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post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
Hey everybody, I'm a new member and since I found this forum through my searches for recommended parts, I figured I would post my build log here as well! I've currently got everything but the CPU which I don't really know when it will arrive. I'll add pictures as I can though.


  • CPU: i7 3770k
  • Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H
  • GPU: Sapphire 7950 OC Dual-X
  • RAM: G-Skill Ares 16GB 1333MHz (didn't notice the speed when I hit order)
  • PSU: Corsair TX750 v2
  • SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 2TB
  • Case: Coolermaster HAF 912


In the mean time, I was wondering if any of you guys could tell me whether or not I would be able to plug my 7950 into my current desktop while I wait for the CPU to get here. According to CPU-Z, I've got one of these.
Edited by Salo - 12/4/12 at 8:20pm
post #2 of 41
Thread Starter 
No worries about the old motherboard supporting the new 7950 anymore. Although it technically should have been fine (although heavily bottlenecked), the card won't fit with the way everything in the case is arranged right now. I'll just wait until I get my new build completely up and running smile.gif

Instead, here are some pictures of boxes mostly:










post #3 of 41
I don't recommend running a 7950 in anything you would deem old unless by old, last year. I think I got the same Sapphire 7950 boost OC as you, it's coming either tomorrow or Thursday I am very excited. I also have a HAF 912 but I got a big 200mm fan for the front of it and took out the middle HDD bay to give my GPU plenty of airflow. What are you using for CPU cooling, just the stock cooler?


Edit: The Sapphire 7950 boost I'm getting is a 100352-2L, the box looks identical to what you have.
Edited by DUpgrade - 12/4/12 at 8:31pm
post #4 of 41
Thread Starter 
Yeah, the old CPU was a C2D E8500, so I'm just leaving it all alone. This is the specific 7950 I got though (based on your edit, they are indeed the same). Was hoping the 7970 would drop again, but decided to just order the 50 to take advantage of the rebate at the time...which ended up getting extended anyways.

As of right now, I am going with the stock cooler, but I think I might pick one of these up for $30 because I do want to OC the 3770k a bit.
post #5 of 41
No the reason I ask is there's literally like 6 different version of this exact card with various specs. I've seen some rare 900mhz OC, some 950 OC, Vapor-X, Flex edition, a non boost version, and then this unique gem which is an 850/925 boost switch which I've heard people can really OC up to that of a 7970. Love seeing real world pics of the card and the Dual X fans should keep it cool and silent.

As far as CPU coolers go, so many people swear by Hyper 212. Any aftermarket cooler is going to be better than the basic stock one they give you (I never used mine). I've been looking at water cooling though but the dilemma is whether to do a H100i closed loop or a custom.
post #6 of 41
Thread Starter 
Yup, that's the main reason I went with this 7950 over the Gigabyte model. I'm really looking forward to pushing it to at least GHz level and maybe a bit over if I can. For the cooler though, the V6 (which I missed out on apparently) is supposed to be a bit better than the 212 Evo, except for being slightly larger. I'll probably order the Evo or + sometime during the Christmas sale season when it should hopefully drop in price again. After spending over $800, I'm fine with spending just a bit more to make sure everything stays working!
post #7 of 41
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Originally Posted by DUpgrade View Post

No the reason I ask is there's literally like 6 different version of this exact card with various specs. I've seen some rare 900mhz OC, some 950 OC, Vapor-X, Flex edition, a non boost version, and then this unique gem which is an 850/925 boost switch which I've heard people can really OC up to that of a 7970. Love seeing real world pics of the card and the Dual X fans should keep it cool and silent.
As far as CPU coolers go, so many people swear by Hyper 212. Any aftermarket cooler is going to be better than the basic stock one they give you (I never used mine). I've been looking at water cooling though but the dilemma is whether to do a H100i closed loop or a custom.

Personally I hate CLCs as it's mostly a marketing gimmik, they have so many problems and personally I think a big chunk of metal looks better and it also cools the components better (Ram and such). It's just a much more viable option, if you're gonna go water cooling do it properly and get a custom loop and stay away from Corsair/Antec and the likes.

For the OP, good luck with the build! thumb.gif
May I suggest a NH-D14? tongue.gif

EDIT: Also nice board biggrin.gif
 
Seven Seven Five
(12 items)
 
NASSY
(5 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Convertible i5 3570k (De-Lidded) Gigabyte Z77x-D3H XFX R9 290 With Koolance Block (1179/1450) 16GB G-Skill Ares 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Evo Seagate Barracuda 2TB 1x OEM DVD Drives Heatkiller Rev 3.0 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 Laing D5 + XSPC Res Primochill Bloodshed Red Tubing Koolance Fullcover R9 290x Block 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
XSPC EX360 Windows 10 Pro x64 Asus VEH228H Asus VE228H 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Aavara TS742 Dual Monitor Stand Ducky Shine II Cherry Blue RED Backlit Mechanic... Silverstone Strider 850W Thermaltake Core x71 Tempered Glass Riing Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Zowie FK1 House of Stealth Microlab Solo6c Logitech C100 Webcam 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Celeron N3160 HD Graphics 400 4GB DDR3 4TB WD Red 
Cooling
Some 120mm fan 
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Seven Seven Five
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NASSY
(5 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Convertible i5 3570k (De-Lidded) Gigabyte Z77x-D3H XFX R9 290 With Koolance Block (1179/1450) 16GB G-Skill Ares 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Evo Seagate Barracuda 2TB 1x OEM DVD Drives Heatkiller Rev 3.0 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 Laing D5 + XSPC Res Primochill Bloodshed Red Tubing Koolance Fullcover R9 290x Block 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
XSPC EX360 Windows 10 Pro x64 Asus VEH228H Asus VE228H 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Aavara TS742 Dual Monitor Stand Ducky Shine II Cherry Blue RED Backlit Mechanic... Silverstone Strider 850W Thermaltake Core x71 Tempered Glass Riing Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Zowie FK1 House of Stealth Microlab Solo6c Logitech C100 Webcam 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Celeron N3160 HD Graphics 400 4GB DDR3 4TB WD Red 
Cooling
Some 120mm fan 
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post #8 of 41
Thread Starter 
Matt-Matt, I'd love to put a Noctua in there, but that is about $50 more than I'm interested in spending on a cooler to be honest. I'm trying to keep it all under $900 and right now (before any rebates) I'm sitting at $864.19. Hopefully the board serves me well though!
post #9 of 41
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Originally Posted by Salo View Post

Matt-Matt, I'd love to put a Noctua in there, but that is about $50 more than I'm interested in spending on a cooler to be honest. I'm trying to keep it all under $900 and right now (before any rebates) I'm sitting at $864.19. Hopefully the board serves me well though!

Oh okay, I've been on top of a few threads with builds and sometimes I lose track of what build I'm on.. I'd go with a Hyper 212 Evo/T4 if you can get them for that price then! wink.gif
 
Seven Seven Five
(12 items)
 
NASSY
(5 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Convertible i5 3570k (De-Lidded) Gigabyte Z77x-D3H XFX R9 290 With Koolance Block (1179/1450) 16GB G-Skill Ares 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Evo Seagate Barracuda 2TB 1x OEM DVD Drives Heatkiller Rev 3.0 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 Laing D5 + XSPC Res Primochill Bloodshed Red Tubing Koolance Fullcover R9 290x Block 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
XSPC EX360 Windows 10 Pro x64 Asus VEH228H Asus VE228H 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Aavara TS742 Dual Monitor Stand Ducky Shine II Cherry Blue RED Backlit Mechanic... Silverstone Strider 850W Thermaltake Core x71 Tempered Glass Riing Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Zowie FK1 House of Stealth Microlab Solo6c Logitech C100 Webcam 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Celeron N3160 HD Graphics 400 4GB DDR3 4TB WD Red 
Cooling
Some 120mm fan 
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Seven Seven Five
(12 items)
 
NASSY
(5 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Convertible i5 3570k (De-Lidded) Gigabyte Z77x-D3H XFX R9 290 With Koolance Block (1179/1450) 16GB G-Skill Ares 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Evo Seagate Barracuda 2TB 1x OEM DVD Drives Heatkiller Rev 3.0 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 Laing D5 + XSPC Res Primochill Bloodshed Red Tubing Koolance Fullcover R9 290x Block 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
XSPC EX360 Windows 10 Pro x64 Asus VEH228H Asus VE228H 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Aavara TS742 Dual Monitor Stand Ducky Shine II Cherry Blue RED Backlit Mechanic... Silverstone Strider 850W Thermaltake Core x71 Tempered Glass Riing Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Zowie FK1 House of Stealth Microlab Solo6c Logitech C100 Webcam 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Celeron N3160 HD Graphics 400 4GB DDR3 4TB WD Red 
Cooling
Some 120mm fan 
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post #10 of 41
See there you go, CM Hyper EVO is about $35 on the egg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
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