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So, 2 weeks ago my alienware 18 started having issues. Dell was sending techs out here to work on it but to no avail of fixing my problems with my 780m's. When they told my I had to depot it to see if they could fix my problem. I decide then and there to build me another computer that I could game on that has plenty of gaming power. Granted I know, I know I should have gotten a single stronger graphics card, but when you have two sons that also have desktops they game on, it was more of a choice to upgrade their systems when I up grade mine. I got a bundle deal from Newegg. Case, cpu, motherboard, 1 stick of ram, power supply, 1 gpu, the hdd in a combo for $800. Not to shabby I thought and it was a decent looking build. So I ordered a few other parts to make it all match. After all said and done, I have $1400 and some change in this system between rebates and promo codes. I already had the evo's, whick saved me a small penny. Didn't put the wd blue in it. Putting that in my 6 year olds case for another gaming drive. I haven't really had a chance to overclock it and tested this cooler out, but all the reviews I've read said Cryorig H5 was pretty dang good for less than $50. I'm only planning to overclock to 4.4ghz anyways for normal everyday use. between that and the ssds in raid, it should be plenty fast after a little tweaking of the OS. I haven't benched the 960s yet. Waiting on my bridge to get here. But from the reviews they'll be plenty fast enough for my games I play. Battlefield and Call of Duty mostly. Theres the reason for the 144hz panel. I'm figuring 100 plus fps in most of my games and really want to enojoy that fast frame rates. I'll up date this more later as I only get 2 hours a night to work on this build. By the way this is my first actually build. I usually but barebones that are preassemble and all I do is throw a drive in and a gpu and load a is and tweak it and go. I don't think my cable management is to bad. Stock score on firestrike is 10522. I didn't over clock the cards and the cpu is at 4.5ghz. The cryorig keeps it in the high 50's to low 60's. Over all the system is nice. The evga psu got thrown into night and made a world of difference. Over clocked the cards 115 on the core and 150 on the mem. Boost clock is hitting 1444mhz and mem is 7300. Score is 11102. The psu has been changed out to a evga supernova 750 B2. Which is Johnny Guru recommended. The raidmax is headed back to newegg. It looked nice and matched my build but the connectors sucked. Hard to push in. I used it just to check all my components in my system to make sure I didn't have any doa items. I wouldn't recommend getting one to anybody. I'm downloading my steam library and I'll post some fps of battlefield 4 and advanced warfare.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 5 points

As much as a hate raidmax, nice build +1.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Excellent job on the cables. that's an interesting CPU cooler. How do you like it as far as performance goes?

Either of your video cards comes with a supplied SLI bridge which is needed with nvidia cards to operate in SLI. Make sure you slap that on there. Check doc's for how-to steps. Alternatively check out videos about it as well.

I got that Acer and I love it. The stand is surprisingly solid although I might mount it but i forget if it has VESA mount support (at work; can't check). Hope you enjoy your new rig! Looks great.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I have a bridge coming in the morning. Thanks for the advice on the videos also. The cards nor the board came with one. Kinda shocked really and ordered one fast.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That is very surprising that they didn't come with one!

I would keep one card in until the bridge comes.

What bridge did you end up getting?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I ordered a standard Msi bridge 120mm long.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok cool. I was just curious. Your build looks great if I haven't said so already.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'm getting addicted to this. I'll let you know how the cpu cooler handles up once I overclock this weekend after I get everything updated and I have a couple of days to do it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Love the White/Black color scheme.

Those 960s are wicked thin, looks amazing.

The only critique is the PSU, but I'm sure you've heard plenty enough of that haha.

+1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I saw it was different and I liked the look of it so I went for it. As for the psu it'll be changed out tomorrow night when I get home. Then the overclocking and benching will follow this weekend. I didn't want to risk ripples in the power and effect my stable overclocks

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! Love the black/white color scheme and with the blue LEDs! Loving those graphics cards btw!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice cable management. How are you liking that Raidmax Vampire case? Could you also put the prices you paid? +1 I would suggest changing that psu though... Raidmax makes terrible psu's and don't want your system to fry

  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

Don't worry. I have a evga 750 G2 coming from newegg also. I'm sending the raidmax back. I told them my issue with it and they said ok and I ordered the evga.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Good :)

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  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

Except... The Raidmax Vampire is the case. LOL

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  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

iirc the vampire series is the only decent PSU they make, its not going to fry the system.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I would not trust any of their psu's ever.. all reviews are poor on their vampire series as well and raidmax is known to have unsafe psu's. So what makes this series better?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

The OEM is hec which makes numerous others psu's that decent. Its the ONLY raidmax psu that is decent.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It has Capxon and Teapo capacitors which are decent and for sure better than the cheap Chinese capacitors they use in the rest of there psu's. Im not trying to say I would ever recommend a psu from them. Heres a review, its the only one I could find http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?289819-Raidmax-Vampire-RX-1000GH

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

As for the case it's bloody big. It's ok but could be better for the price. It's rather nice compaired to my kids cases I got their computers in. Plenty of room and good cable management in it. Plant of room for fans as I have a total of 7 including the cpu cooler fans. A 3 fan controller built in which is kind of near.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

So Sexy Cryorig.. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont like the 2 way sli decision. only getting 2 gb of framebuffer, adding a second card doesent make it higher because you have 2 of them, should have gotten a 970, its cheaper than 960 sli, and the performance is almost identical. interesting decision. build looks nice though

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been looking at those GPUs. How are their temperatures and the sound levels?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Posted the firestrike scores. Stock the temps say in the mid to upper 50s overlocked it reached 63 on the top card and 59 on the bottom

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Sound isn't there. They are very quite. My top gpu will reach 58 to 60 degrees now that I broke down and added side fans on the case. My bottom never gets over 56 while I'm gaming and I have a small over clock o. 100 mhz on the core and 250 mhz on the ram.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Battlefield 4 ultra everything with 4x msaa mid 90's average. Battlefield hardline beta I'm hitting 130's average. Call of duty advance warfare stays pegged on the fps limit of 91 wilth ultra settings and 4x msaa.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

I'll let you know come this weekend when I have time to actually do all my tweaking.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't your motherboard come with an SLI bridge? Btw AWESOME build. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope sure didn't. Tha. Surprised me not with mother board nor video cards.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

My motherboard came with one.. hmm

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I was shocked because all my Msi boards in the past have came with them. But this one didne and I had to order one. Cost another $20 Acer shipping for a sli cable.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That sucks :/

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! That's a nice build, I'm actually looking into my first build and considering the black and white color scheme and from the look of your build I'll Definitely be going through with it. Amazing once again.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey i am also thinking of going for the armor 2x 960 they look pretty sick....can you tell me how do they perform and are they good overclockers?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Other than the lack of a sli bridge, how has the motherboard been treating you? Have you run into any issues?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the 960s in sli, i might build a pc with gtx960 in 2 way sli.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the white phanteks enthoo luxe..10/10. Now what remains is white custom sleeved cables

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the cpu cooler as I am looking to buy it

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Its actually very nice. Its quite and I ordered a second fan for the push, pull

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Lurch, i like your build :) Can you tell me any benefits to having a second fan to your cpu cooler for push-pull at idle and load temperatures? Thank you so much <3

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Good!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I like you rig man. The choice in color is really good. check mine out. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/qYYrxr

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend the GTX 960 x2? as I like the colour theme and I hear they're better than one GTX970.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, 2 gtx 960s in sli, or the better single card with the option of adding a second later to get 980ti performance. Its what you can afford at the time to be honest.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

this thing is cute af. nice build man.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

10/10 would bang. Very nice man, perfect for 1080p 60fps gaming.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

Lol more like 1080 at over 100fps.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

My apologies for underestimating the beast XD

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

oh you already know her name. Damn. Lol

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

Get that SLI bridge in, this is going to be one great build!

  • 60 months ago
  • -2 points

Why one better card? 960 sli beats 970 for 1080p. I think you made a perfect PC for 1080p gaming. Cheers

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah true. I looked at the benches on the setup before I bought the second card. It's between a 970 and a 980 in most cases.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Which is actually a pretty good area to be in, with the price range and all.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Any performance benchmarks for 1080p gaming with just one 960?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Havent loaded games yet, but I posted firestrike scores

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Posted my firestrike score for sli 960's

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

I'll let you know in a couple of days. I'm still tweaking bios setting and still have to overclock my cpu first. Then I'll download my games and firestrike and let you know.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

To answer your question why one better card. well there's power usage 2 cards use more watts than 1 and would require you to get a psu with more wattage. If a game doesn't support sli or crossfire your forced to use only one card. Also the VRAM doesn't stack although he has two 2gb cards it doesn't make 4gbs of VRAM and only 2gbs is actually usable. Those are just the reasons why people usually say one better card over two weaker ones. That's not to say I think the OP made the wrong choice I actually like the build very much, but that's just the reasons.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Unless you're running high textured games, like BF4 with 200% texture, and Shadow of Mordor with HD Texture pack, you aren't going to break that 2gb on 1080p.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know vram doesn't stack and the games I play support Sli, which is awesome. But for 1080 gaming for now with upgrading later to the higher end stuff and giving my kids each there own 960 was my main choice for choosing 2 card. They both have r7 265 right now. And gtx 960 is a lot better than that card for 1080 gaming.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't asking why one better card, I was commenting on his comment section, 5th sentence. lol :-)I know the reasons not to go sli but I still think it is cool , but thanks anyway.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh sorry for the misunderstanding then haha

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I went for positive air pressure. Its pushing in so much air and the 140mm rear fan is pulling the heat out from the cpu cooler. The rest of the air goes out the case from vents which you actually feel.

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