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Dota 2 New PC Build
For the past year I've been trying to run Dota 2 on a Dual Core E2180, but it constantly lags, like dipping framerates below 15 FPS (GPU doesn't matter, I've tried between a 512MB 8400 GS and a GTX 660 Ti) so I'm guessing that's below the minimum required to run Dota 2 smoothly. I will be buying a new PC and here is what I have in mind:
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k @3.4 GHz
CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
MB: ASRock H77M LGA 1155
GPU: MSI N660 Ti 2GB/OC
PSU: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified
RAM: G.Skill 8GB(2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
HDD: WD Black 500GB 7200RPM
Case: Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid-Tower
I've been building PCs at my uncle's shop for 2 years and from my experience this should be a decent mid-budget rig. But I want to hear what PC you guys have and how Dota 2 performs. I'm asking you guys to do the following:
-Write your specs like I did
-Install FRAPS and benchmark the game for about 1 min, then post the results*
-Bug related problems with updates: Lags in The Greeviling etc.
-Any additional info: Driver version, crashes, driver incompatibility etc.
Hopefully this thread will be useful for guys like me buying a new PC and want to see what they have to deal with. I started this because even on a new 700 euro PC Dota 2 for some reason lags. If you have any questions just ask me and I will reply
*Make sure you benchmark it when you teamfight, use the "create lobby" option with bots to test this out
With my config (in sig) i get 100-120 fps with drops to 60-70 in team fights (1920x1080, all settings on high) . Never experienced huge problems with framerate in d2...
PS.yeah, pc CASE definitely will improve your fps
Last edited by lunatic3k; 01-04-2013 at 08:54 PM.
I'm still running a C2D e8500 with a 8800gt, and I get a constant 76 on low/med settings at 1680x1050.... Even my old Msi GX630 laptop runs at 30 fps on low settings (Which I consider unplayable).
Your build should destroy Dota2... Well, the 660ti should at least. The 8400 though... I'd say 15fps is lucky.
Everything in your upgrade should net you 120+fps easily at high settings, maybe 60-70 with fraps.
Just build a PC with 8GBs of 1866mhz RAM and with a Trinity APU as your processor...its all you need to play dota 2, you can even build an A6 Trinity PC for around $350-400 that will run dota 2 perfectly.
Originally Posted by NoOneSpecial
Well, theoretically it would, but I've seen people on Dota2Dev reporting lags with a GTX 580, weird right?
Originally Posted by rannox
Oh and about the 8400, it wasnt about the GPU, it was about the E2180 CPU. I mean is it that outdated? Valve said that they were going to support lower ended PC, because that is why DotA is loved for. (WC3 engine)
PS. My friend is playing Dota 2 on this: Pentium Dual Core E2200 @ 2.20GHz, 2GB DDR2, with a 512MB 8400GS and he gets like 30FPS when he is farming on lane, and when it goes into teamfights, we see fireworks inside his case
Last edited by NoOneSpecial; 01-05-2013 at 06:43 PM.
Well, I do play on playing in 1080p so thanks for the info. Oh, and about the case, let's put it this way:
Originally Posted by lunatic3k
My old 9400GT 512MB was overheating when playing D2, and my entire screen was showing artifacts, so believe it or not, having a case with great airflow will give you a warranty on this specific problem :P
Info on that case?
True, but a 3570k for example always overheats when being cooled by its stock cooler while running Prime95
It's Xclio Windtunnel, i bought it 4+ years ago for my previous PC and then replaced most of stuff with current build. I think i will use this case for next build too I'm not sure if you still can find those on market, but i think case you selected is ok, my previous one was similar to it.
Originally Posted by NoOneSpecial