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I built this machine to 5-box World of Warcraft.

The motherboard requires 8 slots in the case to do triple SLI. :-( So I have one card sitting out for the moment until I decide to either replace the motherboard or the case.

Less than two months in with less than 100 hours on the machine, it blue screened with a video_tdr_failure error code. Then randomly rebooted twice in less than two hours afterwards, and then completely froze with no reboot in less than 5 minutes after the last random reboot.

UPDATE: I'm leaving this build here for historical purposes. I've upgraded this machine with a bigger case in order to install the third video card. See https://pcpartpicker.com/b/JHTH99 instead.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I never thought I'd see someone disrespect that processor with that **** air cooler. But here it is. I don't understand it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, why would it be considered disrespect. It's a processor, not a living thing. Besides, it's running cool. Cooler than any previous processor I had in a PC before. If it turns out that I ended up running it hotter, and feel that I need watercooling, then so be it, I'll add watercooling at that time. But right now, watercooling would be a solution in search of a problem. One that does not yet exist for me.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, I settled on that cooler originally, as it was one of the very few with good reviews that would fit in the first case I had for this machine (SilverStone FT05s).

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Im not saying air cooling is bad its just in my mind when i see someone with that cooler it just seems like they were looking for the absolute cheapest option and thats it, i mean your gonna do what you want and i respect that but a thousand dollar processor with a 25$ cool just doesnt seem right,

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I also used $8 IC Diamond thermal compound between the cooler and the CPU. :-P

Cost really was not a factor in the choice of that cooler. I did however do some more research and went to MicroCenter yesterday, based solely on your comment to check out some water-cooling solutions. Even the techs there said, if I'm running ~45C under load, ~32C idle and not overclocking, that water-cooling is not needed. They actually recommended that I stick with what I have for now.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah now that i hear your input i understand where your coming from, its not a bad cooler obviously so many people use it, i just feel like people get it because of how good it is, but really its just good for the price, but will keep your 5960x perfectly fine if your running stock, but you wont get anywhere close to the max overclock unless you upgrade to a highend air cooler or a 240/280mm all in one. but youll be fine with that for now just know there are alot of better options out there.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

dang man sure is a piece o crap ;) nice build