My new i7 build.

vinceg

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i got this system built about 2 weeks ago , just been playing with settings and didnt have the newest bios update so i had issues with installing windows and what not. but after some playng around with it i got it up to spec and im loving it!! :D i have not o/c it yet , i just want to run it on stock settings for a couple weeks first and then try to o/c it. here are some pics.. enjoy

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tried going the water cooling route looping the video card with processor on one cooling system, but system ran @64c on idle. so i returned the crappy water cooling system , since i believe that one was only made to cool the processor only. and went an got a heatsink for now, until i find a good water cooling system , since i still have the water cooling blocks sitting in my closet that i got from frozen cpu.com

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most of the stuff i got at frys, and the rest at newegg.com here is the list ,

samsung t260hd 25.5" 1080p screen - $450 -frys

storm sniper case - 160$ - frys

5- 320gb hard driver to run raid 5 or ten. - $300 -- frys

danger den liquid cool kit $200 -- frys

corsair power supply 850w $ 160 --- frys

radeon hd 4870 x2 video card - $500 -frys

water blocks for processor and video card ( NOT INLCUDED IN KIT) - $243 - frozencpu.com

gigabyte ga-ex58-extreme lga 1366 intel motherboard - $330 - newegg

intel core i7 920 2.66ghz LGA 1366 130w quad-core processor - $290 newegg

6 GB of DDR3 ram - $ 315 - newegg

lg black hd/blu-ray/dvd-rom - $130 -newegg

razor lycosa keyboard - $80 frys

logitech g9 mouse $100 frys

creative fatality headset $80 frys

harmon cardon comp speakers - $150 frys
 

xthekidx

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Looks pretty good, I think you could have saved a lot of money buying some of those parts from other places than fry's though...O well.

On your water cooling issue, it sounds like you didn't have good contact with the CPU and your waterblock, so I would try reseating it, as stock i7 cooling will give you temps like 35C or so when idling...64 idling sounds like there wasn't good contact. You did use thermal paste when you applied the water block right?

Love the pics!
 

vinceg

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thanks for the comments, yes i know i think next time i will be building i wont be in such a hurry to get ewverything in frys, like you said o well. after tryin to install two cooling kits, and yes i did put on thermal greese , my solution was that the video card was so hot that my coolant in the hoses was pretty warm as well, and not cooling the rest of it off.
 

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Awesome rig congrats! I am curious on a couple things.

1. If you wanted 6 GB of Ram, why did you go with 6x 1GB sticks rather than 3x 2GB sticks? Not only could you expand further is the future (if that need EVER) arises, from my understanding running 3x sticks would be faster.

2. What sort of overclocking are you planning on doing? The Core i7 920 OCs pretty well and I hear the 4870x2 does too. How far are you looking to push?

3. Do you have any benches you can give us with on default clocks? I prefer real world builds to website builds to see what real people are getting. If you do capture some benches and plan to OC, be sure to get those too!

4. Are you running Vista x64?

5. When you do find a good water cooling system for your entire system, please let us know what it was. I am looking into watercooling myself but I have to weigh the pros and cons. I have a GTX 295 and the only waterblock I found was about $200.
 

xthekidx

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Sounds like you needed a better radiator.
 

vinceg

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1. i dont know much about the 2g sticks, my windows vista 64 bit runs quite well with this setup. and i was thinking if i ever need more ram than that, then it would be time for a new build computer.

2. on the o/c im still collecting info on what would be the most best and stable ghz to run at, im aiming at 3.6ghz for the processor, so it can last longer, if i ever need more il go to 4.0. , the video card i will leave along for now, it seems to be doing its job very well and fast. and it already heats up like a mother. so until i get a new water cooling kit, i will keep her @ stock settings.

3. yes on windows vista 64bit.

4. still looking for water cooling kits. here is a link to one i think might do a good job, but still need to do more research.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7297/koo-141/Koolance_Exos-25_External_Water_Cooling_Kit_-_Black_EX2-1050BK_and91No_Nozzles.html#blank

 

vladg

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The radiator* was big enough we tried the danger den. but i swear that 4870x2 heats up like **** if u touch it. it will burn your hand.
 

vinceg

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brining my thread back to life to post specs of my over clock, i built this system in late february, and just now completed a stable overclock.

3.6ghz
bclk 180
vcore 1.25
QPI 1.24
cpu mulit 20x
ram multi -8x
turbo - off
hyper-thread - on
speed step - off
dram bus 1.6v

idle core temps are 40c
idle cpu temp 35c

max load temps were 73 71 72 69c after running prime 95

thanks for all the support and help i got from foolycooly , compu tronix, and physyco says die! BIG THANKS TO THREE SUPER HELPFULL MEMEBERS. :)