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#357266 - 10/22/11 03:42 PM My new personalized PC build.
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This is my second build and I'm really excited about it. I'm still waiting for a couple components to be delivered, and hopefully it'll be running by next Monday or Tuesday.

Here's the specs-

Corsair Obsidian 800D
EVGA Z68 FTW EATX
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost). I'm going to OC it to 4.5-5 GHZ.
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
Two overclocked GTX 460's (768). One is an EVGA and the other is a Zotac.
Main HDD is a 1TB WD Green. Secondary HDD is a 250 GB WD Black. I also have a 2TB WD and 300 GB Seagate Freeagent Pro external HDD.
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B CPU cooler with a Scythe Ultra Kaze 3000 RPM fan. I considered the H70, but I'm not comfortable with water around $$$$ of components. Plus there's regular maintenance required that I'd have to pay someone to do. I also doubt it would cool much better than the Megahalems. I'm using them in my current computer with the same fan and it's unbelievable.
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 modular PSU
For added case cooling - six 120mm COOLER MASTER'S and one 140mm XIGMATEK eXTREME SILENT
Windows 7 64-bit
24" ASUS ProArt. I just bought this monitor a couple months ago and the colours are absolutely stunning.
Cable managed and connected to my Denon AVR-3801 receiver powering Paradigm Monitor 9's.

It's replacing my current setup -

-Antec 900-cable managed
-Core 2 Quad Q6600 GO slackr (batch #L740B257) 2.4 GHz overclocked to 3.2 GHz
-EVGA Nforce 680I SLI A1
-EVGA GEFORCE GTX 460 X 2
-Corsair Dominator 8500C5D DDR2 1066MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)5-5-5-15-2T at 2.1V
-Prolimatech Megahalems
-Thermaltake TR2 RX 750 W
-WD Caviar Green (WD10EADS) 1TB
-WD Caviar 250 GB
-Seagate Freeagent Pro 300 GB external HD
-Windows 7 64-bit
-24" ASUS ProArt
-Denon AVR-3801 receiver powering Paradigm Monitor 9's
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#357283 - 10/22/11 10:44 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Pretty sweet setup. I noticed you didn't include any cold cathode lighting for the inside of the PC case -- good call. smile What kind of video card are you getting?
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#357287 - 10/22/11 11:30 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: pmbuko]
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Originally Posted By: pmbuko
What kind of video card are you getting?


I think these are the video cards:

Quote:
Two overclocked GTX 460's (768). One is an EVGA and the other is a Zotac.


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#357293 - 10/23/11 12:51 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: CV]
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Ah, thanks. My eyes were drawn to the links. smile
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#357294 - 10/23/11 12:58 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: pmbuko]
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#357295 - 10/23/11 07:35 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: CV]
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Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Pretty sweet setup. I noticed you didn't include any cold cathode lighting for the inside of the PC case -- good call. smile


Thanks, dude. I'm super excited.

I have seen those lights on builds, Peter; but I didn't know what they were called. Thanks. And yes, they are a bit much.

Originally Posted By: CV
Man, we don't need another "that's what she said" tonight.


smile
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#357297 - 10/23/11 08:32 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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#357299 - 10/23/11 08:38 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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But you've gotta have the hard drive coolers with the blue light fans. Mine has those.


Edited by CatBrat (10/23/11 08:42 AM)

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#357300 - 10/23/11 08:40 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: CatBrat]
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Storage? If you can budget it, I'd spring for an SSD or two. If you can't, drop one of the 460s and get one. You'll get more performance out of that than out of the rather iffy SLI.
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#357302 - 10/23/11 10:42 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: CatBrat]
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Originally Posted By: CatBrat
But you've gotta have the hard drive coolers with the blue light fans. Mine has those.


The six COOLER MASTER case fans have blue lights smile.

Originally Posted By: Ken.C
Storage? If you can budget it, I'd spring for an SSD or two. If you can't, drop one of the 460s and get one. You'll get more performance out of that than out of the rather iffy SLI.


Ken, thanks for the sage advice. I've broke the bank this month, but I do plan on getting at least one SSD next month.

The video cards and HDD's are being transferred over from my other PC. And you're definitely right that SLI can be iffy, but luckily I haven't had any problems, and the two overclocked 460's can easily handle anything.
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#357322 - 10/23/11 02:37 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Are SSD's notoriously unreliable? I've read though a lot of reviews and this seems to be a common complaint. The review averages aren't very high on many, if not the majority of the drives.

On top of that, I looked at VelociRaptor drives and some people state the reason they chose it is because of firmware hassles and reliability issues with SSD's.
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#357325 - 10/23/11 03:18 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Hmmmmmm, I'm thinking that I just might go this route utilizing SRT using my 1 TB Green drive, seeing that my components are all compatible.

Thoughts?

Thanks
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#357327 - 10/23/11 03:51 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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It's faster than mechanical storage, but not as fast as an SSD.

There's bugs that crop up with every new generation of SSD. I believe they're mostly resolved on the current ones, though. I would probably do a Windows System Image backup every week or so on the SSD, just so you can restore it easily if something goes haywire.

Have a look at anandtech.com for authoritative articles on SSDs and the Intel tech you're referring to. Techreport also has good data.
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#357329 - 10/23/11 04:40 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Ken.C]
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Thanks for the advice, Ken. I just read an article on anandtech.com and was aware about the risk of data loss using the maximum performance setting, which does raise concern, especially because I don't have a UPS.

There's the increased performance boost, at a cheaper price than a SSD (I couldn't see me getting one smaller than 150 GB for the OS and some programs), but the risk of data loss.

With a SSD, would you load a browser and other daily used programs on it? That's my understanding.

Thanks
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#357330 - 10/23/11 05:00 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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I've also read about a lesser life expectancy with SSD's, and I'm literally on my computer all day because I'm bedridden. Something to consider, or hogwash smile?
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#357335 - 10/23/11 07:14 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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It is less, but it's still over 3-5 years, AFAIK.

I use a 256GB SSD in my laptop, so obviously I have everything on it. If I were to get one for my desktop, though, I'd probably get ~128GB and then load the OS, applicaitons, and games on that, and store my data on a hard drive.
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#357339 - 10/23/11 07:54 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Ken.C]
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I only have 36 gigs free on my 160 gig SSD. That's only OS and applications. I keep my games on a 1 TB drive strictly for games, and I have another 1 TB drive for all of my media and data. If I keep taking advantage of the Steam deals, I may need to upgrade to a 2 TB sooner rather than later. Or just uninstall the ones I'm not actually playing, but why do that, right? Anyway, I don't know how much space most people need for their applications, but I don't even feel like I have that many, and I'm already feeling like I don't have enough breathing room.

I'd like to upgrade to a larger SSD for my main drive, though. While I've had zero issues, I definitely wouldn't be doing SSD by itself. I think I'll be glad at some point that I have my data on its own drive. I'd like to use my current SSD for my PS3. I don't use my PS3 enough to need the 500 GB that I currently have in it, so I think I'd rather have the performance versus the space.

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#357367 - 10/24/11 10:50 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Ken.C]
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Originally Posted By: Ken.C
It is less, but it's still over 3-5 years, AFAIK.

I use a 256GB SSD in my laptop, so obviously I have everything on it. If I were to get one for my desktop, though, I'd probably get ~128GB and then load the OS, applicaitons, and games on that, and store my data on a hard drive.

There's been some reports going around about SSD failure, data loss, early deaths, but if you have been working with computers long enough you come to know that ANY component could fry as early as day 1. I've even seen a CPU die which is EXTREMELY rare (no overclock, no voltage push).

Secondly, know that every first generation new technology will take some time to improve and then awhile longer for the negative old news to disappear. This is how stereotypes stick with a product long after the issues have become negligible.

The SSD has made the largest single increase in my system speed in years. It is worth every dollar and since the inception of SATA3 (6GB), the read and write rates are literally 4 times or more faster than disc drives.

In regards to data loss, SSD failure, no one should be using one single drive to house everything they own regardless of storage type.
If you don't have a backup for whatever your choice of storage, i have no sympathies.

And with that thought, i'll do my two click backup right now...
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#366108 - 02/09/12 11:11 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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I've been meaning to post some pictures of my build and finally got around to it moments ago. The case is gargantuan. With everything installed, it weighs around 50 pounds, and it's too long to sit perpendicularly on my dresser (I'm thinking of getting a shelf the width of case and mounting it on the wall).

My sisters friend put it together for me and did an amazing job on cable management; the temps are sweet.

I'm going to get an Intel 510 120 GB SSD, and a 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM WD Caviar Black next month.

Excuse the grainy pictures, my caregiver has shaky hands.











Custom fan mod to cool my video cards.



Peace
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#366130 - 02/09/12 03:02 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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WoW! Very nice! Makes my build look like a red-headed stepchild. mad laugh
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#366139 - 02/09/12 04:46 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Thanks.

It's all depends on our needs. I'm impressed by what you've done on your budget.
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#366184 - 02/10/12 08:54 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Very clean too Cam. Nothing worse than a high end build with a rats nest of wires.
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#366201 - 02/10/12 10:23 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Yeah, buddy. The airflow is quite impressive. Only downside being that it's REALLY loud.

It's right beside my bed, and although I'm used to it (it's just white noise), people comment about it all the time.
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#366203 - 02/10/12 11:18 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: richeydog]
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Originally Posted By: richeydog
WoW! Very nice! Makes my build look like a red-headed stepchild. mad laugh

Hey, no comments about Ken.
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#366204 - 02/10/12 11:19 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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A nice build.

I've got my eye on this case probably very shortly:
http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/graphite...tower-case.html


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#366231 - 02/10/12 01:15 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: chesseroo]
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Originally Posted By: chesseroo
A nice build.

I've got my eye on this case probably very shortly:
http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/graphite...tower-case.html



Another awesome Corsair case. Any ideas what you're going to fill it with, bud?
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#366269 - 02/10/12 05:33 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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I'm waiting to see what happens to CPU prices once ivy bridge finally comes out. I've been rocking this old C2D 3Ghz for a long while now, thou can't complain all I've had to do is upgrade my video cards and games remain completely playable.
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#366273 - 02/10/12 07:35 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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They'll be exactly the same. Intel's got no serious competition, so they're not likely to do anything different price-wise.
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#366275 - 02/10/12 08:01 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Murph]
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Originally Posted By: Murph
Nothing worse than a high end build with a rats nest of wires.


Seriously?

Dude.
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#366276 - 02/10/12 08:02 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Originally Posted By: Powertothepeople
Originally Posted By: chesseroo
A nice build.

I've got my eye on this case probably very shortly:
http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/graphite...tower-case.html



Another awesome Corsair case. Any ideas what you're going to fill it with, bud?

I see no ports, so plush toys are out.

On a serious note, why do all gaming cases have transparent windows and screaming bright LEDs. I would find that so distracting
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#366277 - 02/10/12 10:13 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: fredk]
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Even nerdy white boys need some bling.
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#366278 - 02/10/12 10:15 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: pmbuko]
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laugh
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#366280 - 02/10/12 10:22 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: fredk]
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Originally Posted By: fredk
On a serious note, why do all gaming cases have transparent windows and screaming bright LEDs. I would find that so distracting


Fred, my case came with only a few fans that don't have LED's because it's really manufactured for water cooling. "I" put all the blue fans in it. I just like the look, and you get used to it.

I have one friend that consistently complains about the lights (she complains about everything under the sun), but it's only when the room is dark ::nuff said::. Nobody else has complained about them, lights out or not wink.
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#366281 - 02/10/12 10:23 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: pmbuko]
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Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Even nerdy white boys need some bling.


laugh
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#366293 - 02/11/12 01:56 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Ken.C]
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They'll be exactly the same. Intel's got no serious competition, so they're not likely to do anything different price-wise.


I'm sure ivy won't be any cheaper but sandy bridge might drop in price some.
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#386186 - 11/26/12 07:49 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Looky what landed at my doorstep today smile. The cables still need to be managed because I couldn't wait to try the beast out.

Apologies for the blurry picture.



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#386189 - 11/26/12 08:33 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Yowza. Congrats.
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#386207 - 11/27/12 07:36 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Thanks, Ken. I was playing Hitman: Absolution on ultra settings last night. My two 460's couldn't handle the game above medium because it's so graphically intensive. Now I can play the game the way it's intended. It's a whole new experience.
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#386209 - 11/27/12 08:00 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Wow, Wicked video card. I'm jealous!

Nice clean looking innards too. Very nice!
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#386213 - 11/27/12 09:26 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Murph]
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Wow, Wicked video card. I'm jealous!

Nice clean looking innards too. Very nice!


Thanks buddy. It's my little hobby.
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#386233 - 11/27/12 01:50 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Looks like you went big. I bet you're really waiting for a truly good head-mounted display. That would be awesome. smile
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#386236 - 11/27/12 02:20 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Reminds me of my build I did about 4 years ago. Yours is bound to be better and faster, because of the newer parts. So far, the only problem I've had with mine, is 1) I'm on my 2nd mouse, 2) Occasionally I don't get any video output on a power up. When this happens, I have to hold the power button to shut it down. Wait a few seconds. Then power it back up. I always have video the 2nd time. This happens, about once a month.

Maybe I should pull the cards, then reseat them.

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#386237 - 11/27/12 02:22 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Heh. I always have some kind of weird problem like that with my builds. I think I'm going to just send my current machine to my father-in-law and give it up. Carpal tunnel doesn't let me game any more, anyway.
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#386244 - 11/27/12 03:43 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Ken.C]
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Carpal tunnel doesn't let me game any more, anyway.
Too much wrist-crankin' action, eh?
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#386245 - 11/27/12 03:58 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Other wrist.
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#386247 - 11/27/12 04:14 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Lucky!
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#386255 - 11/27/12 06:09 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: pmbuko]
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Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Looks like you went big. I bet you're really waiting for a truly good head-mounted display. That would be awesome. smile


laugh
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#386256 - 11/27/12 06:46 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Wow, that's a lotta video card. With that glowing logo on the top edge does it double as a batman skylight at night?
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#386269 - 11/27/12 09:06 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: fredk]
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Originally Posted By: fredk
Wow, that's a lotta video card. With that glowing logo on the top edge does it double as a batman skylight at night?


smile

It is pretty bright, Fred. And you just love the flashy lights smile. Given the cost of the GPU (it's really two), a Batman or Batwoman should come with.
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#386270 - 11/27/12 11:22 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Ken.C]
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Originally Posted By: Ken.C
Other wrist.


Ken prefers the "Left Handed Stranger."
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#386275 - 11/28/12 01:49 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Originally Posted By: Powertothepeople
Originally Posted By: fredk
Wow, that's a lotta video card. With that glowing logo on the top edge does it double as a batman skylight at night?


smile

It is pretty bright, Fred. And you just love the flashy lights smile. Given the cost of the GPU (it's really two), a Batman or Batwoman should come with.


Maybe if you point it out the window, turn it on and put a little catnip out Catwoman will show up tonight
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#401616 - 03/03/14 08:48 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: fredk]
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Hey Wheelz!

I'm looking to trim some fat off this build. Maybe shed $100 or even $200 with different parts. Also, what would you recommend for cooling?

1 x Intel Core i5 4670K Unlocked Quad Core 3.4GHZ Processor LGA1150 Haswell 6MB Cache Retail
1 x ASUS Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Z87 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 DVI HDMI Motherboard
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1866 CL9-10-9-28 Memory
1 x ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC 1075MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
1 x Corsair Carbide Series 300R Window Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU
1 x Silverstone Strider Essential ST60F-ES 600W Power Supply ATX 24PIN 120mm Fan 42A 80+ Black
1 x Microsoft Windows 8.1 64Bit English
1 x Plextor 128GB SSD M5 Pro Xtreme 2.5 SATA3 6GB/S Mounting BRACKET/SOFTWARE
1 x Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
1 x LG WH16NS40 16x Blu-Ray Writer BD-R SATA M-DISC Support Black OEM

Thanks bro!
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#401646 - 03/04/14 07:56 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: BlueJays1]
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I'm also using the Intel Core i series (unlocked version...specs are posted in another thread), and i purchased the Corsair H80 cooler for it.
DAMN silent and easy install. It should fit easy into that Corsair case.
Worth every penny IMO but won't shed $$ from your present cost list. The Coolermaster Hyper 212 i believe is still one of top budget coolers out there for $30
http://www.coolermaster.com/cooling/cpu-air-cooler/hyper-212-plus/
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#401648 - 03/04/14 08:56 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: BlueJays1]
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Originally Posted By: BlueJays1
Hey Wheelz!

I'm looking to trim some fat off this build. Maybe shed $100 or even $200 with different parts. Also, what would you recommend for cooling?

1 x Intel Core i5 4670K Unlocked Quad Core 3.4GHZ Processor LGA1150 Haswell 6MB Cache Retail
1 x ASUS Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Z87 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 DVI HDMI Motherboard
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1866 CL9-10-9-28 Memory
1 x ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC 1075MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
1 x Corsair Carbide Series 300R Window Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU
1 x Silverstone Strider Essential ST60F-ES 600W Power Supply ATX 24PIN 120mm Fan 42A 80+ Black
1 x Microsoft Windows 8.1 64Bit English
1 x Plextor 128GB SSD M5 Pro Xtreme 2.5 SATA3 6GB/S Mounting BRACKET/SOFTWARE
1 x Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
1 x LG WH16NS40 16x Blu-Ray Writer BD-R SATA M-DISC Support Black OEM

Thanks bro!





BlueJay , what are your plans for this. Is it strictly ripping and processing or is it htpc duties. I would not change anything you have there though depending on what you are doing with it you may be able to save on the video card. I say save some more sheckles and do it right.

I am using a similar case Carbide 500R, with no window. If this is HTPC I would recommend a quieter power supply. I cheaped out and now I am going to get a BeQueit Dark Power. In my main PC I have a Thermaltake TR2 and its dead quiet , much quieter than the EVGA I bought. As for the the CPU cooler I recommend the Arctic Cooling A30 this had great test reviews and works awesome.
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#401720 - 03/07/14 09:34 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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I ended up spending a little more.

Changes to the build include a GTX 770, Corsair 500R (in black), Corsair H80i and a Seasonic G series 650W power supply.

Thanks for your help.
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#401749 - 03/08/14 12:16 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Socketman]
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Originally Posted By: Socketman
I would recommend a quieter power supply. I cheaped out and now I am going to get a BeQueit Dark Power.


I agree with this. I bought a Seasonic X Series 750W KM2 80PLUS Gold Fully Modular w/ Hybrid Fan. The fan only turns on when the PSU gets over a certain load so during most times aside from gaming, the fan is off.
The loudest component in my system is a 20cm Bitfenix case fan (i replaced the horribly loud Corsair case fans). I'm still looking at ways to reduce the noise for it as well (i believe my system sounds slightly louder than my old one solely because of this case fan).

My idea is to move the case fan from the top of the tower to the front intake, then add 'loose' sound dampening material to the top grille area closing in the case a bit more.
If that doesn't work, i might go looking for a different fan controller (possibly even just software). Presently the Corsair Graphite case has a fan controller knob and i've got it turned down to nothing (but it apparently only lowers the fan output to 30% so you cannot go down to 0% power understandably).
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#401762 - 03/08/14 02:51 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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When I built my movie server I lined it with Extreme BQuiet automotive sound deadner. I did not do any before an after measurements as far as db but it did noticeable reduce noise.
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#401770 - 03/08/14 04:42 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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In my circumstance i have an open grille at the top of the case so sound easily travels out of the interior.
I'm just going to block that top grille and move the fan. Theoretically it should reduce the sound to my ears even though the fan relocated will make the same sound inside the case.

The material i'm going to use is that dense, ridged packing foam but i have also setup to line the case interior with the thinner 'computer' based (sticky back) stuff as well.



Edited by chesseroo (03/08/14 04:44 PM)
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#401856 - 03/11/14 05:46 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: BlueJays1]
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Originally Posted By: BlueJays1
Hey Wheelz!

I'm looking to trim some fat off this build. Maybe shed $100 or even $200 with different parts. Also, what would you recommend for cooling?

1 x Intel Core i5 4670K Unlocked Quad Core 3.4GHZ Processor LGA1150 Haswell 6MB Cache Retail
1 x ASUS Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Z87 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 DVI HDMI Motherboard
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1866 CL9-10-9-28 Memory
1 x ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC 1075MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
1 x Corsair Carbide Series 300R Window Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU
1 x Silverstone Strider Essential ST60F-ES 600W Power Supply ATX 24PIN 120mm Fan 42A 80+ Black
1 x Microsoft Windows 8.1 64Bit English
1 x Plextor 128GB SSD M5 Pro Xtreme 2.5 SATA3 6GB/S Mounting BRACKET/SOFTWARE
1 x Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
1 x LG WH16NS40 16x Blu-Ray Writer BD-R SATA M-DISC Support Black OEM

Thanks bro!


Sorry I missed your post, dude. I overstayed my welcome so I'm not around here much anymore. That's a wicked system! Enjoy!
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#401878 - 03/13/14 03:49 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Originally Posted By: Da_Gimp_Pimp
Originally Posted By: BlueJays1
Hey Wheelz!

I'm looking to trim some fat off this build. Maybe shed $100 or even $200 with different parts. Also, what would you recommend for cooling?

1 x Intel Core i5 4670K Unlocked Quad Core 3.4GHZ Processor LGA1150 Haswell 6MB Cache Retail
1 x ASUS Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Z87 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 DVI HDMI Motherboard
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1866 CL9-10-9-28 Memory
1 x ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC 1075MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
1 x Corsair Carbide Series 300R Window Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB Audio No PSU
1 x Silverstone Strider Essential ST60F-ES 600W Power Supply ATX 24PIN 120mm Fan 42A 80+ Black
1 x Microsoft Windows 8.1 64Bit English
1 x Plextor 128GB SSD M5 Pro Xtreme 2.5 SATA3 6GB/S Mounting BRACKET/SOFTWARE
1 x Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
1 x LG WH16NS40 16x Blu-Ray Writer BD-R SATA M-DISC Support Black OEM

Thanks bro!


Sorry I missed your post, dude. I overstayed my welcome so I'm not around here much anymore. That's a wicked system! Enjoy!


I ended up moving to a larger case (500R) because I wanted added room for H80i. Went a step up to the GTX 770 instead of the 760. Also went to the 1TB WD Black instead of Blue.

Tech support emailed to tell me the Seasonic 650W power supply was out of stock. I could have waited four to five days or change it out. I chose the Seasonic 750W, hybrid, fully modular power supply instead.

I am confident these parts will run in excellent harmony. Now its time to hope all the parts arrive in good condition... then the fun really begins.
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#401882 - 03/13/14 05:09 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Have you already ordered the H80i?

Here's the heatsink I currently have. It's regarded by many to be the new king of the hill. Only thing is that it's absolutely massive, thus most cases don't have enough space for it.
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#401884 - 03/13/14 05:56 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Originally Posted By: Da_Gimp_Pimp
Have you already ordered the H80i?

Here's the heatsink I currently have. It's regarded by many to be the new king of the hill. Only thing is that it's absolutely massive, thus most cases don't have enough space for it.


Your computer is insane. Yeah, I have already ordered H80i. I think that Phantek unit would just fit into the case.
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#401886 - 03/13/14 06:33 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Here's what mine looks like -

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#401891 - 03/14/14 08:16 AM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Holy Crap Cam!

How much overclocking are you getting away with with that rig?

Can I challenge you to a game of Beer Jenga for it? Oh wait. That would not be a good idea. I've had the pleasure of tipping back a few with you and I'm sure to lose.
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#401895 - 03/14/14 12:50 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Since we're posting computer pron, i'll add my own images.

My specs were posted over here:
http://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/ubbthre...uild#Post401158









Edited by chesseroo (03/14/14 12:53 PM)
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#401936 - 03/15/14 07:18 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: Murph]
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Originally Posted By: Murph
Holy Crap Cam!

How much overclocking are you getting away with with that rig?

Can I challenge you to a game of Beer Jenga for it? Oh wait. That would not be a good idea. I've had the pleasure of tipping back a few with you and I'm sure to lose.


Here's my overclock, buddy. Even though I could, I haven't increased it since adding the Phanteks. It does what I need it to do, and overclocking is an especially arduous process for me because I can only do tweaks and tests etc. when someone else is here. I can't turn my computer on/off, so a crash without a restart means I'm starting at a blue screen for numerous hours.

Ahhhhhhhh, drinking Jenga! I haven't played that in 4-5 years. I'm ready to be reunited smile. You Peterborough bound?
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#401937 - 03/15/14 07:26 PM Re: My new personalized PC build. [Re: chesseroo]
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Originally Posted By: chesseroo
Since we're posting computer pron, i'll add my own images.

My specs were posted over here:
http://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/ubbthre...uild#Post401158









Wicked, clean setup, Chess. Is that a NIC between the sound card and GPU?
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