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Built a new PC

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Who said that PC’s are dead. I recently bought the parts to make a custom machine, and today I finally built it.

It’s destined to act as a Hyper-V 3.0 server, so that I can run a large bunch of Virtual Machines.

Here’s the spec’s:

  • Asus Rampage IV Extreme Intel X79 (Socket 2011) DDR3 Motherboard
  • x2 G.Skill TridentX 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 PC3-19200C10 2400MHz Quad Channel Kit (F3-2400C10Q-32GTX)
  • Intel Core i7-3820 3.60GHz (Sandybridge-E) Socket LGA2011 Processor – Retail
  • Noctua NH-D14-2011 Dual Radiator CPU Cooler with PWM Fans (Socket LGA2011)
  • Corsair Professional Series AX1200 High Performance 1200W Modular '80 Plus Gold' Power Supply (CMPSU-1200AXUK)
  • Fractal Design Define XL USB3.0 Full Tower Case - Titanium Grey
  • x8 Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM (ST2000DM001)
  • Sapphire HD 6570 Ultimate Edition 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-Express SILENT Graphics Card
  • x2 Intel 330 Series 60GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive – Retail
  • LG GH24NS90 24x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) – OEM

And here’s what the Noctua NH-D14-2011 looks like:

It doesn’t come with the model obviously, but her and a review of the Noctua NH-D14-2011 can be found here

I had a real time putting this together, the Noctua NH-D14-2011 wouldn’t fit when the memory ports are fully loaded, part of the Noctua heatsink needed trimming for the right fit, here’s what I hacked off and the tool that helped me get there

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Here’s some shots of the profile, showing how I butchered the radiator fins on the heat-sink before it’d sit above the ram

Honestly, don’t try this at home!

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It’s currently running Windows Server 2012 RC, running the X.M.P profile which supports the speeds this RAM can run at (2400Mhz)

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Great CPU temp all things considered
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64GB of DDR3 2400Mhz RAM ready for duty

I used the on-board Intel Rapid Storage Technology Controller to form a RAID 10 using four of the 2TB disks.

Plenty of room for optimisation later on, external RAID controller for better disk performance, overclock that CPU (4Ghz+!) and maybe go for the Intel 6 core instead of the 4 core that’s in there, so there’s a little room for growth if I want to, but this thing is so bad ass I don’t think I’ll upgrade it for a long time!

  • So you've finally built a gaming pc !

  • Wise-guy! My gaming PC has a Radeon HD5900 ... I guess she's dated now, but I haven't got a game here that stresses the GPU to be honest (www.tomshardware.com/.../radeon-hd-5970,2474-4.html)

  • Now thats beast there! good job cutting the cooler :)

  • Thanks! It took ages I didn't want to be too brutal with the block!

  • I put the innards of my old case into one of the Fractal cases back in June. They're great. Did have to make a trip down to Maplins though because the ATX 8-pin power connector wouldn't stretch from the PSU to the mobo.

  • All setup good here for labs now, mini-infrastructure always-on, sweet!