Gotta love black friday. Picked up a 1TB Samsung EVO 860 for $127.99 at B&H no tax, free shipping. Replaced the Silicon Power SSD. Actually runs faster. Loving the Samsung. I guess you really do get what you pay for. Happy Thanksgiving y'all!
OK it's still really ugly, but it performs well.
I overclocked the ram up to 2448 Mhz and the CPU to 4.5Ghz. To the GTX 1070 FE I added +125 core and +250 memory without overvoltage. Got it up to +225 core and +455 but anything higher together gave me funky splotches places when testing. It also got the temp up to 74C. +125 and +250 are a nice about middle of the test limit for me to leave the card set at. It runs without the overvoltage slider up and still stays at 69 to 70 during looping test sessions. Got the old heaven benchmark maxed out at 1080p up to 2512 before backing done. Score wise looks right around where the 1070 ti started out in Joe's big black and gold box pc. Did score a little better on the sometimes useless Userbenchmark.com. I am now switching over to Valley and Superposition scoring and I'm sad to see Heaven go. I just don't see a 9 year old benchmark being as useful in testing these 6GB and up video cards.
Edit 8/4/18 through 8/8/18
Swapped the i5 4690k, the Zalman CNPS9500 cooler and 8 GB 1600 Mhz Crucial Ballistix Sport XT RAM for an i7 4790k, Corsair aio H60 and 16 GB 2400 Mhz EVGA SSC RAM from EBAY. I also upgraded the PSU from an EVGA BT 450W ATX to a Corsair SF 600W. I had to relocate the SSD due to the new PSU SATA power cable length and add an old modified power cable from the first version of Ellie's college PC for the bluray player slim SATA adapter to connect comfortably.
I delided the 4790k and replaced the thermal grease with the liquid ultra pro. I'm all out of that scary but awesome stuff. Now I have much better temps than my first tests with the hot little CPU topping out at 65C. That's a 9C drop for me. Now games have the CPU only getting up to 51C in VR and only during the weird black screen when taking the headset off while running Beat Saber do I get that temp. Anything higher takes artificially loading the processor.
With the changes it's now a much easier setup to work in with the water cooler and small form factor PSU. The upgrade savings of EBAY are offset by the higher cost PSU, but it is getting closer to a "proper VR PC". Thanks for looking!
Edit 5/4/18 "May the fourth be with you."
Mason54 provided a refurbished Nvidia Founder's Edition GTX 1070 for the Junk Yard Dog. I had to get more air into the case so round two of cable wrangling and add another 120mm hole with a Silverstone filtered grill to the rescue. It's not the prettiest setup, but it sure runs well. (If I can ever pull the trigger I'll buy some MNPCTech fan bullet 120mm ports in black to make it "purdy".)
Thanks go to Mason. This 1070 is a noticeable improvement over the 1060 6GB card. What a blessing.
Belated Happy Easter. Jesus is risen!
First one to read all the way to the end gets the bonus if they want it.
Congrats to MrMe20 for getting the prize!
Ok Nathan and I purchased an Oculus. Mostly Nathan. Trying to use an Oculus Rift Touch in a bedroom was ridiculous. Especially when it was my youngest son's bedroom. The area to move is 3 feet back by 5 feet across without obstruction. Nate and I would smack the bunk beds, the desk, the monitor and one time I reached up hitting the running ceiling fan. I had to build a smaller PC for our living room to move the VR.
If I were to use the 1060 from Nate's PC, he'd still need something. I took one GTX 770 out of the SLI'd Lavender Lady PC and set him up with the 770. Video card checked off.
I had an Antec ISK600 case from way back for an old Radio pc idea that never worked out. Case checked off. But I'm not fond of that case. I had the case and most of its parts sitting in the outside closet. It was really dirty, had silver looking spots and rusty hued spots. Had to clean it, touch it up and oil it to get it looking acceptable. I also took the factory 120mm factory fan out and changed it with one of the leftover blue and white pwm Silverstone fans from the Lavender Lady build.
I thought I could gut the old my little pony PC and use its 4770k cpu, cooler, and ram so my first purchase was a Z97 mini itx motherboard. I always loved the look of the EVGA Stinger wifi motherboard and when I saw this one I bought it. It was a little high, but works perfectly. Motherboard checked off.
While looking for the motherboard I made a low offer on 8GB of ram and it was accepted. At first I thought it was a scam and I'd have to get my money back, but two shiny blue sticks came in the mail, looked new, and worked. More reason to not gut my daughter's first pc. Ram checked off.
Turns out I really couldn't get myself to take the 4770k out and move the cooler, then try to sell the leftover parts or store them. I feel kind of attached to the working big sparkly, pink and purple mess I built my daughter about 5 years ago. I looked for a used CPU now. After talking on here with Mason54 and SensibleSystems on Facebook I decided on either a 4670, 4670k, 4690, or 4690k. I put in a bid on several CPUs and almost got this 4690k for $115 but with 5 seconds to go I was outbid. I got mad and upped my max bid to $150 with 2 seconds to go. The price shot up to $137.50. Umm that's still a decent price right?(NO IT'S TOO HIGH!) Durn it. I only paid more to best that other bidder. Instant buyer's remorse. I wish I had kept my cool and used a bidding app to get a better price. Anyway, the 4690k arrived and works great although I suck at manually overclocking a CPU so the max I've gotten is 4.2Ghz so far. CPU still checked off.
Oops edit. 68C was at a max 3.9Ghz. That's the stock turbo setting. I hadn't saved the 4.2Ghz. I tried again and watched it climb to 78C after 10 minutes with 4.2Ghz on the four cores at 1.220v. Not a good setup. I bet I'd get over 80C just waiting another 15 to 30 minutes. I'm setting it back to stock and auto until I learn more about proper overclocking. I also need delid the CPU and redo the thermal paste. I'm not giving up on the Zalman 9500 yet. I'm sure it can get 4.2 and hold below 80C with a Zalman.
I had a thought I was quickly approaching 8th gen i3 "k" cpu setup pricing.......but came to my senses because I had found the ddr3 ram for 25 bucks. Sure would have been nice to do an all new 8th gen build, but this works and still cheaper. On I went looking for that low bid or someone to accept a lower best offer.
Well I'm rambling on. Let me try to sum it up. Several parts were bought on EBAY as a "...or best offer" low bid that was accepted and two were higher than I'd like. A few parts I had. Glad I didn't sell, or pitch my copy i had bought years ago for another build that never worked out. Still rambling....
Complaints: The Zalman cooler bracket does not fit this motherboard without grinding off 2mm of material on one side so it will clear the VRM heatsink. The case has too much space in front of the motherboard to the psu and the sides. Although the Antec ISK600 case has a rubber isolation 3.5" hdd tray, it is set too close to the bluray/dvd to use it and the slim disc player. It's odd. Windows 7 Pro and Oculus don't like each other. Had to format the SSD and switch over to Windows 10 Pro. Glad the product code with the old 7 disc works for 10.
Idiotic mistakes: I installed the slim bluray/dvd four case screws all the way without spacers locking the tray sliders closed. The tray wouldn't eject. Took me 1/2 a day of thinking about it to realize what I had done then removed them, figured out the spacing and made 4 spacers.
Fun cheat learned from other builders on here: Using a Sharpee to "paint" the multi colored wires and connectors black hides a myriad of old school mustard and ketchup ugliness. The ram, and fan are still toothpaste blue, but that's ok.
This is a 4 generation old CPU setup that runs the Oculus Rift and plays our Bluray movies like a boss.
I present the Junk Yard Dog. Our HTPC wannabe, Oculus running little living room EBAY build.
(Bonus:You can polish a turd after all. See the last picture for an unused Echo 3 product key. Echo 3 is a disc cloning software. I won't use it, ever. I have another cloning software I use. First one that reads this and claims it gets it. Thanks for reading and looking.)
Already claimed by MrMe20.
I've noticed the GPU gets up to 74C max after extended use in VR. Looks like I'll be modifying this case soon to get more cool air in. Maybe one portal by the video card fan and one portal with a 120mm pwm fan.
I added one top filtered porthole and another PWM 120mm fan. That did it. Now it runs at 38C after extended sessions and the GPU stays at 69C. :)
Beefy CPU. Nice frequencies right out of the box. Tends to run a little hotter than the 4770k at similar speeds before a delid but I still recommend it.
After the complaints about pump noise I'm pleasantly surprised at how quiet it is. The radiator is noticeably thinner than my older H80, but it cools well. I like it.
This stuff is pure awesomeness. It does eat aluminum and is conductive so be careful with it.
Love the look and function of this motherboard, but it lacks a usb 2.0 connection. Ok, the wifi only goes up to "n" and that sucks, but this little joker is old now as of 8/4/18 and still kicks butt. The external clear CMOS button is a live saver when upgrading or overclocking. Absolute garbage at wiggle room for overclocking settings. Boo EVGA.
Most importantly, the motherboard look is great! ;)
XMP profile 1 at 2400 and no problems with the EVGA Stinger wifi motherboard. Matches the look of the motherboard now. I like these.
Wow I'm sure the prices will go down further, but wow. $127.99 for a Samdung EVO 1TB SSD with a 1GB cache. Love it.
Old school hdd that stores 2 TB. Great for the money but noisey.
If it's free I'll take three. In all seriousness this card is wonderful. Nice upgrade for VR from the gtx 1060.
Absolutley love this little PSU. Dead silent and cool. Makes working in a mini itx case a dream. Needs an adapter though.
Reads, writes (and plays with the additional software I purchased) Blurays. DVDs etc. A little pricier than the cheapest external, but it looks nice and is quiet.
I've finally been won over by the monster that is Windows 10.... because 8 and 8.1 sucked. I am so pleased that I can use my new/old stock versions of the windows 7 Pro to install WIndows 10 Pro.
Super quiet, PWM and more airflow than the Corsair quiet 120mm fans I own. 5 stars
Well it's a bracket you dont get with the Corsair SF 600W. Have to install it to make the SF 600W PSU attach to my case. Very sturdy and stylish piece of metal. Your friends will be in awe and your enemies will be jealous. Get one today!