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This is a build was for my dad on Father's Day. Before you begin to flame me, this was a significant upgrade from his previous Pentium 4/Windows XP combo setup. Also, it allowed me to re-purpose some parts from my very first build (not on PCPP). The main focus of this build, aside from a slight performance upgrade, was storage. He likes to keep all his photos and videos on his computer so the terabyte hard drive was essential. He doesn't do any gaming so where its spec'd is enough (for now).

GPU - The GTX 480 was bought off eBay for cheap. The blower fan is relatively quite. The motherboard has no video outputs so a graphics card is required.

Case - This was the one of the fun parts of the build. I HATE glossy plastic as it looks cheap and can be a finger print nightmare. Unfortunately, the matte black s340 was only available in Black/Blue or Black/Red. The solution? Plasti-Dip! I chose the Black/Blue to paint because the LED around the power button looked better in blue than red. A couple cans of Plasti-Dip later, the case is now black on matte black.

CPU Cooler - I never was really a fan (ha, get it! It's a CPU fan cooler) of the Hyper 212's silver heat sink. I had some extra Plasti-Dip and decided on spraying the heat sink black as well. Again, before more flaming is done, I will not be overclocking the CPU.

Plus, NCIX says its ok (only adding a few degrees under load). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dj__1QW-vE

This is on going project as I plan on upgrading my dad with my i7 4970k when I get to upgrade my own rig with the upcoming Skylake processors.

Happy Father's Day everyone! He sure enjoyed it. :)

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  • 58 months ago
  • 5 points

At least they were honest about the 480's memory :P

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

does spraying the heatsink may reduce it's cooling capabilities?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, but only marginally.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want to do that, better go with a heat conductive (spray) paint.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

be wary of the CoolMax PSU

just like RaidMax

they tend to blow up

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input. Gonna give him my Silverstone X660 as soon as I get a chance to find a new one for myself.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the look of the Hyper 212 EVO in black! But like others have said, I'd chuck that CoolMax PSU quick. They have a tendency to die, and take your parts with them. If you want something that won't break the bank but be much more reliable, I'd suggest looking at EVGA and SeaSonic.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

did you spraypaint the cpu heatsink? if so, that looks sexy as all hell.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

He mentions it in the build list, see above. Damn, that is a great father's day gift!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

They should just re-paint all of those heatsinks black, that looks so much bettter

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. I like it. "Sheep in wolves clothing"

Is there a lot of performance loss though, with ddr2-800?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

considering the cpu is old as well, I wouldn't imagine so.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I guess, but I am curious to see if it's worth getting more expensive RAM if the old stuff will do.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty the performance jump from DDR2 to DDR3 was the same as DDR3 to DDR4: negligible. The frequency increase but so does the latency and I'm pretty sure those cancel each out enough to not make a difference in general, I'm willing to guess that you might struggle with things like high res video rendering or maxing AAA games but any system on DDR2 probably has some trouble with it

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on upgrading my dad with my i7 4970k

DDR2 RAM. CoolMax PSU. i7 4970k?? I feel like there's some type of problem here :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

i'd imagine he'd upgrade the mobo and ram as well. :P

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol :) Would he upgrade the PSU?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

hopefully.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

If he doesn't the PSU's going to blow up the beautiful i7. =P

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd cry so hard, like, the equivalent of my dog dying, because that's literally almost 400 bucks just gone.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL yea it'd basically be the set up from my other build posted here. 4790k, some value DDR3 RAM, and a quality Silverstone X660.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL 4790k would come with another mobo as well. DDR2 wouldn't be supported. As for the PSU, that will be upgraded as soon as I find a good deal to replace my own.

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

=) This was practically a joke thread.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the +1!

looks at profile "PSU snob" .. Yea, I'm looking at for a good deal on a Corsair AX760 to replace my own and I'd give my dad my Silverstone X660.

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