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
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.
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.2GHz|
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