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Lots of updates both good and bad.... see new entry in post #2

Hello everyone! This is my first post here on Overclock.net (been a lurker for a while now), and I just want to start with a little background information.

I've been a longtime computer enthusiast, but due to budget constraints have been unable to fully assemble a rig of my own. I'm 20 and when I was 5 my dad brought home our first PC (a verrrrry old Dell XPS) which is where my love for computers began. I worked with nothing but budget, store-bought computers until last year when I went to college and got my first "decent" computer, a T61p Laptop.

Coming from a P4 @ 1.6GHz with 512MB of ram and a radeon 16MB rage pro, the 2.5GHz C2D with a Nvidia Quadro 570m(8600gtm) and 3Gb of ram were a screaming fast combination for me. I could finally play the games I grew up longing to play. I played through all of the classics and a few newer games where I could get decent framerates.

So I began messing around with the lappy, using custom drivers, OCing the GPU a bit, adding a bit more ram, ect, ect. I maxed out my performance though and hit a wall with a lot of newer games struggling to do much at my native res.

This past September I picked up a new Seasonic X750 PSU and a Lian Li Lancool K-62 case from a friend who ran out of funds for his own build. Spent $150 for the pair which was the price he named, I felt it was fair enough and I had some extra cash from work.

So I had a case and a PSU....and nothing else. I spent the last two months looking at the case trying to scrape together some cash to finish at least part of the build to make some progress.

I had a currently unused 1.5tb external hd from a while ago and read a post that said I could remove the drive from the shell and use it as an internal drive. I spent a few minutes ripping it apart and was able to extract the drive, a Seagate 1.5 tb 7200rpm sata drive. I know there are issues with this drive dying, but I am on a strict budget, so for the time being it was a huge savings.

So I saved every penny I could from september to November, and ended up with a decent amount avalible for black friday/ cyber monday. I browsed through the combo deals on newegg and came up with what I considered a decent base for my budget system.

For a CPU I went with the AMD 955 B.E. I got it for $111 (after combo discounts). I knew with the unlocked multiplier I was going to be able to push it to 965 B.E. speeds and beyond without any issues.

Mobo I went with the Asus M4A89 AM3 SATA 6.0 890gx board. It was cheap with the combo deal I mentioned earlier ($244 for both the board and the cpu) and had a decent list of features and over clocking abilities.

I picked up some of the $50 4gb ripjaws (1600, 9-9-9-24) which although not the fastest, was about as cheap as I could expect to find decent ram.

Picked up a samsung burner for $16 for a grand total of $460 for everything so far.

The only thing I'm missing is a GPU and some aftermarket CPU cooling. Since the 69xx series launches soon and my funds are running low until my bonus later this month I figure I can wait it out one more month and atleast get the rest of the system set up now. The CPU will stay at stock until I get the new GPU in a couple weeks, so no need for that now. Although I am planning on the hyper 212+, does anyone recommend anything else in the sub $50 cpu cooling market over that?

So a final config list(minus gpu):

Lian Li Lancool K-62
Seasonic X750
Asus M4A89 AM3 SATA 6.0 890gx
AMD 955 B.E
4gb Ripjaws 1600
1.5 TB Seagate 7200hd
Samsung dvd burner

$460

So, I waited a few days for the parts to come via ups and came home tuesday to the long awaited package on counter. I wanted to document this part of the experience with pictures, but at this point I was beyond excited to get the thing up and running.

I had read tons of threads here beforehand about all the proper precautions to take when assembling everything and all the tips from cable management to error testing, ect. I really owe this whole community a lot with all that I've learned from everything here. I've always been an enthusiast, but this place has given me the tools to take my hobby to a whole new level.

The build went smoothly for the most part. The stock Phenom II heatsink was a royal PITA. Thing kept warping during install (still isn't 100% straight) and made it tough to get it on there. I got the mobo mounted in the case and hooked up the cpu fan, all the psu connections and the hd.

Tried to boot.............still waiting.........oh look at that red blinking led.....wonder what thats all about.....out came the mobo manual. Apparently if your ram isn't compatible out of the box it needs the user to press the "MEM OK!" button on the mobo to find correct settings to boot. Did that, booted first try and took a look through the bios. Everything was recognized so I powered down, unplugged everything and rewired the whole case as best I could from all the tips from the K-62 official owners thread. Booted everything and had no issues.

I put the rest of the case back together stock with the exception of swapping one of the top two fans on the case (closest to the front) to an intake instead of exaust. The only other intake on the case at the moment is at the bottom front of the case and I figured the rear exaust fan and rear top fan would do a decent job getting rid of the hot air.

Set back up my desk and called it a night. I took my time so don't laugh, but it took me a solid 6hrs to completely unbox everything, install it all, manage all the cables and get win7 installed and configured.

So now I'm on this thing now, running stock for now, just happy to have it up and running with no problems. Ran memtest overnight with no issues and decided to post this here tonight to get some opinions. I am waiting on the GPU as I said above, and the CPU cooling will probably be bough late this week, but for a start I am in love with it. I focused on keeping it clean and at a nice price/performance ratio. I figure with a 6870/6950 and my CPU overclocked to 4.0 (have had it stable at 3.6 with stock cooling with just a multiplier increase) I should be able to handle almost anything at my 1920x1080 res.

Still trying to determine a name.. any help/ suggestions are appreciated....

And now......the pics.... My camera sucks though so I'm sorry about the quality.







Edited by CRosko42 - 12/16/10 at 5:34pm
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Crucial M4 64GB + 1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm EK HF Supreme +Koolance VID-NX680 RX240 + 655 + Bitspower top + ek 250 adv res Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
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post #2 of 7
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12/14/10

So....had the computer up and running for all of a day before I ran into some problems. I first had a loud cracking/static noise upon every shutdown. I tried different speakers and had the same result. Thought it was something with the onboard audio or maybe just drivers. Changed the drivers, same problem. Since I didn't have any other issues I figured it was best to leave it alone....

Wake up the next morning and start running memtest to see if my ram was running stable at its stock settings (seeing as my motherboard supported 1600 only as an O.C.) I had all of the settings set as GSkill recommended so I figured I would have no problems. Left for work, came home expecting to see nothing out of the ordinary and found a bunch of errors....Put it back to the default settings the board set and ran it again with 0 errors after 5 hours. I understand the memory is defaulted to those settings, but it is rated to run at 1600 so I decided to RMA the memory after I further tested the motherboard issue as I would be without a system(besides my lappy) regardless.

Wake up the next morning and go to work, come home and boot up the computer to be met with a very wierd video issue. Prior to the splash screen or any onscreen messages the hdmi output would shift and cause weird flickering. Everything was unable to be seen. I cleared CMOS and tried again (even though everything was set to stock at this point) and had the same issues. Swapped to a spare VGA cable and had no issues. Assumed it was the cable at this point (strange but possible) so I tried a spare HDMI cable.............same issue.

Mind you all my drivers were up to date and I had the bios at the latest version for the motherboard. This caused me to finally rma the memory and board. I live in Massachusetts, so the coast to coast shipping was a real downer. Newegg decided to graciously cover the shipping, but would only cover ground....argh....still great of them.

Fast forward to monday....

So I have been left without a mobo or ram for a week and a half at this pointm and I was getting antsy, had a tendency to check my rma status to see if it had arrived every time I opened my browser. I then saw Neweggs gift card deal and decided it was time to jump on a GPU. I had been waiting for the 69xx series, but the initial numbers coming out were underwhelming. I saw the Evga GTX 570 SC for $376 shipped with a $50 gift card. $326 seemed like a steal for such a great card with the EVGA namesake, warranty, and possible step up to 580 down the road if funds permitted.

No I had a new problem. I had a motherboard and ram currently in the back of a UPS truck on its way to Cali and the need for a different motherboard that supported SLI. I gave newegg chat a try and was given a new rma for the motherboard as a refund instead of replacement, and the rep took care of editing the information to assure the RMA would not cause a mix up when it arrived with the ram and a different RMA number.

Looked around and saw the MSI NF980-G65 which had all the features I wanted and seemed like a solid overclocker. I am loving the look of a black pcb compared to the fugly brown one (see pics above). I need to wait for the refund to be credited for me to have the funds I need to purchase it.

I also need to decide on waiting until after Christmas (and Fantasy Football pay outs) to get a rasa wc kit or just stick with the silver arrow I was planning on purchasing, still debating that idea.

So my new rig.....

Lian Li Lancool K-62
Seasonic X750
MSI NF980-G65 (incoming)
4gb Ripjaws 1600 (rma incoming)
AMD 955 B.E.
EVGA 570 SC (incoming)
1.5 TB Seagate 7200rpm hd
Samsung DVD burner
Hyper 212+ (incoming)

$830 Total out of pocket cost. Not a bad price/performance imo.

I'll be receiving the 570 tomorrow hopefully, so a few unboxing pics will be uploaded by tomorrow night. Everything else is on hold until my RMA arrives in Cali (supposedly the 16th is UPS is to be trusted).

Pretty excited to get everything back and up and running. Sort of a tease to have it up for a couple days only to have it taken away...

Please post any comments/ideas/thoughts.
Edited by CRosko42 - 12/16/10 at 4:18pm
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i5 2500k Asus P8P67 Deluxe EVGA GTX 680 @ 1290 Boost clock 8gb GSkill Sniper 1600 8-8-8-24 
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Crucial M4 64GB + 1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm EK HF Supreme +Koolance VID-NX680 RX240 + 655 + Bitspower top + ek 250 adv res Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
MonitorPowerCase
Yamakasi Catleap Q270 1440p Seasonic X750 Corsair 800D 
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i5 2500k Asus P8P67 Deluxe EVGA GTX 680 @ 1290 Boost clock 8gb GSkill Sniper 1600 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB + 1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm EK HF Supreme +Koolance VID-NX680 RX240 + 655 + Bitspower top + ek 250 adv res Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
MonitorPowerCase
Yamakasi Catleap Q270 1440p Seasonic X750 Corsair 800D 
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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
12/16/10

570 Super Clocked arrived yesterday!!!!

Very excited, took it out to take a look at it and test fit it into my case. Turns out it clears with ~1/3 of an inch of space!!!! Nearly had an issue with that.

In other news, Newegg recieved my rma items early this morning....still waiting on some word on a shipment being made, probably won't get shipped to me until after the holiday .

Lian Li Lancool K-62
Seasonic X750
MSI NF980-G65 (incoming)
4gb Ripjaws 1600 (rma incoming)
AMD 955 B.E.
EVGA 570 SC (incoming) Arrived!
1.5 TB Seagate 7200rpm hd
Samsung DVD burner
Hyper 212+ (incoming)

EDIT: Update

Yesssssssssssssssssss. Newegg just appproved both my refund and replacement rma's. Hopefully can get it finished before christmas now. Sooooooo happy.
Edited by CRosko42 - 12/16/10 at 5:33pm
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i5 2500k Asus P8P67 Deluxe EVGA GTX 680 @ 1290 Boost clock 8gb GSkill Sniper 1600 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB + 1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm EK HF Supreme +Koolance VID-NX680 RX240 + 655 + Bitspower top + ek 250 adv res Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
MonitorPowerCase
Yamakasi Catleap Q270 1440p Seasonic X750 Corsair 800D 
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Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB + 1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm EK HF Supreme +Koolance VID-NX680 RX240 + 655 + Bitspower top + ek 250 adv res Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
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Update: 12/18/10

Recieved my refund from newegg last night, ordered my motherboard this morning. Decided to go with the Mugen 2. Only ~$5 more after the shipping charges, so the higher performance seems worth the small increase in cost. Replacement ram should arrive monday or tuesday, motherboard and cooler should arrive wednesday or thursday. Will update with a detailed log and some new pictures whenever I get it together, as well as some benchmarks over the next week.
Edited by CRosko42 - 12/20/10 at 4:30pm
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i5 2500k Asus P8P67 Deluxe EVGA GTX 680 @ 1290 Boost clock 8gb GSkill Sniper 1600 8-8-8-24 
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Crucial M4 64GB + 1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm EK HF Supreme +Koolance VID-NX680 RX240 + 655 + Bitspower top + ek 250 adv res Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
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Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB + 1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm EK HF Supreme +Koolance VID-NX680 RX240 + 655 + Bitspower top + ek 250 adv res Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
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post #5 of 7
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Update 12/21/10

My ram arrived yesterday and my cpu cooler and mobo are out for delivery! Will update with some pictures of the finished build as well as benchmarks over the next couple days.
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Crucial M4 64GB + 1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm EK HF Supreme +Koolance VID-NX680 RX240 + 655 + Bitspower top + ek 250 adv res Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
MonitorPowerCase
Yamakasi Catleap Q270 1440p Seasonic X750 Corsair 800D 
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Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB + 1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm EK HF Supreme +Koolance VID-NX680 RX240 + 655 + Bitspower top + ek 250 adv res Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
MonitorPowerCase
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post #6 of 7
Very, very nice AMD built. It's awesome

Excellent choice of going with the Mugen 2, I have it and boy, it is incredible. Only a degree or two higher than the Noctua NH-D14. Probably equal or better than the Corsair H50.

That Lian LI case looks incredible, very very nice. Probably one of the best AMD builds I've seen in a while. Looks very well done, congratulations.

The name is up to you, I don't have any suggestions. And am I the only one replying to your thread? I think you deserve more people to tell you how awesome it is
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post #7 of 7
we almost have the same build! congrats
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