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My 900$~ Sandy Bridge Build
02-09-2011, 03:36 AM, (This post was last modified: 02-09-2011, 03:28 PM by imnotashinobi.)
Heart  My 900$~ Sandy Bridge Build

Case: NZXT Lexa S
This case turned out a lot better than i thought it would at it's price. It is relatively light and comes with plenty of fans and the placement seems very well thought out. It's a nice size and just small enough if not admittedly a bit cramped at times.

MoBo: ASUS P8P67
Unlike some others, I did not have major problems with this motherboard. The only real problem I had was that it didn't detect my HDD after clearing the CMOS from an update once. That was quickly resolved by a restart and me staring down the boot device LED. I stare down all the red lights on the mobo if they last too long...

PSU: Seasonic X-Series Modular 80+ Gold 750W
Got it for 130$ Big Grin. Rated very well and nicely packaged. Also, it is hella dense.

CPU: i5 2500k
It's awesome.

Video Card: EVGA GTX 460 SSC+ w/ Backplate
I'd like to see a review on this particular card compared to the FTW version, a reference 460, and the ref. 470 they all hope to unseat.

RAM: Mushkin 1333 DDR3 2GB x 2
Does what it says. No problems.

HDD: Spinpoint F3 1TB, WD Green 500GB x2
The F3 seems cool. I don't know what to look for in terms of how good it is as an HDD... I just understand that it has high numbers for a low price. The WD Greens are recycled from an older build for my brother and rescued from a dysfunctional external drive I had.

It's quiet except when using the ASUS mobo drive disc. Also, the software it comes with doesn't properly detect it, strange... but it works for what I need at a cheap price. All the ASUS CD's seem to be the only problem >_>

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight
While playing Left 4 Dead 2, a nice team mate offered it to me for the cost of shipping because it was incompatible with his CPU. So I ended up getting this cooler for 10$. Campaign mode has some of the nicest people. A nice contrast to VS mode kickers =\; it's just a game... sheesh.

Future upgrades:
GTX 460 in SLI
a new cooler once i need to OC
a top 140mm fan and possibly 2 smaller intake fans behind the mesh cover of 2 drive bays. i need to do more research on case cooling.
replacement motherboard
Memory Card Bay
A 1920 x 1200 monitor to be cool and i prefer 16:10. I have a "decent" home-made projector that gives me 100 inches across already!
More storage with low power consumption and an SSD wayyyy into the future when 1GB=0.5$ or less.
Cable TV Tuner [depending on how much i like TV by then. will probably be cut...]

02-09-2011, 06:37 AM,
RE: My 900$~ Sandy Bridge Build
Very nice! Are you planning on returning the motherboard in the future because I presume you're using 4 SATA ports?
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02-09-2011, 09:02 AM,
RE: My 900$~ Sandy Bridge Build
Dude --
Nice Cable Management and a nice build.Cool
My Build (Jan 2011): Win 7 Pro Intel i5 760 2.8 Ghz (No OC) MOBO: Asus P7P55DE-Pro CASE: Antec 900 - 4 fans GPU: Sapphire Radeon 5770 RAM: 4 Gb Corsair DDR3 1600 PSU: OCZ 750W SDD: OCZ 60 Gb HDDs: 2x Samsung F3 1Tb ODD: Sony Optiarc BD RW MONITOR: Samsung 24" 1080p My OTHER Machine: OSX 10.6.6 iMac 27" Intel i5-760 2.8Ghz
02-09-2011, 02:15 PM,
RE: My 900$~ Sandy Bridge Build
and: thanks! unfortunately, i guess i will have to. at least, this time i will be smart enough to plug in the sata cables first. removing the cpu is gonna be a pain thanks to the cooler and the heatsink though. i think i'll buy some after-market paste at that time because thermal grease isn't fun to work with...

tim: thank you very much. i put a lot of time into it. i still think i could do better on cables, but not by much. i'll get to rethinking the layout once the new mobos come in. the back looks nice too Big Grin modular FTW.
02-09-2011, 10:07 PM,
RE: My 900$~ Sandy Bridge Build
Love the color coordination. All black, very sleek.
Beast Mode Engaged! CPU: Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.62Ghz 1.25v Heatsink: CM Hyper 212+ Mobo: Asus Rampage III Formula Ram: 12GB Corsair XMS3 @ 1574Mhz GPU: 2x XFX Radeon HD 6870 in Crossfire PSU: Corsair TX950W Optical: Lite-On DVDrw HDD: 2x Samsung F3 500GB in Raid 0 Case: CM HAF 932 See it here!
02-09-2011, 11:49 PM,
RE: My 900$~ Sandy Bridge Build
hog: thank you very much. your build looks killer too. and most likely would be able to handily beat mine >_>. the color coordination just happened to work out that way. except for the ram. i like mushkin's silverline look. although i should have opted for the blackline. darn budget... the pc overall reminds me of dead space because of the blue tones green lights and grayish spotlighting from the cooler. glad someone else noticed the color scheme :3
02-18-2011, 07:41 PM,
RE: My 900$~ Sandy Bridge Build
You did a good job!
02-18-2011, 09:41 PM,
RE: My 900$~ Sandy Bridge Build
Very nice job, sleek build Big Grin

Mind if I post some pics on the HR Facebook group?
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
02-18-2011, 11:40 PM,
RE: My 900$~ Sandy Bridge Build
(02-18-2011, 09:41 PM)MathieuB Wrote: Very nice job, sleek build Big Grin

Mind if I post some pics on the HR Facebook group?

Hardware Revolution has my blessings Big Grin

Now the world can see my invisible SLI.
02-20-2011, 07:38 PM,
RE: My 900$~ Sandy Bridge Build
That is an amazing case and looks fantastic. I am a little jealous that it's not mine Wink

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