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    Default My FX Build

    Some of you may know from the "just got" thread that I'm gathering parts for an FX build.

    Here is the list of the new parts I either have or have already ordered:

    CPU: FX-8120 - Hoping for 4.2GHz as a 24/7 OC
    MB: Asus Crosshair V Formula
    RAM: 2 x 4GB AMD Performance Edition 1600MHz
    GPU: XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB (Core: 1000MHz, Memory: 1425MHz) - This should be blazing fast!
    SSD: Plextor M3 128GB - I already know this is fast!
    OS: Win 7 64-bit OEM

    Here is a list of parts I'm using from my current rig:

    Case: CM Storm Enforcer (2 x MegaFlow 200mm Red LED, 1 x SickleFlow 120mm Red LED)
    Cooling: Zalman CNPS9900MAX Red LED 135mm CPU cooler
    PSU: 700 Watt Cooler Master Silent Pro M
    Interface: TteSports Challenger Pro Keyboard and CM Storm Sentinel Zero-G Mouse, both red LED.

    I still need to replace the acrylic in the window of my case from my mess up while modding (you may recall that thread; I know I do )
    I also still need to get my hands on a HDD for data storage in my FX build. Don't think I'll need more than 500GB or so. I do have an old Gateway system with a 320GB HDD I could pull out temporarily. And last I need another monitor, but might have a line on one from Craigslist.

    I plan on swapping the components from my current build into an Antec 300 and with a Thermaltake 650W PSU I have on the shelf. This will be the family computer for the wife and kids. The Phenom II X6 1100T and Sapphire HD 6950 should more than suffice for day-to-day computing and playing the occasional games. Maybe I can get the better half into gaming on it. Would be fun to shoot her on line. LOL. In any event, it will be nice to have one rig that no one but me touches.

    Once I get all the parts in, I'll post some pics of the two builds. Hopefully, I will have everything I need by Saturday.
    Last edited by SamCR3; 24-02-2012 at 04:57.
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    Here are some pics. They aren't the greatest because my wife always keeps our camera in her purse and she's gone. Used my phone. Will try to get some betters ones up later, but these will give you the idea. Let me know what you guys think.

    The build is finally done! Now its time to overclock and see what she can do.











    Couple better quality pics of my office from two angles:





    CPU at 4GHz and RAM at 1866MHz stable after a 3 hour Prime95 run. Max temp was 63 C, but was pretty consistently at 61 C. Here is a screen shot:



    Took me about 2 minutes in bios. Just raised the multiplier to 20, set the RAM at 1866MHz, turned off turbo and all power saving features, and left everything else on auto.This chip, mainboard and RAM are so sweet for oc'ing. Makes things so simple! I could go in and tighten the memory timing some, but will just let the chip take them where it wants for now.

    Last edited by SamCR3; 06-03-2012 at 00:26.
    2nd Rig: AMD FX-8120; Corsair H105 ; Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3; 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 1600MHz; 2 x PowerColor HD 7870 Myst. Ed. (Tahiti LE); Fractal Design Arc XL; SeaSonic X Series 850W
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    Default Re: My FX Build

    Here is my Phenom II build. Case doesn't provide for the best cable management, but it does have really good airflow.

    Phenom II X6 1100T
    Asus M4A87T
    8GB Kingston Hyper X Genesis
    Sapphire HD 6950
    Antec Three Hundred
    Thermaltake TR-2 650W
    Western Digital 1TB HDD
    Artic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev. 2, 5 Case fans and a Vantec slot fan on an Aerocool FX6T Fan Controller
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
    Gateway FDH2400 24" Widescreen Monitor
    Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse



    This rig is for the wife and kids to play with. The FX build is just for me.
    Last edited by SamCR3; 29-02-2012 at 12:09.
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    The Win 64 bit I have is Retail not OEM unless you decided to buy OEM ?

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    No, I still need it. But I only have one copy of OEM disk. Will the retail activation work with that disk or do I need the retail disk?
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    Nice looking build, Sam. You should have no trouble at all running that at 4.2 24/7 with the components you have. All top notch stuff.

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    everything is looking awesome!!!! Super Jealous of your 7970...I am hoping I can find it in my budget for my TH10 build for those cards..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    No, I still need it. But I only have one copy of OEM disk. Will the retail activation work with that disk or do I need the retail disk?
    My take on the OEM disc is may need a phone call explaining new MB.

    Works for some without a problem.

    Later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irocing View Post
    My take on the OEM disc is may need a phone call explaining new MB.

    Works for some without a problem.

    Later.
    That's been my experience. Just call in with the old activation code and some dude in India gives you a new one. Presto, up and running.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    everything is looking awesome!!!! Super Jealous of your 7970...I am hoping I can find it in my budget for my TH10 build for those cards..
    Well, don't be too jealous. Got interest free financing for 12 months through the egg so I'll be paying for the card for the next 6 months or so. I think it's worth it though. Here is a screen shot of the card I ordered. It's an overclocked model that is quite a bit faster than the reference model but still has the reference design heatsink. This should allow for watercooling down the line, right?

    2nd Rig: AMD FX-8120; Corsair H105 ; Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3; 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 1600MHz; 2 x PowerColor HD 7870 Myst. Ed. (Tahiti LE); Fractal Design Arc XL; SeaSonic X Series 850W
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    Well, don't be too jealous. Got interest free financing for 12 months through the egg so I'll be paying for the card for the next 6 months or so. I think it's worth it though. Here is a screen shot of the card I ordered. It's an overclocked model that is quite a bit faster than the reference model but still has the reference design heatsink. This should allow for watercooling down the line, right?

    Thanks.. Good Find!! I've been looking for a good OC model of the Ref design.. but they are rare to come by...

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    Yep. When I saw this one I jumped on it before it sold out. Hopefully temps will be good on the reference design with the factory OC. WC is NOT in the budget after buying all the parts for this build. Better half about had a heart attack when she saw how much money I spent. She was cool about it though and is actually happy that she will have her own computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    Well, don't be too jealous. Got interest free financing for 12 months through the egg so I'll be paying for the card for the next 6 months or so. I think it's worth it though. Here is a screen shot of the card I ordered. It's an overclocked model that is quite a bit faster than the reference model but still has the reference design heatsink. This should allow for watercooling down the line, right?

    Nice,

    You got a good one.
    Been running XFX for last couple sets and never a problem. So didn't get to test thier warrantee.

    Was going to use New Egg, Pay pal or Bill me later plan as qualified for all three but scrounged enough
    for 7970 or Kepler. (Still Waiting for release)

    May go the 12 month no interest plan on the Ivy setup though.
    Let us know how it clocks.

    Later

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    XFX warranty is awesome.. I had 3 cards total of the 10 I've own and all 3 times they haven't given me any problems with RMA... They are also local to me so it helps I can drop off my RMA rather then mailing it in...

    Also they did me the favor of trying to get me a ref design on one of my RMA since I need to put that card back on the waterblock..

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    Never had an XFX card before. Breathing a sigh of relief that you guys have had good experiences with them. Got this one because of the factory OC with reference design cooler. I suspect it will be super fast, but hope if runs cool too. I'll post some 3Dmark11 and Furmark results once I get it up and running. Should be here tomorrow! Have all the other parts on hand, so Saturday is build day! Oh yeah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    Never had an XFX card before. Breathing a sigh of relief that you guys have had good experiences with them. Got this one because of the factory OC with reference design cooler. I suspect it will be super fast, but hope if runs cool too. I'll post some 3Dmark11 and Furmark results once I get it up and running. Should be here tomorrow! Have all the other parts on hand, so Saturday is build day! Oh yeah.
    Just changed my Avatar so can keep an eye on everybody's Vid Cards and possibly messing with them.

    Later

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