I built a PC

Yep, after about 6 months of research I finally decided to order the parts and just get it done.  
This was the first PC I ever built and I was quite surprised how easy it was. I pretty much learned everything I needed to know from Geno's thread and Tested's How to video. The only problem I ran into was installing the OS as I installed the 32 bit version of widows instead of the 64 bit.  
 

The Good

 
  • Its damn fast, the fastest PC I've ever used in fact.
  • Its nice to finally be able to play PC games without them looking like slide shows.
  • I finally have a place to store all my data that isn't an external drive

The Bad

 
  • MSI includes a special technology on their motherboards called O.C Genie which is meant to take a measure of your system and automatically overclock your CPU and memory, this automatically gives me a BSoD so I'm going to have to learn to overclock for reals.
  • I order all my parts from Germany as the prices in Ireland for PC parts are ridiculous, part of this order was a keyboard and to my surprise it was in German (facepalm). So all the basic keys are the same i.e A-Z, 1-0 (had to switch the y and z keys around) but the symbols and function keys are all fucked up.

Specs 

 
  • Motherboard: MSI P55 GD65
  • CPU / Cooler: Intel Core i5 760, Corsair H50
  • Memory:  G.Skill Ripjaws 4 GB DDR3
  • HDD: 1TB + 2 TB Samsung F3    
  • Graphics: 2x Sparkle GTX 470
  • Displays: 22" LG Flatron LED Monitor
  • Speakers: 2.1 Logitech X-230
  • Keyboard: Keysonic 8001 (possibly the worst keyboard I've ever used)
  • Mouse: Razer Deathadder
  • Case: Lian Li PC-7FN
  • PSU: Coolermaster 850W 
  • OS: Windows 7
 

Photos

 




35 Comments
36 Comments
Posted by Gav47

Yep, after about 6 months of research I finally decided to order the parts and just get it done.  
This was the first PC I ever built and I was quite surprised how easy it was. I pretty much learned everything I needed to know from Geno's thread and Tested's How to video. The only problem I ran into was installing the OS as I installed the 32 bit version of widows instead of the 64 bit.  
 

The Good

 
  • Its damn fast, the fastest PC I've ever used in fact.
  • Its nice to finally be able to play PC games without them looking like slide shows.
  • I finally have a place to store all my data that isn't an external drive

The Bad

 
  • MSI includes a special technology on their motherboards called O.C Genie which is meant to take a measure of your system and automatically overclock your CPU and memory, this automatically gives me a BSoD so I'm going to have to learn to overclock for reals.
  • I order all my parts from Germany as the prices in Ireland for PC parts are ridiculous, part of this order was a keyboard and to my surprise it was in German (facepalm). So all the basic keys are the same i.e A-Z, 1-0 (had to switch the y and z keys around) but the symbols and function keys are all fucked up.

Specs 

 
  • Motherboard: MSI P55 GD65
  • CPU / Cooler: Intel Core i5 760, Corsair H50
  • Memory:  G.Skill Ripjaws 4 GB DDR3
  • HDD: 1TB + 2 TB Samsung F3    
  • Graphics: 2x Sparkle GTX 470
  • Displays: 22" LG Flatron LED Monitor
  • Speakers: 2.1 Logitech X-230
  • Keyboard: Keysonic 8001 (possibly the worst keyboard I've ever used)
  • Mouse: Razer Deathadder
  • Case: Lian Li PC-7FN
  • PSU: Coolermaster 850W 
  • OS: Windows 7
 

Photos

 




Edited by HitmanAgent47

Nice build and good cable management.

Posted by benjaebe

This was the first PC you ever built? Damn. Looks great - my first build had cables EVERYWHERE. Also, I love bottom-mounted power supplies.

Posted by KaosAngel

...how you get the cables all neat?  Also, great rig.

Posted by Claude

Now you get to play some older games and crank them up by using mods or whatever resources that enter your mind. Have fun, I'm sure it's going to be a nice run.

Posted by ninjakiller
@Gav47:  Why 32bit OS?   *shudder*
Posted by KaosAngel
@ninjakiller: ...oh shit, I didn't notice that.  Dude, you really should do 64bit.  
Edited by Claude
@KaosAngel said:

" @ninjakiller: ...oh shit, I didn't notice that.  Dude, you really should do 64bit.   "

He's not online it seems, but aren't most Window 7 OS's sold as 64bit?
 
Sorry. I just read the post again. Yeah, that's curious.
Posted by Wunder_

Yeah dude; even with just 4GB DDR3, 64-bit is probably worth it. 32 is only for net surfers :<

Online
Edited by Ben_H

Yay become a pro SC2 player and run it on low at over 200 FPS like I do (Just kidding run it on ultra). 
 
Also, a Cooler Master Silent Pro PSU.  Good choice, I have one too and it definitely is quite and it's held up great for the year I've had it so far.

Posted by Gav47
@ninjakiller: @KaosAngel: @Claude:  
Whoops forgot to mention I did a fresh install of the 64 bit version the next day, the copy of Windows 7 I got had one DVD for the 32 bit version and another for the 64 bit.
Posted by HitmanAgent47

Can you post your 3dmark 11 score? I sort of want to know how two gtx 470 would score on that program.

Posted by Claude
@Gav47 said:
" @ninjakiller: @KaosAngel: @Claude:  Whoops forgot to mention I did a fresh install of the 64 bit version the next day, the copy of Windows 7 I got had one DVD for the 32 bit version and another for the 64 bit. "
Crysis averted.
Posted by ninjakiller
@Claude:
Posted by KaosAngel
@Claude said:
" @Gav47 said:
" @ninjakiller: @KaosAngel: @Claude:  Whoops forgot to mention I did a fresh install of the 64 bit version the next day, the copy of Windows 7 I got had one DVD for the 32 bit version and another for the 64 bit. "
Crysis averted. "
Speaking of which...how's it run Crysis?
Posted by Gav47
@KaosAngel:  I got a solid 60 fps on high with 4xAA, haven't tried very high yet, I suspect it would be less than 60.
Posted by KaosAngel
@Gav47: Isn't there a level after Very High?  Extreme or something?  I wanna know those stats!
Posted by Gav47
@HitmanAgent47: I downloaded the basic edition and ran it but it kept throwing up "Windows lost focus" error. I try it again tomorrow and see if I can find a solution. 
Posted by Driadon
@KaosAngel said:
" @Gav47: Isn't there a level after Very High?  Extreme or something?  I wanna know those stats! "
Nein. Very High is Crysis' end all be all and what makes hardware scream like a exploding Roach.
Posted by Subject2Change

Nice looking build. How do you like the Corsair H50 so far? I was considering swapping my Coolermaster V8 to a liquid cooler to quiet my PC down a bit. And good call on the case. Nice cable management options.
 
Overall impressive for a first build. And <3 LG monitor, I run Dual 23" LG LCDs.

Posted by Gav47
@Subject2Change:  To be honest I'm not that impressed by it, I had to configure it to pull in hot air and exhaust it out of the case because there is only two fan places on the case. Currently the idle temp is 38-44 °C, when I run Prime95 I get 46-48°C across the cores, only thing I could do is reverse the fan and add an other fan to get a push pull set up but I don't like the idea of not having at least one fan pulling hot air out. 

Posted by Subject2Change
@Gav47 said:
" @Subject2Change:  To be honest I'm not that impressed by it, I had to configure it to pull in hot air and exhaust it out of the case because there is only two fan places on the case. Currently the idle temp is 38-44 °C, when I run Prime95 I get 46-48°C across the cores, only thing I could do is reverse the fan and add an other fan to get a push pull set up but I don't like the idea of not having at least one fan pulling hot air out. 

"
Hmmm that's a bit discouraging. O wells, i'll save the money and research it a bit more in the future.
Posted by HitmanAgent47
@Subject2Change: why not just get a H70 instead?
Posted by Snowfelhake

I like that a lot. Might use some ideas from your pics to tidy up my own build.

Edited by Subject2Change
@HitmanAgent47 said:

" @Subject2Change: why not just get a H70 instead? "

Eh don't feel like investing 100 bucks atm. I really need a new case as well. It may become a project for me once I get my tax refund or some time away from work so i can invest the time to rebuild my system. Trying to get the most out of my Q9550 for a while longer...
 
350 dollar project...ya ill wait a bit.
 
 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112243
 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835427007 x2 - to replace the BLUE LED ones. Not into the flashy stuff anymore. I don't show my PC to anyone special.
 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181013
Edited by Gav47
@Subject2Change:  I kinda broke my rule of never buying a first generation electronic product with the H50 but it looks like the H60 is just around the corner. I'd recommend waiting for it. 
 
Heres the official product page
Posted by BeachThunder

Wonderful. and definitely nice cable management as Hitman said ^__^

Posted by TheKeyboardDemon

That's an awesome build. Some great  hardware choices for a first build, can't really fault it. Well done.

Posted by ZimboDK

Looks great for a first build. Hell, looks great, period. I wish I wasn't too lazy to bother with cable management.

Edited by HitmanAgent47
@Gav47: thanks for posting that. I am still using stock cooling on my i7 because I wasn't sure of the H70 could fit in my case and the H50 leaks and destroys mobos. Of course that rarely happens but it does happen. I was looking at some big noctua cooler, it would of took all the room in my antec 900 and block everything. I was worried that the H70 with it's push and pull config will block my side fan which looks great on my pc case.  
 
Then you posted the H60, without it's ugly hockey puck like design or h50's ugly design. It doesn't take that much space, the tubes looks like it's well configured to not snap by coolit's design. Also it looks very easy to install. I know what my next cpu cooler will be. The word corsair is sort of big and ugly since I have a side window, nothing electrical tape can't cover. I don't have to worry about how much space it takes now. I still hope it cools very well with only one fan on the radiator. Thanks for posting that, when I complained, someone listened and finally designed a cpu cooler that I wanted.
Posted by TheKeyboardDemon
@HitmanAgent47: Lol. A man of influence indeed.
 
I should have said something about the cable management, I've just upgraded my case and would love to have my cables managed as neatly as you have managed yours, the cables on my PSU just aren't long enough to track around the back of the case and over the top of the motherboard but I have a new PSU in the post which should be much better. Fingers crossed.
Posted by HitmanAgent47
Posted by Gav47
@HitmanAgent47:  
Here is my 3DMark score. Its not great as there seems to be no scaling for SLi, heres a overclocked single GPU score for comparison, if you look at the histogram of results you can see the average score is around the 4000 mark. 
 
It seems to be a common issue.
Posted by HitmanAgent47
@Gav47: I guess sli isn't supported yet, my 3dmark score is like 4171 on a gtx 460 1gb overclocked to it's limits. However your unengine score is like way higher than mine using 16X aniostropic filtering and 4X AA which I only scored 688 with all that anti aliasing.  
 
You could try the FFXIV benchmark, i'm sure it will be extreme high for the score and stuff. http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/media/benchmark/na/ 
 
There is also a lost planet 2 benchmark, I can only get a B overall score in it, looks fantastic since it makes full use of DX11.
Edited by TheKeyboardDemon
@HitmanAgent47:  That's neat, I think my PSU has the low flat modular cables like the ones used on Gav47's PSU and it's this that will make the most difference in routing them behind the mobo tray, I think the cables are longer on modular PSUs too to help with this, at least I hope so. This is the PSU I went for:


It's the OCZ Fatali1ty 750w Semi modular which means some of the cables are attached and the rest I can add myself.
*** I posted this last night, came back to the thread and it wasn't here, so I posted again. This morning both posts were here! 1 has been deleted.
Edited by Subject2Change

Eh I don't care what it looks like in regards to the H70. I won't be using a windowed case in the future. Whichever cools better is what I prefer. Would love to push to a 4.0.
 
When I sell my 8800GTS G92, 150 Raptor and a pair of 5h V2s I'll probably use that money towards the new case. That is more important, my old case is beat up pretty badly.