Just finished building this yesterday, my first pc build. Going to be mainly for gaming, might do some graphic or art stuff with it later on.
Been buying the parts over a course of 3 months trying to get the best deals I could. I spent far less than the estimated cost, closer to $1500. Will admit that I sacrificed a bit to afford the water cooling loop, but that's what upgrades are for. Assembled by myself, parts chosen with the assistance of a friend. Also did the custom paint job myself, isn't immaculate up close, but looks nice from about 3 feet on.
Really happy with how it's performing. Going to have the same friend take a look at it and help me fine tune all of the settings and overclock it for maximum performance. Have been informed that a few of the lines on the loop need to be shortened, coming out of both sides of the cpu, and the right side of the gpu needs to be shortened and moved to the opposite side.
I've just really started learning about the finer points of computers in the last few months, so some noobish errors are likely to have been made. Will post some benchmarks and other stats after my much more experienced friend helps me out with the fine-tuning.
I'll also add that my friend did want me to get better parts in some areas, but I really wanted the cooling loop so he worked with me to try and get the best parts we could with the remainder of the budget.
Video of the Cooling system running - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llyZTuUr38M&feature
|CPU||AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz 8-Core||$139.99||SuperBiiz|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+||$124.99||Microcenter|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$94.99||NCIX US|
|Storage||OCZ Agility 4 256GB 2.5" SSD|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB|
|Case||Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower||$177.55||NCIX US|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm||$53.96|
|Power Supply||Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$16.98||OutletPC|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$88.98||OutletPC|
|Monitor||Acer S231HLbid 23.0"||$190.48||Amazon|
|Keyboard||Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid||$79.99||Amazon|
|Mouse||Corsair Vengeance M90 Wired Laser|
|Custom||Swiftech MCR220 Quiet Power 2x120mm Radiator||$49.99|
|Swiftech MCR120 Quiet Power 120mm Radiator||$34.95|
|Ek Water Blocks EK-FC6870 Acetal + EN (Nickel) Plated Full Cover Radeon HD 6870 GPU Block G1/4||$99.99|
|Swiftech APOGEE HD Limited Edition Real 24K Gold LGA1155/1366/1156/2011 CPU Water Block||$146.23|
|Swiftech MCP655 12V Industrial Water Cooling Pump 1/2IN Barbs||$81.89|
|8x Monsoon Free Center Compression Fitting - 3/8"ID x 1/2"OD - Single Gold (FCC-3812-1P-GO)||$55.92|
|Mayhem - Aurora Hydra Gold Coolant Concentrate (250 ml)||$16.95|
|Alphacool Repack Dual 5.25" Acrylic Reservoir - Clear - Revision 2 (15033)||$52.99|
|5ftx 3/8" ID - (1/2"OD) PVC Clear Tubing||$10.00|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.1GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||900MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||1050MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||-|