My PC arrived yesterday and I couldn’t be any happier! I would like to give a special thanks to PCS (especially to Andrew Vincent, James Nisbet, Adnaan Marban, Aiden Ramsden, Junior - delivery guy) and also members of this community for helping me.
Now I know it’s customary on this forum to do an overall review of the PC when it arrives but I won’t be doing that just yet because I feel my system isn’t ready yet as I haven’t really tested any games properly. PCS on all sides deserve a 10/10, and over the weekend I will give a proper review on my experience with PCS and the PC.
The two games which I’ve been looking forward to (Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3 – both EA) gave me an insane amount of stress and frustration during the installation process. How on earth did they think Origin is a good idea the mind boggles… and it kept boggling till half four in the morning!
So after hours of trying to fix these games I only managed to launch Battlefield 3! On ultra mode I pretty much got constant 60fps with V-Sync on.
Crysis 2 however is a separate issue… with Battlefield 3 I needed Origin otherwise the game won’t run but Crysis 2 doesn’t need it and I had the retail version (from Amazon). After installation I was prompted for my serial number and when entered it kept saying invalid serial number (this issue is littered all over online but no fix!). I tried all forms of entering the code and checked the characters but no success!
I quickly went on EA Support and did a live chat with a customer support representative. He said my serial number hasn’t been used yet, so it definitely wasn’t a hacked key. He put the game on my Origin account which was annoying because I bought a retail version meaning I didn’t need to download the game but at this point I'd try anything. I uninstalled the game and downloaded it from my Origin account (9+ bloody gigs!). Now I can see my serial number on the game under ‘Game Information’. I thought this is good news, so launched the game and it prompted for my serial number again… entered the serial number and still the same issue… ‘Serial Number is Invalid’. I just can’t activate the game! What shall I do, lol???
This is in regards to GPU temperature. During Battlefield 3 (with ultra settings and the PC being on after 9 hours for installation and general setup) my GPU temperature is between 65-77 Celsius with GPU clock speed around 1045mhz (base clock is 915mhz, can be boosted up to 980mhz so I have no idea how it reaches 1045mhz) with the fan usage around 45% max. I have no issues with crashes, everything runs smoothly and the drivers are up to date. So I was wondering are these numbers normal? I might be answering my own question here but the following link shows that my numbers are roughly normal for my GPU.
Any help on these two questions will greatly be appreciated. Sorry for the long winded message and possibly grammatical errors but am I shattered from resolving installation issues from last night.
Case PCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-3570 (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache
Motherboard ASUS® P8Z77-V LX: USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX
Memory (RAM) 8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
Graphics Card 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 670 - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - 3D Vision Ready
Memory 1st Hard Disk - 120GB INTEL® 330 SERIES SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 500MB/sR | 450MB/sW)
2nd Hard Disk - 500GB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD5002AALX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 32MB CACHE (7200rpm)
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Power Supply CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX650 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE (£69)
Processor Cooling SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE INTEL CPU COOLER (£19)
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence
Maximum Required Power 494W