Hey guys. Thanks for the comments. Some new updates...
Got the CPU overclocked to 4.1ghz.
So far it is stable but right now I am still just installing games, running benchmarks and stuff. Got a new Heaven benchmark to post. I also have my GPU slightly overclocked. Not by a ton but enough to bump up the frames a bit.
Here are some non-blurry pics.
The fan on the cpu heatsink was switched over to the other side cuz it was put on blowing towards the front creating a huge temperature differential. That has now been fixed.
Originally Posted by darklordjames
"So I may have to deal with some blurriness unless anyone knows what I can do about that."
For games? If you have a 1280x720p projector, then spit out 1280x720 to it and pick higher AA over higher resolution. In-game text and UI elements will stay sharper and larger, and AA will balance out the resolution loss. 720p with AA to a 720p projector is a better choice than 1080p with lower AA values for the most part. 1080p with no AA is what you choose when 720p with AA is the lower performing setting and you are trying to squeeze more frames out of the system, then the downscaling gives you cheap kinda-AA.
I'll give it a shot but right now I'm running games at max AA and 1080p and it looks pretty darn good. A long far cry from Xbox.
The eventual would be me getting a new projector which I plan to do anyway sooo... yeah. Hopefully this would be a non-issue at the end.
Originally Posted by pcweber111
I think too many people get hung up on the whole AMD vs. Intel debate. Get what is in your budget, OC it, and you will be fine. You could spend all day finding ways one processor is "worth it" more than another but eh we're at the point in games at least where there's been some pretty significant stagnation and it doesn't look to be getting any better for awhile. I run AMD on both my systems and have no performance issues whatsoever.
I personally would get another SSD and set them up in raid. I noticed a nice bump in performance on my main system doing that. The real world read/write speeds are very impressive. Also, since you're running Steam in big picture mode on a projector are you also using a game controller? I do a kb/m and 360 controller on my plasma and love the flexibility. Good job on the build, keep us informed on what changes you make.
Currently not using Big Screen regularly as I am still installing stuff and just trying a game at a time. Especially those that come with built-in benchmarks. I like the Big Screen mode but it isn't perfect yet and I found some fumbling was needed between the k+m and 360 controller as Marafice Eye can attest to when we first tried it. I think it's cool but I wouldn't lose any sleep over not using it. I'll wait for it to mature a little more.
So far I'm pretty happy with the processor. There is just that part of me that would like an i7 as the laptop I'm currently on has one and I notice just an overall robustness using it. Idk but I like em but can live with out it as long as my games run well. Which they are so far.
I do plan on getting more SSD's but I didn't plan on RAIDing them. So far, I am very happy with it's read/write speed. Now I just need more capacity for games I want on an SSD. I'll prolly pick up a 256gig soon for that.
Originally Posted by lespurgeon
And the next generation of Intel will require a new motherboard anyway, so not as if buying low-end intel today with plans to upgrade in 1-2 years would save you on a new motherboard. Looks like a solid basic build. We sure are a long ways from my 386sx, which was my first build - and I had to shove individual RAM chips onto that board..
Thanks. Yeah, this isn't a super crazy cool build or anything. Just all the necessary stuff to get gaming done right. Definitely a long way from my first computer and a good deal from my last desktop.