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

  1. #61


    I moved my components into the Corsair 650D last night and built my friend's new i3-3220-based system in my "old" Diablotek Abyss case. I'll post pics later today and then post the baseline benchmarks I ran last night so you guys can see where I am now. I'm very, very happy with the results I got!

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  2. #62

    Old versus new case...


    My DiabloTek Abyss case was given to a friend and I moved my components to a new Corsair 650D and the new case is fantastic! What a difference! Tonight, I'll get temps for my baseline prior to overclocking. The 2 x200mm fans are so quiet that I cannot hear them The Intel liquid cooling fan for the rear mounted radiator is whisper quiet, too. The blue LED on the Intel fan and waterblock are not nearly as obnoxious as my poor pics make them look...
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  3. #63

    Last night, pt. 2 (swapping computer cases)


    Last night, pt. 2 (swapping computer cases)
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    Pt 3, swapping computer cases...


    Pt 3, swapping computer cases...
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  5. #65

    My old and new WEI scores (Win 7)


    My old and new WEI scores (Win 7)

    Component old (Q6600 and GT430) new (i7-3770k and AMD 7770)
    1. CPU 7.1 7.7
    2. RAM 5.9 7.8
    3. Graphics 6.7 7.5
    4. Gaming Graphics 6.7 7.5
    5. Disk 5.9 (SSD in SATA II) 7.8 (SSD in SATA III)
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  6. #66


    My comparison chart didn't turn out very good, but the results sure did! I just ordered a USB3 header panel to connect to the two USB3 ports on the motherboard to give me 4 more USB3 ports, as if I need more! I'm trying to get my Bluetooth adapter connected without giving me "a usb device has exceeded the voltage for it and needs to reset" message that I'm getting. The blue LEDs on the rear fan and watercool block are not bad at all and the LED can be shut off, but I like it and it doesn't prevent me from easily seeing the status lights and POST codes on the motherboard. The Corsair case was a delight to install into, compared to the "bargain basement" craptastic cases I usually use. From now on, I will use quality cases and skip the "Harbor Freight quality" cases that I used to buy because they were cheap! Air flow is excellent and the fans do not produce any noise, which is nice!
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    The boxes look very nice. I like the plumbing.
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  8. #68


    Wolfgang,

    Thank you! It's amazing how something as mundane as a computer case can really make the difference! I used to think all cases were the same, but no more! Sometimes , you really do get what you pay for! Of course, the case costs $160 (after $20 rebate), so you do expect more from a product that costs more and in this case, I really got my money's worth!
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  9. #69


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    Wolfgang,

    Thank you! It's amazing how something as mundane as a computer case can really make the difference! I used to think all cases were the same, but no more! Sometimes , you really do get what you pay for! Of course, the case costs $160 (after $20 rebate), so you do expect more from a product that costs more and in this case, I really got my money's worth!
    I used to feel the same way until I used a nice case. Now I don't settle for cheap cases. The cheapest case I use is an Antec 300 and it's fine for most needs. But I've use the Antec Sonata II's for builds at home and my current case is an Antec P182.
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  10. #70


    I like the Antec cases I've seen. This particular Corsair has the SATA drive caddy at the top and I'm always hooking up drives to retrieve data, etc... so that's really convenient. The eSATA and USB3 ports are nice, too. The 200mm fans are silent and airflow is excellent. Cable mgmt is very important to me and there's more than 1 in behind the motherboard to hide the mess of cables... You have 100% access to the CPU cooler mount, so you can change CPU coolers without removing the board from the case and I like that, too.
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