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Of Course I Still Love You

by Mackilroy

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20 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 6, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 22, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.11GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

Description

This build is an upgrade of the system I put together in early 2010 -- an i7-930, 6GB of RAM, various other bits and sundries. The parts marked as a cost of $0 were pieces I'm reusing (with the exception of Windows 10, I was given that), which is a substantial portion of the computer. Primary use is building parts and FEA in SolidWorks, along with occasional strategy gaming and Kerbal Space Program.

There were no issues putting the system together, except when I had the power cables for the GPU misaligned and kept getting a warning to plug the GPU in. Easy fix, Windows 10 was a fast install, and I'm going to reuse the old parts to build a hackintosh. Should be fun...

I'm aware a number of components aren't listed--the monitor stand, the JBL creature speakers, and the Kindle. I'll probably add them later. Will also get around to doing something about the cable mess inside the machine, but I never see it.

10.27.15 Redid all of the wiring, moved the SSD behind the motherboard, took out the extra drive tray. So far I don't see much difference in temperatures, but it did make a difference in mounting the GPU to the motherboard.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU is quick. Really quick. Probably a bit more than I needed, but I wanted to stick with i7s because I do more than just play video games.

CPU Cooler

A bit better than the Hyper 212 EVO I had before. Excellent design and very quiet.

Motherboard

I wanted a motherboard that included a couple of M.2 ports, had enough SATA ports for all the hard drives I have, and plenty of USB ports. My last motherboard was from Gigabyte and they've always been reliable for me, and this mobo fit the bill.

Memory

I don't care about looks, and higher-clocked RAM won't make much of difference for me compared to having more RAM. Going from 6 to 16 is quite a treat, I'm less inclined to close programs to free up memory.

Storage

Bought this a while back, it's reliable and extremely fast.

Storage

I have a lot of files. Could have got this for less, but I picked it up at Micro Center, so no waiting for shipping.

Video Card

People dislike the 970 because of the 3.5 gig+0.5 gig fiasco, but this card has been great. I'd probably go with it even today, that or make the jump up to a 980 Ti.

Power Supply

Silent, fully modular, 80+ Gold rating. Precisely what I was looking for.

Comments Sorted by:

hdiraddo 5 points 26 months ago

take all your psu cables and put them in the grommet right next to it then bring them out the side grommets and have some cable managment to keep good air flow and better looks

Mackilroy submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

That's a good idea, thanks for the recommendation.

Russkie69 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Nice build! You've saved quite a lot, since you already had many of the vital parts that would put a dent in your wallet. I just did a rough estimate looking at all those parts and it's over $1100.

I see that the Spaghetti Monster really does exist, that's the only thing I fear. I also own the R4, the titanium non window version. I can say that it has enough space for great cable management. What I personally would do in your case, if your not planning on adding more hdds anytime soon is remove that top drive cage for better air flow. Then place the hdds in the bottom cage, and move the ssd to other side of the case where there is a spot to mount it, that should give you lower temperatures by a few degrees. I can say that every degree counts when you're running a 390 like me.

How do you like the 6700k?

Mackilroy submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thinking back on the prices I paid, it's roughly $1000 for all of the rest. Much of that I bought when it was on sale--the keyboard, the monitor, the case, the SSD.

Haha. My old case was even worse, it was an Antec Sonata III and a full ATX board in that (along with a non-modular PSU) leaves cable management nearly impossible. Removing the top drive cage probably isn't possible, not unless I want to remove the motherboard to attach the SSD. I mean, I could do that, but the idea just makes me want to do something else. Temperatures as they are are already quite low (certainly far lower than I got with the i7-930), so I'm happy.

It's great, I've definitely noticed speedups in Handbrake, SolidWorks, Civilization V, and Kerbal Space Program. I haven't tried overclocking it yet, I'm not sure what the H7 can handle, but it's already an enormous jump in both IPC and clock speed compared to what I had before so I might wait before trying to bump up the clock speed.

Russkie69 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I'm not exactly sure, but I doubt you'd have to remove the motherboard in order to remove the top bracket cage holding your HDDs. That is unless of course you thought I meant the driver 5.25 bays that are commonly used for optical drives & fan monitoring. I believe that the SSD screws on from the sides to the mount, but I'll have to check with mines first to be sure.

Mackilroy submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

My earlier statement was poorly written, I meant that I would first have to remove the motherboard to install the SSD to the back of the machine, and then I'd be able to remove the drive cage--otherwise I need it installed to hold all of the drives.

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

with a build this good, it looks like you already build your hackintosh.

Mackilroy submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

In one sense, you're absolutely right. Up until Mavericks I dual-booted, but upon Yosemite's release I had a bunch of issues so I used it as a pure PC. Now that I have this machine I'll put Mavericks back on the old hardware. I've got all the parts I need lying around, I just need to get my other case.

Also, fantastic name! Vergere was rather creepy. Haha.

Vergere 7 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

well, only 90% of what I say is half true.

noap7 1 point 26 months ago

Noice build! +1. Commendable part choices! How well does that mobo perform? Could you give me a bit of a review on it? Would you recommend it? Ordered it 3 days ago and hope i made a good choice...

Mackilroy submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Thanks! The mobo is great, I'd recommend it in a heartbeat. Plenty of USB ports. I had no trouble plugging in power, USB, SATA, etc. Aesthetically it's clean and professional-looking. The only possible downside I see is that my case has more 3.5" bays than I can physically plug in hard drives, but I've never used all the bays as it is so that's a minor concern. Anything specific you'd like to know?

noap7 1 point 26 months ago

Not really anything specific. Just needed to hear a first-hand review from someone who owned it. Your like the first person who has ever reviewed this. Thnx!

BB2013 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Have you overclocked your cpu? If so how did it go?

Mackilroy submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Not yet, this is a massive enough jump for me coming from an i7-930. I might if I get a high-end air cooler though (Dark Rock Pro 3 or NH-D15, for example).

Fozbi 1 point 23 months ago

Walk in to pcpp like what up i got a big gpu, naw im just pumped up bought some fans from the thrift shop,cpu being cooled so damn frosty the prople like DAMN thats a nice build +1 mac LOL xD

Jozeph_sh 1 point 18 months ago

Help! The motherboard has alot of bad reviews in newegg and i find it the perfect one, should i buy or not? most of the problems were DIMM slots issues and the mother board being too short!!! this is my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/Ls9H9W

Mackilroy submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Looking at the reviews on Newegg, they're problems that I haven't experienced at all. My motherboard has been rock solid, and I highly recommend it. Looks like a decent system you have otherwise.

That_One_Wonka 1 point 17 months ago

Hey! How did you get all those parts for free? I really do not have a huge budget for my PC and it would really help if I learned how to get some of them for free. Thanks!

Mackilroy submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I didn't get any of them for free. Those parts are listed as $0.00 because I reused them from my previous build. Were I to list what I paid, that would add roughly $700 to the total cost.

As far as getting parts for free -- that's not something you're going to be able to do legally, short of people gifting you components.

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That_One_Wonka 1 point 17 months ago

I thought is was Deals like Combos and stuff like that. And I think that the dumb one is the guy with Sonic as they're icon...

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