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This build is awesome! No real issues at all with machine except AMD liquid cooler has software issues but I worked around it. I love the graphics card! I run everything max/ultra settings with high 75-80 fps. Heaven benchmark was about 4.0 2200+. It is extremely fast! I plan on putting the side mount where the transparent plastic is for extra fans. The graphics card gets really hot 80-85c..My next build I'll probably do custom water cooling. I plan for this Beast to last me about 5 years with eventual SLI added in.

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

at that pricerange i really would've gone for a 7970/680/670. But who knows, maybe in the next few years all the games you'd like to play would be optimized for SLI but I still wouldn't do it because of driver problems and power consumption.

I also would rather go for the Logitech G600 rather than the naga for various reasons but whatever floats your boat, the naga looks pretty sexy.

Solid, solid build though :)

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

SLI is really good now, as in near 100% performance increases (the 650ti Boost scales especially well) but this has only been the case in the last few months. As for the 660ti its not a good card as you say considering the price.

  • 80 months ago
  • 4 points

"SLI is really good now, as in near 100% performance increases"

Don't believe everything you read.

I wish this were true for 660 ti SLI or 670 SLI but it isn't. At least not for any of the SLI setups I have. And it really depends on the games if they gain max %50 performance increase, not %100 in anything.

Not to mention the micro stuttering that comes along with the 660 Ti or lower SLI setups..

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

A friend gets about 80%+ framerate increases with his 670SLI on 3 1440p monitors. Now obviously most people don't game at that high a resolution but, in recent months, there have been marked improvements in SLI, it's not perfect of course but it's still getting stronger.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not found that to be the case in most games. It really does depend on the game though. There have been a few games SLI performed great in. I have been testing sli on multiple different sli setups over the last couple months with quite a few different cards. Those tests have all been on a single monitor setup though to try and push max frames for a high refresh rate gaming monitor. There is a known problem with SLI and the "Boost" technology that has been causing a lot of issues. From my own tests those issues impacted the 660 Ti and lower cards a lot more than the 670 and up.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah fair enough, I've haven't actually used a 650ti Boost SLI configuration, only read about it being beastly so I can't really say either way. 670's in SLI seems to be a good way to go atm considering that its Nvidia's best card and Nvidia>AMD in terms of SLI vs Crossfire so if I was to go for dual GPU's that's what I'd pick (or 760ti SLI when they're out).

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

I've never heard of micro stuttering on nvidea cards, I've heard of it with 7950's and 7970's crossfire but never nvidea, can you link me to where you've heard this.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't link you to some things, but my personal experience is where most of what I'm quoting. Here is what you may be referring to as micro stuttering with AMD cards.

http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/154089-after-almost-20-years-gpu-benchmarking-is-moving-past-frames-per-second

and just one article discussing this concerning both AMD and Nvidia.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995-15.html

It is the main reason why everyone says: "One higher end card is better than 2 sli / crossfire low / mid ranged cards.

The only way to solve the issue is to run 3 cards which most aren't willing to do which is why the single high end card is usually the best choice ;) Hope this helps.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

one more for you: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-devil13-7970-x2,3329-8.html

Quote from that article:

", SLI appears much closer to what a single GPU working on its own achieves, though it doesn't quite get there."

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Everything looks good. Only comment I would make is regarding the video card. I would have recommended spending a bit less on your RAM and more on your graphics. The 660 Ti isn't that great for its price and you'd probably be better off replacing it with a 700 or 8000 series card later on rather than going for SLI.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Good power supply! I hate how the green on the video card doesnt match with anything in the build, but it doesnt matter that much, I usually like case stickers, but the one on the window kinda ruins the look of it in my opinion. Still a very nice build, no matter what you put into this case it makes it automatically a beast!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU gets really hot because it's an EVGA reference design rather than a good custom cooler, I really don't understand why people buy from EVGA because they seem to just sell overpriced reference cards.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

People buy evga for the warranty. At least, that's what I think.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I've heard the same reason several times now, but companies like MSI offer warranties that last just as long as EVGA and the Twin Frozr cards destroy anything EVGA can offer.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm. I didn't know that.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

That was pretty smart to put the CPU sticker on the cooler.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha it's not a CPU sticker! Its AMD brand liquid cooling by Asetek!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I see now :P

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

i think you've got a good investment. however, i'm not at all convinced you'll need 16GB of RAM in five years; by then we'd likely be well into DDR4. the 660Ti should be good enough for single-monitor 1080p gaming, but anything more and you might want to look for something with a bit more VRAM and bandwidth.

btw: congrats on being the first build i've seen with a Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3! i honestly didn't know it was released until i looked at your build. let me know how you like it; i'm interested in hearing your opinion

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a great motherboard! everything worked out perfectly with it and I love that its made with tough materials military grade. Its a very solid piece! Only issues I had with it was there wasn't much options for fan control in the bios but I suppose that's what speedfan is for. Also I had a couple issues overclocking. But I highly recommend it! and came with PCI 3.0! I feel that might help a bit with my graphics..Idk lol

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

PCI-E bandwidth, as far as i've seen, is only majorly stressed with multiple GPUs (either dual-GPU single cards or multi-card setups) and enterprise RAID controllers with multiple SSDs attached. even PCI-E 2.0 is enough for even a GTX690 provided all 16 lanes are being used. in your case, you'll likely not notice a difference between the two revisions because you're only using a single GPU.

still, it's always good to have that extra leeway with the newer revision. glad to see everything is working out for you.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice, clean build with excellent cable management. Nice pics, I really like how you set up the components shot. The only thing I could recommend now is consider removing any/all unused HDD cages for the best possible overall airflow in your case. +Upvote

To comment on possible alternatives, I would have went with the Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB SSD which comes down to $129 at times, dropped the RAM down to 8GB which is currently top of the line today for gaming, and went with either a single, actually cheaper HD 7950 or put the savings towards a GTX 670.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I gotta ask... Where can I find one of those tables??

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Walmart or Home Depot lol

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you still have your plastic heatsink/fan clips that screw into the mobo. I lost mine and I really need them. will pay you.

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

It will probably last 2-3 years SLI possibly 4 but it definitely won't last 5 years

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

No I haven't! I absolutely love it!