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EXCellR8
05-11-2013, 03:13 PM
So I got bored with my current setup, well one of them anyway, and I decided to overhaul. My ~2009 board was getting kind of flaky anyway so I had moved everything to a newer machine I had configured for work. I then realized that this substitute machine was obviously better so I didn't want to migrate it all to my old chassis haha. I had bought a new SeaSonic PSU because I had suspected mine was starting to cause problems. Never really found anything conclusive though.

Picked up a new motherboard and AMD FX-6350 six-core processor. I was tempted to go with eight-core but it wouldn't really do anything for gaming, and considering my quads tear through any of the heavier tasking it felt like a waste. I was also not sure how my current loop would handle 4 additional CPU cores so I felt 6 overall would be better. So... on to the shitty droid pics!!

Existing machine as of '11-'13... except with a HD7970 and more dust:
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/Computer/existing2011_zpsc798d862.jpg

Torn down for powder coating... chassis will be red aside from the bump out on top which i masked off inside and out. Everything else, side panels, trim, plastic, will remain black:
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/Computer/teardown_zps45613366.jpg

Taking out this silly RAID-0 SSD boot drive, replacing with a new Sammy 840 Sata-III drive:
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/Computer/raidBoot_zpsee9325f6.jpg

And this is the new board... usually don't go with "flagship" stuff but it's gorgeous and is STUFFED with features:
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/Computer/ch5_fz_zps0aff9778.jpg

I will be reusing some of the old hardware and most of my drives. I might pick up another 1TB drive for the hell of it and maybe another 8GB memory. I'm gonna see how close to 5Ghz I can get with this new processor and hopefully my liquid system can handle it. I already had to buy a little bracket kit so the block would mount up to the AMD socket but it was cheap; will work with the backplate that is already on the board etc.

As soon as I can get the chassis over to the powder people I'll post some pics of the look. Check out Frozen CPU's custom HAF-X case for an idea.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14548/cst-1247/Cooler_Master_HAF-X_XL-ATX_Compatible_High_Air_Flow_Full_Tower_Case_RC-942-KKN1_-_Chassis_Powder_Coating.html?tl=g50c2s907#blank

/nerdism :8:

Stealth
05-12-2013, 10:00 AM
give me ur old gpu for cheap cheap

EXCellR8
05-15-2013, 08:45 PM
only older gpu i have is that 1GB 5870... still using the 7970. was gonna see if i could score another for around the same price but they are still too high. i got this nearly new one for just over $300 like a year ago... everything i find now is $400+ so fuck that.

don't think i'll be able to get the chassis to the powder coaters this week either, too busy. wish i could just do that shit myself. bah.

FlyingHonda
05-18-2013, 02:05 PM
i'm tempted to upgrade from my phenom 945 to a FX8320, saw a gigabyte motherboard for $99. price for performance of AMD is still better than intel, eventhough intel still has the fastest ones.

EXCellR8
05-28-2013, 10:41 AM
^945 to 8320 would be a big difference. i had either a 955 or 965 BE at one point and was ultimately underwhelmed with the overall performance.

should be getting the 932 from the finishing place either tomorrow or the next day. should look pretty radical. hoping to get this thing pretty much done next weekend.

EXCellR8
06-01-2013, 08:03 AM
Got derailed a bit with the chassis coming back from the painters... they didn't do the inside but just went over the existing black with red (which most gets covered up by trim pieces). Not exactly what I wanted so now I gotta figure something out. Torn between making them do it, lugging it back and waiting another week or so or just grabbing some red caliper paint from Autozone and doing it myself. It looks good from the outside with what little red shows, but the inside was kinda the whole point.

In the mean time I grabbed a few extra goodies:

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/ramSound_zps962e35be.jpg

...extra 8GB stick to go with the one included w/ the CPU and a new sound card. this one is supposed to be better than the X-Fi and Recon3D but we'll see.

Stealth
06-01-2013, 09:02 AM
how much better is having a sound card?

I mean is it an audible difference between onboard?

EXCellR8
06-01-2013, 02:11 PM
Depends... onboard sound has gotten much better, especially with higher end boards. Older boards forget it there is too much background noise, choppiness and an overall lack of features, effects, and I/O options. I haven't played around with this one yet but I've heard good things, not to make a pun obviously. Most of the time you can get away with onboard sound and a good set of speakers.

Gonna attempt to paint the rest of my borked case later today, hopefully it cools down a bit outside.

zedron
06-01-2013, 02:17 PM
What are you doing with those SSDs?

EXCellR8
06-01-2013, 05:45 PM
I'm gonna see how far I can skip em across the pond down the street.

Haha, idk yet they are pretty small cap (80GB) and relatively outdated now, but still pretty quick. They were alright but honestly I didn't see too much of a difference in actual performance in RAID-0 vs just a single unit. Single is prob better because there is like super low power consumption etc. Never really had any issues with stability or anything. Real quick to boot up as well.

I may be looking to sell off a bunch of stuff soon... and like usual I'll probably post it all here first. Still got a first gen i7 cpu and board that I'm not using anymore, along w some memory but I'd like to test it for stability first. I gotta start getting rid of this shit tho my basement is starting to look like a smaller version of newegg's warehouse.

zedron
06-01-2013, 05:48 PM
Ill be interested in the SSDs if the price is right. I need them to throw in a VM server to run some images for a lab I am setting up. I was actually gonna hop on Newegg today and order some till I revisited this post.

EXCellR8
06-01-2013, 07:57 PM
I'd prob let em go for $60/ea. but honestly I wouldn't be able to help you right away. I still gotta pull some data off them and I have no idea when I'd get around to that. There's a TON of em on ebay for reasonable money tho, possibly even cheaper. Heck you may be able to find the 160GB version for under $100.

Reaper
06-01-2013, 09:51 PM
man that thing looks like a pile of crap...

jk, nice work so far man.

EXCellR8
06-03-2013, 10:23 AM
Haha thx, but in all honesty though it kinda does look like crap at the moment. The inside isn't painted red like i wanted so now I gotta fix it. I tested some red caliper paint i bought at az and it looks decent, i sprayed a piece from the case i don't use. It's slightly darker than the glossy red outer coat but i think it will look good on the inside. Seemed work with the aluminum just fine and dried in a couple hours.

Can't do any painting right now though with the humidity; ill prob need another can anyways. Shitty part is I need to mask it all up again since i want it to look clean.

veloceracing
06-03-2013, 10:15 PM
Mountain Mods. DO IT.

EXCellR8
06-09-2013, 11:56 PM
Finally got around to getting some paint on this thing; with okay results. Coverage isn't flawless and there's a few little spots that I missed, but it looks alright and once the guts are in none of the imperfections will show. The case is also not new, and was a bitch to clean, so there's a little bit of speckling and a spot or two where it ran a little, but pretty minor. I painted it lying down so I had to hit it from several angles to try and get in and under some of those trickier spots. Not easy, but it's red like i wanted...

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/redPaint_01_zpse0173b9e.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/redPaint_02_zps72d6a2a9.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/redPaint_04_zps6c5805f3.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/redPaint_06_zpsdd20b99e.jpg

Honestly I'm not head over heels with how it came out, but I like it. I purposely masked and did not paint the top or bottom inside because of the radiator, power supply, and filters. The back and underside are painted though and look decent. The black/red color scheme with follow throughout including the motherboard, RAM, graphics card, and sound card which should look dope. That's at least the plan. I gotta modify my liquid setup and then refill so I can get this build going. I'll post the finished pics when it's all done. Might need some lighting mods, we'll see...

EXCellR8
06-29-2013, 09:42 PM
So after many delays, several hardware reconfigurations, waiting for parts and completely dismantling my liquid system down to the block... this beast is finally done. I picked up a few last minute items including a 5.25" bay front panel HDD dock port, a new 140mm rear LED fan, and new clamps/fittings/tubing for my loop. I am exhausted at this point but so far I am happy with the results. Check it out YO!

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/cvfz01_zps23e8c88b.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/cvfz02_zpsc64d38cf.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/cvfz03_zps54f7f213.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/cvfz04_zps32c5d1c8.jpg

^this guy is going to be super handy when it comes to data on spare drives, highly recommend. speed is gonna depend on the controller interface on the mobo... and then there's the two 3.0 ports which i didn't have.

I'll post a few pics of it all lit up when i get a moment, it actually looks pretty wild all in red and in the dark. It's definitely a HUGE leap in the cosmetic department from where it was originally, and I like how the paint turned out in the end. Had a few hiccups getting the OS moved over for probably the 5th time, but it's up and running now; seems fine. I'm not a big fan of how the block mounted up to the AM3 socket but it worked out and temps are super, almost unreasonably low. I think I can get in the mid 4 ghz range easy should I decide to OC this thing.

Any thoughts on the color scheme? What do you guys think would look better? I know I could have been a little cleaner with the coverage but it was tough to spray... so many little hidden spots. I got a buddy who can do small powder coat, so I may have him do the DVD drive since it's visibly irritating. For now tho I'm just gonna use the shit out of it since I'm about a month behind with the build and my wallet could use a break. I kept getting ideas and adding shit as I went along haha.


FINAL SPEC:

AMD FX-6350 black edition six-core processor
Swiftech X20-220 EDGE liquid cooling*
16GB G.Skill RipJaws DDR3 memory
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ mobo
ASUS Radeon HD7970 3GB graphics*
Creative Sound Blaster Z
Seasonic X-750 modular PSU
Cooler Master HAF-932 (2009)*

*reused hardware

I need a cold brewski, this one wore me out :8:

EXCellR8
07-03-2013, 11:37 PM
OC round 1... stupid easy.

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p104/EXCellR8/cpuz-oc_zpsf1959d64.png

might dial back the multi and enjoy a higher fsb... platform overclocks like a dream.