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February 1, 2014 2:49:05 PM

I wanted to get my system to running three monitors (5760x1080) all the time (gaming or otherwise), and was hoping I could get comments/input/recommendations. I don't need to run BF4 on Ultra, but Custom Medium with a couple High settings would be nice. I added links for reference to the listed items below. Based on the below build, should I focus on improving anything specific? I was thinking the next upgrade would be an additional 280x for Crossfire. Thanks in advance for the input/feedback.

Case/Cooling:
HAF-XB (http://www.coolermaster.com/case/lan-box-haf-series/haf...)
CPU Cooler (http://asetek.com/desktop/cpu-coolers/510lc.aspx)
Intake - 140mm x2 (http://www.topbrandcomputers.com/products/b007owpy4y-6)
Exhaust (top) - 200mm (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FG...)
Exhaust (rear) - 80mm x2
Exhaust (rear) - 120mm

CPU/MB/PSU/RAM/Storage:
i7-4770k (http://ark.intel.com/products/75123)
Z87-HD3 (http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...)
900W PSU - I think it is this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=CIH_kd...)
Crucial Ballistix Tactical 2x8GB (http://www.crucial.com/store/ProductMarketing_Ballistix...)
Samsung 840 EVO 500 GB SSD (http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/mi...)
WD 1 TB HDD (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=770)

Monitors/GPU:
LG 23EA63P x3 (http://www.lg.com/levant_en/monitors/lg-23EA63)
Sapphire Vapor-X (http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/produc...)

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February 1, 2014 3:13:20 PM

First, I suggest you get the newer HAF XB EVO if you can, so that you're not forced to mount the 3.5 inch hdd in the X-Dock. Your other choices look good, but there are two components you haven't specified: motherboard and psu. Please list what you have or plan to get for those.
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February 1, 2014 4:00:13 PM

MauveCloud said:
First, I suggest you get the newer HAF XB EVO if you can, so that you're not forced to mount the 3.5 inch hdd in the X-Dock. Your other choices look good, but there are two components you haven't specified: motherboard and psu. Please list what you have or plan to get for those.


Thank you for the reply - I made updates to include the PSU and Motherboard. Also, I realized I have the EVO version, and updated the link appropriately. - Thanks again.
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February 1, 2014 4:12:58 PM

Motherboard is a good choice, but psu is not. See this list:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
Apevia is tier 5.

According to this page:
http://forum-en.msi.com/faq/article/power-requirements-...
r9 280x cards don't require quite as much power as gtx 780s, so you could just get a Seasonic M12II 850W like I'm using.

I looked more closely at your planned fan configuration, and I suggest you install the rear 120mm fan as intake, and I don't think you really need the 80mm fans for the lower compartment.
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February 1, 2014 5:00:13 PM

Well, shoot, man. You are definitely getting the solution button, but I have a couple more questions - thanks for everything thus far. You know, the more I dig into this stuff, the more disgruntled I become at CyberPowerPC - I have already replaced the RAM, HDD, added the top exhaust fan, and now the PSU is sub-par...figures. Looking at the list (very helpful), it looks like these things are not cheap, but I guess anything that is quality rarely is.

1. With regard to the PSU, I am guessing the make model - is there a software setting or CMD command I can use to display the manufacturer?
2. If I do decide to go to a Crossfire solution, adding another 280x in the future, the specs say 1000W PSU "recommended". Should I bite the bullet and do it, or will the Tier 1 850W you mentioned suffice?
3 - one more. The CPU cooler has a radiator that is attached to the rear 120mm fan (this came in the installation). I believe this feels like it is blowing out. I am a little conflicted, as well, considering the specs for the cooler only reference one fan...yet this one has two (one in front of radiator and the 120mm exhaust). Should I leave it as-is, or flip the fan around to it is intake to the radiator?

Thanks again.
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February 1, 2014 5:19:51 PM

1. There's no software way to find the make and model of psu, because it only provides power, not identification information. Some years ago, I had one or two psus with fan header connectors to allow monitoring the speed of the psu fan, but that's the most you'd get via software, and I don't know if there are still any that include such a connector. To find the make and model of psu, open up your case and look at it.
2. Where are you seeing a recommendation of 1000W for 2-way crossfire with 280x cards? A good 850W psu should be enough for nearly any 2-gpu setup (two copies of the top single-gpu video card of a given generation might need more, but the 280x is the third most powerful of AMD's current generation of video cards). Try using this calculator: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js...
3. I think you'll get better results with the radiator fans acting as intakes for the case. Whichever way you do it, make sure they're in "push-pull" configuration relative to the radiator. If the radiator fans are both blowing toward the radiator or both away from the radiator, you'll have problems.
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February 1, 2014 5:48:12 PM

MauveCloud said:
1. There's no software way to find the make and model of psu, because it only provides power, not identification information. Some years ago, I had one or two psus with fan header connectors to allow monitoring the speed of the psu fan, but that's the most you'd get via software, and I don't know if there are still any that include such a connector. To find the make and model of psu, open up your case and look at it.
2. Where are you seeing a recommendation of 1000W for 2-way crossfire with 280x cards? A good 850W psu should be enough for nearly any 2-gpu setup (two copies of the top single-gpu video card of a given generation might need more, but the 280x is the third most powerful of AMD's current generation of video cards). Try using this calculator: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js...
3. I think you'll get better results with the radiator fans acting as intakes for the case. Whichever way you do it, make sure they're in "push-pull" configuration relative to the radiator. If the radiator fans are both blowing toward the radiator or both away from the radiator, you'll have problems.


1. Looking from the top-down didn't show me anything, so I assume its the right side - I will take a look later, but I assume its the low tier PSU.
2. The PSU recommendation is in the System Requirements tab of the graphics card link - I'll copy/paste below. Based on that info, if accurate, I will assume I need a 1k PSU, and I should look into anything Tier 1, but I will check back later.
3. They are definitely acting as exhaust, and I can see the reasoning why an intake operation would be better. Is there a place I can read about switching these or is it a quick maneuver? Reason I ask is I am not familiar with water-cooling, and the tubes are a little intimidating. I don't want to mess it up or have water everywhere.

PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard.
2X75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express power connector is required for CrossFireX™ system.
1X75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express power connector is required.
4096MBMinimum of system memory.
Installation software requires CD-ROM drive.
DVD playback requires DVD drive.
Blu-ray™ / HD DVD playback requires Blu-ray / HD DVD drive.
750 Watt Power Supply is required.
1000WattPower Supply is recommended for CrossFireX™ System.
1X150 Watt 8-pin PCI Express power connector is required.
2X150 Watt 8-pin PCI Express power connector is required for CrossFireX™ system.
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February 1, 2014 6:29:20 PM

1. Yes, the psu goes in the lower compartment of an HAF XB EVO, so you'll need to open the right side panel to access it.
2. Those requirements seem abnormally high, compared to this page, which indicates a system with a single r9 280x only requires 550W with 30 amps on the +12V rail, not 750W. Also, the pci express power conector requirements are off: if you look at the 5th picture from the left on that specs page you linked, each card has two 8-pin power connectors, rather than a 6 and an 8. I've noticed that SR-71 Blackbird often knows the correct wattage and +12V requirements for various configs, including sli and cf setups, so I will send a pm and see if he/she can chime in on this thread.
3. There's not much risk of water (or whatever liquid the sealed loop cooler uses, I've read rumors that some use other liquids than water) spilling out unless you have a sharp edge nearby. Normally each fan will be mounted to the radiator by long screws, and one set of screws will also be through the case holes for fan mounting. Just keep one hand below the fans and radiator to support them while screwing or unscrewing the screws, and remount the first fan you change before starting on the second.
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February 1, 2014 8:28:08 PM

I made the switch on the two fans to intake without issue, and removed the two back 80mm fans. I have been up and running about 45 minutes now, and the CPU appears to be running between 6 - 9 C cooler (27 now/36 before). However, after looking at your signature (and shamelessly copying - hope that's okay), I reduced my OC from 4.5 GHz (1.337 vCore) to 4.2 GHz (1.120 vCore). As an end-result, I think I am going to go with your recommended PSU - quite honestly, I don't see myself going Crossfire if the R9 280x is as improved as the benchmarks state over my current 760 GTX.

Thanks again for all the feedback.
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February 1, 2014 8:49:55 PM

I don't mind people copying my rig :)  (or my signature pattern if that's what you meant) but I hope you did some stability testing to make sure your particular cpu is okay with those settings (not all 4770ks OC the same).
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February 2, 2014 2:17:20 AM

MauveCloud said:
I don't mind people copying my rig :)  (or my signature pattern if that's what you meant) but I hope you did some stability testing to make sure your particular cpu is okay with those settings (not all 4770ks OC the same).


I now know what you mean - many BSOD's later. I have it set to 4.3 now, and it appears everything is stable.
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