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EntroX
May 12 2011, 02:31:56 PM
as requested, i shall post the buildup including the usual hilarious shit that always happens to me.

the setup is the following:
Case: NZXT Phantom
CPU: i7 2600k
CPU Fan: Noctua NH-C14
Mobo: Asus P67 Sabretooth
Mem: 16GB of G.Skill Ripjaws
HDD1: 80GB Vertex2 SSD
HDD2: 1TB WD 7.2k RPM
VGA: EVGA 570GTX SuperClocked
PSU: CoolerMaste 850W

allright, now here's the story~

as always i order the case first since they are prone to being completely fucked up thanks to ~awesome~ shipping and what not, the box did come banged up in a side but it was on the area of the grill of the case so the damage was minimal and easily fixed, the rest of the case looked perfectly fine so i went ahead and ordered the missing bits. i took the chance to install the additional fans.

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/fans_top.pnghttp://stoleyour.com/newcomp/side_pannel.png
http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/case_behind.pnghttp://stoleyour.com/newcomp/case_front.png
note: i did change the layout of the fans before finishing, both the top ones and the rear one are for exhaust, the front and 3 side ones are intakes.

i tested the fans with a spare PSU i had laying around and the fans are incredibly quiet, the VGA easily makes more noise than them running at 50% (and the fans at 100%)!

i went to try and buy the motherboard, but obviously its out of stock in Newegg, i go to amazon and see they still have them so i order it (god bless amazon prime), i also buy the CPU cooler, a small pack of thermal paste and the CPU. everything ships rather quickly....but the motherboard doesn't. a day passes and i throw them a phonecall. the motherboard is backordered - yet they took my money and were still showing it as available. i tell them that they are a bunch of faggots and that i want a refund. i go to tigerdirect and it seems its also on stock so i buy it. then i realize hey - its out of stock in amazon AND newegg, why didn't i fucking call first. as expected i ring them up and they have it backordered and wont have stock until 5-10 days. so yeah, i tell them to refund my money (not before telling them they are a bunch of faggots, almost literally) and i emoragecheck amazon. a new provider is selling it! so i inmediately call and they have it on stock, 30$ for next day shipping (cpu and rest were inbound) so i go for it.

anyhow, less text - more pics.

i get home to pick up the goodies, everything except the cpu was there but that was coming with Fedex so that would take a bit longer.

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/motherboard.pnghttp://stoleyour.com/newcomp/cpu_fan.png
http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/Screen%20shot%202011-05-12%20at%209.30.47%20AM.png

since i wanted to see how big the fan was (box is p. big) i started with that, i rather liked the accessories it brought, the build is quite solid (and heavy!) but i actually liked it a lot.

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/cpucooler_accesories.png
http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/cpu_fan_HUEG.pnghttp://stoleyour.com/newcomp/cpu_fan_HUEG2.png

now with that done, i went for the motherboard, there's quite a bit of hype on the ~thermal armor~ so i was deffo interested in it.

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/mobo_unboxing_1.pnghttp://stoleyour.com/newcomp/mobo_unboxing_2.png

packing is nicely done and the accessories were rather nice, backplate was rather good compared to the last asus mobo's i had used and the lolsticker looks fairly cool ;p

the mobo itself is very well built and i like how the ~thermal armor~ looks, its a shame the 50mm fan never arrived but i guess i'll install it later

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/mobo_unboxing_3.png

while i waited for the CPU to arrive i mounted the backplate of the CPU fan into the motherboard and brought up my old computer (q9550, the 570GTX, 8gb DDr3, the SSD and HDD and PSU came from it) so i can start salvaging what i was going to use, here's a comedy pic of the poor old fella

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/lololdrig.png

as soon as i have the PSU, VGA and RAM out i get a phonecall from the front desk, a package had just arrived for me so yay timing, i go pick up the CPU~

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/the_cpu.png
http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/stock_cpu_fan.pnghttp://stoleyour.com/newcomp/stock_cpu_fan2.png

i had heard some good stuff about the new stock fans but i wasn't really all that impressed.

since all the necessary bits for the final build were here i went ahead to start putting it together.

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/the_ram.pnghttp://stoleyour.com/newcomp/the_ram_2.png
http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/the_ram_in.png

the second kit of ram was purchased on a NewEgg ShellShocker, i paid about 64$ for it, i had tested it the night before on my old comp since i had to RMA it originally because both sticks were dead.

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/thermal_paste_in.png

i then mount up the front bits of the CPU fan and put the thermal paste in, it looks like i overdid it a bit but its the angle, i obviously wiggle the cpu fan over it so it spreads and then screw it in a bit on each side so it spreads on its own, shame i didn't get a picture of the way you screw the fan in, i found it rather clever.

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/ram_close_fit.png

as i had expected it was a rather close fit with the ram, but hey - it fits, here's a full shot of the mobo + fan, thing is fucking massive.

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/fan_mounted.png

i then deciede its time to put the motherboard up on the case so i can start laying down the cables, i then realize a nifty thing NZXT added with the standoffs

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/n1_nzxt.png

note: first time i have seen a case bring one of those :V

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/motherboard_in.png

with all the screwing (*bada dum tish*) done the mobo is in. i then check the second thing that had me worried about the CPU fan and it was that i didn't want it forcing me to remove the side 200mm fan, and luckily enough i didn't have to~

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/cpu_and_side_fan.png

now its time to put the PSU in~

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/good_ol_psu.pnghttp://stoleyour.com/newcomp/and_the_3mil_cables.png

and yes, it was a fucking pain to do the cable managment :V

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/the_vga.png

i then go ahead to get the VGA up in the case, i also screw in my eSATA raid controller for my 6tb RAID-5 enclosure (that i will move into my HTPC as soon as its fully up and running)

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/and_on_we_go.png

everything's looking well so far, i then go ahead and put the hard drives in and finish the cabling

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/everythings_in.png

thankfully everything worked fine, i added the DVD drive on the top slot and then closed everything up, added ~ze ztickerz~ and proceeded to install windows.

here's some pics of the case itself

http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/front_shot.pnghttp://stoleyour.com/newcomp/side_shot.png
http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/top_shot.png
http://stoleyour.com/newcomp/ze_ztickerz.png

its currently running at 4.2Ghz (just increased the core multiplier) at 22~ idle, i have yet to stress it too much but i did see it hit 67 degrees on a Prime95 test.

Takon Orlani
May 12 2011, 02:37:45 PM
First.


Nice

arian snow
May 12 2011, 03:24:48 PM
That's alot of case fans.

That mobo really makes the system look clean as hell.

balistic void
May 12 2011, 04:21:27 PM
Are you planning on running nuclear weapon simulations or something? :D Just built similar machine here, not actually stressed it yet. Hoping to reduce overnight calculations (on an old i7) to a few hours.

Navigator Six
May 12 2011, 04:39:33 PM
Very sleek (more fans!); what's the noise like with everything running?

EntroX
May 12 2011, 04:41:51 PM
Are you planning on running nuclear weapon simulations or something? :D Just built similar machine here, not actually stressed it yet. Hoping to reduce overnight calculations (on an old i7) to a few hours.

i like to do ~lolmassive~ upgrades to my computers every 2-3 years, gives me a chance to re-sell the old bits, i got 700$ for the old mobo, processor, a 275GTX, a 1tb 7.2k hdd and my old case so i decieded to give myself a treat (i already had the SSD and VGA, oh, and the 16gb of ram)


Very sleek (more fans!); what's the noise like with everything running?

its pretty fucking quiet if i am honest with you, loudest by far is the VGA when the temps go up (i set up evga precision so the fan goes up with the temp), at around 40% (fan speed) i can still hear the VGA over the fans running at ~max~

also, i dont think i will bother putting the 50mm fan in, i have been looking around and i was getting slightly higher temps on heavy load (prime95) than people get on idle without the fan on :)

edit: pic of the temps of prime95 running the cpu at x43 multiplier
http://pics.entrox.me/24tbh246jnnjn.png

aquasal
May 12 2011, 04:58:35 PM
nice build was looking at same, what is everyone thinking of the new z68 boards now w/ the smart response tech? would that help this type sys? or is that just using small ssd for caches and a reg sata3 hd then?

EntroX
May 12 2011, 06:02:11 PM
a very nice thing this mobo has is that it actually has quite a bit of SATA ports, 4x 3gb'it and 4x 6gb'it

Fachiri
May 12 2011, 06:12:39 PM
Never seen a mobo with ~thermal armor~ before. Looks p. cool with it.

Also a giant hnnng to the system as a whole.

EntroX
May 12 2011, 06:33:02 PM
i have been reading a bit more into it and i will deffo need to tinker with it a bit more to adjust the overclock, even on full load (prime95) the vcore was still within range (intel says that 1.4 is about the limit) but i want to keep it a bit loader, i overclocked it via the lolasus software so i will deffo do it manually, probably during the weekend so i can actually run a 12 hour test.

reason i did it that way was a) i was tired as fuck and b) i wanted to see the temp of the CPU under load + lolOC

Dark Flare
May 12 2011, 07:53:59 PM
that cpu fan is fucking ridiculous

Verizana
May 12 2011, 11:00:31 PM
that cpu fan is fucking ridiculous

Not really, i think it fits the bill perfectly considering the side and top fans, air goes down towards mobo through cpu cooler and exhaust up sounds perfect tbh, btw don't be shy your max temps should be 70C in stress testing (you will never get those temps in rl anyway)

Congrats on an epic build, I am very jealous!

EntroX
May 12 2011, 11:16:32 PM
that cpu fan is fucking ridiculous

Not really, i think it fits the bill perfectly considering the side and top fans, air goes down towards mobo through cpu cooler and exhaust up sounds perfect tbh, btw don't be shy your max temps should be 70C in stress testing (you will never get those temps in rl anyway)

Congrats on an epic build, I am very jealous!

ty~

i was pondering on disabling speedstep and c1 so i can get the multiplier constantly going...and then i realized why should i bother vOv

what i did do is set up my memory to run at 1600mhz, dunno why i forgot to do that (its meant to anyways)

here's my idle temps:
http://pics.entrox.me/89b2720789b245.png

cpu goes up and down from 22 to 29 or so all the time

Loganbacca
May 12 2011, 11:30:13 PM
Nice build, she's a beastie. The armoured mobo looks pretty cool too.

We should have a PC build pics thread I reckon.

Also, Sandy Bridge does run nice and cool, my i5-2500K hits between 50-60C running Prime95 while clocked at 4GHz. I should actually overclock mine again, I did the first time I built it, but haven't since replacing the mobo with the B3 revision. Just curious, how did you go about overclocking it? Did you just increase the turbo multiplier and let the mobo handle the voltage?

EntroX
May 13 2011, 12:37:29 AM
Nice build, she's a beastie. The armoured mobo looks pretty cool too.

We should have a PC build pics thread I reckon.

Also, Sandy Bridge does run nice and cool, my i5-2500K hits between 50-60C running Prime95 while clocked at 4GHz. I should actually overclock mine again, I did the first time I built it, but haven't since replacing the mobo with the B3 revision. Just curious, how did you go about overclocking it? Did you just increase the turbo multiplier and let the mobo handle the voltage?

for the first test (to see temps) yes, from what i gather people often do it that way, but some other people dont so i will read a bit more into it :V

Loganbacca
May 13 2011, 04:07:33 AM
for the first test (to see temps) yes, from what i gather people often do it that way, but some other people dont so i will read a bit more into it :V
This was one of the first guides I found after googling "overclocking sandy bridge": http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/overcloc ... nners.html (http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/overclocking/39184-p67-sandy-bridge-overclocking-guide-beginners.html)

He says the auto-overclock features work, but aren't optimised and usually set the voltage higher than it needs to be. He just goes for the overclocking the turbo ratio method though, I wonder if there would be any advantage to disabling turbo and setting the multi itself?

Helen
May 13 2011, 06:24:49 AM
Those ram sticks look cool as fuck. I'm so jelly.

Loganbacca
May 13 2011, 09:39:04 AM
I went and did some research and found out what the difference between setting the turbo multiplier and the actual core multiplier is. The Intel page (http://www.intel.com/technology/turboboost/index.htm) on turbo boost sums it up pretty well, the short version is; the CPU will clock up to the turbo multiplier, providing it doesn't go over set voltage and temperature limits. Apparently the temperature limits are up around 90C, and I assume the voltages are around 1.6v. So unless your pushing it up over 5GHz with a stock cooler and auto voltage settings you shouldn't have any problems with just adjusting the turbo multiplier.

Overclocked mine again: i5-2500K @ 4GHz, 1.175 Vcore (in BIOS), 52C with fans at 50%: http://onebit.us/images/i52500koverclock.jpg

Rudolf Miller
May 13 2011, 01:38:51 PM
Just as a side note, I researched that mobo. Its cool, its stable, but dear god don't fuck up the CMOS or BIOS. The battery is located underneath the armor. So a reset.. yea.. it will be tough.

Also, please confirm or deny the reports I read that trying to get it to sleep is futile and stupid. I heard this mobo goes full retard if you try to sleep it.

Verizana
May 13 2011, 10:47:11 PM
4 ghz is okay tbh but a standard overclock on sandy even from retailer shops is 4.7Ghz so you guys don't need to be so shy on that overclock =) you should be able to find settings for your bios for those speeds fairly easily using any search engine

Loganbacca
May 14 2011, 01:24:19 AM
Yea, I'll push it higher, I'd like to get some more fans in my case first, I've only got 1 rear and 1 top exhaust, no intake fans.

EntroX
May 14 2011, 07:10:41 AM
temps running 2 eve clients at max everything, its at least 10 degrees less than on my old case (on the VGA that is)

http://pics.entrox.me/246h4uqhju546j.png

Verizana
May 14 2011, 01:12:01 PM
your cpu runs cooler playing a game than my cpu runs idle -.-

Sirrush
May 14 2011, 09:18:37 PM
How noisy does this fucker get under full load?

teds
May 14 2011, 10:39:11 PM
do something like this

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/sho ... 952&page=8 (http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=256952&page=8)

motherofgod.jpg

Jason Marshall
May 14 2011, 11:01:40 PM
Want. ^^

EntroX
May 14 2011, 11:41:02 PM
How noisy does this fucker get under full load?

its not that loud, depending on the game the vga hops to 70% speed and thats a bit louder than the case itself.


do something like this

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/sho ... 952&page=8 (http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=256952&page=8)

motherofgod.jpg

:effort: haha


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56k Lagman
May 15 2011, 12:00:24 AM
Looks great, did the cpu cooler not come with thermal paste? My NH-D14 came with noctuas own paste and I heard that was better than arctic silver

Raine Woot
May 15 2011, 01:22:24 AM
Lol is that old one in an NZXT zero case? you're making me feel like mine is way too old ;)

Very nice blog-build, so jelly.

EntroX
May 15 2011, 01:30:31 AM
Looks great, did the cpu cooler not come with thermal paste? My NH-D14 came with noctuas own paste and I heard that was better than arctic silver

it came with some weird looking generic thingie, always liked artic for temps so i went for what i know works vOv


Lol is that old one in an NZXT zero case? you're making me feel like mine is way too old ;)

Very nice blog-build, so jelly.

nzxt nemesis

Miyahon
May 19 2011, 07:30:25 PM
Lovely rig. I'm green.

noobcake
June 10 2011, 03:34:57 AM
nice build...shocked no raven case was used.

EntroX
June 10 2011, 04:48:48 AM
i added the last stickers, finally found them 8-)

http://pics.entrox.me/3y3wu5wu.JPG

TZeer
June 10 2011, 10:05:36 AM
Nice build!

Dark Flare
June 10 2011, 04:21:31 PM
You probably should have used a ruler for lining those stickers up. And making them less wonky.

EntroX
June 12 2011, 01:15:03 AM
You probably should have used a ruler for lining those stickers up. And making them less wonky.

i may (i did) have had a few drinks when i put em up, i realized they were on a few days later and i was like ffffffffffuuuuuuu

Izo Azlion
June 12 2011, 01:18:33 AM
Very nice PC, that motherboard is beautiful.

Irrelephant
June 12 2011, 10:37:22 AM
You probably should have used a ruler for lining those stickers up. And making them less wonky.

i may (i did) have had a few drinks when i put em up, i realized they were on a few days later and i was like ffffffffffuuuuuuu
The only worthy one is the noctua anyways. Looks pro as fuck.

Lowa [NSN]
June 19 2011, 01:55:27 PM
Yeah. I jelly.