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Why isnt ehume air cooling editor yet?
    
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That picture of the d14 on the motherboard by itself makes your motherboard look like a midget. lol.
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Hello everyone

I just wanted to post here the build process of my computer, for reference or maybe ideas of setup for our fellow OCN members

But let's start with the beginning, shall we ?

My previous computer was from about four years ago : a dual core E8600 ( upgraded from an E6750 ), P5K3 Deluxe motherboard, 4 gb OCZ Reaper ram modules, GTX280 graphics card, Seasonic M12-700W PSU, two Seagate 1 Tb HDDs, all of this installed in an Antec Nine Hundred case ( that wasn't pretty, cable management was a big mess ). In last February, my GTX280 died ( no more 3D capabilities, but browsing the web and watching movies/series was ok ). So I decided to upgrade my computer and started from scratch.

I started collecting information ( not enough as you will see later on ) on the new technologies available now : i7-9xx cpu series ( nice perfs ! ), GTX5xx graphics cards ( less power angry and quieter than 280/480 cards, excellent ! ), SSDs ( Oh shiny ... ).

I was going for the X58 chipset so I ordered two kits of 3x2 Gb Corsair Dominator 1600 C8 ram modules ( 12 Gb should be enough ). While those were on the way ( Remember that where I live ( Tahiti ), orders take a good 7-10 days to arrive ). And I continued to fetch some more information on setup and configuration : Sandy Bridge ( WTH ? Better than the 980x and 990x for gaming for the third of the price ? ). Full Stop ! I checked on P67 chipset motherboard solutions without breaking the bank and I saw the Sabertooth P67 ... Wow, now that's something new, in my opinion the Thermal Jacket looks really great. Plus here we got pretty high temperatures all year long ( 26-35°C ), so I was thinking this might be a good thing.

For cooling I chose a Noctua NH-D14 ( had a NH-U12F before and it did wonders ) which is a really great.

For the graphics I chose a MSI NGTX580 Twin Frozr II OC, being more an Asus or Leadtek customer, but the cooling and the noise performance got me ( this was just before the launch of the Asus GTX580 DCUII haha ).

For the disks, I went to OCZ and their great Vertex 3 drives. One 128 Gb for the system and one 240 Gb for the games and applications, plus two Seagate 1 Tb 7200.12 Rev 3.0 6Gbit/s HDDs for media and data backups.

For the CPU, I bought an I7-2600K since I needed the Hyperthreading for Photoshop and Premiere CS5.

To power all of that, the Seasonic X-760W was a no-brainer, at least for me

The case was more of a puzzle: I needed good cable management ( well almost everything is better than an Antec 900 ), space and good cooling. I checked several sites, and browsed through their case reviews, and several got my attention : CM 690 Advanced II, Corsair Graphite 600T and InWin Dragon Rider. I finally chose the Corsair for its look and cable management, and from the reviews I saw its cooling capabilities were good ( yeah right, more of that later ).

Now some pictures of the build, in chronological order :


Goodies !


Asus Sabertooth P67


Corsair Dominator 1600 C8


Noctua NH-D14


Intel i7-2600k in its new home


Ram Clearance


THe NH-D14 is huge


Components in !


So pretty ...

To be continued ( check my next post )
If this is what you consider modest I do not even want to know what you consider to be something decent. : | Wish I had the money to were something like that was modest for me lol
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@ Butter : Aaaah finally lol ! Good to hear, hehe

@ Ttoadd.nz : Indeed, Ehume is very helpfull, almost always on the forum and knows very well his stuff.

@ Alice: Haha, yeah. When I received the motherboard and the cpu cooler, I put them side by side and immediatly thought : " My mobo will snap " But it seems that it's strong enough, haha

@ Razzal : Well for me top-notch build would be like bi or quad Xeon based, quad SLI/XF, PCI-e SSDs ( Revo Z for exemple ) in Raid0, Mountain Mods/Lian Li ( high end ) case, all watercooled and with 3 or 6 monitors and dedicated Home Theater Receiver + speakers + sub So yeah, I consider my build a "modest" one compared to what can be achieved.
Bear in mind that I saved for three years for my build, as soon as I finish one, I start saving for the next And I still have some cash available, maybe for watercooling, but I'm a noob in that domain, haha.

Your build is nice also by the way
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post #115 of 165
Ehume for cooling editor!!!
I agree the NH-D14 is MASSIVE :O
And you call your build "modest", TC? Trololol.... SLI + 2600k.... Yes, a Ferrari Enzo is also modest.
    
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TC, not only do I want to see more of your pics: I DEMAND MOAR PICS trololol jk xD

I am running out of SATA ports on my Sabertooth: only one left :S
And do you have any special technique for plugging in the SATA cables without removing the card? Took me quite a while and patience to plug in a cable to the second bottom black port xD

Oh and TC: Does your HAF X duct make much of a temp difference? Because If so, now that I know how to remove it I cant ry putting it back on with a fan installed (83 CFm, 14db, very rare fan (in the US, here it's quite common ) (Tacens Spiro Ice) )
Edited by Butter on Toast - 7/18/11 at 11:52am
    
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Haha, yeah I'll post some more pictures soon
About the duct, yes I noticed quite a bit of temp improvement with it : about 8-10°C depending on ambiant, that's pretty good huh
And like I said before, to plug any new SATA device with my setup, I have to took out the vidcards or else it would too long to try to do that with them in.
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Haha, yeah I'll post some more pictures soon
About the duct, yes I noticed quite a bit of temp improvement with it : about 8-10°C depending on ambiant, that's pretty good huh
And like I said before, to plug any new SATA device with my setup, I have to took out the vidcards or else it would too long to try to do that with them in.
Well, then I have some ducting to do Thx.
    
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Some results from putting the duct on:
I can't really tell, but it seems the GPU temps went 1 degree up with Vsync, however, without VSync the GPU temp is 6ºc down on BFBC2. Also, CPU and mobo temps are down by a couple degrees. Further testing tomorrow

Edit: Maybe it is because I changed from 32xAA to 16xQ CSAA?

Also Idle temps are higher?

Butter on Toast, calling ehume, over
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Some results from putting the duct on:
I can't really tell, but it seems the GPU temps went 1 degree up with Vsync, however, without VSync the GPU temp is 6ºc down on BFBC2. Also, CPU and mobo temps are down by a couple degrees. Further testing tomorrow

Edit: Maybe it is because I changed from 32xAA to 16xQ CSAA?

Also Idle temps are higher?

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You've gotten onto territory I know nothing about. I'm sitting back and learning from you and TC.
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