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Yes yes I know... Its an Intel i7-920, which is up there in age now since its release, but it still holds its own.

Now that I got that out of the way, this build was built to be cheap but effective. I spent alot of time snooping on eBay to find the best deals on the processor, motherboard, video card, and power supply (under a name I know and trust... none of that gold and diamond bs). Moving onto why i choose the parts I did.

Processor: The Intel i-7 920 cost me only 39.95 and is probably one of the best deals out there. Like i said in the beginning this processor has great overclocking potential. I did a near 1GHz overclock (that is stable of course) in under five minutes, and could go all the way up to 4GHz if i didn't have this one problem, and its the only one. I don't know what is causing it, but i know it is either the CPU Cooler or the CPU. When I first ran a stress test no overclock i realized something very odd. Half the cores were running quite cool under full load (only 50C), while the other 2 were running at temps between 90-100C. Mind you this is no over clock. With overclock it doesn't go over 100C but the other 2 cooler cores only go up to 67-70C. I don't know what is wrong and i have already reapplied thermal paste just in case, and i still had the same problem. So if anyone knows what is wrong and has a suggestion please tell me because i don't feel running comfortable with those temps even if Intel says they are able to run at that temp.

CPU Cooler: I choose the Plus only because when i went to order the Evo they were out of stock on Newegg and since i have premier, i really didn't bother checking anywhere else. Besides the eff difference isn't that big. Also i know the Cooler Master Hyper line is widely popular and reliable.

RAM: I was looking for cheap DDR3-1600 Memory and this fit the bill. Now i took a leap of faith on this because i had never heard of this brand and i usually never order from a brand i haven't heard of. But i thought i would give these guys a shot and so far it hasn't failed.

Storage: Temporary free storage till i have the money saved up to do some upgrades on this build which will be made into a 2.0 and will include water cooling on CPU and gpu, 12 GB of memory, and SSD Storage.

Case: GREAT CASE FOR THE PRICE. Honestly this case is awesome and I love it. I used no zip ties and i still think that cable management is pretty good. This case is a great but and if your don't care about the USB ports being 2.0, then i HIGHLY recommend this case.

PSU: Brand i know, connectors i need, enough power, and cheap. Nothing much to say it other than it fit the bill.

Case Fans: Same type as the one the case came with.. MATCHING xD

MOBO: The only downside about the 1366 socket type is that motherboards are EXPENSIVE as hell. Even today. This motherboard was the cheapest i could find and still didn't even come with an i/o shield -_-...

Video Card: Great Card for a Great Price. Its a little dated now BUT it gets the job down at half the price of a 750TI and is higher performance.

OS: Windows 7 Professional because i don't like 8.1 and refuse to use technical preview as a primary OS xD. Also i get all the OSes from windows for free because of the school i go to...

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps the thermal interface in your chip needs to be replaced. in that case you'd have to delid it and reapply the paste of your choice. I've never done it but you can research it easily enough.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Mk.. yea i think i have seen that before, i was just hoping that wasn't the case.... thanks tho.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

not too shabby for the price, I assume you already had an alien ware 51?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

nope..

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

ok