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by rambeze
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This build was for a HTPC/FIle Server/Gaming/VMs. I also built it as kind of a test/practice. The last time i did water cooling there were no closed loop systems and they were iffy at best so i wanted to try it out. I also had never done a SLI/Crossfire before so also kind of wanted to try that out. I will be replacing both 560s with a 7870 LE soon and will be using them for OC test rigs, and I am also planning on replacing the 3550p with a 3570k. I am just waiting to do that around when the Haswell processors come out in the hopes the price may drop a little. The 3550p is great for now as i do not really need to overclock just yet. I wanted this system to run as quiet as possible and look clean and more modern since it would be sitting next to my entertainment center at home. This case worked perfectly for that. It almost looks like an additional sub sitting next to the one for my surround sound. Everything came together quite smoothly, although i did have to take things out and move them around to make everything fit in this mini case. I already had the two Hitachi drives, and bought almost everything else at times when it was on sale. All together i spent about 900. In the end this system works great for everything i wanted to do with it. It is supper quiet (my dish network dvr is louder when its fans kick on!), it is a good contender for gaming (can run almost everything on high/ultra with at least 40 FPS pushed to my 1080p 50 inch tv), and it works great for my file server and running VMs with hyper-v in win 8 pro. For the gaming side, it is a great little consul replacement. I am using a xbox 360 controller with it to play on the tv.

Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.1GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle20.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load34.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate850MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.10Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load44.0° C
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th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 2 points 22 months ago

Everything looks pretty neat, why did you get two 560s? You should have gone with a single card setup, fewer problems. 560s weren't really designed for SLI, like some of the higher end cards were.

rambeze [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago

I knew that, i just wanted to try the sli set up more than anything. Im planning on replacing both of them with a 7870 le in the near future and keeping the 560s to use in some budget builds.

th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 2 points 22 months ago

Ah, I see. Awesome! 7870 is a solid card, just put one in my friends system.

Jimmy 1 point 22 months ago

7870 LE is even better as it uses the 7900 series architecture.

th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Oooh, I didn't know that. I never figured out what the LE meant. So if it uses 7900 architecture, are there any other hardware changes? Or is it the same PCB? Just different GPU?

rambeze [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 22 months ago

It has part of the core of the 7950 shut down. Really thats the only difference between it and the 7950. Tom's hardware did bench marks on it and it barley got beat by the 7950.

th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Very interesting, I wonder if you put the 7870 LE GPU on a 7950 PCB wether it would perform closer to a 7950 or not...probably not, the PCB wouldn't make a huge difference.

Jimmy 1 point 22 months ago

It's just essentially a slightly stripped down 7950. It's much better than a 7870 but not as good as a 7950.

th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Again, very interesting. Thanks for the info guys!

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 2 points 22 months ago

Hah. And I thought you couldn't make a powerful micro ATX system. Wow, was I wrong.

Guerrero 1 point 22 months ago

Haswell will use a different socket

rambeze [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 22 months ago

I know that, but im kinda hopping that with a new line coming out the older generations (including ivy) will drop at least a little and alow me to save 20 bucks or so on the 3570k. And like i said in the description, the 3550p is rocking it pretty good right now so i have time to wait before i get that OC itch... lol

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago

I haven't even built my PC yet and I have that itch. Reminds me of Portal 2.

rambeze [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago

I know what you mean. I have been thinking about putting together a cheap amd build just to overclock and play around with.

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago

I was gonna put together a bit over $1000 machine suited for heavy duty gaming.

rambeze [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago

If you look at my other build i have posted that is my gaming rig.

Smily 1 point 22 months ago

Why is there a Z77 Extreme 4 in the build, but a Z77 Pro4-M in the part list? Probably a mistake, lol

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago


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TorguL [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Hey. I'm thinking about getting the same EVGA 650w PSU for my build. How is the PSU working out for you so far? Many thanks.

tylerfig [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Ho loud is the cpu cooler?

Alan150003 1 point 10 months ago

I know this was submitted a while ago, but I was wondering what fan speed you had the 560s set at that you were able to make it so quiet? I am trying to make a smaller build, but I still want SLI, and with hot cards. Would you recommend this over something like the 350D or the new M-ATX Bitfenix cases which have an extra slot so you can space the cards out?