Description

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.

Boinc http://boinc.berkeley.edu/

Stats (look at the tail end of the charts) http://boincstats.com/en/stats/-1/user/detail/123785/charts

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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

http://www.killgorack.com/upl/news/00000056/BOINC_Increase.pdf

Pretty good increase for sure!!

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[edit] 7-26-2014

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.

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Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice, crunch all the things/numbers!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Can someone explain what BOINC is ? curious is all.

Nice build overall though ! sure it is real quick

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Lets people help with network computing.. Basically it lets (with your permission) others in specific projects use your computer while your not. You download packets of data (or rather the software does) and your PC crunches that data and reports results back to a server.

Or something like that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Open_Infrastructure_for_Network_Computing

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

your computer while [edit]you're[/edit] not

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

If its on carpet I suggest elevating it onto a hard surface so that bottom fan and psu can breath! Smooth build though, I like that you went with a 3770K, I personally do not like my haswell cpu

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I've tried putting a board under it, just looks tacky. I'm investigating just making the feet larger. We'll see how it goes. Great suggestion..

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet deal on the CPU, RAM, and Motherboard! For the price, you definetly can't beat it.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Classy.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Niiicceeee... im just worried about that Thermaltake psu... personally i only trust Seasonic or Seasonic rebranded PSUs (like Corsair PSUs). Also for the noise, i suggest switching the fans out for either Noctuas (if you dont care about the look, cause I hate their brown color), or NoiseBlocker fans. I Also suggest setting up your fans as a pull configuration so that it would be easier for you to clean your radiators. Cause with your current set up, when you clean dust you would need to remove the fans to clean the radiator.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Just want to point out that not all Corsair psus are SeaSonic and that his PSU is just fine: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Thermaltake/Smart_M_750W/10.html

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed, or at least I do now ;0)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh never even occurred to me about that push config would hide dust. I'll think about changing it, when I have time. Great suggestion!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

SO MUCH DUST.. I've have drank the koolaid above here and configured pull on the radiator fans.. Shoulda listened..

Thanks.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and awesome entertainment setup. Where did you get the tv stand?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

basically that entire setup was purchased from hh gregg. Minus the PC that is..