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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



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)


Great CPU temp all things considered

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!