This PCs' main functions are to serve as a Media PC for the home entertainment system, house an Apache server for the home intranet for documents like manuals and records of a recordy nature, and most of all to crunch BOINC data. Looking at the amount of data this guy crunches is pretty good compared to what my old PC has been doing.
Anyway there are a few parts that were pretty much given to me. These include the motherboard, RAM, and the CPU, all of which are pretty awesome. See the prices below to see how awesome this guys is.
The CPU cooler is my first closed loop or liquid system I've ever used. Installation was easy and pretty similar to stuff I’ve used before. The only two gripes I have are pretty trivial. There are a lot of cords coming out of that thing, and the fans that come with it when the system is being taxed are pretty loud. Both of these issues are something I can deal with for sure. It keeps the chip cool even during a 100% load for more than a week. I’m pretty happy with it.
First power supply I've used that is at least partially modular. Pretty cool only having to use the cords you need. The description of this on amazon did say that it was FULLY modular, but the CPU power and the big plug were permanently attached. Still no biggie here, I never give power supplies a second thought unless they break or don't have enough ***.
Again a first the SSD, I have to say WOW that makes a difference. Not sure if this is a good one, but I can’t ever see not building a system in the future without one. One gripe here as well, un-boxing it was a little disappointing. It had the weight of something that I can get out of a gumball machine.
The case is the best case I've ever had the pleasure of building a PC in. options for routing cables are awesome. I got this one because of the stark black look, so it would go with the entertainment system. Getting the case and matching cooler was also something that help clinch the decision.
The USB 3.0 connector to the motherboard needs to be a 90 degree plug.. what a nasty situation that could be in a crowded case. Love the speeds though.
Enjoy it, hope it lasts for years.
CPU OC'd to 4.5gHz, Core voltage @1.352
Second time I've put this build here, the first was deleted accidently.
Stats (look at the tail end of the charts) http://boincstats.com/en/stats/-1/user/detail/123785/charts
For all you statistic geeks out there, here is a hypothesis test of data crunched before and after the PC addition to my BOINC account
Pretty good increase for sure!!
Got a video card to help with the crunching, and playing some video games. Works pretty good so far. Pardon the dust, it's been running for a while.