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Well hello everybody
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Now I'm usually all for AMD builds but in the recent years i personally felt they are somewhat lacking, I know the price of an AMD build in comparison to an Intel build is somewhat cheaper, but that's pretty much where the perk stops.
So I have decided to change teams on the old CPU front, this is my 1st Intel build so i hope you all like it (i know I do)
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Now as for a components list...... I'll split it down to parts i already owned and parts i had to buy.

Already owned:
  • Case- Corsair air 540 black
  • PSU- CM silent Pro gold 1200w
  • Optical- Samsung Blu-ray rw
  • HDD2- WD Caviar black 500gb
  • HDD3- WD Caviar black 500gb
  • HDD4- Samsung pro 120gb
  • GPU- x2 XFX DD R9 280X's
  • Soundcard- Creative x-fi Titanium
Parts i had to buy:
  • Mobo- MSi X79A-GD65 (8D)
  • CPU- i7 3820 Lga2011
  • Heatsink- Watercooled with EK-KIT L240
  • Ram- 16gb quad channel Corsair Vengance red edition
  • HDD1- OCZ Revo-drive3 Pci-e SSD 120gb (used for OS)
Now I have already finished this build but i took pictures along the way, the next few posts will have streams of pictures for you to oogle at..
I only just finished putting this Build together about an hour before posting this so i am yet to press that Oc Genie button to see what auto overclock i can get
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however i am not going to do any serious overclocking until next weekend when i purchase a better cooler (thinking the H80i) then i will try to get as close to 5.0ghz as possible
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Now I have tried my best at the photo's, pretty sure i took plenty (even some closeups) so i hope you all enjoy
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Edit: Edited parts list.
 

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Now once I had connected everything up, I pushed the power button awaiting patiently for the windows install screen.......however to my bemused surprise it didn't post
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I tried a few time, checking if i had maybe grounded the mobo somehow, but as far as i could see everything was good
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and then i remembered reading on here somewhere that the 1st set of x79 motherboards, were shipped with a bios that didn't support the 3820's, basically any bios lower than v1.5 wouldn't post.

I found a fix after trawling the internet on my trusty xperia phone, the fix was to remove all but one of the ram sticks and use any HDD with windows already installed. I still hadn't erased my SSD which i used as my OS drive in my AMD build, so i hooked that up and pressed the power button, sitting there fingers crossed eyes closed i heard the familiar beep of the post. Looking up at my screen through blurry eyes, i see that windows logo swirling in the center of my screen
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hastily sitting up i flash up my browser looking for the latest bios, finding it quickly on the MSi website i get that sucker downloaded and installed through their auto update software.

Shutting down my Pc, re-installing my ram and unplugging the SSD i re-boot the system and BOOM!! it's post's straight away.............problem solved
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everything else was pretty much straight forward.

hope you enjoyed my tale of woe
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Well I've had some time to see how much of an OC this OC genie button gives, it's not that bad actually. I've been running at a steady 4ghz all day now playing Crysis 3 and Guildwars 2 (not that GW2 stresses the system, i just love the game)
below is my CPU-z screenshot for ya
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Next updat will be thursday or friday depending on when i get my H80i
 

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Well I thought i might've had a few more hits with this build but never mind.
Maybe this will help.

I am planning on putting tihis build underwate, was thinking of changing the case to a Lian-Li ( maybe the v2120) as i've heard they're are pretty epic.
I could do with some recomendations though please people.

Kinda things i like in a case are:
nice clean and smooth
definatly need a window
plenty of space behind mobo for cable routing (can't stand messy cables)
an all aluminium or steel case (not a fan of tacky plastic)

as for the watercooling part i was thinking of getting one of the all in one packs from EK, as for which one will depend on the case i get. Is it worth getting a ack or buying everything seperate?

Cheers in advance people.

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Cheers Kainn
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Thanks for your input about watercooling, since i'm a newbie to WC i think it might be a safe bet to get the EK pack, I don't want to forget to buy something and regret it later.

As for a case, I've just seen this http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=337&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=61&g=f
It looks like it's a good case, I know there is no window but I've heard that Lian-Li sell parts sepertaly so i might be able to pic one up. Or i can just cut one out myself.
 

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To tell you the truth kez watercooling isn't that bad.. currentley getting ready to strip mine down for a clean and flush while putting in my 3 GTX 470's and extra radiator.. Get the bits you want etc and i'll give you a hand when your home from deployment.. Plus now EK are now doing Dual Bay Res's with pump like the XSPC ones

http://specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/EK-Bay-DCP-22-Dual-Drive-Bay-Reservoir-with-DCP-22-400Lph-Pump--Acetal-pid-17638.html

http://specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/EK-BAY-DCP-22-Combo-525-Dual-Drive-Bay-Reservoir--Acetal-pid-16898.html
 

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Well hello to anyone still following this thread, welcome to anyone new
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I have some updates to my Intel build......I have changed my case to a Corsair Carbide Air 540 and i have purchased an XFX Radeon R9 280X!
I also ordered a Corsair H80i but had some problems with that and had to RMA, pics below will explain.

few pic below for you
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multiple angles of the Carbide Air case









As you can see below my H80i had leaked within the packaging
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A few of the XFX R9 280X




And one final picture of it fitted
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I do have another R9 280X coming but i won't be home to X-Fire it unitl mid November. Pics when i do though
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