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Gaming HTPC - FT03 Peasantslayer
by Matb
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Description

Was originally going to try a Corsair Carbide Air 540 behemoth build but then did a complete 180* and wanted a compact system to slot in my home theater.

Actual cost of the build to me was closer to $1000 + the SSD (pulled from old work laptop) and the peripherals (all several years old now)

Heat BF4 Ulta: http://i.imgur.com/KHUIUZz.png

Heat Furmark: http://i.imgur.com/obY2b6G.png

Heat Idle: http://i.imgur.com/U9iFDak.png

Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load36.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle26.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load62.0° C
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miles510 [1 Build] 5 points 10 months ago

Nice build dude! Looks real neat alongside you setup. Awesome cable management for such a tight case, congratulations on a fine build! Out of interest though, was there any particular reason that you went for SLI GTX660 2Gb as opposed to a single card solution such as a GTX770 4Gb?

 
 
Matb [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 10 months ago

Funny, someone just asked me this on reddit. I already had the 660s from earlier in the year from my previous build so I just kept them rather than start fresh.

770 is around $450, the two 660s were a combined $360 (edit: apparently 770s are on sale for like 350 now)

Performance wise, this is what I found :

BF3 bench - 770 was 82/98, and the 660 SLI was 97/121 (which is roughly 20+% for the 660) For Battlefield 4 the 660 ti SLI got around 30% more (12fps) more than the single 770.

So $100* cheaper and 20-30% more power. I'd do it again if I was starting from scratch.

 
 
Alan150003 1 point 10 months ago

How are the acoustics with the dual GPUs? I was considering something similar for a new build, but I figured SLI in M-ATX would be loud and hot.

 
 
Matb [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Good point. From what I understand (I may be wrong) the 770 uses more power than the 660 and also runs hotter, and is slightly lower.

I did a trial and fired up BF4 with the volume muted and waited until temps got to the 60/70 range for the cards. Someone's playing Madden in the other room so I've got that to deal with, but I had to put my ear to within a foot of the top of the case (where the GPUs exhausts were) to hear it. It's definitely not an audible issue. The HDD seek clicking sound was significantly louder than the cards' fans.

 
 
jaredt 2 points 10 months ago

My Gtx 770 has never gotten over 67 Celsius on valley or haven benchmarks. The gtx 770 has a tdp of 230 watts and the gtx 660 has a tdp of 140 for a single card. Also the new stock Nvidia cooler is miles ahead of the old one in all category's except production cost. Also a gtx 770 is about $320 for the 2gb version and i got my 4gb version for $330. That is a common sale on the 770 as of late.

 
 
Matb [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Cool stuff. If I was starting from scratch I guess I'd have to seriously consider the 770.

 
 
Matb [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

just ran Valley and they eventually got up to 81 & 86 if I just let it cook with everything on ultra/vsync/8xAA. Weird though because in Valley those were the numbers but if I quickly switched to Speedfan, it gave me 74 & 69 as the temps.

FPS was a solid 60 and that's all the matters though, right?

 
 
miles510 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Fair enough! Wasn't too sure on the performance comparison, and to be honest, any SLI looks better than a single card anyday... Even if you only see it when you clean it :')

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Awesome gaming PC! I'm jelly

But why not something like a 770?

 
 
Matb [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

See my other reply, but $100 cheaper and 30% more performance. And I already had them laying around.

edit: apparently the 770s are on sale and the pcpartpicker price is wrong; price is a non factor now I guess

 
 
reece00567 [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Very nice, especially that death background \m/

 
 
Daisyahoy [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

wow

 
 
CallumShannan 1 point 5 months ago

Nice build I'M planning to SLI gtx 660's

 
 
Ginsu [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

You're getting THAT on FireStrike and calling it "peasantslayer?"

Meanwhile, at the peasant holocaust: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/2509487

 
 
faymeover 1 point 1 month ago

Hey man, just doing my build now. Having trouble trying to mount the H60 radiator onto the case, this angular arch support of the case (http://imgur.com/a/7BbjU) is in the way and i can can't screw the radiator all the way in . Im only going to use one fan so maybe that could be it. How'd you get around it? Do you need two fans to be able to make this fit?