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2014 BF4 Machine
by dade_kash_xD
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Description

What was supposed to be a simple GPU upgrade turned into a whole new build. Welcome to the mind of an enthusiast. LOL! I'm sure most of you can relate!

I simply built this rig to replace my old rig which I thought would've been sufficient enough for BF4, being that it maxed out BF3 @ ultra. I wanted to be able to keep 60FPS @ 2560x1600p with 200% super sampling in BF4. This is what brought me to build this beast.

The only other upgrade/modifications that I am contemplating is putting a custom loop with GPU blocks for the R9-290's in crossfire. The fan noise doesn't really bother me too much, since I play with a pretty bad-ass surround sound setup. Maybe in the future, we will see.

OCN: dade_kash_xD steam: dade_kash_XD origin: kashtr0_3o5

Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load61.0° C
Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.4GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
Comments
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Yevgeniy_Onegin [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I got a very similar build, it's just that I prefer nVidia (X2 GTX780)... good build nice cabes... great PS. It would be better if you were to take a picture without the side panel, with GOOD lighting

 
 
dade_kash_xD [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

will do today! thanks for the advice and awesome comments!

 
 
fabnmun 1 point 13 months ago

Nice desktop, I have one of those Sapphire R9 290s in my build.

 
 
captainfatback 2 points 13 months ago

How do you like the 290? I've heard it's loud and hot but is it worth it?

 
 
Mr_Vault101 2 points 13 months ago

It's loud and hot yeah but it often makes up for it in its power. It performs above titan in many cases and that alone is worth the price. If i were you id wait a few weeks for the aftermarket coolers to come out

 
 
dade_kash_xD [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Yes, it's loud. Yes, it's hot. Yes, it kicks the crap out of 780 and Titan. Yes, it's really worth it. For $400 I unlocked my to 290x's. I'm really debating on buying a watercooling setup for them because they do get pretty loud though.

 
 
fabnmun 1 point 13 months ago

It is hot but by design, it's just a new way of tackling an old problem. Either way you slice it the card gets hot and loud, and that's ANY card really. The R9 is actually a great performer when you manually specify at least a 45% fan speed. I have mine set to 47% right now and mostly it gets up as high as 44. Now if you pull the target temp down it will both ramp up the fan (possibly override your max setting) AND lower the clocks until the set temp threshold is met. So basically if you're on the stock reference cooler then don't bother with the target temp as it WILL fight hard to sustain it. Best option is to set the fan higher and make sure you have good case ventilation.

 
 
SparkyOnPC 1 point 13 months ago

Quick question about your case, was your window panel squeaky? when I got mine it was.

 
 
dade_kash_xD [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

It's squeaky when I like remove and it and move it around. It's not squeaky when it's mounted and the fans are going.

 
 
SparkyOnPC 1 point 13 months ago

yea i've noticed that too, I haven't built mine yet contact corsair, they'll send you a new one and let you keep the old one

 
 
PCModder 1 point 13 months ago

Hows the noise level on that machine? I couldn't stand the r9 290 stock fan.

 
 
dade_kash_xD [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

LOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUD! Especially since I run them with MSI Afterburner using a custom fan profile. Anything over 80c I run 100% fans. It's annoying. I even flashed them back to 290 BIOS (after unlock 290x) because the only 290x BIOS I could get to work was a custom PT1 Asus Bios which made them run at full clocks at all times. Temps were out of hand high. 61c @ idle. Couldn't sleep with the fans at idle. So, flashed it back to 290 BIOS.

 
 
PCModder 1 point 13 months ago

I invested in the arctic aerocool aftermarket cooler. They have a few that will work. I recently switched from the aerocool hybrid water cooler. That thing is silent even when I over clocked my card and it keeps it running cool. I am pulling under 50 degrees Celsius under load.