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      09-26-2013, 04:45 PM   #89
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No pics, but here's the parts I used:

Win 7 pro
Fractal Designs R4 case
Asus Maximus VI Hero mobo
Core i7 4770k
GSkill Trident X 16G ram PC19200
Antec 850 pro PSU
Samsung PRO 128G SSD
Corsair H100i cooler
EVGA 550 GTX (existing, works fine for now)

Love the boot speed, got it up to 4.5G OC stable. Huge improvement over my old Q6600 at a total price less than my old system.
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      09-27-2013, 09:09 AM   #90
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No pics, but here's the parts I used:

Win 7 pro
Fractal Designs R4 case
Asus Maximus VI Hero mobo
Core i7 4770k
GSkill Trident X 16G ram PC19200
Antec 850 pro PSU
Samsung PRO 128G SSD
Corsair H100i cooler
EVGA 550 GTX (existing, works fine for now)

Love the boot speed, got it up to 4.5G OC stable. Huge improvement over my old Q6600 at a total price less than my old system.
I had that processor in my XPS420 and it was so solid for what I used it for. I wish it didnt die...

I just built this:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Arctic Cooling Arctic F9 43.0 CFM 92mm Fan ($4.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)

Thing boots in NO time flat, 150+fps absolute minimum under max load in CS:GO (all I use the thing for really) and I haven't even tried to OC it.
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      09-27-2013, 01:27 PM   #91
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No pics, but here's the parts I used:

Win 7 pro
Fractal Designs R4 case
Asus Maximus VI Hero mobo
Core i7 4770k
GSkill Trident X 16G ram PC19200
Antec 850 pro PSU
Samsung PRO 128G SSD
Corsair H100i cooler
EVGA 550 GTX (existing, works fine for now)

Love the boot speed, got it up to 4.5G OC stable. Huge improvement over my old Q6600 at a total price less than my old system.
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I had that processor in my XPS420 and it was so solid for what I used it for. I wish it didnt die...

I just built this:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Arctic Cooling Arctic F9 43.0 CFM 92mm Fan ($4.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)

Thing boots in NO time flat, 150+fps absolute minimum under max load in CS:GO (all I use the thing for really) and I haven't even tried to OC it.
Why don't you guys get 256GB Samsung SSD?. I got the 128 and it filled up so quickly.
I know its for OS only but when you start installing other Apps, it'll fill real fast.
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      09-27-2013, 01:31 PM   #92
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Why don't you guys get 256GB Samsung SSD?. I got the 128 and it filled up so quickly.
I know its for OS only but when you start installing other Apps, it'll fill real fast.
I just bought their 256gb model and boy is it a big improvement over my older crucial m4 64gb in terms of space and speed.
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      09-27-2013, 01:34 PM   #93
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I just bought their 256gb model and boy is it a big improvement over my older crucial m4 64gb in terms of space and speed.
Really? Good! because i'm about to order the 256GB 840 Pro
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      09-27-2013, 01:52 PM   #94
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Really? Good! because i'm about to order the 256GB 840 Pro
I bought the pro model and it is great so far. Samsung's data migration tool is flawless too! It copied over my whole OS drive without any errors, almost a plug and play
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      09-27-2013, 04:54 PM   #95
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I bought the pro model and it is great so far. Samsung's data migration tool is flawless too! It copied over my whole OS drive without any errors, almost a plug and play
i'm sold.
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      09-28-2013, 05:49 PM   #96
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Ive been building custom PC's for about 10 years now,its a huge passion of mine and i have extensive knowledge if ay 1 has questions.

Current build as of now -

Hardware -

Case - HAF XB

Mobo - Intel DZ77GA-70K

CPU - Intel 3770K - 4.5ghz

Memory - Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB 1866MHz-(Blue/Orange LED)

PSU - Corsair AX850

GPU - MSI 780 Lighting

SSD - Intel 520 240GB

HDD - Western Digital Green 2TB

OS - Win 7 64 Bit

Monitor - Dell U3014

Peripherals -

Mouse - Corsair M65 Lazer Mouse

Keyboard - Corsair K70 Fully Mechanical/Cherry Red Switches

Headset - Corsair Vengeance 2100 Wireless

Speakers - Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System

Fans -

Front Intakes-Noiseblocker BlackSilentPro PL-2 120mm-1400rpm-20dBA X2-

Rear Lower Exhaust - Noiseblocker BlackSilentPro P1 80mm-1500rpm-15 dBA X2

CPU Cooler - Intel Liquid Cooler Thermal Solution

Accessories -

Corsair Individually Sleeved PSU cables - Blue

UV Green Sata Cables X2
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      10-09-2013, 01:40 AM   #97
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Just waiting on the new r290x video card to hit. Gonna build a watercooled setup with this case:
http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-cases/c...cube-case.html

Will post pics after
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      10-09-2013, 02:03 AM   #98
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Just waiting on the new r290x video card to hit. Gonna build a watercooled setup with this case:
http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-cases/c...cube-case.html

Will post pics after
Do want. Might switch my cooler master out and get that
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      10-09-2013, 12:49 PM   #99
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I'll probably catch some grief from some of you techies for this, but oh well.

Platform - Alienware Aurora
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
Processors - Intel Core™ i7-4820K Processor (10M Cache, 3.90 GHz)
Memory 16GB (4 X 4GB) Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
Keyboard - Artikuno something or other
Monitor - Dell 24'' Ultrasharp
Video Cards - Dual 1.5GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 GDDR5 - NVIDIA SLI Enabled
Mouse - Microsoft Sidewinder
Optical Drive Single Drive - 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
Sound Card - Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio w/ $20 Logitech speakers lol
Cooling - Standard Liquid Cooling


All I really use it for is finances and Counter-Strike:GO and photo editing. Does the job. Plus it illuminates a bunch of different colors when I turn the lights down to get dirty with the old lady. Ambiance enhancer, haha.
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      10-09-2013, 11:11 PM   #100
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some great rigs in here...I have to build a new one soon since I built this set up in 2010, and only upgraded the RAM...been a beast for awhile and still able to run all the crysis games on max settings on my 46" Samsung tv perfectly(I don't game on it much anymore and not for any specific reasons really)

here is my set up...I actually have 2 pics too just have to find them...

- AzzA Fantom 900 case
- AMD Phenom II X4 955 (3.2gb/8gb RAM) I installed more RAM so its at 12gb RAM now
- Asetek AMD CPU Liquid Cooling 120mm kit
- DDR3 Corsair 2gb 1600 single
- Radeon Powercolor HD 5850 1gb video card
- gigabyte GA-790xta-ud4/usb 3.0
- Xion Super Nova 700W power supply
- WD 750gb SATA-2- 16mb
- Sony 24x SATA DVDRW/DL
- 12 in 1 card reader
- NZXT Sentry 2 touchscreen meter
- WIn7 64 bit home prem




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      10-17-2013, 02:25 AM   #101
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Two friends pc's that have been done up



Coolermaster Cosmos II - Home made side window + custom paint on the mesh etc
i7 4770K OC'd
EVGA GTX780 with custom watercooler
16GB DDR3 1600 corsair ram
Mobo was a ASUS formula V but recently changed
Custom waterloop
Screen: Samsung SA950D 120 Hertz

Peripherals:
Corsair K95
Steelseries Sensei RAW + Puretrak pad
Sennheiser PC 360 + ASUS XONAR Phoebus



Another Coolermaster Cosmos II - Home made side window + custom paint on the mesh etc

I7 2600K OC'd (4.5Ghz)
MSI GTX680 Twin frozr SLI
16gigs DDR3 1600+ ram
again not sure of the mobo
Custom waterloop. Since the photo the water is now orange as well.
Screen: Samsung SA950D 120 Hertz

Peripherals:
Corsair K90
Logitech G500 + Razer Goliathus speed edition
Sennheiser PC363D

Things to take away:

The cosmos II is stupidly big
Watercooling looks the business but is way too much effort.
1 780 rapes sli'd 680s (Thanks to Nvidia and their "amazing" driver support.)
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      10-17-2013, 07:57 PM   #102
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Is water cooling that much quieter ? Any suggestions for elegant cases that have built in dust filters ?
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      10-21-2013, 10:16 AM   #103
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Is water cooling that much quieter ? Any suggestions for elegant cases that have built in dust filters ?
Its not that they are quieter. Its that you can get better cooling efficiency with them, allowing more overclocking and longevity out of your CPU/GPU.

Also, what you consider elegant is different than what I may. It also depends on the size case you want. ATX, mATX, ITX etc all have different size constraints.
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Platform - Alienware Aurora
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
Processors - Intel Core™ i7-4820K Processor (10M Cache, 3.90 GHz)
Memory 16GB (4 X 4GB) Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
Keyboard - Artikuno something or other
Monitor - Dell 24'' Ultrasharp
Video Cards - Dual 1.5GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 GDDR5 - NVIDIA SLI Enabled
Mouse - Microsoft Sidewinder
Optical Drive Single Drive - 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
Sound Card - Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio w/ $20 Logitech speakers lol
Cooling - Standard Liquid Cooling


All I really use it for is finances and Counter-Strike:GO and photo editing. Does the job. Plus it illuminates a bunch of different colors when I turn the lights down to get dirty with the old lady. Ambiance enhancer, haha.
That seems like a lot of power for just one game and finances, no? Pretty badass!

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Things to take away:

The cosmos II is stupidly big
Watercooling looks the business but is way too much effort.
1 780 rapes sli'd 680s (Thanks to Nvidia and their "amazing" driver support.)
Watercooling is awesome, but it is a lot of effort, as noted above.

A properly ventilated and air cooled case, with the right amount of space for air flow, and fans placed in the right locations, will work just fine for most users and even most gamers. This coming from someone who has had watercooling on PC's before. I prefer my setup now, without water cooling, just for ease of use. Cleaning dust off is much easier (to me) than replacing coolant/water and all the trouble that comes with it.

If you really need the juice, and really need to OC a lot (hardcore/graphics intense gaming, pro video editing), then you need more efficient cooling. For your casual user, watercooling is not necessary.
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      10-21-2013, 10:49 AM   #105
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That seems like a lot of power for just one game and finances, no? Pretty badass!
It definitely serves its purpose, and then some, haha. I went a bit overboard when I got my new job and splurged on a few things, and the computer was one. I could have built something for probably 1/3 of that, and I've caught a lot of grief for buying the overpriced shell, but I love it.
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      10-21-2013, 10:52 AM   #106
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This is what I built last month. I'm using it as my HTPC/gaming rig in the living room.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $213.00)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (Purchased For $19.99)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $95.85)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $57.99)
Storage: Toshiba Q Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $150.00)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (Existing drive)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Existing drive)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (Purchased For $199.99)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case (Purchased For $33.14)
Case Fan: Rosewill RFX-120 87.5 CFM 120mm Fan (Purchased For $1.00)
Case Fan: Rosewill RFX-120 87.5 CFM 120mm Fan (Purchased For $1.00)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $15.00)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $86.99)
Total: $973.94
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This is what I built last month. I'm using it as my HTPC/gaming rig in the living room.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $213.00)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (Purchased For $19.99)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $95.85)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $57.99)
Storage: Toshiba Q Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $150.00)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (Existing drive)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Existing drive)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (Purchased For $199.99)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case (Purchased For $33.14)
Case Fan: Rosewill RFX-120 87.5 CFM 120mm Fan (Purchased For $1.00)
Case Fan: Rosewill RFX-120 87.5 CFM 120mm Fan (Purchased For $1.00)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $15.00)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $86.99)
Total: $973.94
Essentially the same build I did with a bit better GPU and a bigger case. Mine runs well, although it will hang up on itself occasionally during gaming. I may have fixed it with drivers though. Also, why did you go Windows8?? I am going to stick with 7 for as long as i can.

Nice rig.

Edit: It is an mATX. Nice! Love the small form factor and clean look.
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Essentially the same build I did with a bit better GPU and a bigger case. Mine runs well, although it will hang up on itself occasionally during gaming. I may have fixed it with drivers though. Also, why did you go Windows8?? I am going to stick with 7 for as long as i can.

Nice rig.

Edit: It is an mATX. Nice! Love the small form factor and clean look.
Thanks! I use 7 at work all day so I wanted a different "experience" for the living room I actually like the metro interface since it makes it easy to launch applications. When I was using Windows 7 at home, I had rainmeter set up with quick launch icons to emulate the quick launch stuff.

Here's some pics of the build. I didn't do such a good job with the cable management though.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2929052...7635656946123/
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Thanks! I use 7 at work all day so I wanted a different "experience" for the living room I actually like the metro interface since it makes it easy to launch applications. When I was using Windows 7 at home, I had rainmeter set up with quick launch icons to emulate the quick launch stuff.

Here's some pics of the build. I didn't do such a good job with the cable management though.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2929052...7635656946123/
Looks similar to mine, but I tried to use some zip ties and tie downs to hold the remaining cables out of the way against the back of my PSU. If I had realized how much of a pain in the ass it was to bundle all of them together, I would have opted for the modular power supply.

You planning on OCing off the bat? I have been toying with the idea of trying to, but I literally do not need it to be any faster, so I cant justify shortening the longevity of the system.
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Looks similar to mine, but I tried to use some zip ties and tie downs to hold the remaining cables out of the way against the back of my PSU. If I had realized how much of a pain in the ass it was to bundle all of them together, I would have opted for the modular power supply.

You planning on OCing off the bat? I have been toying with the idea of trying to, but I literally do not need it to be any faster, so I cant justify shortening the longevity of the system.
Yeah, that's why I went with a modular, and it was still tough. It would have been a big pain to get those out of the way with the small case.

That's the first thing I did, lol. I didn't keep it though, I only tried it to see how far I could get. The ASRock utility makes it very easy. I got the CPU up to 4.2 GHz. I didn't try any CPU benchmarks, but it worked fine playing games and general stuff. I got the video card up to 1075/1450 and played some games on it with no issues. I can run all of my games on ultra settings on my 1080p TV with stock settings though, so I'm going to leave it stock for now.
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