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New Gaming PC Build (with pics)
04-02-2013, 10:29 AM, (This post was last modified: 04-02-2013, 10:33 AM by Metallicatt.)
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New Gaming PC Build (with pics)
G'day HR M8s,

Thanks to this awesome website, I have now built my 2nd gaming machine by mostly following recommendations listed in the
Mainstream Gaming PC article.

I am extremely happy Big Grin with the web layout, it's ease of use and the assistance in helping to put PC parts together and I know
with confidence that they will work together. It sure helps when not having to worry if a particular part will work with another,
especially if you don't know what you're doing, and Hardware-Revolution certainly takes away that worry.

That being said, I am happy to show a couple of pics of my recent build process.
Approx build cost AUS$1960 (which also included a 1TB portable HDD, pictured) and is based around Tiers 6-7:

MOBO: Asrock Z77-EXTREME6 Z77/4 x DDR3/2 x PCI-E3.0/4 x SATA3/6 x USB3.0/HD
PSU: Antec HCG-750 750W High Current Gamer 80PLUS Bronze 135mmfan
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K LGA1155 CPU 3.4Ghz 6Mb Cache Ivy Bridge
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w Transparent 12cm
RAM: Corsair 16GB (2x8GB) CML16GX3M2A1600C10 DDR3 1600MHz CL10 LP Vengeance Unbuffered DIMM Memory
VIDEO: Gigabyte ATI HD7870 OC Ed PCI-E 3.0 2GB GDDR5 - (Tomb Raider & Bioshock Infinite downloads included)
CASE: Corsair Carbide 400R Black Mid-Tower Case No PSU
SSD: Samsung 250GB SSD 840 Series- SATA III 6Gbs, 2xnm Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND, 3-Core MDX Controller, 512MB
HDD: 1 x Western Digital WD20EFRX Red NAS 2TB HDD
OPTICAL DRIVE: LG Blue Ray HD Combo
SOUND: Asus Xonar DGX PCIE Gaming soundcard
SPEAKERS: Creative Inspire T3130
MONITOR: LG E2742V-BN 27" LED 5ms VGA DVI HDMI
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

Tests:
Only one game installed atm to test, till I download the above two new ones Wink

Battlefield 3 on 1920 x 1080 full Ultra settings 64 player Metro map- Avg 70fps

Windows Experience Index - 7.6

3DMark 11 Basic Edition score - 7746

Novabench Score - 1523


All components ready to be installed
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CPU, RAM & CPU Cooler installed
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Mobo, PSU & Video card installed to case
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Backside Tidy Cables
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HDD's installed. Build complete!
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Desk Setup
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Overall am extremely happy with this build. Had no issues what-so-ever.
All parts connected nicely, apart from a slight headache while trying to decipher the Hyper 212 CPU cooler instructions... SHEESH!Huh
That first push of the power button sure does give a bit of anxiety, but seeing the BIOS screen appear, takes the edge off a little!Tongue
Gaming PC: CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz(stock) Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR3-1600MHZ Video Card: Gigabyte ATI HD7870 2GB GDDR5 Storage: 1x Samsung 250GB SSD 840 Series & 1x Western Digital Red 2TB Optical Drive: LG Blue Ray Case: Corsair Carbide 400R PSU: Antec HCG-750 750W Audio: Asus Xonar DGX Keyboard: Logitech G110 Mouse: Logitech MX-518 Speakers: Creative Inspire T3130 Monitor: LG E2742V-BN 27"
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04-02-2013, 11:49 AM, (This post was last modified: 04-02-2013, 11:49 AM by Brandonsr.)
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RE: New Gaming PC Build (with pics)
Looks great! Congrats on the build Smile
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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04-02-2013, 01:55 PM,
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RE: New Gaming PC Build (with pics)
Slick! Great cable management in that case - now you just need a window to show it off! (And some lights to make it glow!) Smile
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04-02-2013, 02:22 PM,
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RE: New Gaming PC Build (with pics)
Nicely done, but I see one issue: The video card should be installed in the top PCI-Express 16x slot, to get the full PCI-Express 3.0 16x bandwidth. In its current location, it's most likely running at 8x, giving it half the bandwidth that it would get from the top PCI-Express 16x slot.

More likely than not, a Radeon HD 7870 won't get bottlenecked by that, but you might as well put it in the top slot and make sure that you get all the performance that you can get Wink
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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04-02-2013, 06:08 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-02-2013, 06:09 PM by Metallicatt.)
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RE: New Gaming PC Build (with pics)
(04-02-2013, 02:22 PM)MathieuB Wrote: Nicely done, but I see one issue: The video card should be installed in the top PCI-Express 16x slot, to get the full PCI-Express 3.0 16x bandwidth. In its current location, it's most likely running at 8x, giving it half the bandwidth that it would get from the top PCI-Express 16x slot.

More likely than not, a Radeon HD 7870 won't get bottlenecked by that, but you might as well put it in the top slot and make sure that you get all the performance that you can get Wink

Thanks for picking this up MathieuB!

I think I put it where it is now, because just below the CPU Cooler is the Asus Xonar soundcard in the PCIE 1x slot and when putting it together, it "looked" as though the Graphic & Sound cards would be a bit too close and may even touch. I didn't attempt to install to see exactly. Am I just imagining this would happen and the cards should fit in together fine?

*EDIT*

After checking the mobo manual, it seems it is a PCIE 3.0 16x anyway.
Or would it drop to 8x?

The slots are arranged like this:

- PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE1, Black) - Soundcard installed
- PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2, Black)
- Mini PCI-Express slot (MINI_PCIE3, Black)
- PCI Slot (PCI1, Black)
- PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE4, Black) - Graphics card installed
- PCI Slot (PCI2, Black)
- PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE5, Black)
Gaming PC: CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz(stock) Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR3-1600MHZ Video Card: Gigabyte ATI HD7870 2GB GDDR5 Storage: 1x Samsung 250GB SSD 840 Series & 1x Western Digital Red 2TB Optical Drive: LG Blue Ray Case: Corsair Carbide 400R PSU: Antec HCG-750 750W Audio: Asus Xonar DGX Keyboard: Logitech G110 Mouse: Logitech MX-518 Speakers: Creative Inspire T3130 Monitor: LG E2742V-BN 27"
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04-03-2013, 09:10 AM, (This post was last modified: 04-03-2013, 09:12 AM by MathieuB.)
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RE: New Gaming PC Build (with pics)
Well, the cards can be close, as long as they don't physically touch when the PC has power going through it (risk of electric shorts aka dead parts). As far as I know, it should be a tight fit, but without physically contact between the two cards. I'd install the video card first and the sound card after, with the case on its side, to make installation easier.

While physically it's a 16X slot, the two slots either run electrically at 16x/0x, with the video card in the top PCI-Express 3.0 16x slot or 8x/8x, with dual video cards or video card in bottom PCI-Express 3.0 16x slot).

Like I said above, it's not a big deal since a 7870 most likely don't saturate a PCI-Express 3.0 16x slot running at 8x, so I wouldn't worry about it.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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04-03-2013, 04:33 PM,
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RE: New Gaming PC Build (with pics)
Great build man! Looks wonderful!
Case: Corsair 600T CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K CPU Cooler: NZXT Havik 140 GPU: Asus GTX 670 DC2T SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 1600MHz Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X PSU: Seasonic X750 80+ Gold Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG Keyboard: Logitech G110 Monitor: Asus VH238H 23" LED
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04-03-2013, 10:30 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-03-2013, 10:30 PM by Metallicatt.)
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RE: New Gaming PC Build (with pics)
(04-03-2013, 09:10 AM)MathieuB Wrote: Well, the cards can be close, as long as they don't physically touch when the PC has power going through it (risk of electric shorts aka dead parts). As far as I know, it should be a tight fit, but without physically contact between the two cards. I'd install the video card first and the sound card after, with the case on its side, to make installation easier.

While physically it's a 16X slot, the two slots either run electrically at 16x/0x, with the video card in the top PCI-Express 3.0 16x slot or 8x/8x, with dual video cards or video card in bottom PCI-Express 3.0 16x slot).

Like I said above, it's not a big deal since a 7870 most likely don't saturate a PCI-Express 3.0 16x slot running at 8x, so I wouldn't worry about it.

Cheers. I'm not noticing any issues, so think I'll just leave it where it is for now.
Downloaded & installed the new Tomb Raider game, and .... DA-AMN!
Running graphic settings on everything ULTRA, smooth as silk game play. The atmospherics in this game are awesome!
Hope Bioshock Infinite is just as good.

Oh, and the new look Lara Croft... well, all I can say is.... DA-AMN!Tongue
Gaming PC: CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz(stock) Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR3-1600MHZ Video Card: Gigabyte ATI HD7870 2GB GDDR5 Storage: 1x Samsung 250GB SSD 840 Series & 1x Western Digital Red 2TB Optical Drive: LG Blue Ray Case: Corsair Carbide 400R PSU: Antec HCG-750 750W Audio: Asus Xonar DGX Keyboard: Logitech G110 Mouse: Logitech MX-518 Speakers: Creative Inspire T3130 Monitor: LG E2742V-BN 27"
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