Page 1:Bring On The High-End Graphics
Page 2:CPU, Motherboard, And Cooler
Page 3:Video Cards, Power Supply, And Case
Page 4:Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Drive
Page 5:System Assembly And Overclocking
Page 6:Test System And Benchmarks
Page 7:Results: Synthetics
Page 8:Results: Media Transcoding
Page 9:Results: Rendering And Productivity
Page 10:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 11:Results: Compression Tools
Page 12:Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 13:Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
Page 14:Power And Temperature
Page 15:Two GeForce GTX 770s In SLI Are, Obviously, Fast
Video Cards, Power Supply, And Case
Graphics Cards: 2 x MSI Gaming N770 in SLI
Graphics performance represents the one major differentiator between today's gaming-focused build and my previous mid-range System Builder Marathon effort. I simply doubled the number of GeForce GTX 770 cards from one to two, which should yield a massive increase in performance by virtue of Nvidia's SLI technology.
Unlike AMD's Radeon boards, which are currently very much overpriced due to the rabid attention of Litecoin miners, the prices on GeForce cards remained relatively stable this holiday season. MSI's Gaming N770 is currently discounted to $320 each, or $640 for the pair I'm testing today.
Power Supply: Corsair TX750 750 W PSU
With two GeForce GTX 770s sitting side by side in this quarter's entry, I needed a beefier power supply to back them up. Typically, I'd go with Corsair's 650TX, but I was concerned it wouldn't cut it. So, I went with the company's TX750 instead, selling for $110 on Newegg.
Case: NZXT Gamma
Back in December of 2010, I used NZXT's Gamma case in my $1000 System Builder Marathon Enthusiast build. At the time, I called it one of the nicest budget rigs I had ever worked with.
I'm looking forward to judging how this enclosure stood the test of time in my latest build. Selling for $35, I certainly can't complain about the price.
- Bring On The High-End Graphics
- CPU, Motherboard, And Cooler
- Video Cards, Power Supply, And Case
- Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Drive
- System Assembly And Overclocking
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Media Transcoding
- Results: Rendering And Productivity
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Compression Tools
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Power And Temperature
- Two GeForce GTX 770s In SLI Are, Obviously, Fast