PC Assembly Completed

19 Jul 2009  4 Comments

Thats one item off my list, I completed my PC a few days ago and was busy tweaking/over-clocking it and playing Crysis. So technically thats 2 items off my list.

My PC.JPG

More pics and specs after the break

The Motherboard:

The Motherboard.JPG

EVGA X58 3 Way SLI was my choice for the reviews it got the its overclocking capability, which was a breeze.

AMAZON Link

CPU:

i7 920.jpg

The Intel i7 920 was really my only choice, I didn’t want to spend $1000 on the extreme edition and the 2.4mghz was a bit under powered. This had the best bang for the buck and very good overclocking potential.

AMAZON Link

RAM:

CORSAIR 6GB RAM.jpg

I was looking to use the whole potential of the motherboard here, all of the 6 slots and the 1600Mhz. I bought a total 12GB for my build.

AMAZON Link

Note: 32 bit operating systems (xp,vista and windows 7) won’t recognize more than 2.5GB. You need a 64 bit operating system to utilize the ram, in my case I’m using Win 7 64 bit.

GPU:

EVGA 285.jpg

I didn’t want to spend $500+ on a graphic card, so my choice was the Nvidia 285 cards, choose the overclocked one just because it costs $30 extra. And because my motherboard is triple SLI ready, there is always room for an upgrade in the future.

AMAZON Link

Power Supply:

CORSAIR 1000w HX.jpg

Because of the overclocking and the use of the SLI capability, I needed a lot of wattage, I was always looking for a 1000 watt power supply. I choose the CORSAIR model which was more than enough for my build.

AMAZON Link

Cooling:

Cooler Master Heatsink vs Stock.JPG

Due to the overclocking, I needed to cool the CPU, I choose the Cooler Master V8 (left – compared to the stock fan on the right), and just for kicks I bought the CORSAIR RAM cooling kit.

V8 on Board .JPG

AMAZON Link (V8)

AMAZON Link (Ram Airflow Kit)

Case:

Thermaltake-Element-S.jpg

I knew I wanted a Thermaltake case even before I started to think of building a new PC, an ARMOR+ to be exact. But then I saw the ELEMENT and I thought why not go for something new (the armor was almost 2 years old).

AMAZON Link

DVD Drive:

This I bought from Kuwait, I took the Samsung DVD/RW drive for 7 KD.

Hard Disk Drives:

WD 1TB.jpg

Because I have a Windows Home Server, I didn’t want too much storage in the PC. I got 2x 1TB HDDs and a Raid0 setup for performance. And I always can add more.

AMAZON Link

The Completed Project:

The Insides.JPG

Total Cost: almost $1900 approximately KD550

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  • heema

    Congrats and looking forward for Crysis performance benchmark !

  • DVLz

    How is your setup complete when you don’t have a monitor? at least not in the pictures. It all looks good for now but the scary part is the Cooler Master V8 heatsink which looks like a bulk of heavy metal or more of a car engine. I used to have this one on my old PC which kept the temp in the 45 – 50′s range.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046

    As for the case I kinda like the Cooler Master Cosmos S case but a mid size would be better.

    Now watch this crazy vid

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dWOEa4Djs&feature=related

    BTW what HDDs are you using?

    Congrats on your new :)

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    Note: Windows XP and Vista 32 bit will except up to 4GB installed but will not give its maximum usage due to Windows limitation, also different computers give different numbers so it depends. As for a 64 bit it will support up to 128GB

  • DVLz

    How is your setup complete when you don’t have a monitor? at least not in the pictures. It all looks good for now but the scary part is the Cooler Master V8 heatsink which looks like a bulk of heavy metal or more of a car engine. I used to have this one on my old PC which kept the temp in the 45 – 50’s range.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046

    As for the case I kinda like the Cooler Master Cosmos S case but a mid size would be better.

    Now watch this crazy vid

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dWOEa4Djs&feature=related

    BTW what HDDs are you using?

    Congrats on your new PC :)

    —————————————————————————————————————————

    Note: Windows XP and Vista 32 bit will accept up to 4GB installed but will not give its maximum usage due to Windows limitation, also different computers give different numbers so it depends. As for a 64 bit it will support up to 128GB

  • http://uptill1.com N

    Heema: will do soon, right after the Overclocking post :)

    DVLz: didn’t show my monitor cause its a bit old, I bought a monitor after I screwed my Macbook pro’s screen and converted it to a desktop a year ago. will post my monitor, mouse keyboard and speakers soon.

    the V8 is awesome, I’ve got my 2.66 running @3.5 with temps not exceeding the early 50s while playing Crysis.

    The Cooler Master Cosmos is a monster, saw it at Fry’s just before I ordered my case, It’s big (not a bad thing for building a PC) and heavy (very bad thing if you are shipping the damn thing). But if it’s available in Kuwait, it’s a very good choice.

    I’m using WD 1TB drives, and the video you posted is insane.

    You are totally right about the RAM, 2.5GB is a motherboard/bios limitation not 32 bit architecture.

    Thanx.

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