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Sapphire

by Fluther

193
128 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 30, 2014

Date Built

June 28, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.1GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

Description

So this is my first ever build, I have helped friends build before but never had one of my own, and so far I couldn't be happier! I wanted a 4k gaming experience that wouldn't be outdated immediately but still kept price to performance in mind. I think it turned out really well, cable management was harder than I was expecting but I was able to make it work and I don't think it looks half bad. I don't see many black and blue themes any more and I am happy with how this one turned out. Please leave lots of comments and any questions you have. I will update this later with explanations for each part.

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fnapoli 1 Build 15 points 50 months ago

Holy Balls!

FlameRush 8 points 50 months ago

linustechtips

Fluther submitter 1 Build 5 points 50 months ago

Is this supposed to be a link>?

FlameRush 11 points 50 months ago

no. It's a hashtag. PCPP style.

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tabascosauz 3 Builds 8 points 50 months ago

Beautiful build. +1

jimmystempura 2 Builds 5 points 50 months ago

Incredible build but you could have gotten a light blue power cable to match the motherboard, case fans and your video card. But nevertheless, +1

Fluther submitter 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

If you know of one could you link it or give me a part number or something :)

CarterBond 1 point 50 months ago

Theres a dude that makes cables. They are really nice. UPC

jimmystempura 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Check out the extension cables at Lutro0 Customs, he makes high quality gear.

jacobs4525 1 Build 5 points 50 months ago

YUMMMM BLUE AND BLACK LOOKS AMAZING!!! +99999999 IF I COULD. btw, how are the temps on the GPUs? 2x290Xs must run hot, but I've heard that the Sapphire cooler is one of the best, so how do they hold up?

Fluther submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

I haven't had a chance to really stress them yet but I haven't seen them get above 50 degrees c yet! I have to finish installing metro last light and I will update you, but no problems so far

jacobs4525 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

That's very impressive! I do think they will get hotter under full load, but in realistic situations they will probably never actually have to be used at full load, so this probably won't be an issue. How do they do in terms of noise?

Fluther submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

With the side panels on and the computer sitting right next to me I haven't been able to hear them yet. That being said I was playing around in the software and I turned the fans on both GPUS to 100% and it was audible through the case, I don't know if I would call it loud but it was noticeable. I am very happy with the GPUS so far they seem to be staying really cool.

jacobs4525 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

I wish I had waited till after the mining craze to build my PC, so I could've gotten a Sapphire 290. I wish I could get my hands on those dual 290s.

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skemble 24 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

I am in love with this. This is basically the power that I would like to achieve for my next personal gaming rig. I must give you a high five for this one!

IamApropos 3 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

Those two 290's really make the build stand out ;)!! great work.

Reavec 3 points 50 months ago

My friend this is Amazing i love this build Good job :) also what desk is that ?

Fluther submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

actully the desk is one of my favorite things about this build I got it from Ikea SUPER CHEAP, 49.99$ its called the LINNMON/ ADILS

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S49932670/

Reavec 2 points 50 months ago

Thank you so much im in need for a new desk and this in England is only £35 GBP thats amazing glad i found your build also how is that Motherboard you have ?

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

it works, and its really really good looking (even better in person). I havent tried overclocking yet but am sure it will do very well. I will update the build when I try to over-clock everything.

Ginsu 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

I want to know how your overclocking goes. My 4790K hasn't been particularly impressive in that department thus far, though I am still working on it.

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I plan to do some today I will let you know

sagetiggy 1 point 50 months ago

Swedish engineering for you Chinese PCs!

obababoy 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Yeah but IKEA stuff is made in China...

ITneto 2 points 50 months ago

Aww yiss. +1

Zakillur321 2 points 50 months ago

Very nice, love the blue/black theme +1

dbdev 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Great components, style and organization. +1

DodecPCs 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

This is a beautiful build! Love the dual R9 290's. All those fans are definitely needed for the amount of heat those things will produce. Like the dog too! +1

Rajenator 2 points 50 months ago

+1 great build!

comptech0408 2 points 50 months ago

Nice! Very clean, solid build, how do you like the mobo? It is one that I am considering. +1 from me!

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Love it so far, it looks beautiful the pictures dont do it justice

Tahab_1 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Its, its (sniffle) beautiful.

EvanDSays 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Did you have any problem with the BIOS? The ASRock website says the 4790K is only supported on the latest BIOS (P1.3) which I doubt was already loaded on your motherboard. Were you able to book up from P1.00 and flash it?

Here is the CPU supported list for the Z97 Extreme6 board: http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z97%20Extreme6/?cat=CPU

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

hmm i didn't even notice that, everything booted just fine. No problems at all!

Consoledestroyer 2 points 50 months ago

Great job,around what kind of frame rates do you get on 4k, Im thinking about making a 4k build but im trying to keep my graphics cards at no more than $1500

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

What games do you play? I will benchmark them for you

Consoledestroyer 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks man that would be incredible! Could you see your frame rate on battlefield 4, if you don't have it I also have skyrim, farcry 3, crisis 3 (im not getting my hopes up for this one), Thief, Assasins creed 4, etc. If you could just benchmark one of those games (preferably battlefield) that would be awesome.

Fluther submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Definitely I will get back to you

PenaErrDayy 2 points 50 months ago

Holy crap. +9,000 if i could. Amazing build! I love blue color schemes. Sick and tired of red.

alexjc4lyfe 2 points 50 months ago

Dude this is ******* beautiful...your dog in the second pic even had to look at how awesome all those beautiful parts are lmao

elpidio 7 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Very Nice work, Sir. Cool Dog too.

godofchuck 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

I was thinking of picking up the same cpu mobo config. how do you like it?

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I like it a lot the ui is good and it works and looks great

godofchuck 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks. Im also a fan of the h440. I have sli 770s in mine. dual gpus looks sharp in that case. Good to see someone with similar taste

PacificNic 4 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

I might have to copy some (a lot) of the design elements of this build...

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

if you do, post your build in the comments so I can see it! I am very happy with it overall!

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

As a teen with only ~$800 who is also trying to save for a car, it might be a while. My build on here is still what I use now, and let me tell you, Battlefield, Civilization, LoL, and DayZ don't run too well on a GT240. Balancing spending is a pain in the *** when you pay for your phone, phone plan, computer, car, insurance, and gas (those last 3 come when I can afford them). http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3bLhmG

That's what I'd like to start with but God knows that's not happening :P

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Looks like a good start! if you are really strapped for money and you just want a fast computer, maybe consider dropping the color scheme and looking at cheaper components, for instance you can get r9 290s with good coolers for cheaper than the vapor x model, they just wont be blue ;)

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

That's true but I'd be dropping a lot of money into it either way and I figure, may as well get it how I like. It'll be cheaper than redoing it later...

bigballin90 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Whats the reason for leaving out the case slots between your video cards? At least put some sort of dust filter..

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I need to put them back in, there was no reason.

cpark 2 points 50 months ago

Congratulations on the build :), I actually ordered the H440 and I was wondering if you had troubles installing a 305mm video card inside it. Also, how do the Vapor X's run? I was planning on getting one just for gaming, do you think that would be enough? compared to a cheaper 290x

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

depends on the resolution and games, one would be enough for everything except 4k i would suspect and even some games at 4k for instance stacraft 2 runs just fine on one at 4k.

cpark 2 points 50 months ago

Thanks a lot. Congrats on the build by the way :)

Stomish-PCs 2 points 50 months ago

It looks so beautiful! I love the matching colors!

Zylos 2 points 50 months ago

Great job! +1 I'm going with black and blue as well for my build but my graphics card is Anderzel R9 295X2 and it is red. I'm planning on covering it with blue electrical tape, though. lol

Zedzer 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

chicken

austinator414 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

THIS IS RAD!

rickyart 2 points 50 months ago

So ummm, do you need to Water cool the GPUs? im thinking on doing crossfire 290s but i dont know if i need to water cool them

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

If you get the aftermarket coolers I have (and Im sure other good ones) the answer is no, you dont NEED to. At full load I hover just around 80 degrees on the top one and around 70 on the bottom one. If I had gotten a reference cooler I would have water-cooled though

rickyart 2 points 49 months ago

ah sweet thanks!

navyseal470@gmail.com 2 points 50 months ago

that looks sick good job!!

JaydudeMC 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Did you have any issues with the motherboard? I plan on getting the same one and I wanted to know your opinion.

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I love it no problems at all

DanniieBoiiy 2 points 50 months ago

have fun with those "video cars" ;P

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

fixed :)

acedaliz 2 points 50 months ago

what fans are those that you used cause I can't seem to find them

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Aerocool deadly silence fans. i really like them

theblockparty 2 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Very Classy!

benedictmeowsni 2 points 49 months ago

+1 so beautiful.

i was just wondering what kind of performance you're getting from the dual r9 290s. i'm planning to get the same cards actually, and was hoping to hear good things at 4k.

if anything i can lower the resolution anyway, but still, 4k gaming would be nice.

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

All good at 4k, I normally turn AA off and have no issues running metro last light at above 60 fps it occasionally drops to 40 or so but not during game play weirdly enough its during the load scenes in between levels.

David.roeseler 2 points 49 months ago

Where did you find that case in those colors at? Thanks!

David.roeseler 2 points 49 months ago

Thanks!

hardscoper9v 2 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

looks alot like my very soon to be upgrade...

M3RICA_ 2 points 44 months ago

+1 for Doge

CapitalCraze 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

+1 Didn't know dogs could build computers

Fluther submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

ONLY SUPER CUTE ONES

mastorstealth 2 points 40 months ago

So would you be able to run modern games at good settings with this?

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I can run GTA V at near max setting and get 100 ish fps

ItsWaterings 2 points 32 months ago

Unbelievable! Great build

ItsWaterings 2 points 32 months ago

thats a pretty high gpu temperature under load..

ItsWaterings 2 points 29 months ago

Doggo is confused

Beebat 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

What fans are those?

Fluther submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Aerocool. Deadly silence fans!

Animekid117 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

This build is awesome although I personally would have went with an ASUS board instead of their spin off brand ASRock.

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I dont really think Asrock is a spin off, but I know what you mean. I never would have considered them except they were the only manufacturer with the blue color scheme I wanted at the time I was looking (although msi has some now)

Animekid117 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

ASRock was ASUS' budget brand but it wasn't making enough money so they sold it and now it's its own independent manufacturer. Given their legacy of having come from ASUS I still won't trust them until I hear more good from them. That said very beautiful build although I personally prefer the red and black myself too bad there are so few orange boards out there.

obababoy 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

You mention the side panels but is that with the front and top panels on as well? Mind doing a stress test on the 290's to see both temps. I have just one of those cards but will be picking up the case soon.

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I have had a couple of days to try them out now, with a 4k screen 2 of these cards will get warm. And yes the 4k screen does effect the temps. If I run heaven at max settings for an hour or so with the side panels on the top card gets just below 80 degrees (The led on the side goes red indicating 80 degrees C but the temperature read out in trixx says 77). The bottom card however is almost a full ten degrees cooler and never gets close to 80, the hottest i have seen it is maybe 70 degrees.

That being said, if i turn the gpu fan speed up to 100 percent and take the front/top panels off (this is fairly loud, but with headphones on I still cant hear it) they barely get about 60 degrees even with overclocking. I will update this once I play around a little more.

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

sorry I meant to say front and top panels, I have not taken the side panels off at all

obababoy 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Still 80c is not bad at all with a dual AMD card setup in a quieter case! Maybe play with fan profiles a bit. Have the top one ramped up a bit more. With one card id be fine with the stock fans.

drbau5 1 point 50 months ago

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HomelessRichGuy 1 point 50 months ago

Are you using a fan controller and how loud are all of you fans?

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

no fan controller i use the fan hub on the back of the case, so all my fans run full speed all the time. They are audible but extremely quite with the case open less than a foot away from me

JaydudeMC 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Are you overclocking your R9 290? If so I would like to know the settings and speed you were able to achieve.

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

i was able to get 1150 on the cores but that made them very hot. I run them at 1100 and have no problems

LeMonarque 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Have you ever had an IPS panel before? How does it compare to that PB287Q you have? I'm really interested in that monitor but not sure about the color rendition in its TN panel, though there are great TN panels out there.

DeltasEcho 1 point 48 months ago

Sorry I'm a little late, but did the case require you to remove some drive bays to fit the 290X? I'm thinking of doing an H440 Blue with a 290X, but PC Partpicker says I'd need to remove the bays. If you do (probably) is it easy or hard? And how? Thanks :)

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

So I removed all the drive bays, just because i am using 2 SSD on the dedicated ssd mounts in the front and only one HDD that is placed directly on the bottom of the case (there is a place to mount it there). The drive bays are extremely easy to remove all you have to do use unscrew two thumb screws. and yes with the 290x you do have remove one (or maybe 2) drive bays. it is not trouble at all though

DeltasEcho 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks! I have an external hdd so it's all good

akula2 1 point 47 months ago

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

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

its an awesome monitor, make sure you have the gpus to back it up for what ever games you play!

mzimmerman23 1 point 46 months ago

100th Comment! p.s. Your dog is so photogenic!

Fluther submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Thank you for noticing! He is the most loved dog ever.

lemonademolotovz 1 point 46 months ago

whatfansarethey?!

lemonademolotovz 1 point 46 months ago

what are those fans?

BurgerBum 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

wht kind of dog is that!??!?! its so kawaii!!!!!!! >~<

also, how would you say your average fps is at 1080 or 4k? im trying to make a <900$ triple 1080/4k setup.. so im really interested. xD

also yo, we got the same router. xD

Fluther submitter 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

It is a long haired dachshund mixed with a long haired chiwawa, it was rescue so the breed is a little bit of a guess

lemonademolotovz 1 point 45 months ago

how could you make a pc for under $900 that could run 4k?

BurgerBum 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

by really not caring about looks, windows, and little extras that add up. 970 runs 4k okay. leaves enough room for another one in the future and great build now, get two now and buy a cheaper case.

remember, 2 970's is better than single 980 for roughly the same price. im making a pc for my church right now cause thier laptop is dying, so i'll mmake you a list in a minute.

BurgerBum 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rLjxWZ

not including windows or any perihperials but most people already have those and windows 8 users get 10 for free, also simply re-using your old boot drive isnt that hard.

add another 970 later, same price as a single 980, preforms 90% of dual 980.

LorenCoberly 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

nice build... i am building one now with the same cpu, cpu cooler, mobo, videocard (may add another later), opperating system,and case only things i changed was my psu was a 850 watt same brand, hitachi 1 tb hdd, samsung 850 evo ssd 128 gb, and gskill 8gb ram 1600 mhz.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7DPrt6

LukeTheSkyGamer 1 point 45 months ago

holy **** that is one freaking beast

ChiefSpartan117 1 point 44 months ago

this is quite a nice build but you could've used a better motherboard and get a pair of gtx 970 which is faster than the r9 290 paired together nut this beats most builds out there I myself am getting ready to build a haswell-e i7 5930k build with sli gtx 980 and all liquid cooled and all the all the power to do some high end editing and 4k gaming but hey this is cool

GoreSpiller 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

seeing as to how he built this in June of 2014 and the card you mentioned didnt hit the market until September of 2014, I'm guessing thats why he didn't go that route. Maybe. Unless he has secret powers to have grabbed the cards early. Anyway, there ya go.

johnAtheAwesome 1 point 44 months ago

What is bad about the h100i. It is perfect.

Fluther submitter 1 Build 0 points 39 months ago

It works well but i had two show up damaged

teresi2finger 1 point 43 months ago

What kind of temps are you really hitting on those GPUS? I have the same one's crossfired in an Air 540 and I'm hitting 86 in some games. I have one of these cases sitting in my house and I'd really like to take advantage of it if possible.

blastoise24 1 point 42 months ago

It is a very nice build! All I would change is the CPU, switch the 2 SSDs here with 1 Crucial M550 (1TB, $400)

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

What would you have picked for a CPU. I would have loved a 1TB ssd for 400 dollars, more power to you if you can find one

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I just looked and apparently you can find them for like 299 now. Man prices have dropped fast

Cryllic 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Very nice build, any input on how your experience with the Asus PB287Q has been? I am considering this monitor as well myself. Though I feel like a traitor I am switching from my beloved AMD cards to NVIDIA this go I think.

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

The monitor is great for the price, It is a TN monitor so the angel color shift is noticeable and I have also noticed light bleed when the screen is showing a black image. I like it for a 4k gaming monitor it is perfect. I would still consider 4k on or near the bleeding edge and if you really want to get things working right it take some work (not with the monitor specifically, but with most software)

Fluther submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Just an update, I have had a huge problem with the fans in this build. I have had several fail. I would not recommend them .

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