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The Command Center - 2010 (ish) Edition
by RadioActiveLobster
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Description

I use this for gaming and work. I built this back in November 2010 (thought I've added stuff to it, like the SSD, upgrading from dual AMD 6950's to the 680 and "upgrading" to Windows 8) so some of the parts are no longer in the PCPartPicker database, such as the 3 ASUS VW266H 1920x1200 monitors.

The Desk is custom built and the monitor stand is a Freedom WSGF Edition Ultimate Desk Stand (added July 2014)

EDIT: Fixed a mistake, I had put 2011 instead of 2010.

EDIT #2: Added new monitor stand.

Details
Intel Core i7-950 3.06Ghz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.06Ghz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.10Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.21Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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JoeyThePCNoob [2 Builds] 4 points 13 months ago

Lol, Command Center. Reminds me of the Warlock in Live Free or Die hard 4

 
 
TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Starcraft 2????

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spencerharden 1 point 13 months ago

how does that run on games ?

 
 
RadioActiveLobster [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Depends on the game really.

It's struggling to keep 60 FPS (at 1200p) on some of the newer games like Battlefield 4, Metro Last Light, Planetside 2 and others.

It's close though, usually 40 + FPS. This is everything maxed, if I lower settings I can keep myself above 60.

I seem to have gotten unlucky and managed to find a i7-950 that won't overclock. At all. I've had to keep it at stock since I've got it. It's not a temp issue, the NH-D14 is a beast of an air cooler but seems like I just got a CPU that won't take the overclock.

 
 
krazykiller [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Might be worth an upgrade on the CPU now anyway, You might be able to pull your frame rate above 60 fps permanently (emphasis on the might - but a half decent jump to at least 50 could be expected) with a newer chip, however, it doesn't seem like you mind too much anyway.

(Assuming you still need the i7) An i7-2600k would have some nice over clocking potential, if that's what your interested in.

Either way, Enjoy it!

 
 
resin34 1 point 13 months ago

1st off nice set up! 2nd hows windows 8, I'm trying to decide between windows 8 and windows 7 home premium.

 
 
RadioActiveLobster [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

If you have Windows 7 there is almost no reason to upgrade to Windows 8.

However, if you do decide to get Windows 8 you can basically turn it into Windows 7 via stuff like Start8 and Modern Mix.

I never see the Metro/Modern UI at all.

 
 
MrBeastshaw [14 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

That desk is awesome! Did you build it yourself?

 
 
RadioActiveLobster [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago
 
 
MrBeastshaw [14 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

That is awesome. I really love the computer stand on the side.

 
 
Starlana [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Sweet!

 
 
PatrickG 1 point 13 months ago

how do u like the headphones? thinking about getting a pair

 
 
RadioActiveLobster [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

When the work they work great. I've had to have them replaced once already (refused to charge anymore) and for some reason the wireless signal just drops every now and then.

 
 
PatrickG 1 point 13 months ago

how do u link them to a bluray player or tv is it possible do u need an optical cable?

 
 
RadioActiveLobster [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

It's a USB headset so the Bluray or DVD player must support either USB audio devices or you'd have to have some sort of conversion done.

 
 
PatrickG 1 point 13 months ago

i have a usb on back of Bluray but that might be to update and extra memory??? would be nice if wireless usb plugged in there and u could watch movies in 7.1 surround sound??? must be a way

 
 
Blazeman330 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

OMG for 0.00 id buy that

 
 
ollieoxenfree [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Love your setup, only complaint would be that your desk hides what would typically be the "pretty" side of the case. I fought overclocking with my 950 for a long time. x58s can be a bear. Did you try disabling things like HT EIST and power saver options, Lower ram, QPI and uncore multipliers to thier minimum then start pushing bclk and core voltage. Once max Bclk is reached push core multiplier. Push QPI after that then worry about ram and uncore together, always keeping uncore at least 2x ram. Higher ram frequencies is not always better, Low latencies can be a good thing too. If you still cant achieve an overclock I would blame the board more than the CPU, to whoever said just buy a 920 that would just make things worse as they are lower binned and have less room for overclocking which is the reason they are not tagged as a 950 and sold at 3.06ghz/3.33ghz turbo

 
 
SethMatrix -1 points 13 months ago

If you got an i7 950 that can't overclock then buy an i7-920 off ebay for about 70$. Also sell the i7-950. Make sure in the name/description the model number of the i7 ends in a j. The j i7 920s get to 4.2 ghz on hyper 212 evos.

 
 
HerpaLerpaDerpo -1 points 13 months ago

Nice build. Just wondering though, since you built this in 2011, Ivy Bridge was already out. Why go with the 1st gen i7?

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

IB came out in 2012.

 
 
RadioActiveLobster [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Ivy Bridge didn't release until April 2012.

My date was a typo, I bought the CPU/Mobo/Case etc in Nov 2010, not 2011. I'll fix that.