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Modifed Tri-Fire 290X gaming/work PC

by nino_zh


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Date Published

Jan. 4, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C


Since i was able to get a great deal on an Asus X99E-WS Mobo i´ve decided to modify/rebuild my rig: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/FBBPxr

I sold my HyperX RAM, 4790K, Sapphire 290X and Maximus VII Hero Motherboard to get some budget for the new components. Choosing the CPU was kind of a no brainer cause i don´t need 40 PCIe Lanes. This time i went with G.Skill Ripjaws Ram. The case was also an easy decision. Recently i´ve built a Skylake gaming rig for a friend with a 750D case and i liked the possibilites for cable management and radiator mounting. For the CPU Waterblock i went with the EKWB Supremacy EVO and bought an Alphacool 360mm radiator (45mm thick) with 3x Noctua NF-F12 (ugly but awesome). For the fittings i went with EKWB 13/10 - 1/4,tubings from Alphacool and the fluid from EKWB. Now i have a huge amount of Alphacool fittings at home, but no regrets. The EK Tubings are way more stylish, they feel a little "thin" but great quality and much easier to tighten. The rig was rebuilt and later on i bought a used XFX 290X reference card from an auction so i could use a waterblock i bought before which didn´t fit on the Sapphire cause of the UEFI Switch -.- I tested the reference card just for fun and i can confirm - the reference cooler is horrible and loud!!! After installing the waterblock on the 290X i had to start over with the water loop. At first i installed the 120mm rad on the bottom as exhaust and the 360mm rad at the top. But having the 240mm lying around was a sort of a shame so i´ve decided to install it in the front of the case. At first i was sceptic and thought it was a bad idea to put it there since the heat goes directly into the case then... After several days of testing i can confirm the temps are quite good. I´ve also done some benchmarking: Firestrike is about 24000 now.

Another modification: all monitors are wall mounted now with NewStar FPMA-W830BLACK. Cable management was cleaned with a wall mounted cable duct. I had to buy new cables for the monitors since some were to short to fit in the duct and reach the pc on the floor :)

The temps of the GPU Chips vary between 30 and 34 ° C at idle. Under Load the highest temperatures reached a peak of 54 ° C (it was cool while testing the 290X with the reference cooler: under load the temps were like 44 ° C 44 ° C 80 ° C :) Another interesting fact after adding the 240mm rad the difference wasn´t really groundbreaking - about 5 ° C, or maybe its cause of the positioning...

p.s new pictures coming soon

Part Reviews


Awesome Mobo. After buying it i saw in the BIOS that both Graphics cards run at PCIe 16x, the 5820k has 28 lanes, what? Afterwards i found out it has PLX which adds another 24 Lanes to your System - means in quad GPU with a 40 Lane CPU - Every GPU runs at PCIe16x :)

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tigerblood213 1 Build 3 points 33 months ago

Damn I am a bit on the nvidia side and I love the graphics card setup

eeem1214 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Is there a difference between the 5820K and the 6700k besides core count

Jhobbster 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Speed, How powerful each core is, price.

nino_zh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

size ;) the 2011-v3 CPUs are quite bigger. the 5820k has more threads, more PCIe lanes, support for quad channel memory, no integrated graphics...

camrjamer 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

the motherboard and I7 is compatable?

nino_zh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

yeah, it works perfectly fine. Cool thing is also the CPU has 28 PCIe lanes and the Mobo adds 24 PCIe lanes

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nino_zh submitter 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

thanks. i already cleaned the cable management, i bought a cable duct and mounted it to the wall. New pics coming soon

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