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Heya guys, this will by my log for modest sandybridge build I'm planning to do in the following week or 2. The last major parts have been ordered, so now I am simply waiting untill they are available.

This PC will primarily be used for gaming, though I do like to occasionally edit photo's or render movies. I also use my PC as a media server for the television/PS3, and I'm often experimenting in virtual machines.

Now to give some feedback where I'm starting from, here's the system as it was before I started the upgrading proces. This was my semi-first build as I picked the parts, but everything was still put together by a local PC shop.

Case: Antec Sonata Plus 550
PSU: Antec NeoPower 550W
Motherboard: Asus P5Q
Processor: Intel Q9550
Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500
RAM: Corsair XMS2 4096MB PC800 + 4096MB PC1033
GPU: Sapphire HD4870 1GB
Storage: Western Digital 500GB SATAII
Display: Samsung SyncMaster 2043BW

Upgrade part #1 - March 2011
At first I simply wanted to buy a GPU to increase my performance a bit in games, and with in mind that I was going to do a major upgrade later this year I went for a HD6970. Original plan was to get an additional HD6970 with the upgrade. I already noted I needed an additional PSU because the current one didn't have any 6+2 PCIe connectors.

Case: Coolermaster HAF X 166,9€
PSU: Antec TruePower Quattro 850W 149,99€
GPU: XFX HD6970 2GB 305€

Upgrade part #2 - May 2011
This was a rather small upgrade, I simply felt the need to fill all the optional fans of the HAF X. So I bought 2 nice fans with red leds to match the front one, and took out the 120mm tri-cool fan from the previous case for the GPU fanduct. I also bought a 2nd hand, but hardly used Noctua NH-D14 from a guy in the neighbourhood.

Fans: 2x Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 Red LED Silent Fan 29,98€
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 70€

Upgrade part #3 - June 2011
I really wanted to get rid of my CRT as it has been flashing in the colours of the rainbow lately. My old SyncMaster 2043BW wasn't good enough for gaming with its slow 60Hz refresh rate. I noticed a sale on Acer GD245HQbid in a local store and decided to go for it. A good pick must I say, the 120Hz in 2D is excellent for gaming

Monitor: Acer GD245HQbid 200€

Upgrade part #4 - July 2011
This will be the last major upgrade, this upgrade will be a bundle of motherboard/cpu/ram/ssd to completely go into Sandy Bridge. After this it is only a matter of buying some decent HDDs and perhaps an additional GPU

Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Extreme 299,60€
Processor: Intel i7 2600k 269,90€
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB PC1600 82,92€
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 223,59€

Possible Upgrades?
I've been thinking on what I could upgrade more to make this build completely satisfying. A Bluray reader/writer would be nice to make backups of the many bluray's I currently own. For this I will be needing some storage, so 4x2TB Western Digital Caviar Green's would go along nicely with that. About the graphics department I'm not too sure yet about what I will do. Either buy an additional XFX HD6970, or wait for the newer GPU's to be released at the end of this year and go SLI then.
Will be making pictures as soon as I have received these parts, will be trying to fit everything nicely.
Edited by Mactox - 7/6/11 at 12:26am
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Modest?

Sweet build, though.
post #3 of 8
You really don't need any extra fans in a HAF X.

And really you should get that noctua plus the fans after you get your MB and CPU. Just move the second step to the 4th.

EDIT: Also be wary of the vertex 3, it has issues. I'd suggest the Crucial m4 instead.
Edited by Polymerabbit - 7/6/11 at 8:38am
 
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You really don't need any extra fans in a HAF X.

And really you should get that noctua plus the fans after you get your MB and CPU. Just move the second step to the 4th.
I think that would require some time-traveling.
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Originally Posted by t-ramp View Post
Modest?

Sweet build, though.
haha, it isn't high end ... therefor it is modest


Quote:
Originally Posted by Polymerabbit View Post
You really don't need any extra fans in a HAF X.

And really you should get that noctua plus the fans after you get your MB and CPU. Just move the second step to the 4th.

EDIT: Also be wary of the vertex 3, it has issues. I'd suggest the Crucial m4 instead.
I just like everything filled , and I must admit that the 2 red led fans on top look awesome with this tower. The Noctua was bought before hand to test how far I could get my Q9550 and it passed the test

About the Vertex 3, I'm aware that it had issues ... I'm taking a risk on the latest firmware and see how that will go
Edited by Mactox - 7/6/11 at 11:00am
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Pictures (only a few )


the last parts were delivered to me today


Ah, can't wait ... installing it was quite a job


Happy to see I didn't need to remove the heatsinks for my RAM, there is little but enough clearance


not the best cablemanagement but its okay


first boot, working good for now ... though had 2 strange freezes in windows

next: overclocking
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Fix those wires, the rig looks awful with no cable managemnt at all.
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Fix those wires, the rig looks awful with no cable managemnt at all.
Pfft, toss the side on it and forget about it
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