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de><ta
04-03-09, 11:44 AM
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower
Power: Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
CPU cooler: Coolermaster V8

MOBO: EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58

VID: EVGA 01G-P3-1285-AR GeForce GTX 285 SC

MEM: OCZ XMP Ready (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Primary HD: Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Storage HD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s

Drive: LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner


What do you folks reckon? I am pairing it up with a 52" Samsung 1080p LCD TV. Can't wait to start gaming.

Future plans are to add a second 285 a few more storage hard drives.

Sadly enough modding my PC is a lot cheaper then buying rims or bbk's for my car. :afro:

Will post pics as the system gets built.

methimpikehoses
04-03-09, 11:49 AM
Nice setup in general, you could get that cheap gigabyte board for cheaper... they all have sLI support with the new bios release.

I would consider a better heatsink too... these 920's are warm even at stock speeds.

Either way it will be a sweet rig, especially when you add another 285. :D

newparad1gm
04-03-09, 03:07 PM
I haven't heard good things about the EVGA X58 boards, but maybe those issues have been sorted out with the latest BIOS. Are you planning on doing a lot of overclocking? If not, a vanilla P6T (I personally have one and can vouch for it) or gigabyte UD3R will serve you fine. Otherwise, if you are planning on pushing that 920 to the limit, I've heard a lot of good things about the P6T Deluxe.

nekrosoft13
04-03-09, 04:39 PM
you got mobo and videocard mixed up.

I would change the CPU cooler, and drop the raptor.

nekrosoft13
04-03-09, 04:40 PM
I haven't heard good things about the EVGA X58 boards, but maybe those issues have been sorted out with the latest BIOS. Are you planning on doing a lot of overclocking? If not, a vanilla P6T (I personally have one and can vouch for it) or gigabyte UD3R will serve you fine. Otherwise, if you are planning on pushing that 920 to the limit, I've heard a lot of good things about the P6T Deluxe.

EVGA x58 is a good board, OC very well

Logical
04-03-09, 05:50 PM
As Nekro said a better HSF would be more suited...go for a TRUE120 or one of the HUGE coolermaster HSF's.

I'd also go for 2 640GB WD black Hard drives and run them in RAID 0.

The EVGA X58 is a fine mobo and a great overclocker but isnt packed with features that other boards are, also the onboard sound is quite crappy so you may want to consider a sound card if you do decide on that board.

Other than that a nice setup, enjoy. :)

breathemetal
04-04-09, 01:49 AM
get a true 120 or a noctua hs
ditch the one u picked

de><ta
04-04-09, 09:00 AM
Okay I already ordered the Zalman HSF, but I will return it and get the Coolermaster V8 instead.

Contemplating on Logical's advice on two 640GB drives in Raid 0 vs the one Raptor. Going to do a bit of research.

I will be ordering the core guts of the system on the 15th of this month, already ordered the rest though.

de><ta
04-07-09, 10:49 AM
Did some more research, sticking with the VelociRaptor. Got the external parts, wires etc. today. Will be getting the core guts next weekend.

Can't wait. Any way to check or prime the power supply?

XDanger
04-09-09, 06:48 PM
WB bewbs

I missed those :)

de><ta
04-17-09, 09:57 AM
All the swag from NewEgg,
http://i42.tinypic.com/3535eyo.jpg

The guts of the PC
http://i42.tinypic.com/23vhz6c.jpg

Antec 1200 case, weighs a tonne but but is functional and good looking
http://i44.tinypic.com/2ep0q9v.jpg

Sideview
http://i44.tinypic.com/2j2gppl.jpg

1000W Power supply
http://i40.tinypic.com/f28ud.jpg

Paperclip trick to test the power supply
http://i39.tinypic.com/2vmyekh.jpg

Testing the fans inside the case
http://i41.tinypic.com/10prngz.jpg

de><ta
04-17-09, 10:08 AM
EVGA x58 mobo
http://i41.tinypic.com/t0m13n.jpg

Stock Intel Cooler VS CoolerMaster V8 :D
http://i43.tinypic.com/egtxs2.jpg

CoolerMaster Ulitmate thermal compound or ArticSilver? Went for the AS5...:D
http://i41.tinypic.com/f0uc1d.jpg

Took a while to mount the darn fan
http://i40.tinypic.com/25swsk6.jpg

The case is huge...
http://i42.tinypic.com/24676fo.jpg

Installing the VelociRaptor
http://i40.tinypic.com/r9ft42.jpg

Everything all set up and running like a champ :)
http://i39.tinypic.com/28kwld.jpg

Wish I could do something about the wiring at the bottom
http://i40.tinypic.com/343p8c2.jpg

The 285 seems to be running rather hot, I might put a fan on the side and see if it helps.

newparad1gm
04-17-09, 11:18 AM
Nice build, makes me wish I went with a 1200 instead of the 900 I got, my 2x GTX 280 and my PSU cables are choking the space out of my case. The 1kW is definitely overkill for what you have right now, but are you planning on going SLI in the future?




The 285 seems to be running rather hot, I might put a fan on the side and see if it helps.

Have you tried just turning the GPU fan to 100%? Use RivaTuner or NVIDIA's system tools to do so. When my GTX 280 underclocks on idle, it actually runs at the same temp as my CPU.

nekrosoft13
04-17-09, 12:56 PM
Quad-rail PSU, make sure you manage those rails properly.

Drolfrawd
04-17-09, 03:34 PM
Gratz on the new stuff. Just about got all my new stuff too, been a struggle though

fasedww
04-17-09, 07:24 PM
yeah put a 120mm fan on the side, thats what you can put in there right?, I mean the mounts they have on the side panel?:)

$n][pErMan
04-17-09, 10:48 PM
I love my Armor Case.... big old 250mm fan on the side. You can't even hear it because it runs at such low RPM's... but it moves a ton of air and keeps everything cool! :) Nice choice on the video card. ;)

john19055
04-18-09, 07:03 AM
Nice set-up.Have you overclocked yet.I got the Cooler Master HAF 932 It is nice and big ,I like that the other side has plenty of room to hide all my wires.The only gripe I have against it ,is that is has no filters.But i like the three 230mm fans that just spin at 900 and it puts out 150cfm at full speed ,but it is quiet.I went with the Gigabyte EX58-UD5 because it had TRi Sli setup and a PCIe 4x slot so I could put in my X-Fi Titanium sound card so I did'nt have to use the on board sound.