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The Making of Magik Dragon

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I will be making a build log of Magik, posting pics as I go. This client will be using his rig for Media and Gaming. He will be using a monitor as well as a HD Projector. But for now, I am just building the basic rig.
Today UPS delivered everything. I like using the UPS Store as a drop off, since I am usually not home, and if anything is not to my liking, I can send it right back.
This is a list of what I picked up:

Case----------- Lian Li PC K62

Motherboard----------- Gigabyte GA-MA790XT UD4P
CPU------------- AMD Phenom II x 4 965be
Memory--------- 2Gx2 G Skill DDR3 1333 8-8-8-21 @ 1.5v
VGA------------- Saphire HD 5770 1gig
Hard Drive------------- Western Dig. 500gig Caviar Black
DVD Drive------LG DVD combo
Fan Controller-------- Sunbeam RHK 4ch Fan Controler
Media Display---- nMedia Pro LCD
OS-------------- Win7 Ultimate 64bit
Media Playback-- Power DVD 9 Ultimate
PSU-----------------OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2

Total price for parts at Newegg was $1114.00

This is my first time using this case from Lian Li. It is a nice case for the price, with plenty of room, good cooling and a side window. Rear punch outs and two top 140mm fans that will make H2O cooling nice, and a large front filter thats easily cleaned. What I dont like; short legs, either keep it off the floor or put longer legs on it so the PSU can pull in fresh air off the bottom, top fans should be wired together, no cover for the front audio panel.
I will be using the stock heat sink until it is decided on air or H2O cooling, just no over clocking for now. I chose the 5770 for cost/performance, those 58s were just too much and he wants to do other things first. It should do well. The LCD display gives it the Media Center touch, while the fan controller will let him quiet things down for movies. The fan controller is a little less than adequate, and I am thinking of sending it back. It only gives you 2 4pin molex to 3 pin fan adapters, no 3pin fan cables. Zip, nada, none, and only 3 pin fan connectors on the controller. This really sucks.
The PSU is well set up. A nice big 140mm fan and a nice modular cable selection. It fits in the case well, not too big. The G Skill ram, it speaks for itself. I cant wait to put some heat to it and see how it does.

And for the pics.





Edited by ericld - 1/2/10 at 1:31am
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Some more pics.

Other plans include: sound card, crossfire, tv tuner and for cooling either H2O or lapping and a good heatsink.




post #3 of 8
nice rig, how much that one cost?
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Ok, finally got everything together and up and running. All in all, it went pretty smooth. Some of the difficulties with the build were minor, more irritating than anything.
The Lian Li K62 turned out to be nice and roomy inside, with plenty of room for large cards, heatsinks, or H2O. It would have been nice if the two top fans were wired together, but a splice took care of that. The rear exhaust fan is a little weak, but a Delta is on order. I did add a 120mm fan in the 5.25 bay, just behind the LCD and controller, to give some extra air across the chipset and ram. Good spacing behind the MOBO panel, made cable management easy but I will have to get an extension for the 6pin CPU power cable to run it behind the board. One other nice thing is there is an extra rear slot, not used by the mobo, that you can use to mount the external SATA port. The only real gripe I have, is that it was shipped with no protective film on the clear side panel. Inspection after unpacking revealed a nice scratch on the bottom. We will see how well this gets remedied.
The GA-MA790XT UD4P is a nice board. It isnt as upscale as the UD5P models, but it still has the same chipset. On installation the first thing I noticed was it is about a 1/2 shorter than most boards, and would not reach the two front mounting studs. It had holes in the corners, but no reinforcement for mounting, so no modding. The board is thick enough to compensate, but I would still take care when plugging in the power and SATA cables. A finger under the board to help support it will do.





Edited by ericld - 1/2/10 at 1:41am
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The HDD, DVD, and PSU mounted without a problem, and the LCD display wasnt too bad, but curses on the controller. First, no wires, at least none that were useful. I have always used Scythe controllers, and they came with more than enough cables. Now, this one has no fan extension cables. I had one extra, but the rear fan will have to wait. One will come with the Delta replacement. After talking more with the client, we both agreed to go with air cooling. So we ordered a Megalahem, and a Scythe slipstream. The Delta exhaust fan will help "pull" the air out . Now time for power up. After double checking all connections and any trash, hooked up the the power, video, cat5, and mouse/keyboard, fired her up. Got fans, got beep, got Bios. Woot. Love it. Checked the bios, and wouldn't you know, it found everything just as it was supposed too. Woot. Did a little fine tuning, no over clocking, set to boot CD, saved, tossed in the W7 and loaded. All went fine. After loading Windows, ATI drivers and the Gigabyte drivers, I hooked up my portable, and shortstroked the HDD to 30gig on primary for OS and drivers, and left the rest for storage. This thing goes from boot screen to ready in about 12 seconds. Finished loading the necessaries, and started to fuss with the LED screen. You have to go to the the web site to down load drivers, and it takes a lot of tweaking to get it right. Just have to be patient. I also took a black sharpy, and subdued the LEDs a little. So you can read the screen lol. Loaded in PowerDVD 9 and set up the Media Center while watching The Fantastic 4, and got it dialed in.
I was curious to see just how the 965 paired with the 5770, so I ran 3D Mark 06 and got rewarded with 16,308 points. Not too bad for a stock rig with only one 5770. When he gets the other 5770 and heatsink, we will do some suicide runs.
I am pretty satisfied, the owner is stoked, so all is good. Right now I am running Prime 95 over night for burn in, watching the temps, volts and fan speeds flash on the LCD. It uses Speedfan as its source.
Now its 4am, and I am ready for bed.





Edited by ericld - 1/2/10 at 1:45am
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Here are the pics from the 3D Mark 06 run. Notice I compared against a six core i7.

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nicely done, K-62 is a lovely case, wish i could afford one myself at this point, would be better than my crappy thermaltake
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Originally Posted by mfb412 View Post
nicely done, K-62 is a lovely case, wish i could afford one myself at this point, would be better than my crappy thermaltake
Yea, I have run out of room in my V1000 also. No place to velcro any more fans, lol. Thats why I got that P80.
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