Description

This is not a gaming rig (I am sure you gamers are going to rip my choice of parts).

I am a webmaster who uses lots of background running bots & am always multi-tasking several web developing / webmaster programs (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Thunderbird etc..).

This started out as me just wanting to add better cooling, quieter fans, & adding a GPU that could handle three monitors for a i7-920 retail system. My retail HP was running hot and slow and I wanted to fix it up. But, I got the building bug.

After adding the new card, I decided that a new case would allow me to try out the closed-loop watercooling. So, I went with a soundproofed case. I accidentally ordered the XL case, but since I haven't done any builds in a while (and my tower desk space was big enough to fit it), I figured the added room to work, space for fans and airflow couldn't hurt, and would make cable management easier.

Then, while working on it (after installing the h55), I got sick of looking at the lousy HP mobo. At that point, it was "might as well go all in"....

So, I added the MOBO, the new CPU (re-installed the watercooler) & added the memory

How will she run for me?

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 7 points

I think is a nice, cool and solid workstation. All the programs you work are resources intensive, specially processor and RAM, when multitasking. Just try to install most programs on the HDD. The SSD is a lil small. Congrats!

Caroline.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe put another SSD in there?

I ws thinking about installing the more resource intensive programs on the SSD...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe! SSD gives you faster access to data. I always try to keep in the SSD the most important programs (OS, Antivirus, drivers) and all the others in the HDD. I think, once installed, a program performance depends more on the processor and the RAM, until it has to write something somewhere...

Greetings!

Caroline.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I am adding a 256 or 512 SSD.

It's took much of a pain to install programs on separate drives in windows.

  • 73 months ago
  • 5 points

This is fine, the h55 is just an expensive cooler for what it does, but trying out new things is always fun

Hope you enjoy your build

+1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Only thing that I would do differently would be an fx 8 core processor for multitasking, but overall great workstation build!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea....is the difference between the 4.0 Ghz 6-core and the 3.2-5 ghz 8-core that much better? I was going to get the 3.4 Ghz 8-core, but I decided to scale a few dollar back. If I decide I want to give it a boost, I will upgrade to the 8-core.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

I like it. Usually the best spot for the GPU is in the first PCI slot. Not sure how much it matters in this case. +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I have the soundblaster sound card in there too and I wanted to make sure it wasn't blocking the air flow.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Why an h55 over other cheaper air coolers that perform better?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Do they really perform better. I mentioned the liquid cooling loops that I thought were awesome looking to a friend and he recommended this closed-loop cooling. Seemed like a reasonable price and got great reviews. I had a lot of dust-build up in my stock HP CPU cooler. I just wanted to try it out.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes they do perform better. BUT i can see why someone would want to atleast try out liquid cooling.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Sound is also important and AIO liquid cooling seems to be quiet.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that everyone complains about the 'No Description' I will give you a thumbs up for a good workstation. The only thing that 'might' make a difference would be the utilization of an 8-core processor in this regard. Less Case, more CPU. No gripes otherwise. Solid workstation!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback. This was fun. I haven't tried either AMD processors yet...This is my first time being able to even test the new AMD's....

I saved a few bucks and went with the 6-core. If I think the 6-core is lacking performance I will bump up to the 8-core. But, I thought that the 4.0 (non-overclocked) 6-core would be substantial to perform well with less over-heating than the 8, no? How much boost you think the 8-core will give me?

I previously using a core i7-920 before with a weak CPU cooler (& 12GB of RAM) along with a 7200rpm HDD and a crappy HP case with crappy 80mm fans. I started on this to upgrade my case for more fans, add better CPU cooling, & add in an SSD, but I was having too much fun on the project and just got a building bug. So compared to what I was using before (as well as the graphics card and the added monitor), I think this will be a very substantial increase in performance (I hope lol).

In the end, The only parts I was able to salvage was the optical drives, HDD, and the soundcard.

This is my first build since college (12 years ago). I basically went with the bigger case for a few reasons. Mainly, I wanted the room to work without driving myself insane pulling wires and enough spots for 140mm fans to quiet the system. It also it comfortably in my desk's tower shelf, I wanted to make sure I has plenty of room for lots of fans, room for any future upgrades/changes, sound proofed. I also purchased car soundproofing material that I am going to put in there this week to make it more quiet.

I am going to build a media-center pc for myself. I will give the media center mini cases a shot next time.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really knocking the case, but a Mid-ATX is still large, and if you went the Corsair 200R route (nice case by the way) it would have saved you $70 or so :)The downside is the sound, as you stated. You can just get some high quality quiet fans and, as you already have, a AIO liquid cooling. Either way it's nice stuff.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

liquid cooling on an amd 6 core, 16gb of ram, very low end gpu, and 2 optical drives? A description for this is necessary, or it will receive downvotes

  • 73 months ago
  • 6 points

not every build is for gaming. some people genuinely need 16gb of RAM, and have no need for a $400 GPU

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nowhere in my statement did I say this was for gaming, nor did I suggest any part changes. I simply pointed out things that would need an explanation, or they would receive downvotes from people.

  • 73 months ago
  • 6 points

I'd put liquid cooling on any AMD CPU just to get rid of the regular HSF.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the stock cooler is terrible, I just don't see having a watercooled cpu unless you are doing some serious overclocking.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

I agree this doesn't make too much sense, and would be nice to understand why it is created the way it is. I upped this build because I love the AMD FX series.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for all the feedback!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the cpu work for web programs? I am building a very similar computer for web development and gaming.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The orientation of the H55 disturbs me greatly.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you attach those Antec TrueQuiet fans? Do they do a good job?

  • 73 months ago
  • -2 points

Why two optical drives lol?

I personally would have went with air cooling over the H55, and I would have gotten 2x4gb and spent that money towards a better gpu.

  • 73 months ago
  • -3 points

The case costed almost the same as your gpu?! I like your build but I wish you got a 8320 for this.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I jusr wanted a CPU that would be easy to setup three monitors without additional equipment.

And cooling and quiet are vital as well as the added ram.

GPU isn't a major priority..

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I need 16 GB of ram.

I needed a super quiet case and wanted the room for airflow.

This is not a gaming rig.

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