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Hey ladies n fellas,

On boxing day last year, I got an HP PC for an awesome deal on a boxing day sale. About a month ago I decided to upgrade my video card. What ensued was a downward spiral in my bank account and an upward spiral in my computers performance! It started out looking like this.

HP Poocase
i5 750 @2.67GHz CPU
Stock Poocooler
350W Poosupply
MSI Indio Pooboard
AMD Radeon HD4650 Graphics
6GB Samsung DDR3 10600 RAM
1TB Seagate 7200RPM HDD
DVD drive

My first purchase was the new video card (XFX AMD HD5770, 150CAD eBay) and a crappy Cooler Master 600W PSU (40CAD from kijiji). I mounted it up in my little teeny HP case and realized exactly why people buy cool looking fan-filled cases. The bloody thing ran way too hot for my liking, so I went out and bought a HAF 922 (100CAD with military discount, Canada Computers). Had you asked me at the time I was swapping the motherboard into the new case, I would have told you that the standoffs were in fact tiny annoyances becasue I just couldn't seem to get the screws to go into them. In frusteration, I thought like an idiot and mounted the motherboard directly to the motherboard tray. And this happened...

Shorts circled in sharpie... yeah, that's ten shorts. The ensuing fireball scared the bejesus out of me and smelled awful.


So now it was time for a new mobo! (or at least an excuse to spend money on something else).

I decided to buy the MSI H57M-ED65 because it was well rated on newegg.ca, had 16x/4x SLI/CFX capabilities and was only 140 bucks. In hindsight I should've gone with a full ATX board. This one looks tiny! At the same time I bought a Cooler Master 212+ CPU cooler (30CAD), a third 200mm fan for my case (20CAD), AS5 thermal paste (10CAD), and I got a good deal on a Corsair TX650 PSU (90CAD). So now it looks a bit better, like this:

Cooler Master HAF 922 case
i5 750 @3.086GHz
Cooler Master 212+ CPU cooler
Corsair TX650 PSU
MSI H57M-ED65 motherboard
XFX AMD HD5770 graphics
6GB Samsung DDR3 10600 RAM
1TB Seagate 7200RPM HDD
DVD drive

Here's some before/after pics of the hardware. I calmly defenstrated my old case and PSU before I decided I would post this.

Before:


After:


Now it was time to put it together! With standoffs!

I used the Arctic Silver user guide to learn how to apply the thermal paste. I used a friends Arctic Silver thermal material remover to get rid of the old stuff. In case you were wondering, the first bottle (blue top) emulsifies the thermal paste and the second polishes the surface. The rubbing alcohol is to get rid of anything left behind, including water.


Dirty, dirty processor:


Clean, pure processor:


Primed:


Wiped:


The CPU mounted on the motherboard, making it's CPU cooler mating call:


Mating complete!


I decided to reapply the thermal paste on my 5770 too. It's all experience.




Now it was time to put it all together! The motherboard looks awfully mini in there. Good thing I didnt get a 932!


Looking out over the college... Taking in the cold Canadian air (the best kind!).


Here's the temps I'm getting:

Idle:


Load:


Overall I'm really happy with the build. The OC in the stats is from the MSI OC genie. I hear these little dealies are bad because they unnecessarily up the voltage. I'll do my own OC later tonight. Here's the main points in temperature difference:

CPU idles 10-12 degrees cooler with an OC
I don't know what it was at load. I never tested it because you can't OC an HP motherboard anyway.
GPU idles 9 degrees cooler with a higher OC
GPU at load is 16 degrees cooler with a higher OC

Thanks for tuning in, I really hope someone learned something or enjoyed this! Corrective criticism is more than appreciated!

EDIT: I just figured out that I can vary my overall temps by almost ten degrees by opening my window more or less!

-Alex
Edited by pencil364 - 11/13/10 at 6:05pm
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Nice build. Temps look pretty good too.

However, your vcore look a little high. Do you really need >1.35v to get > 3.1Ghz?
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Um... looks good but I got a major grip. you used WAY WAY too much TIM dude... you barely need any on the GPU. No more than a blob about 2-3mm across and that would be plenty... CPU you need a rice grain thick line down the center... but yours looks about right.
 
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Nice build. Temps look pretty good too.

However, your vcore look a little high. Do you really need >1.35v to get > 3.1Ghz?
No I didn't, that was the "OC Genie" dealie that came with the mobo. I just used it to try and get some higher temps. I've just finished a proper OC, my Vcore is at 1.376V now at 3.87GHz. Bugger will run at 4GHz for like ten minutes on prime95 before shutdown, I'm kinda rattled.

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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post
Um... looks good but I got a major grip. you used WAY WAY too much TIM dude... you barely need any on the GPU. No more than a blob about 2-3mm across and that would be plenty... CPU you need a rice grain thick line down the center... but yours looks about right.
On the GPU I had noticed that the manufaturer had also used a ton of TIM, I figured maybe they had some sort of good reason. I'm actually going to redo my CPU this weekend, I read a thing this afternoon that got best results with two lines plus filling in the grooves in the hdt base.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...1&limitstart=5
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