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My last PC died and I was due for an upgrade. My son is 12 now and I had not built a PC in ages so I thought it would be a fun project. It is my 2nd build and his first.

Everything went pretty well though the cable management could be cleaned up some still. We meant to order a fully modular PSU and received a Semi-Modular one. A friend spotted me the Corsair H60, we saved a few bucks keeping the old DVD drive and the Radeon HD 4870 a while longer, and the copy of windows was $100 so the cost worked out to around $1,100k.

The memory is 1600 MHz but it defaulted to 1333 so we changed the multiplier from 13.3 to 16

The i5-3570K is an unlocked processor. At 3.4 GHz running Prime 95 (stress test) Core Temp (from alcpu) lists it between 58C and 64C. We changed the multiplier to 45 (so 4.5GHz) and it runs between 78C and 84C under Prime 95 typically. It idles at 1.6GHz and about 30C under either setting.

With the water cooler you have the option to set it up front to back or back to front. A lot of people prefer back to front because you are blowing colder air through the radiator but I set it up front to back so it didn't cook me at my desk with warm air. It seems to do OK anyway. The case fan to the left of the hard drive tower is the one that was on the back of the case. It runs a couple degrees cooler at that location than it does if we bolt both fans to the radiator.

We had a lot of fun with the project and I think we are going to do another one soon to replace an older HP he uses.

Efit: I downgraded the Corsair PSU rating to a 2 because it is much louder than the rest of the case fans and significantly louder than the 750W SeaSonic SS-750KM we just added to a similar system.

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

Clean build. Good OC, too. Nicely done.

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

I think I should start off by saying I love the fact you did this with your son!! Great work.

If you would turn to page 16 of your motherboard manual you will read that when installing dual channel memory, 2 sticks of RAM, you will only benefit from dual channel if you install them in the correct slots.

Due to CPU limitations, read the following guidelines before installing the memory in Dual Channel mode. 1. Dual Channel mode cannot be enabled if only one DDR3 memory module is installed. 2. When enabling Dual Channel mode with two or four memory modules, it is recommended that memory of the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used.

( For optimum performance, when enabling Dual Channel mode with two memory modules, we recommend that you install them in the DDR3_1 and DDR3_2 sockets. )

That being the case DDR3_1 and DDR3_2 are from left to right 2nd and 4th memory slots, you currently have them installed in the 1st and 2nd slots = DDR3_4 and DDR3_2

I hope this helps. Also if you just enable the XMP Profile your ram will automatically go to the speeds it was designed for without the need to manually manipulate anything else.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, you are right. I checked the MB and the slots are labeled DDR3_4, DDR3_2, DDR3_3, DDR3_1

They are in _2 and _1 now.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Are you planning to upgrade to the 7950 later or is it just in the part list for fun?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

That is kind of what I am thinking right now and I wanted to avoid having the 4870 in the part list in case anyone copied it or was looking for a recommendation. It is a nice card but I wouldn't buy one today :)

  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

Thinking ahead even though I doubt anyone will do that. I suggest the Sapphore 7950 for $270 ish

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the gigabyte has better cooling?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

It does since it got three fans, but the sapphire 7950 should be fine and it's $20-30 cheaper. If you really want the better cooling then the Gigabyte is good too! :)

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I suggest the gigabyte 7850 for $180

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean. PC projects with the kids are a lot of fun. I had a good bit of "help" last time I upgraded. When you go to buy your video card, may want to consider the 7870 as well. Some good prices out there on that series now.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Should throw a GPU on later for your son!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

This one was my PC. We are doing the system he uses now. That system has a GT 220 that is getting replaced with something cooler :P

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh I was just thinking it may have been a full home computer! Seems awesome though man, I'd love to grow up in a household where my dad builds computers with me! Hahahahah

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

We have 2 Ikea Galant desks like this one that sit in opposite corners of a room: http://i.imgur.com/9Cs1pU9.jpg

We sit back to back usually with headphones on and play games like Supreme Commander, Minecraft, Borderlands, Portal, and Dungeon Defenders.

There is a 3rd tower for his friends to use depending on what we are playing. I didn't get to do stuff like that with my dad either really but I can say I'm having a blast.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. $1,100,000 is a lot of money to spend on these parts.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

is that a multi-color led strip? what brand is it?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Nzxt hue

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

That's correct. We almost went with different lights but those are nice. The 3 dials on the front of the case are for Red, Green, and Blue. You can make those colors or combinations of them.

You can also press the dials for brightness, power on/off, and mode. In mode you can have it stay on, phase between different colors, blink etc.

They are fun to play with.

They are $32 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RWT2IY/?tag=pcpapi-20

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

im probably going to put one in my first build

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

what are the LED lights calle dthat line the interior?thanks :)

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

If you (or your son) are looking to do any gaming whatsoever, you will definitely need a modern GPU. You could have thrown that in there for an extra $200-$250.

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

I have an HD 5770 laying around too but I think the Sapphire 4870 is still a tad faster. It is a mostly top of the line card that is still 3 years newer than the Xbox 360. I don't think "any gaming whatsoever" is accurate as even the much slower GT 220 does OK with some of the games we play but that card is going away.

Edit: BTW, here are benchmarks of the 4870 still beating a 7750: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/535?vs=513

The 7750 is currently the 4th best selling card on Amazon.