So I FINALLY built my new rig....

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  1. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Here's the specs...

    Cooler Master HAF 912

    ASUS P2Z77-V Motherboard

    Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3570K - Standard clock. For now.

    EVGA GTX GeForce 570 HD GPU

    WD Caviar Black 1 TB

    (Couldn't justify the extra cost for SSD.)

    Corsair Vengence DDR3 1600Mhz 8GB

    Thermaltak 850W Power Supply (Modular!!)

    LG Something or another bluray RW

    And not really part of the "build" per say, but hands down the best set of $30 speakers I've ever purchased.

    Cyber Acoustics 2.1 Computer Speakers.

    So far it benchmarks really good, and at stock fans and heatsync (yeah i know, heresy) the temperatures are really good under load. I plan on adding about 4-5 more case fans and eventually replace the heatsync with a better aftermarket when/if I decide to push the processor past stock clock.

    I also found out the hard way that another 570 HD won't fit in my case, so if/when I decide to go SLI I'll have to upgrade the case and remount EVERYTHING. /facepalm



  2. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    That looks pretty much like my PC, except that mine has an older asus motherboard and I've got a sandy bridge i5. Good choice!

    Hah, yeah, I was surprised at how large the 570 was too. I got the MSI version, which takes up two expansion card slots as yours does, but then it has the fans and heatsink sticking out below that, meaning it takes up another slot.

    Luckily I wasn't planning on SLI, so I managed to get everything in there.
  3. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    This Ivy Bridge CPU is sick fast, and it barely consumes any power. I can't wait to get some additional fans installed so I can start pushing the processor a little bit and see how it handles the benchmarks.
  4. Matty18

    Matty18 Well-Known Member

    That's a nice build. :) I'm saving up to make my next one. I might also wait until SSD's come down a bit more (though the prices have been falling lately).
  5. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

    Nice job. I'm not jealous, yet, but you're outclassing me in all depts except the system drive (and system RAM) - I justified the expense long ago for an SSD, and now I'm looking for a super fast SATA 3 drive to replace my aging Intel X25-M 80 GB drive.
  6. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Well-Known Member Developer

    You planning on overclocking the 3570k?
    Those little buggers can clock HIGH at low temps.

    I run my 3570k at 4.8GHz, temps are no higher than 80*C
    Cooling is an Arctic Cooling Freezer 13, and 3 case intake fans.
  7. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    I'm going to run a full spread, so two intake and 3 exhaust fans, one of the exhaust fans being 200mm at the top.
  8. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    I ought to consider overclocking mine. I have the 2500k, which supposedly is pretty easy to get a fair amount of extra speed out of.

    I thought ahead whilst building it and replaced the tiny heatsink that came with the processor, but right now I'm only using the stock case fans.
  9. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    I originally wanted to get a hyper212, but looking at photo's of other people's setups it was just too crowded for comfort. =/
  10. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    That's the one I have. It sure is big -I don't know if I would be able to add fans to the side panel with it in.
  11. nigsy

    nigsy Well-Known Member

    SSD prices are coming down, I've just got a 120gb Samsung SSD for
  12. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    Nice rig. I've never really liked Cooler Master cases, but to each their own. Great choice on the RAM and GPU, btw. I have the same RAM, but GTX 580 in mine. I love my Corsair 600T SE case though.
  13. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

  14. Mehta23

    Mehta23 Well-Known Member

    I don't know much - still a noob - but 80°C sounds high?
  15. Mehta23

    Mehta23 Well-Known Member

    How much did it cost?
    Trying to do a similar thing for around 5-800 quid. Would love a i7 too...
  16. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    All said and done it was about $1200.00

    Google says that be about ₤760
  17. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    Yeah, that does seem very warm to me. My rig under full load doesn't exceed 67-69 on stock clock speeds.
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  18. Mehta23

    Mehta23 Well-Known Member

    Thats exactly my budget!

    and now I know what kind of motherboard and PSU to get, as I had no idea before...... assuming your set up works well....

    I've also looked at the same i5 processor, although I have been shown the 2500K , and a few AMD's.

    It would be great if anyone could have a look at my "list of items" I made , and say which parts I should get / ignore / change etc ...
  19. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    Intel for lifeeeeeee! AMD boooooooooooo! lol
  20. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    Unfortunately we typically pay more for this kind of thing than you do. (Mainly because of VAT - a blanket 20% tax on most goods).

    So it will probably pan out more expensive than a straight $ ->
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  21. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    That's nearly identical to my build. There's not much different in price between the 2500k and the 3750k, so definitely opt for the Ivy Bridge.

    I love your case! It looks roomy and well ventilated. The 570 HD is a great GPU, plays Skyrim on Ultra all on a 1080p@23" over DVI without even breaking a sweat.

    Keep in mind the 570 is HUGE, so if you plan on SLI you might want to get a full size tower. The ASUS motherboard has worked pretty good so far, and the BIOS seems pretty straightforward. OC'ing looks easy enough even though I Haven't dove into it yet.

    Another case for the Ivy Bridge is the built in GPU. If you plan on using more than two monitors you can use the built in HD 3000 graphics to support an extra monitor, as the 570 can only support two monitors. I find this useful for dual monitors and using the HDMI out on the onboard graphics for HD streaming of movies and such to my 50" HDTV.

    One other thing. Unless you plan on moving your OS install to an SSD (Like I plan to) I would opt for the black caviar.
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  22. Mehta23

    Mehta23 Well-Known Member

    Cheers man.

    1. I know. I love the case. Question is do i take white, or black and blue/red?

    2. I have no idea what sli is

    3. I might move my os to am ssd, but I'm tight for budget... So whatever is good for just normal stuff, the black..

    4. Not gonna use more than 2 monitors, although I like the idea if streaming onto my tv... How?

    5. I've updated that spreadsheet with what I think I'm gonna get ( near to definate)

    6. Budget won't really allow a brand new hd monitor :-( gonna have a look in Costco, online or wait for sales... Or get a job...

    7. Just realised both NVIDIA and EVGA make a 570 GPU. Same price but EVGA's has bigger Ram but reviews say it over heats too much. Nothing bad about the nvidia ( has two fans rather than one)
    Would this even be a problem in my case?
  23. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    2: SLI means running two graphics cards in the same PC. It's more powerful, obviously, but you need a larger power supply, a motherboard and case big enough to allow it and you sometimes you need nvidea to release SLI profiles for each game if it doesn't work off the bat.

    The ATI version of this is known as crossfire.

    7: Basically, nvidea and ATI create their graphics cards and these are the reference versions. Then other companies like EVGA, MSI or PNY come along and tweak it slightly, like with more memory, better cooling, higher clock speed, etc.

    So my point is there are lots of different versions of the 570 at slightly different prices and with different features. Personally I went for the MSI version because the cooling was beefed up.
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  24. Mehta23

    Mehta23 Well-Known Member

    I've seen the EVGA version, which has more memory but would cooling be a problem in my case?
    Also overclocking doesn't void the warranty.

    Is this the msi you used : Cards)
  25. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    I got the Twin Forza III version. It looks like it's slightly overclocked compared to the Twin Forza II: 770Mhz vs 750Mhz core clock speed, which isn't much.

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