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This stared as an $800-900 'budget' build back in November of 2014... and here we are!

I originally bought the Asus 280X with an NZXT Source 210 windowed case. I also got 3 of Corsair's Air Flow Quiet Edition fans and the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler. That setup was a little too loud for me so I decided to buy Fractals' Define R5 case, and the Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler. Some where down the line I wanted to see what all the hype was about with these SSD's. I ultimately decided to go with the 120GB Samsung 850 EVO. I went with the 120GB because the SSD is just being used for my OS and a few of the main games a play/stream. I planned to do a full Noctua build and get their new fans that they revealed at Computex but got impatient and started hearing really positive things about the Fractal Venturi fans and decided to go for a black/gray/gunmetal look. I plan to paint the gold mobo heatsinks and the red on the 390. I am very happy with the Venturi fans, they are whisper quiet. I have them set at such a low rpm that I sometimes I have to manually spin the fan to get it going.

I was starting to have issues with my 280X so I decided to get the 390. Unfortunately the DH-14 was too big and caused a clearance issue with the 390. The issue is more related to me have an H series motherboard, rather than the DH-14 being large. I was going to buy a Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, but found the H100i GTX on sale so decided to go with that. Why not water cool the Xeon! I got the Xeon so I could game and stream to Twitch. The Xeon works great, although I could really benefit from the higher clock speeds of a 4790k, for example. I find myself turning down graphics settings in-game, or I'm turning down my x264 CPU preset in OBS because it's hard to maintain 60fps while streaming/gaming. This only applies to CPU heavy games though.

Picture 17: Idle temps. My CPU temps fluctuate because of my room temp. I've seen it go down to 19c, but that's a little too cold for my gaming comfort.

Picture 18: Temps after 2 hours of Crysis 3. The 390 got up to 72c. It would have gotten much hotter but I always run Vsync, and the fans ramped up to 1800rpm to keep it around 72-75c.

If you fancy seeing the pics in near raw quality, you can check out this imgur gallery: http://imgur.com/a/Xnldo Open the pictures in a new tab for full resolution.

Update: 11/23/2015 - I added a picture of my setup and included the prices of the gear I use to stream and other custom parts.

I am also including a post I did on reddit that shows off some benchmarks I took - https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/3n1pzw/results_from_my_msi_390_ingame_benchmarks/

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Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

How is the R9 390 treating you? I plan on getting it for my build. :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like it so far. I'm able to play Shadow of Mordor on Ultra texture settings and get 50-60 fps. 45-60 fps on very high settings in Crysis 3. 50-60 fps on very high settings, 2xMSAA in GTA V. Good card!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

whats your twitch?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't stream as much now because I work 40+ hours a week and driving 90+ minutes through rush hour traffic on the way home kinda ruins my mood, but I try to stream as often as possible.

twitch.tv/risey_tv

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm really? are you @ 1080? should get 70fps on max settings in gta with 390....

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build. Looks like a dream. Can't wait til the day I can afford to upgrade to that level.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for checking it out :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build ! I can't wait to end up with something like this ! And that CPU cooler deal ! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! A H100i GTX for $50?! Couldn't pass that up!!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You have accurately described the arms race that goes on every time you build a computer. +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Wish I knew what I wanted before hand, I end up spending much more than needed. Lesson Learned :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Really very nice build. I've seen some good build pictures, but those are unbelievable! Impossible not to love this build report!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Ri53,

I am currently planning a similar build setup. Thanks to you I could already verify, that I can move one HD cage just before the PSU. (Thanks :p)

Just out of curiousity, I saw that you bought 5x 140mm fans and 2x 120mm fans. Am I assuming correctly, that you used 2x 120mm on the radiator / case inside and 2x 140mm at the front of the case? If yes, am I also correct that you "intake" the airflow? I guess another 140mm fan is at the rear of the case and you ended up not using the 2x 140mm PWM?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, you would really help me alot!

  • Raz
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Raz!

I am using 2x 120mm PWM on the radiator, 2x 140mm PWM in the front of the case (to kinda act like a push-pull setup for the H100i GTX). One 140mm as an exhaust on the back of the case, another 140mm as an exhaust on the top of the case, and the final 140mm is an intake on the side of the case so the GPU gets some fresh air. Yeah I am using the fans on the radiator as intakes. So 7 fans in total, I was only using five fans at the time I took those pictures.

Hope this helps and best of luck with your build :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot for your reply Ri53!

Helps alot :). I'll be going for 5, since I'll only be overclocking my CPU. The GTX 980Ti shouldn't get into heat trouble.

Would you mind answering one last question.

The PWM fans that act as intake / push pull - are they always running on full speed or are you controlling them through the case fan regulation thingy? Are you happy with the fans you're using in terms of noise?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

None of my fans are running at full speed. Actually, they never go over 700 RPM even under full load. Right now my computer is virtually silent. I got so many fans just so I can run them at low RPMs.

I am using the BiOS to control the fan speed. The only fan I have on the case fan controller is the back exhaust because my motherboard didn't have enough fan plugs. I love these fans. They are very quiet even over 800 RPMs and the sound is somewhat pleasing as well. I can't recommend the Fractal Venturi fans enough.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Ri53,

I like your build. Just wanted to ask, what would you change/upgrade or remove from your actual build?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry for the late reply (I rarely check PCPP) but I would get a higher clocked CPU and maybe the next tier GPU. Don't get me wrong the Xeon and 390 preform great but they can't max (most of) the new AAA titles at 1440p (I either play at 1080p near max or max or 1440p with a mixture of ultra, high, medium). Keep in mind that I stream/record for Twitch and YouTube so those extra MHz and GPU power could come In handy.

For what's it's worth, I was playing Dyling Light The Following DLC at 1440p max settings (shadow map at high instead of very high, no NVidia settings enabled) and I was getting 70-100fps (sometimes it drops to the mid 40s while driving the buggy and hitting a ton of zombies.)

All in all, I love my PC and it Is serving me vey well, but I will be upgrading to the new GPUs and either Zen or the 6900k for Twitch or Yourube because I am a quality *****. If you can sacrifice some settings, this PC will preform great for a long time, I can recommend. Maybe I'd get a bigger SSD as well. Sorry for the long reply :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, for taking time to answer.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment on the pictures! One of my 'buddies' told me that no one would bother to look at them because my build isn't worth of a 'high quality' photo shoot. Haha

Yeah, the TX3 was quite loud under load, but kept the Xeon nice and cool! I love the DH-14. I was sad to see it go.

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