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grey_1
05-13-10, 03:18 PM
Ordered for my 'casual' upgrade. Hoping it will carry me through a year or more. Going from an E8500, Asus P5E, 4Gb OCZ 1066 and HD 4870 512 (last upgrade was the gfx well over a year ago) to:

Pll 955BE C3 rev. for $124
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $129
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR 3 1600 $109
EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Gone Green again :)) $349
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus HSF $29

All stuffed into an Antec 300 :lol:

Keeping my Corsair HX750W Pro PSU - should be plenty


Should notice a bit of a difference in games...:)

ragejg
05-13-10, 03:55 PM
I think you'll notice improvements across the board. Phenom II x4's are stout chips, and while the 4870 is pretty kickass, a 470 should let you do pretty much everything new with 4xAA. :D

CaptNKILL
05-13-10, 03:56 PM
I don't know if I'd go to a Phenom II from an E8500, simply because the Core 2 is actually faster in dual and single core applications. Its kind of a side step in those cases, not really an upgrade. Multithreaded apps will definitely benefit though.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=55

Still, I guess you'd have to spend $50-$75 more to get an i5, even with a less expensive motherboard.

For $124 a PII 955 is hard to beat, that's for sure...

Maverick123w
05-13-10, 04:02 PM
What doesn't get reported a lot is that while avg fps is similar on dual and quads, the quads tend to feel smoother.

bob saget
05-13-10, 04:05 PM
cant wait to see grey's cable management :D

grey_1
05-13-10, 04:32 PM
cant wait to see grey's cable management :D

Me either :o :D

Thanks guys, I've heard that "Overall smoother" feel from the quad quite a bit, so I'm looking forward to that. Plus the $124 was tough to ignore :)

I figure if I can keep it at 3.8Ghz (it's a known 4.1Ghz easy OC) then it will feed that 470 reasonably well.
Eh, we'll see once all the parts are here and I get it up and running. :)

mullet
05-13-10, 04:35 PM
Looks good!!

Viral
05-13-10, 06:31 PM
It should be a very well rounded rig. Looking forward to seeing how the build goes and the overclock!

Redeemed
05-13-10, 06:52 PM
My last experience with a quad-core Phenom was the 9600BE back when...

you're gonna' be *very* happy. :)

grey_1
05-13-10, 07:15 PM
+1

Especially the GFX card upgrade! :D

Yeah, I got a very curious, not unpleasant shiver..when I ordered it :lol:

It should be a very well rounded rig. Looking forward to seeing how the build goes and the overclock!

Thanks! I'll give it a couple days to make sure it's stable @ stock, then post some numbers.

My last experience with a quad-core Phenom was the 9600BE back when...

you're gonna' be *very* happy. :)

I keep hearing this - I believe I will be. :)

betterdan
05-13-10, 07:47 PM
Can't wait to see your stuff Grey!















I mean your computer you dirty minded... :bleh:

nekrosoft13
05-14-10, 11:54 AM
hmm, that antec 300 case might not be good enough for air cooling

waiting for find out ;)

grey_1
05-14-10, 12:17 PM
hmm, that antec 300 case might not be good enough for air cooling

waiting for find out ;)

Already shopping :lol:

Although it may surprise - it's been much better than I expected. Then again it never housed a Fermi :lol:

Maverick123w
05-14-10, 12:20 PM
CM 690II Advanced or LianLi Lancool K-62 ;)

CaptNKILL
05-14-10, 01:19 PM
CM 690II Advanced or LianLi Lancool K-62 ;)

Loving mine so far. :captnkill:

nekrosoft13
05-14-10, 01:27 PM
CM 690II Advanced or LianLi Lancool K-62 ;)

or other Lian-Li

after my ATCS-840 experience i'm of cooler masters for quite a while, CM690, wasn't great either.

Thermaltake Element S is also a good case.

CaptNKILL
05-14-10, 01:53 PM
Where are the photos then? ;)

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=2251575&postcount=49

:captnkill:

grey_1
05-14-10, 02:18 PM
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=2251575&postcount=49

:captnkill:

That...is a purdy case you got there Capt.

Drolfrawd
05-14-10, 02:25 PM
I think there is too much said about hte wonders of cases, you need some airflow (room for the kit), and few places to attach fans.and a little style.


Jussayin

I like you new spec grey, almost bought the same setup myself, gratz :D

grey_1
05-14-10, 06:57 PM
Got everything but the Fermi - this meager little setup is snappy as heck, definitely much smoother and quicker feeling than the E8500 and DDR2.

Rummy
05-14-10, 10:45 PM
Congrats Grey, there is nothing like getting new hardware :)

grey_1
05-15-10, 05:01 AM
Congrats Grey, there is nothing like getting new hardware :)

I love it :) - first time in a year and a half.

Still have some wiring to clean up. Hopefully my Fermi will get here soon too.
http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/3020/1002034q.jpg (http://img20.imageshack.us/i/1002034q.jpg/)

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betterdan
05-15-10, 05:21 AM
Looking good :thumbsup:
Your cable management looks pretty damn good to me.

grey_1
05-15-10, 06:18 AM
Looking good :) Very clean cable management grey_1!

Why did you mount the CPU fan like that? Is a horizontal air flow not possible?
Because once you get the Fermi, the fan will take the heated air from the back of the GPU to cool the CPU. That's not really an optimal solution in my opinion.

Thanks!

Just experimenting with the hsf - with it as is @3.6 idle is 33c, load is 45c so I have a bit of room to play with.

What I'm hoping to see is if the cpu fan can pull heat off the back of the fermi without raising my cpu temps more than 2-3c, as there's a 140mm exhaust fan exactly over it as it sits now.

The sweet thing is that the hyper 212+ is so easy to reposition if needed. Literally a 10-12 minute job. :)

betterdan
05-15-10, 06:38 AM
Does the backside of that case have a cutout so you can remove the heatsink/fan easily?