By: Grant | July 18, 2016

Hey everyone! Just thought I would let you all know I have recently updated my RIG. Things are going well as I have replaced my power supply from a 750w BeQuiet! to a 1600W EVGA Supernova G2. I have also added another 2 graphics cards, giving me 3 x R9 290x in total! One of which is water-cooled the other 2 are a reference design, however I have ordered the brackets to allow for closed loop cooling on these as well.

With the addition of graphics cards came the addition of heat which i have helped try and solve by upgrading to a larger case with more airflow. I have gone from my Corsair Carbide 300r to a nice big CoolerMaster Haf X, with 3 x 200mm fans, 1 on the front, 1 at the top and 1 at the side. CPU water cooler mounted to read in a pus...

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Tags: Upgrade, PC, Update 

By: Grant | July 27, 2015

Hi everyone,

I did write a massive post on how I came to get the R9 290X but my work machine BSOD whilst doing so and I dont have time on lunch any more to rewrite it. I shall give a summary.

I purchased the R9 290X 4gb version second hand for £150. It came with an NZXT G10 cooler bracked + a Kraken X31. Tried the card in the sellers PC and it crashed during any slightly intensive task. Even the screensaver killed it. Tried it in my machine and the same issue. Guy offered me a full refund if the card was faulty. 

Took the card home to test, card worked fine (lots of fans pointed at it) and had an average temp of 65C Idle which crept up to 75C and 80C whilst attempting to trouble shoot. My next test was to see if the pump was working.

Unplugged ...

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Tags: Upgrade, NZXT, 770, r9 290x, PC, build, rig