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PC build OMG it works


Mar 17th 2013


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After scrimping, saving and selling sh*t on ebay, I've managed to buy my PC parts for a complete new build.

My old PC is well old and the graphic card was faulty and I couldn't play bugger all on it.

This will be my first PC build (going balls deep) and doing lots of research these are the parts I bought…

Case	- Zalman Z9 U3
Cpu	- Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40Ghz (ivy bridge)
Motherboard	- Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX
Ram	- 16Gb (2*8Gb) Corsair Vengeance
Cpu Cooler	- Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
Hdd	- 2TB Seagate Sata
Ssd	- 256Gb Crucial M4
Graphic Card	- 3Gb Evga GTX 660ti Ftw
DVD	- Samsung 24x Sata DVD writer
Power supply	- Corsair CX 750w M
Os	- MS Windows 7 Pro

Also added a headset, extra case fan and a connector for the front USB 3 ports of the case.

All in about £1000 with delivery charges.

Now I'm NO expert so with that in mind on to the build…..

First up fitting the Cpu to the motherboard.




Next the Cpu Cooler, which was very easy. Oh there was thermal compound added to the top of the Cpu.




Added the Ram and plugged in the cooler.










Fitting the motherboard to the case. The case fans are pre-installed.






Add Power supply.




The SSD is tinny.






In with the DVD writer.






Next up was the Graphic card and other Hdd on the right. I had to remove the GPU during the wiring stage. 
There are two Sata connections under it for the  hard drives, which I couldn't see.





That's all the parts fitted, then came the wiring which did take longer, you need to refer to the motherboard Manuel.
But taking my time one wire at a time it was pretty straight forward. 





Then trying to tidy up the wires, was well, take a look. Not pretty.





Well that was it, it booted up, loaded in Windows 7 and drivers which was fast, but then Windows update toke ages with my internet.

But all went well.

I need to thank Original John for backing up my Steam games from his silly fast work internet. Cheers man.

So I'm on Steam as SirSamuelVimes, so add me and lets get game on.


Would like to see anyone's gaming rig, slap your photos on.

Battle Net : SirSamVimes#2198

Mar 18th 2013



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Oh man thats inspiring!

Did you do the true new PC test of completing Solitaire smile

Mar 18th 2013


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Lol never through of that smile I did play portal 2 which I could play on my laptop hehe, but hay it now runs as smooth as cream (in fact I nearly did)

Battle Net : SirSamVimes#2198

Mar 18th 2013


Ep 68: Han Solo Shot First

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So awesome. A really nice build that should keep you ticking over for a good while smile

Many congrats on the new arrival! smile did I gift you a copy of DOTA 2 yet? smile

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Mar 18th 2013


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Cheers ego here's hoping it lasts, you still got copies of DOTA 2? I will gracefully accept a copy smile

Battle Net : SirSamVimes#2198

Mar 19th 2013


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Post edited 12:55 – Mar 19th 2013 by mixindave

awesome post!   just upgraded my case to the zalman z11 plus.  pretty good for the price, and i have the same cpu cooler. its a nightmare to fit on an amd though bracket though lol


 photo 2013-03-19125156.jpg


thats the case i recently got


still rolling on a 550ti and phenom quad core at the moment.


Mar 19th 2013



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Nice looking post there Vimes. The case look nice and tidy with the cables fed through the back and the machine looks well cooled for some overclocking fun later on down the road.

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Mar 20th 2013


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mixindave I do like the zalman case's, there's a temperature sensor built in for added bonus smile

Originaljohn thats if I feel brave.

Battle Net : SirSamVimes#2198

Mar 22nd 2013



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Cracking job that mate…. this is the Crossfire build that I documented on here last February which is still going strong and has a few new additions now as well, two more SSD's




To be honest it doesnt see much use these days.. I bought the Samsung 700G Gameing laptop which runs everything maxed out and full steam ahead so tends to be my weapon of choice as its a lot less noisey!



Mar 22nd 2013


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That's blooming AWESOME Shats. It's such a great feeling when it boots up first time, that laptop is a bit too pricey for my wallet. 

The only problem I have now is my slow internet speeds.

Battle Net : SirSamVimes#2198

Mar 23rd 2013


Ep 74: Hey you guys

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curious about this post as am upgrading my pc (everything coming this tuesday from newegg) and we've picked nearly the same build

my existing case and zalman silent psu plus couple of sata drives are surviving the upgrade, but i have gone for the same mobo, cpu and SSD as yourself. The only difference is i've gone for 32gb ram and a passive cooled radeon 7750 because it's for my work (photoshop/illustrator) which eats up ram and i can't be doing with noise when i'm working.

never had an SSD so i am wondering how much a difference it is making for you

i have read they make excellent scratch disks for photoshop which will be a huge relief as some of my images are 2gb and take 2/3 mins to load/save on current machine.

Mar 24th 2013


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Hi Dan, I use the ssd for a boot drive and boy it boots up fast. I'm not sure how much faster it's going to be with big files but I'm sure it will be A LOT faster. Good luck with re-build, post a pick here so we can see what she looks like. smile

Battle Net : SirSamVimes#2198

Mar 30th 2013


Ep 74: Hey you guys

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Did the pc upgrade last week and found out my system had gathered a spot of dust in the past 5 years.



10mins with the vacuum and all was well again.


New gigabyte motherboard and zalman cooling fan. Can't recommend either of these brands highly enough, especially the fans. Been using these in quiet pc builds for about 15yrs and they are well worth the money. Was worried the fan might overlap the ram slots and stop me maxing it out, but plenty of room.


Everything back together. Spare power cables strapped up and sat on the DVD drive out of the way. And i like how sata cables don't eat up room like the old ide ones. Those were always such a mess to fold over and twist to get them all to fit.


This is the graphics card i used. ASUS 7750 with 1gb ddr5. Seemed to be the fasted silent card on the market that could run 3 monitors. Been playing far cry 3 and even for a $120 card it runs amazingly.

Never had anything so close to a cutting edge pc as this so it's fun playing games on max settings without a bit of noise coming from the tower. The SSD card and 32gb ram seem to be handling anything i throw at it. Win7 boots up in about 10 seconds, and the same photoshop files which took 2 mins to open now appear in 5 seconds. 

Not a total new build as i recycled hard drives, psu, case, dvd but the mobo/cpu, fan, SSD, ram and GFX cost about $800 which seems pretty cheap for the massive jump in performance over my old machine which was no slouch, just bottlenecked at 4gb ram. 

Apr 2nd 2013


Ep 44: PSP Go is erm…. go

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would love to get an upgrade myself actually very soon, my board supports sli so im not sure if it would be better to get another 550ti  and get some bf3 ultra going or get a single more up to date card with more memory like the 660ti or radeon 7870, i would say those two are my budget limit.


Apr 4th 2013



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I'm desperate to upgrade my PC. It's not terrible yet (Core 2 Duo 8800, ATI HD4850, 4Gb RAM) but it does struggle to play some of the more recent high profile releases on decent detail settings.


I really fancy using one of those BitFenix ITX cases for the next build. Any got experience of them? They look pretty cool! : http://www.bitfenix.com/global…..gy#gallery

Apr 4th 2013


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I really fancy using one of those BitFenix ITX cases for the next build. Any got experience of them? They look pretty cool! :http://www.bitfenix.com/global…..gy#gallery


It looks like it's got good reviews. Is there room for everything? It's just my graphics card is huge. 

Battle Net : SirSamVimes#2198

Apr 5th 2013



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UnrulyRuffian that's a nice case. It reminds me of the cases apple started using with the G5

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