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  • What are good hardware choices for a PS2 rig?

    I had a friend offer to give me an older computer but that fell through so now I'm going to be building one, very soon.

    Its been a while since I've been in the gaming ring and I've never built a computer before but I'd like to know what you guys have got and how well does it run PS2. Budget is probably midrange and I'm looking at MSI 960 as a GPU and the I7 devilbridge.

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    Re: What are good hardware choices for a PS2 rig?

    Well, you don't really need an i7 at all unless you are doing some additional multithreaded work loads in addition to gaming (video compression, etc.). Save yourself $100 and put it toward other components. Also, I think you could probably get a lot better GPU for the money than that 960 right now.

    I am running an i5-4690k, Sapphire R9 290, 16 GB RAM, Intel SSD and I am getting like 70 FPS in the warpgate, and maybe around 30 in big fights. Keep in mind however that I am pushing a monster 30" screen (@2560 x 1600) at highest graphics settings, plus (2x) 20" side monitors in a 20 30 20 PLP setup (although those only display TeamSpeak, or web browser, or whatever). And I haven't even over clocked anything yet.
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      Re: What are good hardware choices for a PS2 rig?

      Wow. Yeah I doubt I'd be even running a similar screen setup. Probably will settle for a nice 23'' display or similar but I would be running two monitors though the other one wouldn't be for gaming normally.

      See that is what I thought about the i5 versus i7. Is the i7 necessary for any game out now or soon to be out?

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        Re: What are good hardware choices for a PS2 rig?

        "Necessary"? No.

        Games are becoming better at utilizing more cores and hyperthreading and as a result SOME new games see substantial benefits from i7s over i5s (GTAV, BF4, FC4), but only when the game is not GPU-limited.

        Off the top of my head (do more research than listening to me, obviously) you'd probably be better going with the i5 and getting a 970 GPU, they're pretty reasonably priced now that the 980s have been out for a while.

        Planetside 2 has always been heavily dependent on single-thread CPU speed, so unless something has changed, an i5 will probably perform nearly identically to a comparable i7.
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          Re: What are good hardware choices for a PS2 rig?

          Straight and I were just discussing the topic of i5 vs i7 roughly starting here in his build thread in the general Hardware & Software forum. I suppose I should go post this reply and continue the discussion over there, but I was going to say that is quite a narrow set of parameters where the i7 really outperforms the i5, and even then it is not by a whole lot (I am assuming the numbers posted are FPS).

          Furthermore, I would suggest that you can get more GPU for your money by going AMD right now. If you can still find an R9 290 (or maybe even a 290X?) I would grab one, they are dropping in price (but harder to find) since the 390s came out. And the 390 is only a refresh anyway, same exact card basically except with 8GB VRAM instead of 4GB. And if you are not pushing a huge display, you wouldn't need the additional VRAM anyway.

          As a matter of fact, I am thinking very seriously about pulling the trigger on either this refurbished or this open box R9 290 which are currently $219.99 or $259.99, respectively. But that's because that Sapphire was/is a good card, after reading all the reviews it was the one I bought for my system initially (last year) and I want to grab a second, matching card to put into a Crossfire setup. Because, you know, 30 FPS at maxed out settings in a big fight at 2560x1600 is like, unacceptable, maaan. :p

          Your needs may be slightly different, I did my research thoroughly as of last year and pulled the trigger on the best card I could at that time. Things have changed a little in some ways but not much. Read between the lines of what is going in terms of marketing BS and release schedules (designed only to maximize GPU company / seller profits) and you can save yourself some money.

          So, I would say, get an i5, save money, if you know for sure you will never overclock then you don't even need the k model and can save a little more money stlll, then do more research into and buy the best GPU you can afford. And I look forward to seeing you back in game soon! It has been too long, man!
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