Description

Greetings fellow PC Building enthusiasts!

This build came about after I discovered that my personal gaming rig (Gaming EVOLVed) couldn't quite handle gaming/streaming at the same time with just an i5-6600K. I soon began scooping up spare parts to build an i7 build for myself instead and devised a plan to use my current parts in a gaming build that I could sell. I recently upgraded the GPU in my wife's streaming build so I had a spare GTX 960 lying around and voilà! The build came to life!

The CPU, CPU Cooler, MOBO, RAM, PSU, HDD and SLI bridge were all technically "no-cost" items because they are parts that I repurposed from older builds but I put their value at what I purchased them for (or would have purchased them for) at the time of building. The rest of the parts (SSD, Phanteks RGB LED strip and second GTX 960) I either purchased new or went with used, all in all not a bad way for me to get rid of my old build and save money for the GTX 1080ti!

I'll go ahead and address the elephant in the room, yes I know that a single GTX 980ti or GTX 1070 would have been more powerful than SLI GTX 960's but since I had a GTX 960 lying around I figured for better pairing with the i5-6600K that I would add a second one. Turns out, it worked pretty well! I was able to hook it up to my 1440p 165hz Asus monitor and blaze through most games even in 1440p! Obviously it does MUCH better in 1080p but I was surprised by the performance! I'll run some synthetic benchmarks later on today to show how well it does in Heaven and 3DMark but for now I'll list the games I was able to run and their framerates/settings!

Additionally, more high quality pictures to come when I get home from work today. I took some quick pictures of the build up and running before bed last night so I could list it on Craigslist and local Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade groups but I'll take some better ones later on.

Thanks so much for looking and feel free to comment and talk about how silly it was to do an SLI GTX 960 build in 2017 lol

-Brandon

Gaming Performance:

LoL Max - 350fps 1080p 250fps 1440p

DotA2 Max - 200fps 1080p 120fps 1440p

Overwatch Max - 200fps 1080p 140fps 1440p

Doom High - 100fps 1080p 60fps 1440p

GTA:V Very High - 120fps 1080p 100fps 1440

RE 7 Very High - 80fps 1080p 50fps 1440p

Rocket League - 180fps 1080p 120fps 1440p

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Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I would highly recommend looking into some sleeved cables for your GPUs, as well as some support to prevent further sagging.

It looks awesome man, and I'm glad that you're getting the performance that you want from it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the recommendation! I was thinking that the additional sleeved extensions might be nice for the GPU's so maybe if it doesn't sell immediately I'll order a set!

And yeah, the performance has been seriously surprising from this scrappy computer lol

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

go with a cablemod extention set. I have them in my build, and have had them for awhile and they are still as clean as I got them. very easy to train them into where you want them to go.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn! i have a 960 and a rx 470.. i think i like the 960 better! (Thats because it has a 4790k at 4.7, rather than a i3 6100)

+1!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

IF you can swing it, buy a pentium G4560, the stock clock performance to an i3 6100 is nearly identical, but they're really overclockable. Super nice CPU that costs nearly half what the i3 does.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

HAHAHAHA Yeah, a 4790K would definitely do a better job than a 6100 but they're both great CPU's though!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

But then it comes to the GPU as well :P

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

gotta love those white builds, any color RGBs can look good with them!

also, dang, that teal setting looks good!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right? It's pretty cool how well the White components reflect the color, gotta love that teal! LOL

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Interesting graphic car choice but as long as you get the frames needed.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely an interesting GPU choice, I address that in the description as well lol But yeah, they perform really well so I'm glad it worked out!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Great price for the RAM, nice one.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, I bought this before the RAM price boom a few months ago lol

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Did the case come with the RGB LED strip? And also what length is it?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

It didn't come with one but I ordered the Phanteks specific 1 meter magnetic model from Amazon for about $16 and it works great!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much, now I'm just going to find out if this can fit into my planned Deepcool Dukase V2 White Case. Awesome build by the way!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Badass looking build love the lightinbg and goood performance

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks brother, yeah I really dig the way this build came out! Hopefully the person that's buying it from me ends up liking it as well!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you do the operating system without an optical drive?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You can load most Windows based operating systems with a flash drive, I've been doing it this way since Windows 7!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you do that?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You just search on Google for Windows 10 Flash Drive and you'll most likely see a link that directs you to Microsoft's website, they make the process super easy!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

thx