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post #1 of 19
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So, I've been waiting for the day that I could finally build a computer that was....well competent. Well, now I am as happy as a pig in poo! This build rates 7.5 and 7.4 across the board in the Windows 7 Score, except my HDD (Cause it's mechanical). This computer is amazingly fast, doesn't skip a beat, and has handled everything I've thrown at it beautifully.

I took advantage of a huge grand opening sale going on at www.ncix.com, and got all my parts for a nice round sum of under $380. I got my motherboard from Newegg since it was the same price as NCIX, but the shipping was free.

So without further ado, here is the setup:
-AMD Phenom II 965 BE
-Gskill Ripjaws 2x4GB DDR3-1600 RAM
-Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 Motherboard
-OCZ Fatal1ty 550w Modular PSU
-EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB
-CoolitSystems Eco CPU water cooler
-Coolermaster Elite Mid Tower Case
-1TB & 1.5TB Seagate Drives, both 7,200rpm, 32MB Cache.
-Leftover DVD-RW from a Dell

My plans are to completely try to keep this system a budget build, while still attempting to keep up with the latest and greatest. In this thread, I will be going through all the major, and minor things that happen to this system, from overclocking, to parts changes, etc...

Future Plans:
-Full CPU, GPU Watercooling System
-Corsair 600T or HAF case upgrade.
-Better cooling design.
-BD-RW/ROM drive.
-SLI 2 GTX460 SE's, or even one GTX560ti.

Unfortunately, I am a college student, and money is scarce, so parts will not be rushed in like this time

UPDATE:
Some pictures of the build as of right now.






Edited by atruepretense - 10/3/11 at 2:52pm
The Rainmaker
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 Gigabyte 990X-UD3 EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB Gskill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
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Logitech Wireless $2 special 
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AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 Gigabyte 990X-UD3 EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB Gskill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
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Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
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post #2 of 19
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Here is a picture I took of the boxes when they first arrived. I am sort of pissed that I didn't take some good pictures while building it, but I was too excited to get it running to even care...

Here are all the parts, fresh from UPS

The Rainmaker
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AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 Gigabyte 990X-UD3 EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB Gskill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
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Logitech Wireless $2 special 
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The Rainmaker
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AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 Gigabyte 990X-UD3 EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB Gskill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
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post #3 of 19
Nice build, but se is kinda misleading for the 460. I got the se, and later I found out it actually performs worse than other 460 models. Other than that I wanna see pics.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by Sterisk View Post
Nice build, but se is kinda misleading for the 460. I got the se, and later I found out it actually performs worse than other 460 models. Other than that I wanna see pics.
That is true, I also bought it thinking it would be the same. But, at the time I didn't have much money to spend, and that was available. But, I've learned to embrace it for now, it plays what I want it to, and doesn't cry.

I'll be posting some more pics soon.
The Rainmaker
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 Gigabyte 990X-UD3 EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB Gskill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
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Logitech Wireless $2 special 
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The Rainmaker
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AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 Gigabyte 990X-UD3 EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB Gskill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
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Logitech Wireless $2 special 
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post #5 of 19
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So, I decided to go ahead and attempt to overclock my 965. I was hoping to hover around 3.8ghz, give or take. I worked up slowly, and have nested at 3.8ghz @ 1.425v.

Here's my issue. Look at my temps...


This is from not even 10 minutes of prime stress testing.

I don't know what the hell is wrong, I'm not using a stock cooler, I'm even using a water cooler. Damn it...
The Rainmaker
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 Gigabyte 990X-UD3 EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB Gskill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
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Logitech Wireless $2 special 
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The Rainmaker
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AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 Gigabyte 990X-UD3 EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB Gskill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
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post #6 of 19
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Well....I figured out what the previous problem of really high temps was...

I had the ******* fan on the radiator sucking the hot air from the radiator INTO the CASE! What the hell was I thinking?

I also was able to bring down temps a bit by lowering the vCore. I did not know that my Gigabyte motherboard allowed to lower the core voltage lower than what was set. For some reason, my motherboard had the voltage set at 1.400v, so I dropped it down to 1.375v at 3.8Ghz, and ran Prime95 for an hour. Was stable, yes I know an hour is not long enough, but I needed my PC, and it hasn't caused any issues so far. I will be running a few hours of Prime95 tomorrow while I'm in classes.

Also, I love seeing this...

These temps are what I'm hoping to keep constant

Will start overclocking the GTX tomorrow, and see how that goes, and I want to get started on some wire tucking, and better cooling. I currently have one fan blowing out through the rad, and one sucking in through the side window. Need more....or an actual WC setup...
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AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 Gigabyte 990X-UD3 EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB Gskill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
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post #7 of 19
Nice! I took advantage of the sale too with the 955, 990XA-UD3, and the G.Skill 4GB. I'll probably order the Coolit ECO tomorrow. Tell me how everything works, looks great.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by NuclearSlurpee View Post
Nice! I took advantage of the sale too with the 955, 990XA-UD3, and the G.Skill 4GB. I'll probably order the Coolit ECO tomorrow. Tell me how everything works, looks great.
Awesome dude, definitely go for it! The motherboard is amazing, and the RAM is great also. The processor is also great from what I've heard, so you seem to have a solid system there. But, I can tell you, you won't go wrong for price or performance. I LOVE my build.

As for the Coolit ECO, I was honestly a bit put off by a few reports of leaks, but I really could not beat the price (Got it for $29.99 BRAND NEW! ), but it does the job. I mean, I'm OC'd 400Mhz on stock voltage, and the max temp I've seen was 56C @ full load running Prime95. Could also be that high because:

1. Thermal Compound hasn't had time to cure.
2. The Compound included with the ECO is crap. Waiting on some AS5.

But keep me updated on your build! Would love to see it!
The Rainmaker
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 Gigabyte 990X-UD3 EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB Gskill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech Wireless $2 special 
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The Rainmaker
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AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 Gigabyte 990X-UD3 EVGA GTX460 SE 1GB Gskill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB, 1TB, 640Gb Lite-on DVD-RW, iHAS Lite-on CoolIT water cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 22" Logitech Wireless Corsair 600w Coolermaster Elite 
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post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by atruepretense View Post
Awesome dude, definitely go for it! The motherboard is amazing, and the RAM is great also. The processor is also great from what I've heard, so you seem to have a solid system there. But, I can tell you, you won't go wrong for price or performance. I LOVE my build.

As for the Coolit ECO, I was honestly a bit put off by a few reports of leaks, but I really could not beat the price (Got it for $29.99 BRAND NEW! ), but it does the job. I mean, I'm OC'd 400Mhz on stock voltage, and the max temp I've seen was 56C @ full load running Prime95. Could also be that high because:

1. Thermal Compound hasn't had time to cure.
2. The Compound included with the ECO is crap. Waiting on some AS5.

But keep me updated on your build! Would love to see it!
Yeah my 955, board, and RAM are coming in the mail but I'm going to probably order the ECO and Asus optical today. Probably going to get 2 GTS 250's for SLI since their cheap.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by NuclearSlurpee View Post
Yeah my 955, board, and RAM are coming in the mail but I'm going to probably order the ECO and Asus optical today. Probably going to get 2 GTS 250's for SLI since their cheap.
You do know the GTS 250s are quite old and don't support DX11, right?
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