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by lurch2824

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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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obamadontcare0905 5 points 44 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

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.

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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?

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I ordered a standard Msi bridge 120mm long.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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.

sassas1 1 Build 3 points 44 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

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

LeMMingSlayeR 21 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

I really like the look of your rig, everything looks so nice and white. I am surprised you didn't mount the two top case fans for exhaust, wouldn't it make more sense to pull the air through the front and bottom and out the top and rear? Unless you are going for positive pressure, of course. But convention aside, I'm sure that case has excellent air flow. I have a HAF 922 with 140mm and 200mm fans for intake and exhaust. I have monitored my motherboard temps under load, and almost all except the socket and VRMs never go much above ambient.

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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.

LeMMingSlayeR 21 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I see now. Awesome! I really like your cooler fans also, Those would have been very nice on my previous case. Thermaltake v2 didnt leave clearance for a 20mm deep fan but those low profile ones would have fit perfect in the upper vents.

Codyboone872 2 points 42 months ago

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

violetrainxx 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 4 points 44 months ago

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.

violetrainxx 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Good :)

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JonnyGuitar 1 Build 0 points 41 months ago

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

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vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

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

violetrainxx 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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?

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

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

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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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lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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.

jagoxz 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

So Sexy Cryorig.. +1

BenC99 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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.

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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.

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 0 points 44 months ago

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

OresGaming 1 point 44 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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

OresGaming 1 point 44 months ago

My motherboard came with one.. hmm

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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.

OresGaming 1 point 44 months ago

That sucks :/

ThePCMaster 1 point 44 months ago

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.

rxlord 1 point 44 months ago

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?

BLUESHADOW2020 1 point 43 months ago

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

J_L_Myers 1 point 43 months ago

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

Fsylar 1 point 43 months ago

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

campbellarmstrong 1 point 43 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

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

bboiprfsr 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

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

Hussein.H 1 point 43 months ago

Good!

Waylonseelke 1 point 42 months ago

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

Enzly 1 point 38 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

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.

CrimsonYeti 1 point 29 months ago

this thing is cute af. nice build man.

darkflowrider 1 Build 0 points 44 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 0 points 44 months ago

Lol more like 1080 at over 100fps.

darkflowrider 1 Build 0 points 44 months ago

My apologies for underestimating the beast XD

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

oh you already know her name. Damn. Lol

darkflowrider 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Haha

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 0 points 44 months ago

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

miikson 1 Build -2 points 44 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

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.

sassas1 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

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

optimusgaming 1 point 44 months ago

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

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Havent loaded games yet, but I posted firestrike scores

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Posted my firestrike score for sli 960's

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 0 points 44 months ago

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.

Ksongs 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

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.

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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.

lurch2824 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

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.

miikson 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

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.

Ksongs 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Oh sorry for the misunderstanding then haha

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