I wish I could keep all three monitors - I'm just home for the holidays (super-long winter break), and I'll only be able to indulge myself for 2 more weeks. The ASUS monitors will go to my parents' computers once I leave, so it's not a wasted investment.
At full 12V they move a ton of air, and are reasonably quiet as well. Toned down to 5V when idle, they're next to silent.
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I get that OP is 12, but man, that case is just dreadful. Motherboard proximity to the top of the case prevents top case fan installation 90% of the time and acoustics are terrible.
PSU is probably tier 5, but other than that the rest of the parts are good value.
GPU shenanigans aside, this case has amazing cable management space. Use it, so you look like you give at least two ***** about your "money well spent."
Be wary of Crossfiring 7970s, especially if you're playing games like Battlefield 3. Driver issues plague your frames, producing stuff like runt frames. I'd go with Nvidia for now, unless you really need the compute power.
K-series CPU and Z87 motherboard, but no aftermarket cooler? Could have at least gotten a 212 EVO.
Why the massive PSU? Seems awfully overkill for this build.
Interesting choice of coolant color... haven't seen anyone use brown (?) before.
Keep un-built systems out of the completed builds section... There's a section specifically there to ask for suggestions.
As for ideas: get a 2x4GB kit, not 1x8GB.
If it's going to be on carpet, just keep the PSU face-down and sit it on a wooden plank.
For computers, (at least in the DIY community) measurements under "load" (temperature under load, stability under load, etc.) are done at 100% capacity, referred to as stress testing.
From one of your other comments: "I took a screen shot of the current temps while running with a few programs. The comp has been on for 20 mins. The temp jumps a few degrees while playing games and such."
That's just normal usage. Load is when the CPU is under stress for extended periods of time - i.e. at 100% usage, like when stress testing (Prime95, IBT, OCCT, etc.) or performing other intensive tasks (file compression, video rendering, etc.)
aaand, after getting a Zalman LQ-320 for 50% off, I've hit the highest I could hope for on this chip: 4.9GHz @ 1.522v, 97C load. A pity I couldn't get to 5.0GHz. Any more voltage would probably fry it...
Updated with a new pic - got myself a Zalman LQ-320 at half price. Will update with more pics once I get home.
Search for 3.5" to 5.25" adapters.
I think OP needs to figure out what 'load' means.
Anyways, could use some serious cable management. That big bundle of cables plus the HDD cage is going to block most of the air from the front intakes...
You can also remove the lower bay if you move your HDD to the 5.25" bays and the SSD to the back of the case to fully expose the front intakes.
Unfortunately, moving the SSD requires removing the motherboard, so...
Well, then RMA it! Or better yet, if you really did just build this, might as well just return it and save a few bucks.
Yes, it's simply a storage drive, but there are much better drives out there for the same price if not less.
Why buy inferior hardware for the same price as better hardware?
It's a pity to see so much money go to a mediocre system that should have cost half as much.
You could have built a killer 3x Eyefinity rig with only a couple hundred more, and you left it at this?
At least organize your cables so you look like you give at least one f--- about your money.
I could probably hit higher, given the voltages I was at, but I don't have water cooling, and hitting Tj. Max once is once too many times...
While it's a great idea in theory, in practice, things would probably get far messier and expensive than they're worth.
For example, how would you connect different combinations of PCI Express slots? You'd have to create a new bus with an absurd amount of bandwidth in order to accommodate all the different possibilities.
Motherboards nowadays leave little to be desired, and what is left over can easily be handled by PCI add-on cards.
Don't bother listing extraneous items like webcams, mousepads, games, etc. or items that you already own. They artificially inflate your build's price and get in the way of cost-cutting because you're already set on buying them or already have them. (Though I will say that a mousepad will make little to no difference in gaming if your desk is clean and smooth. You're better off getting an ergonomic pad than a gaming pad)
Personally, I'd get two Gigabyte 7950s ($600) instead of the 680. The 7950s can overclock a ridiculous amount, and can get very close to 7970 GHz/680 performance levels. Two of them will give you much more performance for essentially the same price.
A bit perplexed with your choice of monitors: Why two monitors from different brands, with different refresh rates, different sizes, and different backlighting? You're just going to give yourself a headache.
Yeah - I suspect that's why the GTX 650 and 650 Ti don't have SLI connectors. Even at full price, two 550 Tis could still compete with a 570 (albeit if you only looked at price/performance, ignoring other factors).
I removed the 5-slot HDD cage for better airflow, but I also just found out that you can remove the bottom 3-slot cage as well. I might just get a 5.25" to 3.5" mounting kit and move my HDD to the spare external bay, and open the case up to even more airflow.
My 3570K runs perfectly stable at 4.7GHz, 1.4v (several rounds of maximum IBT and Prime95 blend), but at an alarming 97C, which no sane person would use for a 24/7 OC.
Currently sitting at 4.1GHz on stock vcore while waiting for a good deal on a more powerful water cooler.
I should have noted that this build re-uses a lot of components from a previous build.
Wish I could specify the prices I actually got components at without putting everything in "custom parts." (If there is a way, someone please enlighten me.)
In my defense: SSD was a gift, SLI 550 Tis and Hyper 212+ were re-used (hence the + instead of EVO), and PSU is good enough for the price.
Re-used from an older build, and I got them for pretty cheap ($100 and $70). Considering that they perform higher than a single 570, which cost $300+ at the time, there wasn't any reason not to go for the SLI setup, considering the games I play.
Yeah, I bought the first one in 2011 for $100, and got the second as a refurb unit for $70. Awkwardly enough, the refurb unit performs better than my original.
Also, updated pics after re-doing my wiring. I could really do with some sleeving in the back to keep things neater, but out of sight, out of mind, I suppose.
Those two cards are from an older build. I'm skipping this generation since I don't really need an upgrade. (Got them for $100 and $70, respectively).