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Gaming PC ver. 1.15 - 2560x1440 Update.
by sketch24
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Description

This is an update to a previous build that was built March 2013. It started as an i5-3570K, 7970 build. Another 7970 was added later. The build paid for itself with litecoin mining, so a 2560x1440 was added for gaming at 1440 at 96hz. The monitor looks amazing, but there was some backlight bleeding. Not the greatest for movies, but this isn't a HTPC rig. Playing twitch fps games is completely different at 1440 at 96hz. Other games like skyrim and bioshock infinite look amazing. Now, it's all about how long I can hold out before upgrading again.

3D Mark at 2560x1440 at 96hz:

Ice Storm: Total - 167036, Graphics - 306576, Physics - 64417

Cloud Gate: Total - 20772, Graphics - 90237, Physics - 5623

Firestrike: Total - 11657, Graphics - 16326, Physics - 7899, Combined - 4795

Update 12/2014:

There's no point in a PC rig without the peripherals. Added logitech z623 speakers, AKG Q701 and ATH-M50 headphones, an AUNE T1 headphone amp, a ducky shine 3 with MX blue switches, and another 2560x1440 monitor. The rig still keeps up for all games except BF4. Looking to upgrade to SLI 970s and broadwell when it comes out.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.04Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.48Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Swish2000 4 points 13 months ago

Wow. That is a sweet PC dude! I'm assuming you keep your HDD's in the 5.25 drive bay? Also, how much money would you say you made by Litecoin Mining so far? I'm curious.

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks. And yeah, I keep my media drive in the 5.25 drive bay.

The price of litecoin just shot up, so I just made up the price that I paid for the PC. Utilities are included in my apartment, so that's part of the reason why. If you have to pay for your own electricity, you won't make a profit.

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

so i just started litecoin mining and i am only generating about 0.4 coins a day and i have a 7970 with a khash rate of 725. so how are you making a profit. please help

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I don't have to pay for electricity. And you aren't going to make a profit right away. I've been mining for 7 months and am just turning a profit now. The first seven months were generating enough to make up for the price I paid on the computer.

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I dont pay for electricity either but what about wear and tear on the GPU and how do u game with it on

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

You turn it off when you game and leave it on any other time. The wear and tear on the GPU shouldn't matter unless you plan on keeping the GPu for years.

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

okay thanks so much. btw i know i have a lot of questions but i just want to make sure i am doing it right so thanks for helping me. I just wanted to make sure that it is normal to make around 0.3 coins a day with a khash rateof 715. also on my pool (coinotron.com) it gives me an option of pay per share or rounds bases pay for share or PPNLS. which of the 3 should i choose?

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Try give-me-coins.com or wemineltc.com. Their fees are lower. PPS has higher fees because you get paid even if your shares don't contribute to a block. The pool takes on more risk so the higher fees are to compensate for that. RBPPS means that the fee is lower, but you might not get paid for every share you contribute. PPNLS means that you get paid based on how you much contributed in the last round rather than the current round. This method tries to combat "hoppers" that jump from pool to pool. With give-me-coins and wemineltc, the fees are 0% and you don't have to choose a method. I use give-me-coins as my primary and wemineltc as a backup if give-me-coins is down.

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Which would you reccomend?

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Give-me-coins.com as the main pool and wemineltc as the backup.

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Can I use guiminer because I don't know how to navigate cgmimer

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah. If you are getting 715 kHash with a 7970, I'd say you aren't experiencing a performance hit by using guiminer. Use it.

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

so i was having problems with guiminer and now when i use cgminer i only get a khash rate of 550

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

lol i am confused so i dont know what settings i should use in guiminer. if i use 13 intensity 8001 thread concureency i get 710 khash but i also get that at the thread concurency at 10012. so i have no idea what thread concureency will get me the most ltc

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thread concurrency doesn't always help. I have mine set at 8172 and when I change it, the hashrate doesn't change.

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 4 points 13 months ago

I can honestly say that I am a FAN of this build. ;D

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I see what you did there.

 
 
jtb3073 2 points 13 months ago

I see you like to keep your pc very, very, very cold....

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

The cards heat up to 78-80C during mining in the summer. Right now, they're at 69-72C during mining. They stay cool for everything else.

 
 
jtb3073 1 point 13 months ago

Ahh, i see. That makes more sense then what i thought. :)

 
 
Jimmy 2 points 13 months ago

You should reverse the fans in between the gpus because it would be better to give them fresh air than exhaust.

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

It's not. I already tried that. I've tried different configs and it's the coolest when they work as exhaust.

 
 
Jimmy 2 points 13 months ago

Oh, nevermind then lol. I just thought that configuration would have cooled better.

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LukePRTR [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

What is that thing under your mouse? is it a butt wipe? naw i just playing with you, thats a tiny mousepad dude! nice rig by the way! Is litecoin easier than bitcoin?

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Haha. Yeah. Going to replace it eventually.

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Litecoin is easier for GPU mining. It wasn't giving much returns until recently though.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

That's a pretty intense GPU cooling setup you've got there haha! I like how the distance between the PSU and the heatsink is exactly 160mm..

Mind sharing that little connector you used (connecting the bottom 2 fans together)?

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah. I didn't want to waste money on a water cooling loop, so I came up with this setup for mining and it works pretty well. I got the connectors off ebay.. It's meant for connecting fans for a PCI slot cooler, but that wasn't working for me, so I ended up with this arrangement.

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

How did you mount the fans like that?

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

It just kind of wedges in between the PSU and the CPU heatsink.

 
 
MrBeastshaw [14 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

How do you like that QNIX? Is the gloss on it as bad as people make it out to seem?

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

The monitor is really nice. It has some back-light bleed, but no dead pixels. The stand sucked, but I have it mounted now. I got the gloss because the colors are more accurate on the gloss than the matte. The glare is only noticeable on when it's completely white or black. I might have gone matte if I had to do it over again.

 
 
noob_for_life 1 point 13 months ago

did you get that desk from ikea?

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Yes it's a $20 desk for a 2K system.

 
 
noob_for_life 1 point 13 months ago

hahah as long as it works. im about to pick one up for my build

 
 
noob_for_life 1 point 13 months ago

also what monitor mount are you using?

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I'm using monoprice 3 way adjustable, but since I have 2, I could have gotten away with their 2 way adjustable ones.

 
 
FrozerBlur 1 point 13 months ago

You should of got 2x R9-280x in Crossfire instead of the 7970 in Crossfire. Because the R9-280x has better mechanics in handling new games. -Example- (Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed IV, Grand Theft Auto V, and Sim's 4)... The R9 series is around the same price range of the 7000 series :)

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I built this in March... And the r9-280x has the exact same architecture as the 7970, so whatever optimizations the r9-280x has, the 7970 will benefit also. The 7970 Ghz editions are about equal to or better than the R9-280x. If you are talking about Mantle for BF4, mantle will also work for the 7900 series cards. The only reason to get a r9-280x now is if the 7970 ghz editions are out of stock.

 
 
chowsownsomepizza [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Get a better motherboard like the ASrock Extreme 3. I dont think an MSI can handle this.

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

The asrock extreme 3 uses the same cheap caps that are in the msi z77. It handles it just fine.

 
 
chowsownsomepizza [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I think the newer ones are better.

 
 
sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah, but the newer ones are z87 boards which aren't compatible with my ivy bridge i5. Currently, gigabyte motherboards are the best because they use digital caps. Either way, it doesn't make a huge difference in performance because I'm not extreme overclocking which is why I just got the MSI.

 
 
cam313 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I've never seen anyone use those 80mm fans that way.. I'm not sure if it is effective or not, but +1 for thinking outside the box!

 
 
jpm789 1 point 12 months ago

what are the cons of your graphics cards like how much noise they produce

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sketch24 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Sure it could be better if you spent more or if I bought it now. But for the price I got it for in March, it's about as good as it could get.