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The Desktop PC Building Thread

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by AR_Six, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Hmm...this motherboard doesn't have IDE

    Last time I built a PC, it was almost impossible to even get a DVD drive with SATA...sort of destroys my plan of hooking up the old DVD drive just for the windows install...and this guy doesn't have a SD card reader either (what I used to install OSes on my netbook and my revo)

    Its all put together but I guess I will have to wait until I locate a large enough usb thumb drive to hold the bootable installer image.

    Pretty cool little case though. It is a bit bigger than I would prefer but matches my receiver perfectly and the price was right. It has all sorts of cool HDD mounting options and lots of ventilation. It didn't come with any fans and I will need *some* airflow (the PSU draws from the bottom and vents out the back so it has no effect) so I'll be looking for some super slow running 80mm fans and some dust filters.
     
  2. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    80mm fans :fu:
     
  3. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Yeah...but the case is only a little bit more than 80mm tall so I am glad it uses 80mm stuff without forcing me to go smaller (any lower than 80 and you only get nasty nasty fans).

    There is very little that needs extra cooling right now...the area above the CPU fan is open so that will pull in a little air...and with no GPU or HDD in there right now, it won't get so hot. It has room for up to 4 80mm fans across the intake side--I think I will start with 1 or 2 and just run them as slow as they can go and see if it all stays cool.

    Might eventually upgrade the stock CPU cooler to a Shuriken which will just barely fit but should be super quiet.
     
  4. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    I love scythe products.

    I have a mini ninja in my old micro ATX Lian Li PC-v350 case which was an boss cooler for how small it was.

    I also have eight Scythe Gentle Typhoon special edition 2100rpm 120mm fans (best for WC radiator loops) on the way. I will water cool one of these days...
     
  5. otc

    otc Senior member

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    lol...when I wrote this, I just pulled up my newegg order from years and years ago to figure out exactly what CPU and video card I had and it said I bought something like 2 or 4gb of ram (no sense in going higher since 64bit wasn't an option for me until 7 came out). I thought that sounded stupid-low so I said I'd upgrade it.

    Turned on the computer today for the first time in a while and saw it spit out a shit-ton of ram. Turns out the ram from my original order was bad and I replaced it with a healthy amount of ram not long after building. Thanks to those of you who offered/pointed out deals on DDR800 but now I don't need any for sure.
     
  6. otc

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    Bumping up this thread. System was running fine on Diablo 3 but I bought guild wars 2 and the graphics start to get pretty bad when it gets busy.
    Also...played some games with friends a month or two ago and let someone from out of town use my HTPC and I think the A6 llano APU setup was doing better than my desktop...so its time for an upgrade.

    Replacing my X1950Pro with a HD7770.
    Bought a cheap 1.5 TB seagate HDD. I am not happy with current HD prices (and have warranty/reliability fears) but I am scared of my current drive which has gotten louder...time to shift it into backup duty and use a fresh drive for my important stuff.

    Not sure if I want to do anything about my E6750 CPU. People have good overclock results so I might see what I can do there...otherwise for about a hundred bucks it looks like I could probably get an E8600 which is about as far as I can go with the LGA775 socket (not sure if my motherboard supports the fastest quad core options that are a little bit more expensive).
    Hundred bucks seems like a bit much for a $250 CPU from 2008 but it gets me a slight architecture upgrade, more cache, and a bunch more cpu cycles (although not as many if my E6750 can OC a bit).
     
  7. deadly7

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    Look into the WD Caviar Black -- those come with a 5 year warranty at a time most only give 1 year. Also Hitachi gives 3yr.
     
  8. otc

    otc Senior member

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    I am starting to think this new drive might have slight issues...grrr

    I'll hold on to it (and make sure it doesn't get too far out of sync with my backup) until we see some better pricing pop up on harddrives.

    In other news, I picked up one of those ebay 27" 2560x1440 IPS monitors since I saw the prices were jumping up and figured I could call it a self birthday present.
    It just came in the mail (dang fast shipping) and it is giant. Won't know how well it works tonight since I rode my motorcycle to work today but hopefully I can try it out tomorrow after my birthday dinner.
     
  9. Sir Humphrey Appleby

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    Want to get watercooling on my computer, will I be able to get a radiator on my case? Back of it looks like this

    [​IMG]
     
  10. otc

    otc Senior member

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    I guess the real question is...why?

    CPUs have been getting more thermally efficient and heatsinks are better than they used to be. For all of the expense and hassle of water cooling in order to overclock just a bit more...wouldn't it be easier to just upgrade more often?
     
  11. iroh

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    Here is a picture of my computer.

    I am sure it will show up eventually on my blog however you lucky styleforum members can have the first peek.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. b1os

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    I don't see a computer. What a tease!

    My specs:

    GTX 570 Asus DCII
    i5-2500k (Noctua NH-U12F)
    Z68 Pro3 Gen3
    128GB M4
    Enermax Modu82+
    8GB ram
    Lian Li PC-A10B
    X-Fi Xtreme Music

    Logitech G9, Steelseries 7G
     
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  13. akatsuki

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    This is what I should build for an HTPC next...

    [​IMG]
     
  14. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Pretty slick looking...but who still uses discs?
    Would be great if you had wall-mount tv, no big speakers/stereo rack (otherwise a more traditional htpc case would look right at home).

    In other news...I got my korean ebay special 27" 2560x1440 display. There was an issue with the first one (made buzzing sounds depending what was on the screen) but the seller exchanged it just fine including shipping in both directions.

    Need to get my hands on a color calibrator to generate an icc profile but this thing is awesome.
     
  15. b1os

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    The IPS one?
     
  16. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Yeah. It is a glossy display and I'm a matte-fan but otherwise it looks great (and it is a desktop so I don't have to worry about glare issues in a coffee shop or something).

    Went with the achieva shimian for like $289 since I had an adjustable VESA-mount stand I wanted to use and only needed the DVI input (no reason to pay more for the models with better stands or inputs)
     
  17. otc

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    Ordered a new PSU today off slickdeals...so I guess it is time to plan a build to go with it to replace my rapidly aging computer. Normally I would reuse the PSU/case, but I broke part of the case and I suspect that the PSU is failing. Looking to go a bit smaller with a micro-ATX build.

    Here is what I am thinking now:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PxFjBm

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.79 @ Mwave)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card
    Case: Silverstone TJ08B-E MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $719.74
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-29 15:16 EDT-0400

    Ignore the video card (reusing mine...it works fine now, should scream with a new computer underneath it and then I can upgrade it again in a year or two).
    Mobo and SSD are just relatively random picks that I should probably do more research on.

    Any thoughts?
     
  18. otc

    otc Senior member

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    The seasonic PSU packaging is ridiculous. Had to order the PSU the other day since the price was set to jump from 80 to 150...haven't decided on the other parts yet.

    The PSU itself came in an embroidered velvet bag (packed in cut-out foam, inside the full-color printed cardboard box).
    The modular cables are in some sort of folding and velcroing fabric cable organizer...
    And then it came with a bunch of zip ties and velcro straps to tidy up the cables after installation.

    I'm all for nice packaging...but seriously?
    [​IMG]
     
  19. puddsy

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    I always thought that the seasonic bag was a total gimmick. I ended up using mine to store keycaps in.
     
  20. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Build mostly done. Has windows on the SSD but I decided not to reuse my old HDD so I ordered a new one and thus don't have bulk storage yet.

    Also ordered a bluray drive for 35 bucks just in case I ever want to rip a movie. Thought it looks ugly with the blank slot (the other slot holds a hot swap bay for my off site backup drive).

    [​IMG]

    Gotta get the hdd in place (which means I have to keep the HDD cage unless I get rid of the card reader in the 3.5 bay) and take care of some lingering cable management... But otherwise the build is done.

    Intel cooler seems quiet enough... But I have room for a tower cooler if I need one.
     

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