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Ice Cold Rosewill
by drandles
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Description

This was my first build in a long time. I wanted a nice gaming PC for my son and didn't like the prices of the pre-built ones. I spent over a month (two paydays) purchasing the parts. The prices have gone up since I bought the final piece. The reason I went with X-Fire 7950 was because New Egg decided to charge & ship me two identical orders. I decided to install them instead of sending one back and paying the restock fee.

Pros- The case is spacious and provides great cooling (see temps). Plenty of drive bays for extra drives, fan controllers, etc. The Hyper 212 Plus allows me to overclock to 4.2 GHz and still stay below 50C. The system boots off the SSD in less than 10 seconds. I run the two 1TB in a Raid 1 where all the games are installed. The 7950 XFire benchmarks are almost exactly what you see on tomshardware.com. I can run Crysys 3 with the highest settings.

Cons- The fan controllers on the Rosewill do not function well. The side 230mm fan makes noise unless it is running at full speed. None of the drive cages are removable like you see in other cases. This case is not meant to support a full watercooling solution. I was planning on using the extra drive bays for a 5.25" res but there is no way I can get enough rads internally to support CPU and 2 GPUs.

Overall I am happy with the build. I can live with the air cool system because my temps are great. Once the fans die, I will replace them with some nice aftermarket ones and add a fan controller.

Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle21.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load48.0° C
PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate850MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load69.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP11732
Comments
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CheesyHotDogPuff 6 points 21 months ago

Either one hell of a dad or one hell of a spoiled kid, I'm guessing the former.

 
 
Divdor [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Very Nice build. Solid choices. Should blast through most any game you can throw at it.

 
 
LiquidArrogance [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

I don't know much about crossfire compared to sli but I don't think you need both bridges installed.

 
 
drandles [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 21 months ago

I believe you are correct. I just think it looked funny with one.

 
 
noob_for_life 1 point 21 months ago

can you be my dad for a couple day??? :)

 
 
FokMaster [2 Builds] 1 point 21 months ago

Can you be my dad?

 
 
Smily 1 point 21 months ago

Have you had issues/imitations because of X-Fire?

 
 
drandles [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

None so far. I have been running MSI Afterburner, Prime95, and 3DMark about every other day just to make sure. I must point out that there is an SLI/X-Fire Molex power connector on the mobo. From what I have gathered online, it is only necessary if you run three graphics cards. I will continue to keep an eye on everything just in case. Adding a fan controller will clean up the fan cables that are currently connected to the mobo.

 
 
Smily 1 point 21 months ago

Hmm... I wasn't really referring to temperature, but I didn't make that clear. I mean, did you have any issues with crossfire as in not being able to run with the dual cards in some games?

 
 
Xareh [4 Builds] -1 points 21 months ago

Tahiti based cards are pretty much as good, if not better than a GTX for running multiple cards. I believe that X-Fire also has a glorious habit of adding memory together, so there's 6GB of GDDR5 floating in that system.

 
 
Xareh [4 Builds] 1 point 21 months ago

You certainly know how to build a computer, your son must be very happy!

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bgleonarda [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

How's that video card? I'm debating between the powercolor and the gigabyte 7950. I heard the gigabyte 7950 have a locked voltage now so I'm leaning towards the powercolor.

 
 
drandles [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

I am very pleased with the powercolor 7950. I am getting exactly the same benchmarks reported by tomshardware.com. Since it is the Boost model, there is a little OC built in. I have seen others OC it to run like a 7970 but I have an air cooled system and the temps get up in the 60s already.

 
 
Scommando1 [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

I heard that the PowerCooler gets really hot & very loud at times... What do you think? Can you give a little review if it? Thanks! ;)