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The Odyssey Gaming Computer
by jmccarble
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Description

I built this computer mainly for playing all current game titles on my Eyefinity setup (5760x1080) with all the highest setting while still maintaining playability. This thing is a destroyer of worlds. Metro 2033 in Eyefinity highest settings averages around 90FPS, Battlefield 3 in ultra Eyefinity runs between 80-120. This computer does exactly what I want it to do, and it looks mean.

The CPU cooler I have isn't listed yet, as it is a new product: NZXT Kraken x60. It was from this product and the help of a few viewers from the live stream (SEE HERE) that I named this computer the Odyssey.

Not too many major deals on parts, besides the NZXT deal in which I got that collector's helmet, the Switch 810, and 5 140mm FN Series fans for $140 (the case itself usually costs $170, and the fans they sent are $16 a piece). So I considered that a whale of a deal (or should I say Kraken).

Just FYI, the SSD listed in my parts list was stealth mounted in in the back of the case in the cable management section using some velcro. Fits perfectly just below the CPU cutout, and allowed me to completely remove the HDD cages (since the Optical bays at the top include a hotswap bay, where the HDD resides).

HUGE SHOUT OUT TO IAMAPROPOS FOR HELPING ME CHOOSE THE RIGHT PARTS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF MY COMPUTER. I had originally chosen some parts from this build, but requested help from this guy. His explanations helped me get way more out of my system than I thought would be available at my price range.

With the monitors, the total build cost came out to be right around $2600.

Cudos/Critiques are welcome on the build, but keep the fanboy comments to yourself. If you wanna talk smack about the 7970s, I'll show you some benchmarks that will make you s*** yourself. :)

Enjoy!

Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load57.0° C
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.02Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.55Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Extreme Preset ScoreX6251
Performance Preset ScoreP14336
Comments
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IamApropos [3 Builds] 12 points 18 months ago

Was a lot of fun and I'm honored to have been part of this build experience!! Thank you for sharing this with me and everyone else.

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 9 points 18 months ago

Of course! Thanks again for all of your help. for other viewers: if this guy gives you advice, listen! He knows his stuff.

 
 
Dakir [1 Build] 4 points 18 months ago

Out of all the exotic/expensive builds lately I find yours to be the best balanced, looking and overall best picks for parts yet. A+ you def chose a good person to help you build this monster. Enjoy her!

The only thing that raised my eyebrow was the dual bottom mounted fans. I myself am a huge best airflow possible person and I am not 100% sure those bottom fans are helping positively. The other two fans blow directly on those 7970's so you can OC them further with the added direct cooling. I would honestly test some extreme oc's out, monitor temps with bottom fans on and off to see if the direct flow helps more or not. Nothing serious but may as well make sure they ARE helping rather than hurting. ;)

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

You know, I was actually thinking about that this morning. My temps on my primary GPU have been rather high. Max stable OC I was able to reach on both cards was 1080 core /1650 memory with no voltage change. However, in crossfire, my temperatures spike way above 80, so I've been using a more modest 1020/1550 OC, which is still more than necessary. I will definitely try removing those bottom fans to see if it improves temperatures.

Thanks for the help, and for the review!

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

I agree with your reasoning on the fans and airflow though the rule of thumb usually with case fans is to have 1 more intake vs exhaust to help create a "positive pressure" so that you can have some form of dust build up prevention. We've been talking and brain storming possible alternative solutions for his airflow and temps of his main GPU and I think removeing the bottom fan closest to the front, installing the top HDD cage and putting the fan on that cage (with included fan mount) could possible be a great solution.

 
 
Dakir [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Honestly that is the exact same setup I use in my CM Haf XM. I have the 200mm front intake and a 120mm mounted on the top HDD cage blasting my GPU and honestly the differences in temps is very noticeable. Not sure if those are adjustable RPM fans or not but if so, it's nice to have a silent setup and like a performance setup where it revs higher to keep your gpu cooler under loads. A blasting 120mm is much quieter than two or three tiny GPU cooling fans. Its a very good trade-off if the temps are ok on the GPU to lower its actual fan speed too.

I don't have any bottom intake fans though and idk the differences between his enclosure and mine but his sure looks like it has good flow too!

Please let me know what the difference are if you guys do end up changing the setup a bit. Airflow and the temp differences always interests me in pc gaming. :)

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

I actually reinstalled the top hard drive cage to install the bottom front 140mm closer to the GPU, and it dropped my temps by about 5-6C running Heaven Benchmark for about 5-10 minutes. I will be uploading more pictures soon so you can see what I've done and such.

Thanks for the idea, it worked out very well!

 
 
Teejers [2 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

Dead sexy build. Nice job!

Can you provide any insight on the audible noise level of the Kraken X60 since its a 280mm radiator supporting up to 4x 140mm fan? Any idea if its noticeably louder than a H100(i)?

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

I've read a few reviews on the fans, their performance, and their noise levels. The Kraken X60 is marvelous. The extra 40mm (using dual 140mm fans on the rad, of course) really does a remarkable job. I run my Kraken on "Silent" mode, and my idle temps run around 23C. Under load, I have never seen them go over 40C. The pump is completely inaudible in my case. The only noise you will hear are the fans that mount to the radiator. Depending on your configuration (I have mine in "pull"), you will probably have different noise levels. Since this is right next to the vent on the top of my case, they are audible, but are very quiet. I can't hear them at all over the noise produced by my 5 case fans, which is nothing more than a breeze in the wind. The stock fans that come with the cooler are quite nice. The noise benchmark I saw shows the Kraken in silent mode as being quieter, although not by much, than the H100i, however, the cooling ability is a decent bit better. I do not and have not owned an H100i so I can't give you personal comparison experience, but from my research, there is positive difference in favor of the Kraken. If you are looking for a AIO CPU Cooler and have $140 to do it, I would definitely recommend this.

 
 
Teejers [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Good stuff. I would have to upgrade my case in order to support a 280mm radiator but it was just out of curiosity that I asked since the Kraken X60 is so new to the market.

In completely unrelated topic, what Mini DisplayPort Active Adapter are you using for your triple screen setup?

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

none whatsoever. I would highly recommend these monitors, as they have VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, and Displayport plugs, all on an IPS monitor for $220. So i simply bought Displayport to Mini DP adapters, which work perfectly fine.

 
 
Teejers [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

OK good to know. I'm going to be using 3x ASUS VS228H-P and I'll definitely be needing a recommendation on a decent Mini DisplayPort Active Adapter.

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Nice. My best advice is to stick with Asus. They make great gaming monitors. I think you'll be very happy with that buy!

 
 
Oliver [4 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

Awesome looking build, but why the kraken over the 100i? Also with this budget, why not go 2011 and have some canle sleeving inside there?

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

I went with the Kraken x60 because even in silent mode the performance is better. Also, I really like the hue control that the Pump has available. Can put any RGB code in there. Thats great for customization. Furthermore, I wanted to stick with the NZXT component since my case is NZXT.

Yes, I definitely could have gone 2011, however, the motherboard I got is killer for the price range for Overclocking and is rigorously tested by MSI before shipping. I find the 2011 Chips a little bit overpriced at the moment, and given that there's little to no game out there that I play that is CPU intensive, there was no need for anything but an i5. Not to mention, the 3570K overclocks very well.

I am going to be adding some Bitfenix cable extenders this week to clean up the wiring. I definitely agree with you on this. I was just too excited to wait for extenders to come in before building/posting.; however, I will post some pictures once I get these installed.

I am also going to be using DWood's custom GPU brackets to install H60s onto my 7970s, as the temperatures are not where I would like them. The brackets are going to look very slick, and should actually allow for a cleaner look.

 
 
Bseagull 1 point 18 months ago

Wow this is a fabulous build! How is the Kraken working for you so far?

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Amazing. I highly recommend it to builders with a full tower case looking for longer tubing and great customization options. Cooling is superb. As listed, 23C Idle, Sub-40 under full load using Prime95 and RealTemp to monitor... On Silent (Not Performance) Mode. If you can fit a 280mm rad in your case, I highly recommend it. Although it sold out the day I ordered it. NZXT has definitely taken command of the AIO CPU cooling solutions market IMO.

Thanks!

 
 
Dakir [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Have you tried to OC your 3570k? I so wanted to get that msi z77 mpower but was out of my budget. That thing with your cooler you will get at least 4.7gh with some tweaking. I would not be surprised if you could get 4.8ghz if the temps are ok and if you got a decent intel chip! That is, when the time is right and you get the itch to push it further! Very nice build bro. :)

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks so much, I appreciate it. The past few days, I have been dealing with firmware and OS updates, game downloads, and then GPU Overclocking. My GPU overclocking is about over, so the next step will be to start tweaking the i5. I am going to start with a baby 4.2 OC, then go from there. I'll be sure to let everyone know what I end up at!

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Hey man, just as an update, I OCd my 3570k to 4.5ghz with no issues whatsoever. I've burned in well over 48 hours, and my max temps were 57C for short amounts of time. My idles no sit at around 27C. This Kraken is a BEAST. I've decided not to push it any further though. I want to keep my temps under 60C for longevity purposes.

 
 
christachular 1 point 18 months ago

Dude man, that monitor setup is so boss. This is exactly what I'm hoping to be able to do to my build later down the road. Mad props, this is honestly a pleasure to see.

 
 
Scaroza [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Excellent build, component choice is flawless, cable management is nice and those temps are superb! Nicely done :)

 
 
ardechey 1 point 16 months ago

Hey, I'm going to build my first computer, I was wondering whether to crossfire two 7970s I would need a full tower, or is a midtower enough?

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

I would definitely recommend a full tower. You can certainly go mid tower, but you need to have excellent cable management and lots of fans. these cards heat up quite a bit (at least running eyefinity). Just remember. When using high end graphics cards, air flow is super important. ALmost all graphics cards will downclock when reaching certain temperatures, so plan accordingly!

 
 
ardechey 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks very much for replying, I think I will stick with 1 GPU then as I won't be using more than 1 monitor anyway.

 
 
kpats2289 1 point 16 months ago

Excellent build man and I was just wondering if that helmet in the first picture is the same as the one in LinusTechTips videos.

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Yep, that's exactly what it is. They were a special edition item included with the purchase of the Switch 810 Bundles that they had around this past Christmas. They are made out of the same material as the computer, so they are pretty heavy. You can definitely wear them too!

 
 
thefishkid1 [2 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Is your 20-Pin USB 3.0 header parallel to your motherboard? Or did you find an adapter/cable that was able to bend 90 degrees?

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Yes, It is parallel to the motherboard. was easy to plug in, although its a tight fit with all the other cables. It was hard to make it stay seated in the port.

 
 
miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Okay, I know this is an old build, but why am I seeing EVGA PrecisionX on 2 Gigabyte cards?

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Overclocking software is completely interchangeable. Tbh, EVGA has better OC software than Gigabyte. I have actually since switched over to MSI Afterburner. Not seeing a whole lot of difference.

 
 
miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Ohhhhhhhhh. Didn't know that, thanks for that info.

 
 
tehfreeeman 1 point 15 months ago

I think this needs more fans.

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

lol. Too many?? There's only 9 140mm fans... along with the 3 additional fans on each GPU. Sounds like the German Luftwaffe when it starts up. Just need to throw on an air raid siren! Nah, but I have my CPU over clocked to 4.5 Ghz and my GPUs OC'd to 1020/1550. Produces a ton of heat, so the fans are very necessary.

 
 
CVilleShaggy 1 point 14 months ago

Great build man. I have the same graphics card and will add another one probably next month if not sooner. I want to switch to liquid cooling my rig once I add the other card, but I am having trouble finding on line help or others who have already water cooled this card. So please let me know how the DWoods custom water blocks worked out for you. And again great build and parts selection.

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Using my current setup, I was able to manage the temperatures on my cards and achieve the performance I desired without the custom blocks... although I still might do them in the future. Before you decide to go water cooling (esp with Dwood's blocks) you need to make sure you plan for plenty of extra space in your case! But you will definitely see a major improvement with his setup, especially in the noise department!

 
 
Hatarix 1 point 12 months ago

Do you know if a 780 Classified w/ ACX Cooler would be able to handle those monitors?

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

They haven't released the clock speeds yet, but honestly I don't think that card would be able to run triple monitors the way i have them configured. Could it run Nvidia surround? Sure. Are you going to get 60fps on ultra settings? definitely not. Those two qualities were at the top of my list, and honestly the 7990 and the 690 were not worth the extra $200 (they're simply dual GPUs in one card), and the crossfire configuration allows for the primary GPU to maintain a lifespan greater than a year, lol. Ask around, but I think you would be better off going dual 760 or 770s, simply for the memory sharing. Hope this helps!

 
 
Hatarix 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks for the help I think I'm gonna go for SLI 770s if i fit it in my budget. Nice build by the way!

 
 
jpm789 1 point 7 months ago

are your graphic cards holding up i am reading a lot of mixed reviews for them.

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Oh they are absolutely holding up. So its been almost a year since I built this computer, and I've had ZERO issues with any of the parts I used. Its still just as fast and reliable since its bootday. My roommate just finished installing a Sapphire 7970 in his build just about a month ago. If you are looking for less noise, I recommend the Sapphire 7970 over the Gigabyte. For cooling/oc performance, I would go Gigabyte. Both companies provide quality parts, and I think you can't go wrong with either. Hope this helps!

Cheers.

 
 
nkncloca13 1 point 2 months ago

How do you have your monitors set up? Do they have holes on the back for mounting purposes?

 
 
jmccarble [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

I just have them sitting on my desk currently. But yes, the monitors are VESA mountable.