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Hello ladies and gents, I just figured I would make a first post on here to introduce myself to everybody.

I'm 22 year old from the frosty north that is Canadia. Mostly a gamer, am just about to embark on my first overclocking venture!
I've been a gamer and somewhat of a techie since I was a wee lad, and just built my very first computer--thankfully it went smoothly. It was definitely a learning experience though!

Here is my build. I wanted to focus on a solid motherboard and processor, with the option to upgrade the GPU and RAM later. I also had a budget of around 700-800 CAD. This was 839.99 minus 50 dollars in rebates, and the darn prices dropped by 75 bucks a week after I ordered it. Running Windows 8 unfortunately (I didn't feel like waiting for an OS and 8 in town was $70 versus $320 for 7 Pro. Ludicrous!)


Computer Specs:

MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth 990 FX R2.0

CPU: AMD FX-4170 4.2 Ghz Quad-Core Black Editiion (unlocked) (currently running at 4.55Ghz without manual OC)

GPU: EVGA GTX 560 DS SCC 1GB GDDR5

Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) of Kingston Hyper X 1600Mhz non-ECC RAM

Storage: WD Blue 1tb 7200 RPM

PSU: Ultra X-4 750 Watt Bronze 80+ Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

Case: Ultra Gladiator ATX Mid-tower Case


Cooling:

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus in a push pull with stock fan and a 120mm Cougar Vortex PWM

Case Fans:
1x120mm Cougar Vortex PWM (rear exhaust)
1x120mm Stock Blue LED fan (front intake)
1x120mm Stock Blue LED fan (side intake)


Everything except the 212 and the two Cougar fans came in the bundle. I am pretty happy with it, and now that I'm running low temps I'm ready to start overclocking! ....well once I learn how to from you beautiful people you wink.gif


Here are some pics!
Not sure why they all got turned sideways...











post #2 of 6
Hello and welcome to the fora!

Nice build, I hope you are happy with it. I remember my first computer build ... back when I was 16. An AMD athlon 2400+ in some Gigabyte Motherboard (cant remember the model). 1 GB RAM and an NVIDIA Riva TNT2 haha. As an exercise in self reflection and learning, what will you do differently for your next computer build?
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Thanks for the welcome Mitch smile.gif

Well, overall I'm pretty happy with how it went. I was super careful and took my time, but after working a 12 hour shift and then spending 5 or 6 hours assembling the computer I didn't do the best job at cable management.

However I did go back and clean it up later, just more work. As for everything else, if I had more money I would have different things, but for the money I feel I did well.

I will look for a better case next time though. This one had nowhere to route cables nicely, no top fan ports, and the one fan port on the bottom was partially blocked by the PSU.




Oh and I forgot to ask...any suggestions on a name for this machine? I can't think of any good ones.
post #4 of 6
Heh, I'm utterly rubbish at naming things ... thus my machine is called Nameless. Well actually this is not true, my machine has had a few names but I get sick/bored of them so it ends up changing. My DNS server gets a little confused sometimes haha.

Names have been so far:

Medusa -> Felix -> Dexter -> Eek -> Osgar -> Lyr

I had to do my cable management on my latest build a total of 5 times before I was content to just leave it. If I notice something that I don't consider to be "perfect" i have to do it again
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Intel Core i7 3770 3.40 GHz 8M LGA1155 Processor Intel DQ77MK Intel HD4000 integrated gpu STRONTIUM 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Dimm Single Module P... 
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Western Digital Scorpio Black 2.5 inch 320GB Western Digital Caviar Raid Edition4 1000GB (1TB) Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100 Liquid CPU Corsair "Air Series" SP120 Quiet Edition Case Fan 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSKeyboard
Intel 520 Series SATA3 25nm 120G 2.5' Scythe Kozuti CPU low profile heatsink fan Microsoft Windows 8 Pro w/ Media Centre Corsair Vengeance K90. Performance, MMO, Mechan... 
PowerCaseMouse
Dell 19V 4.62A (Round) PA-10 Original AC Adapter Antec ISK110 VESA Mini-ITX Case, 90-watt adapte... Corsair Vengeance M90. Performance, MMO, Mechan... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3770 3.40 GHz 8M LGA1155 Processor Intel DQ77MK Intel HD4000 integrated gpu STRONTIUM 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Dimm Single Module P... 
Hard DriveCoolingOSCase
SanDisk Blade 4GB Scythe Big Shuriken Rev. 2 ESXi vSphere 5.1 Coolermaster Elite 343 MATX Mini Tower Case Bla... 
Other
Dell X3959 dual port Intel GbE NIC 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770K Unlocked Quad Core ASUS SABERTOOTH-Z77 PCI-E3.0 x 16 Motherboard Intel HD4000 integrated gpu Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9... 
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Welcome to OCN bud thumb.gif Enjoy your stay and post away biggrin.gif Btw nice specs thumbsupsmiley.png
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