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BlackDragonIV Update: Sapphire R9 295X2 & 1300W EVGA SuperNova

by dallaswilm

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Date Built

March 5, 2013

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.10Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.3GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

79.0° C

Description

My Fourth Personal Gaming Rig

*11/9/2014 Update: I have upgraded to a Sapphire R9 295X2 and 1300W EVGA SuperNova G2

BlackDragonIV: http://on.fb.me/ZtGxUF

BlackDragonIII: http://on.fb.me/130YEFw

BlackDragonII: http://on.fb.me/ZtGDM3

BlackDragonI: http://on.fb.me/14lSnZz

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Animus_of_Chaos 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Nice Build. Are you planing on oc the 7950?

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I was planning on it but after doing a little reading about that particular model it seems to be more hassle than it's worth. If I get bored one day though I will for sure :)

Animus_of_Chaos 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

We you can oc with out changing the voltage. Less hassle get MSI Afterburnner. just make sure you have 3dMark to test for stability.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I'll give it a shot maybe this weekend

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Looks like I should be able to squeeze 1020MHz/1575MHz out of it with the stock cooler. I'm excited to try it this weekend.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_7950_overclock_guide.html

Animus_of_Chaos 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

You will noticed the difference. Hope you enjoy the oc !

Ggadget 1 point 26 months ago

I like the keyboard.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks :)

Ggadget 1 point 26 months ago

I have the same one.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Clicky Clicky :D

Ggadget 1 point 26 months ago

Annoys people around you, but feels good.

Xenomorphic 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

A very beautiful build and I really like the red/black color scheme of the build. I think the only improvement I would have made personally would have been to put the extra 50$ in and got a 7970 > 7950 however this is just a minor personal preference.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Heh funny story behind that, I was originally going for the 7870 and had to throw in the extra few bucks to get the 7950 because the 7870 I was going for was out of stock everywhere I looked. I went over budget by about $100 for the entire build in the end.

Xenomorphic 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

The performance boost of the 7950 is well worth that 100$ price difference + did you get the Never Settle pack with Bioshock and Crysis 3? That's 100$ worth of games right there so you might have broke even ;)Also is that the Ballistix Tracer RAM?

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Yes I got the Never Settle pack with Bioshock Infinite and Crysis 3 :) And no it's just the regular Ballistix Tactical ram not the tracer version.

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Xenomorphic 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

That pack has some ridiculous value! With regards to the RAM all I can say is Bling Bling Bling.

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Javanode 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

very cool where did you get the dragon badge? my build called Dragonborn you know

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I got it at Wal-Mart in the automotive section http://bit.ly/Z77ltD

Javanode 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

i see

FokMaster 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Where did you get that dragon sticker it's so cool.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

I got it at Wal-Mart in the automotive section http://bit.ly/Z77ltD

Gigglerump 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Great job keeping the color scheme consistent. Nice to know there are other people out there that care about it. Awesome build otherwise, as well. Great video card, a kick-*** ssd, and a great CPU. Good job! :D

KPeterman098 1 point 26 months ago

Is the 6ms response time any problem while gaming? I've been looking at that monitor, but usually 5ms is my maximum.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Crysis 3 plays very well on it. I'm happy with the monitor except that it has a random whine that's quite annoying. I started the RMA today and will be having it replaced, I'm hoping it's not a common thing with this monitor as it is very nice.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Monitor has beem RMA'd as of this morning soon as I get the new one I'll let ya know if the squealing has stopped or not.

jopo14 1 point 1 month ago

How is the monitor now? I am considering getting the same type of monitor.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

It's been awesome since I got the first one RMA'd. Haven't had any issues with it at all.

jopo14 1 point 1 month ago

Sounds good, thanks for reply!

Smily 1 point 26 months ago

So much Asus stuff but you don't have a single part (not including monitor) by Asus

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Heh yeah I never noticed that, my last pc the one this one replaced was all ASUS/ROG themed and I didn't think before I made that wallpaper doh

xSWATxBadkid 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

RoG with no RoG hardware? Come on man I had my hopes up!

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I know I know, I made the wallpaper without even thinking cause my last box was all RoG and I didnt even think derp I have no asus in this build lol. Soon as I have time I'll make a new one :)

xSWATxBadkid 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

LOL

TestBuilds 1 point 26 months ago

Nice build, with a nice keyboard! Do you recommend that thermal paste?

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

That paste is super thick compared to the good old silver 5 stuff but it works good :)

TestBuilds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks for the info, I've been looking into good compounds.

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Churchland 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I see you have the original CM Cosmos, great case. I still have mine, i'll never part with it.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

That's my old PC BlackDragon III http://on.fb.me/130YEFw I sold her to a buddy of mine.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Oh I love that case, such good quality and nice to build with. Unfortunately I sold that system a few years back.

Churchland 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Yeah I would hate to part with it even though I'll be building a new PC soon. I also still have the original Coolermaster Cosmos and two Antec Sonata's in mint condition.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Always love building a new PC :) Have you got a parts list started? What case are you thinking of for the new build?

Churchland 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I am finishing up a build this weekend using the NZXT H440 in red. How about you?

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

LOOOOOOVE that case! I built a rig for a buddy of mine last summer using that exact case, it's so nice to work in. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/QkLD4D

Syndicate 0 points 26 months ago

Great build, personally I would've gotten the H80i or H100i for the CPU cooler. But whatever works for you is good.

Enlyten 1 Build 0 points 26 months ago

I wouldn't be happy with Powercolor and Antec components for the graphics and power, but if they run well, what can I say. The rest is all very fitting :D

Ggadget 1 point 26 months ago

Antec actually makes good psus.

Enlyten 1 Build 0 points 26 months ago

I know they do, but a 500w Corsair PSU that is modular costs much less, and Corsair PSU's are notoriously reliable. Just my take on PSU's.

Ggadget 1 point 26 months ago

Modular psus are good.

Enlyten 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

...Indeed.

dallaswilm submitter 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

This power supply has developed a high pitch squeal for 5-7seconds every 25-30seconds. I've tried running it on and off of an APC Back-UPS 1500 with the same results. I put in a request to Antec yesterday, hoping to hear back Monday.