Description

I use this computer for everything, really. I of course use it for gaming when I have the time. I'm a software engineering student so the bulk of my time is spent writing code with it.

This computer used to be beautiful until disaster struck it. A few months ago, it had triple water cooled R9 390s, but one of the GPUs cracked while I was bringing it back home from break. And then a few days later, the motherboard died. Fun times...

In a way, it was a good thing. I sold the working 390s and bought a GTX 1080, compact case, and mATX motherboard. The 1080 works so much better than the 390s overall. Even one 390 was an absolute pain because of the drivers... A lot of games refused to launch, and AMD support was completely useless. But whatever, I'm really happy with the 1080. Although, I will always miss how amazing it looked with the 390s. I'm just glad I don't need to deal with the headache of 3 water cooled video cards anymore.

I'm using the stock cooler because I don't overclock anymore. I don't feel like putting even more money into than I already have.

I have a 1300 W PSU because it's leftover from the triple 390s. Not going to replace it becase it's overkill...

The last image is the cracked GPU. Don't over tighten your water blocks.

Previous build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/hNRG3C

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs games and programs quickly. I love it.

Motherboard

It hasn't died YET, which is all I could ask of it.

Memory

Performs well. 32 gigs comes in handy for working with big data.

Storage

Got it for free through Amazon. Works great so far.

Storage

It's fast and it holds data. What else do you need?

Video Card

Fantastic video card! It runs everything well at 1440p.

Case

It's strong and small. I needed this case so I can transport it in my suitcase when I come home. Nothing broke yet.

Keyboard

The software isn't great. I like it overall, though.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

144hz clears all the headaches!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the temperatures like with the stock fans?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

The CPU got up to 70 C and the GPU rarely exceeds 60 C. I switched the CPU cooler to the CM Hyper Evo 212 since posting this, though. Now the CPU will get tto 60 C at most.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

As I said, I'm a software engineering student. I use more than 16 gigs all the time if I'm working in more than one development environment at once or if the specific program I'm writing requires a lot of memory. Big data computing also eats up a ridiculous amount of ram.

I take advantage of the i7 all the time. It comes in very handy for things like large matrices of floating point numbers... especially when trig is involved. The graphics card is used in a similar manner, but for anything 3D.

85% of my storage is full.

The pictures are not upside down, but the motherboard is. the tower is built like that. I'd prefer it right side up though, but you can't win em' all. Also, totally agree about the desk, but I live on campus so I have no choice. Don't see any reason why I need to change my peripherals.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

I really enjoyed what you did with this build. Perfectly budgeted and considered and well done! +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Well said.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

You're awesome and your comp is solid boss.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

There were a lot of problems when they were air cooled. The middle card would reach the high 90s, so I had to do some underclocking. They work decently well with the water cooling. While they scored in the top 1% on Firestrike, there were a lot of games that had FPS drops as a result of crossfire. It was cool and all, but I don't think I'd do it again. I've also added a link to the description if you'd like to see it.