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Blackdragon (part-2)
by xbit
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Description

I uploaded this build a few months ago, but its had a few upgrades sense: cpu, backup hdd, case fans, mouse, etc. I built my son a graduation system recently and he lucked out by receiving my 'older' i5-3570k.

All parts have been running w/ out issue, perfectly in fact. The only cosmetic problem would be the h100i LED's are burning out but the Corsair forum says a fix is on the way. So once it's available I'll RMA my cpu cooler just so I can play w/ the LEDs again. Just green is working now.

I use this system as any computer enthusiast would: gaming, benchmarking, tweaking system settings, education, overall fun. I Also run quite a few VM's on the system, and thats the main reason why you see 16gig's of ram.

Over the last few months I've asked a lot of questions and I've answered a few. Here is an FAQ on the build and my parts:

CPU: Q: why an i7 3770k, the i5 3570k is a better deal. A: I run quite a few VM's at the same time for testing, and it seems to use all cores. I like the better benchmark scores. i got a really really good deal on my i7.

MB: Q: why the MSI? A: I picked the MSI just due to many of the reviews. And after running it for a few months, I'll never pick another MB other than an MSI. It's VERY stable and it's easy to OC the CPU and RAM. I had my i5 OC's to 4.9 stable and cool and I have my i7 at 4.5 stable and cool. For some reason I can't reach past 4.5 with my I7 but that's another topic I guess. It also looks great, imho.

Memory: Q: Dood, your a dork getting more than 8gig ram. A: well, I'm a happy dork with my 16gigs :) RAM is cheep and again I run quite a few VM's and game at the same time. I Also like to play around w/ ramdrive. I have a 2gig ram drive that I've moved all my system temp files to as well as my browser cache. Also the Corsair Vengeance is awesome. As long as your CPU cooler can support it (its TALL!!). I have mine OC to 2000 Mhz at the moment and it runs great.

Storage: Q: Your WD raptors are a waste of money. A: IMHO, having a fast SSD as your main OS w/ your primary apps and a fast RAID-0 for your data drive ='s storage bliss. In short, I may have wasted a little $$ here but I've always wanted raptors and I've always wanted to play around w/ raid-0. And for mechanical HDD drives, this is freakin' fast in RAID-0. I also place my VM's on my data drive, and they seem to enjoy it. Lastly, I preform full backups on the Toshiba 2tb drive. I got it for under $100 and it's working perfectly.

GPU: Q: Why? A: Great reviews on newegg and other reviewers. I wanted a GTX 670 [edit] so it was just tracking down the vendor. I've had zero issues w/ the Galaxy and I'm happy I went with it.

PSU: Q: It's overkill. A: I may SLI before the end of the year so I wanted it to be overkill. I got it at a great price.

CASE: Q: ? A: I love my 650D. To me a case is personal so whatever works and looks good to the eye of the beholder.

CPU Cooler: Q: ? A: The h100i has been working great and it looks awesome. I personally hate the looks of air coolers that take up 3/4's of your motherboard.

Parts: Q: Where you get all the parts? A: I used newegg for everything. it all arrived on time, zero issues and i've yet to have one RMA (knock-knock > wood).

Some more pic's and info can be found here: http://x-bit.org/blackdragon

Details
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load69.0° C
Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.01Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle43.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load71.0° C
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Smily 3 points 18 months ago

You wanted a GTX 470 or a 670?

 
 
xbit [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

ha! thank you for finding that type-o. fixed.

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Apart from the use of a Crucial SSD (they're old) and a Toshiba HDD (bad rep.), this is a beast build. Good job. :)

EDIT: You should include a link for the external to internal adapter you've got installed for others who want/need one.

 
 
xbit [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

Thank you. And your right, SSD's are receiving updates at a fast rate, but I'm not going to chase my tail on this as the M4 is plenty fast. Also, they are reliable. We've upgrade all laptops @ work with this model (over 25) and have yet to have any issues. I was concerned when i got my backup 2tb drive, but i guess I got lucky as its working as expected.

Good call on the cable. I'll look into adding it as a custom part. This is needed on my corsair 650d due to the fact the USB 3 standard was still being decided on when the case was released. The cable can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007PODI1W/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

I was going to buy the 650D so I knew about the passthrough and when I noticed the adapter in there, I thought that some people might be interested in looking at that.

Great build, man. Enjoy it!

:)

 
 
jdupton [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Wow! Just wow... I like it.

 
 
lenoz [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Brilliant description and photos, and build!

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Are the 10000RPM HDDs doing the trick? I understand that they don't quite match up to SSDs but they seem to be a good option.

 
 
SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

They are very fast, however it is up to you to see if the price is worth it. I suggest a Seagate Momentus XT (I prefer WD) which has a built in SSD, they are hybrid drives, the closest thing to a SSD!

 
 
Mincading [11 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

so many meters! i got the same ones

 
 
andy129 1 point 15 months ago

nice cable management