Some time ago, due to the nature of my work, I was forced to build a station that could guarantee work on a few virtual systems at the same time, quick software compilation, and the high CUDA computing power. I have spent the last few years working mainly on Apple computers. Unfortunately, the only computer from this stable that can meet my requirements is MAC PRO – its price, compared to prices of PCs with the same parameters, is almost twice higher. Without hesitation, I began to browse offers of the components that I have chosen before. Here are the results:
It consists from the following components:
Motherboard – Asus ROG Rampage IV Black Edition with an additional overclocking panel
Processor – Intel i7-4960X , 6 cores 4.0GHz
RAM memory – Corsair Dominator Platinium 2400MHz, 16GB(2x8GB)
Graphics Card – EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti GDDR5 , 3GB
Disks – 2x Corsair Neutron 125GB SSD ( raid 0)
Processor water cooling – Corsair h100i
Power Supply – Corsair AX1200i
Peripherals worth mentioning:
Monitor – Dell Ultrasharp 30″, native resolution: 2560×1600
Mechanical Keyboard – Razer Black Widow Chroma
Everything is supported by the latest version of Linux Mint distribution.
The picture below shows the graphics settings in CS GO:
Let’s run the game in a multiplayer mode and check performance (numbers of frames per second) on the console launched earlier.
The FPSs level was between 250 and 299, depending on what was happening on the screen. At the same time, the processor didn’t get hot at all and its temperature was constantly visible at the front panel (29-37*C):
I can give 10 points out of 10 for the comfort of playing with the use of this specification. However, it is also important to mention the economical aspects. Spending so much money just to play completely misses the point. Very similar results can be achieved on a desktop computer for 5-7 thousands of zloty, depending on configuration and components that you are going to choose.
As you can see in the pictures, my configuration still has a considerable amount of power (especially processor that was using maximally 15% of each core). As soon as I get the next opportunity, I will try to conduct the next test during my daily work when most of the hardware resources are used to a slightly greater degree.