Description

This is an awesome machine with only one complaint. The H100 fans are really loud especially on performance mode. I hope to get some Noctuas soon. Boot up is ok at 30 seconds to finish loading my startup items (10 programs) which includes me typing in the password which is pretty long.

The CPU temperatures vary with the temperature and because i have the computer under the desk i think it intakes the exhaust sometimes. I get a delta of usually 40 - 50 degrees C on the CPU at load and 5 - 15 degrees C idle. The GPU i more consistent with a delta of around 35 degrees C under load a 5 degrees. I live in Australia where it gets hot and the hottest i have tested the computer at is 34 degrees C ambient where it got a CPU idle of 47 and a GPU idle of 39 giving a delta of 13 and 5 degrees respectively. Under load the temperatures for the CPU and GPU idle were 84 and 70 respectively giving a delta of 50 and 36 degrees C. H100 was fitted with default fans on the low preset settings

Overall i love this build and don't plan to make any major upgrades anytime soon but a few minor ones like fan upgrades and maybe more storage. I bought the computer parts around July so prices were a bit higher but i got some parts for a bit cheaper.

FYI i have since tided up some of the cables in the front.

Comments

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Why the 680? :( A 7970 would have been better, as would a 670 SLI, heck, even a 7950 CF. Why the big SSD when it's not that good? Why not a h100i? Why the 1200 watt PSU when you really don't need it?

  • 84 months ago
  • 4 points

the point about the 7970 is subjective, plus and minus to both and do you think that two 670's are magically cheaper and runs cooler than the one 680? you seem to just be hatting

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Subjective? A 680 grants very little of a performance increase over a 670, the 7970 IS purely a better card, just check the benchmarks for a GHz edition. Where it fails, it's an Nvidia optimized game. I don't think 'magically cheaper' counts when we're looking at a very top end X79 build. Worried about how cool it'll run? Get a decent pair of them. A 7950 CF still will stand as being better, and it's effectively as expensive as one 680.

Also, I have no reason to hate, considering that I have a Matrix Platinum.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

The 680 kills the 7970 in 1080p Battlefield 3. His monitor is 1080. I'm guessing he wanted the best performance for a single GPU card, and he got the 680. I'm not saying it justifies the price of the 680 over the 670, but it is still a more powerful card. Some people have had bad experiences with AMD. 7950 CF would be more powerful than a single 680, and it would be slightly more expensive. But a lot of people don't want to deal with crossfire. Some games just fail on crossfire, and although it's getting better, it's still not perfect. I guess it's just a matter of personal opinion. I mean, most of the games that most commonly have issues with crossfire can be easily run with a single card, so I guess it's not the end of the world when you can't run Crysis 2 with dual cards, and one card easily tackles it. But you should expect somewhere up to double the performance of a single card if you spend double the money that a single card would cost.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

The 680 kills the 7970 in 1080p in BF3 because it's optimized for Nvidia cards. There are some benches I've seen where massively overclocked 680s and 7970s are benched and the 7970 ALWAYS wins. We're also talking MSI Lightning 680 VS ROG Matrix Platinum 7970 here. Best performance for single GPU card is currently AFAIK a 7970.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

So it doesn't matter because it's nVidia optimized? Should I get the 7970 and go with the lesser performance in Battlefield 3 and say "Oh, well it's unfair, so I should go with this card." If you play Battlefield 3, the 680 is a smarter choice than the 7970.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

build was july of 2012 so H100i was not released yet, let alone in Australia

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice system. Bet your happy with it.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Pricey, but nice build. Why the Sandy Bride-e platform if you only have one graphics card and two sticks of ram? You are paying a price premium for the multiple graphics slots and quad channel memory controller.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to say that i plan on adding more RAM and an extra graphics card soon when i get the money.

I realize now that i could of gone a step down on the MB but i like the AX1200i and the looks of the RAM and it will look even better with more DIMMS filled!

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

Why did you get a three pack of windows 7?

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm sure you're happy with it, but there's a lot of wasted value here.

  • Sandy Bridge-E is a poor gaming platform - the extra threads afford you nothing that you couldn't achieve with Ivy Bridge, which has a more suitable feature-set and performance-per-clock
  • The Rampage IV is far under-utilized
  • Dominator Platinum is exorbitantly expensive for virtually no performance and some pretty lights
  • The 680 is hardly faster than a 670, and is slower than a 7970 (both of which are more affordable)
  • The AX1200i could power at least two - probably three - of these systems alone. A highly-rated 650W power supply would work just as well.

In other words, it's a good computer, but it's got extremely poor value (considering it's a gaming rig).

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

This is horrible build for the price. I can build a better build for >$1800. If you want to ask how? Do so and I'll link you a better build for $1800.

  • 84 months ago
  • -1 points

Why did you get a EATX board with only one card?