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Got a good deal from a friend on this i7-7700. Got a new h270 board to put it in. Game play with the GTX 1080 is much smoother over the i5-6500 I had in before (current benchmarks below). New benchmarks upcoming. New pics uploaded on 1/13/17.

Benchmark Overall Score Graphics Score Physics Score Combined Score CPU Score
FireStrike (v1.1) 15023 22380 7236 7271 --
Time Spy (v1.1) -- -- -- -- --
Cinebench R15: CPU (Single) 153 -- -- -- --
Cinebench R15: CPU (Multi) 565 -- -- -- --
Cinebench R15: OpenGL 109.94 fps -- -- -- --
Benchmark Setting Preset Resolution Average FPS GPU Usage CPU Usage
Overwatch Epic 2560x1440 134 fps -- --
The Division Ultra 2560x1440 xx fps -- --
Rise of the Tomb Raider Ultra 2560x1440 xx fps -- --
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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Got a case of GPU sag but great cable management. I take you bought the AIO cpu cooler for aesthetics? Locked cpus don't need a lot of cooling, stock coolers they come with keep them well within safe temps but they are ugly as sin.

I do have a soft spot for Fractal design cases though, I got an arc mini r2 case myself. Basically the model the define mini c replaced.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, sadly there's some slight sag, but it's a solid panel so not too worried. Got the h60 to cool down a amd processor years ago and just still going strong. Can't stand the whine of stock coolers under any sort of load.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Any recommendations on fixing a slight sag? I saw asus teases a gpu bracket a few weeks back.

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

can't go wrong with some [legos] (http://imgur.com/LVG1uyJ) ;)

also, as mentioned above, you could route the power cables up and over the gpu to pull it upwards a bit.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not sure, a GPU bracket may help but if it were me I would try and find a way to make it look good in the case. Just seeing the card angling down triggers my OCD. Well glad you didnt buy a new AIO for that locked cpu because I can't help but think how much of a waste that is, you could put that money somewhere else for better performance. A "be quiet! - Pure Rock Slim" cooler would get rid of the stock fan noise for far cheaper and make less noise than AIOs on average.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup :)

I did it on mine with the Mini C version of that same case. Just use a piece of string to go around a secure point on the GPU and then up through the top roof holes of the case and around the back to tie off.

These images might help with what I mean - http://imgur.com/a/EfNje

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hrmmmm that could work. It's not sagging nearly enough to cause any damage though. Really I just want Asus to release this... https://www.overclock3d.net/news/gpu_displays/asus_plans_to_ship_gpu_supports_with_next_generation_motherboards/1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

If you get onto the sag early though, it's better, otherwise the sag puts a slight bend/warp in the card, the string thing is a really cheap and good fix (especially with our Fractal cases) and even the ASUS bracket, isn't long enough to really help it much, there are longer variants of it which would be better, but they cost too.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, ya that makes sense. I've seen it done before. The honeycomb top makes it super easy. Thanks for the suggestion and pics. I'm about level with the chipset heatsink behind it. Should be good now or at least a lot better.

http://imgur.com/a/e9MNZ

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

About the GPU sag, here is one thing to try if it does bother you.

Route the PCIe power cables up above and behind the graphics card rather than down and in front, then secure them in such a way as to support that end of the card and take some load off the PCIe x16 slot.

There's a picture of what I mean included in the shots for this build of mine. Exactly how to do it would depend on your specific build.

Of course, this puts some - minimal! - stress on the graphics card's power socket instead of the PCIE slot. Nothing to worry about, I think. And ultimately, as folks have already said, this is more about looks than safety anyway, so whatever looks best to you is the way to go :-)

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I got the string method going now. Might look into this method as well.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the string hack.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a quick, dirty, cheap and efficient method that's for sure. Can barely even tell it's there too. Thanks to the recommendation from above.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Too bad your mobo didn't come with an I/O shield but no big deal.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

It has an I/O shield...or do you mean an I/O cover like this? https://dlcdnimgs.asus.com/websites/global/products/raDdHADFSa42GEuM/images/optimized/board.png

Ya, i actually got this board on a daily deal from newegg a year ago, so i'm not complaining.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

from what I've read, those i/o covers aren't really that helpful. sort of restrictive actually.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nicely done! Why no side panel window though, the interior would look nice through a window imo.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a huge fan of side panels personally. Would prefer a quiter running build.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, Rival 700? Serious ****. Nice build! You mentioned the 1080 was free? Did you win a contest?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

My friend won a gtx1080ti in a raffle a gifted down the 1080 to me. Nice upgrade from a gtx1060 6gb which hangs out in my htpc build now.

The rival series of mice are great in my opinion. Even the cheaper options.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The fractal venturi fans are great. I have a 140mm airflow fan in this build and a 140mm static pressure fan on a cpu in another build. Although, even the black and white fractal fans that came with this case provide plenty of airflow and are quiet.