Description

So I built this computer for 1080p gaming (as most do). However, I will be going to college soon. This means I wanted a smaller case that allows for easy transportation.

CPU- Don't feel the need to overclock. Fits well with the 760.

Motherboard-I really wanted to go with an ITX board since it's so small. I choose the LGA 1150 socket for future upgrades if I need to. Only downfall is that I can't run an SLI.

Memory- I found that one DIMM of 8GB fits my needs for now. I also have the ability to upgrade to 16GB.

Storage- Simple 1TB hard drive.

Video Card- I choose this card for the price:performance ratio. Works great for the price. Has maxed out everything so far. I'd just like the state something that many people don't seem to know. 2 760s beat a Titan.

Wireless Network Adapter- I needed something to make this post.

Case- Good looking case. Small enough for easy transportation. Large enough to hold everything I need it to.

Case Fan- I actually don't have this working right no. :0 Need to find out if I need an adapter for it.

Power Supply- Gives me power? Not much else to say besides the fact that it's modular.

Optical Drive- Installing Windows and hopefully Halo 1 & 2.

Operating System- Please don't give me hate for buying this. I prefer the look and feel of Windows 8.

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 6 points

Most of the mid-range to higher end cards will do better than the titan once crossfired or SLI'd. 7870 XTs and above will do better on the AMD side. A 660ti and above will do better on the Nvidia side. It doesn't really say much because with two card setups you have to deal with a lot of things like driver issues, finding the right overclock for both cards, stuttering, microstuttering, etc. With the titan you get one card that you know will work on everything without an issue or special configs. It's just a matter of whether you want to pay for that or spend less and get comparable performance with the possibility of having to wait for profile and driver updates with each new game.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree. That's the only issue with it. But you do save $500 which is nice. I'm assuming that a Titan would be better for multiple monitors? Since the 760s only have 2GB of RAM.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the resolution of the monitors. You would be fine with 3x1080p. Not sure about 3x1200p. For 3x1440 or above I would definitely get 3 or 4GB cards, or 6GB in the case of the Titan. But that's a ridonculous 2+ Titan resolution anyways :P

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

2 760s regularly beat a Titan in single-monitor 1080p solutions, which is the environment that most people will be in; beyond that, the Titan's extra VRAM help to push it ahead with a few exceptions. Linus Tech Tips did a 1600p and a 3x1080p multi-monitor comparison of the Titan vs. two 660 Ti's (which are the 760 equivalent with some minor changes). i have provided links so you can watch the reviews here to see the Titan against two 660Ti's, a GTX680, an HD7970, and an ARES II HD7990

3x1080p: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw24094REh0 1600p: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1dN4aN6vS0

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! +1 :) Just wondering, are you dorming in college? If so, how will you bring it to dorm? I'm debating whether I should leave my PC home and get a new laptop for college... If it's far, I don't know how I will be able to carry my midtower to dorm :(

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I am dorming so I will probably just drive it down to my dorm. I wouldn't get a laptop unless you want one for class.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm fairly certain that most people know now-a-days that two mid range cards will beat out a top end single GPU card, in certain circumstances.

Also, AMD's new 9970 is coming in at around the price of two 760's and is supposedly faster than a Titan without any of the issues present with multi-card setups. I would make fun of their drivers, but even AMD's new drivers have been pretty good.

And there's nothing wrong with a 760, I don't know why you're trying to justify your purchase by comparing two 760's to a Titan. We can see from the rest of your build the general price and performance you were aiming for.

Seeing some finished pics would have been nice. It looks like a clean build.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh I see what you mean. My bad. I guess I just feel like buying a mobo with two pci slots and one 760 is a good idea. Now that I think about it you're right. Sorry about that I forgot about all of the compatibility issues. I just realized that two of the pictures didn't get posted. Will post them tomorrow and take one of my setup all cleaned up. :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info on the dual 760s, I had no idea! It's such a large price gap too. Dual 760s vs Titan

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I wish more people knew! The only issue is drivers and compatibility with games and programs. The extra wattage needed isn't too much of an issue.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Some games do not optimize 2 GPU therefore I am in the process of purchasing a 770 because it will be future proof for at least 5 years and I will have it until I finish middle school high school and maybe into college. May I ask how well your PSU is doing because CX series are really cheap and have a reputation to break down also a H87. May I ask about the RAM why just budget stuff? You could have gotten much better memory and 2 sticks for cheaper. Anyways other than that the build is very nice and clean, maybe some more pictures because I want to see more than a black thing and a stock cooler xD

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I would like to know where you heard that the CX series wasn't reliable, because I have several Corsair and Seasonic power supplies (a CX500 and 600 and an AX850 for my personal rig) and they're running perfectly fine.

From what I hear, the CX series is very reliable for their price range and is in line with standard RMA rates as other, higher priced PSU's. Remember, a satisfied customer says nothing, an unsatisfied customer will let everyone know how unsatisfied they are.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I completely agree with this post. Especially with the satisfied and unsatisfied customers.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually got Crucial Ballistix low profile so if I ever installed an aftermarket heatsink I would have no issue with it. I'll try to post some more pictures soon.

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