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Old 04-03-09, 11:44 AM   #1
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Talking A new gaming rig after 4+ years [56K beware]

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.

Will post pics as the system gets built.
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Old 04-03-09, 11:49 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 04-03-09, 03:07 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 04-03-09, 04:39 PM   #4
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Default Re: A new gaming rig after 4+ years

you got mobo and videocard mixed up.

I would change the CPU cooler, and drop the raptor.
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Old 04-03-09, 04:40 PM   #5
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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
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Old 04-03-09, 05:50 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 04-04-09, 01:49 AM   #7
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get a true 120 or a noctua hs
ditch the one u picked
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Old 04-04-09, 09:00 AM   #8
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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.
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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?
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Old 04-17-09, 09:57 AM   #11
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All the swag from NewEgg,


The guts of the PC


Antec 1200 case, weighs a tonne but but is functional and good looking


Sideview


1000W Power supply


Paperclip trick to test the power supply


Testing the fans inside the case
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EVGA x58 mobo


Stock Intel Cooler VS CoolerMaster V8


CoolerMaster Ulitmate thermal compound or ArticSilver? Went for the AS5...


Took a while to mount the darn fan


The case is huge...


Installing the VelociRaptor


Everything all set up and running like a champ


Wish I could do something about the wiring at the bottom


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