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So this computer started its life as a Dell Precision T3500. Not something most people would consider a gaming pc but had some decent potential. It came with 12 gigs of 1333 ram and 3.2ghz W3670 hexacore! O and did i mention is was free...FREE. So I gladly took it and put in a 750Ti at the time and enjoyed 2 years of mild gaming on older titles.

Recently i wanted to play newer games. 2015 titles and found the 5 year old Dell really didn't wanna hold its own so I knew it was time to change things up a bit. Did some comparisons and found that a 4th gen i5 everyone was recommending really wasn't that much more powerful than what I was running so I decided to scrap the dell and keep just what was good.

That left me with ram and a processor. Found a nice used Gigabyte ud5 used for 150 and it came with a functioning 920. Threw My cpu and ram in, got a free Zalman case through Amazon, ditched the 750Ti and picked up a 4gb EVGA FTW 960. Picked up a real power supply, not like the pos Dell decided to cram in there tower... A few extra fans with blue led to brighten up the build a bit, some nice SSD lightning deals from Amazon and I was in business!! O also picked up the highest rated air heat sink i could find...turns out it was probably also the largest...

All in all im very pleased with the build. She now handles everything I throw at her and gives me solid 1080p gaming @ 60fps or better on high and ultra settings. I used 3DMARK to benchmark her and scored a 20475 on Sky Diver. Fire Strike is out of her current reach but with a card change that could easily be brought into her grasp.

Only gripe I have about the whole build is I should've looked more closely about the size of the PHANTEKS heat sink. It was definitely too big to fit in the Zalman case and even with modifying the acrylic window, it didn't yield the desired result. Plus there really wasn't enough room for cable management without putting pressure on the mobo. So I got that taken care of recently with a Corsair 780T. I love this case!!! Its huge, everything fits no problem and cable management was awesome!!

If you made it this far thank you for checking out my build! Its definitely been a labor of love and also my first attempt at building a computer. Over all I am extremely satisfied with the experience and will continue to change things and make the build look better as I know it could use a bit more tweaking.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Sick build. Haven't seen such an i7-970 for so long lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually just purchased an i7-970 build with 16gb hyperx ram, gigabyte ud3r mobo, and gtx 770 for $100. Wasn't expecting to see a new i7-970 build on here posted again though. Very nice clean build though and it's definitely a very capable CPU.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

i7-970 build with 16gb hyperx ram, gigabyte ud3r mobo, and gtx 770 for $100.

How the.. what. ;_;

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah.. Helped an older man out with a build and he basically just gave it to me for free. The only reason I paid $100 is I insisted on something at least.

I won't be using it. I have my 6600k/390 gaming PC and my LGA1155 i5 HTPC/console that I'll throw the GPU into but I'll probably just sell the rest.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome purchase! You're definitely way ahead in cost compared to me. Good luck with you new computer!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

My school literally let me have like 10 hard drives (only 1 Sata 120gb, but 3 sas harddrives that are 10k rpm and 147gb each, all the others are IDE and less than 80gb), 3 lga775 mobos with 2 core2duos and one pentiumD, some ram, a old graphics card, and as many dvd/cd drives as I want. All for free. Oh and I could take like 5 PSU's that they don't want.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Can somebody tell me the specs of the I7 970 I am a amd person and have no idea whats special about it all

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Its a 6 core i7 with hyperthreading that is very old but can still run whatever you throw at it with ease, It still beats anything amd has out currently.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

It's only about ~25-35% less performing than the 5820K I am using right now at stock speeds, it was a beast for its time and is still a great CPU today, although it's age can start to show through sometimes.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Wicked build, mate. It's unique. Didn't think I'd ever see the i7-970 again haha. 10/10 for initiative and creative thinking. Good job!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you much! Next changes arre getting rid of the 2 white led fans that came with the case on top for blue and later on finding 24 gigs of ram with blue heat sinks.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks great. Very cool older tech that is still valid for gaming and such. Thanks for posting this beautiful build and keeping an old dog in the hunt.

Thumbs up

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Very interesting. How's the 780T to build in? I noticed that in the description it said 980T. XD

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the heads up. Was doing gpu comparisons when I was writing this up. Its really nice. There is a ton of room. Nice if you have big hands to work with. Cable management in the back was really nice. Only things I didn't like about it are the windows around the ssd trays and being able to see the back door from the front. Would have also liked to see a psu cover like the one in the Zalman Z9 Neo case And maybe some more windows around the mobo. Other than that it fit my needs perfectly. Main reason why I got it was I needed 180mm of clearance for my mobo heat sink combo. the 780T offers 200mm.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds like It was real fun and to build in. If they're still being made when and if I make a new PC I want to use that case unless a better looking one comes out.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The 600t was first released in 2011 and it can still be purchased today. The 780t has been said to be the 600t successor and it was first released in 2014. So if the trend stays the same you should be safe up to 2019. Just make sure you want HUGE case. It stands 2 feet tall and is 22" long. Like I said, main reason why I went this big was for my heat sink. If you go liquid you wont need a case nearly this big.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I know it can still be purchased today, I just hope it'll stay on the market for maybe 6 years. My case I have right now isn't much smaller than the case you have.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I just realized you have the wrong Mobo on your parts list. You don't have the UD3R. You have the UD5.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Haha, thanks. Its updated now.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

That mobo is sick! Would've been nice to see it in a sleeper build / old school case

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. When I started this all I knew is I wanted a gigabyte board cause they were bullet proof in the x58 chipset. This was the cheapest and best of the available boards during that search. So a bit of luck and fate there. So far between the 3 cases the 780t has by far the best heat disapation I've had. Watercooling may help with overall size but I am really satisfied with my temps.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for making do with older hardware.

Throw in a 980, and you're golden.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! All the research I did on game debate sealed the deal on saving the processor. When I first got the Dell I didn't really realize what I had but once I decided to build I was plesently surprised. Graphic card progression is well within her future. Fire strike from 3DMARK pushed the cpu to 90% so I definitely have alot if room before I see any cpu bottleneck

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you get stuff for free? :/

I want free stuff...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The t3500 was from my brother. The Zalman case I got by signing up for a credit card for amazon. Signing up for that card got me a free 80$ gift card to amazon.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I guess I'll sign up for the card

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I LOOOOOVE this build. A little better on the cable management and it would be awesome. The Nahalem i7's are still awesome when overcocked. Very good build sir.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you much! When I fully finish this build I will definitely redo the cable management. At some point Id like to get into overclocking but I don't have enough knowledge to feel comfortable with it but at some point I wanna try it out.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That case is lovely! (until I saw the price :P).

Beautiful build, nice to see the old stuff getting its last hurrah.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, the case was bit of a tough sell for me. What sold me on it was its size, modern look, and ease to build in. This case will definitely get carried over into future builds along with the vast majority of parts used here.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I saw your comment on my build so I thought I would return the favor. I think you did very well with what you had. The issue with the Zalman was probably a blessing in disguise because that corsair case looks great with your components. The one thing I might recommend is flipping your SSDs around so you see the other side from the front. then some fan extension cables so you can manage those a little better. Then tuck the cable in running across the front of the SSDs better and it would look great. But the cable management has got to be my biggest downfall too it such a tedious pain in the ace lol. Great build all in all though!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks guys for the positive feedback. It's much appreciated. I'm sorry I wasn't clear but it's a xeon w3670 not a i7- 970. The 970 is the closest processor to my current specs on pcpartpicker.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

So...recently added 24 gigs of Mushkin ram cause Ark was using 9.5 out of my 12. Plus i wanted to get the Dell ram out for the longest time. Im currently saving for a Pascal gpu for August sometime and max out what the computer can do with 1080p. I added a couple of more blue led fans to the bottom to add some more light. Still need to change the top fans. The brand I used does not make the same look of blue led fans in 140 so im gonna have to go with 3 120 for the top. Once I take care of the top fans ill be updating the pictures.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Still have not replaced the top fans but I was able to pick up a GTX 1070 off of newegg Friday. Got it in yesterday. Will post pictures, oc specs, and benchmarks by the end of this week. I can say this, my fire strike score easily doubled and I am now #2 for sky diver with a xeon w3670.