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The Shining Beacon. $600 build. [with Pictures!]

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Yes yes you are checking out a reasonable build. Here in South Africa this rig is equal to R10 000. Which is $1250 in US currency. This is damn unfair. Any case here is the build. It started off in November 2011.

Ordered and Received
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus Case
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS7500 CU LED
DVD Writer: Sony 24x OEM
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Blue 500GB SATA6

Apart from the cpu cooler, the rest of the parts are installed.

Ordered
CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 3.3Ghz
Motherboard: Asus P8H61 Pro
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti OC
RAM: Corsair XMS3 4Gb 1333Mhz
PSU: Antec HCG 620W

Once I receive all the other parts, I'll put it all together and post pics and benchmarks.

Do you guys have some kind of a list or link where I can get benchmarking programs from (free ones) lol
Edited by Andre2807 - 1/12/12 at 12:29pm
post #2 of 10
I would suggest using SuperPi, any of the Futuremark tests(Vantage, 2011), HAWX benchmark, Crysis Benchmark, Cinebench, Kombustor, Prime95, OCCT. These will comprehensively test stability, CPU, GPU, Power supply, everything.
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Just curious, something you could do with your current build, could you test your internet speeds there? I've never seen South Africa's connection speed and would be curious to see. Use Speedtest
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http://www.bulletproofnerds.com/benchmark

That is a list of downloadable trial versions of the 3Dmark and PC Mark series. All settings are preset though, you can't adjust resolution or anything.
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Originally Posted by kubed_zero View Post

Just curious, something you could do with your current build, could you test your internet speeds there? I've never seen South Africa's connection speed and would be curious to see. Use Speedtest

It's incredibly slow lol. Well it depends where you live, in Cape Town you can get up to 1 Gbps connection and in Johannesburg I think the fastest is up to 4 Mbps
   
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post #6 of 10
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Received the CPU, RAM, PSU and Motherboard. Did a test boot

401

401

Graphics card should be here by Friday or Monday.

If you guys have any pointers on the cable management, please tell me.
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Originally Posted by Andre2807 View Post

If you guys have any pointers on the cable management, please tell me.

NZXT has a great selection of braided, colored extension cables, found on Amazon.com. for the 8 pin EPS power, looks like you could use one of these
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More pictures to come after graphics card installation. Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti OC. Cable Management is fine now
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Looks pretty good thumb.gif
   
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