Description

I built this system in early 2014 and it has been overall a joy to work/play with. See below for a description of my build and an overview of its performance.

i7 4770K (4.7GHZ @ 1.264v) & 4-way crossfire R9 290 paired with Benq XL2730z eyefinity. Thats 7680 x 1440p eyefinity - about 25% more pixels than UHD (~4K). Since AMD has not yet released single GPUs with 3 x DPs, I have to, for now, stick with DP + DVI,+ DVI. I have OC-ed the DVI up to 120hz and they seem to handle it okay but I have had some detection issues at times when gaming. I suspect the included DVI cables cant handle the MHZ. For now I am running 80 hz @ 1440p eyefinity until the next big AMD GPU upgrade which I hope will include 3 x DP out and drivers for eyefinity freesync.

Most games run at very decent FPS at this resolution. If FPS drops below 50, minor tweaks without sacrificing any noticeable image quality can get it to very playable settings. Dragons age inquisition with tessellation on medium, no MSAA, and everything else on ultra settings nets me about 50-80 FPS. GTA V runs at 55-80 (v-sync on) at max settings minus MSAA and feels very smooth. BF3 runs at > 110 FPS most of the time and BF4 does about 80-100 FPS.

The 4-way crossfire has been overall well done. No major faults which is very surprising since I came from 5850 crossfire which was a big pain back in the day. All GPUs are watercooled with EK blocks and run about 55 C with a pretty good overclock on GPU/RAM of 1167/1375 at + 87mV. Its cooled with 480mm + 420mm + 360mm radiators running in series with two D5 pumps and the CPU block.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 7 points

I know this is a 100% "screw it I'm gon' do this 'cause why not" kind of build, but seriously. Scaling is pretty bad from 2 to 3 and even more so from 3 to 4, and while I know the last one was a gift, 1500w watts is like a vacuum cleaner on most of the day. I don't even want to know your electricity bill...

  • 60 months ago
  • 33 points

EEEPPIICCCCCCC PPPOOOOWWAAAAA

  • 48 months ago
  • 6 points

Jeremy Clarkson would be proud... "POWERRR!"

  • 47 months ago
  • 7 points

bringbackclarkson

  • 59 months ago
  • 4 points

It only draws it when needed....

  • 59 months ago
  • 4 points

...and I would assume that a person who went out of their way to make a $6.5k build would game quite often. It wasn't too serious of a comment, in any case.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

In the unites states, electricity costs 12.5 cents per kwhr, so even if drawing the full 1500w, it'd only cost about $22 for 120 hours of use

  • 50 months ago
  • 7 points

pretty sure that this build can power Africa....

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! (?) :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

How on earth are you powering this rig with a cx600m?

  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

oh man im getting a comment a minute haha. its powered with an ax1200 + cx600m together linked with an ADD2PSU. all the psus and wires are hidden in the bottom compartment

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah OK. AX1200 was really not enough for this setup? Wow

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

When its overclocked - it does 1500 watt from the wall :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

'Oly balls, that's a lot of power.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

That's one heck of a toaster oven you got there.....

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

1300-1500 Watt toaster, depending on how much you overclock the toaster :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been waiting for someone to do this.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah...

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice and clean build but why 4? +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

3 was the sweet spot for me, good scaling in most games...but somehow I acquired a 4th as a gift and was like....ahh what the heck, why not put it in and throw in a CX600M to power it :) Add2psu is really convenient for that

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Expensive. Did you sell the stock coolers?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there - no kept the stock coolers. Going to transplant these into some HTPC or other build once I feel the itch to upgrade the GPUs in 1-2 years

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL! an R9 290 in a HTPC is hilarious!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I did a gtx 590 in a htpc for a while until the media center started getting too hot

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

im a noob what do you mean my debezelling the monitors?

  • 60 months ago
  • 9 points

it literally means taking the plastic shroud off the monitor with the goal of reducing the space between panels when running multimonitors like eyefinity/surround etc.

you can learn more here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1397263/the-official-debezelled-monitor-club

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

ah so making the bezel's shorter in a way?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

yah makes the distance between panels less so more pleasing with eyefinity

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

My i ask what case?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

If you ever want to upgrade, go tri/quad GTX 980's I don't know how well the 4 way 290 performs for you, but I know that dual 980s are capable of battlefield 4 60 fps ultra on 4k resolution, 3 or 4 you might be able to play crisis at 4k +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

yah excellent performance to power ratio for the GTX 970/980s. Right now I'm 3/4 of the way to 4K with 5760 x 1080 resolution. When I run battlefield I do 130% scaling and it puts me over effectively a 4K panel...I still get very good framerates 80 fps+ although AMD is having issues with mantle and memory leaks...

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

... This is awesome +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That's hot.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! i think :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant cool. :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

3 120hz 27" Monitors.

You're ready for being ready.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow nice, very very nice, my only limiting factor in accomplishing a build this great is money lol. Have any of your plugs, fitting, etc gotten loose over time?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

nice builds! I hope not...that would be an expensive leak

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Now time to upgrade your desk :P

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

totally agree...

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

goodness! I'm going to need a few minutes to get my heart rate back down to normal levels now...

I like how the picture of the RAM in the parts list is a cardboard box lol

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****..one of the most OVERKILL builds I have ever witnessed 0.0

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Um for 1080p a 2 way crossfire is better than 4 way oh well ont my build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

its 5760 x 1080 :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Still overkill lol

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

ooh yah :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Please. more description and pics.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Mmmmmmmmmmm

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

mmmmmmmmmmmm

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The r9 290 is a great card on its own... I cant imagine having 4 way crossfire.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Only 3 people on this whole site do.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

instead of the add gpu i would of replaces those 5 years old monitors that are not even that good but debezelling does make it somewhat better is there anyway to get a pic

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

desk is a mess. no pics for you

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

alright man still a great build +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

actually got an old pic up :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yooo best friend, when are you gonna make my 2 way SLI 980 with 5960X?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Mother of God.....

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, voted. Ever thought about a Ergotech triple monitor mount? Thing is amazing, can mount up to 3 27inch monitors. Cleans up the desk space nicely.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Dear God I would but after debezeling the monitors no vesa mounts! Good suggestion though.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

You can get 6 monitor mounts, 5760 x 2160px, up to 96in in some cases... Trying to think of ways to make those 4 cards do something or they will just put on weight :3

If I was going all out on 4 290s, even if one was free, I'd invest in some bling. A small disco of sorts. And a better case, Im not melting about the front of the elysium as much as I am over 4 290s.

Otherwise, I love it! With most others going for polished refinement and efficiency, I love a good blast of ridiculousness :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Aren't you only getting 4 lanes per GPU? Why didn't you at least go with an i7-5820K?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

the asus extreme vi has a PLX chip - so PCIE 3.0 are 8x/16/8x/8x

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Sooo... the plx chip is giving you extra lanes? Is intergrated in the MOBO? Does Ranger/hero vii z97 have this feature to?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont think the ranger has it...for the asus 1150 platform only the extreme vi has a plx chip

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Just made my top ten! +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps you must be an extreme gamer, hence four cards? Never mind.

I miss Sapphire products, especially loved those Toxic models.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

every card is runing in 4x now... is that bottlenecking your gpu's?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

every card is running 8x or greater...plx chip on the mobo

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, drool worthy build! Second, how did you get your Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 Stealth Edition to be blue? Aren't they green? +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

oh good eye! i didnt even notice. it was the older version of the ultimate stealth...from 2012 or 2013???

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh, I see. Yeah, the older versions did have the blue back-light, which I like a lot better than the green.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

totally agreed. green is an all or nothing color :|

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey guy. great job guy. do us a favor though, post more pics when you get a chance to make us drool more, thanks. +1 guy

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

okay will do once I get a nice camera and get rid of the accumulated dust

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to bother you, but how is the keyboard holding up? Interested in it and was hoping for a second opinion on it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries! Its holding up very well actually. The stealth is very nice :) Let me know if there was any specifics u wanted to know about

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Only one question, is there anything you hate about it?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Heat :D

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry havent frequented this website in a long time LOL - keyboard is still holding up very well!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What case is that?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it run League of Legends and Minecraft?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

No.It fails utterly

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

+1, nice photos.

Do you plan on joining team Green anytime soon? The 980 ti/990 is coming out very soon, and 3/4 of those in SLI would be beast. If you are, I'll buy tickets to the show. Thanks for the build.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

No way on a 600w PSU....

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Your system makes me want to go curl up in a corner and cry over how much your electric bill is gonna cost after one gaming session....

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Its actually not so bad :)

Since I got this build all set up electricity maybe went up 30% (aka 10-15 dollars per month), but there was also a price hike on the electricity over that period as well

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Chronos Deluxe?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Overclocking a 4770K? You sir are a VERY brave man.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

delidded as well!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Heyy there! Do you still have this amazing rig?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey yes I do! waiting for the next gen after Furyx to upgrade the GPUs. For now it runs pretty much all games @ 7680 x 1440 :D

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor stand do u use

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build! And one more thing.....can you let be borrow this in the winter? I sure won't freeze...at all!!! lol

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This thing is insane :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

:) it was a gradual build up over the years

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

How on motherf*cking Earth did you make enough spare money to build this behemoth?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

i didnt make all the purchases at once. was a gradual build up of parts over 2013-2014

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Over on future mark.com they're rating the R9 295x2 as number 1 overall - time to upgrade? How's the Elysium holding up?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

now just add the new Radion FURY X graphics card and this will be heaven D:

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry to dig up a old thread, but I am also building a gaming pc and have a question. I have 3x 4k monitors. I currently have 3x r9 290x's. As I am sure you already know, these gpu's only have 1 dp out. If i run my 3 cards in xfire can i just use the dp out on each card to power each monitor or do all the connections need to come from the primary (top card)?

Thanks for any insight you can provide. This is my first build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry I dont frequent this website as much anymore. You can run 3 4K monitors using each DP, one for each 290x, but you will NOT be able to run eyefinity.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

A little question: why in the actual **** do you need 12 5 1/4 inch bays?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Glorious!

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  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

only 24-way Titans can run that....ON LOW GRAPHICS!!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

almost none except for benching and some games like tomb raider. but went into it with an informed mind and a free 4th card haha

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  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

been gaming with this system for about 10 months now :)

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  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

WHHHHYYY NOOOOTTT?!??!?!?! :D

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  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

neither would I - I would get me some GTX 980s :)

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really - have not yet had vram bottleneck me @ 5760 x 1080.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait are you saying back in Dec 2013 when I built this system, as per my description of the system above, that FURY X was AVAILABLE? OH MMAAANNNNN.

NOW YOU TELL ME???!?!??!?!

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