What do you guys thing of my new custom built?

DoublEE

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Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz overclocked to 4GHz
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

CoolIT SYSTEMS Domino A.L.C Advanced Liquid Cooling
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ASUS Rampage II Extreme MOTHERBOARD overclocked to 1920MHz FSB
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Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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12GB DDR2 SDRAM-- OCZ Gold 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227422

HT Omega Claro Plus+ 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz Sound Card
Newegg.com - HT OMEGA CLARO Plus+ 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Sound Cards

EVGA GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896
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Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
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(2) Hitachi 0A38016 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drives
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(2) Samsung Super Writemaster DVD drives
 
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mrpacs

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I've never been a fan of bling-bling cases. I am partial to Lian-Li cases.

Liquid cooling? No need if you have enough efficient fans.

Sound card is overkill, no?

I HIGHLY recommend a Raptor Hard Drive, (10,000RPM), for your OS.
Newegg.com - Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Your vid card is sweet. Are you a gamer?

May I suggest adding a floppy with integrated media card reader?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...rder=BESTMATCH&Description=floppy+card+reader

How about a DVD-RW or Blu-Ray Drive?

What OS will you use?

Good job nonetheless! :)
 

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I always install noise dampening foam inside my cases to help cut down on the noise. Good link though! Thanks X. +1

Computer Sound Dampening - PC Noise Reduction Accessories
Newegg.com - OKGEAR AAM1 All Althorn Absorption Wads - Case Accessories

if you eliminate the sources of noise before insulating and dampening the results are usually far better.
we get a little nuts...
silentpcreview.com | View topic - HDD Elastic Suspension... Show your pics!

silentpcreview.com | View topic - How to Identify the Sources of Noise in a PC






Thread jack over. :eek: sorry EE!


 

DoublEE

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sweet rig. but it looks loud. iv'e heard the coolIT is not a silent as advertised... but im a PC silence snob. silentpcreview.com | Everything about Silent / Quiet Computers

They test actual sound levels in their own sound proof room. manufacture's noise claims are all bogus.

The CoolIt received very good reviews for the product's price-point.

As for the Antec case...here's a bit from legitreviews.com:

Now, most likely one of the questions on your mind is about the fans. Are they loud? It depends on the speed setting. If you have them on the medium or low settings they are nice and quiet; they are running in the mid-low 20dBA range. Put all of them on high and you will be turning up the TV as they are now running in the mid-high 30dBA range. This is mainly due to the open mesh and vents all over the case; there just is nothing to absorb the sound, good for air flow but bad for noise reduction. With the fans on low the 120’s are running 1200 RPM and pushing 39CFM and the 200 is running 400RPM and pushing 89CFM. On high the 120’s are running 2000RPM and pushing 79CFM and the 200 is running 1000RPM and pushing 167CFM. Running the 120mm fans on medium and the 200mm on low I felt was the sweat spot, somewhat quiet and still moving a fair amount of air through the case. Now for the lights, the LEDs in the fans are not harsh on the eyes in the dark; they provide more of a soft glow than anything else. The option to turn the LEDs on the 200mm fan seemed a little out of place to me because you can not turn the LEDs off on the 120mm fans. If you want to turn one off, it stands to reason you would like the others off as well.
 

DoublEE

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I've never been a fan of bling-bling cases. I am partial to Lian-Li cases.

Neither am I. It was more about the airflow issue. The case isn't as over-the-top as it appears in the photos. It's fairly subtle.

Liquid cooling? No need if you have enough efficient fans.

You're probably right. It was offered to me as a $15 upgrade.

Sound card is overkill, no?

Hell no. I'm all about the music. And I swore I would never, ever by another POS Crative Labs product.


Great hard drive but I had other priorities and wanted to stay in a $1800-$2000 budget.

Your vid card is sweet. Are you a gamer?

Some gaming and a lot of photo editing. I wanted a card that I wouldn't have to upgrade from in a few years. I'd say the fastest card on the market fills that need!

May I suggest adding a floppy with integrated media card reader?
Newegg.com - floppy card reader

Great idea. God knows the case is big enough to accommodate some extras.

How about a DVD-RW or Blu-Ray Drive?

I just added that to my original post. I am going to save some money and use my two existing Samsung Super Writemaster DVD drives.

What OS will you use?

Vista Home Premium X64. Yeah, I know, Vista sucks but the wife likes it.

Good job nonetheless! :)

Thanks.
 

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Very nice. Great job.

How is it working out so far?

BTW, I love newegg as well. :)


If you have a microcenter or a frys around you, you can get a lot of parts for the same price. Huge upside if anything is defective because new egg's new policy is that they don't send out replacements until they get the old part back - meaning it's gonna be a month.
 

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If you have a microcenter or a frys around you, you can get a lot of parts for the same price. Huge upside if anything is defective because new egg's new policy is that they don't send out replacements until they get the old part back - meaning it's gonna be a month.

BFG has a great return policy. Several months after I bought one, the digital connection stopped working. It could have been my cable, my monitor, my setup or the card. I called them up, and they told me they would replace it just in case it was the card. Oh, and by the way, the card I bought was discontinued, so they would upgrade me at the same time. They shipped the new card with a box and prepaid label for the old card. I was flabbergasted. Customer for life.
 

DoublEE

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It's been 5 days, is it ready yet? ;)

Put together and run through it's paces! It will ship this week. Can't wait.

Just an FYI, I'm putting together a detailed review of my latest and greatest purchase...Phiaton MS 400 Moderna Series headphones. Yummy carbon fiber!