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PC Recommendations

Postby NickHVCC » Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:22 pm

Hi all,

I've been MIA since the winter season ended, but now that it's starting to get cold, I need to start thinking about this year's simulator season. Last year was my first year and I threw together a setup that included a severely underpowered PC. I would like to upgrade before the season starts, but don't know much at all about gaming PCs. Can anyone recommend a prebuilt PC that will run PG well with the graphics settings turned up?

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby HoganWoods » Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:37 pm

NickHVCC wrote:Hi all,

I've been MIA since the winter season ended, but now that it's starting to get cold, I need the start thinking about this year's simulator season. Last year was my first year and I threw together a setup that included a severely underpowered PC. I would like to upgrade before the season starts, but don't know much at all about gaming PCs. Can anyone recommend a prebuilt PC that will run PG well with the graphics settings turned up?


It all depends on your budget. I'm not a hardware guru or someone who needs to top stuff. What I did was buy the latest quad core (i7s are more pricey), 8-16 ddr3 or ddr4 ram pre built system with a non gaming video card. You can get those at your local stores. Then I bought a GTX 770 video card for a reasonable price and swapped it in the box. I have no problems running anything on highish settings. Now that was a year ago or so, so probably you could get better for the same price today. Black friday is coming up!

If you have the cash you'll hear guys telling you to get a high end mother board with a SS drive and all that stuff, it's not needed!

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby Zmax » Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:46 pm

See my build below. I would change the graphics card. Go with a GTX 1060 or 1070 if you can spend a little more.

http://www.onlinegolftour.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=131#p1533
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Shadow 303-Grass 301-View Distance 1200-Dynamic Skys ON

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby NickHVCC » Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:03 pm

Would this PC work out of the box? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6883221159

Would the video card need to be upgraded?

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby Zmax » Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:19 pm

That pc will work ok at medium settings. You will need to upgrade the video to a gtx 1060/1070 If you want to run at ultra detail and good fps.

Personally, I hate small form factor pcs. They restrict airflow and big video cards might not fit. And a pain in the butt to work on.
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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby CintiGolfer » Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:04 pm

I have a very similar version of that PC but it has a GTX 960 instead of the GTX 760. I bought mine around June when Microcenter was closing out the model. It looks like I got a great deal since I only paid $630 for an open box return (they were $700 new). I'm very happy with mine. I run it on max settings but I haven't measured FPS.
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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby HoganWoods » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:08 pm

CintiGolfer wrote:I have a very similar version of that PC but it has a GTX 960 instead of the GTX 760. I bought mine around June when Microcenter was closing out the model. It looks like I got a great deal since I only paid $630 for an open box return (they were $700 new). I'm very happy with mine. I run it on max settings but I haven't measured FPS.


Hey Cinti,

Off topic: can you set your country on the tour site. Not sure why it bothers me but you look lonely without a flag on top of leaderboards!

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby CintiGolfer » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:40 pm

HoganWoods wrote:Hey Cinti,

Off topic: can you set your country on the tour site. Not sure why it bothers me but you look lonely without a flag on top of leaderboards!


I would be happy to do that. Can you tell me where? I looked briefly under Edit Profile but I'm not sure if that is where I set it. Do I just type in a country?
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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby HoganWoods » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:43 pm

Just select your country from the drop box

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby RGB2016 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:08 am

I have built many PC's in the past. It used to be that it was cheaper to build your own, but now a day's it so much easier to buy a reasonable spec machine and just upgrade some components to make it run better. I have an old i7 processer that runs on 8 cores at 3.6 Ghz, its not the fastest kid on the block any more, but its served me well so far, I also have DDR3 12GB RAM and just recently bought a GTX 1060 3GB.
My PC was hand built, but like I said its easier now to buy a mid range PC and just upgrade it. At the end of the day it depends on how much you can afford and what you want to use it for.

If your looking at what you might need check out the following sites, it may give you a better idea before you buy:

https://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk
www.scan.co.uk
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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby JTee1 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:58 am

Nvidia Announces GeForce GTX 1080 Ti; $700, Coming Next Week

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia ... 33775.html
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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby Willymakit » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:15 pm

Hey just wondering if somebody could help me out here. Came across a pretty good deal I think, and just seeing what you think of the specs. Have a few different options, trying to figure out which one is the best for the buck.

This is Computer # 1
Base Features

Processor Type
Intel Ci5-6400
Processor Speed
2.7 GHz
Processor Cores
4
RAM
16 GB (2133MHz DDR4)
Hard Disk Drive Capacity
1 TB
Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute)
7200 RPM
Solid-State Drive Capacity
128 GB
Optical Drive
8X Super-Multi drive
Pre-loaded Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics
Dedicated Graphic Card
Yes
Video Memory
3 GB
VR Ready
Yes
Display

Built-in Monitor
No
HDCP Compliant
No
Screen Size/Type
Not Applicable
Native Screen Resolution
Not Applicable
Touchscreen Display
No
Audio

Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 with EAX 5.0
Audio Output
High-Definition Audio with 5.1 Channel Audio Support
Speakers
No
Speaker Wattage
Not Applicable
Integrated Microphone
No
Microphone Input
1 x Front
Line-In Input
1 x Back
Line Out
1 x Front; 2 x Back
Digital Input
No
Digital Output
No
Networking

Ethernet Port
10/100/1000
Integrated Wi-Fi
802.11ac WiFi
Integrated Bluetooth
Yes - 4.0
Inputs & Outputs

Webcam
No
Keyboard
Full-size
Mouse
Standard
USB Ports
2 Front; 6 Back
Card Reader Compatibility
SD
E-SATA
No
VGA Output
No
DVI Output
Yes
HDMI Output
Yes
Component Output
No
S-Video Output
No
Composite Output
No
Other Input or Output Ports
DisplayPort
Computing Features

Processor Cache
6MB L3
Available Hard Drive Bays
2 Internal 3.5 Inch (1 Available)
Available Optical Bays
1 Internal 5.25 Inch (0 Available)
Available PCIe Slots
2 x PCIex16 Slot (1 Available); 1 x PCIe x1 Slot (0 Available)
Available PCI Slots
Not Applicable
Available AGP Slots
Not Applicable
Available Memory Slots
4 Memory Slot (2 Available)
Power Supply
500 W
ENERGY STAR Qualified
Yes


Computer # 2

Overview
Acer Predator G6-710 AG6-710-70012 Desktop Computer - Intel Core i7 (6th Gen) i7-6700K 4GHz - 16GB DDR4 SDRAM RAM - 1TB HDD - 128GB SSD - DVD-Writer DVD-RAM/±R/±RW - NVIDIA GeForce GTX970 - 4GB - GDDR5 Graphics - Windows 10 Home - Wireless LAN - Bluetooth - HDMI - 8 x Total Number of USB Port(s) - 2 x USB 2.0 Port(s) - 6 x USB 3.0 Port(s)


Computer # 3
Acer Predator G3 AG3-710-UR53 i5 6400 GTX950 8GB 1TB HDD DVDRW Win10 Home Gaming Desktop


Computer # 4
Acer Predator G6-710 AG6-710-70017 Desktop Computer - Intel Core i7 (6th Gen) i7-6700K 4GHz - 16GB DDR4 SDRAM - 1TB HDD - 128GB SSD - Windows 10 Home - DVD-Writer DVD-RAM/±R/±RW - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 6GB Graphics - Wireless LAN - Bluetooth - HDMI - 8 x Total USB Port(s)

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby JohnMeyer » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:23 pm

No expert but guess #4 is the best, depends on how much more it is that #2, as 1060 isnt a huge gain over 970 I dont believe.

Would need costs to see which offers the best value for money
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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby Willymakit » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:32 pm

JohnMeyer wrote:No expert but guess #4 is the best, depends on how much more it is that #2, as 1060 isnt a huge gain over 970 I dont believe.

Would need costs to see which offers the best value for money



200 dollars difference between the two. The more expensive one which is #4 has more of a discount then #2

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby Zmax » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:36 pm

Go with #4.
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Office pc:
I5 6600k-16 GB-GTX670-Ultra High-Tree 2.05,
Shadow 303-Grass 301-View Distance 1171-Dynamic Skys ON

Sim pc:
I7 4790k-16 GB-GTX1060SC-Ultra High-Tree max,
Shadow 303-Grass 301-View Distance 1200-Dynamic Skys ON

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby Willymakit » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:49 pm

Zmax wrote:Go with #4.


Hey vance, can you explain why? Just trying to understand the difference other than the graphic card..

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby Zmax » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:22 pm

1060 has higher clock speed. More memory and higher memory speed as well. Whats the exact model of the 1060? My MSI 1060 OC rocks.
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Office pc:
I5 6600k-16 GB-GTX670-Ultra High-Tree 2.05,
Shadow 303-Grass 301-View Distance 1171-Dynamic Skys ON

Sim pc:
I7 4790k-16 GB-GTX1060SC-Ultra High-Tree max,
Shadow 303-Grass 301-View Distance 1200-Dynamic Skys ON

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby Willymakit » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:51 pm

Looks like about to pull the trigger on a new computer. I have come across a couple here that are the exact same price. Just wondering which one is best for gaming purposes.

First Computer

Overview
Make this Element gaming PC from iBUYPOWER the centerpiece of your gaming arsenal. Powered by an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and 16GB RAM, this unit boasts NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics with 8GB of dedicated video memory for breathtaking visuals and velvety-smooth gameplay. It also sports a 1TB hard drive and Windows 10 preloaded.
More Information
3.4GHz Intel Core i7-6700 quad-core processor and 16GB of RAM deliver powerful performance for streaming Full HD movies, playing power-hungry games, or editing videos or photos
1TB hard drive offers a compact warehouse for all your favourite movies, music, photos, and more in one place
120GB solid state drive helps optimize performance with fast access to frequently used software and applications, reducing boot-up and load times
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with 8GB of dedicated video memory delivers exceptional, super-smooth visuals and opens the door to a jaw-dropping virtual reality experience
Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly connect to your home network or Wi-Fi hotspot
10/100/1000 Ethernet port offers a reliable, wired connection to the internet via a LAN for even faster potential upload and download speeds
HDMI connectivity gives you the option of hooking your laptop up to an HDTV to enjoy your content on the big screen
Comes with a full-size gaming keyboard and optical USB mouse
Preloaded with Windows 10, which features a refined browser, improved Start menu, digital assistant with Cortana, universal Windows apps, and much more


What's in the Box?
Gaming Desktop
Power Cord
Gaming Mouse
Gaming Keyboard
Manual
Manufacturer's Warranty:
Parts - 1 Year(s)
Labour - 1 Year(s)


Second Computer

Acer Predator G6-710 AG6-710-70017 Desktop Computer - Intel Core i7 (6th Gen) i7-6700K 4GHz - 16GB DDR4 SDRAM - 1TB HDD - 128GB SSD - Windows 10 Home - DVD-Writer DVD-RAM/±R/±RW - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 6GB Graphics - Wireless LAN - Bluetooth - HDMI - 8 x Total USB Port(s)

Third Computer

Overview
When it's time to play, the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme SLC9840 lets you jump straight in. Powered by a 3.4GHz Intel Core processor with 32GB DDR4 RAM, this PC has more than enough in its arsenal for even your most demanding games. It also has 2TB hard drive with 240GB SSD to store all your games, files, and applications.
More Information
3.4GHz Intel Core i7-6800K processor with 32GB DDR4 RAM delivers smooth multitasking and mind-blowing performance for all your gaming needs and more
2TB hard drive with 240GB solid state flash memory means you'll enjoy lightning-fast boot-up times and all the space you need for the games and other files you can't live without
NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 graphics with 6GB of dedicated memory takes the burden off the processor and delivers visually-stunning graphics and silky-smooth, lag-free visuals to your movies and games
10/100/1000 Ethernet port provides a reliable, wired connection to the internet via a LAN for even faster potential upload and download speeds
HDMI output lets you connect your PC to an HD monitor or TV so you can enjoy all your content on a bigger screen
Other connectivity options include a DVI output, and 10 USB ports (2 front, 8 back)
Comes with a USB gaming keyboard and mouse
Preloaded with Windows 10 Home (64-bit), which combines the strengths of both Windows 7 and 8 to give you a super user-friendly computing experience


What's in the Box?
SLC9840 Gaming PC
USB Gaming Keyboard
USB Gaming Mouse
Power Cable
Driver Disc
Manufacturer's Warranty:
Parts - 1 Year(s)
Labour - 1 Year(s)

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby Zmax » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:02 pm

Computer #1 with the 1080....jealous. :)
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Office pc:
I5 6600k-16 GB-GTX670-Ultra High-Tree 2.05,
Shadow 303-Grass 301-View Distance 1171-Dynamic Skys ON

Sim pc:
I7 4790k-16 GB-GTX1060SC-Ultra High-Tree max,
Shadow 303-Grass 301-View Distance 1200-Dynamic Skys ON

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Re: PC Recommendations

Postby TorchRedRob » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:57 pm

I agree. If it's a good price, get the one with the 1080. You can always upgrade ram and HD space later for cheap (relatively speaking, of course), but I would think upgrading the video card would be more expensive later. Then, just move all those sliders to the right on the graphics setting page... :lol:
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