangard Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 03 May 2012 at 9:01pm
I have had a Dell Ultra Sharp U2410 for 2 yrs and it is greate.  Although it costs. I hear pbrat22 swears by the Dell Ultra Sharp U2312HMHahaha.   Actually you can't go wrong with any monitor in the Dell Ultra Sharp series.  Here is a link to side by side comparisons of the 23" Dell Ultrasharp and two Dell 24" Ultra Sharps.
 


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  Quote maxyme Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 03 May 2012 at 9:03pm
I too have the U2312HM. Love it. You can get it for a pretty good deal on some sales though.

The color difference is soo noticeable though. Like its really cool.
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  Quote xGrahamDJx Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 May 2012 at 12:20pm
Thanks for the help, folks.

I'm trying to keep my budget down, and am hoping that I won't need to buy a monitor at all. I realize PC gaming on my HDTV might be visually inferior to a monitor, but I can deal for a few months as long as everything runs smoothly. In August I'll pick up a solid monitor if I don't feel like I'm getting enough quality from my HDTV.
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