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RedRocket's 8120 Build

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So I decided to upgrade my 3-4 year old gaming rig. My old specs

CPU: AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition (never did OC it)
Mainboard: Asus M3N-HT Deluxe
RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2
GPU: Zotac Nvidia 260gtx
HDD: Seagate 750GB 7200rpm HDD
Case: Antec Nine Hundred (all stock cooling)
Power: Coolermaster 600W power supply

So I started buying pieces about a month ago - it began with the CPU / mainboard / RAM

CPU: AMD FX-8120
Mainboard: Gigabyte 970A-D3
RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengance LP (Low Profile) 1600mhz (9-9-9-24)

Then came the good stuff;

Cooling: Antec Kuhler 920
SSD: OCZ Solid3 60GB SSD
GPU: Gigabyte Nvidia 560ti 448 core (1.25GB vRAM)
Power: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W modular power supply

I was originally going to keep everything in the Antec Nine Hundred case, but I accidentally cut the wire to the top case fan. For some reason stripping the wire + electrical tape didn't fix this (I fail at being an electrician I guess). Being the lazy dumbass I am, I didn't care to spend $25 on a new fan, so I bought an Antec Eleven Hudred instead. Really happy I did, fell it love it with the second I pulled it out of the box. As strange is it sounds, it's probably my favourite pick-up thru the whole build.

Picked up a bunch of extra fans for the Eleven Hundred, as it only ships with the 200mm top exhaust fan, and a 120mm rear exhaust fan. It has space for 4x120mm intake fans on the front (2 infront of the HDDs, 2 behind), 2x120mm side fans (GPU side), and 1x120mm side fan (behind the motherboard/CPU). I gave up on trying to wire all that ***** together without a fan controller, so half of them aren't even installed until I get one (any good reccomendations?) and can properly (neatly) wire it all together.

Also worth mentioning - I picked up the following about 6 months ago for my old computer, long before I started the build
Keyboard: Logitech K800 (wireless, chargeable, backlit keyboard with hand sensor for illuminating keys- I love this thing)
Mouse: Logitech Wireless MX Anywhere (love this too - works wonderfully on my glass desk)
Speakers: Logitech Z523

Last big piece will be a new monitor, but probably not for a few months. I have a 22" widescreen 1650x1050 samsung that does the job for now.

Might post pictures later, but the wiring is still a bit of a mess. Unfortunately some of the cords on the OCZ modular power supply aren't as long as I would like, and I cant route everything behind the motherboard. And I didn't care to ziptie everything yet as I still need to deal with the fans.
Edited by RedRocket44 - 7/19/12 at 11:29am
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The next few days I'll be working on finding my max stable overclock - I'm hoping for 4.5ghz+

I've mildly overclocked to ~4.0ghz (210 FSB and 19x multiplier) on stock voltage, and temps are around 45 under load in prime95, so I should have some room to up the voltage a bit, and hopefully reach my 4.5-5.0ghz goal.
Edited by RedRocket44 - 7/19/12 at 11:39am
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