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Astraeus - FX 8320, GTX 660 SLI build
by uncannytranny
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Description

A build which has been in the process of being finished for a very long time. I use this PC for surfing the internet, gaming and watching videos. It gets an average of 80-90 FPS on BF4 ultra settings and 115% resolution scaling.

Q: Why does this build have SLI 660's instead of something more stable like a 770 or 780? A: I already had one 660 from a while ago, I only needed to order another for SLI. $180 vs $450+, and the cheaper won.

Details
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle20.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load47.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate993MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load80.0° C
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18hockey [1 Build] 3 points 7 months ago

any reason for a 660 SLI instead of a $400 card? Is it more powerful?

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

I can tell you for a fact that SLI 660 is not more powerful than a single same priced card and a single card wont have the limitations that the 660s do. This will be the first person I've ever seen claim this performance with SLI 660s in BF4 and I deal with 100's of PC gamers who use all kinds of variety in GPU setups.

(Though the SLI setup might produce slightly higher frames they will have stutter / tearing which a single card WONT have that same problem)

 
 
18hockey [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

isn't battlefield really buggy and glitchy, so not the best way of testing?

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

probably not the best game to test but most people who own 660's single setups or even sli have serious complaints with BF4 so to hear someone get amazing performance is rare.

 
 
dopenerd420 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Idk.. SLI used to produce more micro stutter and tearing but i have 2 EVGA 760's in SLI and haven't had any problems since I installed all the current drivers. I have been playing/testing CRYSIS 3, Metro Last Light, GTA IV, BF4, COD:Ghosts.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

the 660s are far more limited compared to the 760s because the 660 have much more limited memory bandwidth which causes them to not be good choices for SLI.

 
 
uncannytranny [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I got terrible micro stuttering at first (pretty much only on BF4 too), I have no idea what I changed but it went away somehow.

 
 
uncannytranny [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I didn't particularly want to go with SLI. I bought a 660 for my older system and decided the most cost effective way to get the best performance out of the system was to use the old 660 in tangent with a new one for SLI. Both are used cards, one was purchased for $170 and the other for $160 via Amazon Warehouse. Pretty good deal if you ask me. They did have some awful stuttering in BF4 alone when I first started testing but since then it has almost ceased completely. I have no clue what I did to make it better but the stuttering is few and far between and far less noticeable. As for the performance, I will certainly do more benching soon to get more solid results. I was getting results like that on Siege of Shanghai and Silk Road from China rising.

 
 
uncannytranny [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 7 months ago

Actually the performance is better than a GTX 680 and close to a 780. I didn't buy both at once, and that is the main reason for the SLI over the single card setup.

I should also note that the setup is nowhere near the raw power of a 780, but benches show the 780 winning by margins of 10-20 fps which is close in my opinion.

 
 
xx116xx [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Not bad. Nice overclock on that 8320.

 
 
uncannytranny [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks! Runs smooth as butter too.

 
 
thunderdan602 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Nice looking build. Can we see some pics of the interior and that cable management, please?

 
 
uncannytranny [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Updated! I don't know why they weren't uploaded in the first place, I had them ready.

 
 
HawkinsPCs 1 point 7 months ago

I call BS on the numbers. 780/4770k w/ ~60 fps in china rising MP I use default AA for ultra preset

 
 
Neuenc [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

+1 looks managed. Not sure about the Razer Naga or the 660's, but it's your buck to spend.

 
 
HD7ames [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I would of gone with the R9 270x in crossfire broskie. I have the Sapphire R9 270x Toxic Edition in crossfire with 16gb ram and that runs Battefield 4 120-140 frames on ultra. I have yet to update my build cause i just got it still playing around with it though. everything else looks solid except your sli choice is kind of strange to some. None the less thumbs up on my end for 90% of the build is rock solid and you provided some nice pics.

 
 
uncannytranny [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 7 months ago

Yeah, that probably would've been better off in the end. If I had another choice it would probably be a 780 instead of two 660's. The only reason I went with two 660's is because there was already an existing 660. My options were order another 660 for around $180, deal with SLI instability (which hasn't been too bad at all) and get great performance, or buy a whole newer card like the 770 or 780 for $400+. I decided to go with the 660's out of sheer cost. Thanks for the input though!

 
 
HD7ames [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

Dude no problems everyone is different, their builds are different, and we are put in different situations. But none the less I've seen way worse builds and your build choices are solid some just wonder why the 660 sli and that explains it you still get a thumbs up.