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 Post subject: Re: $500
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:20 pm 
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Yes, it does help. I have all the new parts now except for the new memory cards. I am really hoping that they are going to arrive tomorrow so that I can begin the task in hand. I am currently downloading the latest drivers for my new mobo from the ASRock website (that's going to take all night I think)! I will (hopefully) be able to talk to you again once the upgrade has been succesfully completed?


Ok. My memory cards didn't turn up! However, this has allowed me to do a bit more research.I have now also ordered a new SSD hard drive for my upgrade! This is, hopefully going to be the last item that I purchase for the near future :crazy: Once all of my new kit arrives I will begin the upgrade & let you know how I get on.


At last! My upgrade is finally complete! It all seems to work really well except for one thing: the fan on my new Corsair HX850 Gold Certified Modular PSU Power Supply doesn't seems to work properly! It runs when I first boot the pc but shortly afterwards it stops! I read in the manual that it is designed to run slowly to conserve energy so is this normal? Any ideas? I will send some pictures as soon as I can & also update my signature etc.

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 Post subject: Re: $500
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Now that your upgrade is finished, tell us more about the ease of doing it and exactly what you ended up installing into your 630i, where you got the parts, and how much they cost.

I am chomping at the bit to pull the trigger and purchase my upgrade parts, so I can install them next week. I don't know why I always seem to order things on a Friday and lose 2 days before they are shipped, specially when I am in such a hurry to see how much better my computer will run with the upgraded parts.


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chriskaz wrote:
It all seems to work really well except for one thing: the fan on my new Corsair HX850 Gold Certified Modular PSU Power Supply doesn't seems to work properly! It runs when I first boot the pc but shortly afterwards it stops! I read in the manual that it is designed to run slowly to conserve energy so is this normal? Any ideas? I will send some pictures as soon as I can & also update my signature etc.



That PSU is designed to spin up only when higher loads (heat) trigger it.

http://www.corsair.com/en/power-supply-units/hx-series-power-supply-units/hx-series-hx850-power-supply-850-watt-80-plus-gold-certified-modular-psu.html

So, looks like you're good to go. The only problem now is that you've probably caught a common disease on this forum: "Upgradeitis." It's not painful, but can get expensive.

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 Post subject: Re: $500
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That PSU is designed to spin up only when higher loads (heat) trigger it.


rchris, +1 on the HX850 info--I'm always learning something on this site! :)

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So, looks like you're good to go. The only problem now is that you've probably caught a common disease on this forum: "Upgradeitis." It's not painful, but can get expensive.


But what a way to go! :lol: Honestly, it is a lot of fun, and very rewarding when you're done...something about opening boxes of new hardware (that smell!), installing drivers and software with blazing speed under the hood... 8-) not to mention tweaking and adding cool stuff every so often afterwards. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: $500
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:56 am 
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Okay, I just ordered my replacement motherboard, CPU, CPU cooler, Memory & new hard drive this evening. Here is what I ordered:

Order Summary

Sales Order Number: ****************
Sales Order Date: 2/8/2013 5:23:27 PM
Shipping Method: Newegg 3Day

1 - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
1 - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1 - Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
1 - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609DS1S00
1 - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

Total Amount (incl. tax & shipping): $535.17

It should arrive the middle to end of next week and I can't wait to see the performance increase that I am going to get compared to my Q6850 3.0GHz Core2Extreme 630i if giving me right now. The existing PCIe w/1.x design slot is choking my new Radeon HD 7850 video card, so I really want to see what PCIe 3.0 can do with this video card and my triple 20" monitor setup with 5040x1050 resolution desktop.

Anyone interested in 3D online gaming, check out Guild Wars 2 and send me a note in game if you decide to buy that game. It is my first 3D Online gaming experience, so I am easily impressed, but even the reviews of this game are pretty good and those people don't impress easily like I do.

I will let you know how the upgrade process goes and take some pictures to post here.


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 Post subject: Re: $500
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Nice selection! Especially the faster base CPU and Crucial RAM (great price too--excellent value!). That should all work very well and give you a very noticeable performance increase. IMO one of the fastest things about the newer mobo chipset and CPU combination is the memory. If you ever add an SSD, you'll see an even faster response; but a conventional HDD on SATA III is still solid.

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 Post subject: Re: $500
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Hi me again! I am very pleased with my upgrade :D . Unfortunately, I can't seem to add the before and after pictures! I have tried the method that gdonner suggested but I don't seem to have an "upload attachment" section on the "full editor" section (any ideas)? Anyway, I have also updated my signature so that you can see what hardware has now been installed. The other items I purchased for this upgrade was a "Icy Dock" SSD & SATA/IDE HDD Bracket" so that I could fit my new SSD into the stock hard drive bay. I also purchased some "Artic Silver 5" thermal paste" for installing the new "Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo cpu heatsink & fan. This upgrade has cost more than the $500 that I first anticipated :oops: but I think it has been worth every penny (or maybe that should be dime)? The build went was far easier than I was expecting but with lots of help from you guys (especially gdonner :bow: ) & along with watching loads of videos on youtube I finally managed it! I would be more than happy to send pictures (and answer any questions) if somebody can explain how I can attach them? PS. I agree that unpacking new hardware, and upgrading my 630i, is addictive but I think that I need to give my bank account a rest now ;)

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 Post subject: Re: $500
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gdonner wrote:
Nice selection! Especially the faster base CPU and Crucial RAM (great price too--excellent value!). That should all work very well and give you a very noticeable performance increase. IMO one of the fastest things about the newer mobo chipset and CPU combination is the memory. If you ever add an SSD, you'll see an even faster response; but a conventional HDD on SATA III is still solid.


I wanted to get a SSD hard drive replacement, but I am short on money this month due to replacing two cell phones (mine and my Son's) with new Motorola Android phones on a plan where we buy the phones outright, in exchange for having very low monthly rate for the cell service. Anyone living in an area with good coverage by the Sprint cell phone towers who is interested in only paying $19 per month for truly unlimited DATA, Calls, & Text messaging, check out RepublicWireless.com.

I might get a SSD drive later, or a 2nd hard drive to run a RAID-0 striped array to speed up read/write's to and from the storage, but as gdonner says above, with SATA III and modern hard drives, the transfer rate is so much faster than older systems, I don't think I will have any problems or regrets using a 6gb/s SATA drive. The main advantage of the SSD's (besides their speed), is the lower power consumption and less heat generated inside of your case.

My next tast is to run some CAT-5 wire from my router to where my computer is now located, because I can't get my wireless NIC to work in 802.11n mode and I think that the 802.11b/g modes are limiting the one and only online game that I play sometimes.

I replaced my older router with a wireless "N" router just to get the faster speed, but have been unsuccessful in getting that extra speed so far. If anyone has any tips on how to work with wireless networking, I would love to have some advice.

I will try to post pictures of my upgrade process as soon as my new gear arrives.


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 Post subject: Re: $500
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chriskaz wrote:
I would be more than happy to send pictures (and answer any questions) if somebody can explain how I can attach them?


In full editor mode, just make sure that you're using JPG files (I think this system limits the filetypes, so JPEGs are safe). Select the first photo you want to attach with the "Browse..." button, then click the "Add the file" button next to that. Repeat for each file you want to attach. Note that each file (I think) has to be less than 1MB, so you may want to resize them to something like 1024 x 768 with an image editor utility like Irfanview.

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I replaced my older router with a wireless "N" router just to get the faster speed, but have been unsuccessful in getting that extra speed so far. If anyone has any tips on how to work with wireless networking, I would love to have some advice.


Hmm; that'll have to be answered by one of our gurus; I have very little savvy on networking issues! :(

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 Post subject: Re: $500
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Sorry but I don't see a browse button! I have a Img button but that doesn't seem to do anything! :?

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Perixx PX-2000 Illuminated Gaming Keyboard
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 Post subject: Re: $500
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In the FAQ section it says that the Administrator has to allow attachments. How do I get permission?

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ACER S271HL LED HD 27inch Monitor
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Mobo
Intel 3rd Gen. Core i5-3570K (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache) CPU (OC'd to 4.2GHz)
Logitech G35 7.1 surround sound Headset
2 x SCSI Hardrives (1 x 256Gb Crucial M4 SSD & 1 x 600Gb WDC Blue WD64 00AAKS-75A7B)
Perixx PX-2000 Illuminated Gaming Keyboard
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Scythe Kaze Master Pro Ace Manual Fan Controller[/size]
Modified front case fans (2 x Aerocool Shark 12cm Quad LED 15 Blade Fluid
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chriskaz wrote:
In the FAQ section it says that the Administrator has to allow attachments. How do I get permission?



see here for posting pics:

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Hey Greg how many topics are you running in this one thread? Should someone not have asked someone to start a new one?

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Hopefully you can now see the before & after pictures of my pc?

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The top picture is the finished product :D

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ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Mobo
Intel 3rd Gen. Core i5-3570K (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache) CPU (OC'd to 4.2GHz)
Logitech G35 7.1 surround sound Headset
2 x SCSI Hardrives (1 x 256Gb Crucial M4 SSD & 1 x 600Gb WDC Blue WD64 00AAKS-75A7B)
Perixx PX-2000 Illuminated Gaming Keyboard
Gigabyte M8000X Laser Gaming Mouse
Scythe Kaze Master Pro Ace Manual Fan Controller[/size]
Modified front case fans (2 x Aerocool Shark 12cm Quad LED 15 Blade Fluid
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Hey Greg how many topics are you running in this one thread? Should someone not have asked someone to start a new one?


It's kind of a one-and-a-half thread :) chriskaz is the originator, but since AmigaDave is also looking to upgrade (and has been watching chris's), he's sort of "thinking out loud" and posting his thoughts about his upgrade. I don't think anyone is intentionally trying to hijack the thread. :)

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Yes--looks good! How's the performance feel?

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The performance is truly amazing. I haven't tried any overclocking yet (one step at a time) but Assassin's Creed 3 (the game I am currently playing) runs silky smooth with all settings on maximum! Also, I am totaly gobsmacked (that means amazed, in England, if you dont already know) at what can be done with the new bios system. It feels like a whole new world to me! I can't thank you enough for the help & advice you have given to me. Once I get used to my new setup I will probably look at some other upgrades. I think my system is now crying out for a new graphics card, a second SSD drive, a new cd/dvd writer/burner, a manual fan controller etc. etc. (oh dear I think I may have caught the bug) LOL!

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8GB G.Skill DDR3 Sniper Memory
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ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Mobo
Intel 3rd Gen. Core i5-3570K (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache) CPU (OC'd to 4.2GHz)
Logitech G35 7.1 surround sound Headset
2 x SCSI Hardrives (1 x 256Gb Crucial M4 SSD & 1 x 600Gb WDC Blue WD64 00AAKS-75A7B)
Perixx PX-2000 Illuminated Gaming Keyboard
Gigabyte M8000X Laser Gaming Mouse
Scythe Kaze Master Pro Ace Manual Fan Controller[/size]
Modified front case fans (2 x Aerocool Shark 12cm Quad LED 15 Blade Fluid
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Excellent! :lol: Yes, you're definitely infected. :) It gets worse from here...I find myself asking "What other hardware could I possibly add, even though I don't really NEED anything?" 8-)

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I just can't believe it! I just got my new rig working just as I wanted it & my new mobo stopped working! The computer tried to start but the fans just start turning (for a split second) & it shuts down. It does this continually until I turn it off at the wall socket! I had to take the new mobo out of the case & put my old stock 630i back in :evil: The new mobo has only been installed for just about a week! Needless to say I have boxed it up and I am sending it back to Amazon. Has anyone else had a similar problem? (and before anyone asks, yes I was very careful when I installed it)!

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8GB G.Skill DDR3 Sniper Memory
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ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Mobo
Intel 3rd Gen. Core i5-3570K (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache) CPU (OC'd to 4.2GHz)
Logitech G35 7.1 surround sound Headset
2 x SCSI Hardrives (1 x 256Gb Crucial M4 SSD & 1 x 600Gb WDC Blue WD64 00AAKS-75A7B)
Perixx PX-2000 Illuminated Gaming Keyboard
Gigabyte M8000X Laser Gaming Mouse
Scythe Kaze Master Pro Ace Manual Fan Controller[/size]
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dwebber wrote:
Hey Greg how many topics are you running in this one thread? Should someone not have asked someone to start a new one?


If the original poster complained about me "piggy-backing" my replacement build into his thread, I would have immediately stopped and started my own thread, but since he does not seem to mind, I'll just continue to post the news about my upgrades here.

I have completed the replacement of my motherboard, CPU, CPU cooler, RAM, & hard drive and have re-installed Windows 7 from scratch and used the Windows Transfer utility to move my settings over, but this time I seem to have forgotten a step and don't have my POP e-mail accounts and saved e-mails moved to the new hard drive.

All seems to be running fine, except that the game which sort of forced the upgrade (Guild Wars 2) is crashing quite often. I don't know if it is a driver issue, a corrupted download file for the game, or some other reason. I have not experienced any crashes while running Firefox, but so far those are the only two programs I have run on the upgraded system. I have used the BIOS utility programs to check the CPU temperature to make sure that it is not over-heating and it reports a temperature of about 33 to 36 degrees Celcius, with a target temperature of 50 degrees Celcius, so heat is not the problem.

I have to buy or make some fan wiring extensions for the case fans and I have not yet figure out how I am going to extend the USB wiring for the front panel USB ports and headphone jack. Since the ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 does not have FireWire support, I will probably look for a FireWire PCI, or PCIe card, so I can still use my existing FireWire WebCam w/Microphone for Skype.

When I purchased my ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 from NewEgg, it was supposed to come with a free 8gb of RAM in the form of 4x 2gb DIMMs, but when the box arrived it only had one 8gb Crucial Ballistix DIMM inside, so I can't take advantage of the dual channel memory, which bum's me out. I am going to contact NewEgg and complain, specially because when I visited the Crucial website to price a 2nd matching 8gb Ballistix DIMM, I found out that they do not sell them in single sticks, only in matched pairs.

As for the performance, Guild Wars 2 went from running at 15fps at the mixed settings of medium & low, with shadows, reflections and anti-alisiasing turned off, to running at 45fps to 65fps with all settings set to high, or ultra. Quite a huge improvement, considering I moved from a quad core 3.0GHz system to a quad core 3.4GHz system. Just goes to show how much the motherboard of the original XPS630i was choking the new Radeon HD 7850 video card.

Sorry I can't post any pictures right now, but I am strapped for time as I pack to go on a trip to visit my boys and grandson. I will try to post the few pictures I took during the build, after I get back in a couple of weeks.


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I'm sorry you got a bad board. :( It's not unheard of when a brand-new mobo fails shortly after installation--unfortunately, there's no guarantees anyone's mobo will last for any length of time. :-\ The best you can do is go with the higher-rated boards (more happy customers than not) and hope for the best.

Hopefully Amazon will quickly get a solid replacement to you, and I know it's got to be a royal pain having to swap out boards like that. :(

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If the original poster complained about me "piggy-backing" my replacement build into his thread, I would have immediately stopped and started my own thread, but since he does not seem to mind, I'll just continue to post the news about my upgrades here.


Thanks AmigaDave, and I agree the best thing to do is leave that call up to chriskaz. That being said, if you anticipate more posts, it would probably be easier for everyone to start your own new thread (just to avoid confusion between whose systems are whose, etc.) :) I know I'd look forward to following both of your system builds!

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I just can't believe it! I just got my new rig working just as I wanted it & my new mobo stopped working! The computer tried to start but the fans just start turning (for a split second) & it shuts down. It does this continually until I turn it off at the wall socket! I had to take the new mobo out of the case & put my old stock 630i back in :evil: The new mobo has only been installed for just about a week! Needless to say I have boxed it up and I am sending it back to Amazon. Has anyone else had a similar problem? (and before anyone asks, yes I was very careful when I installed it)!



I did a build about 2+ years ago... the first Gigabyte board came with bent pins in the CPU socket! Got a replacement and had continuous blue screens (BSOD). Checked everything I could think of--then sent that board back and got an ASUS. Everything worked great, but what a pain.

On the next build, I had a Cooler Master PSU that would run for a minute or two and then just shut down. The replacement has worked fine. Then the MSI motherboard went bad. Also had some bad OCZ memory that had to be replaced. I almost decided never to build again! :thumbdown:

Even on the supposed "quality" stuff, I think the manufactures figure that it's cheaper to send out replacements than to catch the bad units with higher quality control costs. Might be good for them, but it's extremely annoying to customers--especially when you're trying to put a new build together. It's often very tough to figure out which is the bad part when you have problems. Really, REALLY wish they had to post return rates.

My most recent build: no issues! (knock on wood) :goodluck:

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Guys, I am going to start a new thread (see "my new build" in the Hardware forum).

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Even on the supposed "quality" stuff, I think the manufacturers figure that it's cheaper to send out replacements than to catch the bad units with higher quality control costs. Might be good for them, but it's extremely annoying to customers--especially when you're trying to put a new build together. It's often very tough to figure out which is the bad part when you have problems. Really, REALLY wish they had to post return rates.


+1 on that! I'd forgotten just how many bad components you encountered in your build(s)--you should be set for several years of failure-free hardware now, right? (wishful thinking?) :lolno:

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