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$2400 First build, finally complete.

by jaggajatt



Date Published

Sept. 5, 2014

Date Built

Sept. 2, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.03 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

47.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C


This rig is mainly going to be used for gaming, photo/video editing, and some streaming.

Building my own PC hadn't really even crossed my mind as I haven't had a desktop since the 90's. In the beginning of the year I wanted an Ultrabook that could do some gaming, everyone kept talking about how integrated graphics were making major leaps. It wasn't until I did research that I realized that the leaps just weren't big enough. So I moved on to gaming Laptops. I saw that I could get a pretty good level of gaming for the same price as Ultrabook, I'd just lose out on the portability side. Then my brother-in law pointed out that if I was going to lose portability I may as well go for a desktop PC. I'd get more power for a lot less and since I was willing to spend $3000 on a laptop I could build a pretty sick desktop.

The build went better than expected. That hardest part was cable management, which I kind of just gave up on. Not planning on a color scheme was kind of a rookie move. Luckily the RAM & case fan LED's I ordered just happened to be blue. I went back and looked at Blue/black MoBo's and think that the Hero was worth it, even if it didn't match.

The case is my favorite part. It's pretty damn sexy. The only draw back with it is that the side panels are a bit too dark. I originally ordered an NZXT Phantom but for some reason Amazon couldn't get me one for 3 weeks, so I returned it and stumbled on this one. Overall I'm glad I didn't go with the phantom.

The Sapphire Vapor-X's are pretty amazing. I heard that the 290's run really hot so I wanted the one that was essentially the coolest. I had it narrowed down to the Gigabyte Windforce, Sapphire Tri-X and the Vapor-X. The Gigabyte was $60 cheaper but it had horrible reviews and I didn't like the Yellow on the Tri-X's. Overall I'm glad I went with the Vapor-Xs they're incredibly well made and are pretty damn quiet...when Idling. I also got 6 free digital games through steam with the cards which is a major plus.

There are 2 issues I was hoping someone could help out with.

1) The spacing between the 2 GPU's is about an Inch and I don't know if that is normal? So far they've been running pretty cool but the top one heats up pretty damn fast.

I have another PCI express slot that is lower, but its a PCIEx4 rather than the PCIEx8 that the 2nd card is already in. Does the speed of the PCIE slot make a difference with crossfire?

2) Something happened to my 1 TB HDD. It was recognized when I initially installed windows but as soon as the install finished it wasn't being recognized by windows or my Bios. I checked the Power cable and it works fine. I have my CPU pump and the Case LEDs plugged in the same cable and they work fine.

Did the HDD just fail or did I overlook some setting?

Lastly I know people are going to criticize my single 1080p monitor and going with an i7. I'm waiting on a 1440p monitor. 4K was just way more than I wanted to spend on a screen. I just got married and my wallet took a huge hit, only reason I built this is because of got permission from my wife :(. As for the i7, I had a $100 Amazon gift card, so it cost as much as an i5.

Oh and could someone recommend some decent speakers?

Comments Sorted by:

Hazarded 3 points 56 months ago

Hold up $264 for 2 290 that impossible.

leikamkei 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

I thought the same exact thing. If they were $450 a piece or something, I would believe that much more. Maybe the OP had gift cards or something?

jaggajatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Yeah they were $465 each. Dumb mistake, I was up all night playing Skyrim & DayZ before I made that. It's changed now.

Hazarded 2 points 56 months ago

Oh its alright, it makes sense now, too excited for your new PC.

leikamkei 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

It's quite the nice power build there you got :) I might be able to help in regards to your questions.

  1. Some motherboards have more spacing between the PCIe slots, it all depends on the layout for each one. Only reason why the top card is getting hot is because of little to no cool air in front of it.
  2. Check your SATA data connection cable. If it's good, you need to go to Administrative Tools inside Control Panel I think. I'm assuming you installed Win 8.1 on your SSD correct?
jaggajatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Hey thanks for the info. I'm not too concerned about the spacing now after a night of gaming, the top card hovers around 71C under load.

As for the HDD I went into Disk management and just couldn't get the drive to be recognized. I sent in it to be exchanged through Amazon.

leikamkei 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

No problem! So long as you have air coming in, you should be okay. In regards to the HDD, I hope that goes well!

AdjacentMist 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

i really love the part selection for this build and i didn't know there was a white version of the enthoo luxe fantastic build overall !

jaggajatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago


jaggajatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Yeah I had no idea either, while I was researching some website had just reviewed it. I thought it looked too nice to pass up.

devlos 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

+1 to the brother-in-law

JPCRacing24 2 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

Nice Build there! I like the looks of the White Enthoo Luxe. The only thing I wish Phanteks had done is powder coat the motherboard tray black so that it hides the wires better. Are you going to install the power supply cover?

jaggajatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

I wanted to install the PSU cover but I put a case fan there and it would get blocked. Thinking of cutting the cover to fit though.

JPCRacing24 2 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

I wouldn't cut it. It might be better to make your own cover... It is still a very nice computer man! Cheers!

mspring 6 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

dude i think im in love with your case. ive been shopping around looking for a new one and i think this is the one. +1 from me. great build. should check mine out if you get a chance.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

That case is hot! me luvs some white cases. Those 290s are gorgeous too. Kinda jealy right now

mspring 6 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

so i told i loved your case so i went and bought one you should check out my build. +1

700mAdOg700 2 points 55 months ago

Some nice speakers would be the logitech z506

yangsirius 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

How did you get this R9 290 in only 265 bucks per piece?

jaggajatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

They were $465 each. I changed the pricing.

yangsirius 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

OK, that make sense. Very nice build.I like the Vapor-X as well.

hooh888 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Really curious, why 2 of those GPUs for a single 1080p monitor? 1 is definitely enough to max out most if not all games on 1080p. Nice build anyways.

jaggajatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

1440p monitor is on the way, plan on upgrading to 4k once the prices drop a bit.

hooh888 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

I see, thanks for curing my curiosity lol. Gotta love those GPUs as I'm planning to build a black and blue build, and will definitely use those cards too. Again, beautiful build man.

teresi2finger 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

How are the crossfire r9 290s with 850 watts? I'm doing the same, but I'm waiting for my other gpu to arrive.

PureBlackFire 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

very good build. fellow enthoo luxe owner.

XLucid_DragonX 1 point 48 months ago

Man, I wish sapphire made nvidia cards. I'm getting gtx 970's and would love to have some that look like the vapor-x. Nice build though.