Description

This is my first full upgrade in over six years. My goal was to reuse my silent case, power supply and custom water loop and upgrade everything else to make it stand up to single display 1080P gaming for the next few years. I would also be gaming on my 5.1 home theater setup, so I needed a board with Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect to encode my computer's audio in realtime.

My previous build:

Lian Li PC-V1100B Intel QX6700 EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 2x EVGA 8800GTX SLI 4x2GB GSkill DDR2 800 2x 150GB WD Raptors 2x500GB storage drives

D-Tek FuZion CPU block EK 8800GTX blocks Thermochill PA120.3 Radiator Laing D5 pump Nasty generic dual bay reservoir Tygon R-3603

My new build parts are listed, and as you could guess, they were a big step up. I chose the P8Z77-V Pro because it was the cheapest standard ATX motherboard with DTS Connect. I bought the 1155 mount set from D Tek so I could use my fuzion with my new CPU...but I ditched the idea of water cooling my 660 Ti because of cost restraints-I don't think it would've increased performance.

To keep my case current, I also installed a USB 3.0 front panel upgrade from Lian Li. It had to be ordered direct, as it was not available from any retail store.

In the end I achieved my goals of building a fast computer for modern day games and software, while keeping it nearly silent for HTPC use.

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Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

hardware sample processor? lol

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

It was cheap, and it works just dandy! I stress tested it with super pi overnight without any errors.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

lol just weird to see those in public. does it identify as a 3570 or a 000? all the ones i worked with said genuine intel 000

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

My system reports the model correctly. Only the stepping and revision are different...CPU-Z reports the revision as being "E0/L0"

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

This is sweet as hell! I would do a custom window on that case to show off the liquid cooling, but this is really awesome none the less!

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I didn't think there is much to show off. The point of my build was to have something stylish but not attention-grabbing.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say the only thing that grabs attention is the 360 rad with push pull on the back ;)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah...that was pretty much the only place it could go. BTW the big "fan" in the middle is actually gutted and serves as a hollow spacer.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah I see that now! That's legit.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

confused, why the 660ti?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I chose the 660 ti for it's price:performance value and relatively low power consumption (compared to an amd 7950). Keep in mind that I am only playing games on a single 1080p monitor...the 660 ti is plenty powerful for that.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

760 is $60 cheaper... and i only play games one single monitor 1080p, i dont get why ppl aren't buying it

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

The 760 wasn't out when I bought the 660ti months ago (I got it before I bought any of these other parts), and it was $280 after rebates.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Wallpaper?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to know as we'll. where do people usually get these high res wallpaper?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm having trouble finding it again. I just went to google and searched for "abstract" and specified the size to 1920x1080. Sorry

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats okay, thanks for looking!