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Majestic Power of Z11
by Jahames
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Description

At first I had the RAM in the wrong slot. After getting help from a friend and reading through the mobo manual we figured it out. Saved a lot of money on this altogether although I could have saved more ($20-80 more potentially saved). Could have waited a bit more the price of the case to drop from 70 to 50 USD, downgraded or completely excluded the DVD drive, & bought a bit cheaper HD 7850. (However, my Gigabyte HD 7850 runs smoothly and quietly with the windforce HSF).

Details
Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.1GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate975MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.2GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

Decently balanced build. is the HDD left over? depending on what you paid there are 1TB drives for $69. Same with the PSU has been quite a few semi modular really realible ones for $99 though currently not on sale ;P. I see so much cable management space behind the motherboard but yet a gigantic birds nest of cables >_< none the less happy gaming and thank you for sharing.

 
 
Jahames [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

PSU was $40 after discount + MIR on Newegg so it was a steal. Yea I bought the hybrid HDD in hopes it would be significantly better than most other HDDs. After taking a look at some benchmarks of it, it's speed is very similar to the Western Digital velociraptor. I haven't owned a desktop in about 10 years so I have no clue how to compare the speed of the HDD to others. Using Dxtory, I did test the (write?) speed. I believe it was around 80-90 mb/s.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

well darn good deal indeed!!

 
 
slykrysis [3 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

A little overkill on the PSU, but mostly.... CABLE MANAGEMENT!

 
 
Jahames [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Yea PSU was featured on the shell shocker deals on Newegg. 1st build - still learning cable management - ran out of zip ties anyways.

 
 
Teejers [2 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

I like how you paired an locked CPU to that B75 chipset mobo instead of getting a mobo with a Z75 or Z77 chipset which would only add extra dollars into your budget and you couldn't take full advantage of its chipset features anyway. That's one of the biggest problems that I see with peoples' builds on this on site.

However, ze cables! Ze burn my eyes!

 
 
Jahames [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks. Since it's my first build I didn't feel like spending a bit more to give my PC the option to OC.

 
 
saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

I'd keep a close eye on the HDD. Those hybrid drives, when not accessing data on the disk itself spin down, where as a regular HDD keeps spinning. Once the disk is spinning it's usually good to go, it's start up that you need to worry if the disk is going to spin up or not, that's why mechanical drives don't usually fail during use.

 
 
Jahames [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Yea the startup time seems a bit slow - ~25-30 seconds (with User account password login). My previous not so old laptop started up in about 55 seconds. The hybrid drive seems to have much better read & write speeds so far. I just hope my HDD doesn't fail me.

edit: Just tested boot time - it's now 80 seconds. On one of my first boots I it was only ~30 seconds. 80 seconds is still good enough. Runs everything else very well. 1/10/13

edit2: Tested it again, now I got 55 second boot time. 1/11/13

 
 
saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

25-30 seconds, hell that's what I have with a Sata II SSD. The small size makes a bit of a difference as well, but usually a high speed SATA III SSD should boot a pc from cold start to desktop in 15-20 seconds.

 
 
Jahames [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

I don't know why I just feel things could be even quicker. I don't know if you count the time of boot til the computer is completely ready or until it can launch a program. (Btw SATA III is used with both HDD & ODD).

 
 
saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

they could be quicker, and it's hard to say. you'd really have to run an identical boot with different drives on the same machine to see the difference. i measure from the time i press the button until the time all my startup program are fully initialized.

 
 
Oliver [4 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

No modular PSU at that wattage level? It makes cable management sooooo much easier!

 
 
Jahames [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

It makes things even tricker with 4 SATA connectors on one cable.

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