Originally Posted by jetpak12
I've always been an AMD fan, using primarily ATI/AMD GPUs and had an ASUS CHV with a 1090T and Corsair H70 for a short while (which I sold to my brother).
How much did you find your Sapphire 290 for, if you don't mind me asking? I've been eyeing a 290/290X for sometime, but I won't have the funds for it for a while, even if mining wasn't inflating all the prices.
And Sapphire is good stuff; I once had an ASUS 4850 + Sapphire 4850 together in Crossfire. The Sapphire was a reference model, while the ASUS was the fancy TOP factory overclocked model and the Sapphire out-clocked it.
Also, go for watercooling! Your price estimate is about right, I think I spent around $400 for all the parts (and then another $400 for a second 6970 with attached WB, which I sold recently for $200 lol). A lot of money, but it was well worth it. The 6970 stock fan is so loud....
But now one of the fans behind one my rads is going bad, it whirs and whines and grinds, and of its course its in a position that's very hard to get to.
I'd have to take almost everything out of my case to get at it... Eh, I'll replace it when I finally get around to upgrading out of my 775 system.
I had a 1090T for a year and loved it but once I saw the clocks people were getting on Bulldozer, I knew I had to have one. I stayed away from Bulldozer though because of the low IPC. There's a lot of debate about it, I see a new thread here once a week about Vishera vs Phenom II single thread. However, in my benching experience and general usage experience, as well as gaming, Vishera easily matches or beats Phenom II IPC. A Phenom II will only do 4ghz if you're lucky, whereas Vishera does 5ghz or more on water. Once you clock Vishera to about 4.4ghz it easily beats Phenom II IPC, and gets more fps in games too. Look at any major review site where they log FPS in games and make a bar graph. Among all the Intel and AMD CPUs tested, you'll usually see Phenom IIs at the bottom. They're nice but they're old now.
I love Sapphire cards, they have great build quality and design, they overclock well and they run cool.
I paid $579 for my Tri-X on Newegg. A week later it was $599. Two weeks later it was $649. A week later it was $699, and a week after that it was $749
. For a $450 card. I'm happy with the price I paid and the performance I'm getting and I'm saving to get another.
Not going to go water cooling for many reasons, the biggest one being that my case is very cramped as it is with all the fans and accessories. It's a fairly tall case but it's not as wide as a HAF X or whatever. I wouldn't have room for more than one radiator and a reservoir. I can only fit a 240mm rad in the top of my case, and that's not enough to cool an FX-8350 and 2 R9 290s. I really like my case, mostly for aesthetic reasons, and have no intention to change to another one. It looks unique, nobody uses this case. Additionally, I don't want to deal with the maintenance of draining and refilling a loop.
Besides, with the Tri-X cooler my temps are usually around 60C at 1200mhz with 1.275v and 100% fans. They don't throttle til 95C and I usually don't see them artifact due to heat, unlike my 7970. Hawaii can take MUCH higher temps than Tahiti and run safe. I imagine if you ran a 7970 at 95C it would catch on fire. And I'm coming nowhere close to that.
Originally Posted by Devildog83
Those a funky my friend, I like. Can you change colors with them?
The lights don't change colors, no. It's this kit: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/22077/lit-380/Logysis_Dual_12_Red_Meteor_Light_Stick_LDKMTRD2.html?tl=g6#blank
They have it in red, blue, green and UV.
Not being able to change the lights isn't that big of a deal because the lights have like 20 different patterns they flash through when you hit the button on the back. I think it said on the box there's 8 different patterns and multiple speeds for each pattern, but it seems like each time you press the button it does something different. The video doesn't do it justice, you'd have to press the button and see for yourself and play with it. Well worth the $14 I spent.