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[Build Log] The*Mainstream*Machine

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Introduction

It's been 5 years since I built my first rig. It is my gaming PC as well as my hobby. It served me well for 5 years but it was time to move on. I had to leave the country so I gave it to my brother. I have a laptop with me during my first year away from home, but I got so bored with my laptop and I decided that it was time for me to build another PC to accompany me and to. For a guy who hadn't kept up to date with computer parts, I had to do a research about current computer parts, which ones offer most bang for the buck since I have a limited budget of around $900-$1000. During my research, it was quite often that I got redirected to a thread here. It's also my reason to join this forum.

Choosing the Parts

These are the parts that I planned initially, and the reason why I chose them:

Gigabyte Z77X-D3H - I regarded Gigabyte as a maker of a good motherboard. My experience with my first rig was so good that I'm going with Gigabyte once more. Had good reviews also.

Intel Core i5 3570K - I chose i5 because I had no intention to create/render things or justify an i7 for gaming. i5 offers most bang for the buck and K series has unlocked multiplier. I remembered getting stuck overclocking my Q6600 because the multiplier is locked and increasing FSB too much crashed my cheapo RAM.

G.Skill RipJawX 8 GB - Good price and overclocking ability as in many reviews I read.

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB - I admit I chose this part to cut price. Black is so expensive and I have no experience with other brands.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB DDR5 - Good bang for the buck and overclocking ability. Planned to overclock it to increase its value.

Seasonic S12ii 620 Watts - Read good reviews about it, more than enough capacity to power up the rig as I don't plan to use more than 1 VGA and reasonably priced. Modular system is also a plus.

Thermaltake v3 Black Edition - Just a decent case I could afford, personally I couldn't justify spending more than $60 for an enclosure, even I used a random cheapo case for my previous build. I hadn't learned about the importance of good enclosure during the time of my research.

LG DVDRW GH22NS50 - Any decent DVD burner will do.

LG 20” E2060T - 17 inches was enough for me. However I decide to step up to 20 inch. Yes I'm one of the rare person who dislike overkill screen setup for my desktop, plus I don't have the space.

Revision on Parts

There are some changes to the final build:

Asrock Z77 Extreme4was chosen because it's slightly cheaper than Gigabyte Z77X-D3H and is a proven overclock beast. I had so many friends suggesting me this board, so this must be good.

Western Digital Blue will most likely bottleneck my system as it's not fast enough so I chose Western Digital Black to avoid potential bottleneck.

6870 is scrapped out and replaced by the newer Radeon 7850 because it uses less power but perform better. I was going with PowerColor but it was out of stock, so I went with MSI R7850 TwinFrozr. I see that the card is supposed to run cooler than other cards so it can give me more overclock headroom. My XFX 4830 from previous build has some heat issue when overclocking. I don't want this to happen again. and lastly;

Antec One replaces Thermaltake v3 Black Edition because this case has a better cooling potential according to some people. A friend of mine also heartily recommended Antec.

So that's the story behind the choosing of components of my current rig. I ran out of money and do upgrades as I save.

Overclocking with Stock Heatsink

I know that overclocking on stock heatsink is a bad idea but I did it anyway. This new rig gives me the itch to push it harder (even though I didn't push it hard enough lol). I went 4.2 GHz on stock heatsink but the heat was intolerable. It goes to 90 C under full load so I reduced it to 3.8 GHz and the temps stays nice at 85 under full load. Last step is to ensure that it is stable. Sure it is! Well I'll be damned if I can't even do 3.8 GHz properly. This CPU runs 3.8 GHz for about a month. During this period, I did another research about a CPU cooler that can handle a mid overclock. The goal is still the same, best bang for the buck. After finishing my research, I decided to go with Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 as Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo is noisier and somewhat priced higher in all stores in this silly city.

Bought a Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 and Further Overclocking

Nuff said, I bought it and I push my overclock higher. Using the same settings from 3.8 GHz, I jumped to 4.2 GHz. It was too easy and temps are very allowing to go even further so I went to 4.3 GHz, then 4.4 GHz. 4.4 GHz is still to easy, so I decided to go with 4.5 GHz. This was where the challenge began. Games started to crashing so I raised the volt by a notch. Nope, still didn't cut it. I did another volt increase and increase until I reached stable and found no game crashing. To achieve a stable 4.5 GHz, I used 1.31-1.32 V that causes my temp to go 85 C under load, I think it's too high considering I can achieve a stable 4.4 GHz on 1.24 V without the temps reaching 75 under full load. Maybe I was doing it wrong, but I didn't really bother to go up to 4.5 GHz this time.

Time to do Another Upgrading - Audio or Cooling

I had two choices, to go with a sound card to improve my gaming enjoyment or fans and thermal grease to push my temps even lower. Get one and I have to wait another month(s) to get another one. Sound card is something that I wanted to try for a long time but I already have a Fiio E10 DAC that I bought during my laptop days so I decided to experiment with fans.

I bought Noctua NT-H1 thermal grease, Cooler Master XtraFlo 120, and Noctua NF-P14 FLX. NF-P14 FLX is a 140mm fan with 120mm mountings so I thought it would fit somewhere on the case but alas! It didn't fit anywhere in the case. I ended up using it as a replacement heatsink fan. The Xigmatek HSF fan is repurposed as new front intake fan and the XtraFlow is used as a to replace the rear exhaust fan that came with Antec One. I spent considerable hours to test and record temperatures of each combinations of fans placement. I'm disappointed because I got the best temperature using Cooler Master XtraFlow as my heatsink fan but instead I have to use my Noctua NF-P14 FLX because it didn't fit anywhere on the case.

Together with my final fan combination and new thermal paste, I successfully reduced 6-8 C on load my temperature. I could reduce more if I am able to use my Cooler Master fan as a heatsink fan. This is my lesson not go be greedy and go with a 120mm fan instead as many other friends suggested.

VGA Overclocking

My 7850 was untouched despite of its overclocking capabilities. Wouldn't waste it, so I decided to push this baby! Read some articles about Radeon HD 7xxx overclocking and learnt that MSI Afterburner is the tool to go. Starting with core clock then followed by memory clock, I pushed clocks up by a shy increment. 900-925-950-975-1000-and finally 1050 MHz core clock (max on Afterburner). It was stable, then I proceed with memory clock. Weird, I was able to maximize core and memory clock to the max without even changing the volts. This is too easy, there must be something fishy.

Yep, I found out that the limits of MSI Afterburner is too low. I found some tutorial to crank up the limits and I successfully increase the limit to 1070 MHz core clock and 1560 MHz memory clock. But now the question is, how much can I achieve with stock voltage? I tried to find out. I decided to use 1450 MHz memory clock and concentrate on increasing my core clock for now. I'm able to get 1125 MHz core clock stable on OCCT for 2 hours, so I tried 1150 MHz. During a 2 hours OCCT test, I got a black screen and fans revving up wildly on 1 hour 45-50 minutes mark. Right now I'm trying to find highest stable clock around 1125 MHz and 1150 MHz. Then I can proceed to memory clock overclocking.

Voltage control is locked on my MSI Afterburner, I can't enable it somehow. Maybe if I already find out my limits on stock voltage, I will try to push my card even more.

Next Upgrade Planned/Things to Do

May or may not be done in order:

1. Get a decent sound card for gaming. My Fiio E10 will still do its job for music and portable purposes.
2. Get a SSD. I never taste the speed of SSD, I'm very excited to get one and experience it myself.
3. Get the system cooled even more to push CPU overclock even higher. Perhaps buy another Noctua fan to do a push-pull config on my Xigmatek and upgrade all standard case fans to better performance fans as well as install a side case fan, or buy a better enclosure and a larger heatsink (Noctua NH-D14/watercooling maybe???)
4. Overclock graphics card more than 1125 MHz core/1450 MHz mem. Got 1170/1450 stable. Next goal is 1200 MHz core clock.

Closing

It's a big chunk of text and it involves a lot of personal experiences and stories because for me this thing is my personal love. I hope you enjoy reading it as well as I enjoy writing it. Please excuse and notify me on term-misspell-verb-sentence structure-grammar errors as English is not my main language and my forte.
Edited by kalsylum - 10/30/12 at 3:25am
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subbed man! at first i thought "why the old GPU lol" then i saw you went with a HD7850. nice rig! how much does it approximately cost?
 
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Thanks man! The finished rig costs approximately $1045 (excluding monitor and things purchased afterwards). Just in case you are interested on prices of components that I use, I bought the Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 for $40, Noctua NT-H1 for $12.3, Noctua NF-P14 FLX for $27 and Cooler Master XtraFlow 120 for $14.75 Do note that I don't live in USA/Europe that's why prices are a little bit high frown.gif

I used the 6870 because I'm trying to fit in my $900 budget for the rig, but I realized that I shouldn't be using 6870 to cut costs, it just not worth it. Then I expanded my budget and things are like this now smile.gif

Still regretted that I didn't opt for a smaller hard drive to afford a SSD. 1 TB is a little bit too much for me now.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX LG GH22NS50 Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster SS20B300B Logitech K100 Seasonic M12ii 620 W Antec One 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX518 Steelseries Qck Fiio E10 O2 Headphone Amplifier 
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AKG Q701 Noctua NF-P14 FLX Coolermaster XtraFlo 120 Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste 
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Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX LG GH22NS50 Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Windows 7 
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AKG Q701 Noctua NF-P14 FLX Coolermaster XtraFlo 120 Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste 
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Intel Core i5 520M Intel HD Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 4 GB PC3-8500  
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Current state of my rig. My cable management isn't very good.

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Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4 GHz @ 4.4 GHz 1.24 v Asrock Z77 Extreme4 MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC @ 1170 MHz/1450 MH... G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 
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Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX LG GH22NS50 Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster SS20B300B Logitech K100 Seasonic M12ii 620 W Antec One 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX518 Steelseries Qck Fiio E10 O2 Headphone Amplifier 
AudioOtherOtherOther
AKG Q701 Noctua NF-P14 FLX Coolermaster XtraFlo 120 Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste 
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Intel Core i5 520M Intel HD Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 4 GB PC3-8500  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500 GB 5200 RPM Integrated DVDRW Coolermaster Notepal X-Slim Windows 7 
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14 Inch TFT 
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz @ 3.0 GHz Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P XFX ATi Radeon HD 4830 Team Elite 4GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 
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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320 GB S... Pioneer DVR-110 DVDRW Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Windows 7 Ultimate 
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Lenovo Y460
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Home Sweet Home
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4 GHz @ 4.4 GHz 1.24 v Asrock Z77 Extreme4 MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC @ 1170 MHz/1450 MH... G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX LG GH22NS50 Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster SS20B300B Logitech K100 Seasonic M12ii 620 W Antec One 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX518 Steelseries Qck Fiio E10 O2 Headphone Amplifier 
AudioOtherOtherOther
AKG Q701 Noctua NF-P14 FLX Coolermaster XtraFlo 120 Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste 
CPUGraphicsGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 520M Intel HD Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 4 GB PC3-8500  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500 GB 5200 RPM Integrated DVDRW Coolermaster Notepal X-Slim Windows 7 
Monitor
14 Inch TFT 
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz @ 3.0 GHz Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P XFX ATi Radeon HD 4830 Team Elite 4GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 
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I realized that I was overdoing my GPU stress test that's why I got black screen of death on 1150 MHz core clock and 1450 MHz memory clock. I did the torture test for 2 hours and it crashed. I asked other member in this forum and seems like 10-15 minutes test is already good. But I'm going to play it safe and decided to make it run for 20 minutes. So far, I've been able to make my 7850 stable at 1170 MHz core clock and 1450 MHz memory clock without voltage change. Maybe tomorrow I will start pushing up my memory clock and find out my highest stable OC with default volts.
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Lenovo Y460
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4 GHz @ 4.4 GHz 1.24 v Asrock Z77 Extreme4 MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC @ 1170 MHz/1450 MH... G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX LG GH22NS50 Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster SS20B300B Logitech K100 Seasonic M12ii 620 W Antec One 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX518 Steelseries Qck Fiio E10 O2 Headphone Amplifier 
AudioOtherOtherOther
AKG Q701 Noctua NF-P14 FLX Coolermaster XtraFlo 120 Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste 
CPUGraphicsGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 520M Intel HD Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 4 GB PC3-8500  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500 GB 5200 RPM Integrated DVDRW Coolermaster Notepal X-Slim Windows 7 
Monitor
14 Inch TFT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz @ 3.0 GHz Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P XFX ATi Radeon HD 4830 Team Elite 4GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320 GB S... Pioneer DVR-110 DVDRW Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Windows 7 Ultimate 
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BENQ FP17G+ Xigmatek NRP-MC651 650 W Simbadda SimCool 813 Logitech MX518 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4 GHz @ 4.4 GHz 1.24 v Asrock Z77 Extreme4 MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC @ 1170 MHz/1450 MH... G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX LG GH22NS50 Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster SS20B300B Logitech K100 Seasonic M12ii 620 W Antec One 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX518 Steelseries Qck Fiio E10 O2 Headphone Amplifier 
AudioOtherOtherOther
AKG Q701 Noctua NF-P14 FLX Coolermaster XtraFlo 120 Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste 
CPUGraphicsGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 520M Intel HD Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 4 GB PC3-8500  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500 GB 5200 RPM Integrated DVDRW Coolermaster Notepal X-Slim Windows 7 
Monitor
14 Inch TFT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz @ 3.0 GHz Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P XFX ATi Radeon HD 4830 Team Elite 4GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320 GB S... Pioneer DVR-110 DVDRW Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Windows 7 Ultimate 
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BENQ FP17G+ Xigmatek NRP-MC651 650 W Simbadda SimCool 813 Logitech MX518 
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that is great! did you try 1200 tongue.gif also, in time you will understand the benefits of SSD, and worst case HDD's aren't as expensive as it used to be 6-7 months ago when there was a little shortage due to this flood i cant remember.
 
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Force Touch Trackpad Anker SoundBuds Slim JBL Flip 3 Bose QuietComfort QC25 
AudioOtherOtherOther
Status Audio CB-1 Thunderbolt Ethernet Adapter Apple Mini Displayport to VGA Adapter Griffin Mini Displayport to HDMI/DVI Adapter 
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Nope, not yet. My MSI Afterburner caps my core clock at 1170 MHz so with it I can only do 1170 at the moment. I need to find another software to OC my GPU, I think I'm going to try Asus GPU tweak. I heard the performance difference of a SSD and a HDD is vast! I'm really eager to try it myself! I don't think I'll be getting another HDD soon, 1 TB is enough for few years ahead, even my old rig still runs on a single 320 GB HDD.
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I have been testing my overclock at 4.5 GHz past few days and I think I may achieved a stable overclock at 4.5 GHz yesterday! I tested it with 12 hours of Prime95 and games. So far it passed without a single error. However I can't be so sure, so I'm going to stay at 4.5 GHz for few days and revert my VGA to stock clocks so I can be sure that crashes are coming from my CPU. Then if it's stable I'm going to 4.6 GHz.

I'm going to buy a sound card next month. Probably it will be an Asus Xonar DG rolleyes.gif
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