Description

It took months of planning before even starting and it took almost a year to build this thing into what it is today. Started off in a old and camped case but I moved it and rebuilt it into a new case and started planning out my water-cooling which took for ever to get the money for. Anyway I added some cool LEDs and all the rest of the other stuff and now it's basically done. Only plans right now are to try and add one last GTX 760 in 3-way SLI to boost performance but I can save that for later. All my water-cooling parts are from EK-WB and if you need parts for water-cooling then that's the place to go! Only problems with this build is previously I failed to get the right pwoer supply and it got killed because it was not the proper wattage. It was covered though so no worries there. However one major problem is a safety fault was not working properly in the power supply and it somehow sent a huge pulse of current through the CPU socket and melted the socket on the motherboard. Corsair happily payed for the damage and Memory express got a replacement PSU that was instead 1000 watts instead. I will be surprised if I break that limit. The CPU was slightly damaged by that pulse in which it was slightly unstable but still usable. AMD let me fill out an RMA and they replaced it free of charge! But this is the computer I have now and I'm happy with it. Glad to share it with a few people to see if anyone wants to try and build it themselves. Of course don't go overboard with the monitors unless you REALLY need 3 monitors for your work-space and make sure you have room for these. These monitors are great and I'm happy with them. That's mostly It. Here is a 3D Mark score on Fire Strike. This is the Best score I could get with the GPU's in SLI without the Drivers crashing on me.

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/3762942

I got the cards to their literal max before they might have actually broken. Same case goes for the CPU. I have it going at it's Max before It would overheat on a Full load with Prime 95 and since windows 8.1 is being annoying this is my max for this CPU. If you have any questions on anything here just ask me in the comments. For future reference I use this for rendering and Gaming because I don't have the money to create and use a Rendering computer powered by intel and a awesome Gaming build.

Part Reviews

CPU

This processor is very good! I have clocked it to 5GHz before however It was just getting too hot to keep it stable. But I have gotten a lot of power out of this processor and I think that this is a good processor for most games on steam and other platforms.

Motherboard

Very good motherboard. ASUS and other manufactures need to start making more AM3 boards like this one! It's got an easy to use Overlock tuner and a Awesome Easy mode with automatic over-clocking. Plus a little downside is a bit of ROG connect could use some work but it still works and is awesome. Good Motherboard ASUS

Video Card

Very good graphics card. I have over-clocked them many times already and found the max on these cards are the following for anyone looking for good clocks on these cards: Boost GPU by max 168MHz. 169 might work but don't pass 170. Increase the over-voltage by about 12 and max memory boost was about 690MHz. So It's a great card to work with and is what got my most recent 3Dmark score to 10000+ with 2-way SLI. Turns out that this card in 2-way SLI beats a single GTX titan. I'm very impressed!

Case

This is a god case Corsair. It has quite a bit of room and provides me just enough room for all of my water-cooling parts and I like the glass panel as well. It's a good case for first builds in my opinion.

Operating System

It's an okay OS, I will say that. But I would still prefer Windows 7. You know if I had money to buy windows 7 again or if I had a product key. But I guess windows 8.1 will do for now.

Case Fan

Very good airflow and is a lot more quieter than I thought it would be.

Case Fan

These fans are very quiet and still provide a decent amount of airflow. However I think the SP120 fans are a lot better but they sadly do not have LEDs.

Fan Controller

Sadly does not support 4pin fans but they do sell another fan controller that does. Overall this is a good fan controller for builds like the one I recently posted on this site and comes with a decent automatic fan control option with temperature sensors and temperature warning alarm

Monitor

Great monitor! It does give me 1080p and it may be a bit pricey but it is a great monitor to work with. If anyone is wanting one of these my guess is that 2 of these is more than enough. But if you really wanna have fun and have the money to spend go ahead and buy 3.

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 13 points

Great build, and more importantly, great sticker.

  • 55 months ago
  • 6 points

Got that sticker for free. Still happy with it on my case. Plus I have another sticker on my laptop because what am I supposed to do with tons of stickers?

  • 55 months ago
  • 6 points

+1 for the Monstercat.

  • 55 months ago
  • 4 points

Same

  • 55 months ago
  • 7 points

For rendering I mean like something like a 5820K from Intel might have been a way better option.Instead of 760 you should have gotten 960.But ignore all that and i'm going to give you a +1 FIR DAT SEXY STICKER.Please tell me where you get Monstercat sticker.......

  • 55 months ago
  • 6 points

Monstercat has had a store since forever. They're a dollar each.

  • 55 months ago
  • 4 points

Remember that those high preformance graphics cards are way more expensive than the ones I got. Found one of those at $1300 and that's not happening. Also I bought that sticker on their store. Check it out. http://Store.monstercat.com I also got a sticker that does not exist on the store anymore when I was beta testing their new store for them. Put it on my laptop as well because why not have 2 stickers from the same label on my laptop.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

760 is very similar in performance to the 960 sometimes even better, plus there isnt a 4gb 960 yet

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

It's also arguable that a 4GB 960 wouldn't be worth it anyways because of its low bandwidth @ 128

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  • 55 months ago
  • 5 points

I can't tell if I am crying from the awesomeness of this build or if I just have drool coming out my eyeballs...

  • 55 months ago
  • 4 points

Glad you like it! :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 4 points

I think you like bile for some reason but I think you may favor red. Lol, great build.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

I might have gone with red but the red led lights were not that bright and it didn't work that well. The blue looks awesome though. iPhone cameras just really don't work very well with such lighting.

  • 55 months ago
  • 4 points

don't you think this is a bit of overkill just to render on after effects?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Well It still takes a while to render many things but it Is made for both gaming and rendering and working on adobe projects. Mostly after effects.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Yikes!! 1.5v!!! Is that the lowest voltage you can put on that cpu?

  • 55 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah, but you're thinking Intel. I run a FX-8120 at stock settings and when Turbo Core kicks in, I run about 1.44 - 1.45v; that's with a max TDP of 125w. A FX-9370 has a 220w TDP; that's at 4.4Ghz stock, so at 4.8gGhz w/ 70.0° C load temps, that sounds good to me. (That 70.0° C is right on the edge of AMD's red zone temps, though.) Idling, the CPU should drop to .9v or so; mine does, and it's a Bulldozer- series chip which isn't as efficient as a Piledriver like he's got. I could be wrong, but that's what I'd expect to see.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

The voltage is controlled by the motherboard. I can change it but if I do, I risk the cpu becoming unstable. If that happens which I lt has before windows 8 freaks out and then hangs at a blue screen until you shut it off. Yes I know it's high and I risk the cpu getting a lot more hotter and possibly lowering the lifespan of the CPU, but my watercooling system keeps it cool enough. But still I have plans to get things upgraded in the watercooling area.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

AMD CPU's have a significantly higher voltage than Intel CPU's because of their architecture.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

True, but I didn't know they needed that much more.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

They generally need more, but Mitzey really pushed his system to the max.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Windows 8.1 does not approve. But I make it work to the max windows will allow me without giving me a blue screen. I already found out the Absolute max on my Graphics cards until the drivers start to crash. I counted a total of 26 crashes during the process of benchmarking and overclocking the GPU's. Sadly the max over-voltage on my GPU's are not that high.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Loving the Monstercat!!!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

great build nice temp the only thing i think you can't have 3 way sli with the 760 they doesn't support it

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I will look into this to be sure. These cards are a bit expensive and I would rather not spend money for no reason. Thanks for bringing this up though.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

you're welcome we're here to help each other by the way i like ekwb products too they're the best

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

It's too bad they discontinued my water blocks for the GTX 760. I bought one earlier and they refunded me completely so I'm happy and sad about it at the same time. Got lucky another site was selling the last 2 of that water block.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey just an FYI - not all programs require the cards to be in SLI to use them; as long as they're connected and detected they can do work for some programs. I'd look it up in the documentation if you're stuck with this third card not being in SLI.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

I am aware of the fact that Some programs are that way but I have also found some programs that only really use one GPU at a time even when SLI is enabled in which I do wish I bought 1 or even two GTX 980's but that's a mistake I learned and I will consider in the next possible build.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep; at least I knew that getting into my 760 SLI setup. It still pains me when some of my favorite programs don't actually use the additional resources at all.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

It seems like many people have been able to get to 3-way SLI with the GTX 760 so Please elaborate a little about why 3-way SLI would not work with this card.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

i was talking about pci express lanes do your cpu handle at least 24 lane because nvidia cards do need 8 lanes per card to work

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not too sure but I geuss I will look into that then. But I'm sure that my processor should be able to handle it.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

if it works go for it!!! and enjoy ur self

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, and even better sticker. Haha

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I saw the Monstercat sticker. It looks great on your case. Do you know if you can still buy them because all of their old merch is gone. +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I might get one for my build. XD

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

They used to sell a sticker that was just the monstercat logo with no black background or anything. But they have switched manufactures so much I guess they had to remove a few items many times. But it helps with getting cheeper shipping.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I geuss i still miss all the original merch though

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

What rendering will you be doing? Animation? CAD? Just curious, thinking about one of these down the road if I ever need the extra render muscle.

Otherwise, its a solid build

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I mostly use this for rendering in after effects or other things like premier and stuff like that. But it is a gaming computer as well. Multi use because I don't have that Much money to make and use two computers separately. If you wanna see some of my after effects work it's on my YouTube channel under the same username I used on this site (Mitzey234). It took 17 hours to render though. But it still did well.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Noice, so I take it gaming is the primary reason behind sli 760's?

I've never quite understood how GPU rendering is implemented outside of rendering previews in something like Premiere. It's surprisingly difficult to find a straight answer on the internet. lol

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I know what you mean. I'm confused myself on how to use the whole systems power including the GPU's and the cpu at once to render. It would make my computer render videos a lot faster in terms of what I am currently rendering. But there so far has not really been any type of topic on it anywhere.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

you would think they would make that more transparent given that its been around for a while. Either way, have fun with this one.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Duuude. Sick build. Where'd you get the 760 water blocks??

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Ek water blocks. They did discontinue the water blocks I have but there is one that looks almost like it that I think will still work with this card and I think it's still on their store. But I would use the cooling configurater to find the water block your looking for. http://www.coolingconfigurator.com

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Bro, if you spent an extra 40 bucks you could get a 980, which would crush dual 760s. Also, don't add that 3rd card. It would do near nothing performance wize, the most you will want to do is 2 way sli or quad chip sli (for the dual chip cards). That monstercat sticker makes up for it though :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I know the 980 is the best card since 70% of the 3Dmark scores have that card being used. It's a great card but still it's quite expensive at the place I buy all my parts at.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Monster! That 1.5 tho...

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I know it's a little high but that is controlled by the motherboard automatically to keep the CPU stable.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

First off, nice build. We need to see more high-end AMD builds here, just so folks are reminded that they still have a choice. Hmm... given the size and layout of the case, I surmise that the small res was not an option; me, I'd liked to have a bigger res or 2 separate loops for the cards and CPU. Are you running the OS on the notebook drive? If so, I'd suggest changing that to a same-size SSD when you get a chance / can afford it. Other than that, well, very nice box you have there. +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

We also need to get more AMD motherboards. The operating system runs off the 2TB drive but I plan to someday move the operating system to a SSD

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

sigh Yeah, I agree, but that won't happen until AMD stops rehashing the current FX chips.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I think this might be out of date but I think they are working on a new 12 core processor but I think it's an APU but that's the most cores I think I have seen from them.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is insanity made real. Thanks for posting!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

This is my new ****!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Why no intel 5820K?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I would have gone with intel's hyper-threading for better render times but at the time I wanted to put AMD's best processor to the test. Got some good temps and clocks out of this processor but I should have gone with maybe the FX 8350. Plus It's for games and adobe projects so there is that too.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

that's monstercat for ya!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

You have the best looking heater I have ever seen.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

My room is considered a sauna when I leave the computer to render a video or when putting a heavy load on the processor. The GPU's are nothing because they idle at 27'c with water-cooling.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you underestimate the GPUs, as they are 2, thus the cooling area is twice as big as the CPU cooling area. 170W x2 at stock compared to 220Wx1 at stock for the CPU.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

True. But they still do seem to keep cool with MSI combuster and 3Dmark so I'm happy with that. It's just too bad I can't boost the GPU clock more than 168Mhz.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Still sounds like a pretty all right overclock. I can't get my 970 Zotac stable at +200Mhz and the 9xx series were said to be great overclockers.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe zotac is having stability issues. But you are using over voltage while overclocking right?

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the Asus board working for you? Do you still have it? I'm undecided if this board is for me or if I should wait on MSI's 990FXA. Doing a lot of research as this is my first gaming build! Any helpful feedback is appreciated.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

This motherboard is a very powerful board. I have gotten a lot of high clock speeds close to 5.1GHz with this processor and motherboard. However I don't have enough cooling to fully stress test it. But if your going to build a gaming computer using AMD I think this board is very good for this use. But it still works well for me.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Run a BIOS update an run eset_nod32_antivirus_live_installer find the trojans hiding in your ram an your heat problem will go away.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

BIOS already updated and I monitor almost every single process that runs on my computer. I don't have any trojans so far as I can see. Most of my heat problems are dealt with for the time being until I need to clean out the water loop. Thanks for the suggestion though! :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any reasoning behind buying an FX-processor?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

oh shoot you can put fans on the top of this case?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Well corsair wouldn't put holes in the top for nothing.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME BUILD! +1 FOR YOU MY MAN! I have one question though. Planning on building something really similar to this, so how did you mount the reservoir+pump at that position? Could you please elaborate? Also, do you believe an EKWB 140 reservoir+pump would fit at that spot? Or should I go with the 100 option? Thanks

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't actually use that pump shown in this post anymore since it started becoming too weak to handle the loop. I replaced it with one of these pumps (https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-xres-100-glass-revo-d5-pwm-incl-pump) and I mounted the pump in the back side of the case on the venting where the SSD mounting was. I of course had to take out the SSD mounting but it was worth the sacrifice. But you'll notice that there is still some extra space above the res so I think that you could still pull off the 140 pump and res comb. https://img2.brain4.photobox.com/54221133943ab1be54420d76e383d598d38481f12cffce18f6e18c681973bd36f742742d.jpg

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 For the Monstercat sticker

  • 55 months ago
  • 0 points

yeah 1.5 is a bit high.... great build otherwise