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My updated attempt at a gaming rig

by trekmeister2k

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I use this machine for gaming and everyday tasks such as browsing the internet and checking my email and all the usual stuff. The build itself went very smoothly as I have watched a few videos of a YouTuber who builds PCs for a living and got all my tips and tricks from him. I have had no problems at all with this machine in the time I have been using it and it is super quiet at idle and low usage although it does get a little bit noisier when gaming although with headphones on you barely hear it. I have finally managed to acquire a better GPU otherwise known as the EVGA GTX 980Ti Classified edition this has made a huge improvement in my gaming fps, in testing most of my games I now get a nice steady 60fps with very little drop outs.

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Liam81 2 points 40 months ago

You have quite a capable machine here but having spent $436 dollars on your two 960's is puzzling to me. Having a high end GPU is typically better than 2 lower grade GPU's in SLI/ Crossfire. I am curious how/ why you chose the route you did. Secondly, please do not overclock your CPU unless you get a aftermarket heatsink/fan or all-in-one cooler. Most of what you have written makes me feel as though 16GB of memory is excessive but not a bad thing in any way. Can I ask who was the youtuber you followed ? Congrats and enjoy your machine!

trekmeister2k submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

The youtuber is called Carey Holzman I found his build videos very in depth and easy to follow.

Liam81 1 point 38 months ago

Carey does great instructional videos.

PointPrüven 2 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

I have two rigs. One with a 980 and another with 960 in sli(2gb). They perform remarkably close to each other. Cost me $380 for the 980 and $340 for the 960s in sli. They use more power and I would still recommend a single card over sli but the performance is there and if you got them for cheap, then it makes sense.

bengy22 4 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

for the people saying that one card would have been better, what is he got them on sale, i got a msi 960 4g oc for only $165 - making two the same price as a 970...

milesknight 2 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

inb4 butthurt people complaining about how bad corsair PSU's are :)

Diso 1 point 40 months ago

but corsair cx series psu's are, really bad, besides the cx430

shirousaber 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

unlike the others, I actually dig the dual 960's. 2 gpus really look good on a windowed case no matter what gpu they are in my opinion! I don't like that stock intel heatsink though.

WillieTheNelson 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

So many haters in these comments. What website am I on??? Very nice build man! Your money, use it how you want yo!

tigerblood213 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Man People can be haters right?

HuntedWolvez 1 point 40 months ago

Can i ask why 2 960s instead of a 970 or even saving an extra 100 for the 980

mspring 6 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

two 960's smoke a 970 and two 4gb 960's beat a 980 most of the time.

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SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Should have gone SSC 970.

mspring 6 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

two 960's smoke a 970 and two 4gb 960's beat a 980 most of the time.

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

True, I realized that the SLI scaling with low end cards wasn't entirely crap.

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Z-Scart 1 point 40 months ago

I have that exact case for my current PC, and I have seen a few people telling you the stock cooler is not good for an un-lockable cpu. If you're not over clocking it, it should be good for a while but you should maybe invest into an after market cooler. (JUST BE CAREFUL WITH THAT SIZE OF THE HEAT SINK WITH THAT CASE) ...I barely had clearance myself. xD

EdInk 11 Builds -2 points 40 months ago

Not a very good buy with 2x GTX 960. The price could get you one 970 (possibly with some spare cash) that will use far less power and perform very closely with the 960 in SLI or better (game dependant)

See this video and skip to about 8mins in.

Plus if you got the 970, you have an option to SLI in future.

Who's this guy you've been watching on youtube?

mspring 6 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

two 960's smoke a 970 and two 4gb 960's beat a 980 most of the time.

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ROG2000_PCs -3 points 40 months ago

You'd be better off with a 390 instead of 2 960s, for lower TDP, less heat, & more performance. I'd also switch out the PSU

Nice job, I guess this was an attempt, so I'll give you that : )

brodosaur 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Quite the "390 M8" fanboy. It's a good card, but he might just like NVidia. I agree definitely on the PSU. Besides that there isn't all that much wrong with it as it is.

ROG2000_PCs -1 points 40 months ago

Lol true, but the 390 does have more raw performance than a 970 and is equal to a 980

Lol I'm not biased AMD over NVIDIA, but here's how I see it

750 Ti>265 950>370 960<380 970/980<390 980 Ti>Fury (excluding Nano)

eeem1214 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

the 390 cant really compete with the 980 that it why there is the 390x

maybe when dx12(or 1440p - 4k comes out but not right now

eeem1214 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

my point proven wrong

But 1080p is still kinda 980 area but doesn't matter

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

This is how it should be formatted:

980TI > Fury > 390 > 980 > 970 > 380 > 960 > 950 > 370 > 750TI > 265

But personally I feel that the 980 still has a bit of an edge on the 390, but perhaps newer drivers will fix this.

Rollin489 4 points 40 months ago

why are you putting the 390 ahead of the 980?? That's bananas

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I was just formatting the comment before me properly, but as stated in my comment you replied to I did state that the 980 has a slight edge on the r9 390....

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 40 months ago

Yeah, that looks good.

brodosaur 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

The 980 is absolutely better than a 390 besides VRam. I can find a 980 for sub $400.

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 40 months ago

Can you find it for sub-$300?

brodosaur 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I found one for 320$ from EVGA. That demolishes any 390 you will put it up against.

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Pyromaniac579 1 point 40 months ago

lol i see that

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 40 months ago

Oh lol sorry

eeem1214 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

people dont seem to like the 390 M8

brodosaur 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Again, that's a 390x, not a 390.

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 40 months ago

Read the article

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DS4130 3 Builds 7 points 40 months ago

Duel: 1. A prearranged, formal combat between two persons, usually fought to settle a point of honor. 2. A struggle for domination between two contending persons, groups, or ideas.

milesknight 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

lulz

IMojoe134 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Completely agree with this dude except on the cable management.

And the case is a tiny bit on the cheap side for such a nice pc but its mostly just a preference

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milesknight 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

why not

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mspring 6 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

two 960's smoke a 970 and two 4gb 960's beat a 980 most of the time.

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TechyinAZ 14 Builds 3 points 40 months ago

But but but but...It LOOKS SO AWESOME! :P

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mspring 6 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

two 960's smoke a 970 and two 4gb 960's beat a 980 most of the time.

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