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MY build :D Did I do good?

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February 28, 2010 1:37:55 AM

So I finished my computer build finally a few months ago and have just recently added the water cooling for it. I am pretty new to the site so if this is in the wrong place sorry. Any way I decided to post it here and see if I did well in my build and find out what the pros think of it and get advice before I decide to build again. The build was really fun and I think I have the bug and am itching to start an i7 rig LOL. Any way here is what I ended up with.

CPU : Intel Quad core extreme QX9650
Motherboard : Asus Maximus Extreme
Ram : 6 GIGS of corsair ram " I am still a retard when it come to ram so all info I have on that at the moment "
Video card : Asus 9800GX2 with 1GIG dedicated memory

" I know why nvidia with a crossfire board I have had allot of issues in the past with radeon cards and at the time of choosing the video card I said no way we will try nvidia this time but I already had my heart set on the board at least now asus is making boards that will do both :D  bad choice on this one I know but I can be stubborn"

Power supply : I decided to go with the ultra X3 1600 watt power supply this was because it had good reviews and if it lasts I shouldn't need another power supply for a very long time and it should work with future builds and up grades.

cooling: I have five 120mm fans and I have finally added my new water cooling unit to the build it is a koolance exos - 2 with there new cpu-360 water block and I have added water cooling to the Northbridge as well since the board comes with a water block for it as standard

and to house all of this in I decided on the thermaltake tai-chi

hard drives I have two internal Seagate 1.5 terabyte drives

I have started to dable with over clocking as wll and run the CPU from 3 GHz core speed to 4 GHz core speed
easily by adjusting my FSB to 370 and the multiplier to 11. She is running at cpu temp of 30 to 31 degres C. I haven't made any other changes there yet as you already see I am a noob and have done probably more there then I should have still have alot of reading to do in this area

so there ya have it what do you guys think of my rig did I do well?? any opinions would help me in the future nagative or positive here is a url to a couple pictures of my finished rig before and after water cooling. let me know what ya think :D 

before water cooling

http://www3.telus.net/public/drizzt69/build/100_0936.JP...
http://www3.telus.net/public/drizzt69/build/100_0997.JP...
http://www3.telus.net/public/drizzt69/build/100_1001.JP...
http://www3.telus.net/public/drizzt69/build/100_1002.JP...

after water cooling

http://www3.telus.net/public/drizzt69/puter/100_1907.JP...
http://www3.telus.net/public/drizzt69/puter/100_1910.JP...
http://www3.telus.net/public/drizzt69/puter/100_1911.JP...








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February 28, 2010 1:42:54 AM

It looks really well assembled (nice cable management). Good job. Though if you are happy with, you don't really need anyone's approval (other than wife or girlfriend), now do you?
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February 28, 2010 4:18:09 PM

true I don't need any ones approval but it is nice to have peoples opinions of what might have been done different or better for future referance and the wife doesn't help when she is looking at it not understanding the big deal LOL she supports my hobby but doesn't understand it LOL
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February 28, 2010 4:30:34 PM

Alright.

Ill give my 2 cents.

1) Looks sweet and great cable management.
2) I would have gone i7-920, LGA775 is dead
3) I would have never picked Nvida cards.
4) 1600 watt PSU? WTH, are you running your refrigerator off of it as well?
5) 6gbs of Ram? Should have stuck with 4 gigs of ram.


Now on a more positive note Should be a pretty nice rig just think you could have done a lot better.

BTW I love the way that case looks.
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February 28, 2010 4:55:56 PM

Ror Cable management, check out Babachoo,
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum2.php?config=t...
He will make you rip that rig apart and start again lol, but you only end up improving what you were already happy with, Is a goood thing :p  I like the PSU, looks really good, If you do strip it to Re-do cabling, I'd consider spraying the inside of the case matt black, it'd help disguise the black cables a treat too,
All in all, Nice build mate :) 
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February 28, 2010 4:57:44 PM

thanks for the reply in answer though

answer number 2 if you look at the dates stamped on the pictures core i7, i5, and i3 had not been released yet and I believe that the Qx9770 was released just days after I purchased the Qx9650

Answer number 4 yes I went over board but I was looking into the future and hoping that I would never need to upgrade this power supply again and would last for at least a few builds we never know were technoligy is going and how much more power we may need to run our stuff but if not I will try to find a way to boost my truck with it while I am gaming :D 

Answer number 5, 6 gigs instead of 4 gig could you explain so I understand ram is one of my major week points so far and I have trouble comprehending the do's and don't why the lower amount of ram

Also once again thank you for the honest straight forward opinions exactly what I was hoping for :D 
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February 28, 2010 5:01:59 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
Ror Cable management, check out Babachoo,
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum2.php?config=t...
He will make you rip that rig apart and start again lol, but you only end up improving what you were already happy with, Is a goood thing :p  I like the PSU, looks really good, If you do strip it to Re-do cabling, I'd consider spraying the inside of the case matt black, it'd help disguise the black cables a treat too,
All in all, Nice build mate :) 


wow the cable mangement there is awesome LOL I believe I may start over on that lol thanks for the link
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