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Finally got my PC. Ended up going locally to get it, going to spend about 200 dollars more but that's alright; got all the parts just before my birthday. Plus they do price check too! So far I don't have the sound card nor the HD555s but I'll be ordering them in soon. So far the PC cost around $1950 (took back the mouse).


Full System Specs: Coolermaster HAF 922, HIS 5850, Logitech Wave Keyboard, Intel X25-V 40GB SSD, 4x2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 Dominators, Zalman Clip-on Mic, 2x WD Black 1TB HDD in Raid-1, Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler, AMD Phenom II x2 555 3.2GHz CPU, Corsair HX 750W PSU, ASUS 20in 1600x900 Monitor, Steelseries 17in Mousepad.


My dog (Bella) posing for me with the Intel X25-V SSD. THIS SSD IS FAST, loads into windows in roughly 7-10 seconds (from start to fully on).


Other dog (Emalee) posing with the HIS 5850. Although she is more interested in what Bella is doing. Even the box is out of range. xD


Desk set up and ready to start building the system. So far just the box.


Current goal: somehow put that puppy into the case. Memory express installed the CPU, Cooling, and RAM for a system and mem test. They even put on my AS5. Pretty kewl beans.


Got the mobo in. Didn't take too long but was scared crapless putting it in. Even forgot the mobo panel there. Wasn't able to put the fans on for the ram either. Eventually, after putting in the power supply I ended up taking the mobo out again, putting in the panel (even after trying to put it in from the back of the case, and then even from inside with the mobo in). At first the mobo didn't properly fit and eventually made a "clicking" sound resulting in the screws to be lined up. Was not fun.


This surprised me. The HX750 came in an awesome box. The PSU was wrapped in a cloth (that now holds all my extra parts/screws/twist ties/etc. And all the modular cables came in that pouch. VERY high quality. <3


Back of the case with my horrible cable management. Eventually fixed it up way later one (kinda scared that the cables might be too tight, but there is very little pressure on them (for the HDDs). The two WD Blacks at on the top, with the SSD right at the bottom. Installed the it into the 3.5in bracket near the middle; thought it might have been too close to the back of the case. Turns out its now to far away from the back of the case. xD


Front of the case with everything installed. Cable management still bad. PLUS I put the ground wires in backwards for the power buttons/speaker/lights.


Fully functional the next day. Got the stickers on, (didn't turn on the light, didn't even notice that until a little while ago). Everything was functioning up to this point. Had to reinstall windows twice, install was fairly quick on the SSD but noticeably slower then what you would normally expect. Weird thing was, when I configed the RAID-1 I also put the SSD under the RAID setup, corrupting the install. Now the DVD Drive (which likes to open and close via button when it feels like) and the SSD is now on the SATA 5 and 6 ports. Everything seems to be working now (even got my RAID-1 to work finally today). This mousepad is HUUUGE.


Just a look through the side panel. The extra lighting there kinda not makes it look awesome but I'm thinking of maybe getting some coloured fans to light it up. It is kinda dark, but full of awesome. Finally getting my first fully custom, put together myself rig hasn't fully hit me yet. Let alone the performance differences I'm going to be seeing in games. Going to be waiting on overclocking, though I have tried getting the RAM to normals speeds and unlocking but still figuring out this bios. Even came with a linux quick start up bios which is pretty kewl beans.


I really like this computer so far. Absolutely ecstatic when I went to the store and picked the parts up with my older bro. Helped me out a lot with the talking. Loads temps on the CPU is only 30.C, idle is only 20.C. Boots up fast, got RAID-1 finally working (had to go into disk manager and format drives....couldn't see the setting at first). Lights on, and just waiting for the Auzentech Forte and Sennheiser HD555s to come in and the system is fully speced. THANKS A LOT FOR THE HELP AND SUGGESTIONS GUYS, GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!
Edited by Domino - 6/12/10 at 11:24am
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AMD Phenom II X2 555 - Much better CPU and can be unlocked to quad core.

Get a better case, like HAF 922 or Antec 900.
 
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No idea yet, but still building from past threads etc.. See what people think this time.

Case: NZXT M59
Screen: ASUS VH192D
Motherboard: ASUS 750A M4N75TD
HDD: WD Black 500GB x2
PSU: CM Silent Pro 600 Watt Modular
Thermal Compound: OCZ Freeze Extreme
Memory: A-Data Gaming Series 4GB DDR3 1600
CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 720
Cooler: Scythe SCSMZ-2000 92mm

What you guys think? Going to have SLIed 9600GTs in it, along with a X-Plosion sound card in it. (these are spare).

Still about 2 months to go.


Ummm, firstly, I'd swap that case out for something like the COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case. Same price, but a much better case.


Maybe switch that PSU to the CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W, which goes for only a bit more, but it's definitely worth it.



Change the Cooler to something like the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus or the Scythe Mungen 2 if you can find one. All three are at around the same price, but the latter 2 have much better performance.



Why do you want to go for a Crossfire 9600 set up? Might as well get a GTS 250, or a Radeon HD 4850 and be gone with it?


If you are going to build this rig in 2 months, you might as well wait a while, and see if any better options will arise in the future.


*My items are quoted in the US newegg, my bad. :/*
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thanks for the suggestions, updating the first post

well this psu is rated for 720watts, plus i only have 2x bfg 9600GTs. total is probably around 400watts on full load.

is it a guarantee this i can unlock the cores for sure?
Edited by Domino - 4/10/10 at 10:28am
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Not really a big change, but arctic mx-2 thermal paste should be used.
Does not conduct electricity. No curing time, great paste for anyone, if you spill it, it won't fry your components.
And only use the pea/rice grain method.
apply a pea/rice grain of thermal paste to the center of the chip. Press the cooler down on it to spread it, and slighty twist the cooler. Then screw the cooler in withough lifting it up and your all set!

make sure your PSU is 80+ rated, and silver efficiency if possible.
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thanks for the suggestions, updating the first post

well this psu is rated for 720watts, plus i only have 2x bfg 9600GTs. total is probably around 400watts on full load.

is it a guarantee this i can unlock the cores for sure?
No, it's never guaranteed. If you want a quad go with a quad. Those 555BEs are nice chips though and they use the new C3 revision. I think the unlock rate is pretty high but again it's not guaranteed.
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thanks fro more suggestions. ya i should wait, but already so excited. haha

you guys think a-data ram would be good enough?
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thanks fro more suggestions. ya i should wait, but already so excited. haha

you guys think a-data ram would be good enough?

AData RAM is very good. One of the most underrated brands out there.


Like what some of the other guys said, core unlocking is NEVER guaranteed. If you are planning on running multi-threaded apps, it is better to go for the X3 720, or even a quad core.
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AData RAM is very good. One of the most underrated brands out there.


Like what some of the other guys said, core unlocking is NEVER guaranteed. If you are planning on running multi-threaded apps, it is better to go for the X3 720, or even a quad core.
Well I'm not planning on running anything big that I need the extra core for. Mainly going to be a gaming rig/light photoshop/music/video....only those sort of things. Even if I can unlock 1 of the cores, still good enough. I want to be able to use hexacore or even bulldozer in the future.

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Looks like a pretty decent combo. Though I have spare 9600GTs that I would like to use. They are equivalent to a gtx 260 (in SLI) aren't they? Should do fine for 1366x768.
Edited by Domino - 4/11/10 at 1:39pm
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