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 ( 26-35Â°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 :
Asus Sabertooth P67
Corsair Dominator 1600 C8
Intel i7-2600k in its new home
THe NH-D14 is huge
Components in !
So pretty ...
To be continued ( check my next post