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Comment reply on jfdutrisac's Completed Build: Dual-Boot Hackintosh - Windows 7 & OSX 10.9 Mavericks - 4770K, SLI 760, 350D, AWESOME

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Heyyo, But with all that said? Under Windows with DirectX? The GTX 760 SLI setup is more cost effective. SLI these days is pretty darn amazing in support and optimizations compared to just a few years ago.

Comment reply on jfdutrisac's Completed Build: Dual-Boot Hackintosh - Windows 7 & OSX 10.9 Mavericks - 4770K, SLI 760, 350D, AWESOME

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Heyyo, for gaming under OSX? The GTX 780 would be better as SLI is non-existent under OSX due to current OpenGL limitations. Same issue that AMD's CrossFire and NVIDIA's SLI suffers under Linux and Windows.

If you look at ID Tech Engine 5? RAGE, no Multi-GPU support... Wolfenstein: New Order, no Multi-GPU support...

BUT, The Evil Within? It works with Multi-GPU... but that's because ID Software dropped OpenGL in favor of DirectX 11... this marks the first time ever that an ID Tech Engine only supported DirectX when it was usually the other way around with only minor or no DirectX support.

I'm hoping that Khronos Group's Vulkan 3D API which is set to be the successor to OpenGL will fix the Multi-GPU woes on Linux and maybe even in OSX. Vulkan 3D API will be based upon parts of AMD's not defunct Mantle.. so that should give you some ideas of even the performance gains. :)

Comment reply on ThE_MarD's Completed Build: ThE_MarD's PC Gaming Rig

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Heyyo,

Heh thanks man! Yeah the only thing I couldn't list was my Antec Lansing 2.1 PC Speakers. Other than that? PcPartPicker had the whole build which is awesome. :)

I love this site and it's so darn handy for helping others too which is great. I just wanted to toss up my build that I'm constantly tossing new parts into every year or two... slowly upgrading as I go.

Comment reply on sanctumchristi's Completed Build: First Try! i5 Sandy Bridge Custom PC

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Heyyo, ouch! I guess though in Saudi Arabia everything must have a big mark up due to location and also the status. Still, for a first time build? It's works! That's the most important part. You probably gained some decent experience and confidence in your build, so next time around you could always build something more extravagant! Good for a fist build! :)

Comment reply on ThE_MarD's Completed Build: ThE_MarD's PC Gaming Rig

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Heyyo, in Linux that argument is true. SLI support in Linux is limited only to ID Tech 4 Engine (Doom 3, ETQW, Quake 4, Wolfenstein 2009 and that ****** game Brink)...

On Windows? There's only be a rare handful of games SLI doesn't work on... usually early access titles on Steam like Rust (but can easily be setup to work in AFR2 to still get a decent performance boost over a single card). Sure, there's some titles like Titanfall and Elder Scrolls Online where SLI was broken for a long time... but AMD's CrossFire suffered the same fate due to developers lack of proper multi-GPU support in their titles.

Essentially... before the GTX 400 series? SLI was useless. Alternate Frame Rendering yeilded 10% to 30% gains only... yet nowadays with the revised (and somehow amaze-balls better) AFR2 + proper SLI Profile? Performance leaps almost by twice the performance of a single card... in some well-optimized games like Battlefield 3? It can achieve twice the performance in SLI!

http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/geforce-gtx-770-sli-review,19.html

I'm telling you... keep it in mind as a cheap upgrade path if you have a good mobo to go with it. Before? I bought a GTX 480 when they were newish for $350... two years later? Bought a second GTX 480 (same EVGA model number luckily) off of eBay used.. for $100. Doubled my performance in Battlefield 3 and got great improvements in many other games. Blew me away. :)

Same goes for AMD CrossFire.. it's also a very viable upgrade path if you're willing like myself to buy a second card used for a discount price down the road. ;)

Comment reply on ThE_MarD's Completed Build: ThE_MarD's PC Gaming Rig

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Heyyo, It works fine in Windows, but as I said in Linux the limitation for my CA0132 Recon 3D is no front mic or front headphone ports... I've messed around with alsamixer muting and unmuting different channels to no avail.. it automatically detects it to... it just won't output sound via the Intel_HDA_Sound... limitations of Creative Labs not properly supporting Linux which is lame since they had half-decent support on their Audigy and X-Fi lineups...

[EDIT1] Apparently onboard CA0132 cards (like the Recon 3Di) works fine with both speakers and front mic and front headphone ports though... which makes sense since the Linux drivers are based off backwards-engineering the Google Chromebook Pixel drivers... sigh, maybe Creative Labs will get off their asses once SteamOS eventually ships...

Comment reply on xx116xx's Completed Build: The Melting Snowman - Another First Build

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Heyyo,

Very nice cable management! That's the first thing that stood out for me. The custom wooden box is a nice touch as well. :)

The CPU is a very solid choice. For that price? It'll definitely serve you well.

The GPU? Yeah the AMD R9 270 is mindblowingly good price to performance. I'm quite sad that nVidia's not being competitive for pricing with the GTX 760... oh well.. maybe once the GTX 800 series comes out they will drop the price on the 760 to be lower than a R9 270 is their secret plan. :P

Ram is a hard one these days to find a good price to performance ever since the fire at the Hynix factory... it's crazy to think ONE factory is making that big of an impact... so yeah, might as well settle for a 8GB 1600MHz kit and wait until DDR4 drops the price on DDR3 before thinking of adding in more... not that one really needs more than 8GB mind you.

Yeah Windows 8.1 gets a lot of flak for the start menu and the gesture-based operating system... but it works pretty good. I do find the interface of Ubuntu's Unity to be a little more efficient, but Windows 8.1 is still plenty serviceable. The only reason I haven't switched? Windows 7 performs the same when it comes to gaming... plus I've seen numerous reports of poor nVidia SLI performance in Windows 8.1... so that throws me off from wanting to try it. Plenty of threads about it on the official Geforce subforums for SLI.

I saw above you mentioned getting another EVO SSD. If you do? you could always order the 2.5 inch to 3.5 inch adapter kits for mounting. Here's a dirt cheap one on newegg that will be plenty serviceable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2970S72614&cm_re=2_5_to_3_5_hard_drive_bracket-_-9SIA2970S72614-_-Product

Comment reply on ThE_MarD's Completed Build: ThE_MarD's PC Gaming Rig

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Heyyo, thanks mang! Yeah I'm thoroughly impressed with them. GTX 680 SLI is still faster than a single GTX 780ti! Probably not as power efficient... but who cares! It's maybe $10 a year in power bill difference heh. :P

Comment reply on gertjanoff's Completed Build: Gaming PC from hell!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Heyyo,

Definitely a very nicely put together gaming rig! Glad she works great for you. :)

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