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 Post subject: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:44 am 
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So I have decided to build myself a new rig....sort of. LOL. :crazy:

I have had more problems with this Alienware than I can handle, and I am not getting the most out of this system that I planned to. It cant handle all 3 5870s on the stock PSU (crappy 1200W dell :twisted:) and I cant OC well at all with this board. So I am planning on getting a new case, PSU, and a new motherboard, and transfer my components from the Alienware into the new unit.

I was thinking of these so far:

Cases:

Cooler Master HAF X

Corsair Obsidian 800D


Motherboards:

ASUS Rampage III Formula

ASUS Rampage III Extreme


Power Supply:

Corsair Professional Series AX1200

So I am basically stuck on choosing between either of those 2 motherboards and one of those 2 cases. I have checked reviews and I really like them all. I just wanted your opinion on what you guys think. I will be running 3 ATI Radeon HD 5870s, an i7 980x (OC'ing to 4GHz or a bit higher), a SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium, and 6GB of Kingston HyperX memory (yes it came with the Alienware, I was just as shocked :rofl:) I plan to get 2 sets of Dominator GTs once I get more money to have the entire Red/Black color scheme. I also have a Corsair H70 brand new in the box that I plan to use with the new build. :D

So what do you guys think? Any ideas? Improvements? Suggestions? I got the $$$ and ready to buy the new components. I just plan to keep the Alienware chassis around for warranty purposes instead of RMA'ing through individual companies. :rofl:

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 Post subject: Re: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:57 am 
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m3th0d1c4l wrote:
So what do you guys think? Any ideas? Improvements? Suggestions? I got the $$$ and ready to buy the new components. I just plan to keep the Alienware chassis around for warranty purposes instead of RMA'ing through individual companies. :rofl:


Either mobo and you're all good :cool: I'm still not sold on the H70...maybe because I'm a heatsink lover :roll: but from what I hear, it's not like that 980x get so hot...I'm surprised that you did not skip the H70 and just buy the H50. Sounds like you're about to have yourself a monster rig on the lines of JDookie & fastrhoads and causing OC havok :crazy:

Maybe I'll join the ranks of monster rigs one day...I'm still taking baby steps :shh:

BTW...If you want to investigate more on that ASUS Rampage III Extreme, check this out if you have not seen this :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:20 am 
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Thanks for the link Doc!

Man that board actually has more features than I thought. I think I may actually get that board, also since it has an onboard Bluetooth module. From reading more threads, apparently you can OC the motherboard remotely from an iPhone or notebook. The things they come out with these days.....

The H70 I am still not entirely sold on either.....I am going to test it out to see for myself. I actually do have an H50, the one that came in the Alienware, just rebranded. And I also got a Prolimatech Mega Shadow sitting here I only used once. So depending on their performance, I will choose the permanent cooler. And you are correct, the 980x does not get warm at all, especially at stock speeds.

Currently in the Alienware, at idle with the H50 on low fan speed, my highest core temp is 30C and the lowest is 24C, which is superb IMO. With winter coming in, it will drop a bit lower. :rofl:

drBlahMan wrote:
Sounds like you're about to have yourself a monster rig on the lines of JDookie & fastrhoads and causing OC havok :crazy:


I dont know if I can keep up with JDookie, LOL. I just want to make the best of the components I have. We all know that wont happen with the Alienware system. :rofl:

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 Post subject: Re: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:12 am 
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Ok so after more and more research and pondering, I have made the choices.

I have ordered the ASUS Rampage III Extreme, the Corsair 800D case, and the Corsair AX1200. They should be here next week sometime.

I probably wont get around to putting it together until thanksgiving break, with school and all.

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 Post subject: Re: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:29 pm 
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Good choice on the RIIIE, AX 1200 I bought those that for my build last month. (Dell gave me a full refund including 2yrs interest). Back to the board, I love it. Easy OC, room for 3 double wide cards and a single. I have mine set up with a space between my 470s and have an extra 8800gts at the bottom to run extra monitors. I put all of mine into an Thermaltake Armor + Case. Im using a H20 for cooling my 980x and I have mine OCed to 4Ghz with NP at all. I can go to 4.2 stable, but running Prime95 for over 20m the temps get above 80.

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 Post subject: Re: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:04 pm 
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Awesome. Good to hear a great experience from another user. I had seen some reviews with a lot of people getting DOA boards. I still have all my stuff unopened in the boxes. I dont have much time to work with it until thanksgiving break....so I just have to hold up til then. I am going to try and bench test the board though just for a few minutes to make sure its not DOA. I dont want to get a refurb board back from ASUS, so in case it is DOA, I can get a brand new one from newegg. :crazy: And that is great to hear they actually gave you that refund. I wish they would do the same for me. But they wont.... :(

The way I plan to set it up is to have 3 HD 5870s going straight down in the first 3 PCIE x16 slots, and using the last PCIE slot for my sound card, so it will all be a perfect fit. And the color scheme will be perfect as well, all black and red.

By the time thanksgiving comes around, ill have a bit more money saved up to get a set of 6GB Dominator GT 2000Mhz to complete the color scheme and have a real sick looking rig. I am also planning on mounting the H70 up top in the 800D case with air blowing in, then having an exhaust fan in the rear suck that air drawn through the radiator out the back.

I think its going to look real nice and neat. After that, its all just setting everything up in the BIOS with overclocking and such. I will definitely break that P40000 mark now. :D

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2GB EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC
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 Post subject: Re: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:54 pm 
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These guys have a new setup out, see below.
http://swiftech.com/

Geat choices BTW, the CPU & GPU's are the question's I'm pondering.

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 Post subject: Re: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:20 pm 
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The link wasnt working. Could you fix it? :D

I like the components too. The only reason I am not really going any further with the Fermis is because the new ATI 6000 series are supposed to come out at te end of the year or Q1 2011. And I plan to grab 2 or 3 HD 6870s when they are released. I am just going to use the 5870s that came with the Alienware until then. And might I say, Trifire is a totally different animal. I was using it a bit on the Area 51, and it was so buttery smooth with graphics I couldnt believe it. With everything stock, I had run 3Dmark Vantage with Trifire and the 980x, and it scored P35000. That was higher than I had with 2x 5970s @ P33000.

I dont really want to watercool the GPUs either, especially for upgradeablility. I remember how much trouble JDookie went through with his 295's on water. LOL.

But as of now, i am just playing the waiting game until I get a chance to rip this unit apart. :(

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2GB EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC
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 Post subject: Re: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:16 am 
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omg die.

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 Post subject: Re: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:25 pm 
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Goodluck on the build... I haven't logged on for awhile.. it's always good to see upgrades!

Are you going to do any water cooling at all? If you're going all air on the 800D it might cause a bit of higher temps. I've been reading alot of people complaining that the 800D doesn't have ample air flow compared to HAF cases. I love their space and style compared to HAF cases though.

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 Post subject: Re: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:55 pm 
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kupalupz wrote:
Goodluck on the build... I haven't logged on for awhile.. it's always good to see upgrades!

Are you going to do any water cooling at all? If you're going all air on the 800D it might cause a bit of higher temps. I've been reading alot of people complaining that the 800D doesn't have ample air flow compared to HAF cases. I love their space and style compared to HAF cases though.


I am doing watercooling, but not a complete water cooling kit. Just the Corsair H70 for the CPU. Everything else will be air cooled. It will be mounted on the inside top of the case, drawing air in from the top, inside the case to cool the radiator, and the exhaust fan will exhaust the warm air passed through the radiator fins straight out the back.

I have heard something about the case cooling too, mainly for the GPU cooling. Looking at the case now, the only fan for cooling the GPUs is located at the bottom, blowing air up to them. That is really not a good cooling solution for the cards, because if you have more than 1 (in my case I have 3), only the bottom card is going to get the cool air. But its not like I can get any air inbetween them anyway, as they are sandwiched together. :rofl: But it would have been nice to have an intake fan positioned in front of the case to cool the PCI cards, which would help the GPUs getting colder air coming in from the front intake vents on the HD 5870s.

But I will see how it all works out. Everything is still in the boxes. I havent had a chance to put it together. Saving it for the boredom on Thanksgiving break from class. :rofl:

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2GB EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC
Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty
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 Post subject: Re: Building a new rig...
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:49 pm 
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well keep us posted and of course... PICS, PICS, PICS!!! love to see new rigs and upgrades!

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