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January 8, 2012 4:22:39 PM

Well, the new build is done with only a minor drama.
I'm very proud of it even if the specs are not exactly cutting edge.

AMD FX4100
Xigmatek Gaia Cooler
FSP Bluestorm 500w Bronze
ASRock 970 Extreme 3
8Gb Patriot 1333mhz RAM
Xigmatek Asgard Black case with window
XFX HD6770 1Gb
Recycled Maxtor 160Gb HDD
Recycled Philips DVD RW with Lightscribe
Window 7 Home Premium OEM

A little over budget at £413 plus £10 for soldering iron to fix the case :fou: 
No benchmarking except WEI that gives 5.7 due to the HDD

So, can I get new HDD and re-install oem os?

A pic:

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January 8, 2012 5:29:43 PM

Not bad at all, how is the Asrock board?

You can definitely get a new HD and reinstall the OS, but you might want to look at getting a good 64GB SSD instead.
January 8, 2012 5:43:48 PM

Thank you. The ASRock seems good - no BIOS update required but I haven't stress tested at all. It's all running nicely.
I might just wait for Win 8 and get new HDD/SSD then.
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January 8, 2012 7:05:00 PM

longpig said:
Thank you. The ASRock seems good - no BIOS update required but I haven't stress tested at all. It's all running nicely.
I might just wait for Win 8 and get new HDD/SSD then.


That's good, I almost bought that same Asrock board but went with a Gigabyte instead.

I have kind of mixed opinions on Windows 8. I don't like the fact that they're making it like a cell phone interface (cloud / apps... blech). It'll be useful for tablets and things of that nature, but it won't be for desktop computers.
January 8, 2012 7:14:28 PM

Nice wiring! Is that heat shrink tubing on the connectors?
January 9, 2012 6:58:43 PM

Blue/red braid is the psu as supplied. Braid is secured by cable ties and heatshrink.
Black braid is mine secured with rubber binding sleeves.
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