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Once I had the opportunity to see the LG 34UM95 34" display first hand, I knew that would be the beginning of my dream gaming/media build. MicroCenter had one set up with a demo loop of BF4, and it stopped me dead in my tracks. The width, the FOV....dat 3440x1400 resolution...truly a sight to behold (and sold out everywhere).

Thus began my month long research and build. I'm a huge fan of spaceship-anything in gaming and film, and after seeing the concept of NASA's IXS Enterprise, I wanted the rig to resemble its white/black paint scheme.

At first, things went very smoothly. 4790K, H105, ASUS z-97 -AR mobo, Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM, and of course NVIDIA 780 TI SLI's right?

Right?

Wrong. As I was diving deep into researching the 34UM95 display, it occurred to me that this resolution is just 30% less pixels than 4K. At 4K, it has shown across several benchmarks that 3GB of VRAM and 256-bit bus cause these cards to throttle at higher than 2560x1440 resolution.

This was discouraging seeing as I absolutely wanted to own the 34UM95- trust me, you'd understand why one you stood in front of one.

Enter the R9 295x2. I'm not going to lie- when I heard about this card I was skeptical, being that it was an AMD. But when I researched further and found it performs nearly 3x better than 780 TI's in SLI at higher resolution, and BETTER than the Titan Z- I was thoroughly impressed. And since I was going 3K, I had to have a card that delivered. And oh boy does it...

Lucky for me, the day of my build six 34UM95 displays were in stock at MicroCenter. I'd looked the entire month of July and Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect, ect were ALL sold out- and those smaller vendors that did have them were selling them for nearly $500 over list price!

I came home that afternoon and began building, and at first it was a breeze. H105 radiator, 295x2 radiator (GPU has a built in watercooler) all fit perfectly- with a few available slots for cooling. That cooling however, would prove FAR too little for the amount of heat the 295x2 puts off.

Don't get me wrong here- the 295x2 actually runs cooler than the 780 TI's in SLI. However if any of you are familiar with the H440, it's TERRIBLE at ventilation. As I booted up ARMA 3 a few times with a light 4.3GHz overclock- my system restarted within minutes, everytime. That's when I decided to check thermals and OH my...WAY too hot.

That's when I knew it was time for some ingenuity. See, I really love the aethetics of the H440- so much so I was not willing to buy another case. Instead, I made a few tweaks to lower the temps:

1) Purchased Two Noctua NF-S12B FLX intake fans- each moving 100 CFM at a silent 1200 RPM.

2) Replaced all three stock radiator fans with Noctua NF-F12 PWM's (Two for H105; one for GPU rad)

3) Removed the back 140mm exhaust fan and moved the GPU radiator to the rear of the case

4) Took the removed 140mm exhaust fan and placed it at the front of the case (pictured) to move 65 CFM of air across the GPU, pulling in the cold air from the three intakes

After these changes- my ambient temps alone dropped nearly 20C. My CPU and GPU both idled 15C lower, and even with a 600MHz overclock- operates cooler.

Needless to say I'm a happy man now- with a PC that will satisfy my UHD itch while providing a whole new gameplay experience with the wide FOV.

Do yourselves a favor, don't see this monitor out in the wild. You too might get bitten by the upgrade bug.

Comments

  • 66 months ago
  • 6 points

Nice Build! But more pictures of the actual build would be nice.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

More on the way.

  • 66 months ago
  • 4 points

Hhnnnggg. +23

  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

Please upload more pictures of the actual internals. It's not every day an R9 295X2 build is uploaded here.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll upload some extra internal/build pics

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics added

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a great build. Thanks again

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Star Citizen <3

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't wait for the beta 2015!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

This game will be awesome!

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

After these changes- my ambient temps alone dropped nearly 20C.

How did your ambient temps drop from a few fan changes?

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Star Citizen?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

More internal and build pics will be uploaded shortly. I'll take a few pics of the internal 140mm setup as well, in case anyone else interested in this case wants a ACX cooler GPU design too- absolutely necessary to move that hot air out of the back of the case.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I really want to see where the radiator of the R9 295X2 is mounted! Moar pictures! +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

There is a whole story to this- and pics will follow. Basically I had it mounted to the front, however that seriously screwed with the intake airflow as the rad takes up a 120mm slot and just enough below where you have to remove a 2nd. In this case- one intake is not enough for a mid level GPU, much less the 295x2.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow. I always wondered why AMD opted for water-cooling on the 295X2 while the Titan Z only has a fan with a large heatsink. Oh well, the cooler the better!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Star Citizen graphics destroyer

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Simply amazing.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

It's crazy a single graphics card can be my entire PC budget. It looks really nice. Really great build.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Kool Build! Love the white...

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your implementation of the fan beside the GPU. you wouldn't mind if I did that to my h440? +1 btw, this is an amazing build.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build man +1 from me. just wondering, i got my 4790k last sat. i bumped mine up to 4.7 GHZ its nice and cool at idle (30 degrees) but under load with cinebench it spikes to the mid 80's. have you had any heat issues with yours. i bought some new IC DIAMOND thermal paste and gunna reapply. your cooler is a little better than mine also. you should check mine out if you get a sec.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all great build, nice everything. I have one question about the headset, would you recommend it?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I don't know if you mentioned it earlier, but what game is it that you are showing in the build pictures. Looks graphically amazing.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nevermind! How could I miss Star Citizen! I am a disgrace to the master race!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build so much. It's pretty much exactly what I'm doing except in a 760t and two 780's instead.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Question any thoughts on swapping a larger radiator onto the r9 295x2 to see if it drops the temps down? Just curious as I know it would be hard pressed to find another spot in the case for another large radiator but gotta imagine it would help tremendously.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!I really like all of your build and Arma 3 +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, well thought out. I just put an order in for the lg34" and am awiting delivery. I hope I have the same experience you have had.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you like the slyrs?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

28340 useless pics and not even a full shot of the rig on the inside.

why/10

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It's beautiful! haha

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I bet it can't even play minesweeper.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you like the headset

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, looks clean, Any acces panel side shots that show everything installed?

Also, the rad fans, did you wrap the fans with electrical tape against the rad shunt? i'm assuming to prevent air leakage?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How does it run arma 3 multiplayer? What fps?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

hey what was that game you was playing. It looks cool. Btw Very nice build. it's to bad I cant afford it.

  • 66 months ago
  • -2 points

Great Build, But The Cpu Is Kinda Low Leveled With the Mobo if you have a r9295x2, it would be great if you got a i7 4930k instead with asus formula or other mobo BUT AGAIN GREAT BUILD!

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