Description

A customer of mine, a retired mechanic, came to me with interest in creating a gaming computer focused around modern racing simulator games on a multi-monitor setup. Project CARS and Mechanic Simulator 2015 were two titles particularly mentioned during our design discussions.

Research seemed to indicate that Nvidia GPUs performed much better than AMD GPUs in Project CARS, so the Geforce 750 Ti was chosen as a cost-effective graphics solution that can deliver recommended settings performance. Because my user wanted to split gameplay across multiple large screens, I attempted to mitigate performance issues that might arise from that additional screen real estate by implementing an especially highly-clocked version of the 750 Ti.

High points of this build for me include the Enermax Thorex case, ASRock motherboard, and Avexir Core Series RAM.

Given time constraints, I wasn't able to do much more than get my standard Ninite install service and driver update done, but in the end my customer went away very pleased, informing me that he will be including this build in a full roll-cage simulator he's built in his garage - steering wheel, foot pedals, bucket seat - the whole deal. If I can get a picture of it later I will try to include it for this build! I did not have time to really stress test the CPU or GPU, so I won't be including temperature stats, but at least sitting idle in a non air-conditioned room, the build seemed quite cool (something like mid 30s IIRC). As always, I will be making most of my profits on this one by turning in rebates carefully and properly.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

The motherboard, by ASRock, was a very nicely assembled piece of work - nothing felt poorly constructed about this board at all, and the layout was very logical. The UEFI BIOS was easy to use and logically designed. If I were to ding it for anything, it would be that I don't think it had enough fan connectors for a board of its class, and I also was mildly annoyed that it did not feature a heatsink on its VRMs - but this was at least mitigate-able via the cooling schema ultimately used.

Memory

The Avexir Core Series RAM worried me slightly, since the price was so low and an inordinate amount of effort seemed to have been taken making the component look "riced" - which it certainly achieved! - but fears were groundless, as this stick of RAM performed exactly as expected right out of the box. It fit under the cooler, ran cool, and admittedly the breathing blue LEDs on it look amazing.

Case

The case, though very flimsy, has an exceptional layout for such a bargain-priced item - fan cutouts, back panel routing cutouts, and the fast expansion port securing system were all very well thought out. The quick release drive mounting system, while fairly standard these days, was a big relief to my customer as he accompanied me during assembly, and was admittedly one of the better implementations of the concept that I've seen.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

any way to tidy up the cables?

seems like a mess with the non-modular PSU

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

This is what tidied cables look like with a non-module PSU in this case, short of getting extreme and taping things down. The vast majority of the cables are already routed through the backplate; the 4 pin motherboard cable that's most egregiously sticking out really has nowhere to go; would have been nice if the case makers had put some hoops on the case for me to affix it to, but as it is it's not in the way for airflow and the case has no side window panel so I'm not concerned.

EDIT: The 24 pin is also not routed, but this is because we chose to mount the PSU upside down for several reasons that are more important than cable management. If we had mounted the PSU in the "correct" configuration, there would have been no issue with routing behind the backplate as well.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

i see must be a pain

to route the cables

i using a old design casing which also has lack of cable management and this is with a semi modular PSU

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management isn't really a big deal unless your computer is for show. The guys telling you that it severely affects your temps are wrong.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Randomly found this and 100% agree. The only thing you can do wrong with bad cable management is do such a poor job that a loose cable eventually moves into the path of a high rpm fan.

Otherwise? No difference except OCD in MOST situations.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you suggest the avexir core series? Saw them and was thinking of purchasing because the white camo ones match my Asus sabertooth mark s motherboard, but haven't seen too much on these.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Read my review in the build above, bruh.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You might want to mount the CPU cooler with the fan facing the front of the case so it gets fresh air, compared to drawing hot air from the GPU.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, the mounting system included for AMD makes this impossible. Blame cooler master I guess - however, we came up with a pretty good alternative solution to the problem, I think:

First of all, knowing that this would be an issue, I purchased a GPU that ran cool. Second, we mounted the PSU upside down, as earlier mentioned, because its fan will help to draw hot air emanating from the GPU out of the case. Third, we made sure to move the exhaust fan so that it is in line with the CPU cooler, helping hot air rise out of the case. Finally, we did install a powerful fan at the front of the case, blowing cold air directly onto the GPU and into the path of the CPU fan's intake.

Preliminary BIOS temp checks seem to imply this is working, though of course I wasn't able to test it under production load. I'll be sure to ask him about it when I check up on him.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Avexir RAM

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

thx, yeah it was really cool looking.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

How has the ram held up still in use?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the motherboard need a bios update?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It did not.

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

Uhhh, the 750 Ti can't surround Project Cars... Can it ?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I did NOT expect that... Wow, but will it perform well enough to play Project Cars?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe so, given the requirements specified by the company. If not, I'll have to buy back the card and the customer can get a beefier card without much issue, since the 450W antec PSU can handle it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How many monitors ? 3 ? I mean... Dang that seems hard on that GPU. I'd really be kind of surprised.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe it could chug at about 30 fps on low settings with 3 monitors...