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Final Pictures of Phase 1!

After a long month and many GPU switches I have finally completed phase 1 of my Halloween build! I am moving in a few weeks and once I get settled phase 2 will officially start. In the coming weeks I’ll be starting my reviews of previously and currently owned components. Now that the blog is all caught up I’ll be posting regularly and provide lots more info with the logs. Stay tuned for more!

Final Specs

  • Intel i7 3930k
  • Gigabyte UD7-X79
  • MSI Lightning 7970
  • G.Skill Ares 4x4GB 1600Mhz
  • Silverstone ST1500W
  • Corsair Performance Pro 128GB SSD
  • 2x WD Black 1TB in Raid 0
  • Syrillian Bench
  • Corsair H60
  • LG HD-DVD/Blu-Ray Drive
  • 5x Dell U2410
  • Asus Xonar Essence One DAC
  • 2x Mackie MR5Mk2
  • Sennheiser HD280s

Comings Specs!

  • CaseLabs STH10
  • 3x XSPC EX480s
  • 13x Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15s
  • 2x Koolance MCP655 Pumps
  • Koolance Dual D5 Pump/Reservoir 5.25 Bay
  • 2x Lamptron FC10 Fan Controllers
  • 4x AMD MSI 7990s
  • 4x Koolance Quick Disconnects
  • Second PSU – both will be sleeved

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Phase 1 of Halloween Build

The following pictures show a variety of steps in Phase 1 of my most current build log. Most of the specs stayed the same throughout the build, except the GPUs. I went from 4x EVGA GTX8800s –> AMD MSI 6990 –> MSI 7970 Lightning. This is the first phase of the build and what I am currently running.

Specs:

  • Intel 3930k
  • Gigabyte UD7-X79
  • G.Skill Ares 16GB [4GBx4] 1600Mhz
  • MSI 7970 Lightning
  • XSPC RayStorm
  • XSPC EX480
  • Enzotech 3/8 Barbs
  • Corsair H60 (Temp replacement)
  • Silvestone 1500W
  • Syrillian Bench
  • 5x Dell U2410 IPS 24″ Displays
  • Asus Xonar Essence One DAC
  • 2x Mackie MR5MK2 Studio Monitors
  • Sennheiser HD280s

The following blog post will have the completed part of Phase 1.

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4P 48 Core Dedicated Folding@Home Rig

Specs:

This rig did about ~550K-600K PPD depending on the WU it received. If you’d like to learn more about folding@home please check out the links below.

Building a 2p/4p F@H Rig From Start to Finish

A-Z Noob’s Guide to Folding@Home

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Intel LGA2011 -Version 1- with Asus RIVE

After successful selling all of the parts in my last build I embarked on a new adventure with Intel latest chipset, X79. This was my first actual planned out build. The specs were as followed:

  • Intel 2011 3930K
  • Asus Rampage IV Extreme
  • G.Skill 4x4GB 2133Mhz
  • Sapphire 7970
  • Syrillian Custom Bench
  • 3x XSPC EX 360s
  • Lamptron FC-2
  • Koolance CPU 370
  • Koolance RIVE Chipset Block
  • Koolance 7970 Block
  • Dell 3007FPW-HC
  • 2x Dell 2405FPW
  • Silverstone ST1500W

This was a really fun build, I learned a lot from putting it together. It was done in honor of a forum buddy, Syrillian. He built custom benches and I was lucky enough to get ahold of one. He passed away from cancer this recent fall and this build was done as a dedicated folding@home rig. However I ended up selling all of the main components in order to build a 48 core server which was a lot more effective.

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First Post!

Hi all,

Welcome to my new blog. I have a bad obsession with blowing through new computer hardware so I figured I may as well start reviewing it all, along with sharing my build logs. I’ll be attempting to do reviews of all the current hardware I own and my thoughts on past hardware that people may still be interested in buying. I’ve been building computers for the past 6 years but it didn’t take over my life until I finished my first i7 build. I’ll start things off with a quick run down of the build that started it all. The pictures aren’t in that great of order.

This one lasted me January 2011-November 2011.

My first build consisted of the following:

  • Intel Core i7 950
  • Asus Sabertooth X58
  • G.Skill 24GB [6x4GB] 1333Mhz
  • Silverstone ST1500W
  • 2x Sony DVD-R/RW
  • Corsair 800D
  • XSPC Rasa CPU Block
  • FrozenQ 250mL Double Helix Reservoir
  • Swiftech MCP655 pump
  • WD 74GB Raptor 10K RPM HDD
  • 2x WD 1TB HDDs in Raid 0
  • MSI 6990 – Also had a Diamond 5970 for bitcoins in there at one point

Later down the road I was able to pick up an Asus Mars II at a great price and had the fortune to play around with it for quite a while. I hope you enjoy the first post and I’ll have many more to come with the subsequent builds.

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