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Current Game/iTunes/Websurfing Rig
by Mediciu5
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Description

This was my second build, intended primarily for gaming. It is still in use as my primary gaming machine, but I'm looking to re-purpose it as a NAS device and use the Cooler Master Stryker sitting in the background as the basis for my new primary gaming rig. This was built few years ago and has had some minor updates (listed below).

  • GTX 660 replaced ATI 5770

  • M4 256 replaced WD Blue 300(? I think it was a 300) as the OS drive

  • Corsair 2000 replaced Plantronics 655(?)

  • Skull Candy Slyr (blue) used as backup gaming HS and for music

  • Naga replaced misc. MS mouse

  • Corsair M65 replaced Naga for FPS gaming (Naga in use for RPG/MMOs)

  • LG 27" replaced Westinghouse 19"

  • Tiny desk replaced large retail space desk as I was demoted to when my wife started wanting to use the dining to eat... (it was in the basement where I ran power and cat5, but as we're now working on finishing it, I'm upstairs).

I don't remember exactly what I paid for the parts originally. I think it's about right as I think I paid around $1200 originally and added a few items. But the CPU, MB, and SSD were obtained from Microcenter. RAM and GPU was Best Buy. Amazon or Newegg provided the Antec case and PSU.

Also, sorry, I took pics of my 3dmark scores as it was easier but they don't want to load - Firestrike score was 4546 the last time I ran it (http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1128740). The Windows 7 OS was a gift for Christmas from a buddy who works at MS, so for me it really was free. And the smaller monitor on the right is used as a second monitor when I work from home.

EDIT: Wow, ok, finding the articles from 2009 - I really don't remember paying the prices listed so I'll stick with what I have (i.e. i7-860 per Anandtech was $280-ish, but $190 sounds more correct).

EDIT2: On the advice from Spencer1012 below, I've removed the pricing from the older parts. I left in the pricing for the parts that were replaced in the last 6-12 months.

Details
Intel Core i7-860 2.8GHz Quad-Core OEM/Tray Processor
CPU Clock Rate2.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Extreme Preset ScoreX2352
Performance Preset ScoreP6620
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TheMTech [1 Build] 6 points 13 months ago

Guys, calm down with the downvotes. It's an UPGRADE, not a build from scratch.

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 13 months ago

Thanks. Didn't realize it would cause any problems. I appreciate the response (from you too fsma92). I'm really just adding it to show a progression of gaming for myself and kids (for when I finish the stryker build).

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 5 points 13 months ago

You're going to need something better then this to run the resource hungry spam of a program called iTunes :)

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Ha! I wouldn't mind adding another 1T of data just for my iTUnes downloads. :D

 
 
Spencer1012 [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

If you edited the i7 to show that you recycled it/didn't pay anything recently to get it people might actually consider the fact that you didn't just buy this.

Just an option if you're annoyed with silly people that can't read :3

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Not annoyed, but good idea. I'll clear out the pricing on the older parts.

 
 
thesupergeek [3 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

that case was part of one of my very first builds :) thanks for the blast from the past. also, love the rest of the build. how is that power supply, its a little pricy for just 850watts?

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

As stated I don't remember the exact price I paid for it and put in just an estimate. I'll have to do more work to figure out what I really paid.

As far as the hardware itself, it works without complaint from me. I've never seen it falter or stutter.

EDIT: I found the hardwaresecrets review I used when researching this older build. $135 is the price they mention and that sounds more in line so it's been updated.

Referencing: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Antec-CP-850-Power-Supply-Review/736/10

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Ooh what's going in the stryker?

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

This is what I have for the saved parts list so I can track individual part pricing fluctuations here on PCPP.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Mediciu5/saved/2MRo

  • The CPU will come from MC, so pricing will drop a few dollars from what is shown.

  • I'm indecisive about the CPU cooler. I'll likely do some fiddling with overclocking, but nothing extreme where I'd need a top of the line air cooler/CLC/Water. And I'm thinking primarily from an aesthetics point of view so it will be either the CM x6 Elite or V8 GTS.

  • Memory will be the white LP from corsair or a taller one should clearances from the cooler allow. I just didn't have much luck locating it in the parts list.

 
 
godshawk 1 point 13 months ago

Say, when you build that, are you sure you don't want to let me, um, "borrow" it for a little while? ;)

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

With how long the basement is taking me to finish first, we'll both be grey hairs before I get to power it on...

 
 
godshawk 1 point 13 months ago

Oh darn. Here I was, getting all hopeful...

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Me too...

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Do you really need 32 gb of ram? Or that overkill motherboard?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20txo Got a larger ssd.

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

32G of ram for the RAMdisk on the MB - that said I'll likely only get 16 at first to try it out. At the beginning, I chose that MB for the included audio upgrade on-board technically, and the shroud aesthetically.

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Awesome upgraded build. :)

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks. Just some minor updates to the GPU, monitor, mouse, HS, etc in the last ~6 months. But for a 4 year old case, it really doesn't show it's age.

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Yea, cases never really become outdated/obsolete unless they can't hold all your hardware anymore.

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Good point. Though I also have the little brother of the 1200 sitting in the basement. But I'm no longer planning to use it as I dislike the grey interior (and I had to mutilate a drive bay to get a stuck HDD out). In the end, you're right. But the older cases that no longer appeal to us can be re-purposed.

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I used an old beige case for a server once and it was great because then I just stuck it in my closet and I never have to look at it. :p

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Ewww... :)

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

My thoughts exactly. :p

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

+1 for recycling!

Out of curiosity, how old is that ODD?

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks :)

Oh man...I think I picked it up with the original build. It's got a freaking flat ribbon cable connecting to the MB! What's worse is the MB accepts the connection...

 
 
Starlana [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

How do you like that monitor? Asus denied my MIR so I'll never buy from them again. Same goes for MSI. How the F can they claim I didn't include a receipt when I printed out the order from Amazon. It showed the prices and the date I ordered them, and the date they shipped. Anyhow, I guess gigabyte and EVGA get my business now, as well as possibly LG...:)

All over $10-20. How stupid.

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

I think I'm getting old. It was easier for me to game on a 23-24" monitor. I've enjoyed watching movies and playing RTS games on it, but for FPS, it feels like my eyes need to move too much to cover the whole scene. It could be that my desk is too small and I'm too close to it...

Other than that, I think it's pretty nice. It's not a hardcore gaming monitor, but it was a nice size upgrade for an inexpensive price.

 
 
Starlana [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Yes, same issue with mine. A lot of eye movement to cover the screen. When the higher res monitors come out, I might get one or two and dual...but...maybe not at 27". But 2 screens wont help the darting eyes...lol

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

lol, no I think it'd be worse. Though two or three screens would feel more realistic. :)

 
 
Starlana [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

oh yeah, +1 from me :)

 
 
malcar11 [3 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I think is a good upgrade. Nice!

Caroline.

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I'm looking to re-purpose it as a NAS device and use the Cooler Master Stryker sitting in the background

<3 It's going to be awesome! I had to let my Stryker sit in the corner of my room for 2 weeks before I got to build. Could barely wait to start! It's a nice case

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I know but now that I have the CPU (from MC's sale) I'm starting to shake a little. Computer Build Withdrawal?

 
 
brelovix 1 point 11 months ago

I don't care if anyone hates it, but that RAM is sexy.

 
 
HerpaLerpaDerpo -3 points 13 months ago

Why did you get a 1st gen i7? A Haswell i5 for the same price would run better.

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 4 points 13 months ago

did you even bother to read what he wrote?

"This was built few years ago and has had some minor updates (listed below)."

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Did you read the guy's username? He's clearly a few slices short of a loaf. :p

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I did, one can always hope

 
 
Mediciu5 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Sorry Herpa, I could have been more clear. This is the rig I currently use and just did a few minor updates recently. I primarily want to track my gaming rig progression here on PCPP. The base for this build originated in 2009, hence the pricing being off, etc.

Thanks!