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New Gaming Build

by ichig083



Date Published

Nov. 28, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.04 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C


Purely built for gaming.

Watercooled CPU utilizing Corsair h105.

Watercooled GPU utilizing NZXT G10 Bracket and Intel BXTS13X.

This is a new-found hobby, so any feedback on areas for improvement would be highly valued.

Thanks for checking me out! :)

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Moltraze 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

How does the 290 run, like temp wise? And also, with that budget I would've upgraded to an I7, understanding that people will argue and say, "Omg, an I7 isn't much better than an I5..." But just my two cents :) +1

xdenttim 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

290 accutally run cooler then most high end GTX 780 up. and like you said the i7 isn't any better then the i5-4690k but the i7 takes less power thats it nothing to tear open a build and put i7 though

tabascosauz 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Wait a second. Hawaii runs cooler than GK110? Where did you get that?

Similarly, how does the 4790K draw less power than the 4690K? If anything, it draws more because of its higher clocks.

hjj174 1 point 51 months ago

If an aftermarket cooler, ie not the reference, the temps for Hawaii normally don't go above 75C. GK110 is hotter because of GPU Boost 2.0 where it overclocks the graphics card until it reaches 80C.

tabascosauz 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

That's not a fair comparison. Only NVTTM relies on GPU Boost's 82°C cap. Pretty much all the other aftermarket coolers perform better thermally on GK110 than Hawaii.

ichig083 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

From standard, the 290 is known to run at fairly high temps, and was far too noisy for my liking.

I contemplated on purchasing an aftermarket cooler available through Arctic. I have heard great things about it and all the reviews I have read online, have all been fairly positive.

The only reason why I didn't proceed with this purchase, is because I had an Intel AIO water cooling unit available for use from a previous build. This being the case, I went ahead and purchased NZXT's G10 bracket. I must admit, I am quite happy with the end result. My max temp on the GPU has never exceeded 58 degrees, and it runs super quiet now!

R9 290 for $283? I wish! LOL.. I have no idea why the price is listed as such. Perhaps it is US pricing?

And thanks for letting me know about the SSD deals on Amazon! Bloody hell, makes me feel great about paying full price! haha..

My reasoning behind the i5 is simply because it is more than capable when used purely for gaming. To me, the i7 would have been slight overkill. Although in saying that, you are right, the price difference isn't all that huge, and perhaps I should have gone ahead and purchased the i7.

Thanks for the comments and feedback guys, much appreciated!

Moltraze 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Your welcome bro, and the r9 290 I'm getting is only 220$ xP, US prices FTW! And thank you for the reply about the 290 temps!

ichig083 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

You guys are lucky man.. Everything in the US is so much cheaper compared to Oz.

Not only computer hardware, but clothes, food, hoes.. u name it. LOL.

Since you're picking up the 290 at such a good price, if you find that the noise becomes annoying under load as i found, i highly recommend this cooler: http://www.mwave.com.au/product/arctic-cooling-accelero-xtreme-iv-video-card-cooler-ab54605?gclid=CKuU7u-9osICFdclvQodAXoA3g .. Only $89 in Australia.. so in the US, you can probably get it for 20? ahahaha..

Umegadem 2 points 42 months ago

How is the monitor?

oJD23o 1 point 51 months ago

Both of the SSD are going to be on Amazons black friday deals (~20-30% off) in 20 minutes. Pretty typical for having bought it already!

chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

WAIT WHAT R9 290 FOR $283? The last time I saw its price was $400+...

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CSwisher 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

290x still beats the 970 but you are mostly correct. The 970 beats the 290 by a decent amount though. For 4k the 290x is still one of the best choices thanks to its larger memory bus.

EX: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/11/03/asus_gtx_970_strix_directcu_ii_video_card_review/5#.VHi8QVXF8gM.

The 970 OCd does perform better but the same can be said when you do what little overclocking you can do with the 290x.

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CSwisher 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

...The link that I gave you shows this. Also http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/geforce-gtx-980-sli-review,23.html. Although this is for 4k.

mspring 6 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Love the case man. got the same one but in white. +1 from me. you should check out mine if you get a chance. those 290's are good cards also.

ichig083 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Just wanting to put this one out there and spread the word regarding a great organistation! -

After a week of owning the case, unfortunately, I experienced an issue with the built in case LEDs. The LEDs were no longer as bright as what they were originally, and there was a small discoloration also.

I completed a warranty application and attached a few pictures clearly displaying the issue. This was sent off on Saturday.

Today, being Monday, I received a prompt response saying that my replacement had been shipped! A whole new case sent to me, and there wasnt even a request for me to send this old one back! In all fairness, the issue isn't that big a deal. The LEDs still work fine apart from the small issues mentioned earlier!

I am very impressed with the level of service and their prompt action to resolve this matter. PC Case Gear is a great organisation to deal with guys! Straight up!

Btw, if anyone is interested in buying this case from me, hit me up. LOLs.

andrefoster 1 point 49 months ago

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

ichig083 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Hey bud, sorry for the late reply.. Havent been on here for awhile.

Thanks man! Appreciate the comment. I had a blast putting it together while learning at the same time. Glad i didn't break anything! LOL

Regarding the motherboard, there are definitely better ones out there. This is probably considered mid-range. However, in saying that, it suits my needs fine and works well. I havent had any problems with it. Main reason why I bought it was for the crossfire compatibility. Hopefully I can hook up a 2nd GPU to this system. That would top it off for me! :)

HERE YOU GO! This is where I bought mine from - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1491&products_id=27555&zenid=facf2239a3b14abc634d4c5497e336fc

andrefoster 1 point 49 months ago

thank you

Geode1010 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Cool Ram!

andrefoster 1 point 42 months ago

Pc noob question Did you have to upgrade the BIOS for your PC to work (boot up) because I am going to buy the asrock z97 pro4 and a i5-4690k but on the asrock website it says I need to update the bios of the i5-4690k to 1.30 bios.

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