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To feed my addiction, i have once again upgraded my computer... whoops.

I wont go through my parts selections because i did in the previous build here. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/sZmG3C

I will go through what i upgraded and the custom kraken mod. I found a great deal here on pcpp from a user selling old mining R9 290X's for a low 375. Me being a huge deal hunter i couldn't pass up that price. The only catch was that it is a reference card. I thought maybe it would be ok and plug it in for a while to find out that even when playing easy games like WoW and League of legends the card was getting up to 90 degC and throttling. That obviously wasn't acceptable. So i looked through my options and the one i liked the most was the kraken G10. This also meant that i needed a new case to fit the liquid cooler in for the gpu as well.

I went with the 300R which was a little risky because it isn't made to have space int he front for a CPU cooler, but with some small modding it ended up that there was space. And plus i loveeed the look of the case, the front panel especially. I picked up a H55 and Kraken G10 on sale at newegg for only 75 bucks total.

The last hurdle for this build was the VRM cooling. I had bought some small vrm heatsinks and slapped them on there for about a week. I wasnt happy with those vrm temps because the small heatsinks were enough to keep them completely cool. So i ended up doing a mod to the old reference air cooler from the 290X. i got the mod from this thread on OCN.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1453555/quick-guide-for-the-disassembly-and-re-use-of-amd-290-reference-cooler-as-vrm-ram-heatsink/0_40

overall mod went well and it was fun. Also i did a custom blue paint job on the tx650 psu and also the kraken G10(this was before NZXT came out with the blue one :/ lol)

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  • 69 months ago
  • 10 points

Kind of ironic using AMD parts while having white-blue theme, 1+ for the top notch cabble management.

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

Like the theme, what paint you use on the psu?

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

it is just cheap spray paint, i don't even remember the brand lol. the tricky part is using painters tape to cut out the TX lettering.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm an AMD enthusiast myself, and I'm all for your choices, but with a super high-end GPU like that, I'd go for Intel or at least an overclocked FX-9370.

P.S. Why the one-star owner rating for the 290x?

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Well...unless he's running Mantle it'll be okay. But if it's Direct X or Open GL...well maybe he'll lose a few frames.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. Overclocking does help though.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree that for a high end build intel is the way to go, but this is an upgrade and i didn't really want to replace the mobo and cpu this time around, the performance on it is still great, no complaints on fps in games on ultra, even playing on 1440p.

The one star is for the reference cooler design. The card under water performs great by all means, but the card without the mod doesn't work very well at all.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds good. If it's an upgrade, then that's all good. I originally thought you bought from scratch.

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

Why would you run a 9370??????

Is basically an overlocked 8350, so why pay AMD to overlock your cpu?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not over-priced like the 9590 and can be overclocked to 5.4GHz, more than the FX-8350's 5.0 or 5.1Ghz. Just my two cents.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

The 9370 is $200. The 9590 is the overpriced one, and I recommend the 9370 because it can be overclocked to 5.4GHz as opposed to the FX-8350 going to 5.0 or 5.1GHz. I personally own an FX-8350, and plan on overclocking it to 5.0GHz with the Corsair H100i or something.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Not here, but I've seen one at 5.3GHz. Search on Google "AMD FX-8320 vs. AMD FX-9370" and go on the CPUBoss link. Scroll down to overclocking and it'll say each of their limits with air cooling and water cooling. The 9590 starts at 4.7GHz, but doesn't overclock that much while the 9370 and 8350 are the best overclockers. The overall best overclocking CPU in the market is the AMD FX-6300, being able to overclock from 3.5GHz to a whopping 4.8GHz. That's a 1300MHz gain right there!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

damn dude u got some good deals

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

those feet tho +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the build. +1

The cables look great!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! though i dont know about that CPU cooler it should be fine. Also i would have waited a bit for corsairs new HG10 its just like the NZXT Kraken g10 (and corsair stole the name too xD) The HG10 is a FULL COVER, so there isnt any circuits showing. Though you would have to paint it since the color for amd cards is red

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU cooler performance is only 1 or 2 deg under the hyper 212 and cost me only 10 bucks. I wasn't trying for real CPU intense overclocks either way so it works fine for me.

In the description I state that the reference design R9 290X was running at 90 degC and throttle rendering it basically useless until i replaced the cooler on it. so i didnt really have time to wait for the HG10, also i built it about 2 months back so the HG10 wasn't even announced yet, but either way im of the opinion that the HG10 looks kinda funky and not as slick as the G10.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

? to me the HG10 is like an XFX slim cooler

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

the main thing i dislike about it is the recycled squirrel cage fan needed for its operation i think it looks tacky and has to be colored red. Also re-using part of the reference cooler that was the problem in the first place worries me. And also i like the angles and design of the plate from the NZXT G10.

It's just my opinion tho, im sure the HG10 is a good fir for plenty of people and builds.

  • 69 months ago
  • -2 points

Decent build, Change the case, change the cpu cooler!