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960 SLI Gaming Computer

by RustySmith

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10 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 17, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 11, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.241 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

Description

I use this machine for gaming exclusively, I had a 960 already and a cheap one came up and so far theyve been going well, Games with higher VRAM requirements can have framerate issues but for the most part when SLI works it runs extremely well. Watch this space: 2x EVGA 980 ti hybrids are on order, debating whether i need to upgrade power supply. Pet peeve is with the H75 cooler pump ramping up and down with the fans (not software controlled) and one of the fans that came with the v51 case has become a little noisy.

Cinebench CPU Score: 803 Cinebench OpenGL Score: 125.08

Part Reviews

CPU

Fast, Very fast. Not as hot as i feared.

CPU Cooler

Temperatures are good, although i personally dislike the pump and find it a little noisy.

Motherboard

Bulletproof so far. Suits my 2-Way SLI rig just fine

Video Card

Good card for the price, although the half-width bus creates VRAM bottlenecks. Drastically more responsive when put in 2-way SLI

Case

Excellent case, Roomy, Ventilated, I painted mine. Don't like rivets although that only bothered me when painting. component wise the case is extremely accessible.

Monitor

Great monitor for 1080p

Keyboard

Love the hardware hate the software.

Mouse

Love the hardware hate the software.

Headphones

Love the hardware hate the software.

Comments Sorted by:

GuyFieriPC 1 point 37 months ago

If you are going to SLI 980ti's in the future, then you will probably need to upgrade that PSU. An alternative would be to wait for Pascal.

RustySmith submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah I've been debating that with some pals and it's been a topic of contention, some argue that it won't exceed 750W and that PSUs run more efficiently under load (this is true when say running a 500w load on a 750W supply vs running a 500w load on a 1200W supply, the former will be more energy efficient and last longer) others say it's gonna need more than 750W, and even if it doesn't it isn't acceptable to run the PSU at +90% under gaming conditions. I'm not sure what I think just yet but in my estimates it might need between 650-800W. Time will tell I suppose. I kinda want a fully modular supply anyway

EDIT: I've been really back and forth with pascal, rumours are late may release, but the cards might not be worth the $$ vs 980ti, any idea on price?

ethanyui 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

why the i7 for only gaming

RustySmith submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

I'm unsure what you mean? I have other computers for work/browsing

ethanyui 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

if this computer is only for gaming why did you buy the i7 instead of say an i5

RustySmith submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Oh it's not only good for gaming but it's all I use it for at the moment, I only got the i7 4790k because it's so fast. A decent i5 quad core at a similar clock would perform just as well.

ethanyui 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

but you could have gone with say an i5 or an 8350 and gotten a better gfx card

MARCOzid 1 point 30 months ago

what do u think of this monitor input lag--------- i mean while playing BF or COD when u move the mouse, Does the screen move at the same time?

MARCOzid 1 point 30 months ago

what do u think of this monitor input lag--------- i mean while playing BF or COD when u move the mouse, Does the screen move at the same time?

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RustySmith submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah that is true on paper but some games still utilise 2gb on each card simultaneously so it varies, I was never going to get the 960 2gb version initially but my friend had one for cheap so I went for it, the cards are surprisingly good for 2gb but they can't handle anything over 1080p very well, got 2x EVGA 6g 980 tis coming in the next fortnight so that will be a nice upgrade.

I agree with you on the price point they are good value for money especially that 4gb.

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