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First PC Build
03-12-2011, 08:25 PM,
#31
RE: First PC Build
(03-12-2011, 07:46 PM)MathieuB Wrote: With Sandybridge, faster RAM is pretty much pointless. The extra frequency brings in a very little increase in performance (1-2% at most) and you don't need faster RAM to overclock, because you need to overclock by raising the multiplier, which does not affect RAM frequency.

Yeah...and by people I probably meant you Mathieu! Big Grin

I can't remember where I read some of this stuff!

Seriously though, it's good to have the info/confirmation about RAM as it pertains to SB.

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03-15-2011, 03:31 PM,
#32
RE: First PC Build
The majority of the items arrived today. One last package that is yet to arrive, though its a pretty important one - processor, video card, primary hard drive... Amongst the stuff that arrived today was the motherboard. I only had a moment to open it up and take a look. Gorgeous piece of hardware. Feels like it should go on the mantle (if I had a mantle) rather than in a big black box.

The intent is to take plenty of pics and put together a "build log" of sorts. Hopefully some folks will enjoy reading about my first experience...
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03-15-2011, 04:24 PM,
#33
RE: First PC Build
(03-15-2011, 03:31 PM)Bigpapa42 Wrote: The majority of the items arrived today. One last package that is yet to arrive, though its a pretty important one - processor, video card, primary hard drive... Amongst the stuff that arrived today was the motherboard. I only had a moment to open it up and take a look. Gorgeous piece of hardware. Feels like it should go on the mantle (if I had a mantle) rather than in a big black box.

The intent is to take plenty of pics and put together a "build log" of sorts. Hopefully some folks will enjoy reading about my first experience...

Dude....without a doubt! Go for it...share man share! LOL
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03-16-2011, 12:51 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-16-2011, 12:54 AM by Bigpapa42.)
#34
RE: First PC Build
Some pics.. I am not particularly with a camera, so apologies...

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03-16-2011, 01:27 AM,
#35
RE: First PC Build
Looking good...you must be so excited! COOL! Can't wait to see this project as it goes forward! Photos are just fine! Big Grin
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03-16-2011, 10:28 AM,
#36
RE: First PC Build
Very nice, what are the specs of the whole PC?
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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03-16-2011, 12:19 PM,
#37
RE: First PC Build
(03-16-2011, 10:28 AM)MathieuB Wrote: Very nice, what are the specs of the whole PC?

It will be:

Intel i5-2500K Sandy Bridge processor
ASUS Sabertooth P67 TUF motherboard
HIS Radeon HD 6950 2GB video card
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus cooler
8 (4GB x2) G. Skill Ripjaw X 1600 MHz RAM
WD Caviar Black 640GB HD
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB HD
ASUS DVD-writer
Kingwin LZ-1000 Lazer 1000-watt power supply
Cooler Master HAF X case
Windows Home Premium 64-bit

I am a bit leery of the Kingwin power supply (plus its bigger than I need), although its been reviewed pretty decently. That will probably be the first upgrade I make (as opposed to additions, like more RAM, HDs, etc). I've also added a couple of fans - a 120mm to the GPU vent in the case and a 50mm for the motherboard, as recommended by ASUS.

I'd like to be able to get the overclock to about 4.5 GHz, but I'd be quite happy with 4.2 - 4.3.
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03-16-2011, 06:24 PM,
#38
RE: First PC Build
Actually, the Kingwin PSU is a pretty good/reliable unit, 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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03-16-2011, 06:39 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-16-2011, 06:40 PM by Bigpapa42.)
#39
RE: First PC Build
That's good to know. I may replace it in the future for another reason - it doesn't have Crossfire (or SLI) support. So I wanted to add a second video card at some point, I would need to change the PSU. With the 6950 2GB, I shouldn't need to do that too soon.

Does the rest of the system look solid? Its not an exact build that you provided, but I used the build guide quite extensively it helping me understand and pick components.

I picked up a monitor today - an ASUS 23.6" that was on sale. I actually want two of them, but I had enough restraint to hold back. I will use that along with the old Samsung 19" I have so that I have dual minitors right away.

So long as the last shipment gets here by the weekend, that is what I will spend the weekend doing. The plan is to do most of the build myself, but have my buddy (who has done builds himself before) come double check everything and help me go through BIOS for the first time, then install Windows.
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03-16-2011, 06:44 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-16-2011, 06:45 PM by MathieuB.)
#40
RE: First PC Build
The Kingwin LZ-1000 Lazer actually does support SLI/Crossfire and with six PCI-E connectors, you'll be fine.

The build looks solid to me, but why not add a SSD for Windows and games?
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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