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Critically Fractal

by critical-hit



Date Published

March 23, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 26, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.04 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.14 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


| Disclaimers |

Disclaimer: The accessories and the OS were discounted to me, so I got them cheaper. Disclaimer 2: With that in mind, this is also an upgrade from my 'less than' $2000 budget found here.

| Base Build |

'Bare-Bones, more accessible build': http://pcpartpicker.com/user/critical-hit/saved/#view=8jcNnQ

| What did I want in this build? |

I wanted a computer that could do it all. Except for 4k. At the time of this writing, the consumer grade graphics card to achieve 4k is not possible for me. If you love your computer, you'll treat it well. Initially, this build was a one monitor, one GPU card setup. However, I wanted to take it a step further and take full advantage of my motherboard. The build ended up becoming a 2-way Crossfire and a Triple Monitor.

I wanted it to:

Be able to multitask and to be able to have all my important windows up constantly. Playing games in high fidelity. This includes hooking it up to use triple monitors with Eyefinity Setup or nVidia 3D Surround Technology. Livestream me goofing off in video games while managing the chat easier. Be able to store and edit videos for later. Draw digitally on my PC with my tablet. I value performance greatly over storage when possible. *Reliability is an important factor, I'll spend extra for it as well.

This is my first build, so NO WATER COOLING. I wanted this to be air cooled. In return, I can only clock mildly. At best, 4.8 GHz (+100 MHz overclock) and 1140 mHZ GPU Clock Speed (+100 MHz overclock). The difference can either be noticeable on an older game, or modest at best on a newer game.

Edit: I switched over to Corsair H100i GTX, have no problems with it since as I noticed running very intensive games, the air cooler had problems there.

|Reasoning Behind the Parts|

With the help of a lovely friend (yet again), helped me out with a $2000 budget in mind [here] (http://pcpartpicker.com/user/critical-hit/saved/#view=8jcNnQ).

I swapped out the Samsung 840 to the Samsung 850 PRO and called it a day on the base build.

I saw that with the kind of power I wanted, AMD had the better price per performance ratio and made my CPU and Video Card an AMD based rig. So I went to look at an afterstock card, Sapphire and made it Dual R9 290X's because why not, you got to run THREE monitors at 144hz.

For my secondary storage, I went with the WD Black series since they are known for performance and reliability, hence I went with that for my second storage.



http://www.3dmark.com/fs/4184773 1080p http://www.3dmark.com/fs/4184687 1440p http://www.3dmark.com/fs/4184716 4k

Note: The numbers are not too shabby. However, if you want to 4k game... You'll have to get a higher memory GPU card to do that if you want to see past 30 fps.

/Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn/

Maximum Settings 1920x1080:

Range: 80~150 FPS

144 FPS average in Instances/Dungeons/Indoor Housing. 100 FPS average while roaming Eorozea/Raids/Outdoor Housing. 70 FPS average under Heavy Traffic in Mor Dhona. 60 FPS average under Extreme Traffic via S-Rank Hunts.

Maximum Settings w/ Eyefinity 5760x1080

Range: 60~100 FPS

120 FPS average in Instances/Dungeons/Indoor Housing. 85 FPS average while roaming Eorozea/Raids/Outdoor Housing. 50 FPS average under Heavy Traffic in Mor Dhona. 30 FPS average under Extreme Traffic via S-Rank Hunts.

/Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist/

Ultra Settings 1920x1080:

Range: 80~144 FPS. Average: 100 FPS.

Ultra Settings w/ Eyefinity 5760x1080:

Range: 60~90 FPS. Average: 75 FPS.

|Pet Peeves / Improvements to Work On|

*The PSU is a bit of an overkill in terms of wattage. It all happened when the EVGA 1050W from Newegg went dead on arrival. I RMA's that part. I ended up returning that and grabbed the Corsair 12000W at a nearby TigerDirect store.

*The Top fans should be the 140mm instead of the 120mm. Only the OCD inside me really bothers me. Otherwise, I'd switch those fans.

*Need to update the picture of that cable management since I fixed that already. I used an older picture of when I just had it set up. Eugh.

*I had to get a Club3D Adapter, and then an additional adapter to change the minidisplay port to displayport, in order to get the third monitor to run at 144hz.

|Advice and Thoughts|

  • If you want to attempt to run three monitors at 144hz, make sure not only your GPUs can handle it, but you have the Dual DVI Ports and adapters (when you run out of Dual DVI ports) to do this.

  • From my experience, AMD cards ran better with MMORPGs and editing programs than nVidia. Plus with price per performance, at the time I went with AMD.


Pre-Critically Fractal "Base Build": http://pcpartpicker.com/user/critical-hit/saved/#view=8jcNnQ IMGUR Format: http://imgur.com/a/ycFy5

Part Reviews


This thing runs ridiculously hot without a decent afterstock cooler (air or water), which is expected for a CPU of high performance. Huge props to making the CPU a great, affordable workstation tier CPU.


A modest price-per-performance RAM. Runs well without error.

Video Card

Sapphire, along side Vapor-X know how to cool their AMD GPU cards well. It'll only be noisy if you choose to overclock it. The price and performance you get out of it is a main feature despite it being an afterstock cooler. I've benchmarked it with single and 2-way Crossfire. It's an overkill in terms of 1080p for one card on just about all modern games. 4k on one card struggles even with overclocking. Less than 30 FPS is not viable with it. 2-Way Crossfire is fair game, however and is playable on that resolution.

Another benefit is that it has TWO Dual-Link DVI ports.

With all that performance, comes to slightly more noise. It's surprisingly not overwhelming and it's tolerable. I'd look elsewhere if you're attempting to find a quiet card to work with.


A really lovely Mid-Sized case that even has its own section of the case in the back panel made for cable management. Customization is another key to have the ability to take off panels, unscrew HDD trays if needed.

Operating System

While 8.1 is an improvement over 8 in terms of performance, and they managed to place the start button on the desktop.... The UI choice is horrendous, should of been it's own thing for touch tablets.

Swiping things in certain places on accident brings up search charms, and all this other crazy non-sense. Moving your windows occasionally minimizes everything. It's a hassle to just have to turn all this stuff off as well.

If you have to get Windows 8 or have that thing pre-installed, get the update as soon as possible to 8.1.

Case Fan

Gets the job done. Changing band colors is a bonus. Be careful not to screw it in too hard, or it can ruin a hole. The rubber ends on the corners is a bit flimsy after unscrewing and re-screwing.


This particular mouse is lovely because you can plug this in and treat it like a wired mouse. Or if you're feeling lazy and want to lay down, you have that option as well to pull the cord and make it wireless with the wireless usb dongle.

It comes with a wired USB cable, and wireless dongle. Good if you have long hands and need only a few buttons to work with.

Comments Sorted by:

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

Hey guys, I've did an overhaul of the formatting. It's not 100% the way I want it, but it'll do for now. I also typed up some new content regarding about the reasoning behind the build. Check that out and be as vocal as you like. Let me know what you guys think!

Mohd_Asif 3 points 45 months ago

Congracs bro, looks like a AMD Fan is here, your rig is awesome for Multi-Displays,


Btw tell the gaming performance you get on it, ever bench marked any game?

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I've updated the specs while I re-formatted the page here. Ctrl+F 'Benchmark'. Sorry for the late reply.

Dr_fuzzymuffin 3 points 45 months ago

Bruh, nice build, but i see a bigger table in you future....

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

I know, I hate the table as well. I'm getting this on the weekend and assembling it: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50219044/

Dr_fuzzymuffin 2 points 45 months ago

Nice choice< gotta love IKEA!!!!

RisingStorm 3 points 25 months ago

"If your GPU is nVidia, you can take advantage of the G-Sync features."

Sorry man, but there's no GSync in this monitor. - Asus VG248QE 24.0" 144Hz Monitor

Misspoke a bit it seems.

Also, a 3k build w/ a small cramped table, then the screens are only a TN & not an IPS. - impossible angles to see

graystang01 2 points 45 months ago

I have this same processor and wouldn't even think about running it with an air cooler. Nice build though.

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks, friend. It was my first build from scratch. I've installed and replaced parts before on other PC's but haven't made a computer for myself.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Sweet system, how's the temps with that 9590?

Wow you need to get a new desk, looks so cramped.

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Temperatures are alright for me when not doing anything intensive such as cranking up a demanding game with triple monitors. Using one monitor to play on runs smooth.

However with air cooling, you're not going to really overclock all that much. This PC's a lifesaver for being a heater, but I'll hate it when it comes to summer time.

I am also working on that too. I already have a desk in mind here and I'll update the post when I manage to get that going.

jake.99x3 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I don't mean to be the Intel fanboy but why why why for a build of that price range

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

My beta build with the help of a very lovely friend, recommended me these parts. After digging around some more, it helped me with my needs, and had a budget of $1500 at the time. At the time I gathered the parts, it costed me a bit less than ~$1400 which is very nice to start with. This is with only one monitor, and one gpu, which explains the price range of it being so high.

The second card, and the additional two monitors of the same Asus VG248QE 144hz racked up the huge spike in the price. This is no 'budget' build by any means of the imagination. If I wanted to go for the best bang for my buck, the link I provided is the key.

cilvre 6 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

could you adjust your formatting for your description section? it's spreading way out across my display lol. i'd also consider changing those top fans to be an exhaust, as heat naturally rises

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I'll work on the description format right away.

That's right, I completely forgot to discuss about the cooling. The intake is the top, and the side panel (which is the panel that's used to remove the cover to show the inside). The exhausts are on the back, and bottom. The Fractal case comes with four small legs on the bottom that gives it enough room for air to pass through.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

+1 for Blacklist! How your monitors holding up? 144hz really make a difference?

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

On Blacklist, they ran anywhere from 80~90 FPS on Max Settings. That is pretty darn impressive. Actually, since I'm so used to this monitor now, I play on a single monitor if I can't make it run 120fps consistently.

The triple 3D monitor effect draws you in quite a bit. It's weird at first but you get used to it. It's nowhere near as bad as a... Nintendo 3DS. Oh god.

dsargent7 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

New 3DS made the 3D effect's sweet spot range wider. Doesn't hurt my eyes anymore lol

socaldude879 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Wowza, how are you temps with this monster?

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I have that in the description (bottom left corner of the page for people on the PC. PCPartPicker is weird like that). However, the highest I've ever seen it ran is almost 70C CPU from extreme benchmarking.

floridaboz 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Very nice all around system. I like it even more because i am a AMD Fanboy(dont shoot me guys). Also i like the fact that you have successfully aircooled a 9590. When i do my build, i was already planning on using that aircooler, but i stayed away from the 9590 because of how everyone told me it had to be liquid cooled. Then again, that is why i am on this website now so i can see what other people are doing.

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

If you want to aircool with better results, I highly recommend the Noctura http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018.

And thanks man.

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Unfortunately, the Hyper Cooler 212 EVO couldn't last against an FX-9590 so I switched over to the Corsair H100i GTX. No problems since and under heavy load, it goes 40C. 15~20C Idle compared to 60C heavy load and 25C Idle.

Do be careful about defects about Water Cooled Units (All-In-Ones in particular) before purchasing.

Blakjack 1 point 22 months ago

Hi. I read one of your review on the Asus VG248QE monitor and i'm confused how you can possibly use G-Sync with an Nvidia gpu if Pcpartpicker doesn't recognize it as a monitor with the G-Sync feature with the filter active. In fact that monitor doesn't support it. How exactly did you get G-Sync running?

BrassShot 1 point 5 days ago

How much did your motherboard cost?

dark212627 0 points 45 months ago

do you mean *(+100 Mhz over) in the CPU?

btw, how's your electric bill with this build?

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

You're right, it is mhz. Fixed.

With the bill, not much. The Corsair PSU draws as much power as needed. The amount of watts I'm using at best is at ~1000w.

smoke9 1 point 45 months ago

Just to clear out, transformators in general, are drawing (always) power as much as they need. Dont want to be arogant, just to "teach" you if i can say in that way.

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

You're right about that, that's my bad.

Sythesism 7 Builds -2 points 45 months ago

Lol I was thinking the same. That bill is gonna go up.

sapphiretech368 2 Builds 9 points 45 months ago

I don't get people like you. So you spend 4500$ on a computer yet can't afford 10 bucks a month extra tops on a power bill?

welshdiesel 1 Build 9 points 45 months ago

Its like going to a drag race and bitching about fuel milage the whole time.

ryan2pro 4 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Exactly :D

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johnathan99 0 points 45 months ago

-cable management -cpu -cooler -os -keyboard -mouse this is all that is wrong and i recomend fixing

critical-hit submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I fixed the cable management, but I used the wrong picture. Eugh. I'll work on updating the picture when it gets bright outside.

As for the other components, I got some of them at discount since I work in retail.

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