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Compact Blue Monster

by B-Wootang

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Date Published

Oct. 4, 2014

Date Built

Oct. 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

35.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.03 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C

Description

Hello,

This is my 2nd build. Some of the parts of this build are split from a previous build I have here on PCPP. (Old Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/tmt6Mp). I currently live at home and the office space is owned by the family. So as a choice to not share, the little monster is hooked up to my room to a 1080p led T.V. I know that this build is a little over kill for 1080p, but I do have my heart set on a 1440p 21:9 Monitor. I love to game, and I want my games to run as good as Bacon is delicious. I use it mostly for college work, gaming, and media viewing. I planned this build for a while a choose items based on their appearance before their performance.

CPU:

I choose AMD for personal reasons and I kept it from my older build. I feel like there are too many Intel builds and just wished to be different. I know that the top comment is going to be that I should have gone with Intel at this level of performance. I agree that Intel can offer greater performance. I, however, didn't wish to spend the extra money on an I7 and I do not see a major gain in purchasing an I5 when I currently owned the 9370.

The 9370 is at its stock clock of 4.4GHz with the 4.7GHz Turbo core. AMD cool and quiet works really well as the CPU stays nice and cool until I throw some really stressful things at it. I have yet to find something that it has difficulty with. It's always really snappy and performs really well. I'm happy with it.

CPU Cooler:

The X61 is a bit pricey for what it is, but the software integration it has does help make up for it. It does a wonderful job of keeping the 9370 cool. I replaced the stock NZXT fans with Noctua fans. The entire cooling system is nearly silent and the performance it offers is wonderful, especially with the Noctua fans.

I love having the NZXT logo glow and having the option to pick which color I wanted. It took me 5 minutes to get it to match the blue lights on the GPUs.

Motherboard, Ram, and Storage:

The motherboard, Ram, one of the SSDs, and the HDD are from my old build. The Motherboard is very pretty in person. The heat-sinks are gorgeous and there is just the right amount of blue and the ram compliment it very well. Right now I’m running crossfire in 2.0 PCI-e X16 and x4. The second x16 slot is too close to the other x16 for most graphics cards, especially ones this large. It's not even visible with the first, card plugged in and I can't see how it would even be usable with a smaller card. Then the x8 slot is so close to the bottom it would require a case that supports Eatx and would most likely block the usb plug-ins. It doesn't seem to have a major hit on performance but I’m sure it’s lower than it should be.

The Samsung Evos are a great, no issues and do what they are supposed to. They are fast; I've had faster... but that drive burned out in a month (dang OCZ). Originally had Crucial SSD but I put those in my brothers PC. The HDD is just your standard storage for pictures, music, and movies. It was basically picked because it has blue in the description. I will be upgrading this 2 or 4TB SSHD in the future because I've almost maxed the 1TB.

Like everything else the Ram was picked based on color. They also have a very good speed and were the lowest latency at that speed when I purchased them. They work great. Started with 8gb, only got 16gb to max out the slots for a better appearance.

Video Cards:

The Vapor-x and Toxic cards from Sapphire have some of the best looking coolers on them. The R9 290s run great in Crossfire and quietly. It fun to watch them heat up, because the color on the sapphire logo changes colors as they heat up. The top card always changes about 10 seconds before the bottom card. They are in x16 and x4 PCI-e 2.0.

3D mark

Firestrike : 11578 Cloudgate: 21337 that other one: 109477

Fur Mark

1080p preset: 1st run 7220, 2nd run 7350

Cooling Fans:

The Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM fans are amazing. They have been greater than I expected. They make little to no sound under 1000rpm and aren't bad until they hit full speed. Which, they have never exceeded 1500rpm in my current set up, they run at 1020rpm at my current PWM setting and are very quite. With the x61, they keep the system really cool, even with the 9370. The Alpenföhn Wing Blast 2 are very good fans and are PWM, something that I really want every fan to be.

Case:

I feel s340 is the ultimate budget case but it is still a budget case. The metal on the top of the case is very thin and would resonate with the previous fans I had in it (Areocool DS 140 and Cougar Dual-X 140, both very nice) resulting in clicking noises and vibrations. I had to apply sound dampening foam to rid it of this problem. The SDD slot also do not sit flush and are slightly cooked, not a major issue but it does bug me a little bit. The side widow also accumulates micro scratches ridiculously easy (was dumb and used a wet paper towel to clean it once, never again) but this is probably a issue with most PC windows. Other than that its great. NZXT did a great job with the layout and the wire management. It's stunning in person, especially for those of us who like more plain cases with 90 degree angles. so it loses just one star. ..... going to put the s340 on ebay in March, I found a new case I just have to have: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gShKOco2kzE

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reoper6 15 points 54 months ago

Very nice build, people will say that an Intel would be better, but that depends. How are those fans? (the Aerocool) thinking of using them when i upgrade.

18hockey 1 Build 7 points 54 months ago

Sure AMD runs hot as hell under load, but with that cooler OP shouldn't have a problem. This is a sexy af build.

reoper6 3 points 54 months ago

I agree with that!

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

I have to change my review on the Aerocool fans. I did rma another one after I received the 2nd one and they made sure I got one with little to no vertical play. It and the Cougar fan both clicked at certain rpms. So I started looking into the case and found that the metal on top of the case is too thin and after applying sound damping foam to the top of the case the clicking went in both fans. I only stuck with the Alpenföhn fans because I demand PWM function and they are really good fans. I'm sorry about the bad review.

old post: The 140mm clicks really badly I got another one on the way in hope that I received a bad fan. The 120 works really well. Both move a bunch of air and look really great. I can't tell you how quite they are currently because of the 140mm but I will update it later when I get the new one. I agree that Intel would run faster. I had the motherboard and CPU in a earlier build and I'm very pleased with them. Plus I see too many big Intel builds, It wanted to be a bit different.

reoper6 1 point 51 months ago

Ok thats good, i still think those fans would look nice. On another note that CPU is really powerfull, but from what i have heard that case isnt the best with heat since it has a very distinct lack of fans. Update me when you get the new ones please! :D

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

aerocool fans are great fans!

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reoper6 2 points 54 months ago

Ahh nice and i think AMD does deserve some high end builds :P

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thank You.

willian 1 Build 8 points 54 months ago

That's one of the most beautiful builds I have seen! Great job

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Thank you, it took some planing and i did change what i wanted to do a lot.

wallywintrow1972 7 points 54 months ago

Very nice build, geesh intel fanboys, at it again lol, awesome +1

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

lol, Thank you.

Itroitnyah 1 Build 5 points 54 months ago

Wow, awesome build man. You did a really amazing job with the color theme and part selection. Very clean as well. Absolutely beautiful.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thank You

DeltasEcho 3 points 54 months ago

How's that CPU? I'm thinking of going AMD now since it's cheaper, budget around 1k, but upgrading my motherboard and CPU after such a short time would upset my parents and they probably wouldn't let me... now upgrading only my CPU would be much easier.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

I agree with alot of the comments below. get a i5, 8320, or x4 860k depending on what your willing to spend. If spending more on a graphics card will be effected by what processor you get. use the money on better GPU instead of on a better cpu. It's hard to truly bottle neck a gpu unless you get a really poor performing processor or run a top of the line malti-gpu set up.

The 9370 run buttery smooth. I like it a lot. I feel its on Par if not better then my buddies I5 build. (he's not on PCPP) but I feel my biggest performance gains come from the GPUs and the SSDs.

DeltasEcho 1 point 54 months ago

Alright thanks :)

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Any time.

nigerianjones -8 points 54 months ago

On a <650 budget I would go with AMD, on a 1k budget I would go with an i7.

Brandino312 2 Builds 5 points 54 months ago

Get an i5. no reason for an i7 unless you really money to blow

Blackie_Sheen 1 Build 4 points 54 months ago

on a 1k build, it would be stupid to go for i7. That be like 100$ he would take off his gpu budget

brelovix 1 point 54 months ago

Yeah just get an i5 for a 1K budget if you're gonna play games. That money saved could all go towards a better GPU and that's what matters most.

nigerianjones -7 points 54 months ago

I'm thinking about myself, mostly. I wouldn't be just using it for games, so the processor would be pretty important. I mean rendering 3d models and environments (In which case a 1k build isn't ideal anyway). But either way an i5/i7 will greatly outperform a 9590, and will in the long run, save money on power.

sapphiretech368 2 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

My new favorite build ever.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 4 points 54 months ago

Thank you, :) it's my favorite too.

GilChris95 2 points 54 months ago

THIS.IS.AWESOME!

KristennHahnn 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

Wow, This thing looks sick!

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Thank you, plus 1 on your build as well.

KristennHahnn 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

No worries and thanks!

cdk222216 2 points 54 months ago

DUDE that is a sick build, How was the case for cable mngmt. I got the H230 from NZXT but looking to upgrade for a bigger case and more room. awesome color scheme can deff tell you planned this out

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

oddly that is one of my issues with this case. If you have a long PSU and/or alot of cables (like I do) its hard to get them put away in back. NZXT obviously relied that the space between the PSU and the HDD cage would house alot of the extra cables, but if you use a big PSU then the space to store extra cables is far less.

Cable management up front is impossible to mess up. I will look good unless you don't actually try to make it look decent.

Dane10 2 points 54 months ago

I like the build and I guess a AMD you already have is better than a somewhat better (marginal) increase that you have to spend more money on. I'm giving it a 1+ now.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

:) Thank You

asunax 1 point 54 months ago

I am building a PC with the S340 case, just wondering, does having dual graphics cards limit the airflow of the case? It looks pretty small. Nice build btw.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I feel that it is not a big limiting factor. when the Noctuas get spinning it pushes a ton of air through it. (I can feel it coming out the back even farther down then the rear fan)

brelovix 1 point 54 months ago

Nice system. I always thought that blue against white or black was always really awesome to look at. +1

JennyMM 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Beautiful! I didn't know you could get cables and wiring in coordinating colors ... cool!

TheBored 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

OP can you run fur mark on your system as I will be using the same graphics cards in crossfire and the same power supply and I am being hesistatant

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Sure, I can do that tonight.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

7220 points (120 FPS, 60000 ms) FPS: min:118, max:123, avg:120 72c max temp I've never uses fur mark before. so hows that score? I think that might be one card...

TheBored 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

this looks very impressive, what did you use for 7220 points benchmark was it 3d mark 11 extreme

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 0 points 54 months ago

It was Fur Mark. I got 11578 in 3d mark.

TheBored 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks very much

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

wu tang for life! Also nice build. +1

_Pheonix_ 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

i have the same case and my and theres only 2 things i dont like about it 1) the hardrives only screw in from one side so they are kinda loose 2) i feel like gromments on the bottom would of made the case 10x better.

Also i love your build

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I agree. In person, you can see that the SSDs are slanted to the side of the screw. I don't mind the lack of grommets but I hate that opening in the back of the PCI-e slots and the one underneath by where the hard-drives are mounted. I feel like something will crawl inside it and life there.

_Pheonix_ 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

yea id also want to ask did your side panel come scratched?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

It did not. how bad is it?

_Pheonix_ 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

well its not terribly bad it's in the top right corner ill be posting the build soon

Blackie_Sheen 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

+1 for the theme. Really nice and powerful. And one qeustion,Are aerocool ds fans doing in terms of noise. Are they as good as suggested by aerocool? I might get one to repalce my cpu fan that ti find pretty anoying even though I have an nzxt h440 case that is supposed to be silence oriented.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I would suggest the noctuas any day of the week for a CPU fan. The Aerocools are not PWM so they will always run at full speed. About the Aerocool fans: The 140mm clicks really badly I got another one on the way in hope that I received a bad fan. The 120mm works very nicely. I did under-volt both of them with the 7V cable to make them quieter. They are better then most quiet fan i've had but for the extra money go with noctua unless you hate how they look.... which alot of them do look really bad.

Blackie_Sheen 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

I am pretty sure you can modify 3 pin fan speed with motherboard control. I mean, for quite sometime I have been using my cpu fan, which is a pwm fan, in the 3 pin cpu fan connector and the power ramp I set for it was working perfectly so...

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I knew you could run a pwm fan in the 3 pin but I thought it would just run at full speed. I didn't think that you could use motherboard control on a 3pin.

Blackie_Sheen 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

well now enjoy the marvelous discovery. haha

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I have to change my review on the Aerocool fans. I did rma another one after I received the 2nd one and they made sure I got one with little to no vertical play. It and the Cougar fan both clicked at certain rpms. So I started looking into the case and found that the metal on top of the case is too thin and after applying sound damping foam to the top of the case the clicking went in both fans. I only stuck with the Alpenföhn fans because I demand PWM function and they are really good fans.

sajiin 1 point 54 months ago

Awesome build. I was really looking at getting the same GPU. I don't have the money now to get 2 but it was my eventual goal. However since the 970's came out your talking $100 less for better performance, at least according to benchmarks anyway. So I think I will end up going with Gigabyte's Windforce card instead. Still love your build though. The blue color scheme is awesome. Great job.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

That the curse with PCs. In a short amount of time a newer better product will be out. AMD is already talking about R9 390x.

Thank you. I look forward to seeing your build.

obababoy 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Just figured Id let you know that these just dropped to $319!!! I got one and may get another but im worried about temps in my H440

sajiin 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks for the tip.

XDestroyer 1 point 54 months ago

Curous as to why you gave that motherboard a 3 star rating...

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

It's nice and I would recommend it for single GPU builds. Right now i'm running crossfire in 2.0 PCI-e X16 and x4. The second x16 slot is too close to the other x16 for most graphics cards. It's not even visible with the first, massive, card plugged in and I can't see how it would even be usable with a smaller card. Then the x8 slot is so close to the bottom it would require a case that supports Eatx and would most likely block the usb pulg-ins. Thats why I gave it three stars.

Julius_ 5 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Gorgeous box. I am jealous. Excellent job, all the way around.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thank you, I'm really happy with it.

Fredbo 1 point 54 months ago

Nice!

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thank You

Killeneminem 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Those cards are bad ***, sexy radeons. 10/10 would bang your build.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thank You

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I see you gave the Aerocool DS 120mm 5-stars, but the 140mm only 4. I was thinking about picking up a couple of the 140mm ones. Why did you rate them differently?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I have to change my review on the Aerocool fans. I did rma another one after I received the 2nd one and they made sure I got one with little to no vertical play. It and the Cougar fan both clicked at certain rpms. So I started looking into the case and found that the metal on top of the case is too thin and after applying sound damping foam to the top of the case the clicking went in both fans. I only stuck with the Alpenföhn fans because I demand PWM function and they are really good fans. sorry about giving you bad information.

Old posts: The 140mm clicks really badly, like really really badly. I got another one on the way in hope that I received a bad fan. Some fan click when mounted horizontally, I hope this is not one of them and I just received a bad fan. However it does look really good and it does move a ton of air even at 7V which is what i have it at.

I got the new 140mm in. It also clicks. Not as badly or as loudly as the other one but it does. it did not seem to at first, I had to put my ear really close to hear it, but after a hour of running it got audible from a distance. I plugged it out and the system is really quiet with out it. It sucks cause its a really nice fan but it far from "dead silent" at least when mounted horizontally.

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Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I really appreciate you taking the time to get back to me. I will certainly take your experience into account. :)

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Anytime, happy I could help

Dane10 1 point 54 months ago

These many likes for no description?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I'm getting one started. i'm at work currently (lunch Break) and I posted it last night at like 1am. I'll get one in there.

Dane10 1 point 54 months ago

The description is great now. :)

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

still only half done... lol :)

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Wow. This is literally the big brother to my build all the way down to the sleeved cables. The only thing I would have done differently is to get the BitFenix alchemy cables like I used since they don't have the black heatshrink on the end and the sleeve goes all the way into the connector, also I would flip the GPU cables so they go over the top of it because it looks like the cards are sagging so putting them over the top and pulling them slightly tighter will help with the sag.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I actually had the Alchemy Cables in my first build. I gave them to my brother for his H440. They were nice but I chose to switch because I wanted complete cables and not extensions. I was originally planning on the Aerocool DS 200 before the NZXT s340, which was announced a month before the s340. The DS 200 does not have a PSU cover and the extensions would not look as good as complete cables. The DS 200 still hasn't been released in the states and the NZXT won me over after I was able to get a good look at it. I bought the PSU and cables before I switched my case choice.

I cannot fit the gpu cables around the top. There isn't a way to route them in the s340 to go over the top. I think it just the angle of the pictures because they are not sagging. Thank you for your concern and offering a solution. BTW nice build, +1 for yours.

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks for the +1. I didn't realize they were full cables, and I didn't know if they were sagging or not since it doesn't look like they are a lot and since those are pretty long and heavy cards I thought I mention it anyway.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

yea, they are huge and heavy. They sag a little while they are installed but after you line-up and tighten the thumb screws they flatten out.

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Ok, that's good. I'm so jealous

obababoy 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Great build. I have just one of those in an H440 and with my fans all the way low I hit around 74c gaming but it is silent.

What are your temps for each video card while gaming? Now that they are $319 I might buy another if I can manage temps.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

yea, Dropping the price to $319 was kinda frustrating... I bought the card like two weeks ago :/

I have not look to see what temperatures i'm getting during gaming. The cards kinda show it themselves with how the color on the sapphire logo changes. I've had both cards go no higher then :yellow" while gaming. The top car will go "red" during Firestrike but it hasn't been a problem. no matter how hot they are, they do remain really quiet

obababoy 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thats awesome! I will enjoy what I have right now I think. Unfortunately I originally planned an HTPC build so my m-itx mobo was inside an Elite 130 case and obviously only has one GPU slot. I could try and sell the m-itx mobo and buy a new one but idk. the single 290 works great on my 1080p so there isnt a point yet :)

I need to get a case fan controller that goes off of GPU fan curve but it is kinda tricky as my fans are all 3 pin.

LeeTheNinja 1 point 53 months ago

The cards are all the way down to $270 now...But great build man, my new favorite on the site.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

yea it really frustrating :/

nkncloca13 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

That's awesome... what games do you play on it?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Star Citizen, Far Cry, Metro, The Witcher. I have over 100 steam games and I've only had Steam for 10 months... so ya I have much more that I want to play and very little time to.

nkncloca13 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Have you played CS:GO with it?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

No I haven't, I do have the game tho.

Chasedodge1 1 point 53 months ago

Where did you get those blue cables?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

They are the CP-8920046 and CP-8920054 from Corsair. They work with more of their power supplies the their website lists (the HXi series is not listed on any of them). I ordered them directly from Corsairs online store.

SirSnugzAlot 1 point 52 months ago

Quick question: Would you say the Logitech g700s was for small, medium, or larger hands. Please thank you!

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Medium to large hands... I think it could be universal as my girlfriend uses it just fine and her hands are quite smaller than mine.

Major_ADHD 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

why 1000 watts?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

The system is estimated to max out at 863 watts. I want at least 100 watts of overhead, and a Modular set up.

There are very few powers supplies that are around 950 watts, even fewer that are completely Modular.... so move up another 50 watts and BOOM, 1000 watts.

ebrainer1 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

What, no BLU-ray player?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 3 points 52 months ago

!? I hope I didn't need that to play Minecraft.

I considered one, but then got the s340. I don't miss having a optical drive.

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B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I think it would do just fine. Advanced video editing could be very taxing depending on how in depth you get... but i don't know much about that.

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yawlhead91 1 point 52 months ago

Beutifull Build

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 2 points 52 months ago

Thank you

kidkmander 1 point 52 months ago

Nice build! Is there anything wrong with the TP-Link Wireless Adapter? I assume it runs well with Windows 8.1?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Works just as you'd expect it too. wireless is wireless, a direct connection is far better. When one isn't available tho, the Adapter works just fine.

kidkmander 1 point 52 months ago

Thank you!

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Anytime

buckeyefan63 1 point 52 months ago

Awesome build. How hot does the R9 290 run in crossfire in that case? I might eventually get a second R9 290. Very similar build (I however went Intel) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zc2NWZ

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Top card sits at about 76c and the bottom between 68-72c on the challenging games. Waiting for Far Cry 4's Crossfire profile for a real test.

BFBCIE2 1 point 51 months ago

how do the noctuas go up against the stock nzxt fans?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

NZXT - 1000 RPM, 50 CFM, 0.9 mm-H2O Noctua - 2000rpm, 107ish CFM, 4.18 mm H2O

Had to attempt to convert to CFM for the Noctuas. They get the job done, move a ton of air. not a big difference between the two until you get above the RPM limits of the Nzxt fans but at that point the Noctuas are louder.

BFBCIE2 1 point 51 months ago

would you recommend me getting some?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

what CPU and case will you be running?

I only run them because the s340 doesn't have a lot of fans for truly great air flow so I felt the extra static pressure would help push air through radiator and into the case to help with heat from the crossfire setup while maintaining a lower speed. The x61 does a amazing job and prime95 has never pushed the fx-9370 to anywhere near hot as i thought it would get (would have gotten a 9590 if I knew it would be this good). The fans have never gone over 60% in their PWM setting. idle at 27c and max i've hit was like 53c with prime95. never been over like 35-40 with normal usage.

BFBCIE2 1 point 51 months ago

I have the x61 on my 4790k in the top of my 450D

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I don't think it's going to be that big of a increase for you. as long as your not having problems i'd say your fine.

berlinger99 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

This... this is beautiful.

Wynn 1 point 51 months ago

Can you update the temp of your CPU while under load ? Im looking into getting the cooler. Thanks, will +1 when you update !

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

The x61 does a amazing job and prime95 has never pushed the fx-9370 to anywhere near hot as i thought it would get. The fans have never gone over 60% in their PWM setting. idle at 27c and max i've hit was like 53c with prime95. never been over like 35-40 with normal usage. I put 35c up top under load because thats around what I get with my regular usage.

hope that helped, depending on your CPU, you'd probably be fine with something less expensive or even a air cooler.

Rossdiaz2014 1 point 51 months ago

wheres your crossfire for you gpu ?!

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

The R9 290s and 290x(s) do not use a Crossfire bridge. They communicate through the Pci-e slots. I believe all new AMD cards will be moving away from a bridge.

Rossdiaz2014 1 point 51 months ago

WOAHH thx for that coz i was about to buy my second 290!

teresi2finger 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

What is the highest temp you've seen running crossfire? I have the same cards and I'm getting around 83 at the highest. Do you have a custom fan profile?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I get 85c for the top card in Assassian's Creed Unity on Ultra (Game runs like trash, I get like 80c with just a single card running on Far Cry 4) This case isn't the best with air flow either. According to AMD, 95c is safe for these cards and the stock ones tend to run that so I guess i'm alright with 85c.

I don't have a custom fan profile for the GPUs.

Good looking build, BTW.

teresi2finger 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Yeah, my cards run really hot playing Battlefield. I was concerned because the logo turns red alert and it freaked me out a bit. I'm replacing all of my case fans so hopefully things will cool better.

I made the mistake of using quiet series sp120s for my radiator. They do squat for cpu cooling.

Thanks! I should have some pictures posted once I finish everything.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

yea it always worried me too. when those nightmares from Ubisoft (AC unity which is still bad and Far Cry 4 which is a lot better) came out they would get really hot and the game would crash which led me to think they the card were the issue. After some patches, Far Cry runs about 5-10c cooler now but still crashes every so often. Some other games still push them into the red but no crashes. i'm comfortable with it now as they cool down almost immediately after i quit a game. I just think that's how it's supposed to be.

Get PWM fans for your radiator.

mariothetec 1 point 51 months ago

whats the name of the black and blue fans

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Alpenfohn wing blast 2. They are a German import.

DavisTheWalrus 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

FIX THOSE STICKERS.....good build

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Lol. I never see them otherwise I would have by now.

jacwa1001405 1 point 50 months ago

dang. Whats your power draw for this thing? It probably costs as much electricity as your heating :)

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

ah nah! PCPP estimated about 823W. My power supply fan has never, not once, turned on (truely, the thing is completely dust free) so I think i'm under that. Haven't notice any increase in the bill.

MinotaurGrumps 1 point 50 months ago

YOU BUILT IT ON A RUG! That's breaking rule one. Be thankful you didn't short it out and the thing posted.

+1

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

used a lot of cardboard.

bilalnuman 13 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Fantastic looking build, the colours, cables and lights. Haven't noticed a single mismatched colour.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Thank you so much. Color was the main thing I was looking for when I was build my PC.

irisheartplutia 1 point 49 months ago

OMG, DOES ANYONE ELSE REALIZE THAT THE COMPUTER IS ON A CARPET D: :OOO

Nice build though :P

AyoShad 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

All I have to say is "Bad ***" bro....this is amazing !

Mrzezell 1 point 48 months ago

Where'd u get the cables

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

They are the ones made by Corsair for their PSUs

sponix 6 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Love the over all look of the build, and think you also made fairly good component choices.

I did break down and ding one Intel Fan Boy for flipping crap at you about going with the AMD Chip. You had already said it was your personal preference and clarified why you had made the choice to go AMD.

Best Friend just built a new rig with an FX 8350 and after seeing his machine run through the paces I no longer question his choice of the chip, it fits both his workload and budget perfectly..

Only thing I haven't been able to wrap my mind around is why you used Noctua NF-A14 for the Radiator. I'm not studied up on their fans though (yet), and the Naming Scheme Noctua uses seems cryptic. But what I do know is Normally you see the puke tan/brown ones on Radiators, so I have associated those as the High Static Pressure Fans....

Sure someone will take a moment to correct me if I'm wrong Grin..

Anyway, Over all Great Build. Looks very Sexy.. Thanks for Taking the Time to do the Build Log and the Pictures so we can all enjoy it.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Thank You i'm happy you like my build, I did take my time choosing parts.

The Noctua NF-A14 have almost twice the RPMs and static pressure of the stock NZXT fans while being just a quiet at the same RPMs (1200 vs 2000 RPMs, tho, much louder at 2000). I purchased them for the extra over head (RPMs and thus static pressure) compared to the NZXT fans. And yes THANK GOD they are black (Noctua took a hint) because i'd rather take a hit in performance rather then have brown fans.

tpaqui01 1 point 47 months ago

Beautiful build just amazing.

Beeeyeee 1 point 44 months ago

Love that color scheme! it just looks so nice!

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

thank you.

Huddy40 1 point 44 months ago

Have you noticed any issues with your crossfire being in a x16 and x4. I had this exact setup on my system for a while and seemed to get wierd performance. Synthetic benchmarks worked fine but a lot of games would peg my cpu(i5-3570k 4.4ghz) to 100% and I would get odd stuttering.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

absolute no issues. I actually switched my motherboard to the extreme6 and gained almost no boost from running x16-x16. so yes you'll be fine.

Huddy40 1 point 43 months ago

That doesn't surprise me actually. In my situation it seemed to be affected more by issues with games not fully supporting Crossfire. How has your general experience with crossfire been? I'm really contemplating getting another 290.

moses2012 1 point 44 months ago

Nice very, creative and Interesting choice with the cooler

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thank you

oboerror 1 point 43 months ago

This is awesome. When does that Phanteks Evolv come out?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thank You. Check out the new pics.

Ricamortez 1 point 43 months ago

Hi I have a question, why would you put the liquid cooling fan to the right side if there isn't any opening on the case for the air to flow out? I'm starting to learn about PC parts, especially air flow, and it just seems odd. Does it affect temperature negatively or?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

There is a opening. It draws from opening from the top and bottom of the front of the case.

Weazy 1 point 39 months ago

Wow what a build! Rockin' the dual GPU's and the blue theme, which I'm planning on making a blue themed build too. This is overall an amazing build and way to keep the theme going in all of the parts. Great job! (I know you built this a long time ago I just wanted to comment)

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thank You!

Royxgh 1 point 38 months ago

Where did you get those awesome custom parts(The blue fans a-swell as he cables)

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

new egg and amazon for the aerocool fans. The other ones I got from some German website. cannot remember but i don't run them any more ( not enough air flow)

heyneshan 1 point 38 months ago

Hey man, I hope you're still here

Are your GPUs overheating? Because I wanted to buy a 2nd r9 380 to run in crossfire, but the shop said the case was too small and the GPUs may fry.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

They could very well be right. They would throttle on some games in the nzxt case with the low air flow. They run fine now in my bigger case. but the 380's should run cooler

GrrTacos 1 point 37 months ago

Love the cables! Where did you get them? Btw, gorgeous build! +1 without a doubt

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thank you.

They a Corsair's brand cables. you can purchase them off their website.

sniperpro 1 point 34 months ago

i love the vapor x cooler, amazing build

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks. I hope the new cars get it.

Sk8ratt0115 1 point 33 months ago

How well did your 9370 run BF4 with one 290? I currently have a 290 and I just ordered a FX-9370 a few days ago. I might get another 290 used for $215 but not sure yet. Also does Fallout 4 give you any troubles? My i5-4440 (I've hated it since I got it, don't listen to all the Intel fanboys) bottlenecks my 290 like crazy. 100% usage but my 290 is only at 60-70% usage at the medium preset with godrays disabled on Fallout 4.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Nah no issues with fallout. I run it on ultra at 1080p and medium at 4k with no issues.

Never played BF4, I have BF3 and Hardline. But it's always been in crossfire. Hardline had so problems at first but got better.

I'd say save money and get the new 480x

almostquik 1 point 31 months ago

Idk whats better the framed Pokemon cards or the autographed Christan Ponder jersey HAHAHAHAHAHA. Great build dude and even better office

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thank You :)

adonsky 1 point 26 months ago

What would look cool if you install it would be a Hue+ by NZXT

FuzzyWuzzySteve 1 point 20 months ago

How are the fans for the CPU cooler set up? How is it getting rid of the hot air if they are up against the wall of the case?

Kcchopshop 1 point 19 months ago

no optical drives for the nzxt s340?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yup no slot to put one

dgrom 1 point 18 months ago

Kid just places his pc on a carpet.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Used Cardboard brah

moboy100 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

What size fans are you using? Would I be able to just have 2 fans where the radiator is and no radiator? Cause I don’t want a liquid build for my first build

tragiktimes101 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Yeah, you could.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Yes you could. I run 280(2 140mm fans). You can also run 3 120mm (360) fans if you want.

moboy100 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Ya i'll run 3 120mm fans, there's a good deal that tragiktimes101 recommended. thanks for the info

JohnNoiret 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Truly Elegant Setup

Fullsome 1 Build -1 points 54 months ago

I'm the type of guy that likes blue themed desktops with Intel Processors but that's just me. And this build looks amazing! Not to mention that beautiful cable management!!! +1 from me but I have to ask, with that budget why go with AMD and not Intel?

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 3 points 54 months ago

I've had the 9370 since my first build back in January. I just didn't want to buy a Intel Processor at that time and built a i5 and gtx 570 the prior year with a buddy. I wanted to try out AMD and got the 9370 for a steal with a rebate card I had. I've been very satisfied with it and it honestly doesn't run as crazy hot as it sounds (the 9590 probably does). I thought about switching but the extra money wasn't worth the extra performance and I wanted to have a unique build. high budget Intel builds are to common. This way i'm satisfied, the build is unique, and the solidarity between the processor and cards is kinda pleasing.

james6344 -6 points 54 months ago

For 2k you should have an intel cpu, because its fact they offer the best performance. Your build has the looks though so +1.

B-Wootang submitter 3 Builds 4 points 54 months ago

Intel can offer better performance at this level. I chose AMD out of personal preference and I didn't want to spend extra on a I7 and didn't want to buy a I5.

sajiin 0 points 54 months ago

From strictly a gaming perspective there are some games emerging now that are taking advantage of more than 4 cores anyway so buying an i5 while it may be better performance gaming-wise now, it will cease to be that in the near future so I think you made a great choice in CPU.

nigerianjones -8 points 54 months ago

On a budget this big, I would have went with intel.

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