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To start off id like this page to be also my short Introduction. HEY, Im Jarred Casley... or CAZ. Im from the Central Coast of Australia (Born in Sydney) and i am building my first "proper" system, but trust me I'm no noob at this. My original budget of $1500 was a little over but by the time i finished finalizing the components i was very happy with my selection. I joined OCC after reading an awesome review and thought it would be great to share my work-log here with you guys, seems like an awesome site and forum ;)

 

Little insight into the threads setup. Theres 2 parts. I will link each of them when the time is right. Part 1 is here and ill be talking about the theory of the PC. Part 2 is the awesome part of building it with pics of course :) . The order wont be in for a week or two so part 2 will be out soon i hope. I also separated them as id like the pics to also be on the first and second posts in the thread.

 

No more! lets BEGIN :D

Lets start with the SPECS :D

All bought from one of Australia's leading online computer store, CentreCom. (Product Placement anyone?) :P

  • $187 Thermaltake Toughpower XT 775W ATX Power Supply with Cable Management
  • $80.30 Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 32MB SATA 6GBS
  • $196.90 Corsair DDR3 12GB (3x Vengeance 4GB) 1600MHz CL9 (CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9)
  • $336 Intel Core i7-960 / 3.20GHz / 8MB Cache / LGA1366
  • $118 Cooler Master Scout SGC-2000 - Black ATX Tower Case (No PSU)
  • $369 Asus RAMPAGE-III-FORMULA Intel motherboard - 6x DDR3 / 6x Sata Raid / Gigabit LAN / LGA 1366
  • $331.10 Gigabyte nVidia N560SO-1GI-950 GTX560 TI, 950Mhz, 1GB GDDR5, 256BIT, HDMI, DVI
  • ----------------------------------- $1,646.10

The point to this system was GAMING and FUTURE-PROOFING.

 

THE NAME: The name "CAZ C2 Extreme i7" is a bit misleading as its not an i7 extreme, but the rig is :D , Or CAZ Custom-2 (CAZ C2) for short. CAZ being my nickname and C2 making it my second Custom built PC.

 

Originally I was going to get the RAMPAGE III Extreme, but decided that after reading a review on the formula it was a better choice for gaming and the extreme would be a 'little' too extreme. You may think the formula is still a bit of overkill but i just had to have those features the ROG series offers and money wasn't such an issue.

 

I didn't decide to go with a second generation i7 as after a little research i decided that i would rather an original. I just dont really like the new Sandybridge ones over the 900 series i7.

 

The case, The scout ;) You cant go past the quality of this case compared to its price. and to be honest i LOVE the look of it over MANY other cases that are more expensive. Its just a piece of art and gotta love that handle. I also purchased an additional Cooler Master RED LED 120mm fan to go on the side panel as reviews state this can lower GPU temp a lot due to its position. But its stock fans (3) would be plenty enough as is.

 

Now for the GPU. After reading reviews on it i was hooked. SUPER OVERCLOCKED at stock, yes please. After seeing benchmarks i was blown away when it was compared to other G/Cards such as the GTX 570 and at that price i just had to have it.

 

You may also notice something missing?!? ... The optical drive. With all the thrill of choosing components i kinda overlooked it :P haha (*OCC YELLS NOOB*) No biggy, ill just pick up a cheap one at the local Rip Off Store (what they call a computer shop). But i still have my current ASUS DVD/CD combo so im all set. You may also see the words Futureproof and the lack of SSD. Well i think the 1tb will furture proof me for a very long time as ive lived with 160gb very happily. And SSD would have been nice as a primary OS storage device but the prices just didn't allow it unless i made some serious modification to my current specs.

 

 

So what do you think? I cant wait to post PART 2, expect lots of nice pics of building it. Maybe the odd Nerdgasm or two :O

 

 

Edited by CAZ_au

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Sounds awesome, Caz! :D You probably will need lots of fans, luckily Cooler Master cases have many slots for that. ^^ I didn't buy a new optical drive either, almost the only times I ever use it is when I install operative systems.

 

Can't wait for part 2 either. :) So excited to see pics. :D

 

- Michael Sund ;)

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First off Caz, welcome to OCC! :thumbsup:

 

Really happy to see another Australian on board. This is a great community and I hope you enjoy your time here - I sure have since I joined in July. Learned so much and happy to learn more :)

 

I am really loving the look of your computer! You chose some nice hardware there and for that I commend you because I know that Australia has inflated prices which can sometimes put people off getting the hardware they need/want.

 

Are you planning on overclocking your CPU? The i7 960 is champ and if you are going to overclock, I would suggest buying a decent CPU cooler like the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ (great budget cooler!) for mild overclocking or Noctua-D14 (High performance but you pay for it - $118) for higher clocks.

I and many others have found this to be a good guide to get you started OCing too :)

 

One thing I want to ask you is about the RAM - Do you really need 12gb of RAM for gaming? I would say that 6 gbs will be plenty for your needs and that will most likely last you for the life of your build (if not you can always add some more later anyway).You could save some money there and put it away for an SSD or for a CPU cooler. This Corsair DDR3 6GB set rated at 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24 timings is a good pick for $89 and could save you more than $100.

 

Speaking of SSDs, while you may know this already I just want to point out that they are used less as storage devices, due to their price, and more as a application/OS device, due to their incredible read/write speeds. But they are really expensive - there is no doubt about it.

If you would go for one you will probably be looking at minimum of $150 for 60gb (40gb would be the smallest drive I would look at but might be a bit small to put many applications on it). It's up to you and your wallet though.

 

Overall though, it looks great! :thumbsup: Can't wait till part two :evilgrin:

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Looks good. Agree with everything Alexandre posted. When i built my first PC i got as far as putting it together before i realized i had forgot to order an optical drive. And i didn't have any lying around. :blush: So you are not the first and likely wont be the last.

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Thanks for the awesome welcome :happy:.

 

I do plan do eventually overclock the i7, but not right off the bat. I mean that ROG mo/bo is built for extreme OC so i think i better put that too good use ^_^ . While i still have the stock heatsink i wont OC too much though. Thanks for the suggestions on cooling solution for when i really open the OC tap ;) . I also bookmarked that great guide, thanks.

 

The PC will be used for gaming and Adobe CS5... but yeah okay maybe i want a little power crazy on the RAM a little :P . The orders already been put though so theres no changing it now. Maybe there should be a brainstorm to what on earth i could fill my 12gb ram to do :P .

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Looks good. Agree with everything Alexandre posted. When i built my first PC i got as far as putting it together before i realized i had forgot to order an optical drive. And i didn't have any lying around. :blush: So you are not the first and likely wont be the last.

 

HAHA :3 Nice to know im not the only one XD

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The PC will be used for gaming and Adobe CS5.

In that case, depending on which program you are using you probably have a good amount of RAM. I know photoshop eats mine. Uses aprox. 3.5 gigs and reserves another 2.

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Thanks for the awesome welcome :happy:.

 

I do plan do eventually overclock the i7, but not right off the bat. I mean that ROG mo/bo is built for extreme OC so i think i better put that too good use ^_^ . While i still have the stock heatsink i wont OC too much though. Thanks for the suggestions on cooling solution for when i really open the OC tap ;) . I also bookmarked that great guide, thanks.

 

The PC will be used for gaming and Adobe CS5... but yeah okay maybe i want a little power crazy on the RAM a little :P . The orders already been put though so theres no changing it now. Maybe there should be a brainstorm to what on earth i could fill my 12gb ram to do :P .

I can't wait to see you cranking those clocks :)

 

No problems about the RAM then. Just thought you might like the extra $100 :thumbsup:

 

Wouldn't hurt to ask if you got 64 bit OS?

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Yep, Of course :3, wouldn't build this just to have it limited by a 32bit OS. Windows 7 64bit :D

 

- And on that note. Its time i went to bed :P Loving this community already :)

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Yep, Of course :3, wouldn't build this just to have it limited by a 32bit OS. Windows 7 64bit :D

 

- And on that note. Its time i went to bed :P Loving this community already :)

Haha well you are 30 mins in front of me (I live in SA) so by then I'll probably do likewise :)

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Welcome aboard Caz.

 

You've chosen a great forum to hang out in. You'll find tons of information, you'll learn alot, and there is a deep, widely versed and informed membership of fellow OCC members.

 

We are so fortunate to have such a great group here at OCC. Again, welcome.

 

Regards,

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