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Update 3: After bleeding the loop for a day, it's gotten almost inaudible. My guess would be as quiet, if not more quiet than the D5 Vario on speed 5. Make sure you pad ALL CONTACT POINTS from the DDC pump to the case... it helps a lot.
Update 2: got my hands on a cheap DDC-1VC pump + tube reservoir combo for $25. It made more sense compared to the original D5 vario + dual bay reservoir which cannot be monitored. (no bays in H440)
Tried to mount the DDC+tube res vertically but it just wouldn't fit in front of the window. Opted for a horizontal mount since I won't be adding another 290x anytime soon.
However, the DDC is almost twice as noisy as the D5 vario (on 4 speed). Plus it produces quiet a bit of vibration. It just barely tolerable and will be drown out by the 290X fans when ramped up.
Update 1: Changed to MSI lightning 290X, since the game I mainly play (Tera) only used one gpu. Thus, sold off the 290's and bought the lightning 290X for $310 CAD. Mild oc to 1150 core clock 1500 memory clock @ + 88 core mV and +13 memory mV. While it was still loud on load, it's quieted than two R9 290 by a long shot. I was stable at 1200 core and 1600 memory @ 150 core mV but decided to not go further on air.
After updating to Radeon Settings, MSI afterburner broke so I'm using Radeon Settings for O/C. Raised power limit to 50% but voltage is locked. GPU is stable @ 1100 core and 1450 memory. (Thanks sammy memory!)
TLDR: bought, sold, traded some used and new parts and then settled for a beast machine on a budget.
Note: prices in CAD (AKA. Canadian rupees)
Actual build review:
Initially got a ROG maximus V formula + 3770k for a good price, but it wasn't a decent OC'er. So I traded the 3770k for a 4770k (NO CASH ADDED :D ) + a new Asus z97-A instead.
The Hyper 212 Evo was great. Near silent with the right fan and can take a mild O/C. But I wanted to do a permanent OC and I don't want to dump heat back into the case. Thus, I found a good deal for an used XSPC kit with a D5 vario pump and got that installed. Getting the RAD on top was a bit of a tight squeeze. If you want to install a RAD on the top of the H440, make sure you go with a 240 or 280mm RAD with less than 40cm of height (Depends on the Mobo as well).
Cable management was easy. Would advise to get some extra cable ties since the included ones were used up in no time. The Mobo 24pin power connector from seasonic was very thick (same with most other brands). You would need to squeeze it in to close the back panel. A better approach would be to get a PSU with single sleeved cables so you can flatten them out.
My 4770K is above average, which I can boot 4.6ghz @ 1.24V and stable at 1.31V. However, I opted for 4.5ghz @1.27 stable to lower my temps and keep the computer more stable.
OC TIPS W/ASUS Z97: After you find a stable manual voltage, note it down and change the voltage to adaptive mode. Then put that value into the CPU turbo voltage field. I put the offset at - 0.001. You can re-enable the power saving features such as C-states or speedstep. This allows the CPU to clock down when you don't have a load and clock up to the desired OC when you need it. It saves power and lowers the heat produced!
Currently, the CPU runs AIDA64 and OCCT at 65-75 degrees with OC while most modern games peak at 65 degrees. Idle temps varies from 27-35 degrees.
I creaked open the front to let more air in as it is a little restrictive, this lowered temps by about 2-3 degrees on both the cpu and the gpu.
I threw the R9 290 Tri-x card on top due to superior cooling, and the DirectCUII card on the bottom. Both cards running a mild OC at 1050 core clock and 5400 memory clock. The temps were better than I thought. In watch dogs, Tri-x peaks at 71 degrees, DirectCUII peaks at 68 degrees. Skyrim modded runs at 65's for both card.
Single Tri-x also runs cool at 70 degrees peak (for TERA). Fire Strike score here: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/4011625
Ram profile on XMP @ 1600 mhz, very stable so far.
Overall very happy with performance. If budget allows, I would possibly invest in some GPU waterblocks. But I currently don't see the need to as temps are fine.
Notes: The Windows 7 was a free copy from my university. I'm currently using a Yamakasi Q270 monitor for $250 (None 2B ver. and not in the parts list), will look into eyefinity 1440p if I had the extra cash.
The wifi adapter is from GMYLE (not on parts list) linked here: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00LE3BJRA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 (ac 866.7mbps speed) works great and getting full signal from 3-4 meters away, have not tested any further
Feel free to leave comments and suggestions on improvements!