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CPU: Intel i7 4770k - $335.00 (Canada Computers)
Aftermarket CPU Cooler: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H60 - $61.10 (Direct Canada)
MOBO: Asus Maximus VI Rog Gene LGA 1150 Z87 MicroATX CrossFire/SLI Motherboard - $202.80 (Direct Canada)
Video: Gigabyte AMD R9 290 x 2 - $859.98 (newegg.ca)
RAM: G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 2400MHz CL10 Timings 10-12-12-31 - $174.79 (Direct Canada)
Case 1: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 - $89.99 (Canada Computers)
Case 2: PC-JMK5-Cool 5 Open Air Frame - 119.56 (Amazon.ca)
SSD: Samsung 840 PRO 256GB - $229.99 (newegg.ca)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB SATA3 6Gb/s 7200RPM 64MB - $119.95 (Direct Canada)
Optical Drive: Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-209DBK - $69.99 (newegg.ca)
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300W 80PLUS Gold Fully Modular - $199.99 (NCIX.ca)
Blu-ray Disks: Verbatim 20PK BDR LTH 6X 25GB SPINDLE - $23.43 (Direct Canada)

Total = $2486.67

Liquid Cooling Open Single Loop;

CPU Block: Swiftech APOGEE HD LGA1155/1366/1156 G1/4I X1/2 - $79.99 (NCIX.ca)
Pump: Swiftech MCP655 12V Industrial Water Cooling Pump 1/2IN Barbs - $89.99 (NCIX.ca)
Straight Fittings: Bitspower Silver Shining BP-CPF-CC3 G1/4 to 3/8IN Straight Compression Fittings (Pair) x 4 - $51.96 (NCIX.ca) and x 4 - $35.96 (DazMode)
45 Degree Fittings: Bitspower G1/4 Thread 3/8" ID x 5/8" OD 45-Degree Dual Rotary Compression Fitting - Silver x 2 - $31.98 (FrozenCPU)
90 Degree Fittings: Bitspower Silver Shining Dual Rotary 90 Degree Compression Fitting ID 3/8IN OD - 5/8IN OD x 3 - $58.47 (DazMode)
Adapter Fitting: Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining T-Rotary 3 Port Adapter - $13.99 (FrozenCPU)
SLI/Crossfire Fitting: Bitspower Adjustable Aqua Link Pipe I (22-31mm) - Silver - $8.99 (FrozenCPU)
Flush Valve: Bitspower G1/4" Mini Valve - Black Sparkle - $18.99 (FrozenCPU)
Reservoir: FrozenQPCMods Liquid Fusion Red Helix G1/4 - $78.85 (Direct Canada)
Power Inverter: Dual Channel CCFL Power Inverter Rev.4 - $4.99 (DazMode)
Radiators: Swiftech MCR220-XP Dual 120MM "EXTREME PERFORMANCE" Radiator Series x 2 - $109.98 (NCIX.ca)
Radiators: Swiftech MCR320-XP Triple 120MM "EXTREME PERFORMANCE" Radiator Series - $64.99 (NCIX.ca)
Tubbing: PrimoChill PRIMOFLEX Advanced LRT Bloodshed Red 3/8 ID 5/8 OD (10FT) - $19.99 (NCIX.ca)
Temperature Sensor: XSPC LCD Temperature Sensor V2 - Red Backlight w/ G1/4 Sensor Plug - $9.99 (FrozenCPU)
Radiator Fans: Silverstone Air Penetrator Red AP121 120MM 1500RPM 35CFM 22.4DBA Directed Airflow x 4 - $67.56 (Direct Canada)
Radiator Fans: Corsair Air Series SP120 PWM High Performance Ed. 2350RPM 62.74CFM 35DBA Cooling Fan Dual Pack x 3 (6 fans total) - $77.58 (Direct Canada)
GPU Waterblocks: EK Radeon R9-290X VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal + Nickel x 2 - $237.98 (FrozenCPU)
GPU Backplates: EK R9-290X VGA Liquid Cooling RAM Backplate x 2 - $59.98 (FrozenCPU)

Total = $1122.21


Thermal Paste: Tuniq TX-4 - $11.99 (newegg.ca)
Liquid Metal: Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra x 2 - $30.98 (FrozenCPU)
Water: Distilled Water - $3.99 (Shoppers Drug Mart)
Coolant: Zalman ZM-G200 Coolant 500ML Bottle (Propylene Glycol w/Anti-Corrosion Agents) x 4 - $55.04 (Direct Canada)
Water Additive: Feser Base Biocide & Corrosion Blocker - $9.99 (DazMode)
Water Additive: Red Line Water Wetter (12oz) - $9.99 (Amazon.com)
TIM Remover: Arctic Silver 1&2 Arcticlean Thermal Remover - gift card (newegg.ca)
Sandpaper 180 Grit: 1 sheet - $0.99 (Canadian Tire)
Sandpaper 220 Grit: 1 sheet - $0.99 (Canadian Tire)
Sandpaper 400 Grit: 5 sheets - $4.88 (Lowe's)
Sandpaper 2000 Grit: 4 sheets - $3.99 (Canadian Tire)
Hose Cutter: XSPC Hose Cutter (0-25mm) - $12.99 (DazMode)
Fill Bottle: Tattoo Diffuser Wash Squeeze 500ml Plastic Bottle - $2.89 (eBay)
Thermal Pad: Fujipoly Extreme System Builder Thermal Pad - 1/4 Sheet - 150 x 100 x 1.0mm - Thermal Conductivity 11.0 W/mK - $22.99 (FrozenCPU)
Radiator Shroud: The Feser Company Acrylic 120MM Fan Radiator Shroud - $12.34 (DazMode)
LEDs: Dual Red 5mm LED for the TFC Shroud x 2 - $9.48 (DazMode)
Fan Power Connector: 4-Pin Power Distribution PCB 8xWay Block - $5.75 (FrozenCPU)
Grommets: Mod/Smart 1 Inch Cable/Tubing Rubber Pass Thru Grommet 4 Pack - $2.99 (FrozenCPU)
Sleeving: LutroO Customs Teleios 4mm Red 100 Foot Sleeving - $27.00 (FrozenCPU)
Heatshrink: 3/16th Inch (4.7mm) 3:1 Ratio Heatshrink 4ft Tubing - $4.50 (LutroO Customs)
Combs: LC Cable Comb Codename: Stealth - 24Pin Cable Clamp Stealth Black x 2 - $4.20 (LutroO Customs)
Molex Pin Extractor: Original Molex Mini Fit Pin Extraction Tool (ATX/EPS/PCI-E) - $19.94 (DazMode)
Sleeving Cutter: LC Flush Cutter - $10 (LutroO Customs)
Lighters: Bic lighters (x2 size) x 5 - $4.99 (Target)

Total = $260.55


Fan Controler: NZXT Sentry 2 Touchscreen LCD Display 5 Channel 5.25IN Fan Speed Controller - $0
Fan Filter: Silverstone 120mm Filter - $0

Sub Total = $3881.67

Grand Total (Errors/Extras (page 8 - post #78, page 23 - post #226 & page 41 - post 407), Discounts/Tax/Shipping/DOA): $4718.17

Mission Statement;

I will be putting the rig together first, testing for defects, thermal and overclocking potential and benching on air. I will then lap, delid and test temps and new overclocking potential with each step. I will follow by a disassembly and reinstall with the liquid cooling components, testing for leaks, overclocking gains on water, stability and benching before play! Any dissatisfaction with the build will be rectified.

It will be a cool journey to take together!


01. Register Computer Hardware. (page 01 - post #009)

02. Download Latest Drivers and Utilities. (page 02 - post #012)

03. Guide to Windows/SSD/HDD Installation. (page 02 - post #013)

04. Benching Results; GPU (A) w/ Elpdia mem @ Stock Speeds & Cooler. (page 02 - post #014)

05. Benching Results; GPU (B) w/ Hynix mem @ Stock Speeds & Cooler. (page 02 - post #015)

06. Benching Results; GPU (A) & (B) in Crossfire @ Stock Speeds & Cooler. (page 03 - post #022)

07. Guide to Flashing MOBO Bios. (page 03 - post #027)

08. Join Relevant Clubs for your Build. (page 04 - post #032)

09. Guide to Testing your RAM. (page 04 - post #35)

10. Guide to Installing Chipset Drivers. (page 04 - post #37)

11. Guide to Overclocking CPU (Overview). (page 4 - post #39)

12. Guide to Overclocking CPU (In-depth). (pages 4 & 37 - post #40 & 370)

13. Benching CPU Overclock @ 4.5GHz - 1.32v - 1333MHz - 1.9v - STABLE. (page 5 - post #42)

14. Benching CPU Overclock @ 4.5GHz - 1.32v - 2400MHz - 1.9v - STABLE. (page 5 - post #44)

15. Fine Tuned CPU Overclock @ 4.5GHz - 1.29v - 2400MHz - 1.8v - STABLE. (page 5 - post #46)

16. Fan Profiles; do they make a difference? (page 5 - post #47)

17. Stock Cooler TIM vs. Aftermarket TIM. (page 5 - post #49)

18. Guide to Lapping CPU (IHS). (page 6 - post #52)

19. Guide to Lapping Aftermarket Heatsink (HSF). (page 6 - post #53)

20. CPU Lapping Results. (page 6 - post #55)

21. Guide to Delidding CPU. (pages 6 & 40 - posts #56 & 400)

22. Guide to Coolaboratory Ultra (CLU) Application. (pages 6 & 40 - posts #57 & 400)

23. CPU Delidding Results. (page 6 - post #58)

24. Fine Tuned CPU Overclock @ 4.6GHz - 1.34v - 2400MHz - 1.9v - STABLE. (page 7 - post #62)

25. Guide to Overclocking a great card; GPU (B) using MSI Afterburner. (page 7 - post #66)

26. Guide to Overclocking an average card; GPU (A) using MSI Afterburner. (page 7 - post #67)

27. Guide to Overclocking GPU (A) & (B) in Crossfire using MSI Afterburner. (page 7 - post #68)

28. Troubleshooting Guide (Part A); Cold Boot due to a CPU Overclock. (page 7 - post #69)

29. Troubleshooting Guide (Part B); Initial CPU Overclock Becoming Unstable. (page 8 - post #71)

30. Troubleshooting Guide; GPU(s) Overclock. (page 8 - post #72)

31. Guide to Overclocking RAM. (pages 8, 36 & 38 - posts #73, 359, 371 & 372)

32. Guide to GPU Water Block Installation. (page 8 - post #74)

33. Guide to cleaning equipment before utilized in a waterloop. (page 8 - post #75)

34. PC Build (Part A) - Initial Assembly. (page 8 - post #76)

35. Guide to Devising a Water Coolant Mix. (page 8 - post #77)

36. PC Build (Part B) - Guide to Setting Up the Custom Water Loop. (page 8 - post #79)

37. Guide to Filling-Up Reservoir. (pages 8 & 24 - posts #80 & 238)

38. PC Build (Part C) - Final Assembly. (page 9 - post #82)

39. Water Cooling, Pump Speeds and Thermals. (page 9 - post #83)

40. Post Water Cooling Temp Calibrations (Part A). (page 9 - post #84)

41. Post Water Cooling Temp Calibrations (Part B). (page 9 - post #85)

42. CPU Temperatures at 4.5GHz Post Custom Water Loop. (page 11 - post #105)

43. CPU Temperatures at 4.6GHz Post Custom Water Loop. (page 11 - post #110)

44. LLC Level; Does it make a Difference when Overclocking a Haswell? (page 12 - post #111)

45. Temps with One GPU Enabled. (page 12 - post #114)

46. Does GPU-Z affect GPU Usage in Crossfire? (page 12 - post #115)

47. Guide to Ideal Revisions for this Sort of Build. (page 12 - post #116)

48. Update those Utilities/Drivers for Smoother Operation. (page 13 - post #121)

49. RAM Speed and New Games. (page 13 - post #122)

50. Guide to using BF4 as an Overclock Stress Test (Part A). (page 13 - post #130)

51. OCCT; How Effective is it as an Overclocking Tool? (page 15 - post #146)

52. CLP/CLU; What is the Long Term Fluidity? (page 16 - post #154)

53. Guide to using BF4 as an Overclock Stress Test (Part B). (page 16 - post #157)

54. Star Swarm Stress Test in DX11 and Mantle. (page 18 - post #178)

55. Guide to Draining the Water Loop. (page 21 - post #208)

56. Guides to Replacing GPU Thermal Pads. (pages 20 & 22 - posts #196 & #211)

57. Guide to Reconditioning CLU. (page 22 - post #211)

58. Guides to Squeezing in SSD/HDD in Tight Cases. (page 22 - posts #216 & #217)

59. Guide to Modding an External Case Radiator. (pages 23 & 24 - posts #221 & #236)

60. Guide to Routing External Radiator Fan Cables. (page 23 - posts #224)

61. Guide to Replacing the USB 3.0 Case Cable. (page 23 - posts #227)

62. Guide to Adding a Radiator Fan Shroud. (page 23 - posts #228)

63. Guide to Choosing the Right Fan Controller for You. (page 24 - posts #233)

64. The Hawaiian Heat Wave v.2.0. (page 24 - post #239)

65. Temp Improvements with v.2.0. (page 24 - post #240)

66. Don't Let Your Powerful Cards Sit Idle while Gaming. (page 26 - post #252)

67. Guide to Discover Optimal Resolution Scale for BF4. (page 26 - post #259)

68. An Additional Trick to Further Decrease CPU Temps. (page 28 - post #277)

69. Does Aux Voltage in MSI Afterburner Affect Temps? (page 29 - posts #282 & 283)

70. Will Adding a Radiator Improve Overclocking or Result in Reduced Volts? (page 29 - posts #284)

71. Picking the Right Computer Chair for You. (page 29 - post #290)

72. 4.7GHz - Does your CPU need more then VCore 1.4v? (pages 31 & 32 - posts #310, 313 & 315)

73. Does Additional Volts on a Stable CPU Overclock Increase GPU Overclocks. (pages 35 & 36 - posts #342, 343, 353, 354 & 356)

74. Lowering Water Levels in the Reservoir, is that Normal? (page 35 - #344)

75. Revisiting Overclock Post v.2.0 - 4.6GHz STABLE. (page 35 - post #345)

76. Should I Take Serious Consideration to Overclocking Min/Max Cache? (pages 35 & 36 - posts #349 , 353 & 354)

77. Does MSI Afterburner's Extra Voltage Options Make a Difference to Stability in Comparison to Alternate Overclocking Tools like TRIXX? (page 36 - post #360)

78. How to Efficiently Test Effects of Your RAM Overclocks. (page 37 - post #366)

79. Does Aero Affect Game Performance? (page 39 - post #381)

80. How to Devise a Dust Encasement for HTPC. (page 39 - post #383)

81. Is x264 Version 2 a Reliable Stress Tester? (page 39 - post #388)

82. After One Year! (page 41 - post #403)

83. After Two Years! (page 42 - post #414)

84. After Three Years! (page 42 - post #415)

85. After Four Years! (page 42 - post #419)

86. After Five Years! (page 43 - post #423)
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
It will serve as an all in one component purchase and how to guide for newer builders that want to dabble in liquid cooling. We'll all learn together!

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Ok, I've decided to add delidding the 4770k to the equation. Just purchased the Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra for $15.49 from FrozenCPU!

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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Register Computer Hardware:

Before you start assembly of the build, make sure you register all your purchased hardware.

In Canada at least, some companies will allow straight forward online registration, either by first creating an account or by way of a simple Serial registration. In my specific situation this was the case with Seagate, ASUS, EVGA and LG.

Some companies needed to be contacted through online chat such as Intel to register a product.

While Samsung required an initial online chat and a follow up phone call in order to register the SSD.

With some companies, registration is not required and in case of a product defect, you can proceed to their web site and fill out an RMA request.

It is always wise to register your products in case of defect. Your frustration will be diminished since your information is already logged with the manufacturer and you can proceed directly to an RMA. Another advantage in registering your product might also result in a warranty extension.

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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Here are the Boxed Pics:

(For a larger view - right click pic and choose Open Link in New Tab)

Tommorow, will come the Unboxing Pics!

Note, I'm still missing the waterblocks and the backplates for the GPUs and the Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra (stuck at the Canadian border) and one Silverstone Air Penetrator fan. They only had 3 fans in stock when I ordered from Direct Canada.

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Unboxing Pics:

(For a larger view - right click pic and choose Open Link in New Tab)


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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Download Latest Drivers & Utilities:

Before you begin, download all the latest required Drivers and Utilities from the Vendors' Web Sites (avoid using the drivers that come with the CDs). Keep in mind that with time the noted drivers and utilities below will also be updated by the companies/vendors.







MOBO Bios, Chipset Drivers & Utilities;

1. MOBO Bios and Flash Utilities;

In my case, I obtained the Asus Bios v.1102 (2013-11-28). The latest Bios is v.1603 (2014-09-25).

To keep options open, I also chose to download the Bios Flash BRenamer Utility (2012-11-08) and Bupdater Utility v.1.30 (Flash Under Dos) (2012-02-22).

2. MOBO Chipset Drivers;

Here you have the option to download many Chipset Drivers from the various support folders including Hotfixes, Chipset, Audio, VGA, LAN, USB and SATA drivers.

3. MOBO Utility Software:

From the Utilities support folder, you can also download the Utility Software you'd like to use. This software is installed on your OS and can be accessed like any other software. The software options are usually there to facilitate flashing and or boosting performance for your MOBO. If anything, the most important of these would be the ASUS AI Suite III v.1.00.55 (2013-08-22). I did not want to use any.

GPU Bios & Flashing Utilities;

When it came to the GPU Bios, I wanted to stay flexible by getting the Gigabyte R9 290 Bios, Gigabyte Uber R9 290x Bios, Asus Uber R9 290x Bios and the Asus PT1 & PT3 Bios'. GPU flash utilities include ATIWinFlash v2.6.6 (by way of Windows/Dos - one tool) or ATIFlash v.4.17 (by way of a Boot Drive/Dos - with the additional use of win98boot and HPUSBDisk.exe tools).

GPU Driver;

1. AMD Catalyst v.13.11 Beta v9.4.

GPU Overclocking Utilities;

1. MSI: MSI Afterburner v.3.00 Beta18.


3. Gigabyte: OC Guru II v.1.56.


1. LG Blu-ray Firmware v.1.01-A1(ew) (2013.04.23).

Samsung nor did Seagate's web site offer any firmware for the 840 Pro or the Seagate 3TB HDD.

Temp, Stress, Bench and Overclock Monitoring Utilities;

1. CPU-Z v1.68.0

2. HWmonitor v.1.24.

3. GPU-Z v.0.7.5.

4. Memtest86+ v.5.01 (2013-09-27)

5. Maxxmem2 Preview

6. x264 Benchmark v.5.0.1

7. Prime95 v.27.9 (2012-12-12)

8. OCCT PT v.4.4.0

9. FRAPS v.3.5.99

Free Benching Utilities;

1. 3DMark Basic Edition v.1.10.

2. Unigine Heaven v.4.0.

3. Unigine Valley v.1.0.

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Windows/SSD/HDD Installation:

A. Build computer from its components.

B. Initially, only have the SSD connected to your mobo.

C. Boot into the UEFI Bios with its mouse/menu driven system. Insert Windows disk and set boot priority in Bios to boot from Disk Drive. Also take the opportunity to pour over the specs of the system to make sure the Bios is recognizing each component correctly and it will also give you a chance to assess the potential of an overclock.

Note, I initially tried to use the LG Blu-ray, however I kept booting into the Asus bios. I suspected the Blu-ray and once I replaced the blu-ray with a regular LG DVD Burner, the computer booted successfully to the DVD and I was able to intall Windows.

D. SSD Installation Guides for Win7 and Win8:




Sean's Guide is chalk full of good stuff, but you only need to use what works for you. To maximize your time, I simplified things and cut to the chase. Most of you here will not need to do more than these steps. I listed the 17 personal steps I used to optimize my Windows 7 x64bit Install in combination with the SSD;

01. While in Bios, enable AHCI SATA mode in UEFI/Bios
02. While in Bios, enable ACPI 2.0 in the UEFI/Bios (if available)
03. Install Windows
04. Disable Hibernation;
a. Open Start Menu and type CMD
b. Right-click CMD icon and choose "run as administrator"
c. Type powercfg -h off and press enter to delete
05. Disable System Protection;
a. Open Start Menu
b. Right-click Computer
c. Click Properties
d. Click System Protection - this will delete and turn off Restore Points (I kept it enabled).
e. Select C:
f. Click the Configure button
g. Click "turn off system protection"
h. Click Ok
06. Turn off Drive Indexing;
a. Open Start Menu
b. Click Computer
c. Right-click C: drive>properties and uncheck drive indexing
d. Click apply (ignore all when comes up)
07. Turn Off or Shrink Page file;
a. Open Start Menu
b. Right-click Computer
c. Click Properties
d. Click Advanced System Settings
e. Go to the Advanced Tab
f. Under Virtual Memory click change
g. Select the C: drive
i. Select "No paging file" (for some games like BF4 even with 8GB of RAM you may crash without some memory set aside for page filing, so I opted for 1000MB of page filing on my D:/HDD Drive)
j. Click "Set"
k. Choose Yes for the Dialog Box
l. Click Ok (x3)
08. Restart, turn off and unplug Computer
09. Plug in secondary HDD drive(s)
a. If computer does not recognize drive, right-click My Computer-> Manage-> Storage-> Disk Manager. Click on Disk you want to convert [all data (should be none on a new drive) will be lost] and convert to GPT (to make one single partition over 2.20GB). Now the HDD is "Unlocked". You will need to format. Go to Control Panel-> System and Security-> Administration Tools-> Create and Format HD Partition-> Right-click on Disk and choose "Simple Format" and follow prompts.
10. Install latest mobo/chipset drivers
11. Install Windows Updates
12. Change Power Options;
a. Open Start Menu and type Power Saving
b. Select Change Power Saving Setting
c. Select Change when the Computer Sleeps
d. Select "Never" for Put the computer to sleep
e. Click Save changes
f. Select Change advanced power settings
g. Click on Hard Disk
h. Chose "Never" to Turn off hard disk
i. Click Ok
13. Enable Trim;
a. Open Start Menu and type CMD
b. Right-click the icon and run as Administrator
c. Type fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 0
14. Check Defragmentation Schedule/Disable Defrag;
a. Verify that Defrag is not checked for you SSD
b. Open Disk Defragmenter
c. Click the Configure schedule button
d. Click the select disks button
15. Disable Prefetch and Superfetch;
a. Open Start Menu and type Services.msc and press enter
b. Scroll down until you see the "Superfetch" entry
c. Double-click on it and choose "Disable" from the list
d. Next, open the Start Menu and type regedit and press enter
e. Go to - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters
f. Double-click on "Enable Prefetcher" and enter 0 (default value is 3)
g. Double-click on "Enable Superfetch" and enter 0 (default value is 3)
16. Disable UAC;
a. Open Start Menu and type UAC and click on link
b. Move slider to "never notify"
c. Click Ok
d. Click Yes
e. Restart Computer
17. Empty Windows update download cache;
a. Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
b. Delete all of them

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CPU 4770k @ Stock on Intel Stock Cooler and Gigabyte GPU (A) with Elpdia Memory @ Stock Speed on Stock GPU Fan;

Now before benching, go into your Bios and make sure the X.M.P. profile is enabled. In my case I went to the Extreme Tweaker menu and changed the Ai Overclock Tuner to X.M.P. and my RAM was instantly recognized as 2400MHz from 1033MHz and timings/volts were set correctly. Extreme Tweaker in the Bios indicated the CPU @ 3.50GHz with a boost capability of 3.90GHz.

MSI Afterburner was left at stock with Core Clocks 947MHz and Memory 1250Mhz and at +0 for Core Voltages and Power Limits. At Idle, with a custom fan profile in MSI Afterburner of 100% at 75C, the cards remained whisper quiet. Cards idled at Core 300MHz and Memory 150MHz. At Idle, GPU (A) with Elpdia stayed at around 39-42C and GPU (B) (results to come) with Hynix stayed at around 38-39C. At Load, the GPUs got loud. Coil wine is there but barely audible over the fans at Load. While testing both cards, I did not get any weird flashes, discoloration or black screens. So at stock, they both work as intended. There was insignificant fluctuation in core speeds/frame rates at Load. VRMs 1 and 2 for each card respectively are 28C and 30C (Elpdia) and 26C and 29 (Hynix).

Here are some bench result screens;

01. GPU (A) Idle:

02. GPU (A) MetroLL

03. GPU (A) with MetroLL

04. GPU (A) 3DMark 1

05. GPU (A) 3DMark 2

06. GPU (A) with 3DMark

07. GPU (A) Heaven

08. GPU (A) with Heaven

09. GPU (A) Valley

10. GPU (A) with Valley

Next; Results for GPU (B) with Hynix memory @ stock tested separately!

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Discussion Starter · #15 ·

CPU 4770k @ Stock on Intel Stock Cooler and Gigabyte GPU (B) with Hynix Memory @ Stock Speed on Stock GPU Fan;

This card worked as well as GPU (A) without any difficulties!

01. GPU (B) Idle

02. GPU (B) MetroLL

03. GPU (B) with MetroLL

04. GPU (B) 3DMark 1

05. GPU (B) 3DMark 2

06. GPU (B) with 3DMark

07. GPU (B) Heaven

08. GPU (B) with Heaven

09. GPU (B) Valley

10. GPU (B) with Valley

Next; Results for GPU (A) & GPU (B) in Crossfire @ stock settings! Crossfire; gulp will the experience be a smooth one?

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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Test Bench Pics:

Initial parts required for first set of testing at Stock and on Air.

Always a good idea to check pins on mobo before inserting CPU.

Initial Boot-Up!



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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Originally Posted by Failuyr View Post

Any reason you chose to go with slim radiators?
Most will tell you that the thickness of the radiator is not as important as its length. In my case though, a thick rad would have meant loosing my HDD cages in the front, or the top drive slot. So thin rads it is.
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