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Initially frustrated with my current from 2008 system, which houses an AMD Athlon X2 6400+ 3,2Ghz processor, 4GB DDR2-800 and a Club 3D Ati Radeon 4870 512MB, I wanted to see if I could upgrade but quickly came to the conclusion that this would be impossible and that the improvement would not be worth the money so I started over from scratch.

About 3 months ago I got this inkling to want to built my own system. I had been out of the game for many years and had to read up on about 5 years worth of new stuff. Finally catching up I also found that I trusted myself enough to do it myself and not have it prebuilt, and so this little one was born.

I don't intend to overclock nor do I intend to go into SLI mode (at least not anytime soon) so the 4790 was more than enough for my liking, but I do the occasional editing and do like a quiet system so even though it might seem like overkill on the CPU cooler, it was definitely worth it. Heavy as it may be (whopping 1.2KG) it still looks slick and fits very snug into my case leaving about 2mm between the fan and the top of the memory. Unfortunately this makes removing or adding any memory a very difficult job as I would have to remove the cooler first.

So instead of going with 8GB and adding another 8GB later, I went straight for 2x8, 16GB DDR3-1600 of one of the most popular RAM sticks out there.

The SSD's are quite small as I will add a larger one later when I need it.

As for the GPU, some people hate Nvidia for the 3.5GB thing, I can't really care. If I can save myself £150 for a little less performance, I'm not fussed (intending to upgrade at a later point anyway).

For the rest, please refer to pictures of the install.

PS: I was waiting for the GFX so pictures of that and the completed build will follow shortly.

Thank you for the feedback!

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Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I had a Dark Rocks Pro 2 in my last build. Asides from the overly complicated mounting system I loved it. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

great parts, also how is that be quiet cpu cooler working for you it looks like a jet engine! +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, really appreciate the feedback.

it's massive is what I can tell you! It really stands out so that's kind of a neat "look at this ****" thing. My flooring is wood so when I recently purchased my washing machine it kept bouncing and vibrating the cooler. Luckily that has been sorted and no vibration issues there anymore :)

Other than that I am getting temperatures between 22-30C idle and 40-55C load, so all in all really happy.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

that's awesome to hear, hope you have fun with your pc :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

with all that power, you can do sli 970s and be set for the next few years.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Once the price drops to about 60% of what I bought it for now maybe I'll consider it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

And now we wait...

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I install an AudioCard like an ASUS Xonar DX in the little top PCI ? Is the DarkRockPro 3 blocking it ?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The first PCI x1 port will be blocked, the first available slot is the 16x slot and any other slot after that.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

i had already put the motherboard in and then realised ****, this is bigger than i thought even to the point where i was't sure if it would fit! Luckily it just did, but like you said it was afwul.