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Well, after reading reddit, PC Partpicker, and various technology web sites, I decided to build a new gaming computer. I fell in love with the Thermaltake A31 Snow White case, and I decided that I was going to try to match its colors: everything had to be white, black or blue or a combination thereof. I think I succeeded with most parts (you’ll see where I haven’t in the pictures). However, that ended up being an expensive endeavor. I couldn’t find a video cards with that color scheme. Well, after some research, I finally found one: the Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 290.

It’s been a while since I built a complete computer from scratch (I think my last one was an Athlon XP 1800). I’m currently running the i5-4670K at 4.0 GHz (never overclocked before, I guess I need to read up on that… it crashes at 4.2 GHz, but that’s using the ASRock A-Tune software automatic setting, so…probably would be able to improve upon that slightly). Temps are: idle, hovering around 32C and using Prime95, it climbs to around 65C max.

One advise, if you’re going to use a Corsair H100i with this motherboard, make sure to get small rubber grommets to use as spacers, because the back plate doesn’t fit quite right otherwise (my temps were running about 20C higher because of that).

Let me know what you think!

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  • 68 months ago
  • 6 points

That looks awesome, its something different from the usual red and black, and that card looks beautiful with the color scheme.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :-)

  • 68 months ago
  • 5 points

Love the build but how is the motherboard. Thinking of getting the same one.

  • 68 months ago
  • 4 points

Beautiful color scheme, I really really like it, well done! +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 68 months ago
  • 4 points

that is the best looking video card i've ever seen.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems to be working good so far. Just see my notes about "Ultra Fast Boot" somewhere in the comments here.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

nice and clean!! +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

The cable management and color scheme were so good I just had an orgasm. Nice job!!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

niicceee, love the blue. please tell me how the vapor chamber cools the gpu

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning a very similar build! Same graphics card and same motherboard! I think they both looks sexy, umm questions, how fast do you boot please? how is the graphics cards performance? how is the temps of the GPU? how quiet is the gpu on the lowest fan setting? It'd help a ton if you could answer these thanks! :D Also how does the gpu overclock? much love <3 magnificent build!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Update: Boot time Power off to login screen: 14.91 Sec Couple of seconds to get to usable desktop after entering password.

Using Windows 8.1 Just don't enable "Ultra Fast Boot" in UEFI, because no boot drives show up! That feature is only for "regular" Windows 8 and not 8.1, apparently.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your comment! At idle, the GPU sits at 52-53C. I'll have to check under load. Performance seems solid. The only game benchmark I did was Tomb Raider, and with everything at Max + TressFX (1920x1080), Min FPS 53 Max 93 Avg 73. The GPU itself doesn't seem to be making much noise, most of it comes from the other fans (I need to work on getting that noise down). I haven't overclocked the GPU yet. I'll do some tests and come back to you. Boot time is pretty short, haven't timed it (although I have a bunch of crap loading at startup, probably isn't ideal to time right now.. I'll do some tests).

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much, I'm very keen on getting this GPU and there is close to no english reviews on it, so it is hard to find anything about it :c, 52-53C at idle? seems a bit high. Again thanks!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Case actually looks pretty good. How was building in it? And what are you putting the over 9000 buttons on the mouse to use for? Do you play MMOs?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks you. Building it was OK, had some issues with getting cables at the top of the motherboard to go behind (passing the Corsair H100i wires was a pain. Advice: plug the wires before screwing the module on the processor).

As for the mouse, yeah, used to play WoW. It's a nice mouse, so I kept it (and it lights blue...probably not the 2012 model).

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that case too hows it to work in it might use it for a build.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How many more fps do you get when you overclock?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of my tests were doing using Tomb Raider.

CPU going from 3.4 GHz to 4 GHz didn't improve FPS (from what I understand, Tomb Raider is mostly GPU bound)

GPU: from 1060 MHz to 1125 Mhz - FPS went from 76 to 81.7 FPS

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

hi how is that headset working out for you, i am planing on get one myself

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems so far. You do have to install the Logitech driver to get access to 7.1, which works surprisingly well, all things considered.

They sound good and loud enough (or low enough with no discernible background noise, that I could tell, anyway). Then again, I'm no sound expert.

Range: I was able to go upstairs and they still worked, so more than far enough for me.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

On second thought, I won't be recommending them. The connection cuts off randomly for a few seconds. Also, the sound gets distorted in some games (Diablo 3 in particular.. where there are a lot of explosions). I end up using my in-ear headphones instead most of the time (unless I have to use the mic).

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, dude! Love the cohesiveness of the color scheme, especially GPU. Just a piece of advice, you want to skip a slot when installing ram so it will run in dual mode. Most likely you want to have it in slots 2 and 4, but check the manual for your board. But, its a really great rig, well done.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Indeed, I did notice in the UEFI that it said "Single bank" or whatever. Read the manual, and sure enough, as you said, I had it wrong for the up-close mobo shots. The completed build have the DIMMs in the correct slots, though.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build, great theme, and love the Intel chip/ AMD card, since they're the best bang for buck at that price, especially in Canada where there is no Microcenter. How's the headset, I've been thinking about those or the Kingston HyperX Cloud ones. Is there any lag versus a wired competitor?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the PSU working for you? They've got it listed for $60 now...would you recommend it?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem with the PSU. Although, at 60$.. are you sure it the semi-modular one? (Great if it is, though!)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Im gonna do a similar build except the case is gonna be a 760t white with a msi motherboard pretty cool

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you recommend any small rubber grommets. I have the asrock z97 Extreme 4 and I'm using a h100i to cool it. I also have a corsair 300r if that makes any difference.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Something that's rubber-ish or made out of silicon maybe 2mm thick. I used clear glass protectors (the kind of sticky thing you put on a cabinet door so it won't make a noise when when you shut the door) from a dollar store, and drilled a small hole in the middle for the backplate screw to fit through.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks. I guess I'll just wait and see the situation first hand, and I will find something around the house to use as a rubber gromment

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I am running into that situation now. I booted up my computer to my bios, and it said the cpu temperature was 45 degrees Celsius. So do you take off the backplate, put rubber grommets in between the back of the motherboard and the backplane?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, exactly.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I cant tell, is that mobo pcb black or brown?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It is black.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the mobo working out for you?

Is the BIOS friendly?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting the asrock z97 extreme4 mobo and the corsair h100i. I'm confused about the back plate situation?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It would have looked even batter with a Cooler Master GXII 750 in there but still very nice build man.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

No OS?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

any issues with the extreme4 mobo

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

None so far, everything works great.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

any issues with the Case

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Only issue problem is I won't be able to use crossfire with this case (at least, with the same Sapphire Vapor-X - it's too long).

Other than that, great case.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

does your pc still work ok or did motherboard die?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything works great. Quite possibly the most stable computer I have ever owned.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the Monitor as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Monitor is great, just be aware that some games don't like 144 Hz (so far, I've found Skyrim and Shovel Knight, be the issues can be fixed).

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

HI

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I have this motherboard, it's not detecting my HDMI cable. Any suggestions?

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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