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    Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    2009 Nehalem i7 Build Log 16-18th January 2009

    During the weekend beginning from the 16th of January , the old Pentium 4 built inside a chieftec matrix case was about to be replaced by a new machine altogether.

    The specs of the old machine are as follows:

    • ABIT ice-7 pro Socket 478 Mobo
    • 2gb DDR Ram
    • Nvidia 7800GTX AGP Card(i had a ATI 9800gtx before)
    • Intel Pentium 4 3.2ghz northwood
    • Seasonic 450w PSU
    • Chieftect full tower Matrix case

    The specs of the new pc are:

    • ASUS P6T deluxe Socket 1336 Mobo
    • 3GB DDR3 Ram
    • Nvidia 260GTX card
    • Intel i7 920 2.6GHZ Nehalem
    • Seasonic m12 600W PSU
    • Lian LI full tower PC-A7010 case
    • Thermalright Ultra Extreme aka TRUE
    • Enermax 120mm fan.

    As you can see, this is a major upgrade for me and one i have enjoyed building over last weekend. Enough talk, lets see some pictures !!



    This case is a monster. Just look at the size comparison between the case inside the box and my 360!




    More pics of comparing the size of the case alongside the 360.





    Christmas came late for me

    The Brain of my new pc



    The memory





    Nice looking mobo!





    This cooler took AGES to install!! A nightmare if you don’t know how to do it first time!




    Installed in the mobo tray




    Look at the size of that card!




    No hard drives?


    Old vs new




    My legendary pc!! It has served me well for the past 5+ years. As you can see i modded it and cut out the side panel myself using a electric jigsaw




    All up and running hows my cable management lol




    All done..
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    Re: Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    You do have a thing for large cases! Those things are enormous!

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    Images aren't showing up for me

    Sounds good though!

    EDIT: Can see them now

    That case is huge!!

    Hope you have fun with it.
    Last edited by handscombmp; 23-01-2009 at 02:51 PM.

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    Re: Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    Beautiful mate, bit supprised you table doesn't break with that monster on it

    So I'm guessing there is a wee bit of a performance leap from the old PC.

    Cannot believe the size of the 260gt, its a monster
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    Re: Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    Lian LI full tower PC-A7010 what do you think of it? The hard drive bays with plug in sata do they work ok

    cheers

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    Re: Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    If you dont mind me asking, how much did you pay for the upgrade? Looking to get one of the Intel Quadcores and i think i could get away with the processor and mobo for my upgrade.
    Looks like a sweet setup mate.

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    Re: Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    Quote Originally Posted by Max Tractor View Post
    Lian LI full tower PC-A7010 what do you think of it? The hard drive bays with plug in sata do they work ok

    cheers
    yea they work fine. the molex connectors on it are abit cheaply done though.

    the case is huge as you can see and very easy to work in. i wished they had put more mobo tray holes to route my cables better.

    Also i could not find any case speaker connector on it. are they not used these days anymore?

    Quote Originally Posted by aidso View Post
    If you dont mind me asking, how much did you pay for the upgrade? Looking to get one of the Intel Quadcores and i think i could get away with the processor and mobo for my upgrade.
    Looks like a sweet setup mate.
    it all cost me around £1100

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    Re: Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    Quote Originally Posted by j.o.s.h.1408 View Post
    Also i could not find any case speaker connector on it. are they not used these days anymore?
    Should be built into the motherboard now, no need for an external speaker.

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    ahh ok cool thanks. there was a connection for it on the mobo itself but could not find it on my lian li case

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    Re: Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    I have been looking at that case, hiding cables looked rather tricky, I also noted that the top hard drive cage can be removed and the psu installed there

    cheers

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    Re: Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    What kind of temps are you getting? Are you running stock or overclocked CPU speed?

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    Looks like a good setup, you not consider getting SSD's?!? I suppose they are a bit expensive for the amount of storage you get! You got any WD Raptors in there?

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    Re: Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    raptors are nt that faster then a few sata drives.i am going 2 buy a 1tb hdd soon.the ssd are very expensive

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    Re: Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    I am seeing a price reduction of the ddr3 ram! crucial are selling 6GB 1600MHZ Ram for less then £100!! teh thing is that they dont have any heat spreaders on it and are kind of bare bone ones.

    are they any good?

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    Heat spreaders do sod-all for RAM, except make them look cool.

    Looking on the crucial site, the only ram I can see in that price-range are DDR1333. Although stilla good price at ~£75
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    Re: Nehalem i7 Build Log (56K Warning)

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Heat spreaders do sod-all for RAM, except make them look cool.
    But they are damn good at it. As Reginald D. Hunter would say, do what you do best!

    I could fit a child into that case, if I were so inclined.

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