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XxWhiteLinexX's 2013 March PC Build

by xxwhitelinexx



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

39.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

44.0° C


CPU: "Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core" After searching many reviews and benchmarks... I guess this is the last choice for my budget and overclocking...

Cooler: "Phanteks PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM" At first I want to use a water cooler instead of air... But there was a traumatic experience with a water cooler in the last year T_T... So I'll stick with air cooler... My friend recommend this... So this is it...

Motherboard: "Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155" My friends said that this is an "Overkill"... No need for me to buy this... But I already fall in love with the "Thermal Armor"... So... I can't resist the temptation LOL...

Memory: "Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB" The store owner recommends using this with my CPU... He said that it's easy to OC with this to @4.5Ghz... So I'm using this and it's turned out to be true... Only go to BIOS 1 times, and never had BSOD till this day...

Storage: "Plextor M5P Series 128GB 2.5" SSD" It was cheapest SSD that day (between OCZ Vertex4) and there's a good review of it... So why not...

Video Card: 2x"MSI GeForce GTX 660" This is the hardest decision... GTX 680++ is out of the question with my budget... So I want GTX 670 at first... But then I comparing the price... It was extremely expensive (today it's still about $435 on my country)... Then I searching another alternatives for about a day... My head is very confused and still can't find the come out... Then my friend recommends me "Why not SLI?"... I can get this 2 with only $320 (2xGTX660) vs $400++ (GTX 670)... and the performance is even better than a single card... So yes... I'm not regretting this... I can play Crysis 3 with Very High All Max Settings 2xSMAA getting average 45FPS++... But yes there's also a downside... Not many games support SLI, and for the newest games we must wait for the driver update... I don't know about micro-stuttering... But as far as my eyes can tell, 60 FPS still feels smooth as using a single card...

Case: "Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower" Another "Overkill" but it's worth for my eyes... LOL... Also very love the white colors...

Keyboard: "Razer BlackWidow Ultimate" The only mechanical keyboard that looks cool and large (at that time, dunno about now)...

Mouse: "SteelSeries Sensei RAW White Limited Edition" I tried Razer mouse, but it's not that comfortable for my hands... Then I tried this... and it's very comfy and not cramping my hands after 12 hours++ of usage...

PSU: Tagan TG 800W-BZ It's actually a gift from my brother PC... So no comment... It's looks cool with the LED colors and things...

PS: -Sorry for only 1 photo... Because of the reflections from the case is reflecting my face (I'm a shy person >...<) Maybe someday I'll get another one or opening the case tomorrow...

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JoeyThePCNoob 2 Builds 7 points 49 months ago

How do you guys know that he didn't build this a while back. Your giving this guy so much crap about getting the 3570k and two 660's. Maybe thats all that is available in his country. great build +1

theonelonewolf 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

PSU looks upside down I think.

SirCatManDoo 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Great build! Those temperatures look awesome, I guess the air cooler worked just as well as liquid. Awesome job, +1. Although, I might flip that PSU because it looks like it is drawing air from the GPU rather than outside.

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Great build mate! Should serve you well

Ntress 1 point 32 months ago

How is the PH-TC14PE? do you like it? recommend it or maybe i can get the single fan version PH-TC12DX?

swagnuggets123 -7 points 49 months ago

Oh please not the 3570k not the 660s not the uneeded money spent on accessories you could have spent on better GPUs.

l13199l 3 Builds 5 points 49 months ago

The 3570k is a great CPU, there is nothing wrong with buying it today. On the other hand I agree with the Gpu statement but he only bought one "accessory" which was a great choice in his mouse

ESPM400 1 Build -4 points 49 months ago

The 3570K may be a good CPU, but buying it today would be a mistake over going with Haswell. The LGA1155 is dead and will see no more new tech, so unless you're building a PC with the intention of never touching it after the initial build, you're much better off with LGA1150 IMO.

I do understand that this was build in March, before the release of Haswell, or the new '7-series' NVidia GPUs. That being said, I still stick by my mentality of not building a computer with GPUs in SLI/Crossfire right out of the gate when a better single card is available. Building in SLI/Crossfire from the get-go means that your build is limited by those cards, and they have to be replaced rather than added to. The builder could have bought a single 670, or maybe even a single 680, and gone SLI down the road some. That way, they can upgrade without wasting money. This way, if they ever want to upgrade the build, they'll be forced to ditch the two 660s and get a new card(s).

EDIT #2: In light of new information, disregard my previous GPU ramblings... Still a nice build overall

LeMonarque 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

You're only looking at things in terms of price. You need to factor in the performance of 660 SLI. That's going to last him at least 3 years if he's gaming on 1080p. Whereas a single 670 would last him maybe 2.

It's not sheer price that decides the value of things. It's price over time. When you compare the cost of low-mid range SLI vs mid-high range single cards, you break about even.

Rather than spend $800 over 4 years (670 SLI), he'll be spending $720 over 6 years (660 SLI and 960(?) SLI), and in doing so he'll also benefit from technologies present in future cards like GTX 900 series, which will feature stacked DRAM and Volta architecture.

The real argument for single-card over multi-card has to do with power draw, fan noise, heat output, and frame times. Multi-card setups however generally dominate in the pure FPS performance department, which is the other end of that argument.

ESPM400 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

At least someone had the decency to explain the DVs here, as I'm a person who dislikes giving bad advice...

Let me explain a few things here; I've got a large gap in technology knowledge here, starting with the Pentium II era (when I used to build PCs for a laugh in highschool), and ending fairly recently when I decided to get back in the game and build my own PC. I made the incorrect assumption that my single GPU v. SLI arguement (which has held up pretty well for current gen tech, but you know what they say of assumption...) would hold for last gen. However, in light of this information, and a bit more research on my part, it would seem that you are right.

Oh well, I've always figured if you learn something new everyday, you're ahead of the game. Here I was thinking that the down-votes had something to do with me advising against getting IB CPUs now that Haswell is out (although, I've found that there are a lot of people who really dislike Haswell over IB, go figure...).

ravagex -11 points 49 months ago

Lack of pics and description. Downvote