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Corvus
- A Thuban Build -

- Update #1 -

Hello everyone, and thanks for visiting this humble build log. As I explained when I joined this forum (link), my previous Core 2 Duo build with a Radeon HD4850 died due to still unknown causes and left my without a pc to work/play on. So I started researching possible new builds and the latest technologies, as I pretty much stopped following PC related news after I build my previous rig.

After a few weeks of research I came up with a preliminary build and made a post here asking for criticism (link), where I received some great advice. So after making the final plans I went off to the store on Wednesday the 22nd of September. When I arrived there I noticed some new offers, one of which was a nVidia GTX470 at the price of a GTX460 1gb, so I changed the 460 for a 470, and upped my HX650W for a HX750W, which to my surprise got another €10 off.

When I got home I began putting it together, but it got late, so I left the final touches for the morning after. I finished building it the next morning and proceeded with carrying it up to my room. (The Raven is a really big case, so this was quite an effort! )

It booted up fine the first time I pressed the button, and it's been running rock solid since then.

Thanks for reading, and I'll try to put up some overclocking results, benchmarks and temperatures later on in the week. Tomorrow I'll be reinstalling the OS's, so I can set up my Arch Linux build, encrypted and LVM'd.
- Components -
Case - Silverstone Raven RV02
Motherboard - Asus Crosshair IV Formula
CPU - AMD Phenom II x6 1055T
CPU Cooler - Corsair H50
Memory - Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600
GPU - Asus ENGTX470
Optical Drive - Samsung SH-B123L
Monitor - Samsung SyncMaster 225BW
Keyboard - Logitech G15v1
Mouse - Logitech MX518
Headset - Roccat Kave 5.1

- Pictures -













Edited by grwn - 10/9/10 at 12:41pm
Corvus
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phemon II x6 1055T Asus Crosshair IV Formula Asus ENGTX470 Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 830 256GB SSD Samsung 1TB HDD Samsung SH-B123L Windows 7 64b 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412M DASKeyboard Ultimate Corsair HX750 Silverstone Raven RV-02 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G600 Steelseries QCK Heavy Audio-Technica ATH-M50s 
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Corvus
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AMD Phemon II x6 1055T Asus Crosshair IV Formula Asus ENGTX470 Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 830 256GB SSD Samsung 1TB HDD Samsung SH-B123L Windows 7 64b 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412M DASKeyboard Ultimate Corsair HX750 Silverstone Raven RV-02 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G600 Steelseries QCK Heavy Audio-Technica ATH-M50s 
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post #2 of 7
Nice and clean build. Congrats
Red Devil
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 870 Asus ROG Maximus III Formula Many Many 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Many SSDs and HDDs None Windows 7 Ultimate Dell ST2310 
PowerCase
Xigmatek NRP-MC 1000w HSPC Tech Station 
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Core i7 870 Asus ROG Maximus III Formula Many Many 
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Many SSDs and HDDs None Windows 7 Ultimate Dell ST2310 
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Xigmatek NRP-MC 1000w HSPC Tech Station 
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post #3 of 7
i heart my raven <3
FX System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX 6300 GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 Saphire R9 270 A-Data 8gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
360gb Seagate Windows 8.1 I-INC 25in. Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Z 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair 500w Semi Modular Silverstone PS07-B Logitech G9 Steelseries Siberia v2 
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FX 6300 GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 Saphire R9 270 A-Data 8gb DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
360gb Seagate Windows 8.1 I-INC 25in. Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Z 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair 500w Semi Modular Silverstone PS07-B Logitech G9 Steelseries Siberia v2 
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post #4 of 7
Great build man. Have fun with it
AMD Rig
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE C3 3.8 GHz 1.4v Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X Overclock Edition 8 GB DDR3 1600 CL9 Kingston HyperX Genesis 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4 GB DDR3 1600 CL9 G Skill Ripjaws 64 GB Crucial M4 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG Lightscribe DVD burner Corsair H60 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Service Pack 1 Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM (1920x1080) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair TX750W CoolerMaster HAF 932 AMD Edition CM Storm Spawn 
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE C3 3.8 GHz 1.4v Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X Overclock Edition 8 GB DDR3 1600 CL9 Kingston HyperX Genesis 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4 GB DDR3 1600 CL9 G Skill Ripjaws 64 GB Crucial M4 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG Lightscribe DVD burner Corsair H60 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Service Pack 1 Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM (1920x1080) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair TX750W CoolerMaster HAF 932 AMD Edition CM Storm Spawn 
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post #5 of 7
Nice build!
post #6 of 7
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- Update #1 -


Hey everyone, and thanks for reading this again.

@ everyone that posted, thanks for the compliments.

@ Emerican, great looking build you have there man, love the white on the Raven.

So, like I said in the end of my first post I reinstalled Arch Linux x86_64 and Windows 7 64b again. One rather large problem though, the Linux kernel doesn't support the LAN chip on the Crosshair IV .. so far I haven't been able to get it to run, because I can't install the NTFS and FAT drivers to get my usb drive going and neither can I install HAL to get my optical drive going. Yay for new hardware!

Windows on the other hand installed fine, but just as in Linux I had to install the LAN drivers. Windows obviously does have the usb drivers loaded on it's bloated .. bloatyness , So no problems there, yet.

With the fresh new install I began loading new drivers and installing the needed software, which all went perfectly fine. Once I got everything set up I rebooted and went into my BIOS to set everything to stock and do some stresstesting. No problems there, either, so at least it was rock solid at default settings, even after a noisy night of OCCT CPU and MSI Afterburner. (Sheesh, that 470 fan is noisy at high loads ..) Getting my 1055T to 4004 Mhz was the easiest overclock I've ever done. I set the FSB to 286 and the CPU Voltage to 1.45 and it was just as stable as the default settings of 2.8 Ghz.

4 Ghz seems to be the most stable OC I'm getting at the moment though, because anything over that requires way to much voltage for my liking. I tried to get 4.1 Ghz to get stable, but even at 1.5 it still BSoD'd after 10 mins of OCCT. I've got the NB running at 2.5 Ghz now, which also seems stable, and my HT Link is still at 2002 Mhz or so.

As solid as my CPU was with overclocking, my 470 seems to be an overclocking dud. The stock voltage was already at 1.012v, which scared me a bit at the start, but I managed to get that down to 0.097v, which made me a bit happier. Even at stock voltage though, I couldn't get any higher than 650 Mhz, without it artifacting in OCCT GPU. And yes, I know OCCT really pushes it, but I like my systems as stable as rocks.

I tried upping the voltage, but even at 1.05 I couldn't get 700 Mhz to stay stable, which made me cry a bit on the inside.

I haven't really tried going over 1.05 for fear of frying the card, it get's quite hot already. It has to go a long time before it's alowed to start cooking my dinner in there. I haven't really tried overclocking the GPU Memory, or the RAM yet, but I'm sure I'll get to that in the next two weeks.

Some good news on the other hand though, I got some extra money from my tuition fund, or whatever it's called on the other side of the ocean, and have been looking at some potential updates:
#1 - Get an OCZ Vertex 2 60Gb SSD, and two Samsung F3 500Gb's in a Raid 0 configuration, with my Seagate 1Tb as a backup/media disc for some lovely HD goodness.

#2 - Get a 1080p/1920x1200 screen so I can enjoy my Blu Ray driver and my 5.1 headset.

#3 - Buy a second GTX470, and hope the SLI patch thingy works for the Crosshair IV Formula.

#4 - Spend it on a mechanical keyboard and a new mouse, probably the RAT7 or something.
What do you guys think? I'll probably make another post about this once I figure out the correct forum to post it in, I'm a bit confused here.

I'll post another update once I got my Linux working, or figured out the limit of my GPU/RAM.

Thanks again for reading,
grwn.

Corvus
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phemon II x6 1055T Asus Crosshair IV Formula Asus ENGTX470 Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 830 256GB SSD Samsung 1TB HDD Samsung SH-B123L Windows 7 64b 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412M DASKeyboard Ultimate Corsair HX750 Silverstone Raven RV-02 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G600 Steelseries QCK Heavy Audio-Technica ATH-M50s 
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Corvus
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AMD Phemon II x6 1055T Asus Crosshair IV Formula Asus ENGTX470 Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 830 256GB SSD Samsung 1TB HDD Samsung SH-B123L Windows 7 64b 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412M DASKeyboard Ultimate Corsair HX750 Silverstone Raven RV-02 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G600 Steelseries QCK Heavy Audio-Technica ATH-M50s 
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post #7 of 7
I would honestly go for a 1920x1080 monitor.

If not, for a 2nd 470, but you are not guaranteed the SLI will work :/

If it was me, I would go for 1920x1080, I'm sure with a single 470 you can play any game on highest settings
    
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Intel Core i7 7700k ASUS Maximus IX Formula EVGA GTX1080 Ti *soon* EVGA GTX1080 Ti *soon* 
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16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2666MHz CL16 Samsung 950 PRO M.2 512GB WD Red 4TB WD Green 1TB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H110i GT Windows 10 PRO ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Corsair K70 RGB MX Brown 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA Supernova T2 850W Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Razer Destructor 2 
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16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2666MHz CL16 Samsung 950 PRO M.2 512GB WD Red 4TB WD Green 1TB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H110i GT Windows 10 PRO ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Corsair K70 RGB MX Brown 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA Supernova T2 850W Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Razer Destructor 2 
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