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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:01 PM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:40 PM
My *hope* was to be able to play games online on High (not necessarily Ultra) and stream footage at the same time from the same rig. How long will the GPU hold up running games on High before I have to dip to Medium? How about console games like PS3? (Pretty sure PC games would be far more demanding than simply streaming footage off a console, but asking just in case.)
Edited by NpaMA, 10 April 2012 - 11:47 PM.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:20 AM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:15 AM
To be honest, I just went Desktop>Gaming and checked out the options from there haha The GPU was lacking but I was hoping it would be beefy enough to last awhile till I upgraded (that's why I liked the 10 RAM, bit of wiggle room). I actually *can* get the 550 with the H9T for the same price as the 545! I think I clicked it seeing 3GB instead of 1 and assuming the difference between 45 and 50 was minimal. My mistake.
Yea. I would do that. Go with either a GTX 550 Ti or Radeon HD 6850 and then when the time comes where you can not play games that well - upgrade to a better GPU. One thing to consider is that you may want to go ahead and buy the "upgrade" to the 600 watt power supply on the HP site, since that price is cheaper then what you can buy at say NewEgg. But that's just future proofing your system more, and if you never upgrade the GTX 550 Ti, then it serves no purpose.
Perhaps I should snag my initial list of items (upgraded with the 550 as you suggested) and maybe get a newer gpu off newegg when that time comes?
It's not really that it would completely fail at streaming, because honestly streaming does not take that much GPU power (more CPU since it has to encode the video to upload). However, it would decrease your FPS in games some which would in return, require you to lower your settings to a super low setting or make it unplayable. This is because the GT 545 is already "barely" meeting the requirements. In fact, I don't think the GT 545 could even handle many modern games on a medium setting.
Also, when the 545 would more or less flounder at the task of streaming and you said to get the 550, will that be a noticable boost in power? For example, companies do the Required and Recommended lists. Is the 550 *required* and thus will still barely be up to the task, or is it closer to "recommended" where it not only stays afloat but does a decent or better job of it?
Edited by NpaMA, 11 April 2012 - 04:22 AM.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:41 PM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:59 PM
15-in-1 memory card reader, 4 USB 2.0 (front), audio, 2 USB (top rear-facing)
Productivity ports 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB 2.0 (front), audio, 2 USB (top rear-facing)
I have the standard "fan" cooling and it works fine. In fact, CPU under load is normally mid-high 30s C and GPU under load is normally low 60s C. The GPU I have is rated up to 110-120C, so as you can see it works fine. The best advice I'd give is to keep your computer where it can get good air flow. If you have it setting on a desk, on a table, or in the floor make sure the vents aren't covered up and its nothing within 3-5 inches of the vents.
I know certain GPU models tend to run hot compared to others, so I mean in a general sense would a lack of liquid cooling hamper the rig, or would air/fans alone be more than up to the task? I was only interested in the liquid cooling in the first place to give the rig another fail-safe that I didn't have to worry about, but if I don't need to worry about the circulation in the first place that would have been overkill anyway.
After you hit "Add to Cart", it will be a place on the right side where you can select your shipping, tax, and coupon code. It's a coupon code I had back when I ordered mine in February of this year. Surprisingly, it's still valid. I originally got it from HP's official facebook, I believe.
Did I forget to add something? Also, I'm assuming that coupon code option pops up after you hit "Add to cart"? (And where did you find it? Was it on an ad I missed on the site?)
Edited by NpaMA, 11 April 2012 - 05:02 PM.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:20 PM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:13 AM
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