Buying Advice More Rigs please

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  1. Acroback

    Acroback RAID Rookie

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    So I was thinking, since I now have a i3 stop gap Rig which shall be relegated to do HTPC duties sooner or later, I need new a Rig.

    I think it will be wise for me to assemble 3 rigs at new place.

    1. Current i3 setup as HTPC, for Netflix and Movies and all such mundane stuff.
    2. A New Intel Haswell 4th Gen DC i5 4690K setup as main Rig for gaming.
    3. A Server with a Octa Core FX 8320/8350 to serve duties of Programming Rig and VM rig.

    I plan to run like 7-8 VMs at one time, so thinking I should perhaps get a 8 Core processor.

    What do you guys suggest.

    For all this I have close to 1500$.

    Or should I just combine 2 and 3?
     
  2. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Combine 2 and 3, have separate boot hard drives to keep them isolated.

    For 1, invest in a good card, or a better processor. 1080p on i3 is not as smooth as one would desire. Plus with 2k and 4k resolution making their debut, it'll keep your HTPC future proof for some time as well.
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    I was actually planning on isolating my M14 for only gaming and a little bit of browsing. Everything else to be relegated to the other laptop.I don't like multiple apps/tasks in the background.
     
  3. Acroback

    Acroback RAID Rookie

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    LOL, dude i3 is no slouch.

    I do proper 1080p gaming on it and it works great.
    Clock to clock it is stronger than i7 3770K, it just lacks 2 extra cores.

    And, wait for it.... the iGPU on i3 4360 outputs 4K just fine. ;)

    Yes you are right I think, I should combine both 2 and 3. Not sure if I should stick to Intel or jump to AMD for it.

    I am thinking to stick to Intel 4th Gen Haswell due to better performance and pair it with a GTX 750 Ti for occasional gaming.
     
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  4. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Combine 2 and 3, but wait, inside a Lian-Li DK-02, accommodates two rigs.
     
  5. JD666

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    My i3 experience was otherwise, hence the advise. If you are okay with the playback, by all means.

    Between the two i would recommend Intel, unless AMD has something really VFM
     
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    The only catch is AMD is slashing prices for their FX CPU line on Sep 1.

    It would have made more sense to get AMD than i3 with this announcement, but I guess it came out too late.

    Also AMD is announcing some new FX series based CPUs on Piledriver arch, so price is going to be competitive provided they did no innovation with their processors.
     
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    Have you ordered something already?
     
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    Acroback RAID Rookie

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    No, not yet.

    Waiting for Black Friday Deal.

    I have purchased everything on my current i3 Rig on deals, so I can wait for the Grand Daddy of Deals :).
     
  9. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Black Friday is awesome!
     
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    Acroback RAID Rookie

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    New GTX 970 4GB is tempting me to click that Buy button on Amazon and Newegg.

    Should I get GTX 970 or a prev gen GTX 760 for my gaming needs?

    Or maybe even a GTX 750 Ti?

    I play TF2 and CS:GO mostly.
     
  11. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Gaming resolution?
     
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    1080p in worst case, though I do not play that resolution as CS:GO is a demanding game as far as skills are considered.

    But you can safely assume that resolution shall be 1080p.
     
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    If the price drop on the 750 is substantial go for it. Unless you want the latest/best performer.
     
  14. MOZ

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    750 Ti should suffice.
     

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