Description

I built this with BF4 in mind. I've used MSI a lot in the past so went with their "Gaming" series of components for this build.

The case, PSU, monitor and peripherals were all from my previous i5/P55 build but the rest of the components were bought over the space of two months and the rig built in stages over that time period. I'd initially gone with a 7970GHz edition but I had to RMA it and opted for a R9 280x as a it's replacement. I only lasted a couple of weeks before I decided to add another in crossfire!

Performance is excellent. I often enter a lot of the benchmark "leaderboards" on various forums and my two R9 280x's (costing less than £450 combined) absolutely smash Titans and GTX780's costing almost twice as much. I've benchmarked the 4670K at 4.6GHz successfully but for day to day use I've settled on 4.2GHz instead.

As for games I've tested the rig out with Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, Grid 2 and Battlefield 4 so far. All run amazingly and it was essentially Battlefield 4 that inspired me to go "all out" for once and build a rig that I knew wouldn't have any issue with the game at all.

If anyone has any questions I'd be happy to answer them. Likewise is you want me to run any specific benchmarks I'd be happy to and post results.

Griff

Photo's aren't the best but they should show components in situ.

3DMARK 11 P13495 - http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7370136

Fire Strike (3DMARK) 12585 - http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1040884

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18th December - Added a second monitor. HP 23xi IPS 23" panel. Photo added too.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

This is a pretty awesome build, good job! But will it run Minesweeper?

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Don't think it will, sorry bro. Minesweeper requires a $20,000 build.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

XD nice build by the way

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build. Something about that MSI Red Dragon makes these builds look so good.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

This is a great build. I want one of this! hahaha

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. What monitor are you using?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

An Achieva Shimian QH270 (One of those Korean monitors using LG S-IPS panels)

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I was thinking about getting one of those, Is the quality good?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

It's awesome but I guess I would say that. Seriously though the difference between a 1440P IPS panel and my old 1080P TN panel is like night and day. Of course some people prefer 120+Hz for gaming but I do a lot of video and image work so the IPS panel benefits me.

As for build quality mines absolutely fine. No rattles or squeaks.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks, I may decide to order one.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the CPU cooler noise annoying or is it not that bad?

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Not bad at all to be honest. It has three manual settings that you can change on the pump/block and on the lowest (which is perfectly adequate) it's really quiet. On the highest setting it does sound like a vacuum cleaner but that's irrelevant for the reason above.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I think that this is the build that I will choose for my first build. I play on a PS3, but want a PC instead of one of the next-gen consoles because most of my friends are PC gamers.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

He's a beaut!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn dude 2 r9 280xs.... Im so jelly it hurts.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build :D

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like MSI gaming parts as they look also and don't perform half bad as well. +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

hows it run bf4?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Like a dream to be honest. I game at 1440p with the Ultra preset and average around 150fps.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

im jealous!!!

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah im definitely jealous =P

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Damn the 280X's destroy BF4 on ultra @1440P

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Does your HX750 make any sort of grinding noise, mine does whenever the gets moved a bit or if the desk it sits on is nudged... might have to call Corsair...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nothing at all. I have RMA'd a few Corsair PSU's in the past for coil whine - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOBGpJ6pYKo - but the HX750M has served me well.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Those 280x's look awesome!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweeeet Nice build +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud is the R9 280x in idle, and you turn it up? Alos how old does it get? Im planning on build a pc soon, I heard the R8 280x gets loud and really hot. I don't like having any of my part get hot im kinda a worry wort. Also this will be my first build.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

the 280x doesn't really get too hot. are you sure your not thinking about the 290 and 290x.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I think so, the 290 and 290x gets really hot and loud I just saw the tech of tomorrow channel review. I might just get 280x in crossfire, it will give me better pperformance than the 780ti and its cheaper.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the color scheme a lot. How is the Sound Blaster card? I hear bad things about them all the time, and was wondering if all the hate was due or completely misplaced.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

nice! +1 Did you have this in mind..?:) > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvNnv7nh2Es

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need the RAM or the sound card but who cares!? This build rocks!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the 750 handle that Crossfire nicely, or do you have any issues? I'm about to upgrade my HX750 because I didn't think it was enough to handle two 280x, but I'm debating it after this!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

No issues whatsoever. Well none so far anyway :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Any problems with a 750W PSU? I am thinking about crossfiring 280x in the future, but I can't decide whether to get a 750W or a 850W for a little bit more overhead.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems at all mate.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice move keeping components together with their respective manufacturer..nice parts list. Two things I would have done different, change from 750 to 1000 watts on PSU and go with 2 sticks of RAM (2x8GB) for expansion purposes...good job with the build though...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree with you about the RAM completely but I'd got this from a previous build so it made sense, for now at least, to use what I had. I'll swap it out soon for some 2 x 8GB 2133 RAM.

As for the PSU if an AX1000i dropped in my lap I wouldn't complain but what I have is more than sufficient for now.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I really like your build and am gonna use most of it on my very first one just a quick question. Are you using cooling blocks on the graphics cards or did you just keep them stock standard. And overall is the temperature at a suitable level

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. I'm just using the stock cooling which is fine. The top card gets a little warm, obviously, but nothing to worry about.

If you wanted specifics the bottom card probably gets to around 65 degrees and the top one reaches 80'ish.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you find the ROCCAT Kave headset ?

I wanted something which would provide me 5.1 for movies and gaming. Is the surround effect good enough ? How is the audio quality ?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. I love them to be honest. They're not the most comfy headset in the world at first but you soon get used to them. Sound quality is great as well but it's obviously dependant on the sound card you use.

New headsets have come and gone but I guess the fact I've still got the Kaves shows how much I like them.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Im thinking about getting a closed loop cooler, the only thing that is turning me away is that my friend told me that the radiator is pretty loud, i was just wondering if yours is as loud as my friend says.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

There's three settings on the pump/control unit for the fans. Low, medium and high. I've only used low and that's all I've ever needed to use as it keeps things nice,cool and quiet.

However if you use medium or high then it does get VERY loud. Think vacuum cleaner loud.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Does your 750 watt power everything without any problems?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah no problem at all. A lot of people fall foul of the myth that you need the biggest PSU possible.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello just a quick question with the Duel 280x have you encountered any issues with drivers and compatibility with games?

i currently have a single MSI 280X and am looking into a 2nd just cuz the price has dropped and would just be cheaper for my current situation.

Thanks.