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Build done for a friend. Primarily for editing with some gaming being done on the side on a 120Hz monitor.

He absolutely insisted on 32GB of RAM because somebody told him it would massively benefit his editing after I told him 16GB was fine.

The 660s are a point of some concern for most all people, but for the budget it was the best I could give him. It is immediately powerful, and it's cheap enough to throw in a third card in the future. He ended up spending only $450-ish for the pair because he got a ridiculous deal on them. I know I could have thrown in a 670 or a 7970 and I wanted to, but the immediate power was what he wanted and this is what took the price hit from elsewhere in the build.

The Red was also thrown in as an afterthought when it was done.

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  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

i hate to see such an expensive build wasted on 2 660ti's. atleast get a 680 ;_;

  • 87 months ago
  • -1 points

I wouldn't recommend a 680 unless it was a SOC 680 maybe ;) but surely SLI 660 Tis is not a balanced choice for this type of a system especially taking note of their memory bandwidth limitations. (joking about the 680 incase it wasn't caught)**

Caples "There were cuts that had to be made"

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

Bad choice of what to cut then IMO.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Why go high end on the MB, CPU, PSU and do SLI with GPU's that are limited in memory bandwidth? Does the SLI setup help with your editing projects? Are you planning on 3way or 4 way SLI? I'm real curious as to the thought process behind the parts selection especially with the 660 Tis in context with this build. Could have easily dropped that PSU down to a 750w and used that $100+ savings on SLI 670s or even saved more money and Xfired 7950s. Neither of which would have any limitations and given you way better performance compared to the current setup.

I literally was so distracted by the glaring difference between high end parts and the short little Graphics cards that I forgot to compliment you on the great cable managment. You did a great job and it looks really really nice inside your case.

  • 85 months ago
  • -1 points

Normally an SLI config won't benefit editing. Most editors optimize only one GPU.

  • 85 months ago
  • 0 points

I could be mistaken but it seems to me that the discription and title has been changed and there was no indication of "editing" from what I remember. I'd be real shocked if this build is actually used in any intensive editing and from the responses I gathered its more of just a epeen gaming machine with disregard to reason on part selection. My repsonse was mainly aimed at the gaming side of performance and in context to that it still is apropos. I agree that one card is better for editing.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I accidentally saved over the thing and it erased the description. I didn't feel like typing it in again.

It's primarily for editing and rendering with gaming on the side on a 120Hz monitor.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

The 660's perform only about 10-15% under a 690/670SLI/680SLI in reality. They have come only slightly behind my own 670 SLI in benches which matches and sometimes exceeds 680 SLIs.

There were cuts that had to be made in order to match up with what my friend wanted and the GPU was the area that could take the hit the best, as he absolutely insisted on 32GB RAM.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Its seeing something like this build with budget comments "There were cuts that had to be made" That honestly kill me as a computer build consultant. RAM can cheaply be upgraded later if you need them. You can't cheaply upgrade or improve performance on this SLI especially one with limitations. He wanted something that provided no performance benefit and went with something and ended up sacraficing on something that would have given a minimum of a %10 improvment but would not have limitations outside of a single monitor 1080p like the 660 Ti does... The biggest difference between the 10-15% in performance is only at 1080p which is DRASTICALLY different in any other resolution or when the 660 Tis are pushed they really can end up showing their weakness. Though I do understand it can be extremely difficult to try and get someone to reason that TONS of Ram vs sacraficing performance parts is not logical and or reasonable but hey. One thing that escapes me is that the 1000w would have not sacraficed any performance if dropping it to a 750w which would have allowed for an increase in the GPUs as I pointed out above. I didn't even start on the RAM though I know 3D designers who don't even use 16GB of RAM on intense projects... Unles you are going 3-4 way SLI 1000w is really unwarranted especially with a decent 750w.
The thing is there was enough budget to build a MONSTER system it was just put into parts that wont benefit performance.

I agree with your statement about 670 SLi vs 680 SLI. I'm very curious about which 670 SLI setup you have, I tested the Gigabyte Windforce 3x GTX 670s and they could go neck and neck with overclocked reference 680s.

  • 87 months ago
  • 0 points

Indeed. There are just certain things people insist on that don't make sense.

I went with the 660s because for $600 now he still gets a very solid graphics. He's only using one 24" right now(I had suggested a 27" Korean IPS but he said it would be too big) and he'll only have 3 1920x1080 screens max. He wanted to be able to throw in a third card later and for $900 he's still theoretically beating a 690/680SLI by a significant margin. I've never been able to bench a triple SLI 660ti setup though, so I have to reference others' benches.

That also conveniently leads me to the PSU. In order to put a third 660 in there it would push it over the 750w limit by about 20 or 30w. I could have gone with an 850w, but at the time the one I chose was around the same price for the same rating.

I had originally put in 16GB but he insisted on 32 because one of his friends told him he would need it for some reason or another and he listened. He could always set up a RAMDisk, I guess. It's just one of those things.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Problem will be is that SLI does have some issues in rendering programs and such. + it is a bit more efficient and reliable to have one card than two SLI cards with close to the same performance.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the speed on that red drive feel like? They seem to be essentially better quality versions of the green series that are raid capable.