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Documenting my new PC (re)build... From Q6600 to i7-3770k

  1. #91

    Yes, the SSD gives you the biggest "seat of the pants" performance boost! I always recommend it when I'm rebuilding an older PC or building a new one for someone. I like the Intel 330 120GB and the Samsung 830 128GB, but they're all probably great drives. Mind you, my previous PC was 6 years old, but the Q6600 is still chugging along as I gave the PC to my wife. She loves it and we'll get several more years out of it. The Intel CPU's and motherboards have served us well over the years and I will miss them after Intel stops making them and the supply dries up. The Gigabyte and ASUS boards are good, too. You have to "match" the board/CPU/video/drives to what the person wants to use the PC for, that's the key!

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  2. #92

    I just built a PC for a friend and he and his wife just came over and picked it up., It was fun seeing how excited they are, they're going to love the new PC and that makes me happy!
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  3. #93

    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit

    Most people don't realize it, but one advantage of having someone like yourself build a computer for them is getting a Windows installation without all the bloat ware that OEM computers come with. Not to mention the fact that the computer is built with good quality hardware. I doubt that I will ever buy a pre-assembled computer again.
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  4. #94

    Yes, I do a nice, clean install, update all drivers and apply all patches. I update the BIOS (if necessary) and put copies of all documentation on the motherboard, cards, CPU, etc... in a folder on the hard drive. The PC's run better because I "tune" Windows and then install Microsoft Security Essentials on it. I re-install any applications the person owns and I've been installing LibreOffice, which is a free Microsoft Office clone that is free. I make sure their documents are all in the right places and redundant or duplicate data is deleted. I usually backup the C drive to an image file, using Macrium onto the other hard drive. I do quite a bit of "value add" and my fee is always 0$ as I only do this for friends, family, etc...
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  5. #95

    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit

    I do quite a bit of "value add" and my fee is always )$ as I only do this for friends, family, etc...
    There are advantages to having a friend and/or relative, who is a tech geek and a generous person at the same time!
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  6. #96

    My results...

    My results, so far... The CPU is running at 4.5GHz , effortlessly, I might add...

    Component Details Subscore Base score
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz 7.8
    Determined by lowest subscore
    Memory (RAM) 16.0 GB 7.8
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 7.9
    Gaming graphics 4095 MB Total available graphics memory 7.9
    Primary hard disk 86GB Free (111GB Total) 7.9
    Windows 7 Enterprise


    Manufacturer INTEL
    Model DZ77GA
    Total amount of system memory 16.0 GB RAM
    System type 64-bit operating system
    Number of processor cores 4


    Total size of hard disk(s) 1974 GB
    Disk partition (C 86 GB Free (111 GB Total)
    Disk partition (D 714 GB Free (1863 GB Total)
    Media drive (E CD/DVD
    Media drive (F CD/DVD


    Display adapter type NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
    Total available graphics memory 4095 MB
    Dedicated graphics memory 2048 MB
    Dedicated system memory 0 MB
    Shared system memory 2047 MB
    Display adapter driver version
    Primary monitor resolution 1280x1024
    DirectX version DirectX 10


    Network Adapter Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
    Network Adapter Intel(R) 82574L Gigabit Network Connection
    Network Adapter Intel(R) 82579V Gigabit Network Connection
    Network Adapter Intel(R) Advanced Network Services Virtual Adapter


    The gaming graphics score is based on the primary graphics adapter. If this system has linked or multiple graphics adapters, some software applications may see additional performance benefits.
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  7. #97

    Very nice, Art! Did you have to bolt it to the desk? That thing must fly!
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  8. #98

    Tony, Thanks! Yes, it's fast and reliable, two requirements for me. Next, I'll get Win8 on it...
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  9. #99

    Current settings...

    I was experiencing random lockups in Win7 yesterday and so I knocked the overclock down to 4.4GHz and so far, so good! I have not increased the voltage...
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  10. #100

    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit

    I remember experiencing random lock ups when I first tried to OC my 2500K at anything above 4 Ghz. Never did try to figure it out and have run my CPU at stock speed since.
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