Description

This computer is used for gaming, programming(C, C++, Java, Android), and of course, general use. I don't have as much time to play games as I used to, but when I do, it runs like a champ.

Problems? Oh boy. I originally realized I had not placed heat sinks on the VRMs, so I ripped the VRM heat sink off the old cooler. This is all fine and dandy, but I made the mistake of doing that without disconnecting the cards from the loop. This loosened the fittings on one of the blocks significantly, and caused a leak. Luckily for me, the computer was still off when I noticed. I use food coloring to color the loop. I initially used red, but it faded in a few days, so it looked like crap. I switched it to black, and I'm so glad I did. Not only does it look amazing, it also won't fade. While I was installing the water cooling loop, I didn't notice a screw slid under the motherboard. Of course, it caused short-circuiting. After I removed it, there were no problems until recently. Probably going to have to replace it soon. Annnd the final problem is a dead pump in the CPU AIO. Still keeps the CPU cool, but Corsair approved it to be RMA'd.

In the near future, I intend to throw in another 360mm radiator, replace the motherboard, and get an MX red or brown keyboard.

Before water cooling the graphics cards, they would easily reach 93 C.

Part Reviews

CPU

Overclocks well and runs well. What's there to complain about?

CPU Cooler

I happened to get a bad one, but that doesn't mean it's a bad product. If it works well with a dead pump, I'm sure it will be great with a working one.

Motherboard

Great board until I essentially sent it to its death.

Storage

Fast, reliable, and a decent price.

Video Card

AMD has disgraceful customer service. The cards are good, though.

Case

It's a good price for such a roomy case, but they did skimp on the build quality. The thumb screws for the side panels are difficult to get in, and the PCI lane thumb screws require a screwdriver.

Keyboard

Terrible drivers. Keys stick all the time. Not to mention I've had to reinstall Razer Synapse multiple times to get it to launch.

Headphones

They sound fantastic!

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the use of a banana for scale

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Food coloring in a water cooling loop? Bro, you're about to have gunk and living beings inside that loop. Horrible idea. I would empty your loop and just get actual colored watercooling fluid.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The vast majority of dyes are prone to gunking up at some point. The food coloring certainly won't make it prone to life when there's a silver coil, ant-corrosion, and anti-bacterial additives. I am considering getting something a bit nicer than water and food coloring in the near future, though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok... why is there an ODD in the parts list that you didn't install? And why isn't the middle card (the XFX) in the parts list? And why an AIO when you have a custom loop for the cards?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The cards weren't water cooled initially. A third Sapphire R9 390 wouldn't have fit, so I went with the thinner XFX that would fit. The AIO is there because I had it before the custom loop. I'd love to add the CPU to the loop, but I can't justify wasting the money when I already have a perfectly good cooler.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Question, what programs do you program with?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

For C and C++, I use Blend for Visual Studio. I use Eclipse for Java, and I use Android Studio for Android.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Good build +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice and unexpected plus 1 all the way. How does the three way crossfire perform with that cpu. I wouldn't normally ask this of someone with an i7 but they lack the pcie lanes of the enthusiasts grade i7.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

They perform very well. 3-way crossfire has led to some lower clock speeds in some games, but it's rarely an issue.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Bencharks?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Impressive

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

very sweet build, but I am wondering why you wouldn't just get a 1080 or 2 1070's

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

None of those were out 10 months ago when I bought the cards. I initially upgraded to dual r9 390s after dual 770s, and they seemed like the best I could get for the price point at that time. The third one was added not too long ago.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

ah I see. Possibly a future update

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, at some point. I'm in no rush to upgrade them now, but I'll see what the next few generations have to offer.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the name

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If I would have gone with full coverage blocks, it would have been about $400 for the blocks alone vs $160. As for the Extreme9, it's difficult to find nowadays. It would be a great choice if I can find one, though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

EK Thermosphere would of been the a better solution since they don't make waterblocks for the 390 beside the MSI one. It would run you like a good $240 for all three.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Those were tempting, but I didn't think they'd be would be worth the extra cost.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want help with your build, post a topic in the forums. Completed builds are not the proper venue.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, pretty much. I got an email from Nvidia a few days ago telling me to upgrade my old 770s. Asking your customers to upgrade is an extremely bold move....

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

AMD has disgraceful customer service

On the contrary, AMD has excellent customer service. YOu bought card from sapphire, so that is their responsibility, not AMD..

I had to use AMD's RMA once and it was excellent!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought two sapphire cards and an XFX. No matter what vendor you buy from, it's going to be AMD's processor on the card, and it's going to be AMD's drivers they write. It is entirely their responsibility. They had ignored my support ticket after 3 attempts of contacting them and gave me the same information each time. They suggested everything I said I had tried, but failed in my support ticket. It was a nightmare; it's like they never read the tickets.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The 390 is a great card and the sapphire nitro with backplate is the best one IMO. What issues are you having?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I completely agree. I love the Sapphire's backplate and the cooler was pretty good for a 230W card. The XFX's cooler was way too small. I was having issues where the GPU clock speeds were lower than they should be. They rarely exceeded 600Mhz. This isn't really a problem anymore after more drivers have been released. It also occurred more frequently when I had a 4k monitor(one of the reasons I went down to 2k). It still happens on a select few games, but having 3 cards more than makes up for the loss in performance.