Description

Needed a sturdy, fast machine for programming/database work, with occasional gaming on the side. I built in Mid-December, but decided to share it.

CPU: I was originally going to get the i5, but the i7 was on sale at 229.99, so I figured why not. I do enough programming to take advantage of hyper threading.

CPU Cooler: This thing is a monster. It weighs a metric ton...I thought it was going to snap my mobo in half. Luckily it didn't (not yet anyway), and it keeps CPU temps nice and low.

Mobo: It does the job. The excellent fan controller and bult-in Wifi were big selling points.

Memory: If you get the Noctua, you have to get low profile Corsair RAM if you go with Corsair or else it won't fit. It didn't recognize the RAM initially, had to go into bios to manually set the timings. I do a lot of database work and use ramdisks, so the more RAM the better.

SSD: Once you go SSD, you don't go back. This blazes through startup and the machine is always lightning-fast. 840 Pro is one of the best, and a significant improvement over 840, which I would not reccommend over the proven 830 series.

Video Card: Handles all my Steam games just fine. FarCry, Hitman, and Sleeping Dogs all came with the card, and all played flawlessly on max settings.

Case: It's a sturdy, no-frills case with sound dampening panels and good cable management. I removed one of the drive racks since I wasn't using it to improve airflow.

PSU: After all the horrible luck with PSU's I've had in the past, I went for overkill with a quality brand. I don't expect any problems. 850W is obviously too much, but I expect to add another GPU to crossfire at some point in the future, and would still like the breathing room.

Extras from old computer:

-2 24" HPw2408h monitors -Win 7 Ultimate -750 GB HDD 7200RPM WD -CD/DVD reader/writer -HP wired keyboard, HP wireless mouse, XBox controller for Windows, basic headphones -Have a 120 mm fan, haven't installed it yet. Will be at the bottom.

Total cost was ~$1290

Comments

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with Teejers. You seem to have a good reason for picking all your parts. Nice build! The cable management could be a little neater though...

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Near the bottom? Yeah I'll have to clean it up a bit when I add the fan down there. For the most part the cords are out of the way.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the 2001 reference. I just completed my 1st build yesterday and named the computer HAL9000 as well. No comments on the components as i dont feel qualified...as long as you're happy and it fits your purpose...Excellent!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I wouldn't say any machine lives up to HAL's standards, but as long as it does what you need it to do then it's all good. Glad to see another HAL fan!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, very good build!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same Video Card. One of the biggest selling points of the card was the free games.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

It was definitely a huge selling point. It's a fantastic card so far.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that decal, nice build!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

It was really easy to make, both were images I found online and then printed them on sticker paper. Should be easier to remove as well when the time comes.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

D'oh! I was sitting here marveling at the exceptional case mod, thinking you somehow got the perfect LED "eye" to go with this build. Actually now I'm more surprised that ThinkGeek hasn't already created one..

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did ya get that flat PSU cords?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

They came with the PSU, only a few though.

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

Great build! You've built quite the monster for only $1,300.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Helps when you can salvage some parts from the last computer. HP desktop...it was a nightmare, never again will I buy a desktop off the shelf.