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SLI Storm Trooper - My first built in 8 years!

by ilian11

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38 Comments

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CPU Clock Rate

4.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.06GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C

Description

Ver 2.0 Complete, upgraded to SLI!

About me. I've build 2 computers in the past, but mind you my last build was over 8 years ago. Since then I've been stuck in the laptop/PS3/iPad4/women/beer/wife/now kids world. I missed my big rig and decided recently that it's time. Just one problem, my last built was 8 years ago.

Having become wiser and more economically able, I decided that this build will be done right. Plus, the power supply on my last machine literally blew up, which, I tell you, was quite the unique experience. It thought me the valuable, yet a bit dangerously, lesson of doings things right. So, 8 years later, I go back to the drawing board.

Boy, did things change or what? PSU on the bottom is a norm, cable management is a norm, water cooling is... well, not a norm, but easier, optical drives are now insignificant, I can get an LCD fan controller and touch screen on top of that, SLI was innovative, but no more, modular PSU, my mouse works in Bios, and... the list just goes on and on.

Enough of the mumbo jumbo, here are my parts and why.

i5-3570K : Initially I was going with the i7-3770k, opted for the i5, because all of you are RIGHT, for gaming and other basic home computer tasks, I don't really need the i7.

NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid : -2 points for not enough research here. Just figured since I got a NZXT case that the radiator and everything would fit properly. Well, it didn't. But being somewhat of a handy and creative person, I made it work.

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 : Honestly, I got it for $10 more than the Extreme4, really the only reason I got it initially. Then I read somewhere that SLI 16x 3.0 would be downgraded on the Extreme4, so I guess I made the right choice, whew!

My reasoning for going with the 760 GTX Superclocked ACX: (1) I purchased and prefer the Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X 3gb GHz Edition. The issue is the card will cause the PC to not POST. This is an issue with ASRock Extreme6 mobo, that I only uncovered after 5 hours or troubleshooting. (2) BEST BUY sells the 1059 MHz version for 299.99 and they price match Amazon.com, however they match it to the $249.99 760 GTX ACX which is 980 MHz. So for $500 I got two GTX 760 Superclocked ACX cards. I'm happy! Love my 3d Mark 11 score :)

RAM : It's good ram at a good price.

SSD : There was no SSDs when I built my last PC. After comparing all the benchmarks on the whole internet, I had to just get the 840 Pro. WOW - what a difference it makes.

WD : 10,000 RPM, eeek! Had to try - this stuff was unattainable 8 years ago

Blue Fans: For strictly BLING BLING! But no, they are good, quite 140 mm fans.

Windows 7: Because 8 is for tablets and my XP CD is outdated... and lost. I do have 7 on my laptop and I love it.

Seasonic 650w Gold: Modular and enough wattage. I'm not trying to power my whole house.

That's it! Please leave me your comments and see you again in 8 years :P

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RejectedTurtle123 3 points 51 months ago

What a beautiful computer, it must be great seeing such a vibrant and futuristic case nestled in with that dark wood desk. Awesome!

Can I ask what that read out thing is in the second picture on top of the CD drive? It looks like some sort of fan control, did it come with the case?

Edit: Forget that question, I just looked at NZXT's website and saw that it's a touch screen fan control. Guess I should learn to do my homework before I ask questions, haha. Great build!

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

That desk and PC do look very nice together, great build +1 looks very clean. I will quote Borat for this: " http://youtu.be/YqEBPn4gVTU?t=13s " Enjoy your build!

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Lol thanks, many thanks from the greatest country in the world, Kazakhstan! I had to "customize" the whole left side of the desk to fit my needs and hide the cables. Also, the cable management had to be self created. I basically had to throw out the instructions. The desk is in our living room and the missus wanted it to look presentable and classy. I wanted function and cooling. That means the left side of the pc has to be exposed and plenty of space for the fans to work their magic. After some ingenuity, the desk turned into something the manufacturer should have thought of.

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thank you! The controller, besides look good, works very well and the touch screen is great. Props to NZXT, for $20-25, this controller is high quality. I'm definitely a NZXT fan after this build. All their items are superb.

Mattios 2 points 51 months ago

Well done! A really balanced build. Did you encounter any problems while building? And any reason for 16GB RAM?

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 3 points 51 months ago

ASRock Extreme6 has issues with Sapphire Radeon 7970 GPU VAPOR-X GHZ Edition, computer won't POST. Looks like same issue exists for other "versions" of 7970 GPUs too. Bought one and returned it. Other than that, no issues. As for the ram, I just told myself "why not". I know it's overkill, but ram being so inexpensive these days, why not future proof it a little.

Enlyten 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

If you think RAM is inexpensive now, you should have seen October last year.

IamApropos 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Great looking system. Its been 8 years and you still did a good job!

Food for thought a little with not the quality of the power supply, because that is spot on, but the wattage while you are pushing two GTX 760s. The TDP of those cards is 170w and manufacturer recommends minimum of 500w for total system with a single card so at total draw if you add everything up = 670w. Sure sure you wont always be pulling %100 but you also do not want to be pushing the PSU to its limits every time you push the system. I personally would have gone with at least a 750w to be on the safe side.

Happy Computing!

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thank you, i wont wait another 8, I enjoyed it way too much. About the PSU, I'm looking at about 570 W at full load, which this website confirmed when I put the parts list together.

IamApropos 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

I wouldn't recommend depending on this website for those numbers I'd stick with what the manufacturer states as I mentioned to be safe. But that's just an old builder playing it safe from experience. Check out what this professional review found SLI GTX 760 recommended: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_760_review,5.html

"Here is Guru3Ds power supply recommendation:

GeForce GTX 760 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 550 Watt power supply unit.
GeForce GTX 760 SLI - On your average system the card requires you to have a 700 Watt power supply unit.

"

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

I read this before I purchased also:

For a system using two GeForce GTX 760 graphics cards in 2-way SLI mode NVIDIA specifies a minimum of a 700 Watt or greater system power supply that has a maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 50 Amps or greater and that has at least four 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Total Combined Continuous Power/Current Available on the +12V Rail(s) rated at 45°C - 50°C ambient temperature, is the most important factor.

Overclocking of the CPU and/or GPU(s) may require an additional increase to the maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current ratings, recommended above, to meet the increase in power required for the overclock. The additional amount required will depend on the magnitude of the overclock being attempted. An overclock of the Intel Core i5-3570K to 4.5 GHz shouldn't require an increase to NVIDIA's +12V continuous current requirement.

The Seasonic X-Series 650W (X-650), with its maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 54 Amps and with four (6+2)-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors, is sufficient to power your system configuration with two GeForce GTX 760 graphics cards in 2-way SLI mode.


For my sake, I hope your source is wrong, haha :P

sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

It's not that his source is wrong, it's just that it is being overly conservative. I think that the power consumption calculations for Guru3d are a little flawed because they try to calculate individual card draw from system draw, but then they don't tell you if the wattage they calculate is the wattage pulled from the wall or the PSU. If you have a good PSU (like the seasonic) you can probably get away with it. If you look at this review (http://www.legitreviews.com/msi-geforce-gtx-760-gaming-oc-2gb-video-card-review-in-sli-and-2d-surround_2224/13), it shows the total power consumption for a 760 OC sli system is 520 watt at load. You should be fine.

sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

If you read that professional review there are a couple flaws. First they calculate individual card consumption which they say is accurate, but it is a calculation, so you can't guarantee its accuracy. Second, they don't say if this calculation they list is the draw from the wall or the draw from the PSU. They just say that they took the system draw from the wall and give us the difference between the system at idle and the system at full GPU load. This doesn't give you the power draw of the card from the PSU, so I'm not even sure this article is accurate given they don't say how they account for PSU efficiency (and it doesn't look like they do in the calculation they do show). On top of that, they don't say how they come to the conclusion that you need a minimum of 700 watts. It's just kind of stated. We're not sure if they are taking into account people buying crappy PSUs and they are just trying to make up for that.

If you look at this other article (http://www.legitreviews.com/msi-geforce-gtx-760-gaming-oc-2gb-video-card-review-in-sli-and-2d-surround_2224/13) which just makes it easier by giving you total system draw, a system with two 760s overclocked draws 520 watts max. His PSU is an excellent top of the line PSU that is rated to give 650 watts continuously, so he has plenty of extra headroom. While it's not recommended for every PSU. This one could do it.

Nukelear 0 points 51 months ago

his psu is more than enough plus its a quality psu.

IamApropos 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

"more than enough" no not barely enough and most likely will if its "enough" it'll be barely enough. Even over at guru3d they showed they recommend for sli GTX 760s at least 700w. http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_760_review,5.html

">"Here is Guru3Ds power supply recommendation:

GeForce GTX 760 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 550 Watt power supply unit.
GeForce GTX 760 SLI - On your average system the card requires you to have a 700 Watt power supply unit."
Nukelear 1 point 51 months ago

What an overkill, his rig will pull about ~500w from the wall at full load, with 89% efficiency of his psu the actual power delivered to the components is ~445w giving him a ~200w headroom.

heres your mythbusters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKk2_1u26tg jump to 11:00 i7 2600k@4.2ghz + dual gtx 580 = 524w from the wall at load

http://www.legitreviews.com/msi-geforce-gtx-760-gaming-oc-2gb-video-card-review-in-sli-and-2d-surround_2224/13 core i7 3960x + sli gtx 760 oced to 1020Mhz = 520w from the wall at load

and also, you can run that gtx 760 in a quality 400w power supply no sweat.

BranToast75 4 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Solid :) i wish to sli my rig at somepoint :)

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks! The difference is insane. I wish you SLI your rig too at some point :)

Bones 6 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Very nice! and i am somewhat surprised that you are able to run sli with only a 650 psu. If that runs fine for you i would have no problem sli-ing my 760 and 660xp seasonic.

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thank you! Your PSU can handle "SLI-ing" gtx 760 just fine.

Sk@ra 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

rly nice job!!!!!!!!! such a clean simple build!!!!! bravo!!!!!!!!!

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate the props!

robslasher44 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

I really love your build and that desk

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks! I appreciate the nice comment!

LegDisabler 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Very nice computer bro, I like it +1

TerraPosse 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Nice, solid build. Like you, I just finished my build replacing my 7-year old deceased desktop and as you mentioned, boy, have things moved on from nForce 680 and 8800 GTX.

The speed, thanks to SSD's, and silence of my new rig still gives me the giggles every time I use it. I too went for 16GB of RAM for future proofing but looking at the recommended spec's for BF4 that Dice just published those 16GB look like to become the norm sooner than anticipated.

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Haha... Congrats and thanks!

Anthozoa 1 point 51 months ago

+1 Great build bro!

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thank you

RyneSmith 7 Builds 0 points 51 months ago

Nice build. Only complaints are:

  1. cable management could be a bit better (not a huge deal as it's a big case with a ton of room)
  2. I personally have a problem with that 500gb HDD for $143

Other than that solid solid build my friend. How do you like the Kraken?

ilian11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thank you very much!

Haha I was hoping no one would point out the cable management.

About my $143 hdd, I have amazon prime and needed the drive in 2 days, so I overpaid slightly. :(

RyneSmith 7 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Haha ya I feel ya, I overpaid on a few things on my build to get them quicker as well

xIMcCloud29Ix 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Well it is a velociraptor which are faster an naturally more expensive.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

I realized that haha I'm just saying (from a personal standpoint) there's no reason to spend that much money on it.

xIMcCloud29Ix 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Ahh well I agree with that. He already has the 256gb SSD so the storage drive doesn't need to be fast. I only have two games on my SSD for loading times since they were awfully slow on Xbox (F:NV and Skyrim). The load times are still pretty fast on a 7200rpm HDD he could've gotten 3tb for the money.

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ilian11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Yes, the stickers come with each component.

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