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New Corsair 600T SE Sandy Bridge build (with pics)

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June 16, 2011 4:32:27 AM

Ok, so I've decided to start a new build and have all of my parts either here already or on the way. I plan to do lots of pictures and to post videos on youtube as well. First things first, here's a list of my parts:


Motherboard - Asus P67 Sabertooth B3

This mobo has all the features I'm interested in and wraps it all up in a package that is aesthetically pleasing to me. It has two PCI-E slots for SLI and the awesome UEFI bios. I have also installed the 50mm assistant fan to help with cooling.

CPU - Intel Core i7 2600k

Simply the best processor on the market for the money these days. Able to hang with a 980X but costing 3x less. I probably won't need the extra threads over the 2500k but I really just want the i7! Lol.

CPU Cooling - Corsair H60

I currently have a Hyper 212+ and it performs well enough but I need a little more cooling to get to 4.8GHz so I'm giving the H60 a try. I have two Gelid PWM fans that I intend to use in p/p. I would have gone with a larger air-cooler but my RAM will not fit under most of the good ones so we will see how the Corsair performs.

Case - Corsair 600t SE (White)

The impetus of this build to be honest. I currently have a CM690II Advanced and it is a fantastic case but I fell in love with this Corsair the moment I saw it and had to have it. I intend to do some light mods to it and will have a certain color-scheme on the inside when finished. I can't wait to get started!

Memory - Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 8-8-8-24

This RAM is perfect for SB. Its 1.5v and has relatively tight timings plus it really will fit the look I'm going for with the Sabertooth mobo. I will be running at 1600MHz.

Power Supply - Corsair AX850

This fully modular PSU is all over the place these days. If you have a new SLI or CF setup chances are you have this PSU (or so it seems)! The thing looks great and performs even better (JG recommended). Plus, what other PSU could I really go with for my Corsair build (my current HX750 would have worked but I am selling it with my old case as a combo)?

Video Card - (2)MSI GTX 580 Lightning SLI

The crown jewels of my new build. Way overkill for my current monitor I know but I intend to try an Nvidia surround setup later and these babies will suit my benchmarking needs in the meantime. I love everything about these cards from their look to their OC potential. I was tempted to get the Extreme Edition but the money was just too far out there.

SSD - Intel 320 160GB

I had to go Intel with the SSD. I want reliability over pure speed and the 320 series will be plenty fast enough IMO. Also wanted at least 150GB for my OS and all programs and games so this ended up being a good deal for me.

HDD - Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 7200rpm

I'm using my current data drive in my new build. It has performed flawlessly for me so far and there's no reason to change it.

Optical Drive - Samsung Blu Ray Drive

I watch Blu Rays on my computer so this was an easy choice.

I am still waiting on the second GTX 580 Lightning but it looks like I'll have everything by this Friday. Now for some pics!





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June 16, 2011 4:37:28 AM

^ Nice selection of parts,... Do post the pics of the completed build,...
June 16, 2011 6:07:03 AM

Sub'd, I'm in. Nice looking rig!
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June 16, 2011 10:36:15 AM

Good choice on the Corsair themed part selection, I too am a big fan of their products. Especially power supplies.
June 16, 2011 1:02:44 PM

Nice..your fans await the final product for show :) 
June 18, 2011 10:43:51 PM

Well, Newegg let me down and my second Lightning won't be in until Monday :(  Its ok though, I got my work area all ready and can't wait to do some unboxing! I also replaced the pics with better ones (though still very crappy by pro standards). Enjoy!
June 18, 2011 11:19:35 PM

Haha Majin,

Your build is almost identical to mine I am starting. Same case, same ram. You are must be a smart man. (I only went 560ti though)
June 19, 2011 2:30:51 AM

elrui said:
Haha Majin,

Your build is almost identical to mine I am starting. Same case, same ram. You are must be a smart man. (I only went 560ti though)



The 560Ti is an amazing card. I have two of those currently but just wanted the best I could manage to afford so I went with two 580 Lightnings! :D  I'll be selling the 560's so I hope to recoup some of that money....
June 19, 2011 2:38:13 AM

majin ssj eric said:
The 560Ti is an amazing card. I have two of those currently but just wanted the best I could manage to afford so I went with two 580 Lightnings! :D  I'll be selling the 560's so I hope to recoup some of that money....



I hear that! I was considering 570's or 580's but when I saw my build creep over 1500 I was like oh sh** I gotta draw it back a bit. Haha.
June 27, 2011 10:08:23 PM

Hey Majin,

Did you finish your build yet?
June 28, 2011 6:08:31 AM

Nice. I finished mine over the weekend as well.

July 28, 2011 11:33:46 PM

Update: I recently lost my ssd due to the 8mb bug that has afflicted the Intel 320 series. Intel was quick with the RMA and I'm back up and running with a brand new one. Just as a warning, if you have an intel 320 ssd do not do a hard shut down during boot. That's how mine failed...
July 29, 2011 1:35:46 AM

Nice! I'm actually getting that case and the cpu for a build I'm ordering Monday.

How do you like the case?
July 29, 2011 4:54:51 AM

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Very sick setup, how did you get the white pci-e cords :o 

<- Jelly

I really like the all white fan + led and everything else black theme, makes it very illuminating. The twin frozr design goes very well with the color scheme :3

I have been considering white theme for my next case. I am using the msi 6950 tf3 2GB in an antec 900 v1 atm, I plan on upgrading my mobo+cpu I bought back in 09 to the new bulldozer cpu + a nice mobo that will go with my next theme :3

Gonna have to figure out what colors mix well. Nice cable management btw, I am very jelly of the dual 580's XD

What do your temps look like?


Thanks so much for your comments! Now to answer your questions:

First, the white sleeved PCI-E cables came from FrozenCPU.com. They are ModRight extensions that plug into your PSU cables (I'm too lazy for actual sleeving).

Second, temps with my current setup are pretty good. I get about 75C on my CPU running Prime95 at 4.7GHz and my 580's top out at 83C under heavy load.
July 29, 2011 4:59:31 AM

QQ Majin you have my dream build. Cept for the 580's, I'd like cooler running ones like the 560 Ti's or the 6950 2GB.

Love the build though.
July 29, 2011 6:38:08 PM

aznshinobi said:
QQ Majin you have my dream build. Cept for the 580's, I'd like cooler running ones like the 560 Ti's or the 6950 2GB.

Love the build though.


I updated my build....not as sharp as Majin's with all his custom cabling however. I am amazed at the airflow and cooling of the 600T. I have added a xigmatek 5/12 bay with hd slots and front mounted fan so that I could move out my hd trays from the bottom for more air flow space.... 2600k at 4.5 1.310 vcore idles at 33-35 load in prime never over 65, intel burn test gets it close to 70 sometimes, but only on hot days. This was all in an ambient 26c environment.

edit: My H60 has 2 2200 rpm yate loons on it now as well although honestly the temperatures aren't much better than the stock corsair fan unless I turn them way up and it gets too loud at that point.

July 30, 2011 4:26:54 AM

How much have you OC'd your 560's Elrui?
July 30, 2011 5:05:13 PM

aznshinobi said:
How much have you OC'd your 560's Elrui?

Hi Azn,

I have had them both up to 950 mhz before and they still ran cool enough, but for normal use I typically just leave them at the factory OC of 850mhz. I have read thay they can get up to 1000 mhz but I see no reason for it as I can max out most games with playable frame rates with them as is.
July 31, 2011 1:27:54 AM

I still have my two 560Ti's from my last build waiting to be put to use in a secondary rig. I was able to get them as high as 980MHz in 3dmark11...
July 31, 2011 2:20:29 AM

majin ssj eric said:
I still have my two 560Ti's from my last build waiting to be put to use in a secondary rig. I was able to get them as high as 980MHz in 3dmark11...



Hey Eric,

Got 4 of these on the way for my case, so attractive and actually pretty decent performers by a few reviewers.

July 31, 2011 6:28:34 AM

majin ssj eric said:
Wow! That looks great, what size are they?



120mm. - click me


2 will be on my h60, 2 will be on my top exhaust. I also bought the nxzt sleeved cables for my pci/sata and 24pin (was goin to get the 8pin but it's completely hidden behind my top fans and my h60 setup.

Also swapped my front 200mm for this guy. However it isn't a true 200mm fan, I had to use wire ties and the front grommets to attach it to the front bezel. It was pretty easy and it doesn't look bad. I will take pictures later. It won't work on your case though, will only fit if the hard drive cages aren't there. I have my hd's in my 5 1/2 bays using a fan adapter from xigmatek so I have nothing in the bottom front of my case.



This will leave me with no case lighting, probably going to buy those nzxt led sleeves to put some subtle lighting around the inside of my case that can be turned off.
July 31, 2011 7:05:18 AM

Quote:
Nice, I was thinking of taking a hyper 212 and putting nicer non cm brand fans on it :o 

what do you guys think? Would that increase my push+pull compared to two junky cm black fans?

Inb4100xjellyofyourbuilds


I am not sure what the default fan's for the 212 are rated at, however normally you can always improve. Actually just read a review and apparently the fans are pretty good going by the reviews. I am sure yate loons or scythe gentle typhoons will be better performance wise but not sure if it will be a huge improvement.
July 31, 2011 3:15:20 PM

The fan CM provides with the Hyper 212 is the Blade Master and it is one of the best cooling fans you can get, if a little loud. Two in P/P are perfect for a Hyper 212 (I bought a second Blademaster to go with my 212 and it works great)...
July 31, 2011 3:19:46 PM

^+1

Dude... Those Zalmans look tight.
July 31, 2011 9:27:43 PM

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I read that sometimes they make an awkward sound due to both fans running,

is there any way I could fix that with diff fans that are quiet with high rpms?

I am always looking to mod :3


Oh yeah, there are plenty of aftermarket fans out there that are quieter than the Blademasters but most are lower CFM fans that won't cool quite as well. If you are more worried about noise than ultimate performance you have several options...
August 1, 2011 1:04:52 AM

I'd seriously just go with a second blademaster then. I ran two in p/p on my 212+ for several months before getting my H60 and I never noticed any weird sounds. They can get a little loud on load, but nothing out of the ordinary.
August 1, 2011 1:05:50 AM

Also, make sure you get a PWM splitter so that both can run at the same speed off of your CPU_fan header...
August 1, 2011 6:25:26 AM

majin ssj eric said:
I still have my two 560Ti's from my last build waiting to be put to use in a secondary rig. I was able to get them as high as 980MHz in 3dmark11...

what voltage did you have them at?
August 1, 2011 3:26:25 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
what voltage did you have them at?


That was at stock voltage because I was using Precision at the time and never figured out how to adjust voltage with it...



August 3, 2011 9:03:56 PM

Let the fun begin!

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August 4, 2011 5:22:09 AM

Wow! Great job elrui! I might have to check out those Zalman fans myself!
August 4, 2011 5:32:05 AM

I almost went Sabertooth but I liked the Asus Pro. Have you seen the new white corsair 1600 ram?

click me!

August 4, 2011 5:58:27 AM

elrui said:
I almost went Sabertooth but I liked the Asus Pro. Have you seen the new white corsair 1600 ram?

click me!

wow corsair always thinks of the best stuff
August 14, 2011 1:55:45 AM

I love Corsair so much I went with a Corsair theme on my rig!
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