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Hey guys! Well, given the posting problems I've been having on my X58 setup, and the need for some fast SATA 6Gbps ports, I decided to put together a new rig with some new and old parts!

 

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Case: Rosewill Thor V2 full tower case

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770k w/ CM Hyper212+

Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth Z77

RAM: 16GB Corsiar Vengeance LP 1600Mhz 8-8-8-24 1.5V

GPU: EVGA Nvidia GTX 670 2GB

Soundcard: ASUS Xonar DSX

SSD1: Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB

SSD2: Crucial M4 256GB

HDD1: WD Caviar Black 1TB

HDD2: WD Caviar Black 1TB

ODD1: ASUS DVD-RW

ODD2: ASUS Blu-Ray RW

PSU: Corsair TX850W PSU

 

Working pretty well so far! I haven't overclocked anything yet! I needed all but 1 of my SATA ports. 6 drives and 1 FP eSATA connector are plugged in right now. :lol:

A note: the Thermaltake Frio is NOT compatible with the Sabertooth Z77. There are some extra transistors/resistors on the back right next the CPU socket that lay right underneath a part of the backplate that needs to rest flush on the board. It will be mounted unevenly, and all that stress on those components is probably not good. I'm actually getting cooler temperatures now with the Thermaltake Hyper212 (with only 1 fan), which has a compatible backplate.

 

Also, it seems that many of the EVGA GTX 670s have a low pitched grinding/humming sound. Its a shame because the Thor is so quiet otherwise. I went from a Antec 900 with ALL of its fans plugged into molex connectors (running at max RPMs) and I can say its a whole new experience. I used to think it was awesome how loud my other case was, but after this, I'll never go back. I thought it didn't turn on at first, it was so quiet :lol:

 

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As you can see, the case has only been in my house a few days and is already getting a bit dusty. So much dust in my house!!! :lol:

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That looks like a sweet (and efficient) setup!

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How's the mobo and vrm temps etc when overclocking? I really want this board in ky next build because is looks so damn slick. I just hope the thermal armour and fans do well at cooling and don't make too much noise.

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How's the mobo and vrm temps etc when overclocking? I really want this board in ky next build because is looks so damn slick. I just hope the thermal armour and fans do well at cooling and don't make too much noise.

 

Haven't tried overclocking yet. On my Hyper 212+ when it turbos up (to only 3.7Ghz for some reason) it can get to slightly over 65C (with turbo boost probably supplying more vcore than is necessarily needed, ambient temp 28.3). I might pick up a better cooler and do some real overclocking later. Its summer now in Arizona in the US, and that means 85F/29C ambient temps in my room (and 110+F outside), so I don't want to push it too far. :lol:

 

The ASUS software allows you to set a curve of how you want those thermal armor fans to respond. You can link them to the actual VRM temperture sensor and sell it how far to ramp up at what temps. Right now they are at 38C at idle with a 28.8C ambient temp (62% fan speed). I set it to 100% and it only cooled it down to 36C and was noisy. I'm sure it would be more effective with an OC'd system though. Those little fans do over 7000 rpm maxed out.

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:withstupid: I'd like too know too.

Does the Fans of the ThermalArmour make a huge racket? And how are the temps of the 3770K and the rest of the board (the VRMs and the CPU itself mainly)

:cheers:

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:withstupid: I'd like too know too.

Does the Fans of the ThermalArmour make a huge racket? And how are the temps of the 3770K and the rest of the board (the VRMs and the CPU itself mainly)

:cheers:

 

A Prime95 run at stock with the stock fan settings resulted in 45C-47C @ 5500rpm on the VRMs (called "Vcore (back)" unless I'm looking at wrong thing, the diagram looks like its in the right place). It was louder, but it could have been my CPU fan ramping up, not the thermal armor fans. Check out my previous post for CPU temps. I'm not sure if the cooler might need to be remounted, or if I just got a hot 3770k. 65C at stock (when it isn't even turbo boosting as high as it should) seems off. I'm using Tuniq TX-2 paste. In any case, I wouldn't recommend going too far unless you have some nice custom water.

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Wow, really nice setup. Sadly I to live in the Souther US, but I got an i5 3550 <.< so OC not is a bad idea as it's not unlocked and I've got stock fan xD [but for my first build with $900 I didn't do to bad]

 

I assume this isn't your first build ethier, great that you where able to upgrade to all this New GEn stuff ^^ [like that GPU :3]

 

What did you pay for it all?

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A Prime95 run at stock with the stock fan settings resulted in 45C-47C @ 5500rpm on the VRMs (called "Vcore (back)" unless I'm looking at wrong thing, the diagram looks like its in the right place). It was louder, but it could have been my CPU fan ramping up, not the thermal armor fans. Check out my previous post for CPU temps. I'm not sure if the cooler might need to be remounted, or if I just got a hot 3770k. 65C at stock (when it isn't even turbo boosting as high as it should) seems off. I'm using Tuniq TX-2 paste. In any case, I wouldn't recommend going too far unless you have some nice custom water.

 

Well seems like it is a bit cooler then my V Pro used too but not by much.. Why don't yountry fiddling with the fan Xpert utility? I've heard the newer revision that comes with the Z77 boards works really well.

Shame though that the 3770K runs that hot. I was kinda hoping to get a 3570K at around 4.6GHz using a D14 or H100. But maybe you're experiencing high temps cause it's summer there biggrin.gif

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OMG i saw that board on newegg and i want to use it on an IB build i hope the thermal armor performs well. Do you have that little out take fan installed on the I/O area XD?

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I'm using Tuniq TX-2 paste

 

How was the tim cured? I am itching to try a hair dryer to cure the next tim I apply because I see the way the stock heatsink tim is looking and the way the tim I put on is looking, and the comparison makes me think the tim I apply is not dry yet.

 

Do you think you would ever mod the tim under the cpu heat spreader? There are high performance tim sheets about 60mm x 60mm that adhere to the surface being cooled.

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You don't want your TIM to dry out - if it does, you're going to get pretty bad temps. Most pastes are oil-based to avoid this entirely.

 

You shouldn't have to cure TX-2 at all IIRC.

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