Originally Posted by GoodInk
Please share, this is from before I was here.
Ok, but if I get busted (I'm supposed to be working) I'll have to finish later.
This is the only computer I didn't build myself. Mindy gets tired of all the cursing and blood letting that comes from the assemblies & mods so when I got 18 years of back pay from the army for my disability, she said, buy a custom built computer, don't build one.
A lot of research later, I knew what I wanted & who I wanted to do it. I picked Digital Storm because of thier great reputation and many years of building whopping computers. Or is that whooping? As in butt whooping? So I went on thier forums and told them what I wanted and everything sounded good but one guy kept telling me that I really should get a bigger case, like a haf 932 or 800D (which was new then), but I''ve always had mid-towers & I really liked the look of the Scout.
I talked to my associates on hard forum (there 5 years before I came here), picked the best of the best at the time & jumped in full force even gritting my teeth cause I had to wait 2 weeks to a month before my vid card (XFX 5870) would be available, of course it was a month! When my system finally came it was all it was promised to be, water cooled goodness & speed that couldn't be beat.
There was just one problem. I saw that behind my mobo it said LE, but didn't really get it, actually didn't get it until one of our Scout members (Trademark) pointed it out. My mobo is a basic tri-sli from Evga, good ol' 132-BL-758-TR......LE. When I started running the system through it's paces, everything seemed golden, graphics, folding, doing 7.63 things at once and getting them done at 4.009Ghz!
Then I started playing my games.
I knew games were the best test of a computers metel that you could supply but at the time I thought the synthetic tests could have made it harder on the system.
So, a few times through playing Crysis I had problems. The green lines of ATI, the screen blanks & spontaneous re-boots. Then at the end the movie played in Psycadelic coloring! That part was cool!
I thought, oh, brand new vid card, it may be the drivers or something. It didn't turn out so well though, after some more testing and trying a few things DS said, I found out that the Vreg (mosfet cooling) was going over 100c and causing things in the NB or Qpi as it's called now to go wonky, esp the communications between the vid card & processor.
So with not much quibble at all DS talked to Evga (starting my getting friendly with Evga) and they soon said, send it back (sorry my expense) but they'll upgrade me to a Haf 932, 240 rad & better setup overall. A few weeks later I had my new setup & was planning to build my wife a system almost identical to mine (no LE board), in the ol Scout case.
With a high end i-7 setup in the Scout, try not to block the back vent, it's vital, anything you can do to increase the airflow over the mosfet cooler will go a long way. Some guys I've talked to over at Evga have build mi-towers with an LE board by putting in a delta 40mmx10mm fan on the mosfet fins & nothing else, me, I increased the airflow in Mindys Scout by putting a Noctua in the blowhole & a 120 Enermax Apollish in the 5.25 bay, the result is a 2ft draft out the top of the blowhole & a very cool mosfet.
The only time she did let me O/C it, the temps were very reasonable.