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Nothing arrived DOA, no crushed boxes luckily. I have dual booted OSX and Windows 7 on this machine without issues, just time consuming initially. Configuration and start up was easy and simple with ASROCKS motherboard, the bios is awesome to work with. I really enjoy how the board automatically installed drivers for everything right from the bios once connected to the network. The overclocked GTX 760 4GB FTW graphics card runs any game like a champ, does not skip a beat and I feel this is a really affordable card for the cost for 4GB of DDR5 video RAM. I have read good and bad about he corsair closed loop water cooling units, honestly It works fine, I have the pump and fan connected to direct 12v rather than the motherboard outputs. The 1000watt power supply is more than I would ever need, but might go SLI in the future pairing up with an additional GTX 760 4GB card..but that is kind of overkill. The 16GB RAM is kind of overboard as I rarely even hit over 3-4GB even in intense games but I wanted the machine to be future proof for the meantime. Some cable management would make it a bit cleaner inside, but maybe in the future. Please feel free to ask questions, and leave your comments!

Here is a test I did with 3d Mark, really curious to see how much it would change running a 770 instead. http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/2097490

I also have updated the CPU and GPU temps I monitored while under load from 3d mark.

Feel free to pass on any advice! Is there any benefit at all in turbo boosting or over clocking the i5? I haven't really had any issues with games performing at high/ultra settings the only time FPS really dips is if I stream through to Twitch.

Just overclocked through the BIOS to 4.2ghz, running stable at 41C under load.

1/8/13 I ended up getting a 770 SuperClock from EVGA instead, ran several tests with the 760 and the 770 and the 770 definitely has nice results. I hope this graphics card doesn't get out to date to quick, but once they go down in price I think I am going to just pick up another 770 and SLI them. I have yet to try the 3dmark bench test and compare results. Overall, any game I have thrown at it so far can be played in the max quality.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows that SSD? I have the 120GB edition on my build. Does it run as smooth as the smaller one? I also have the same HDD. Should've gone black cause i transfer multiple files at once a lot, but blue runs good right? Some pics of the completed rig would be nice.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I do not know much about these SSD's but typically with an SSD, 0-128gb ssds perform less with read/write speeds than 250gb or above. I think it's something to do with the new NAND chip they use or something of the matter. I don't think this pertains to the samsung 840 pro ssd's because they use the same NAND in all of the capacity versions.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the first SSD I have ever ran so I cannot compare or complain just yet haha, I mainly went with the 240gb because I felt as if the 120gb may not be enough space in the long run. Yea I have no issues with the WD Blue drive, I actually have it partitioned, one for OSX, and another section for storage such as my Steam library.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks buddy, I will get more images up! Although I did not go fancy with inside case lights or anything. Also some cable management would have helped out a bit haha.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend the 770 for only a bit more money but worth the performance

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad choice for the 760 4GB, but an extra $100 could have landed a 770 4GB or even less for a 2GB 770. I would have gone for 8GB RAM and a bit better on the GPU, but to each his own.

Some completed pics would be great too. :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I was just checking out the 770 last night and notices for about 100-130 more depending on the brand I could have scored a 770..I will most likely sell this 760 off and be picking one of them up. I wish I would have researched the 770 initially but I kind of impulse bought the 760.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build, case is too flashy for me doe. Also, I think you should've gotten a 2gb gtx 770 instead. the 760 doesn't really use 4gb, even on a multi monitor setup. You would be better off with a 2gb gtx 770, or if the gtx 770 just goes a little too much out off budget, get a better cooler for that CPU ;) And also I think you could've gotten 8gb which is totally enough and sometime too much and get 8gb more if you have to, you won't ever have to need 16gb for gaming in the next couple of years atleast, I'm yet to see any game which needs to use more than 8gb of RAM. So throwing that out you could as I mentioned earlier get a gtx 770 ;)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea looking back at it I should have gotten the 770 instead, especially after reading some comparison blogs on the two. I'm most likely going to sell this one off and do the upgrade to a 770. I also agree with 16gb ram, I have not even used over 3.5gb at one time yet.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

if you're going to sell of the 760, why not get a 780 ti? :P of course if you can afford it. and also are you planning to throw in another hard drive to do RAID 01? It's a little expensive but very reliable; If one drive fails, all your data will still be on the other one, it's like s mirror ;)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I wish, that 780 is a little out of my price range. Any word on when the 800 series will release? As for RAID I have no experience with doing that but as for a backup method that sounds like a really good idea. Could I RAID using a standard mechanical HDD for backup or is it preferred to RAID with the same style HDD you are using as your primary?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

it's preferred using the same hard drives. If you're using a Western Digital Blue 1TB you should use the the exact one, I don't know about different single terabyte drives :/ here, some good videos about RAID:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE7Bfw9lFfs RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuwjadbtUCY RAID 5, RAID 10.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYBtmVMtH1g RAID Setup Guide.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0ZmK78cbQM Better RAID Setup Guide.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The Kingston SSD is my primary mainly for running Windows, I use the WD for storage and programs I install. I will check out those links as well, thank you!

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

that load temp looks a bit high for stock clocks, but i do suppose you won't hit that in any real world situations

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I have yet to record an accurate load reading, I will do so and update!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it OC? Because it seems like the GPU temp is a bit much under load.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

GPU temp isn't up there ^

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I have yet to record an accurate load reading for the CPU, I will do so and update!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

4GB is gonna be a bit useless if you're gonna be gaming at 1080p. For about $30 less, you could have gotten the 2GB 760, or for a little more, you could have gotten a 2GB 770.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, I didn't do enough research initially and thought the 770 was more than it actually is in the price difference. I will most likely sell this 760 and purchase a 770 instead.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Two things: liquid cooling solutions with radiators smaller than 2x120mm are gimmicky; a decent air cooler would have been a much more efficient solution. Secondly, get another 760 and SLI asap! It's kind of pointless to put a 760 in this build unless you're going to SLI. For single card a 770 would have served much better.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed, I didn't do enough research initially and thought the 770 was more than it actually is in the price difference. I will most likely sell this 760 and purchase a 770 instead.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Something to keep in mind; keeping your GPU in an overclocked state can significantly reduce its lifespan. The way I handle the issue is to have an overclocked profile (I use ASUS' GPU Tweek II) for use with high demand games (BF4 and AC4). The rest of the time (when not using the power) I actually keep it underclocked to increase longevity.

Nice build. Could have saved some money on the cooler though.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I have updated the CPU and GPU temps, also provided a URL to the 3d mark test I ran.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up getting a 770 SuperClock from EVGA instead, ran several tests with the 760 and the 770 and the 770 definitely has nice results. I hope this graphics card doesn't get out to date to quick, b ut once they go down in price I think I am going to just pick up another 770 and SLI them. Maybe I will look into clocking this 770 out a little bit more as well.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the cpu cooler good? thinking about buying it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not had issues with it as of yet. I do recommend as many do to plug the pump directly into a 12v source on your power supply though. Instead of using the mother board fan ports.