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August 22, 2010 6:32:01 PM

Hi guys,

What do you think of my first pc build?

intent/purpose: anything from writing documents to gaming, overclocking

Specs:
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CASE: Corsair Obsidian 800D
PSU: Corsair HX1000
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7
CPU: Intel Core I7-920, D0 stepping
CPUclr: Corsair Hydro Series H50
RAM: Corsair Dominator GT 4GB (2x2GB), 2000MHz, CL8, RAM-Fan
GFX: EVGA GTX 480, 1,5GB vid.mem.
SOUNDc: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 HD Audio
HDD (boot): Intel X25-M G2 80 GB
HDD (storage): WD VelociRaptor 600GB
MISC: 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm, NZXT Sentry LX Fan Controller,
2x Revoltec blue cold cathod

Comments:
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Bear in mind, most of my parts (case, psu, mobo, cpu, cpuclr, ram and hdd's) were purchased roughly 6 months ago.

If I knew I would have gotten the overclocking specialist ASUS Rampage III Extreme, but I like Gigabytes feature packed alternative.

I know 4GB, 2000MHz Ram is weird on a x58 system but I got it for a bargain price.

Two additional Scythe's for better airflow, a total of 10 fans in the case to coat with hot fermi card and overall hot x58 platform.

I know the Sentry LX is not the best choice of fan controller when it comes to bugs and stability but fans connected to it only act as exhaust fans and I like the way it looks.

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August 22, 2010 7:01:42 PM

So you haven't bought the GPU yet? Try a couple of GTX 460's in SLI. Not only will it save some coin, perfromance is better.

Check this out: AnandTech Bench
August 22, 2010 7:15:45 PM

Yes, I have bought it - an EVGA GTX 480. It's right there on the list and for future reference, don't write GPU. The GPU is only the processor on the graphics card and not the entire thing.

You're right though, 2x GTX 460's SLI does make a lethal combination. Even better than GTX 480 but I would like to add another 480 in the future, so I guess this one will do just fine for now.
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August 22, 2010 11:39:26 PM

Get the newer H70 ( if you have enough room for it) It's has better cooling that the H50; 2 cooling fans rather than 1 & a thicker radiator.



JD
August 22, 2010 11:56:44 PM

800D is a very sucky aircooling case.
August 23, 2010 11:41:45 AM

-> JD13: Yea the H70 just came out and cools better but I haven't had any issues with the H50 as of yet. BTW how well does the H50 & H70 stack up against some of the best air coolers (like V8, V10 etc.)?

-> sp12: Well it is a very large case and I guess it has some cons but from most reviews I've read, the pro's list is a very long one. It has got lots of space for future upgrades which is vital now that we know how large the gfx are these days. As for the airflow, it's not been a problem with my setup as I was originally looking for a case with a decent, not too much "spaceship" design to it.
August 23, 2010 8:38:50 PM

It's about the same maybe a little better..
Its' has a really thick ratiator!
I saw one review, which is where I found out about the H70.
I went with a Prolemateck Megaloheims VerB. for my i7 980X ( it was a combo deal through Newgg dot com.
I wet with a Coolermaster HAF-X; just an awesome case!


JD



evga_fan said:
-> JD13: Yea the H70 just came out and cools better but I haven't had any issues with the H50 as of yet. BTW how well does the H50 & H70 stack up against some of the best air coolers (like V8, V10 etc.)?

-> sp12: Well it is a very large case and I guess it has some cons but from most reviews I've read, the pro's list is a very long one. It has got lots of space for future upgrades which is vital now that we know how large the gfx are these days. As for the airflow, it's not been a problem with my setup as I was originally looking for a case with a decent, not too much "spaceship" design to it.

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