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Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« on: December 02, 2016, 08:21:01 pm »
I've been planning to do a new build myself.  And you know what they say, go big or go home.  lol.  And I figure I can probably get away with re-popping some things like the SSD, optical drives, video card, the case and the water cooler.  So generally, just need a mobo, proc, ram and a better psu.  Odd as it may sound though, my current i7 930 is still keeping up with my demands.  I know it's aging tech but the new hardware I have been throwing in there has been keeping it alive.

As of now, this is my current specs...
Intel Core i7 930 4c/8t @ 2.8ghz
24gb G-Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 (yes, triple channel)
Asus P6T
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD 8gb
Creative X-Fi extreme gamer sound card
Crucial MX200 512gb SSD boot drive
Western Digital Black 2tb HDD storage drive
Cougar Zephyr MX750 PSU
Liteon 24X DVD lightscribe drive
LG Super Multi Bluray drive
Corsair H100 240mm water cooler
Cooler Master HAF-X case

I've been more then happy with Intel's performance records and planning to stick with Intel in my next build.  But I haven't decided with either the i7 6700K or the i7 7700K.  Then what mobo to go with.  So many choices.  But I'd like to stick with Asus if I can.
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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2016, 02:10:13 am »
Sounds like a plan.  That site, pcpartspicker.com, is really good for planning your build.  It'll even tell you if something in your build isn't compatible.  It lists prices for the items at several retailers, including Amazon, Newegg, and others.  Most of my build was purchased through Newegg, but the CPU came from another site, and I think the mobo came from yet another different one.  The 6TB HDD I believe was an Amazon purchase, although I may be wrong.  I wound up putting liquid cooling on the CPU, which isn't listed on that build list, because the stock CPU cooler, while perfectly capable of cooling the CPU, was unbelievably loud.
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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2016, 02:16:33 pm »
 Hey Sandman might have to check compatibility for your cooler, skt 1151 isn't mentioned (they don't even mention 1150 4th gen)

Compatibility
•Intel LGA 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011.
•AMD sockets AM2 and AM3.
•Hydro Series H100 requires a case with dual 120mm fan mounts with 15mm spacing for a 240mm radiator.

above was copied from http://www.corsair.com/en-us/hydro-series-h100-extreme-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler

Also very nice rig Carnaxus! that CPU/GPU combo should power you thru just about anything. make sure you keep the card clear of dust bunnies though, check it for build up frequently.
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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2016, 09:27:34 pm »
Yeah, I know that already.  But they do sell additional adaptors for the H100.  Or I could just pickup a new H100i which does have the adaptor for the LGA 1151 socket.  Might be wise just to get a new cooler, eh?  Considering this one has seen 6 years of complaint free use.  lol

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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2016, 02:20:57 pm »
 Sandman: Depends what your doing with the old parts. if your repurposing them, you might still need something to keep it cool. Takes about a Hyper 212 EVO (minimum) to cool a first gen I7 on air.
  Plus that cooler might be serious overkill for the 6th gen I7's pretty sure their TDP is much lower (91 for the 6700k VS 130 for your 930 - I don't think they have a 7700k yet).
 I think we got off topic here. Should maybe start a new thread.
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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2016, 06:29:36 pm »
Sandman: Depends what your doing with the old parts. if your repurposing them, you might still need something to keep it cool. Takes about a Hyper 212 EVO (minimum) to cool a first gen I7 on air.
Plus that cooler might be serious overkill for the 6th gen I7's pretty sure their TDP is much lower (91 for the 6700k VS 130 for your 930 - I don't think they have a 7700k yet).

Well, I was thinking about repurposing some of the old parts that can be.  Just to save a couple of bucks by not having to replace everything.
I know this 1st gen i7 is a beast to keep cool and the stock cooler is really not enough for prolonged heavy use.  Let along, overclocking.  Plus, the stock cooler can get annoyingly loud.
So if the H100i is deemed "overkill" for a 6th gen i7, what about something like a H80 or H60?  The 7700K is coming out very soon.  So I have been waiting on it to hit the shelves to make my final decision.

I think we got off topic here. Should maybe start a new thread.

Your right.  Sorry about that.  I split the thread.
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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2016, 08:59:26 pm »
  I'll leave the liquid cooling cooling choices to you. I'm sure you could make a better informed choice on that mater. I was just mentioning that there was quite the drop in TDP between the first and 6th gen I7's. Where the first gen pretty much needed liquid cooling you might be able to go something air cooled and still basically silent, Up to you.

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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2016, 01:32:35 am »
I know there are some very decent air coolers out there and can be very quiet.  But in my opinion, a lot of them are huge and can take up a lot of space, and are not very appealing to look at.

The case I have has plenty of room in it so using a air cooler shouldn't be a problem, space wise.  And since my case is designed with water cooling in mind, I'd like to take advantage of it.

I could go with a custom water loop but I don't feel comfortable with them.  Mainly the added maintenance aspect of them is what bothers me the most.  That's why I'd rather go with a closed loop system.  Just clean the fans and the radiator once in a while and it's smooth sailing.  I have even considered using a Corsair H80i - V2.  That should still be good enough for a 6th or 7th gen i7.

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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2016, 02:19:38 pm »
 I can't speculate on something that's not out (7th gen) but yeah probably a good choice.

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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2017, 11:47:51 pm »
 Might want to rethink getting the latest hardware and running win7.
 

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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2017, 08:26:11 pm »
I will worry about that when I have no choice but to upgrade to win10.  Until then, win7 is still working like a champ.

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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2018, 07:27:06 pm »
It's been some time since I started this thread but the day has finally come to start the overhaul.  So for starters, this is what I wound on settling on.

Intel Core I7 8700K 6c/12t 3.7 ghz 4.7 ghz turbo
Asus ROG Strix z390-E Gaming
G-Skill TridentZ RGB DDR4-2666 32 gb "8x4"
Corsair H100i-V2 water cooler
Western Digital Black MVMe M.2 500 gb

I'm planning to reuse my case, PSU, GPU and most of my storage drives.

The problem has come down to, there is no official driver support for Windows 7 for this mainboard.  Soooo..... I will have to install windows 10.   :'(  And unfortunately, I don't have a product key for it.  Anyone have any ideas of where to find cheap windows 10 product keys?
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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2018, 09:46:29 pm »
 You can still do an upgrade from a win 7 install to win 10 (w10 install might deactivate when drivers are installed-not sure, potential problem if you have no win 7 drivers), might have to check if you can do it with booting from usb and putting in a win 7 code during install. You might have to search youtube to find if it can still be done.
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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2018, 10:28:08 pm »
Well, for the most part, I could have installed windows 7 to a regular HDD or SSD and it should run.  But, there are no drivers for any of the onboard hardware.  Such as lan card, sound card, bluetooth and wifi adaptors.  And windows 7 won't be able to download updates on computers using newer processors.  And then, there is the lack of initial support in windows 7 for NVMe controllers.  You would have to pre-install the drivers while preparing to set up the OS for install.  It's just one big clusterf**k to get everyone to move over to windows 10.

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Re: Plans for my gaming rig overhaul
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2018, 07:37:34 pm »
 You could maybe see if there is win 8 (8.1) support might be cheaper than buying 10 outright. I'm not sure what you can get an 8 pro licence for these days or if there are drivers. I have found few issues with 8.1 I really don't mind it compared to 10. I think the one laptop I did with that type of controller for the SSD (wasn't a 2.5") did it in a clean install of 8.1 no issues seeing the drive but I might have used Acronis to prep the drive for an OS. Ad new drive option under tools when booting from disk.

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