Just to add a little more detail - x1 vs x16 are the number of lanes (most easily deciphered by the length of the gold connectors that fit into the MB PCI-E slots). So the wifi card will be PCI-E x1, but it can be used in any PCI-E slot the same size or larger.
Do a google search for "PCIE x1 vs x16" and you should see the differences in length for the various PCIE slots.
Everything is working great now. Next time I have issues, I'm starting with the temperature checks.
As a side note, when I pulled off the intel fan, the pre-paste was still in factory form on two of the three bands. The third band was mushed on the corner. So I have to assume some settling occurred to the corner pulling any connection from the fan and cpu.
Lesson learned - don't trust factory pre-applied paste. Now I have some MX stuff that I'll keep around JIC.
I blew out the fan a while ago just using canned air. Today I replaced the stock intel with a 212. My core temps are now near normal levels at idle. The HD is capped at 100% from usage by a couple different apps that I'm following up on. But for now it seems promising.
If it ended up being the CPU heat I'll consider myself lucky.
Thank you Sergey
Thanks. It sounds good in a paragraph, but my ability to bring to light the pain, suffering, and inner spiritual turmoil experienced is missing. I wouldn't say it was life-threatening...but it was darn close... :D
What are you using the ram disk for? Gaming, Apps, etc? I would think that for concurrent gaming loads or even video updating it would be fantastic.
I concur. I've taken the pics and will submit them to CM to see if I can get a new standoff and nut. It's also at the "top" of the board, so I'm nervous about the weight of cooler messing with the thermal paste, etc.
Thanks, Mate :)
Thanks! The case is really fantastic, even taking into consideration my...wishes. The Turtle was more about the speed of the build... :D
Thanks, I really like the look of it. It was originally the winner between it and Thermaltake SpinQ cooler. The "engine" design won it for me. :)
As to the Z170, I'd like the ability to use 64G. It would be great with RAMDisk.
I actually like that mouse for MMO and Non-Gaming purposes. I just purchased my second one and am using it with my laptop/work laptop. I'm sure I'll find a use for the num keys eventually, but for now, it's just a comfortable mouse to use day-to-day.
How do you like the Logitech 2.1 speaker system? Looks like you prefer hard-driving tunes so am curious about the bass response, etc.
Nice build too :)
Nice build. I enjoyed the read-through of your build description. I sorta expected a "Knights of Badassdom" ending...but whatever. Baby poop pits with spikes works too. Couple of comments/questions:
I don't know how to say more than three words in French, so the poster in the background is lost to me (<in French-Canadian voice-over> I know French Fry, French Dip, and my personal favorite, French Kiss...mwa-mwa-mwa).
Nice beer. I think, personally, a Liftbridge Hop Dish would have looking much nicer there in the middle.
Why the Hero?
Custom painted gameboy? Or some other tool?
Two other notes about cutting into your case that I found when I looked around to get some cut-work done:
1) Waterjet will give you a cleaner cut in metal cases and I think the CNC guy said that it would also be able to better handle small/sharp turns.
2) Both guys said that a repaint of the case would be necessary, so keep that in mind if you don't intend on repainting the side the cutting is on.
(caveat, I didn't spend a lot of time asking around and my information is a year old, so I may have misinterpreted a response)
Looks really good with the green coloring in the first pic. Clean interior. I like it.
Just a quick question - the PSU? Did you upgrade it to a 700w? Otherwise that just needs an update in your parts list.
I like the build. I'm not an expert by any means, but I don't think overdoing it with one of the primary parts that gets carried over between builds is a bad idea (PSU). The MB/CPU tend to be build specific and the GPU tends to get switched out multiple times within a build's life cycle.
I think your build looks fabulous.
Now - with that out of the way, that table you took the first pic on freaking rocks. Here's hoping that it's your computer station too!
Anyway, good job. I'm jelly about your x99 build. I really like the look of that MB. Have fun.
Nice build. The only question I have is - what part was from the original Walmart store-bought?
Personally I like using two or three tiles depending on their size and your case's footprint. More style options :)
Huh. Thanks for the info.
Honestly, when you look at the build's parts, they look like money saving choices. But when you look at the whole picture there are definite ways that different (better/different) choices could have been made to either save costs or increase performance.
For instance, two 660s or the three 5400 RPM 500G HDs. Both have better money saving or performance increasing options.
I think the OP just lost site of, or didn't have a strong plan for, the bigger picture.
I thought 64 bit allowed for more RAM, that it was just the 32 bit that limited you.
I'm a little curious about the blanket too. Why a blanket on a hard flat surface? Doesn't it screw with your mouse movement?
In terms of the build, I think it looks like a good middle of the road competitor.
Awesome! GL HF!
I hope you do. It's a good experience for both you and your dad. Just make sure you guys do the part research/shopping together too so you both start out at the same level.
Shouldn't you give him a +1 for thinking outside the box when considering airflow issues? :)
There is...but you have to call the computer a work machine in order to sneak it by the spouse.
I've read through all of your replies and feel like I'm missing something. Some of your replies are to the OP but seem like they're directed toward me. You may want to review your commentary.
In the end, I never said you weren't experienced with computers. But I do stand by my statement that it was weird for people to up vote your comments and down vote this build without posting any commentary themselves. That's why I said they were lemming you (i.e. they were blindly following your lead).
In turn, having someone with no builds criticize a build published on this site feels unbalanced. On this site, people with no builds are offering advice or criticism and saying they've been building computers for years, etc. But really, how do we know how their builds turn out in the end?
All that said, this site is meant for anyone to post comments about anyone else's builds. If it wasn't, then you'd be locked out of commenting until you posted a build yourself. So the site owners realize there are good people with good skills that just don't want to post a build themselves. I get that. And really, that's great. Because I and others with less skill appreciate any help we can get when putting parts together. But my preference would be to review someone's build to see if they're blowing smoke or coming from a solid point.
I like the use of Stalag then :D
As to the rest of you that down voted this build - why? For gaming it's great. For a first time build in 6 years it's great. So instead of reviewing the build yourselves, you lemming with Jared who has no builds and blindly down vote this??
A lot of people like your comment, so let me pose this as a possible counter without outright disagreeing with your final statement.
Since we're not privy to the OP's financials lets look at this from a current and then future performance state - the OP has a good MB, a great gaming CPU, and a decent GPU. Out of those three, which is the easiest to replace and also the most frequently updated price-wise as newer parts come out?
To clarify - I think he did the right thing buying a more expensive MB/CPU as those parts will carry him through at least a few different GPUs he can easily replace as needed.
In the end, I'd have recommended that the OP take it one step further and upgrade his PSU to something Tier I or II and of a higher wattage. I would have also recommended that he look at the R9 series of GPUs but I'm not sure what his personal opinion is of Radeon nor do I know where he was financially at the time of purchase.
Very nice build. It also looks very very clean. Great job!
As a side comment, I was going to ask why Stalag 17 vs. a much more enjoyable show in 13...(kidding, apples and oranges)...but then I really saw your username.
Well, I took your advice and didn't use the boxed cooler. Now my computer is dead because I had nothing to cool my CPU while running a program that would have detailed how the world can achieve global peace. Now...we're all dead meat as soon an the crazy korean dictator fires a few nukes... Great advice Dutchy!
But seriously, for 70% of the builds I've seen the stock boxed intel cooler would have sufficed - but instead the person went with what was popular when they really didn't need to.
As a side question, Corsair must design the functionality so that the In/Out tubes can sit on the side, based on how the logo is printed? So the suction must be on the right hose in the pic or bottom hose if oriented to keep the logo upright?
Good build OP. Glad you mentioned not caring about aesthetics. I was going to ask if you were color seeing impaired based on the BW photo in the other pick and the combination of colors inside the rig :D
Looks awesome. Glad you can hide the nasty brown fans. They work great but no one wants to be seen using them. Like a moped in the 90s...really.
Anyway, great job! I got 4770K during MC's super sale too. That was a good week for upgrades.
It wasn't an assumption. It was deductive reasoning, Watson. First you used "Mate" in a sentence, second you had a cat sticker on a solid white surface, and finally you don't drink coffee. All that leads me to the knowledge that you're feeding the world's Downton Abbey addiction and making a few quid on the side.
But seriously, good build and I like it's purpose. When are you going to build your sister her own rig? Also, you should introduce your mother to the joys of Dog ownership. Cat's are overrated.
Don't tell him that! I was going to electronically stalk him until he had to sell all those nice parts for super cheap on ebay because the CPU/MB/PSU went belly up...
Geez. Ruin a good thing why dontcha.
But seriously OP, get two or three ceramic tiles, concrete blocks, some wood 2x4s, or a little sibling to put the computer on in order to get it off the carpet.
Just having a bit of fun until...ahh you updated your build description... I'll remove the crazy from above. :)
Or he could reroute his cables to provide better airflow, thereby allowing a decrease in energy costs which would then over the course of x months allow him to purchase the 212... :D
Also, thanks to the OP for providing stereoscopic images for those of us using the Cross-Eyed 3D Viewing Technique to see what the side of his case looks like in wonderful 3D...(http://digital-photography-school.com/9-crazy-cross-eye-3d-photography-images-and-how-to-make-them).
Edited to remove slightly off-kilter placeholder description..
I still think you're lying and using this to resell burnt copies of Downton Abbey...
But, nice build and for a good purpose. Nice job mate.
p.s. Not buying from Amazon when shopping online...it would be like living in a small town in the US and saying you won't buy from Walmart...<shivers>
I like the setup. Good choice on choosing desktop speakers that blend in with the environment.
Actually a second look makes me want to pop one of those open and drop the PC's internals into it. And while I'm old and my eyesight is going to pot, do the plates say "Time Bandit"? Not the crabber but the 80's movie?
Ah well, nice build. Should provide years of fun, sorta like a wife, but at a lower price point.
Pre-note: I'm a bigger fan of the GTS than I am the Hyper 212. Aesthetically.
Isn't the Hyper 212 better at cooling than the GTS? Moving from the 212 to the GTS would cause a rise in temperature not an additional drop.
Otherwise I like the parts list and am excited to see your final build pics.
I may have missed it, but assuming you purchased from an ebay storefront or something, I assume you had a builders copy of an OS included. You using W7 or W8?
Also, which parts did you install? SSD and GPU? The rest came pre-installed from the re-seller on Ebay?
I'm assuming a re-seller or storefront based on your comment where you hadn't specified a case so they gave you the base model.
I think your build looks great. Awesome pricing too. I haven't used an AMD CPU in so many years...so I can't comment there, but overall if it's doing what you want it to then it's a success.
Maybe I'm missing something but he references two time frames related to his build. 4 years ago and 6 years ago. Was the 7770 out and affordable 4 years ago? Or were the drivers still crap?
On the flip side, the OP should remove the pricing data and mark the hardware as purchased to avoid new/old build construction.
Ha! Instead I'd recommend categorizing the build vs. naming it. On the flip side, I think names are more important as we get older so that we have an easy reminder as to why we built what we did (I lump myself in the older category).
Build pricing looks awesome. Like most other posters, I hope your dreams of building the "RustyBaker's No Name PCs" Empire comes to fruition.
That said, if you really didn't need to name your build, you wouldn't have felt the need to explain your action in the build title space. :) So the way I see it, really, your name is just more verbose than other builders.
Overall, your build looks very nice. Good catch on a lot of the sale prices.
In regard to your PSU and the Tier commentary other posters have made - they're referring to this list or another one on the web written in a similar fashion.
Based on the combo price for the Mobo/CPU, it sounds like you may live near a MC? If so, they have some really decent pricing on Corsairs. Keep an eye out for those.
Your build looks fantastic. You rocked that case with those fans and color choices.
A thought, not sure if it's possible, but since you have a black and red themed build, would you be able to buy some red stage light gel sheets and place a cutout over the blue LED power on the front of the case?
Oh and I think you build is 99.9% perfect the way it is, extra LED lighting would detract from the well-executed theme.
But that's just my opinion (and I don't use the case day-in day-out :) )
The build looks good. I really like the NZXT Hue. It really adds something to a build...sorta like blue text formatting.
But most important are the N64, Dreamcast (loved crazy taxi there), and is that an original xbox on the bottom shelf in the back? On the downside you have a gas line next to your bed? Efficiency?