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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
So I recently build new system and want to share my experience and some challenges that I faced, learn something new and hear some recommendations.

So here is the system itself:

HP BlackBird 002
Asus Rampage III Extreme
Intel i7 990x Extreme 3.46Ghz
6Gb Corsair Dominator GT 2000MHz
1x EVGA 470
1x 120Gb Intel 510 series SSD
1x 900w Modular power supply
2x 650Gb HD

I want to start by reviewing every component in my system:

HP BlackBird: its an amazing case, its really hard to put everything into the words, but I think people here will understand me. It's very easy to upgrade and it's just unique. Even though it has some flaws, such as bad air flow for north bridge, my temperatures were ~65C, I have to add one extra fan and it's dropped to ~40C - so now I have to work on elegant solution how to mount it elegantly.
The second thing is that it comes with IDE CD/DVD drives and my new motherboard dosent have one, so I have to look for some adapters which really didnt really work well, I tried this, this and this. I didnt really find perfect solution for that... yet. I'll probably will just get this Asus drive

Asus Rampage III Extreme it's great board, it's expensive. The only complaint I have it's that it has only one internal usb connector. Also if you dont have good airflow north bridge can run a little bit high.

Intel i7 990x Extreme 3.46Ghz There is no point of getting this CPU if you are planing just gaming, you wont see any benefits. I am using it for a lot of video converting and differences is pretty much 2x faster comparing to i7 930 that I had before. I cant even imagine what its going to do when overclocked.
It's being cooled by Asetec liquid cooling kit with 240 rad, just like corsair h50 just with bigger radiator.

6Gb Corsair Dominator GT 2000MHz Honestly bought it just to match my board color scheme, dont really see any advantages ... yet. Works great

1x EVGA 470 suprisingly turned our to be very quiet video card, didnt have a chance to benchmark it yet. Came with high air flow bracket

120Gb Intel 510 series SSD its a super fast, but I am still learning my way around SSD and only thing that I did so far it's changed in bios from IDE to AHCI, had some problems with freezing it out, but I think it was caused by IDE PCI adapter, removed it yesterday will see how it goes. Got 0x80070002 error trying reinstalling windows after loading defaults in bios it worked, but windows expirience dropped couple of points.

Western digital Caviar Black 650Gb HD so far didnt really have any problems with this drive.

CPU TopPower 900W its a great CPU never had any problems, and it's fully modular.

Future of this build:
1) post-flame-small.gif Overclock i7 990x - one of my friends told me it's a sin to run it stock.
2) Possible cable sleeving - even though it's not worth it. You spend hours working on it, and forgot after couples of weeks.
3) Painting/mirroring the case

What else would you recommend?

Even though it's very fast system, I feel dissatisfied for the reson that I had some problems with SSD and I dont really know what to do, and I am getting very frustrated with even smallest problems.
I want to take things to the "new level" ... because this hardware deserves to run perfect.

So far this is the best system I even HAD. and I guess I will see by my reps if people like my system.
P.S. Special thanks to my wife for SSD smile.gif

I will make better pictures, when I will completely will be done with a build. For now n-joy crappy iPhone 4 HDR pictures, because thread is worthless without pictures wink.gif
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Edited by Born4TheSky - 3/21/11 at 11:29am
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i7 990x Asus Rampage III Extreme EVGA 590 Corsair Dominator GT 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 510 series 120Gb Asus Windows 7 64 bit Dell 30 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Voodoo Tarantula 900W TopPower HP BlackBird Voodoo Razer 
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i7 990x Asus Rampage III Extreme EVGA 590 Corsair Dominator GT 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 510 series 120Gb Asus Windows 7 64 bit Dell 30 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Voodoo Tarantula 900W TopPower HP BlackBird Voodoo Razer 
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Voodoo 
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post #2 of 13
Nice computer man!!! and log wink.gif

Makes my computer look like a p4 lol.

PS

If your into video editing, get another 6 gigs to help you out.
X-Burner v4
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Intel Core i7 4770K Haswell Asrock Z87 Extreme6  EVGA GeForce GTX690 Signature  Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB DDR3 1600 Cas7  
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Samsung 830 256GB 2x Samsung 830 256GB Crucial M4 256GB 3x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB  SAMSUNG 24X DVD±R DVD Burner  Corsair H80i (Push/Pull) Windows 8.1 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC i2757FH Ducky Zero Shine w/ Nyan Cat Corsair 1200AX Silverstone FT04B-W 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Deathadder Chroma  Steelseries Qck Mass Fiio E9/Fiio E17 Dock  Beyer Dynamic DT 990 Premium 600 OHM 
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Samsung 830 256GB 2x Samsung 830 256GB Crucial M4 256GB 3x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB  SAMSUNG 24X DVD±R DVD Burner  Corsair H80i (Push/Pull) Windows 8.1 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC i2757FH Ducky Zero Shine w/ Nyan Cat Corsair 1200AX Silverstone FT04B-W 
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post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by squad;12813627 
Nice computer man!!! and log wink.gif

Makes my computer look like a p4 lol.

PS

If your into video editing, get another 6 gigs to help you out.

seems that my 6 gigs is enough, 60% load most of the time.
System X
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 990x Asus Rampage III Extreme EVGA 590 Corsair Dominator GT 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 510 series 120Gb Asus Windows 7 64 bit Dell 30 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Voodoo Tarantula 900W TopPower HP BlackBird Voodoo Razer 
Mouse Pad
Voodoo 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 990x Asus Rampage III Extreme EVGA 590 Corsair Dominator GT 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 510 series 120Gb Asus Windows 7 64 bit Dell 30 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Voodoo Tarantula 900W TopPower HP BlackBird Voodoo Razer 
Mouse Pad
Voodoo 
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post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
I just noticed, that I posted this in the wrong category can mods, please move it to the proper place.

Thank you
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 990x Asus Rampage III Extreme EVGA 590 Corsair Dominator GT 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 510 series 120Gb Asus Windows 7 64 bit Dell 30 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Voodoo Tarantula 900W TopPower HP BlackBird Voodoo Razer 
Mouse Pad
Voodoo 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 990x Asus Rampage III Extreme EVGA 590 Corsair Dominator GT 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 510 series 120Gb Asus Windows 7 64 bit Dell 30 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Voodoo Tarantula 900W TopPower HP BlackBird Voodoo Razer 
Mouse Pad
Voodoo 
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post #5 of 13
Really nice rig. Should be able to get a nice oc. I'm conservative about it and even I could hit 4.0 and 990s seem to oc even better.
XEON POWER
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Xeon E3-1280 V2 Asus p8h77-i EVGA GTX 570  Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866 cl9 16gb 2x8gb 
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 Samsung 830 Crucial C300 Samsung USB Blu-Ray 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8 Dell U2711 HP 2709m Razer Blackwidow 
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Silverstone Strider Essentials ST60ES-F Bitfenix Prodigy Razer Naga Molten razer sphex 
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 Samsung 830 Crucial C300 Samsung USB Blu-Ray 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8 Dell U2711 HP 2709m Razer Blackwidow 
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post #6 of 13
Upload a picture that shows the whole case.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Asus 24x Sata DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Asus VE248H 24" LED 2MS 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Asus 24x Sata DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Asus VE248H 24" LED 2MS 
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post #7 of 13
may i know what is ur psu? y u didnt review it as well?
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Samsung 840 evo 120GB + Crucial M4 60GB 2TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Professional x64 
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ASUS 23" 1080p + ViewSonic 23" 1080p BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Thermaltake Toughpower XT 775w Zalman Z11+ 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 evo 120GB + Crucial M4 60GB 2TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Professional x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS 23" 1080p + ViewSonic 23" 1080p BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Thermaltake Toughpower XT 775w Zalman Z11+ 
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post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lotdash0t;12813895 
may i know what is ur psu? y u didnt review it as well?

PCU is 900w that came with a case. It's great and it's fully modular.
System X
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 990x Asus Rampage III Extreme EVGA 590 Corsair Dominator GT 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 510 series 120Gb Asus Windows 7 64 bit Dell 30 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Voodoo Tarantula 900W TopPower HP BlackBird Voodoo Razer 
Mouse Pad
Voodoo 
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System X
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 990x Asus Rampage III Extreme EVGA 590 Corsair Dominator GT 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 510 series 120Gb Asus Windows 7 64 bit Dell 30 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Voodoo Tarantula 900W TopPower HP BlackBird Voodoo Razer 
Mouse Pad
Voodoo 
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post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by KingFrizzy;12813890 
Upload a picture that shows the whole case.

added
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 990x Asus Rampage III Extreme EVGA 590 Corsair Dominator GT 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 510 series 120Gb Asus Windows 7 64 bit Dell 30 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Voodoo Tarantula 900W TopPower HP BlackBird Voodoo Razer 
Mouse Pad
Voodoo 
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i7 990x Asus Rampage III Extreme EVGA 590 Corsair Dominator GT 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 510 series 120Gb Asus Windows 7 64 bit Dell 30 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Voodoo Tarantula 900W TopPower HP BlackBird Voodoo Razer 
Mouse Pad
Voodoo 
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post #10 of 13
May I ask where did you get the HP Blackbird 002 case? Or did you bought it as a whole computer from HP then threw almost everything away? As I remember, they were discontinued long ago.
I just wanted to know because a few years back, one of my friend wanted this case but finding one "case only" is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Edited by VortexBlast - 3/21/11 at 11:39am
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB + Corsair Force F120 SSD Sony Optiarc BWU-500S Blu-Ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VK222H (Calibrated using Spyder3 Pro) 
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB + Corsair Force F120 SSD Sony Optiarc BWU-500S Blu-Ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VK222H (Calibrated using Spyder3 Pro) 
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