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

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    Rockham,
    Thank you! I'm glad you're going to build your own, it's a great experience! I try to buy everything at MicroCenter as their prices, selection, return policy and staff are all excellent, at least in the store near me. The Madison Hts, MI store is an hour's drive away, but it's only a 20min drive from work, so I'll head over there tomorrow at lunch. The SSD I put in my friend's PC died this PM and I'm returning it for another, then I get to recover the hard drive, so we'll see how Macrium Reflect works!

    I'm an Intel guy and the i7-3770k at $229 is a fantastic deal! The Corsair H55 liquid cooler is the same as the Antec 620 and they are both excellent CPU coolers. The ASUS P8Z77-V LK motherboard is easy to setup and is rock-solid and a bargain at $135 or so. Get an good SSd (Intel, Samsung, etc...) and a 2 or 3TB hard drive (I prefer WD) and have fun! Send me a note if you need a helping hand and I'll walk you through any issues you might have over the phone. You won't have any trouble at all!

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    My friend's PC (I have to replace the SSD tonight)


    My friend's PC (I have to replace the SSD tonight)...
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  3. #253

    This is why I do not like CPU heatsink/fans...


    This is why I do not like CPU heatsink/fans... This is not too bad, compared to others I've seen, but it represents why I do not like fans and heatsinks on the CPU... I'm fixing this one for a friend this weekend...
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  4. #254


    Posts : 2
    Win 7 64 bit

    The list


    Alright, the principal components for the build are purchased! There are a few things that I am going to leave out for first stage (liquid cooler and graphics card), but I am satisfied with the project at hand. I am am a statistical consultant and am using this build as a home office. So, I am hoping the built in GPU in the i5 will suffice for dual monitors until I find an appropriate GPU. Thoughts? Anyways here's the list as is:

    i5 3570k
    Gigabit GA-Z77 -DS3H
    Coolmax modular 600w power source
    120 GB Samsung SSD
    1 TB Western Digital HDD
    16 GB Kingston Red DDR3

    As I mentioned before this is my first build. Anything tips before I start? Obviously don't use magnetic tipped screwdrivers and avoid building in a room prone to static electricity, but anything as far as order of construction, best do's and don'ts, etc?
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    Sounds like you picked some excellent components. BTW, I use a magnetic screwdriver and have for 25 years, no issues at all. Take plenty of pictures, route cables carefully to keep airflow uninterrupted, put Scotchpads on front of the intake fan(s) to capture dust and dander. Go slow and do a good, final; look around to be sure everything is plugged in correctly. When installing Windows, only hook up the SSD until you get the OS installed, then hook up the "data" drive (1TB, in your case). Good luck and post pics!
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    Last night's project...


    I got our son the Corsair 300R case and moved all of his components into it and I also got him a new Corsair 750watt modular power supply as his PC Power and Cooling non-modular power supply is 8 years old (and still going strong). I'll use his old case and power supply for one of my test boxes... I also replaced the stock Intel cooler with the Corsair H55 liquid cooler as I'll be replacing his CPU with the i7-3770k at Christmas. I STRONGLY recommend the Corsair case and power supplies as I've had very good experience with them and their quality is very good for the $ spent!
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  7. #257


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I got our son the Corsair 300R case and moved all of his components into it and I also got him a new Corsair 750watt modular power supply as his PC Power and Cooling non-modular power supply is 8 years old (and still going strong). I'll use his old case and power supply for one of my test boxes... I also replaced the stock Intel cooler with the Corsair H55 liquid cooler as I'll be replacing his CPU with the i7-3770k at Christmas. I STRONGLY recommend the Corsair case and power supplies as I've had very good experience with them and their quality is very good for the $ spent!
    Looks great! Very tidy!
    Still hanging on with my dad's setup of Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processor, 2GB DDR2 RAM, Integrated nVidia GeForce 6150 (nForce 430) and a Seagate 250 GB spinner.
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  8. #258


    MrShowdown,

    Throw an SSD boot disk in that and bump up the RAM to the max on that board (DDR2 is very expensive, though) and you should be able to get more use out of that PC. The use of the PC really determines what you need to do (or not do) to keep it functional. Our son is doing a lot of work on audio and video for college and hisband, so he really sees the performance increase, but if you're using the PC to browse the Internet, read email, etc... you won't see much performance increase from an upgrade. Upgrading the RAM in a DDR2 PC is very expensive compared to DDR3 RAM. My test PC is my old main desktop and it's got an Intel Q6600 CPU with 6GB of RAM and onboard video and it's still fine for most uses...
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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    The Corsair 300R case is great! I've got the same one here, except I couldn't resist the "windowed" version . Lots and lots of space!!!
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    Yes! I believe the 300R is the best value out there! I didn't see the windowed version, or I would have bought that one for my friend and my son. The 300R incorporates many of the features found in the higher priced cases, such as cable mgmt, tool-less drive bays, USB3 ports on front, nice power button (doesn't feel "cheap") and the cooling/fan options are generous! You can easily fit the all-in-one liquid cooling units in and large video cards are not a problem. The 140mm and 120mm case fans that Corsair includes with the case are quiet and move plenty of air.
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