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#1 DjFIL

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:53 PM

It's been about 4 months since I finished the first phase in building my new gaming PC. I want to write this post with hopes that it may help others in the same situation as me. When building my PC I knew to stay on budget, but without compromising long-term performance, that I had to decide between a Video Card and my Steering Wheel (as I didn't have one that was PC compatible). After a few tests, I ordered my new Fanatec wheel... this is my experience gaming with the Intel HD 4000 (Intel i5 3570K Ivy Bridge).

Racing was my number one priority with coming back to PC gaming (after being on consoles for past 8 years). I will touch on a few other non-racing titles that I do enjoy to play.

Live For Speed (S2 Latest Build) - 1080x1920, 4x AA, all other settings maxed, never drops off 60 FPS (v-sync).

Richard Burns Rally (base game w/ latest patches) - 1080x1920, all settings maxed, never drops off 60 FPS (v-sync).

iRacing - 1080x1920, default graphics level 2 (one from top), 80+ when hot lapping, 50-70 in race situations.

F1 2012 (demo) - 720x1280, medium settings, no AA, 45-60 FPS.

FIFA 2013 - 720x1280, medium settings, no AA, 50 (crowd shots) to 90 (gameplay camera).

Counter Strike: GO - 1080x1920, medium settings, no AA, 50-75 FPS.

XCOM (demo) - 720x1280, medium settings, no AA, 20 (close up action) to 35 (primary game camera)

There's more I could list... but I've been really impressed overall. Very few games I have tried to play have been unplayable, or requiring sub-par graphical settings to be playable. I will be picking up a video card (GTX 680) before the end of the year... but I'm very happy that I stayed with in my original budget, and made the right decision to get my wheel first. It's been very enjoyable to be back to PC gaming.

Build as of current:
Windows 7 x64 SP1
HX650w Corsair Professional
ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard
Intel i5 3570K (Ivy Bridge w/ Intel HD 4000 Graphics)
8 GB RAM (1.5 assigned to video)
256 GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD
LG DVD-RW
24" LG LED Monitor
Fanatec Porsche GT3 RS V2 w/ CSR Elite Pedals


Win 7 | i5-3570K | 8GB RAM | GTX 680 2GB | 256GB SSD | Triple 24" Monitors | Fanatec GT3 RS V2 | CSR Elite Pedals | Sin:Speed App

iRacing | Assetto Corsa | Kart Racing Pro | Richard Burns Rally | F1 2013 | GSC 2013 | F. Truck | Euro Truck Sim 2 | MotoGP 13 | MXGP


#2 YD215

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:49 PM

Im no computer wiz so correct me if im wrong. with the Intel i5 3750K you dont need a video card? Im just wondering because im in the process of putting a computer together and that would save me a chunk of money to start out with until i can save up to get the video card i really want.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:40 PM

That is correct. Just get a decent motherboard that supports the Core series chip set, and you will be good to go with most of the Core series processors. The current generation of the most Core i5 and all Core i7 get you the Intel HD 4000 graphics. Lower models (of Ivy Bridge processors) use Intel HD 2500 level graphics, and I can't comment on the difference of quality as I don't know.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 04:44 PM

Thanks for the reply. Now im wondering, I was planing on getting the Core I5 2500K but since i dont need a video card right away, Now im thinking get an I7. I know the I5 is pretty much the best chip for the I5 series but what about the I7 chips. any recomendations on that.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 05:08 PM

One note is the i5 2500K is Sandy Bridge and uses the Intel HD 3000 series, which will have lower performance then mine... don't know exacts on how much. I'm not 100% sure of exact details of difference between the i3, i5 & i7 series... but on their fact sheets from Intel will show the graphics capabilities.

Win 7 | i5-3570K | 8GB RAM | GTX 680 2GB | 256GB SSD | Triple 24" Monitors | Fanatec GT3 RS V2 | CSR Elite Pedals | Sin:Speed App

iRacing | Assetto Corsa | Kart Racing Pro | Richard Burns Rally | F1 2013 | GSC 2013 | F. Truck | Euro Truck Sim 2 | MotoGP 13 | MXGP


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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:08 PM

Added note. iRacing may see lower performance on some tracks. I just did a race at Bristol... empty track 45 FPS, in race 30-40... never dropped below 30 at least.

WRC 3 demo appears to be running well at 720p (didn't check actual frame rate).

Win 7 | i5-3570K | 8GB RAM | GTX 680 2GB | 256GB SSD | Triple 24" Monitors | Fanatec GT3 RS V2 | CSR Elite Pedals | Sin:Speed App

iRacing | Assetto Corsa | Kart Racing Pro | Richard Burns Rally | F1 2013 | GSC 2013 | F. Truck | Euro Truck Sim 2 | MotoGP 13 | MXGP





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