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Well after being out of the loop for a very longtime I decided to get back into building my own rigs and OCing. My first rig I ever had was a P3 450 mhz Coppermine. I dicscovered OCing and ended up running that Coppermine at 850 mhz for a year than built my next rig a AMD 2500 M for those of you remember that awesome OCing CPU. Than I went MIA from the computer world due to real life issues and am now slowly finding my way back.

This build which I nicknamed Project Pheno is scheduled for February 2012.

What I want from this Build:

1> Ability to OC! I love to push it as far as possible and than push a bit more I want to get some big speeds from this Rig.

2> F@H I have always been a big fan of F@H and the more this rig can crunch the better.

3> HD movies and encoding/decoding. We watch alot of HD 1080 and do alot of decoding and encoding so want the rig to be fast and smooth for this.

4> Gaming. I will do some gaming and want to be able to play any of the new and upcoming games at full res and smooth. I love FPS.

5> Not only am I obsessed with OCing I am obsessed with big scores on all types of benchmarks so overall speed is a factor.

The Budget- Roughly 2k this is for just the box I already have monitor, speakers etc.. I live in Montreal QC and so far haven't found a real good store to use for parts. I would prefer to buy locally so if you know of a good store here please post a link.

I want the rig to be watercooled maybe with a chiller for higher speeds?

So please leave advice and suggestions as right now I am trying to catch up and have no idea what's out there or coming as far as hardware.

Hardware List and Links

CPU- ??

RAM- ??

MOBO- ??

Hard Drives- SSD in RAID 0 (Hardware Controller) Brand?

Case- ??

PSU- ??

Watercooling- ??

Vid Card(s)- ??

DVD Burner- ??

I'll be doing some research and updating this as I go also based on what people suggest. Thanks for any help you can give me on this! :thumbsup:

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Lucky for you my fav sight is also Canadian !


as for motherboards it would be good to find one that will support newer processors coming out. The one i have just got now supports Intel new 22nm Ivy Bridge CPU. Those wont be out till next year but i can use Sandy Bridge till then or hold off. It also support the new PCIx3.0 so i can upgrade my video card down the line but don't expect PCIe3.0 video cards just yet.

Ram is getting cheap even for DDR3 depending on size and speed.

Hard drive are still cheap but if you want your system to scream grab a SSD. But note this: they are still new and expensive and the read write has a huge gap between them per size and cost. I have managed to find a Nice 120GB SSD SATA3 for $179 i believe with a read/write of 550/510.

Video cards are up to you do you want to game, design, or brows the net? Also just an FYI in case you see this. PCIe2.1 does fit in PCIe2.0 slots its just a little upgrade for the video cards but they still work together in the same slot so don't go made looking for a motherboard with a PCIe2.1 slot.

As for water cooling that not something i really touch on. But this is also just an FYI the Intel Sandy Bridge CPU can OC close to 5Ghz on air stable. The newer Ivy Bridge will prolly be just the same or better.

Now this is just me talking but I would start with the case first! That way you can picture how all your stuff will look inside before you get them. Also a case with a good air flow design would help as well.

i think that all i have for now till i think of something else

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H Alucard,

Thanks for the information :) Last time I looked at parts Newegg was still only in the USA thats how long I have been out of the loop! Here is the start of a list.

CPU- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

RAM- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226099

MOBO- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771

Hard Drive 1-http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167042 (later on maybe I'll get another and RAID 0 just for fun)

Hard drive 2-http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136490

Case- I am not sure on this but probably a Lian Li one of the larger ones they make as I need room for water cooling.

PSU- I always used Enermax on my builds in the past and will again this time. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194046

Vid Card- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587

Burner- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Depending on when the Ivy Bridge comes on the market I may try one of the K series (unlocked) will have to see. I'm working now on putting together a solid water cooling system. The case will be modded and painted or maybe chromed. I have a buddy here that works at a chroming shop so going to ask him about it. Should be fun!!

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Yep will include pictures when I start forsure. Thats a nice case :) I am thinking about going with a mountainmods case. They make some massive very customizable cases and I will definetly have room inside for the large rads I plan on using.

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