Description

I built my first PC as a 16 year old who has been saving up for a year and a half and I cant believe the day finally came that I have my own custom pc. I was previously using some BAD HP computer with an amd athlon on 2 MONITORS! Pretty sure you have an idea what my pain was like. Alot of my parts I bought using kijiji, alot of people were selling brand new SEALED items that were really worth it, saved nearly $400 just by buying products off of someone else. I originally wanted to do my build with an r9 290 but as I found someone selling a 290x that was 3 months old for $300 I decided to grab it as it was a steal for the price. I happened to get some extra money on hand so I decided to make my build aesthetically pleasing by purchasing some black/red sleeved cables. I love the way it looks now. I got the 1tb hdd from my old pc which is the only reason why I have a seagate drive. I know that it isnt a reliable drive.

Update: I have now owned the pc for about a month and its been great. I have overclocked both the cpu and gpu a little bit but havent overclocked completely as im going to be running push/pull on my radiator. Havent ran into any problems except for the fact that I cant connect my tv as a 4th display into my 290x. I used different ports and cables but the tv is being recognized but cant be used as a display, anyone know why? SOLVED : Thanks for the help, found out that the r9 290x only has technically 3 ports.

Update: Now im running push/pull on the rad and its been great, temperatures are even better after overclocking to a stable 4.7GHz on my cpu. Temperatures are all normal at idle and gpu gets kinda high during some gpu intensive games but it is an AMD vard after all.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Underrated cpu cooler. Love hot it looks and performs just as great. I didnt want to get the typical corsair liquid cooler so I went with this regardless of the fact that not many people own it but I dont regret it at all. Love everything about it.

Motherboard

Great price and does everything I need it to. Not that great for overclocking but gets the job done.

Memory

works perfectly, looks great in my build

Storage

Got it for a great price but didnt realize how slow it was, wish I got a different ssd instead

Video Card

Great graphics card, runs hot but thats why I have an air540 and 9 fans in the pc. Beautiful and works great. Only problem is that I didnt know that only 3/4 of the ports really work. All 4 ports work, but at one time only 3 work.

Case

Beautiful and great airflow case, only downside is how fat this case is, I knew how big it was going into this but now im regretting it since my triple monitors are having a hard time to fit. Nonetheless this case is really convenient and well thought out, kinda pricey for the quality. Windowed side panel scratches VERY easily.

Power Supply

Great power supply, great price, love the fact thats its modular and gold effeciency

Case Fan

AMAZING fans, beautiful and great airflow

Fan Controller

Kinda pricey but cant complain for the rgb feature and nice slider feel on the fan controller.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 6 points

3 is the display limit on a single 290x if i recall correctly.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Indeed, it is only really a triple header..

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes one dvi and the hdmi port are shared

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for letting me know, didnt find that any where else which surprises me.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Good looking build! Everything is super cohesive and tidy.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build. Excellent job +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build! Shame about that SSD, if it was the only one you could find....

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

bought a 240gb ssd for the price of a 120gb one brand new so I bought it, would have got the samsung evo if I didnt find this one

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

what size are the fans and tubing on the lepa cooler

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

fans are 120mm so rad is 240mm. Tubing is about 1-1.5cm thick. Tubing is pretty stiff but it is fine to work with.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

A few notes here. You must of been on PCPP for a while and seen how many people have something to say about cable management, for your first build, The cable management should meet PCPP community standards (you guys have to admit, it can be harsh at times)

If you seen my comments before you know i am a very big fan of the red and black themes (SO much so MSI should give me free stuff) But for some reason i think it works out very well for PCs.

Keep up the good work and hopefully we see some more builds from you in the future.

Great job on a first build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful! I really like it and although I wouldn't have gone for that ssd it's still quite a nice build otherwise.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I only bought it due to its price. Thanks tho

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You could probably add a 4th display with a "active adapter" maybe. I would do some research into "active video adapters" if I were you and see if that doesn't help. Nice build, way to support the good guys(AMD)!

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

4th display not possible on single 290x, just fyi

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

yea, the hdd was from my old pc so I settled with it, I have a wd blue in my other pc which I can swap out buy im too lazy to transfer everything over. SSD was a steal price that is why I bought it, I was looking for the 840 evo but ended up getting the kingston one due to the price.