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Built this machine so I could start playing MechWarriorOnline more seriously. Was using a laptop, nice one (i5-2410, Intel HD3000), but not a gaming system and averaging mid-teens for FPS on low game settings. Just about impossible to brawl in and had to rely on being a missile boat to survive.

Anyways, this machine, IMHO, a great machine for MWO or any current CryEngine games out there. I can run next to max settings at 1080p resolution with averaging around high 50 to 60 FPS with lows in the mid-40s. Huge improvement! Anyways, I've got it OCed to 4.6 GHz with 1.24V and a 46x multiplier. The factory set 46x OC was at a much higher voltage (1.33V), but I thought I could use a lot less voltage and save my CPU a little. Haven't messed with the GPU yet other than loading Lucid Logix to get hybrid video. Anyways, great gear, not terribly hard to build and mess with if you got any rudimentary mechanical or electrical skills

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  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the temperature under load 38C? lol.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Running Prime95 and surfing at the same time. Haven't really tried to get a read on the CPU temps while playing MWO. Plus I figure the higher heat in that situation is the GPU. Haven't tried to track that yet.

Admittedly, 1st homebuilt I've done in almost a decade. I'm sure my OC is pretty conservative.

  • 87 months ago
  • 0 points

Not really - it's actually about average for the 3570k. Often, voltage bumps are required to get it past 4.5 or 4.6, which causes incredible heat spikes due to Intel's use of ****** thermal paste between the CPU and IHS. If you wanted to really push the limits of the chip, you could remove the IHS and replace the paste with something better (which, from what I hear, isn't too difficult).

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That said, 38C at 4.6 is pretty incredible. How long did you run p95 for?

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, Im thinking of a build very similar: Same CPU, MoBo, and Case. I have a question about it:

With this setup, would you be able to add an additional 3.5" Hard drive without conflicting with anything?

Would you also be able to install 2 GPU's if you wanted to?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I haven't been back to visit my build link in awhile. Anyways, yes I could fit 2 of the MSI GTX 660 GPUs side by side, not sure if the temps would go outta whack, but physically they would fit ok.

Also there is a cage for adding additional 3.5" HDD, so yes a very easy fit into the case. In fact, I think I've read that it is recommended to mount the 3.5" cage, even if it unused, to facilitate venting from the front intake fan throught the case to the back exhaust fans.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

A very nice and clean build. What is the model of the Rosewill card reader/usb in the 5.25" bay? Looks like it's a perfect color match.

  • 87 months ago
  • -1 points

Love this case. Silverstone recommends leaving the HDD cage installed even if there are no hard drives in it. Something about directing the air intake.

Why not flip that PSU upside down so it intakes from the top vent?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I did remove the thermal paste and used ArticCool 5 on the Thermaltake water block. I may try to push it a little more, but I didn't notice a hugh increase in FPS when I went from stock to 46x. I'm inclined to keep it where it is to save the CPU a little.

I ran Prime95 for about an hour and did some surfing along with sensor recording temps. Played MWO for about 3 hrs after -- no crashes or anything funny happening. Seems pretty stable to me at the moment.

GTX 660 card was recommended to me from two guys I play MWO with. I was going to run a Radeon 7950 in it, but I had the cash for a 660 at the time of the order and just ran with it, since it seems to have a little better performance than a 7850 or 70 with CryEngine games. I wanted to run CryEngine games(MWO) at around 50-60 FPS, max settings, 1920x1080 (most my 24" monitor will handle). Also, as stated in the thread, the GTXs seem to pair up better using sli and much easier for sure. If I upgrade the monitor or go multi-monitor, I'll reevaluate, but at this point MWO is decidedly different and much better than what I was running on previously. Got a guy at work I can offload that card to if I get an itch.

I set up the PSU per the recommendation in the Silverstone manual. Admittedly, I wasn't sure about it, but went with the manufacturer's recommendation. I'll need to check that recommendation out about the 3.5 HDD cage. I'll need to get it back in there anyways. Want to add a high-capacity drive in there for storage. BTW, the case was great for cable management, just enough space in the right places and behind the MB plate to do what you need to keep the space around the GPU and CPU clutter free. I almost wish I had a clear side to show it off, but since the computer sits in an armoire, you can't see it anyways.

Pretty happy with this build, lots of power, conservative and clean look. :-)

  • 87 months ago
  • -2 points

Bad GPU choice.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really, it's comparable in performance to a 7870, which is in the same price range, so it really comes down to personal preference between NVIDIA and AMD.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

The HD7870 will last you longer and I'm pretty sure you could get the HD7870 cheaper than the GTX 660.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Personal opinion. Fanboyism is a horrible thing. My current card and last card were Radeons, my last two cards before that were Nvidia. Never had an issue. Besides, to get a 7870 for 219 you pretty much have to get a Sapphire or other low-end manufacturer's version of the card, MSI 7870 is 259.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

There's no "fanboyism". I love both AMD and NVIDIA cards so your argument is invalid :)

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

Then explain why this is a bad card. A 2GB 7850 costs about the same as this card, a 2GB 7870 costs a good deal more. Closer to 259.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Only low-end 7870s come in at a lower cost than the 660, high-end 7870s cost around $20 more than high-end 660s. The longevity of the card really depends on what games you play, and if you upgrade to sli or crossfire. That being said, sli generally performs better than crossfire, so the 660 would be a better choice if you plan to add a second gpu.

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