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I present to you... a cheap's man GTX 690 system...

finally running decently, at first, while I figured out an airflow pattern for my $15 usd case, first attempts got the GTX burning at 95 degrees in a matter of just a couple of minutes..

regular airflow, front to back, just didn't do the trick, tried front intake, back and side exhaust with no luck, the video board kept going up to 86 and steadily rising until it started throttling down to keep it near 90... you might have noticed, the case isn't really built with cooling in mind, sad, I know...

finally, a front, back and slot exhaust, plus a side intake did the trick, now it runs steadily at 67 and it goes down to 62 in a cool night.

I'm also lucky to have one of those boards that differ 1 or 2 degrees tops from each gpu, and it has low noise when running... I had to rma 2 before this one, the first one had a horrible high pitch sound that could be heard thru the fans the loud music... it was like killing bugs with a magnifying glass... horrible, and the second one had an unusual almost 10degrees difference between gpu 1 and gpu 2, it also gave me checkered screens from time to time... but this one seems perfect.

I'm not into lights and stuff, the computer sits behind my tv and having it glowing only distracts you when watching movies or playing videogames, so i try to keep it subtle... that's why there's some electrical tape over that green glowing GTX logo, also on some of the fans that have leds and stuff...

Specs:

Some Random H61 board that i'm too ashamed to remember the model...
Another random i5 i found somewhere, at 3.2ghz, i think
8gb of Random Kingston Value Ram
3x OCZ 30Gb Vertex SSD drives (1st gens) (sadly, the crappy h61 board does not have raid frown.gif)
1x 3Tb WD Caviar Green
Corsair AX650 PSU
Zotac Nvidia GTX 690


This is what happens when you spend all the money on the video card and the TV and you don't leave some for the rest of the system... you have to get creative, and steal some equipment from the office biggrin.gif... for the case i had to hack off the hard drive slots to accommodate the video card, it was too big XD, and it had some kind of high turbulence fan holes for the fan exhausts and intakes, it sounded like a jumbo jet taking off... a hair dryer was too quiet to compare... so i had to make clear holes to alleviate some of the noise, to my surprise, now it sounds like a normal computer.

i would love to get a motherboard and cpu as my next step... but the case won't let me, so i think the next upgrade will be the case... or maybe a chair so i can actually play in front of the tv :\... lying on the floor isn't too comfortable at the moment, and the tv stand is too high for the floor... damn, now i'll have to get the chair first.

congratulations on reading my book, didn't noticed how much i wrote... anyways, i'm glad to have gotten my new video card, i hope i can learn stuff from all you guys around.
Edited by DarwinAce - 1/8/13 at 12:39pm
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^Congrats.........
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congratulations on reading my book, didn't noticed how much i wrote... anyways, i'm glad to have gotten my new video card, i hope i can learn stuff from all you guys around.

Wow, thats quite a build. Where are you located at?
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quite the contrary...

if you can put a GTX 690 in any gaming rig, it automatically gets bumped to rich status biggrin.gif

not every common folk can afford a GTX 690 wink.gif

and the rest of the system is very decent for any game now in days, specially take note, games no in days are more GPU dependant than CPU, as long as your system is fast enough to not bottle up the GPU then you can be running a milk can if you must, and it'll still be a decent system.
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I present to you... a cheap's man GTX 690 system...


Some Random H61 board that i'm too ashamed to remember the model...
Another random i5 i found somewhere, at 3.2ghz, i think
8gb of Random Kingston Value Ram
3x OCZ 30Gb Vertex SSD drives (1st gens) (sadly, the crappy h61 board does not have raid frown.gif)
1x 3Tb WD Caviar Green
Corsair AX650 PSU
Zotac Nvidia GTX 690

Edited by AllGamer - 1/8/13 at 6:29pm
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Anyone here getting a problem called the Red Screen of Death on their GTX690s ?
I'm thinking of getting an ASUS GTX690 and want to check if this problems has been solved in new drivers
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Anyone here getting a problem called the Red Screen of Death on their GTX690s ?
I'm thinking of getting an ASUS GTX690 and want to check if this problems has been solved in new drivers

Nah we have a cold boot issue now thumb.gif
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I got a red screen today. But hasn't come back. Was doing some extreme changes.

BTW, with GPU tweak, what will changing the min voltage do for the 690? Aren't they voltage locked?
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This inspired me to try and construct the least expensive 690 touting beast possible.
"Budget" 690 components:

690 itself $1000 give or take (In the US) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130781
A Tower, don't need anything bigger than a mid $18: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811353006
HD, don't need an SSD to rip through games $20: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822144545
500w PSU $30: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817159124

Before anyone jumps on my that 500w 80 plus certified isn't enough for a 690: http://www.overclock.net/t/1290091/gtx-690-true-power-measurement

CPU that won't bottleneck(2500 i5) $219 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Motherboard 1x16 PCI 2.0 lane$54: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186225
Ram 4GB 1333 $20: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231341

Add in a cheap 1080p monitor Daily Deal 24" Asus $129: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009440&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-24-009-440-_-Homepage

And a mouse keyboard combo $15: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201050

You can build a gaming MONSTER for only: $1505
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My case pic.
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did you notice the HDD is not SATA ?!?!

unless your motherboard still accepts ATA 133, you wont be able to use it

also that will become a bottle neck for the GTX 690, bad move


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This inspired me to try and construct the least expensive 690 touting beast possible.
"Budget" 690 components:

690 itself $1000 give or take (In the US) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130781
A Tower, don't need anything bigger than a mid $18: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811353006
HD, don't need an SSD to rip through games $20: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822144545
500w PSU $30: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817159124

Before anyone jumps on my that 500w 80 plus certified isn't enough for a 690: http://www.overclock.net/t/1290091/gtx-690-true-power-measurement

CPU that won't bottleneck(2500 i5) $219 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Motherboard 1x16 PCI 2.0 lane$54: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186225
Ram 4GB 1333 $20: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231341

Add in a cheap 1080p monitor Daily Deal 24" Asus $129: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009440&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-24-009-440-_-Homepage

And a mouse keyboard combo $15: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201050

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