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Little something about myself first, I'm from Singapore Not USA. Found this website and realizes it's a very good opportunity to showcase the rigs I built over time. Basically friends and customers come to me for help in building them a new rig, mostly gaming comps sometimes multimedia comps it really defers.

So today I bring to you MSI Krait inspired Rig. It will be a very nice monotonous black and white theme rig with liquid cooling for the processor to do some minor overclocking and a nice dual sli 960gtx for overwhelming grafic power.

So processor wise, As my client does not intend to do any high programming stuff which would require the hyper threading of i7, I decided on the i5-4690k, By far this is the best chip I have worked with since the release of the newer lga 1150 chipsets. It's a monster when it comes to overclocking and a beast at that price point.

Naturally the motherboard we will be using today would be the MSI Z97s Krait edition. I honestly fine that it isa very underrated motherboard, with so much potential in it, One of the key features would be the ability to SLI or Xfire any cards in the market effortlessly. It fits the bill and budget of my client and it has the sexy black and white look (personally prefer the sabertooth mark S, but hey budget)

rams we settled on the kingstons black as it is a very cheap dimms in Singapore.

Crucial MX200 is by far the best ssd in terms of performance to price ratio so we settled on 250gb on that.

Here comes the juicy part. DUAL 960GTX MSI. y didnt i go for a single gpu like a 970 or 980 or even r9 280x r9 290x. simple. Price to Performance. I was on a tight budget and my client DOES not intent to upgrade in the future. (meaning its a whole new rig coupel years down the road) yes 1 980gtx now and another down the road would be good. BUT he wants to run crysis 3 on ultra settings NOW. so yes 2 960gtx performs better or as good as a "980 ". Therefore we went with the decision to get 2 of it as it follows the black and white theme of the whole rig. "970 cost more than 2 960 in my country." "he wanted duo gpus" "i did advise on the single" "pls forgive me"

H440 White/Black. BEST COMPUTER CASING I WORKED WITH 2015 PERIOD. maybe the define r5 comes close or even all the case labs. BUT BY FAR THE BEST CASING I EVER WORKED WITH. -nuff said i made my point- p.s. its black and white (hint hint)

For the PSU. i look at it this way. 100 dollars for a bronze standard 750w power supply that is worth the money. or get a gold+ for 250 dollars. saving maybe 20 dollars a year on electricity. (client doesn't care about saving on electricity bills) so the choice was simple. not to mention he funded this whole rig himself.

Corsair h100I was decent. I would have went with the kraken h61 if they had stock in Singapore but sadly at this moment of time. Couldn't find a good price for it. (some shops sell really expensive)

windos 8.1 and a new lg ultra wide screen 25" screen.

~~ End note. I build this computer out of good will and passion for building comps. I do charge and i do earn a bit but its in all due worthy for my work. Parts are all bought aftermarket from retailers not distributors and I don't own a company building comps.

Pls positive comments and constructive comments are gladly accepted. But if your out to to offend me, I bite.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 18 points

No... 2 GTX 960's is not even close to Titan X performance... lol...

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that doesn't add up, 2 960s aren't even that much better than one 970, lol now I have 2 980s , I'll have to say that's better than a titan x.... But not that much

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Agreed. I have 2 970's and its just under Titan X performance

  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah, as mentioned, two 960's don't compare to a Titan X. It performs about 60% of what a Titan X would. And that's in games with good SLI scaling, such as Crysis 3. It's a 980 in the best case scenarios such as Crysis 3 and Tomb Raider, which are among the few titles that have flawless SLI scaling. Some other games don't scale at all, like Watch Dogs. In games like that your friend/customer will only be able to get performance out of 1 of the cards.

Can't criticise your GPU choice as I've no idea what the 960/970/290x or 980 sell for. As long as two 960's aren't worth as much as a 980, I guess it's not a bad buy. FYI, the 980 plays Crysis 3 just as well as two 960(to the last FPS), but that's due to Crysis 3's flawless SLI scaling.

As other people, have said, for a high end overclocking build, I'd say a tier 2 PSU is appropriate.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. You should have gotten a gtx 980, or if your client wanted, a AMD Radeon R9 295x2 which is slightly better than the Titan X (Probably cause it is dual gpu and cause it is VERY power consuming)

  2. For slightly more, you could have gotten a Samsung 850 evo.

  3. Corsair CX series have cheap materials. I would say go for a EVGA B2 power 750w semi-modular power supply.

  4. In the pictures, I see a Corsair H100i GTX but in the parts list I see a Corsair H100i.

Other than that, Nice build! +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm not trying to be rude. I'm just saying how I THINK you could improve this build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah there is a lot of improving that could be done here. Sli 960's are a plainly bad choice. They compare to slightly slower then a 980, but at higher resolutions they fail to even 970's. A single R9 290, 970 or 980 would have been a smarter choice. Performance and likely price wise as well. Sli 960's have 2/3 the cuda cores of a Titan X, have a memory bus 1/3 the bit rate size, and 1/6 the memory capacity. Frankly I wouldn't be surprised if you completely fill that 2gb bus with crisis textures before you can max the cards to there full potential. If this was a computer build you were doing for yourself not a big deal, but if your going to be building and selling computers to customers, even if it isn't a business, do some research for the good of the customer.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

in all due respect. the duo 960s were just in budget. couldnt even afford the 980gtx. surprisingly my titan scored a little lower then this duo 960gtx in firestrike. surprisingly. well i did go research abit more and i would agree that the 980 would be a better idea.

Thanks guys :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Price to performance wise, you spent more money on 2 960s than a single 970 which less of a frame buffer would not be able to drive most games at that resolution. That is some wishful thinking asking for Crysis 3 at Ultra on that res with dual 960s. Cringe worthy IMO.

The GTX 970 is the BEST price/performance wise card from nvidia.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

not in this part of the world it isnt :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

although the psu was a very good choice the build would look a tiny bit little better if the 24 pin was all black but everything else is super smexy. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

if i have to single sleeve everything i would charge some money. :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you buy your parts?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

local Singapore

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, nice build! Only complaint is that I'm almost positive two GTX 960s doesn't equal a Titan X, but the build just looks so go I don't give a damn. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It will depend greatly on how well the game is optimized for sli and the resolution. That's why I'm not an sli fan. It either works really well or it's junk.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

hahas thanks

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done. I like the contrast of the black and white.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Your sense of aesthetics is amazing, but like everyone else said, those two 960s aren't equivalent to a Titan X. Seriously though, great choice in colors! =D

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Judging by your 2 960's your probably in an another country where its harder to get a single 970 versus 2 960s in SLI.I like the name its fits the build wonderfully.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

its not hard to get parts in singapore. 2 960 adds up to about a single 970 price here. give or take. thing was. client wanted a sli rig. i obliged.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok well glad to you provided what he wanted.Although some would urge you should've persuaded him why a 970 is better it doens't matter cause if you have money,free will,and you do what you want who gives a crap= Good job mate!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

As a certified technician by CompTIA and Microsoft, section 7 of this makes me want to cry. I guarantee that two GTX960s will not give you the performance of a GTX Titan X.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for building this eye candy

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