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Old 22-10-12, 10:49 PM
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Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 Mid Range Build

Hello again everyone.

Today I'm going to write a bit about a system that I initially built back in March 2012 for my sister.

My dad decided that he wanted to build my sister a new, faster computer so she could play more modern games at higher detail settings.

We already had 3 Radeon 4890s and 1 4870 laying around not being used, so we decided to use at least 2 of the 4890s, and try to get the third one running as well.

We picked up a AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor for $100, The ram is 8GB of G skill sniper 1600Mhz, The original power supply was a TX850, Motherboard Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7.

We also had a couple of Cooler master HAF 932 cases from my dad's old system and my old system, so we used one of those. The hard drives and optical drive and card reader were left over from old systems.

Here is a picture of some of the hardware.



Once we got all the stff together I got started building it up. The first time I built it I did a very quick job with the cables, because I was planning on going back later on and doing a very good job with them one day when I felt like tinkering.



Here are a few shots from the original build.

IMG_1119 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


IMG_1121 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


First I installed the 2 Sapphire 4890s and those ran fine, but my dad though since there was another 4890 around, we might as well try and put that in too. He decided to get a bigger psi, since the 4890s are quite power hungry cards. The AX1200W was on sale for $100 off at the time, so it was almost the same type of price as something less powerful. In the end I wasn't able to get the 3 cards working in Crossfire mode (the option for enabling crossfire just didn't show up with 3 cards in) so I had to go back to using just the 2 cards. My dad decided to keep the AX1200 since it was so well priced, in case he ever wanted to use it later on for himself or something else.


IMG_1122 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


To give you an idea how messy things got as I was swapping cards in and out and running power cords for 3 cards temporarily.

IMG_1123 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr



IMG_1123 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr



Here is what it looked like with the 3 cards in, unfortunately I was never able to get it to enable crossfire with the 3 cards, even with the latest drivers, checking crossfire bridges, reseating the cards, etc.


IMG_1131 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


So this is how it ended up, with the 2 Sapphire 4890s, because they match, but also because the Sapphire ones were a bit faster than the XFX one. I believe the XFX one was always a bit slower than it should have been, probably a lemon.

IMG_1132 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr

So this is very messy, but as I said I was leaving it for later to do the cable tiding.







Earlier today I took her computer upstairs and spent maybe an hour doing the cables. Here are some pictures from that.

Here is another "before" picture that I took today just before I started tiding

IMG_0844 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr



After.

IMG_0858 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


IMG_0857 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


IMG_0856 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


IMG_0854 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


IMG_0853 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


IMG_0852 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


IMG_0851 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


IMG_0850 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


IMG_0849 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


IMG_0848 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr


IMG_0847 by Andre Vautour, on Flickr

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Old 23-10-12, 07:32 AM
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Good cable management, although why have the optical drive half-way down? That 1200W PSU is way overkill for that system and will be very inefficient.
I like what you've done with the PCI-E cables
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Old 23-10-12, 07:02 PM
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Good cable management, although why have the optical drive half-way down? That 1200W PSU is way overkill for that system and will be very inefficient.
I like what you've done with the PCI-E cables
Thanks. the optical bay just ended up there, originally there was 2 (just because one of the optical bay slot covers was misplaced) but I found one later and took out the top drive. It is quite a tall case and it is on a desk so having it in the very top slot when you're sitting down you have to reach up quite a bit to put a disk in, especially for my sister because she is quite short. So I just left it a couple slots down.

I know the 1200w is massive overkill. I talked about it in the original post.

"First I installed the 2 Sapphire 4890s and those ran fine, but my dad though since there was another 4890 around, we might as well try and put that in too. He decided to get a bigger psi, since the 4890s are quite power hungry cards. The AX1200W was on sale for $100 off at the time, so it was almost the same type of price as something less powerful. In the end I wasn't able to get the 3 cards working in Crossfire mode (the option for enabling crossfire just didn't show up with 3 cards in) so I had to go back to using just the 2 cards. My dad decided to keep the AX1200 since it was so well priced, in case he ever wanted to use it later on for himself or something else."

According to the Newegg power supply thing (and I dont know how accurate that is) but for 3 4890s the 1200W would have been almost right.


Thanks--I got that idea from Tom in his Cooler master Koolance Cosmos build. It was a bit more bulky in this case because of those power regulator things on the ends of the ax1200 cables that the other models don't have, but I think it still turned out quite nice and I am a fan od going nice little loops so I got to do a couple nice loops at the end of each card.
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Old 24-10-12, 09:19 AM
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$100 for the AX1200, wow, very nice! Coolermaster's Advanced PSU calc reads 886W with three 4890's and 714W with two 4890's (with the system at 100% load with the CPU overclocked at 4GHz).

Have you thought about painting the case interior black and installing some LED strips?
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Old 24-10-12, 03:58 PM
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$100 for the AX1200, wow, very nice! Coolermaster's Advanced PSU calc reads 886W with three 4890's and 714W with two 4890's (with the system at 100% load with the CPU overclocked at 4GHz).

Have you thought about painting the case interior black and installing some LED strips?
Well, it was 100 off the original price so i guess that would be $229 instal of $329 or something like that. I would have kept the original TX850 if it was me but I wasn't the one buying the parts in this case.

The computer is for my sister so she doesn't want me messing around with it too much more at this point. I would probably just buy a another case vs painting the interior of an old one because I dont really like the look of the HAD cases.

As for LEDs I dont really like LEDs in general (white is ok in some cases) but I dont really like colors because it tends to make everything look monotone inside the case and there isn't really any one color I like enough to want all my hardware looking one colour. I also don't like red--I just left that fan in since it's the one that comes with the case. It's not too offensive since it's not too bright but I find LED strips to be way too bright for my liking.
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Nice job. It scares me how close the NH-D14 is to that card
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Nice job. It scares me how close the NH-D14 is to that card
thanks. it's at least 12mm away from the card. it may look closer because of the angle of the pictures.
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Wow! Yet another good Build from you Andre!

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Wow! Yet another good Build from you Andre!

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Here is a small video I made of the system: http://youtu.be/iKPXriHD_Tw?hd=1
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