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  1. JaiMento's Avatar
    http://www.modsrigs.com/detail.aspx?BuildID=28468

    I think everything in that link is for the most part, current (except the Dell monitor went out and was replaced with an Acer and my CPU OC is different).

    Intel Core i7 2600k @ 4.4 GHz
    Corsair H100
    Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3
    MSI GTX 580 Lightning 3xSLi
    12GB Corsair Dominator RAM
    LG BH10 Bluray Burner
    120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD
    1TB WD Caviar Black
    750GB WD Caviar Black
    Corsair AX1200 1200w PSU
    Corsair Obsidian 650D
    Razer Lycosa
    Razer Naga
    Razer Orbweaver
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    12-28-2013 05:09 PM
  2. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    It's an ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboard, which means that it's built with overclocking in mind. It uses higher quality materials that are designed to be put through their paces. Even if you don't actually plan to overclock it, you can rest well knowing your motherboard is built to a higher standard and is likely to last that little bit longer. It has a great warranty on it too.

    The graphics card I wrestled with long and hard for quite a long time. After doing a lot of research I decided to go for an AMD card and as I knew I'd be gaming on a 1440p setup, I chose the R9 280X, knowing that it was a rebranded 7970 GHz edition. I picked it because compared with a GTX 770 it has more VRAM and a wider memory bus (364-bit instead of 256-bit) to take advantage of the memory, especially if overclocked at all. I could have gone with a MSI version of the 280X for 219, which was a steal, but my current NVidia card was MSI and I haven't been all that impressed with it. I chose to pay a little more, trusting in the quality of ASUS and having heard very good things about their DirectCU II and TOP OC'd cards.

    Hope this helps!
    I was mostly curious on the GPU price because the U.S. prices on the AMD cards have shot way up because of the cryptocurrency mining. My dad bought a reference 290X about a month back for $500 (launch price was $550), and they're up at $600 for a reference model now ($650-700 for an aftermarket cooler). Just wondered if you had to pay extra to get the AMD card.

    I'm going to stick with the ASUS DirectCU 5850 my dad gave me for a while. I'm hoping that since my college graduation and birthday are close together (5/14 and 5/26, respectively), I'll get a bit more money for my birthday than usual, and I might then get something like a 270X or 280X. Until then, I want to start by replacing the CPU and board, since they were middle-of-the-road when I got them in 2009. I'm hoping to head to Micro Center for the 4670K tonight or tomorrow (Tuesday at the latest), then I'll order a board from Newegg (probably Open Box to save a bit).
    12-28-2013 05:49 PM
  3. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    Mods Rigs

    I think everything in that link is for the most part, current (except the Dell monitor went out and was replaced with an Acer and my CPU OC is different).

    Intel Core i7 2600k @ 4.4 GHz
    Corsair H100
    Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3
    MSI GTX 580 Lightning 3xSLi
    12GB Corsair Dominator RAM
    LG BH10 Bluray Burner
    120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD
    1TB WD Caviar Black
    750GB WD Caviar Black
    Corsair AX1200 1200w PSU
    Corsair Obsidian 650D
    Razer Lycosa
    Razer Naga
    Razer Orbweaver
    Not bad, like the blue theme (my Blackhawk's got similarly-colored fan LEDs). Once I get a can of air and my new stuff, I'll probably take some before/after shots and put them on here (or SkyDrive).
    12-28-2013 05:52 PM
  4. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    All right, went and threw about $300 at my computer after Christmas. The 4670K was only $200 at Micro Center ($240 on Newegg), the board I wanted was only $120 ($145 on Newegg), and getting both together meant $30 off of the board (meaning $90). That means I spent $290 (pre-tax) on stuff that Newegg would have charged me $385 for, so it was hard to pass up.
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    12-31-2013 04:56 PM
  5. Keith Wallace's Avatar
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    Tried to grab a decent picture last night, best I could get in a hurry. Here's what it's got now:

    CPU: Intel i5 4670K
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX
    GPU: ASUS DirectCU HD 5850
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR3 1866
    PSU: Corsair HX 750 750W 80 PLUS GOLD
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB 32 MB Cache
    Case: Rosewill Blackhawk ATX Mid Tower

    As you'll probably notice, half of the RAM is missing at the moment. My dad had to borrow it for Litecoin mining, because you apparently can have a video card with VRAM equal to or greater than your system memory, and he only had 4 GB of RAM in his PC. So he's borrowing 16 GB of mine until his 32-GB kit of Sniper series RAM shows up, likely Monday or Tuesday. The cable management's a bit sketchy, especially since I have the USB 3.0 cable from the case closer to the video card than I would like. I'll probably fix that and zip-tie stuff later.

    I wouldn't keep the stock fan on, but I don't plan on overclocking the CPU anytime soon. I'll probably spend the next few months reading about that, and do it in the summer. My graduation and birthday will both be in May, so I'll probably get money then and use it for a new GPU, at which point I'll grab a CM 212 Hyper EVO or something and look at overclocking then. Right now, overclocking won't really help. I'm also still short a SSD, but after spending almost $400 in St. Louis (picked up the CPU for $200, board for $90, and a HDD for my cousin for $60 that he has to pay me back for), I didn't want to spend another $100 on a 120-GB SSD right now. I'll maybe add that after a month or two, or I might wait until the summer with the rest, we will see.
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    01-04-2014 06:17 PM
  6. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Ok so I now have my Razer DeathStalker Ultimate and my Razer Vespula. Now to just get my Nostromo and Megalodon.

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    01-06-2014 04:07 AM
  7. DBDev's Avatar
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    Tried to grab a decent picture last night, best I could get in a hurry. Here's what it's got now:

    CPU: Intel i5 4670K
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX
    GPU: ASUS DirectCU HD 5850
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR3 1866
    PSU: Corsair HX 750 750W 80 PLUS GOLD
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB 32 MB Cache
    Case: Rosewill Blackhawk ATX Mid Tower

    As you'll probably notice, half of the RAM is missing at the moment. My dad had to borrow it for Litecoin mining, because you apparently can have a video card with VRAM equal to or greater than your system memory, and he only had 4 GB of RAM in his PC. So he's borrowing 16 GB of mine until his 32-GB kit of Sniper series RAM shows up, likely Monday or Tuesday. The cable management's a bit sketchy, especially since I have the USB 3.0 cable from the case closer to the video card than I would like. I'll probably fix that and zip-tie stuff later.

    I wouldn't keep the stock fan on, but I don't plan on overclocking the CPU anytime soon. I'll probably spend the next few months reading about that, and do it in the summer. My graduation and birthday will both be in May, so I'll probably get money then and use it for a new GPU, at which point I'll grab a CM 212 Hyper EVO or something and look at overclocking then. Right now, overclocking won't really help. I'm also still short a SSD, but after spending almost $400 in St. Louis (picked up the CPU for $200, board for $90, and a HDD for my cousin for $60 that he has to pay me back for), I didn't want to spend another $100 on a 120-GB SSD right now. I'll maybe add that after a month or two, or I might wait until the summer with the rest, we will see.
    I really recommend the CM cooler, it dropped my load-temp from 75 to 55 compared to the stockcooler! You could probably OC a bit with it too, but I'll stick to stockspeed for now.
    01-06-2014 06:33 AM
  8. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    Yeah, as I said, I don't plan to overclock it for another 5 months or so. I don't have anything I'm doing that NEEDS the overclock, just browsing, playing games, and watching TV shows. I'll get money in May, then I'll consider a new GPU, at which time I'll look into overclocking. Overclocking an i5 to play Dishonored on a Radeon 5850 is rather silly. Though I haven't done any stress test, the highest temp I saw my CPU at so far was 54 degrees, which was when I was playing Dishonored. I think that was core 2, while the first and fourth cores were 50 degrees and the third core was 52 degrees. Nothing's getting hot, so I'm not too worried. It idles around 25 degrees at stock, so I'm sure I'll be fine for a few months.

    But yeah, I read about someone else who got similar temp. drops from the 212, and everyone suggests it in that price range (some suggest a Noctua at $80 and water at $100+). I don't intend to get stupid with my CPU, so I shouldn't get anything hot enough to need either of the higher-end coolers people recommend.
    01-06-2014 01:30 PM
  9. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Ok so currently my rig is based around a MacBook Pro as my desktop is not accepting usb keyboard or mouse input. Once fixed back to the desktop

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    01-30-2014 05:26 AM
  10. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Looking forward to replace my desktop with a new one, since I'm not really into the whole upgrade-/self-assemble thing. Served me well for about 5 years and only had minor issues so far.

    It's a Medion MD8833 and sports:

    Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2
    Motherboard: MSI MS-7502 (Socket 775)
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
    RAM: 3,00GB Dual-Kanal DDR2 @ 332MHz
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 256MB / Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster P2250
    Storage: Int: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 500GB / Ext: WD My Book 500GB, LaCie Design by Neil Poulton 1.5TB
    Ext. Soundcard: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Go!
    Mouse: Roccat Kone [+] / Keyboard: MS Sidewinder X6
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    02-23-2014 11:39 PM
  11. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Looking forward to replace my desktop with a new one, since I'm not really into the whole upgrade-/self-assemble thing. Served me well for about 5 years and only had minor issues so far.

    It's a Medion MD8833 and sports:

    Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2
    Motherboard: MSI MS-7502 (Socket 775)
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
    RAM: 3,00GB Dual-Kanal DDR2 @ 332MHz
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 256MB / Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster P2250
    Storage: Int: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 500GB / Ext: WD My Book 500GB, LaCie Design by Neil Poulton 1.5TB
    Ext. Soundcard: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Go!
    Mouse: Roccat Kone [+] / Keyboard: MS Sidewinder X6
    Nice keyboard. Though the mouse I'm not so sure about (I'm rocking lots of Razer gear myself). But ah well. I need a new motherboard tbh myself but need to check my graphics card as apparently my AMD Radeon is inferior to the GeForce one I had before.

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    03-01-2014 04:02 AM
  12. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Nice keyboard. Though the mouse I'm not so sure about (I'm rocking lots of Razer gear myself). But ah well. I need a new motherboard tbh myself but need to check my graphics card as apparently my AMD Radeon is inferior to the GeForce one I had before.

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    I'm not really a fan of Razer, so I just wanted a mouse from a different manufacturer. I ended up with the Roccat Kone because I used the Logitech MX510/518 for years and the Kone has a similar form. There a many complaints about the mousewheel on the internet (to be specific: the axis of the mousewheel which seems to break easily), but I use mine since Jan 2011 every day for several hours and I didn't have a single problem till now.
    03-02-2014 05:53 AM
  13. jlp34876's Avatar
    Windows 8.1 Professional (x64)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FX - UD3
    CPU: 3.60 gigahertz AMD FX-8320
    RAM: 8GB G-Skill Sniper
    GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6870
    Monitor: ASUS VX239
    OCZ-VERTEX4 [Hard drive] (128.04 GB)
    OCZ-VERTEX4 [Hard drive] (128.04 GB)
    ST31000528AS [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB)
    ST31000528AS [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB)
    WDC WD20EZRX-00D8PB0 [Hard drive] (2000.40 GB)
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    03-02-2014 06:41 AM
  14. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    I'm not really a fan of Razer, so I just wanted a mouse from a different manufacturer. I ended up with the Roccat Kone because I used the Logitech MX510/518 for years and the Kone has a similar form. There a many complaints about the mousewheel on the internet (to be specific: the axis of the mousewheel which seems to break easily), but I use mine since Jan 2011 every day for several hours and I didn't have a single problem till now.
    Hey it's different strokes for different folks. You like Roccat whereas I'm a Razer man (if only really for their SwitchBlade UI on the DeathStalker Ultimate). Sure I have a lean mean setup but it's good. I'll need to post my specs once my graphics card is updated.

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    03-04-2014 02:22 AM
  15. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Hey it's different strokes for different folks. You like Roccat whereas I'm a Razer man (if only really for their SwitchBlade UI on the DeathStalker Ultimate). Sure I have a lean mean setup but it's good. I'll need to post my specs once my graphics card is updated.

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    Of course there are different preferations and I'm glad that's how it is!
    I just didn't like the looks of the early Razer mice (Copperhead, Krait, Diamondback,...) and they were much more expensive than most mice by Logitech. I would've loved to buy a Mamba (because of the form, not the specs, I don't really need/care for them) but the tests I've read plus the pretty high price kinda ruined it for me :-(
    But I'm going to replace my mouse and keyboard (most likely a MS Sidewinder X4) along witha completely new PC and will take a look at other manufacturers :D
    03-05-2014 10:52 AM
  16. berty6294's Avatar
    I have the sidewinder x4 and x5 mouse and keyboard. I love them because they are a bit larger than other mice and keyboards and for my bigger hands I find them more comfortable. They are also really light, backlit, cheap, and WIRED. I'm going to post up my current rig later, but I'm planning on overhauling soon (planning on upgrading parts on it and recycling others into a server I'm building)
    03-05-2014 11:38 AM
  17. VRocker88's Avatar
    Figured I'd chip in and post mine. It's not the greatest but it isn't exactly slow and was originally built on a bit of a budget.

    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X Evo
    CPU: AMD FX-8350 @ 4GHz
    RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CL8
    GFX: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB (Windows drive)
    HDD1: Western Digital Black 2TB (Games drive)
    HDD2: Samsung F3 1TB (Backups/Junk drive)
    OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600W
    Case: Coolermaster CM690 II Advanced
    CPU Cooler: Akasa Freedom Tower
    Monitor1: 27" LG IPS277L-BN <-- Low resolution of only 1920x1080 lets it down.
    Monitor2: 22" LG L225WS

    Pic:
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    (Not sure why but the picture is upside down... oh well)

    It's a pretty rapid system and plays all the current games well but I am considering a new GPU soon, tempted by an AMD R9 290. Would also like some more ram but the CPU cooler restricts me...
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    03-06-2014 03:26 PM
  18. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    It's not quite ready yet (still waiting for my PSU and needs to be assembled from scratch since the parts are all still in the box^^) but since I'm not going to change anything I thought I just post the specs of my new build:

    Updated Specs:
    Mainboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 (Socket 1150)
    CPU: Intel i3-4130 @ 3.4GHz
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB OC Edition
    RAM: G.Skill RipjawsX 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz CL9
    PSU: SeaSonic S12II-620 (620W)
    SSD: Samsung 840 Evo 120GB (for OS and maybe the most important programs)
    HDD: 3.5TB - 2x Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB, 64MB Cache; 1x Samsung HD154UI 1.5TB (from an ext. LaCie drive)
    ext. HDD: 1x Western Digital My Book 500GB via USB 2.0
    ODD: Samsung SE-506BB external Blu Ray Writer (white)
    Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T (orange with window)
    OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit Home Premium
    Mouse/Keyboard: Roccat Kone [+] / Microsoft Sidewinder X6
    Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster P2250w (22", 16:10, max. Res. 1680x1050, no HDMI)
    Speaker: Logitech Z4 2.1-channel

    I may replace the monitor, mouse and keyboard this year as well as install up to 3 additional fans (maybe with a fan speed control panel but that's quite unsure).
    I'll post pics as soon as I've assembled it (may take a few days as I'm still waiting for the PSU to arrive).

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    It's my first self-assembled desktop PC but I suck pretty bad at cable management^^

    Edit:
    Desktop set-up added:
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    Edit 2:
    Did some cable management while I had the case open today.

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    Even if there is much room for improvement, I think it looks much better than before :-)
    Last edited by QwarkDreams; 04-04-2014 at 10:53 AM.
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    03-12-2014 07:52 PM
  19. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    My cable management is rather crappy as well. I just put it in a bit of a pile at the bottom, where it would be out of the way. I had spent, like, 5 or 7 hours between doing my PC and helping my cousin with his, so it was midnight and I was tired/lazy, and I left it like it was. Then I got plain lazy and didn't bother.
    03-15-2014 08:28 PM
  20. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    My cable management is rather crappy as well. I just put it in a bit of a pile at the bottom, where it would be out of the way. I had spent, like, 5 or 7 hours between doing my PC and helping my cousin with his, so it was midnight and I was tired/lazy, and I left it like it was. Then I got plain lazy and didn't bother.
    Well, I know I'm pretty new to the whole self-assembled-PC scene but wouldn't you get better ventilation and lower temperatures with cable management?
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    03-28-2014 11:04 PM
  21. Guytronic's Avatar
    OS=Win7 ultimate
    GPU=GeForce GTX 550ti 2GB
    CPU=Phenom X4 965@3.9 OC stable
    MOBO=Asus Sabertooth 990FX (ATX)
    RAM=32 GB Corsair DDR 3
    Cooling=AIR 7 fans CPU copper plate axial 2 inch exhaust.
    Drives=Samsung SSD 840 EVO 2.5-inch SATA/Hitachi 2TB 7200 SATA
    Power=Antec 800 watt Green
    Case=CoolerMaster desktop media mini
    Malware=some
    Bugs=not many
    Crashes=never

    Old system works ok tho.
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    03-28-2014 11:25 PM
  22. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    Well, I know I'm pretty new to the whole self-assembled-PC scene but wouldn't you get better ventilation and lower temperatures with cable management?
    Theoretically, yes, but it wouldn't really do much to help me. My case has plenty of room and 5 fans, plus I don't do a whole lot on my PC right now (lot of schoolwork going on). My PC sits in the high-20s or low-30s in temps, so it's not like I'm doing any harm. The cable management isn't to where it's clogging things up or blocking fans, it's just not zip-tied and bundled. The cables all sit at the bottom of the case, near my extra HDD bays, where they're not in the way of anything.
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    03-29-2014 11:30 AM
  23. Akash Patel's Avatar
    Intel i3-4130 3.4ghz
    gigabyte ga-b85m-d3h
    gskill ripjaws 4gb ddr3 1600mhz
    corsair vs550
    250gb seagate sata 7200rpm
    1 tb seagate sata 7200rpm 64mb cache
    sapphire toxic r9-270x 2gb boost
    windows 8.1 pro 64bit
    anybody playing bf4 here specially amd graphic card users.???
    Last edited by Skyrocker007; 03-29-2014 at 11:57 AM. Reason: spelling mistake
    03-29-2014 11:37 AM
  24. hs k's Avatar
    My current work rig is my Dell Studio 1558 with 8gb ram and mobility Radeon 5470.

    I play Starcraft2 Hots on it.
    03-29-2014 11:55 AM
  25. QwarkDreams's Avatar
    Intel i3-4130 3.4ghz
    gigabyte ga-b85m-d3h
    gskill ripjaws 4gb ddr3 1600mhz
    corsair vs550
    250gb seagate sata 7200rpm
    1 tb seagate sata 7200rpm 64mb cache
    sapphire toxic r9-270x 2gb boost
    windows 8.1 pro 64bit
    anybody playing bf4 here specially amd graphic card users.???
    Nice rig.
    How is the big Seagate working for you? Since I'm going to get an extra int. HDD I'm torn between Seagate and WD (looking for an HDD that can handle a lot of heavy use (playing music/videos a few hours a day, like in a NAS). In the past there was a lot of complaints about fast dying Seagate HDDs (tough the performance has always been praised).
    03-29-2014 02:44 PM
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