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I finally got this PC together and running. Just a few questions though. What do you guys think I should expect from a 3DMark11 score (from the free version's only setting, the middle one) with this, all currently running at stock settings? I ran it earlier today and, if I'm not mistaken, got a score of about P3650. Is that what I should expect?

Also, usually CPU-Z says the CPU clock speed is not quite 1.6 GHz (it seems to go up to 3.3 sometimes for a short bit then goes back down, I guess I just happened to get a screenshot at 3.3). Is that normal? Does it underclock itself when it doesn't need the extra speed, or do I need to change something in the BIOS (well, UEFI)? I assume it clocks up, because I didn't have trouble running Bad Company 2 or Crysis, both with everything on max settings and 2xAA (although only at 1280x1024 until I get a new monitor).

Also, is that a decent idle temp for this chip and a Hyper 212+ with Shin Etsu TIM? I know that load temp matters more, but I haven't gotten around to stress testing anything yet (it's the last week of classes for the semester, so lots of major projects/presentations and studying for finals). I do need to adjust some things with my fans, I need to put the CPU heatsink fan on the other side, that should help because I think right now the case fan that is just behind the CPU fan is blowing outward, while the CPU fan is blowing inward.

Thanks, guys. And if you have any tips/suggestions for me (besides telling me to fix my cable management, I know), I'd be glad to hear them

[EDIT] Removed pics so that maybe people will answer my questions instead of just telling me that I have a nice build or need to fix my cable management.

Edited by TriplePlay - 4/28/11 at 2:09pm
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Nice build but you should work on cable management.
    
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Nice build but you should work on cable management.
Thanks for reading my whole post </sarcasm>

Though in my defense, the Antec 900 is known to be god-awful for cable management. There's really nowhere to put extra cables other than shove them in the lower drive bays, and there's nowhere to route cables other than over and around other components. I intend to eventually go through and straighten them out with some zip-ties, but it honestly still won't be able to get terribly much better than this.
Edited by TriplePlay - 4/27/11 at 4:04pm
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You forgot to overclock it and to fix your cable management, haha.
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You forgot to overclock it and to fix your cable management, haha.
I am going to overclock it. But right now is the last week of classes (all my final projects and presentations are due this week), and next week is final exams. I don't have the time to run stress tests and tweak things and all the stuff that goes with overclocking.

I posted this thread more for getting people to answer the questions I had (or to tell me that it all sounds fine), not so much to show off my new computer lol.

Also, cable management won't get a ton better than it is. I mean I don't have a ton of practice with cable management in PCs, but I am competent at running them from some previous electrical jobs I've had. But the cables are either just short enough that they have to take a certain path, or they are so long that I have to shove the excess in the lower drive bays (there's nowhere else to put them, and folding the wires over themselves looks even worse, trust me). This really is just a terrible case for cable management.
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Nice build! I'm waiting on whenever that SBE or IB come out to start my new one but it's so tempting to just go with a SB build lol.

Oh and don't forget to overclock that baby!
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Nice build! I'm waiting on whenever that SBE or IB come out to start my new one but it's so tempting to just go with a SB build lol.

Oh and don't forget to overclock that baby!
Thanks. As previously posted, overclocking is indeed part of the plan.

And I decided that if I wanted to upgrade, I would just sell my 2500k and get an Ivy Bridge (since Ivy Bridge will be 1155 and P67 compatible) to throw in there. Intel made this one a pretty easy upgrade.
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It can be done, but I really doubt you will want to take everything out to do it over now. Here is my old antec 900, I drilled a hole to run all of the cables in the back and also one at the top for the 4 pin to connect to the mobo. Also ran all the wires for the hard drives to the front.



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It can be done, but I really doubt you will want to take everything out to do it over now. Here is my old antec 900, I drilled a hole to run all of the cables in the back and also one at the top for the 4 pin to connect to the mobo. Also ran all the wires for the hard drives to the front.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...c/IMG_1751.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...c/IMG_1750.jpg
Yeah, I actually have heard about the supposedly incredibly helpful mod to cut a hole in the tray so you can stuff and run cables between the motherboard tray and the outer panel behind it. I considered it, but I didn't really feel like doing it. Plus I don't have a dremel or a drill bit that large. Maybe I'll think about it if I need to do something that requires me to unplug a lot anyway, I'm sure I could find someone to borrow the needed tools from.
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Bump. Does anyone have any answers to my questions about the temps, CPU speed, and 3DMark11 score?
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