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The Monolith

by felixar90

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55 Comments

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CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.35 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

Description

"Used" for gaming and compilation.

I say "used" because I'm not a big gamer nor do I do take a lot of work at home, it was mostly about building it!

Despite the two R9 290X, the watercooling make it quiet like a dream!

The cooling is optimized for quiet operation so it can get quite hot for a watercooled build, but still quite under the temperature parts are rated for.

I'm pretty glad that I had not a single case modification to do. This reservoir bracket holds perfectly to that hard drive cage!

The speakers are 15 years old JBL speakers from our first computer ever in 1998 that my dad gave me. They're really good speakers.

CPU-Z Validation : http://valid.canardpc.com/w0rwbz (Buss speed should be 100.00 Mhz, I think CPU-Z is tripping balls on Windows 8.1 since last update)

18,353 Fire Strike Score : http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/1804283?

9,802 Fire Strike Extreme Score : http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/1804324?

Comments Sorted by:

gseyffert 1 Build 13 points 65 months ago

Under water... the only place a 290X should be! Very nice build man.

basedgodunicorns 1 Build 5 points 65 months ago

you sir, have too much money.

+1 for sure

Lettershort 2 Builds 22 points 65 months ago

Not anymore, he doesn't.

candy 2 Builds 4 points 65 months ago

Nice build. Why did you buy two 1tb for 68$ instead of 1 3tb for 100$?

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 5 points 65 months ago

RAID 1. I know they're not RAID optimized drives but I had no problem yet.

I actually have 3 1TB drives because I was planning for a raid 5, but I used the 3rd one for a different computer.

SparkyOnPC 1 point 64 months ago

I have a question, will a higher watt PSU make life on components easier?

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 64 months ago

I believe if the PSU is near it's maximum, it will allow more ripple and voltage drop, so a more powerful PSU should help

SparkyOnPC 1 point 63 months ago

sweet, cause I was going to get a ax1200i with two 780's (sorry for super late response, I haven't been able to get on computer in a 3 weeks)

SethMatrix 1 point 65 months ago

RAID 0 maybe?

JoeyThePCNoob 2 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

GREAT JOB! very nice looking build and very powerful build.

troller_awesomeness 2 points 65 months ago

This might just be the jealousy speaking, but I'm curious as to why you spent so much money if you were only building it for the experience.

PickItApart 2 points 65 months ago

I like the build but feel like it was a waste of money cuz for what you described it seems like overkill.

freeracercolin 1 point 65 months ago

Why two 1TB drives? You could get a 3TB drive for cheaper.

SethMatrix 1 point 65 months ago

RAID 0 maybe?

freeracercolin 1 point 65 months ago

Maybe...

SethMatrix 1 point 65 months ago

Post some benchmarks!

Pigatator 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

3D mark pls

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Done!

SethMatrix 1 point 65 months ago

Why is your score almost 5000 lower than dual 780's? Just doesn't make sense.

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

The extreme or normal one?

My cpu speed is not particularly great.

Hmmm yeah I see what you mean : http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/1266734/fs/806621

SethMatrix 1 point 65 months ago

Extreme. I can't tell if these people are just faking the benchmarks.

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago
YourLocalPCNoob 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Finally someone who understands the potential of the 290x! How quiet are they?

ArrKayCee 3 Builds 1 point 63 months ago

Dude, he has them under water.

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Depends... How quiet is a noctua fan running at 20%.

The loudest thing in my rig is the 140mm default case fan. Seriously, the watercooling loop itself is completely silent, even under load.

If I run the card under light-medium load, like Cloudgate, there's some serious coil whine going on though.

th3bearsfan 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

How come just 1 1080p monitor?? I kind of doubt it was budget but any reason?

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 2 points 65 months ago

My car broke so I had to make some choices.

FreeFireXI 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

I think it's bad, but I LOL'd at this :)

Killerfrenzy96 1 point 65 months ago

120Hz Monitor.

resin34 1 point 65 months ago

All of that for only one monitor? get a second or third monitor. Also If your not a big gamer than why the x fire 290x. I'm not saying this build if bad, on the contrary this is a great water cooled build. But it would be great if you could enplane these things to me.

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

My desk isn't big enough. I'll get more screens once I get to it :P

CheyTac 4 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

DUUDE get yourself a ASUS PQ321Q monitor with that setup! This is like the ultimate 4K Gaming PC! Really nice build.

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 3 points 65 months ago

I think I'll wait a little before getting a 4K monitor. We're just starting to see reasonably priced ones, I hope once the 24" Dell Ultrashap comes out, competition will start driving the prices down.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Nah, wait for Dell's 24" 4K monitor. :p

iTzSnypah 1 point 65 months ago

If you can I suggest putting the CPU on it's own loop. GPUs aren't sensitive to high deltaT, while CPUs are (I'm not saying your loop has high deltaT). You will have higher performance if you CPU is running on a 2-4C DeltaT loop while your GPUs are on a 14-18C DeltaT loop than if you have a single loop with ~10C DeltaT.

Also should have went with gentle tycoons.

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Has to be the longest part list I've seen... good gravy. That's one nice computer you have there!

markbrochilll 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

+1

I am another Sapphire 290x owner and I have been reading a bit about water-cooling. Found your build and now I know what block I should be looking for. Thank you sir

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

I wish I had $5500 to throw around for an experience...

The build is nice don't get me wrong but spending that much on something for 1 1080p monitor, you don't or hardly game and you don't do any work on this... waste of money IMO. However this could be jealous talking as I would love to have this amount of money to throw around haha

Still all in all a great build by far, wish the picture quality was a bit better as this build deserves a bit better showcase!

Hope you enjoy this and please get into gaming haha

ravagex 1 point 65 months ago

Monster build!!!!

DarkBlackZ 1 point 65 months ago

8 fans and a watercooler... Really?!

markbrochilll 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Hey I am wondering if you could take a measurement of the width of one of the GPU waterblocks. I am trying to get an idea how thin it is compared to stock cooler.

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 2 points 64 months ago

~1/2" They are much thinner than the stock cooler

bencs25 1 point 65 months ago

Mister Nathan?

Deterzify 1 point 65 months ago

Can afford this system...

Still uses iPhone camera.

Hahaha great build though!!!

IloveSprite123 1 point 60 months ago

How's that keyboard

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Responsive and sturdy, I like it.

JustAnotherGamer 1 point 59 months ago

Now THAT is how you build in a 900D! I wish I could afford this!

CrazyCroak05 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

How do you like your headphones? I am thinking about getting those.

felixar90 submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

I like them very much. I find them very comfortable and I'm not an audiophile but the sound is very good.

comics 1 point 31 months ago

here's a question.... why????? D:

SgtTherin 1 Build 0 points 65 months ago

This is just about where I'm taking my amd enthsiast build (which isn't complete yet) +1 I like

Nvisible 0 points 65 months ago

Okay, but ******* overpriced

connortm97 -1 points 63 months ago

the build is very uneven

Trying to even it out, CPU, over MOBO, under RAM, under Storage, under GPU, 290x is fine but gets hot and not nearly as strong as a 780 ti Chassis, over

jchamb49 1 Build -2 points 65 months ago

NO FREAKIN' COMMENT...

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