PCPartPicker

  • Log In
  • Register

Build

Projekt BloodRaven *Updated: R9 295X2 x2 Crossfire

by dallaswilm

352
207 Comments

Part List View full price breakdown

Details

Date Published

July 7, 2014

Date Built

July 5, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.03GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.2GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

Description

This gaming computer was designed and built by me for my friend of 10+ years. He was tired of always running the Future Shop bargain computers and came to me with an almost limitless budget and said build me a real computer. Based on his wants/needs and my recommendations this is what we came up with. Some have said it is overkill and some have questioned our hardware choices but regardless she is a beautiful machine and runs like a dream. I hope it will keep him very happy for many years.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154352783710531&type=1&l=9a5faa0962

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/3483609

*Update (July 12, 2014): Funding is in the works to add a second Sapphire Radeon R9 295X2 8GB graphics card, reason being is that at 4K Star Citizen chokes this rig out.

*Update (Oct 3, 2014): Second R9 295X2 has arrived just waiting on the 1600w power supply to come and then it's showtime. The EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 can only supply +12V@108.3A, we need +12V@112A (28A of current to each of the 8-pin auxiliary power connectors, 50A of combined current to the pair of 8-pin auxiliary power connectors) to power both cards, so rather than take a chance and end up blowing the power supply and potentially other hardware, we're going to grab a EVGA 1600 G2 just to be safe, this will give us +12V@133A. We're also replacing all of the AF120's with SP120's this should provide better airflow due to the design of the front bezel (so I'm told).

*Update: (Oct 24, 2014): We have both R9 295X2's and the 1600w EVGA power supply now. Just need to find time to remove the old power supply and R9 295X2, relocate the H105 rad to the front, install both R9 295X2's, replace the stock fans on the Sapphire rads, and install the new power supply. Should have pics of the completed project up by Halloween if all goes well :) (Parts List Below Has Been Updated)

*Update: (November 4, 2014): Ok, I'm installing the R9 295X2 x2 and the EVGA Supernova 1600w PSU this Saturday afternoon come hell or high water!

*Update: (November 7, 2014): Installed the two new Sapphire R9 295X2's, the 1600w G2 EVGA SuperNova power supply, and the 3x SP120's have replaced the 3x AF120's

*Update (December 13, 2014): Made some custom combs for the aio cooler hoses out of spark plug wire separators.

Comments Sorted by:

Auruz 1 Build 70 points 37 months ago

Very nice job hiding the Flux capacitor...this thing has a Flux capacitor right?

septiczz 1 Build 23 points 37 months ago

You have no idea how much I laughed at that comment, because of you I have orange juice all over my keyboard.

coyote1111 9 points 36 months ago

because of you i have water all over my keyboard lol

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 30 months ago

(claps) GG bro

[comment deleted by staff]
xx116xx 3 Builds 15 points 37 months ago

Where did you think the lights were coming from?

Statecat 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I was about to say something similar. XD Where's the Mini Nuclear reactor??? :D

Deathwyhsh 46 points 37 months ago

Time to play minecraft.

MidnightKr0nix 2 Builds 34 points 37 months ago

10/10 would bang..

Johnston12 10 points 35 months ago

Wanna threesome.

optimusgaming 1 Build 17 points 34 months ago

+1...

If you know what I mean! ;)

Jykos 1 Build 11 points 31 months ago

how about 4 way cross fire... opens side panel

optimusgaming 1 Build 4 points 31 months ago

Lol... I laughed to hard at that.

Tommo791 7 points 28 months ago

Ahh I do love this community.. Too bad SLI and Crossfire is capped to 4 cards at the moment, I'll be back in a couple of years ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

insectdoughnut7 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

it is 4 way since he has 2 cards with two gpu cores each

coolguy562 2 Builds 24 points 37 months ago

You don't understand the level of jealous that I'm feeling over the graphics having it's own briefcase.

jacwa1001405 1 point 32 months ago

same here haha

Stanbery 20 points 37 months ago

Finally: a build that can run Pong. AT 4K RESOLUTIONS. IN 3D.

DragonForge 4 points 32 months ago

9K I think you mean to say. ;)

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 8 points 29 months ago

Why not in 69K in 8D

TheDarkCarnival 1 point 27 months ago

gg

milesknight 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

no no no in 4D

gamerred 1 point 20 months ago

But sir.... That's INPASSIBLE!!!

davideus23 1 Build 10 points 37 months ago

I feel like people with huge budgets end up spending more than they have to for a certain level of performance. That said... wow. It's magnificent.

aricleather 1 Build 8 points 37 months ago

Everyone has better stuff than me XD Nice build :) +1

[comment deleted by staff]
[comment deleted by staff]
gamerred 1 point 20 months ago

I'm holding my phone in one hand.... A potato in the other don't feel bad

RyneSmith 7 Builds 7 points 37 months ago

Gorgeous build, a job well done for sure!

+1 and more if I could

How do you like the R9 295x2? I'm assuming it's a beast of a card just curious on the noise levels/heat output/game performance

Have a good one!

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 7 points 37 months ago

Thanks! the R9 295x2 runs very quiet, puts out quite a bit of heat under load but the performance is unreal, we were getting 3600+ FPS in the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/3483609

Zylos 10 points 37 months ago

My god. With that much FPS, you might as well be looking in a mirror.

Captain-Falcon 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

How did u get beat by a dual 980 setup!?!?!? apparently 1 295X2 can hold its own against 2 titan X's

gamerred 1 point 20 months ago

No.. It can't... (BTW 295X2 is 2 cards smashed together so it's not even fair to compare it to 1 Titan X)

pegotico 2 Builds 7 points 37 months ago

+10...

TexasTrev 1 Build 6 points 37 months ago

You wouldn't be able to pull me away from this. I'm curious as to the whole setup. Number of monitors, resolution etc.

TexasTrev 1 Build 6 points 37 months ago

I suppose I could review the parts list next time.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 3 points 37 months ago

Thanks! It's just going to be running a single 4K monitor at this point.

Bajubom 6 points 37 months ago

I was expecting space marine theme there.......

ThePCGamer123 6 points 37 months ago

Can it run minesweeper?

Skinnyjeans21 1 Build 4 points 37 months ago

It can run a sweet rousing game of Tic-Tac-Toe so I'm sure it almost has enough power to run Minesweeper

KeeganH2000 2 points 25 months ago

Yeah but at 1080p 60fps I don't know

ImElkay 1 Build 6 points 37 months ago

Does that keyboard have solid gold switches? No? Then WTF that's an expensive keyboard.

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 6 points 37 months ago

That suitcase for the GPU is totally badass, +1 on the build.

Wahro 6 points 37 months ago

well, there goes my pants.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 4 points 37 months ago

Limitless budget and you got awesome (and expensive) parts. Plus, you color-coordinated. but no pet in the background/foreground? -1

:p jp i'll +1

KPECTOK 4 points 35 months ago

23y-eyhfp0aek-,c213l;fdjpx'czkvj'seih............... sorry... was wiping jizz of my keyboard...

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Lmao!

TheDarkCarnival 1 point 27 months ago

XD

Cthill 2 Builds 3 points 37 months ago

+1 For obvious reasons. Very nice build.

Mephikun 3 points 37 months ago

Absolutely beautiful build. +1

nathanielrichards 3 points 37 months ago

that was beast how do you do it

GilChris95 3 points 37 months ago

Dayum Son!!!

bbakker09 1 Build 3 points 37 months ago

Although this is a very expensive build, I don't think it's crazy over the top. It looks like you made very reasonable choices for the performance you wanted to achieve. Great build!

D3ck3rCain 3 points 37 months ago

I enjoy your color scheme, layout. Dat cable management! +1

saturn7601 1 Build 3 points 36 months ago

nerdgasm

Codyman125 1 Build 3 points 35 months ago

Hey! I was just looking at your 3DMARK scores, and noticed... you have the RAM WAAAAY underclocked. 667mhz? You got the 2133 modules! Crank that **** UP!

nkkelly 2 points 37 months ago

but can it run crysis? That is the real question

Matty 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Just WOW........ (if only i could have one myself :P)

bsr387 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

simply perfect, great build

ProEngPC 8 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Awesome build, The latest AMD cards rock. Just out of curiosity, why did you choose the 295x2 over two 290x ? Was it for noise, or just because the 295x2 looks really cool?

Skinnyjeans21 1 Build 3 points 37 months ago

295x2 both looks cool, makes less noise, and performs better than 2 290x because with both GPUs on one PCB you're getting the full amount of VRAM (8 GB) instead of where if you CrossFire 2 290x, even if both had 4 GB, you wouldn't get the full 8 GB because CrossFire and SLI both don't work like that. Same goes for adding a 3rd card. So I'm sure this guy did it for looks, performance, and cooling reasons.

ProEngPC 8 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

I agree about the looks, noise and cooling. The RAM, however, is handled the same was as two cards in CF. Both GPUs on the PCB are connected via a CF bridge, so the same data is duplicated in the RAM for both GPUs.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

There were a few reasons behind this choice, it runs very quiet, the thought of having dual aio closed loop liquid cooling along with the H105 was enticing, have the option of adding another R9 295x2 down the road, it looks really badass and it comes in a freakin' suitcase lol

otisriedel 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

i like every bit of it! except that case. looks pretty plain.

niallmul97 2 points 37 months ago

But does it allow you to spy on everyone with one thousand eyes and one?

TheDarkCarnival 1 point 27 months ago

1001 __/

i know it doesnt look like it buy its 1001 faaa....

aah forget it

MechPilot524 2 points 37 months ago

Would you have preferred buying simply a 2x8GB or 4x4GB single kit instead of getting two 2x4GB kits? I mean, the processors ARE supposed to be binned if they're all in the same kit, so it helps quality if they're all in the same kit, so I don't get why you didn't just get a 2x8GB or 4x4GB RAM kit.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

It all came down to cost. Sure I could have picked up CMY16GX3M4A2133C8R for $346.51 or CMY16GX3M4A2133C9R for $331.20, but the CMY8GX3M2A2133C11R for $97.33 seemed like a no brainer.

sandman-1c 2 points 37 months ago

Did you have to modify the evga 1300W power supply to ensure it got the power it needed from the psu or buy any accessories etc? I heard it needs 2 8 pin connectors on seperate rails and a total of 50 amps combined Thanks! Greg

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Didn't have to modify anything, just hooked each 8 pin connector to it's own rail on the modular power supply and it seems to be working great.

chacal 2 points 37 months ago

How's the Asus 4k screen?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Amazing

vcheval307 2 points 36 months ago

why not use the SP fans in the front rather than the AF fans? don't you have less than an inch or two with the front cover on?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

True, the thought never crossed my mind. My rule of thumb is SP fans on rads and AF everywhere else.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I have replaced the AF fans with SP fans all around now :)

jazam 2 points 36 months ago

Almost done with my build that's almost exactly the same except I'll have a Xspc loop through the cpu r9 and a 360/240 rad

mspring 5 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

PERFECT BUILD BRO +1

JonGee7 2 points 36 months ago

I really like the style of the case.

osamarchie 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Probably my favourite build on the whole site, this is such a sexy beast. Isnt your CPU running a little hot? With a 105 and running stock clocks the temperature should be lower under load. Another problem is do you think the 4790k will bottleneck 2x 295 x2s?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Yeah the cpu is running quite hot, we tried to OC but could not keep it stable even under the slightest overclock, it would run good for 3-5 hours then reboot for no reason. For now we're running all stock clocks and it's running all day no issues. Not sure what's with the heat, might try a different thermal interface material. Hoping the 4790k can keep up with the 2x295x2s, short of dropping in a xeon not sure what else could be done.

Moltraze 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Possibly if you happen to have the money, you could invest into a Haswell E processor or one of the newest 5k processors they released most of those processors have 6 cores, one has 8, Only if your 4790k isn't keeping up though, Very good build. +1

wallywintrow1972 2 points 36 months ago

Well DAMN, that's all I have to say about that. + Infinity

XperiaHD 2 points 36 months ago

I plan on using this case with a Sapphire r9 290 (non-x)and it says this: http://prntscr.com/4fny3a

can you remove the 1 or few of the hard drive bays to make enough room for the card to fit in? Thanks!

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Yup all the hard drive bays are removable so in theory you could have a video card that spans the entire length of the case if you needed.

HunterScars01 2 points 36 months ago

you sir have inspired me to use this case in my up coming build

Techlad 2 points 36 months ago

NSA.

sanchezliny 2 points 35 months ago

Awesome Build! I know I'm a bit late on commenting on this build but when i saw it i was like OMG. The color scheme worked out great and the cables were so neat and I wish i had the ability to +1 this 1000 times but i cant. I'm just curious where this 10+ year old got this money from.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Lol, he's 32 and has a $60k salary, he's been my friend for well over 10 years is what I meant by friend of 10+ years

sanchezliny 2 points 35 months ago

I must have read that wrong I'm really sorry hahaha. +1 anyways

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Heh right on

Yadro 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

Besides the top-of-the-line parts in your rig, it is an absolutely GORGEOUS build. Excellent pictures. WELL DONE, Sir.

ty44 2 points 35 months ago

Hey i have the i7 4790k and the h105 and i'm about to order the vii hero. Do you recommend the thermal compound you used? Thanks.

KPECTOK 2 points 35 months ago

no, clean the h100i from the old and apply noctua's

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Agreed

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Yes sir, I use that compound on all of my builds. However you might try the Artic Silver 5 rather than the Ceramique 2 compound, I find the Ceramique 2 runs a little warmer than it should. I'll try it on my next build.

ty44 2 points 35 months ago

hey, thanks for the reply but i did not see it until right now and i ordered artic cooling MX4 a week ago. Have you heard good things or bad things about that paste. Thanks

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I believe the MX4 is on par with AS5, should give you good results.

ty44 2 points 35 months ago

Thanks a lot for the input and help. magnificent build! Cannot wait to see the update when you throw another 295x2 in there.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

It has been ordered, should have new pics up soon :)

Xzantos 2 points 35 months ago

Just curious, how did you get the brief case with the card?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

It was a limited edition SAPPHIRE 100360OCSR

Xzantos 2 points 35 months ago

Thanks for the reply

ckallas2 2 points 35 months ago

Did you get a second 295x2? If you did, where did you mount the second radiator?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

It's still in the works, stay tuned :) Going to mount both the R9 295x2 rads in the front I think.

ckallas2 2 points 35 months ago

Thanks! I'll keep an eye out.

joeh4384 5 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Are you going to flip the airflow? The 295x2 dumps some serious fire from its rad that I probably wouldn't want dumped in the case. +1 on the build.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

True, been going over different configs and might actually put the GPU rads on top and move the CPU rad to the front. All depends if everything will fit/reach. Guess we'll find out once we get in there :)

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I added two new pictures ;) stay tuned for more. We got 2 new cards entirely and the original limited edition one is going in my personal rig.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

So, this is where we're at: We have the 2 new R2 295X2's ready to go, however the EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 can only supply +12V@108.3A, we need +12V@112A (28A of current to each of the 8-pin auxiliary power connectors, 50A of combined current to the pair of 8-pin auxiliary power connectors) to power both cards, so rather than take a chance and end up blowing the power supply and potentially other hardware, we're going to grab a LEPA G1600 just to be safe, this will give us +12V@133A. We're also replacing all of the AF120's with SP120's this should provide better airflow due to the design of the front bezel (so I'm told).

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

2nd R9 295X2 is installed. See pics.

joeh4384 5 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Nice, any issues with unexplained throttling? My 295x2 would suddenly downclock to 300mhz when I ran a 290x under it and suspect it was the VRMs overheating.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Haven't had any throttling issues that we've noticed but we are having some really goofy issues with different games such as Dead Rising 3, when launched it causes a huge memory leak and takes off, 2 4 6 8 10 12Gb of RAM until it runs out and just locks up. Still playing with settings, we'll get her all figured out :)

akula2 2 points 34 months ago

It's a fantastic build. Please share on Asus PB287Q performance as I'm interested to buy one monitor for my 4790K build too.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

It's an absolutely amazing monitor in every way, just make sure you have the horsepower to run it, we quickly found out that one R9 295X2 was not enough to tame this beast on the most graphically demanding titles such as Star Citizen

akula2 2 points 34 months ago

Thanks for responding.

I'll be using that model for a build:

Intel i7-4790K; Asus Z97-WS; Corsair Platinum 32GB 2133MHz; 2 x Asus GTX 980 4GB

I need two displays; non-Gaming workstation. I think those 980s should do the job in driving them? Three is ruled out for sure

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Yeah for workstation purposes it will work like a dream. It works well for gaming on our R9 295X2 on most games we get ~25-30fps, we've got another R9 295X2 to put in there now so that should bump us up to ~40-60fps we're hoping.....hoping ;)

TheGodfather 2 points 34 months ago

Where'd you hide the radiator and fans for the CPU cooler? Or, if it's in plain sight. How'd you get red rings for the fans?

TheGodfather 2 points 34 months ago

Nevermind. I see you bought enough fans to switch them out with the Corsair High performance ones. Thanks. Nice build

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

It's up on the top, replaced the stock fans with SP120's that come with the color rings.

andrewgenes 2 points 34 months ago

yours and project redrum are probably the 2 best builds i have seen on this site, so flawless

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks :)

BartyB 2 points 34 months ago

how many 120mm fans can that case hold? 3 up front, 3 on top and 1 on the back?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

That's 100% correct, +1 in the bottom for the psu fan :)

JustAnotherGamer 2 points 33 months ago

That is quite the sexy build you have there.

Sacrimone 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

But can it run minesweeper?

mondog 2 points 32 months ago

Holy balls to the walls this thing is amazing

WasabiLord 2 points 30 months ago

You weren't kidding when u said limitless budget. U plan on cracking secrets of the universe anytime soon?

dredizzy609 1 point 30 months ago

more like unleashing SKYNET lol.

JustAnotherGamer 2 points 30 months ago

sheds tear I want it...

piecrustyumyum 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

truthfully idk if anyone else has seen the "VS" reviews but unless its one of like AMD's latest graphics cards VS one of nvidias 500 series AMD gets their *** kicked hard by nvidia NEVER GO WITH AMD ANYTHING unless your building a server then use a amd cpu.

EDIT

 Good build though looks smexy. :D
dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

The reason we went with the R9 295X2 was because we eventually wanted to go with 2 of them in crossfire (which we have now done) and at the time the Titan-Z was $3000. The thought of running 4 780Ti's in SLI (~$2400@~$650/card) also crossed our mind but would have cost more than two R9 295X2's we picked up for $2339.38 total.

Ab313r 1 point 33 months ago

If only you had started this later then you could have gotten a i7-5960x and gtx980s which cost half of the r9 295x2 price if I had the money I would 4 way sli those

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I know right, gotta love impatient customers :)

optimusgaming 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

How are fps now with the two cards?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Total garbage, damn thing won't break 30fps on some games. Can't figure out why, been tweaking it for two weeks now and just can't get good performance out of it. Hits 21000 in 3DMark Firestrike, which I believe is low for the hardware. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

ty44 1 point 33 months ago

Damn that's so strange. i Would be so upset if i spent $2300+ on gpu's alone and not hitting 30fps in some games. There is something def wrong there though because from all account's just 1 295x2 is supposed to be beast. Makes no sense to me, Now a day's your supposed to be able to plug in a gpu and it should be good to go with very little tweaking involved. I would think with 2x 295x2 you would be able to achieve 60fps at high setting's at 4k resolution. I really hope you get this sorted.

Rashiq 1 point 33 months ago

Probably a stupid question but where is the crossfire bridge between the two cards?? Can't seem to find one in the pictures.

chacal 1 point 33 months ago

what is the new 3d mark benchmark with 2nd video card? Nice build by the way!

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Total crap, only hitting in the low 20k's on firestrike, got some more tweaking to do just haven't had the time yet.

Zeludon 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Holly **** all that for star ciztizen

the_masater_jt 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Looks amazing! Much better without the led lights in my opinion.

jjw2995 1 point 32 months ago

RADEON:let me shi tubes:nope! RADEON:shin tubes:nope! RADEON:**** you tubes tubes:nope!

I think you can mount the graphic rads to the front and keep the cpu one on top

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

The reason I put them up top is because those gpus dump a ton of heat from those rads and I didn't want all that heat in the case and I didn't want to reverse the airflow in the case.

jjw2995 1 point 32 months ago

oh ok that makes sense :(

awepicness 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Jeez and that's how much I think my first car might cost

Moshic 1 point 32 months ago

WAIT! I'm not ready. slips hand into pants

..now I am.

DragonForge 1 point 32 months ago

Hope you got some tight grommets you need loosening! 'Cause damn....

10/10 would bang.

LemingSweaty 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

will that monitor support free sync in the future?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

I don't believe so, unless Asus adds it in a future firmware upgrade

Garrus_Vakarian 1 point 32 months ago

Updated pic with the dual cards in?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Yup there's a bunch there just scroll all the way to the end

Churchland 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Couldn't afford a third 295X2? ;)

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Heh we have 3 but the Maximus VII only supports 2 so we put the other one in my other rig (BlackDragon IV https://pcpartpicker.com/b/kMmG3C)

joeh4384 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

How is quadfire treating you with the Omega drivers?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Definetely a huge improvement, we're now able to sustain 60+ fps @ 4K :)

joeh4384 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Cool, glad you guys got quad-fire working better.

CrazyCroak05 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Why did you get thermal paste?

mike9409 6 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

From past experience I think I know: Corsair never puts enough on their damn Closed-loop watercoolers.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Just personal preference, I don't normally trust the random stuff they apply on at the factory. I clean it off and apply my own just so I know it's done properly and making full contact.

CrazyCroak05 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Toothpaste works just as well as Thermal compound. Its just that toothpaste drys up and is no longer effective XD

Watersfall 1 point 32 months ago

Holy f*** that's possible? I bet this gets all dem frames in Minesweeper.

dathackernoob 1 point 31 months ago

Damn, that's a sexy ************* build. Too bad there isn't a 5960X in there haha. One question though, why didn't you go for the Corsair Dominator GT? It wouldn't fit? If so it's sad, it would look so freaking cool with those.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Yeah for sure it would have, it all came down to cost in the end, we got the Vengeance for $194.66 total, the Dominator would have cost us $361.72 minimum for the same amount.

mike9409 6 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

My fiance got wet when I read the hardware list out to her... Thanks :)

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

haha, your welcome

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 30 months ago

Overkill? You mean good enough! Sue me, shoot me, paint me spoiled if you wish. MONEY. WELL. SPENT.

lethalseraph 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Good God, that's awesome!

alij123 1 point 29 months ago

Wow those graphic cards can run 8K at 50fps

JoE2000 1 point 29 months ago

Didn't you have trouble to fit this over 12-inch gpu in a mid tower case?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Not at all, the NZXT H440 has removable drive trays which made installing the R9 295X2's problem free.

Phantasion 1 point 28 months ago

awesome build in my opinion! only thing is, i wouldve gone for a set of 16gb RAM because it would have been MUCH cheaper, so for the 16GB you got at 2133hz, getting a 16gb set (8gb x2) would have been cheaper at the same clock speed of 2133hz maybe even faster. So yeh RAM coulda been cheaper

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

We're planning on replacing the RAM with 32GB of Corsair Dominator in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out, I'll post benchmarks

villageidiot182 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I had 2x295x2 on mine before but the power and amperage draw was just too much. Didn't even overclock the cards and burnt up two power supplies. I would try to overclock my CPU and power supplies would cry out in terror. That meant I had no headroom for the 295x2's and that defeats the purpose of a water-cooled card imo. Ended up creating my own custom loop and doing 3x980's.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

We had a 1300 G2 in there and it wasn't quite enough to run both R9 295X2's, we have to bump up to a 1600 G2 to have enough power.

villageidiot182 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Yeah it's honestly just too much. I ordered a custom water cooling kit for my CPU/3 GTX 980's that I swapped too and dumped the projectors, regardless of their size I bought 3 Rog Swift G Syncs and a 4th touch screen monitor +Cooling kit for the same price... no joke.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Three RoG Swifts! That's awesome!

cbjunior94 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I can't stop the tears...it's so beautiful. I have gazed into heaven and beheld the wonder, the magnificence. I can die happy now, knowing that there is nothing greater in life to see or experience.

In all seriousness though, this build is unbelievable. Love to see the next step up from this when you need to upgrade, but unfortunately I won't live that long. +1

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Hahaha, if there was a prize for best comment you would win :)

NTCR 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I just messed my drawers... HOLY **** this is a sexy rig!!

I was browsing through builds that use the asus maximus vii hero to see builds with it and how they build with it.

I am glad I stumbled upon this rig!! Thank you for sharing this!!

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Thanks! :) Glad you liked it :D

MonCalamari 1 point 26 months ago

Hi,

H105 intake, 295x2 exhaust, am I right?

Regards

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Nope, the three 120mm on the front panel are the intake and the H105 and 295x2's are all exhaust, gotta get that heat out not in :)

MonCalamari 1 point 26 months ago

Hi, thanks for replay.

H105 exhaust with 3 120mm intake in front makes no sense to me. Am I missing something? Don't you have a air-flow conflict between H105 and fans?

Regards

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Ah, yeah you're right, I forgot we moved the H105 down to the front of the case after we added the 2nd 295X2, so yeah the H105 is intake and the 295X2's are exhaust :)

MonCalamari 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks, your answers were very helpful. I am going to build very similar PC with AMD Fury, hence questions.

Regards

Galacticruler 1 point 26 months ago

You should swap out some of those fans for industrial Noctua fans.

HVVH 1 point 26 months ago

it's confirmed... I'm a peasant

is Sapphire the only 295x2 manufacture that sends it in a suitcase?

AlphaCeph 1 point 25 months ago

How much noise the corsair fans are making?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Not much, they are pretty silent even when running at 100%

AlphaCeph 1 point 25 months ago

Thank mate

jamonk 1 point 24 months ago

sex

sugi123 1 point 23 months ago

I have pretty much the exact same build except with an X99 platform and a 5820k and an NZXT X61 240mm AIO. I'm having heat issues with the H440 where for example Crysis 3 would start at 40 FPS ~ 4k and then dip down to 23 FPS just at the same scene - how do you have your AIO units for the cards currently configured? Also, what drivers do you have? Most of the games I try to run only seem to utilize the first 295x2 because my power consumption hovers around ~700 Watts instead of ~1,200 Watts. When I do stress test in AIDA64, both cards work fine and the power consumption is ~1,200 Watts. Thanks!

sugi123 1 point 23 months ago

Just moved the video card fans to the top and the CPU fans to the front and still have heat issues. Have you changed your fan config at all? The video cards are hitting the TDP pretty quickly.

Captain-Falcon 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Epic

49ers 1 point 20 months ago

That's a really pretty computer. Just beautiful to look at. Did you add any extra LED lights?

blakegall24 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

But can it run minesweeper?

arthur01031994 1 point 14 months ago

you swapped the stock 120mm fans on the H105 with the SP120 fans right?

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

You Betcha

n_james23 1 point 12 months ago

Hi OP, I'm a rookie PC builder about to make my first one. PC part picker says the NZXT S340 mid tower case is not compatible with the H105 water cooler. Is this right? Did you have to do any adjustments and modding to make it work? Thanks

RogyAcnodnem 0 points 27 months ago

it may be too late but you should move all of this into NZXT's noctis, its like a h440 and a phantom had a baby.

dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

That's a beautiful case, but too late for this build unfortunately, maybe my next one :)

[comment deleted]
[comment deleted]
[comment deleted]
dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

It's a whole lot quieter than I expected. NZXT did a great job soundproofing the H440 with the foam on the side panels. Someone had mentioned to me that I should upgrade the Corsair Quiet fans to the High Performance ones because the airflow in the H440 is not great so that's what I did. I was pleasantly surprised when I first turned it on at how quiet the system is as a whole with all the panels in place and the fans at 100% duty cycle. We are still awaiting the 4K monitor which should arrive today then we'll run some benchmarks at full power and see if we can give that R9 295X2 a workout, it may create a bit of fan noise once we push it to the limits but so far running our benchmarks at 1920x1080 doesn't even phase it as was expected.

[comment deleted]
dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

about what we expected, but still only hitting mid 40s on 4k

[comment deleted by staff]
dallaswilm submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

There's no such thing as overkill ;)

[comment deleted by staff]