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post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by Aesthethc View Post

Are you trying to go with a certain color theme? That might make it slightly harder; as not many of the better PSU's are going to be white. Theyre probably going to be black. If you want it to be white; have you considered buying some White 3M Di-Noc Carbon Fiber Vinyl wrap and then wrapping your PSU in that? Theyre like 20 dollars a roll of 4ft on ebay.

Could you link that wrap by any chance?
Have you seen anyone do it before?
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by destrano1 View Post

Yeah, I've noticed, it's unfortunate really, I love white, it makes things stand out in my opinion, though to each their own.

I love white! smile.gif I think it looks really clean on PSU's. You can always put carbon fiber over it; are you okay with carbon fiber look?



This was my set up with a 650W PSU and two 670's + overclocked 2500k. Full custom cooled setup with a quality PSU. Anyone who tells you that you need 750W or 850W for two 660s and a 3770k just making you spend more money on a PSU than you need to. Spend that money on something else; like an SSD or even buy some lighting for your case. Extra wattage wont be any more beneficial than having only what you need.


The only time i see extra wattage is beneficial is if youre not going for the "BEST" efficiency" and you under-load a hybrid design platinum PSU so that you make a "quiet" system; so that the PSU fan doesnt really kick in until youre on load; and stays off when idle. Thats probably the only time id suggest a more wattage than normal situation. Though i have to remind you that on idle; especially with that power saving 3770k that kicks into low-power use in idle mode, will definitely drop the efficiency of your PSU -- at the cost of noise.

Though most quality PSU's are already not very loud, we are choosing between quiet -- and silent. Its a small margin where some noise enthusiasts will opt for a hybrid fan design which comes at a higher cost. If not; a gold unit should do fine in this rig. Unless you are mining or something and constantly on 100% load more times than you are on idle; then maybe opt for a platinum, but if youre on a budget then a gold unit will do fine !
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Could you link that wrap by any chance?
Have you seen anyone do it before?

I think its against ToS to link eBay here. I saw someone flagged for it once. Just look on ebay and make sure you buy Genuine 3M Di-Noc (genuine texture -- not fake) White Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap. Theres an adhesive on one side and the carbon fiber on the other smile.gif Easy to apply too. Use a hair-dryer or a heat gun and it applies very cleanly!

http://www.overclock.net/t/922583/guide-to-carbon-fiber-wrap-gallery

Hope this helps!
Edited by Aesthethc - 3/2/14 at 2:20pm
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by Aesthethc View Post

I love white! smile.gif I think it looks really clean on PSU's. You can always put carbon fiber over it; are you okay with carbon fiber look?



This was my set up with a 650W PSU and two 670's + overclocked 2500k. Full custom cooled setup with a quality PSU. Anyone who tells you that you need 750W or 850W for two 660s and a 3770k just making you spend more money on a PSU than you need to. Spend that money on something else; like an SSD or even buy some lighting for your case. Extra wattage wont be any more beneficial than having only what you need.


The only time i see extra wattage is beneficial is if youre not going for the "BEST" efficiency" and you under-load a hybrid design platinum PSU so that you make a "quiet" system; so that the PSU fan doesnt really kick in until youre on load; and stays off when idle. Thats probably the only time id suggest a more wattage than normal situation. Though i have to remind you that on idle; especially with that power saving 3770k that kicks into low-power use in idle mode, will definitely drop the efficiency of your PSU -- at the cost of noise.

Though most quality PSU's are already not very loud, we are choosing between quiet -- and silent. Its a small margin where some noise enthusiasts will opt for a hybrid fan design which comes at a higher cost. If not; a gold unit should do fine in this rig. Unless you are mining or something and constantly on 100% load more times than you are on idle; then maybe opt for a platinum, but if youre on a budget then a gold unit will do fine !
I think its against ToS to link eBay here. I saw someone flagged for it once. Just look on ebay and make sure you buy Genuine 3M Di-Noc (genuine texture -- not fake) White Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap. Theres an adhesive on one side and the carbon fiber on the other smile.gif Easy to apply too. Use a hair-dryer or a heat gun and it applies very cleanly!



I'm not really on a budget right now, I may have 660's, but that was more because I couldn't justify the performance gain between a 660 and say a 760, for the money, made more sense in my opinion to SLI some 3gb 660's and call it good.
I will most likely look for a platinum.
I was going to get a 120gb Samsung 840, but I ended up just getting a new WD 1tb drive and calling it good. I know the performance would be an amazing gain though.

I will look for the wrap in just a moment! smile.gif

Also, while I'm at it, RAM, I have 2x4Gb of Corsair Dominator 1600mhz right now, would there be something else I should run? Since I'm in the fever of upgrading my PC lately.


Also, that is a -different- place for a PSU, lol.
post #24 of 28
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I'm not really on a budget right now, I may have 660's, but that was more because I couldn't justify the performance gain between a 660 and say a 760, for the money, made more sense in my opinion to SLI some 3gb 660's and call it good.
I will most likely look for a platinum.
I was going to get a 120gb Samsung 840, but I ended up just getting a new WD 1tb drive and calling it good. I know the performance would be an amazing gain though.

I will look for the wrap in just a moment! smile.gif

Also, while I'm at it, RAM, I have 2x4Gb of Corsair Dominator 1600mhz right now, would there be something else I should run? Since I'm in the fever of upgrading my PC lately.


Also, that is a -different- place for a PSU, lol.

Yeah two 660's will be better than going from a single 660 to a single 760. The 660 and 760 are practically the same except the 760 uses a 256-bit memory bus and be able to use more of its 2GB Vram at higher resolutions; compared to the 660 with the 192-bit memory bus that may start to choke at higher resolutions than 1080p like 1440p or 1600p. (4K -- too). If youre staying at 1080p i say opt for the 660 as its cheaper and does the job.

RAM is fine, 8GB is plenty enough for gaming; unless you are running into a RAM wall and need more because you do a lot of rendering and video editing then sure that sounds reasonable for an upgrade. But other than that, you should be fine. Focus more on your GPU power and youll see far more FPS gains.

Yes. i had to mount the PSU there so i could fit my 360mm radiator on the bottom like that. Fits exactly with mm of clearance! biggrin.gif Its not your ordinary PSU mount. wink.gif

Did you see the link i posted for the carbon fiber guide? That should tell you how to judge genuine and fake carbon fiber. Make sure! There is a difference! The Di-Noc will look a LOT better. the cheap knockoffs (i was tricked once ): ) are not as nice. Be careful on ebay! haha
post #25 of 28
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Yeah, the price was the biggest thing, I wouldn't say I'm on a budget, but I definitely don't like spending money that doesn't need to be spent. I am staying at 1080p though, I'd LIKE to go higher, but the 4k monitors are ridiculously expensive.
I want to get this monitor though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2RY0X69484

An I've always wanted to watercool, but I move around so much it'd be more of a hassle than I'd like.

And I didn't see the link, I'll go back and look.
post #26 of 28
I have a Enermax 625W Pro+ PSU and it's more than enough for 2 GTX 660Ti SLI... Even with an 2500K@4.5 1.29V... Its recomended a PSU with 600W but for example an XFX 550W would it manage with no problem at all...

So just go for a 650W PSU...
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post #27 of 28
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Yeah, the price was the biggest thing, I wouldn't say I'm on a budget, but I definitely don't like spending money that doesn't need to be spent. I am staying at 1080p though, I'd LIKE to go higher, but the 4k monitors are ridiculously expensive.
I want to get this monitor though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2RY0X69484

An I've always wanted to watercool, but I move around so much it'd be more of a hassle than I'd like.

And I didn't see the link, I'll go back and look.

Oh yeah, if youre going to be getting that monitor you'll definitely need the power of two 660s.

Honestly water cooling is not hard; i think people make it out to be a lot harder than it is. Its really just following instructions.... and its pretty straightforward too. But its not for everyone smile.gif Thats for sure.

I move around a lot too. Your loop should be sealed so even if you move your computer around nothing should leak. Just like an AIO. If you followed instructions then nothing should even be leaking if you shake up your computer or lie it flat or around or whatever..... ive put it in my trunk before, loaded at my friends house, brought it back in my car, put it in the back seat, put it back in my house.... nothing was wrong... smile.gif

Just my two cents, good luck with your build!
post #28 of 28
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Oh yeah, if youre going to be getting that monitor you'll definitely need the power of two 660s.

Honestly water cooling is not hard; i think people make it out to be a lot harder than it is. Its really just following instructions.... and its pretty straightforward too. But its not for everyone smile.gif Thats for sure.

I move around a lot too. Your loop should be sealed so even if you move your computer around nothing should leak. Just like an AIO. If you followed instructions then nothing should even be leaking if you shake up your computer or lie it flat or around or whatever..... ive put it in my trunk before, loaded at my friends house, brought it back in my car, put it in the back seat, put it back in my house.... nothing was wrong... smile.gif

Just my two cents, good luck with your build!


In reality I'd love to do a triple SLI down the road, but not with these 660's, I'd have to get a new mobo if I wanted a triple SLI right now, sadly. .-.

But yeah, that monitor looks beautiful though, especially with being an IPS panel.

But thanks!
Hopefully it all turns out. (:
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