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Offline realneil  
#16 Posted : Monday, June 6, 2011 7:40:13 AM(UTC)
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I like this build, and all of your parts will work well together. Sandy Bridge CPU's don't develop the same amount of heat that previous generation Intel CPU's did, so your CPU Cooler will work well for stock speeds and a mild over-clock too. (this is one of the things that I like about SB 's design) If you aggressively overclock this PC in the future, you'll have to do as Taylor says and go for an extra-capable cooler.

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#17 Posted : Monday, June 6, 2011 3:24:41 PM(UTC)
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I would have to agree with Taylor and realneil on this one. It sounds like a beautiful combination to me :)

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#18 Posted : Monday, June 6, 2011 8:56:21 PM(UTC)
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The system reads like it is going to be a complete beast.  I remember reading the Fermi graphics cards allow for great overclocking.  The Vertex 3 and Caviar Black are killer storage for sure coupled with some sweet memory sticks.

Make sure to get some pics up as you're building that bad boy.  Benchmarks afterwards of course :)

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#19 Posted : Monday, June 6, 2011 10:48:01 PM(UTC)
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Thanks so much for all the good tips. Here is my next question: what's the difference between a mild and an aggressive overclocking! I haven't done enough reading on the subject to stay within the mild range because this is what I will do. In other words I won't buy an after market CPU cooler but the reason I picked one is because the guy on neweggTV in his "how to choose  components for your computer" says that if we overclock we need an after market fan and heatsink and that was the one he had chosen.

The ASRock Z68 extreme4 motherboard must be pretty good because it is out of stock again at newegg! I am on auto-notify!

This is starting to get exciting and again, I appreciate all the help you all gave me.

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#20 Posted : Monday, June 6, 2011 11:30:04 PM(UTC)
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A mild overclock is one that doesn't adjust any of the timings and/or voltage.

A agressive overclock is one where you'd adjust every setting just to get as high of an overclock as possible; aggressive being that the CPU is being feed additional voltage and being put through additional wear and tear.

Also, there are other companies such as Prolimatech, Thermaltake, Noctua, Gelid that also offer aftermarket cooling solutions; the one you'll go for is based on preference and research.

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#21 Posted : Tuesday, June 7, 2011 7:51:58 AM(UTC)
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froggy368 wrote:
what's the difference between a mild and an aggressive overclocking

I haven't done enough reading on the subject to stay within the mild range because this is what I will do

You'll find that the ASRock Mainboard will have an automatic setting in BIOS that will do the OC for you. (it's usually a choice between a 40%-50% boost) I use the 40% boost and it works pretty sweet for me. 50% does not. You don't have to do a thing except turn it on and it sets everything up for you. In fact, if you get in there and tweak individual settings, it disables the automatic OC. Having manufacturers so proactively involved in this area is a good thing. ASRock knows the limits of the gear they're making and it shows. Your choice of that brand will make it easy to increase the performance.

 

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#22 Posted : Tuesday, June 7, 2011 8:53:02 AM(UTC)
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froggy368 wrote:

Thanks so much for all the good tips. Here is my next question: what's the difference between a mild and an aggressive overclocking! I haven't done enough reading on the subject to stay within the mild range because this is what I will do.

This is starting to get exciting and again, I appreciate all the help you all gave me.

That sure looks like it s is going to be a very nice rig. The ASRock mobe and Corsir mem sticks are certainly going to perform very very well together.

Always a very good thing to get some type of 3rd party cooler.anything better than a stock cooler wheter you OC the rig or not.

what's really great about the mainboards as previously mentioned is that you can simply use it's auto feature to give your system a modest OC like the 40% boost neil mentioned.which is user noticeable and likely to be proven stable for day to day 24/7 use with the CM cooler hyper 212.

Here's another way of looking at the difference of an modest OC and aggressive OC

if you are manually tweaking the bios settings and increasing the voltage to the point that warrant you to carefully monitor the temps and question the possibility of H20 on the chip ==aggressive > if your blood pressure increases and anxiety levels increase regarding the extended system life ==aggressive

if you use the ASRock auto bios boost @ 40% as previously mentioned run something like IntelBurn at max settings and PASS while monitoring with CoreTemps with decent temps .It is a pretty safe bet you have a  modest OC to run 24/7 that's noticeable and stable.and most likely you would be very comfortable with very easy to have more than 1 bios profile anyhow.

plenty of places to share and post in HH regarding some of this

http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/t/53962.aspx

If you think your having fun now wait till you get your parts and the rig built ! [:)]

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#23 Posted : Wednesday, June 8, 2011 10:26:43 PM(UTC)
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Well, the order has been placed and I picked a cheapo fan (Xigmatek Loki SD963 92mm) because the room I am in is always a little warm (better safe than sorry) and the CM cooler 212 was not available.

This is going to be a first for me as far as putting a PC together; I am sure I will need more help from you guys. In any case I'll keep you posted!

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#24 Posted : Thursday, June 9, 2011 2:47:07 AM(UTC)
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froggy368 wrote:
I am sure I will need more help from you guys. In any case I'll keep you posted!

Yeah, keep us posted. The HH community is very pleased to help you with this build and we'll be here if you need any more help from us.

Offline omegadraco  
#25 Posted : Thursday, June 9, 2011 9:21:03 AM(UTC)
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Good luck froggy, it is exciting. I remember putting my first build together. Be sure to post some pictures for us. As others have said the HH community is great and always willing to help.

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#26 Posted : Sunday, June 19, 2011 10:46:02 PM(UTC)
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Gentlemen, it's ALIVE![:D]

 It took me the weekend to put this thing together. I first did an out of the case test: then I assembled it in my alienware case and everything seems to work properly. Of course I had a couple of hiccups but I am down to one big task to do; which is to partition my SSD to use 20GB for the OS and the rest to use as cache with my new 1TB drive. If anyone as any idea on how to accomplish this in a way not to complicated, I would greatly appreciate it.

My hiccups were #1: my DVD drive had an EIDE ribbon cable and my new ASRock Z68 extreme4 mobo has no plug for it. Or more exactly it has one one for a floppy drive! Why one for a floppy drive and not for a DVD drive is way beyond me but it sure doesn't make sense to me! So I went to a local computer store with the idea of buying some kind of converter but I bought instead a newer DVD drive for $50 with SATA cables.

  #2 I didn't know if I should plug the biggest fan the case has located in the back into the power fan or chassis fan plug on the motherboard? I picked the power fan plug.

An other comment I would make to whomever is into upgrading like me: make sure you know the graphic card your are buying is going to fit in your case. I got less than 1/2 "  to spare!

On the software side it's all running on the default or auto mode for now; I still have some updating to do but according to Windows7 system performance, my computer reached 7.8 on a scale of 1.0 to 7.9! Please don't laugh to hard but I take it as a good result so far! I have taken some pictures to post later; I still have to tie all the cables together.

Offline AKwyn  
#27 Posted : Monday, June 20, 2011 9:48:19 PM(UTC)
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Well alright, you managed to bring frankenstien to life! Can't wait to see pics!

And remember; if you need anything else, we're here for you.

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#28 Posted : Monday, June 27, 2011 7:36:30 PM(UTC)
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Iam still having one heck of a time to get the rapid storage technology to work right. I have partionned my SSD so I could still use part of it as storage but the intel software is hanging on the whole 120GB. By the way how do I upload photos to post?

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#29 Posted : Monday, June 27, 2011 8:35:36 PM(UTC)
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You can press that button that looks like a film strip and a smaller circle button with a plus inside on the top grey bar above where you type your post, that'll allow for uploading images to either here or from an external source (ImageShack).

I hope you get pass your RST problem. I don't have RST so I can't help you in that regard, but I can assume that the Intel software requires the usage of the entire hard drive for the technology to work. Hey, it's just the first generation right, I'm sure they'll improve it further...

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#30 Posted : Monday, June 27, 2011 10:40:02 PM(UTC)
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I can't find that button! my brain must be fried and I'll try again tomorrow.

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