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My Rendering Machine

by Mitzey234

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Date Published

Feb. 21, 2015

Date Built

Feb. 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.86GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.30GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

3.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

Description

It took months of planning before even starting and it took almost a year to build this thing into what it is today. Started off in a old and camped case but I moved it and rebuilt it into a new case and started planning out my water-cooling which took for ever to get the money for. Anyway I added some cool LEDs and all the rest of the other stuff and now it's basically done. Only plans right now are to try and add one last GTX 760 in 3-way SLI to boost performance but I can save that for later. All my water-cooling parts are from EK-WB and if you need parts for water-cooling then that's the place to go! Only problems with this build is previously I failed to get the right pwoer supply and it got killed because it was not the proper wattage. It was covered though so no worries there. However one major problem is a safety fault was not working properly in the power supply and it somehow sent a huge pulse of current through the CPU socket and melted the socket on the motherboard. Corsair happily payed for the damage and Memory express got a replacement PSU that was instead 1000 watts instead. I will be surprised if I break that limit. The CPU was slightly damaged by that pulse in which it was slightly unstable but still usable. AMD let me fill out an RMA and they replaced it free of charge! But this is the computer I have now and I'm happy with it. Glad to share it with a few people to see if anyone wants to try and build it themselves. Of course don't go overboard with the monitors unless you REALLY need 3 monitors for your work-space and make sure you have room for these. These monitors are great and I'm happy with them. That's mostly It. Here is a 3D Mark score on Fire Strike. This is the Best score I could get with the GPU's in SLI without the Drivers crashing on me.

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/3762942

I got the cards to their literal max before they might have actually broken. Same case goes for the CPU. I have it going at it's Max before It would overheat on a Full load with Prime 95 and since windows 8.1 is being annoying this is my max for this CPU. If you have any questions on anything here just ask me in the comments. For future reference I use this for rendering and Gaming because I don't have the money to create and use a Rendering computer powered by intel and a awesome Gaming build.

Part Reviews

CPU

This processor is very good! I have clocked it to 5GHz before however It was just getting too hot to keep it stable. But I have gotten a lot of power out of this processor and I think that this is a good processor for most games on steam and other platforms.

Motherboard

Very good motherboard. ASUS and other manufactures need to start making more AM3 boards like this one! It's got an easy to use Overlock tuner and a Awesome Easy mode with automatic over-clocking. Plus a little downside is a bit of ROG connect could use some work but it still works and is awesome. Good Motherboard ASUS

Video Card

Very good graphics card. I have over-clocked them many times already and found the max on these cards are the following for anyone looking for good clocks on these cards: Boost GPU by max 168MHz. 169 might work but don't pass 170. Increase the over-voltage by about 12 and max memory boost was about 690MHz. So It's a great card to work with and is what got my most recent 3Dmark score to 10000+ with 2-way SLI. Turns out that this card in 2-way SLI beats a single GTX titan. I'm very impressed!

Case

This is a god case Corsair. It has quite a bit of room and provides me just enough room for all of my water-cooling parts and I like the glass panel as well. It's a good case for first builds in my opinion.

Operating System

It's an okay OS, I will say that. But I would still prefer Windows 7. You know if I had money to buy windows 7 again or if I had a product key. But I guess windows 8.1 will do for now.

Case Fan

Very good airflow and is a lot more quieter than I thought it would be.

Case Fan

These fans are very quiet and still provide a decent amount of airflow. However I think the SP120 fans are a lot better but they sadly do not have LEDs.

Fan Controller

Sadly does not support 4pin fans but they do sell another fan controller that does. Overall this is a good fan controller for builds like the one I recently posted on this site and comes with a decent automatic fan control option with temperature sensors and temperature warning alarm

Monitor

Great monitor! It does give me 1080p and it may be a bit pricey but it is a great monitor to work with. If anyone is wanting one of these my guess is that 2 of these is more than enough. But if you really wanna have fun and have the money to spend go ahead and buy 3.

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Klark 13 points 25 months ago

Great build, and more importantly, great sticker.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 6 points 25 months ago

Got that sticker for free. Still happy with it on my case. Plus I have another sticker on my laptop because what am I supposed to do with tons of stickers?

malymilo 4 Builds 6 points 25 months ago

+1 for the Monstercat.

Zeoheart 4 points 25 months ago

Same

MLGComputers 1 Build 8 points 25 months ago

For rendering I mean like something like a 5820K from Intel might have been a way better option.Instead of 760 you should have gotten 960.But ignore all that and i'm going to give you a +1 FIR DAT SEXY STICKER.Please tell me where you get Monstercat sticker.......

CommunistShrub_ 6 points 25 months ago

Monstercat has had a store since forever. They're a dollar each.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 4 points 25 months ago

Remember that those high preformance graphics cards are way more expensive than the ones I got. Found one of those at $1300 and that's not happening. Also I bought that sticker on their store. Check it out. http://Store.monstercat.com I also got a sticker that does not exist on the store anymore when I was beta testing their new store for them. Put it on my laptop as well because why not have 2 stickers from the same label on my laptop.

Jacked153 3 points 25 months ago

760 is very similar in performance to the 960 sometimes even better, plus there isnt a 4gb 960 yet

Zeoheart 3 points 25 months ago

It's also arguable that a 4GB 960 wouldn't be worth it anyways because of its low bandwidth @ 128

JayHuff4346 2 points 16 months ago

Maxwell is more efficient, so it actually can.

Variable.variables 5 points 25 months ago

I can't tell if I am crying from the awesomeness of this build or if I just have drool coming out my eyeballs...

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 4 points 25 months ago

Glad you like it! :)

UncleSteve32 1 Build 4 points 25 months ago

I think you like bile for some reason but I think you may favor red. Lol, great build.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 25 months ago

I might have gone with red but the red led lights were not that bright and it didn't work that well. The blue looks awesome though. iPhone cameras just really don't work very well with such lighting.

Jemmat 4 points 25 months ago

don't you think this is a bit of overkill just to render on after effects?

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Well It still takes a while to render many things but it Is made for both gaming and rendering and working on adobe projects. Mostly after effects.

TechyinAZ 13 Builds 3 points 25 months ago

Yikes!! 1.5v!!! Is that the lowest voltage you can put on that cpu?

eopest 7 Builds 4 points 25 months ago

Yeah, but you're thinking Intel. I run a FX-8120 at stock settings and when Turbo Core kicks in, I run about 1.44 - 1.45v; that's with a max TDP of 125w. A FX-9370 has a 220w TDP; that's at 4.4Ghz stock, so at 4.8gGhz w/ 70.0° C load temps, that sounds good to me. (That 70.0° C is right on the edge of AMD's red zone temps, though.) Idling, the CPU should drop to .9v or so; mine does, and it's a Bulldozer- series chip which isn't as efficient as a Piledriver like he's got. I could be wrong, but that's what I'd expect to see.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 25 months ago

The voltage is controlled by the motherboard. I can change it but if I do, I risk the cpu becoming unstable. If that happens which I lt has before windows 8 freaks out and then hangs at a blue screen until you shut it off. Yes I know it's high and I risk the cpu getting a lot more hotter and possibly lowering the lifespan of the CPU, but my watercooling system keeps it cool enough. But still I have plans to get things upgraded in the watercooling area.

CowsGoRoar 3 points 25 months ago

AMD CPU's have a significantly higher voltage than Intel CPU's because of their architecture.

TechyinAZ 13 Builds 3 points 25 months ago

True, but I didn't know they needed that much more.

CowsGoRoar 3 points 25 months ago

They generally need more, but Mitzey really pushed his system to the max.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Windows 8.1 does not approve. But I make it work to the max windows will allow me without giving me a blue screen. I already found out the Absolute max on my Graphics cards until the drivers start to crash. I counted a total of 26 crashes during the process of benchmarking and overclocking the GPU's. Sadly the max over-voltage on my GPU's are not that high.

trugs88 1 Build 3 points 25 months ago

Loving the Monstercat!!!

8darKnight9 2 points 25 months ago

great build nice temp the only thing i think you can't have 3 way sli with the 760 they doesn't support it

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I will look into this to be sure. These cards are a bit expensive and I would rather not spend money for no reason. Thanks for bringing this up though.

8darKnight9 2 points 25 months ago

you're welcome we're here to help each other by the way i like ekwb products too they're the best

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

It's too bad they discontinued my water blocks for the GTX 760. I bought one earlier and they refunded me completely so I'm happy and sad about it at the same time. Got lucky another site was selling the last 2 of that water block.

Eschaton 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Hey just an FYI - not all programs require the cards to be in SLI to use them; as long as they're connected and detected they can do work for some programs. I'd look it up in the documentation if you're stuck with this third card not being in SLI.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 25 months ago

I am aware of the fact that Some programs are that way but I have also found some programs that only really use one GPU at a time even when SLI is enabled in which I do wish I bought 1 or even two GTX 980's but that's a mistake I learned and I will consider in the next possible build.

Eschaton 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Yep; at least I knew that getting into my 760 SLI setup. It still pains me when some of my favorite programs don't actually use the additional resources at all.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

It seems like many people have been able to get to 3-way SLI with the GTX 760 so Please elaborate a little about why 3-way SLI would not work with this card.

8darKnight9 2 points 25 months ago

i was talking about pci express lanes do your cpu handle at least 24 lane because nvidia cards do need 8 lanes per card to work

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I'm not too sure but I geuss I will look into that then. But I'm sure that my processor should be able to handle it.

8darKnight9 2 points 25 months ago

if it works go for it!!! and enjoy ur self

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Great build, and even better sticker. Haha

PCPaladin 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

I saw the Monstercat sticker. It looks great on your case. Do you know if you can still buy them because all of their old merch is gone. +1

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago
PCPaladin 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Thanks. I might get one for my build. XD

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

They used to sell a sticker that was just the monstercat logo with no black background or anything. But they have switched manufactures so much I guess they had to remove a few items many times. But it helps with getting cheeper shipping.

PCPaladin 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Yeah I geuss i still miss all the original merch though

boomerzangs 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

What rendering will you be doing? Animation? CAD? Just curious, thinking about one of these down the road if I ever need the extra render muscle.

Otherwise, its a solid build

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Thanks, I mostly use this for rendering in after effects or other things like premier and stuff like that. But it is a gaming computer as well. Multi use because I don't have that Much money to make and use two computers separately. If you wanna see some of my after effects work it's on my YouTube channel under the same username I used on this site (Mitzey234). It took 17 hours to render though. But it still did well.

boomerzangs 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Noice, so I take it gaming is the primary reason behind sli 760's?

I've never quite understood how GPU rendering is implemented outside of rendering previews in something like Premiere. It's surprisingly difficult to find a straight answer on the internet. lol

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Yeah I know what you mean. I'm confused myself on how to use the whole systems power including the GPU's and the cpu at once to render. It would make my computer render videos a lot faster in terms of what I am currently rendering. But there so far has not really been any type of topic on it anywhere.

boomerzangs 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

you would think they would make that more transparent given that its been around for a while. Either way, have fun with this one.

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Duuude. Sick build. Where'd you get the 760 water blocks??

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Ek water blocks. They did discontinue the water blocks I have but there is one that looks almost like it that I think will still work with this card and I think it's still on their store. But I would use the cooling configurater to find the water block your looking for. http://www.coolingconfigurator.com

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Thanks man!

froggerz 2 points 25 months ago

Bro, if you spent an extra 40 bucks you could get a 980, which would crush dual 760s. Also, don't add that 3rd card. It would do near nothing performance wize, the most you will want to do is 2 way sli or quad chip sli (for the dual chip cards). That monstercat sticker makes up for it though :)

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Yeah I know the 980 is the best card since 70% of the 3Dmark scores have that card being used. It's a great card but still it's quite expensive at the place I buy all my parts at.

paintboy131 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Monster! That 1.5 tho...

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Yeah I know it's a little high but that is controlled by the motherboard automatically to keep the CPU stable.

eopest 7 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

First off, nice build. We need to see more high-end AMD builds here, just so folks are reminded that they still have a choice. Hmm... given the size and layout of the case, I surmise that the small res was not an option; me, I'd liked to have a bigger res or 2 separate loops for the cards and CPU. Are you running the OS on the notebook drive? If so, I'd suggest changing that to a same-size SSD when you get a chance / can afford it. Other than that, well, very nice box you have there. +1

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

We also need to get more AMD motherboards. The operating system runs off the 2TB drive but I plan to someday move the operating system to a SSD

eopest 7 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

sigh Yeah, I agree, but that won't happen until AMD stops rehashing the current FX chips.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I think this might be out of date but I think they are working on a new 12 core processor but I think it's an APU but that's the most cores I think I have seen from them.

Eschaton 6 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

This build is insanity made real. Thanks for posting!

Kayak001 2 points 25 months ago

This is my new ****!

Meawa123 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Why no intel 5820K?

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I would have gone with intel's hyper-threading for better render times but at the time I wanted to put AMD's best processor to the test. Got some good temps and clocks out of this processor but I should have gone with maybe the FX 8350. Plus It's for games and adobe projects so there is that too.

Valkerie131 2 points 25 months ago

that's monstercat for ya!

Veizin 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

You have the best looking heater I have ever seen.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

My room is considered a sauna when I leave the computer to render a video or when putting a heavy load on the processor. The GPU's are nothing because they idle at 27'c with water-cooling.

Veizin 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I think you underestimate the GPUs, as they are 2, thus the cooling area is twice as big as the CPU cooling area. 170W x2 at stock compared to 220Wx1 at stock for the CPU.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

True. But they still do seem to keep cool with MSI combuster and 3Dmark so I'm happy with that. It's just too bad I can't boost the GPU clock more than 168Mhz.

Veizin 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Still sounds like a pretty all right overclock. I can't get my 970 Zotac stable at +200Mhz and the 9xx series were said to be great overclockers.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Maybe zotac is having stability issues. But you are using over voltage while overclocking right?

Whistle77 2 points 22 months ago

How's the Asus board working for you? Do you still have it? I'm undecided if this board is for me or if I should wait on MSI's 990FXA. Doing a lot of research as this is my first gaming build! Any helpful feedback is appreciated.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

This motherboard is a very powerful board. I have gotten a lot of high clock speeds close to 5.1GHz with this processor and motherboard. However I don't have enough cooling to fully stress test it. But if your going to build a gaming computer using AMD I think this board is very good for this use. But it still works well for me.

Warsun99 2 points 22 months ago

Run a BIOS update an run eset_nod32_antivirus_live_installer find the trojans hiding in your ram an your heat problem will go away.

Mitzey234 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

BIOS already updated and I monitor almost every single process that runs on my computer. I don't have any trojans so far as I can see. Most of my heat problems are dealt with for the time being until I need to clean out the water loop. Thanks for the suggestion though! :)

Trinity596 4 Builds 0 points 25 months ago

yeah 1.5 is a bit high.... great build otherwise