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
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