This is a work in progress that I started in March of this year. The original build, seen in the last picture, cost me around $1150 and over the last few months I've added a few things to it. The primary intention of this build is to game at 1440p. I also dabble in video recording/editing as well as music production. The name of the computer comes from my nickname Sambo Rambo.
Great for my gaming needs. Lots of cores for multitasking. I was able to OC to 4.77, but the Prime 95 temps and voltages were a tad high for my liking. I set it at 4.5 @ 1.38V, ran Prime 95 for about 6 hours, and am quite happy with the results.
The Kraken X60 is pretty cool. I have it set up in a push/pull. Will likely get some Spectre Pro PWMs to get the most out of the cooler, but for now everything is quite cool. The fans get loud when cranked up, but even when running Prime 95 the fans never kicked in all the way on the extreme default setting.
Wanted the 990FX chipset, availability for Crossfire, lots of fan headers, and extreme durability. This board is everything listed and more. I love it.
Wanted 16Gb for running servers on minecraft and whatnot. It's good future proofing as well. They don't have the exact RAM on here that I have in this build. It is 9 latency, not 10. I was able to adjust the timings down a bit at the sacrifice of only 1600mhz. I'm not sad.
It's fast. Cold starts in around 13 seconds. Read/writes are snappy. Definitely recommended.
I have had very good performance from this Crossfire setup. With the latest drivers microstutter is non-existent. Getting very solid FPS in about everything maxed. The 2nd GPU I got new on Ebay, I couldn't find it anywhere online for less that $250 so I feel like I got a good deal.
The Switch 810 is my dream case. It looks damn sexy if you ask me. Cable management was a breeze, I had plenty of room to work inside and it can fit about any water cooling rad up to 360mm. The angled fans with adjustment brackets are such a cool design. Would definitely recommend this one.
The NZXT fans are really nice. They are very quiet even at full RPMs and give off enough light to light up the case, while not illuminating the entire room. The Xigmatek fans are beasts. They blow so much air. The blade design is awesome and curve the lights to a sweet pattern. They also are 4 pin, so you can control them with your motherboard software. The Noctua's replaced the stock Kraken X60 fans that were way too loud. Will likely get another pair for a push/pull. Temps will be posted below.
I really like Corsair. 850 is plenty for Crossfire and some decent OCs.
Have a large Blu Ray collection. I know, I know everything is digital now, but I didn't feel like buying more HDD space to store all of my movies quite yet. Future purchase for sure.
The Osmium caught my eye right away with the all white LEDs. I had heard that mechanical switches are amazing so I thought I would go big. I haven't been led astray. This keyboard is very nice. The switches are firm, but have a nice tactile feel to them and aren't loud like the MX Blues.
The mouse has taken some getting used to. The triple button on top was a bit strange at first, but it really is handy to have. I normally use it for something that I don't always need, but is very quick to access if the need arises. I like to play a few MMOs from time to time so the mouse just works for me.
I took a shot at a Korean IPS monitor and was not let down. This is the perfect pixel Qnix Evolution II with a matte screen. There are so many pixels. I bought this from Amazon and it arrived at my house in three days from Korea. That's damn fast if you ask me. There are no dead pixels and only minor top and bottom edge bleed when the screen is entirely black. If you can get one of these on sale, get it.
Overall I'm very pleased with the way it has turned out. Gaming performance is really solid. I will be posting benchmarks of the system below from time-to-time on newer games. If you have any questions, concerns, or criticisms feel free to comment or PM me. I look forward to hearing from you guys.
Hope you like it!
all benchmarks were done with the clocks listed above as well as the highest possible settings unless noted differently
1440p: 50.9 FPS - 2129 Score
1080p : 74.5 FPS - 3118 Score
1440p: 43 FPS - 1083 Score
1080p: 67.6 FPS - 1704 Score
- 720p: 12,369 Score
Bioshock Infinite in game benchmark
1440p: 78.91 FPS
1080p: 108.3 FPS
Hitman Absolution in game benchmark
1440p: 48.6 FPS
1080p: 61.2 FPS
Sleeping Dogs in game benchmark
1440p: 56.9 FPS
1080p: 91.4 FPS
Tomb Raider in game benchmark
1440p: 77.9 FPS
1080p: 113.5 FPS
Metro Last Light in game benchmark---advanced PhysX turned off
1440p: 35.25 FPS
1080p: 44.73 FPS
Battlefield 4 Benchmarked a Domination round from start to finish in the BETA
1440p: 50 FPS
1080p: 60.1 FPS
Witcher 2 EE Benchmarked intro ballista sequence---uber AA turned off
1440p: 81.5 FPS
1080p: 94.9 FPS
Crysis 3 first mission, ran through large room blasting guys with a shotgun
1440p: 40.29 FPS
1080p: 55.76 FPS
will be adding more and more games as I get them and run tests
If anyone is curious about a certain game, let me know and I will try to get the game and bench it!
CPU TEMPS: 4.65Ghz @ 1.435 V
800 RPM: 34C
1300 RPM: 30C
800 RPM: 63C
1300 RPM: 53C
|CPU Clock Rate||4.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||34.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||53.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1030MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||1575MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||33.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||75.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P13451|