This video shows the build process for my new computer. The motherboard for this machine is an ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula AMD 990FX AM3+. Not an extremely top of the line board – but definitely in the upper regions for performance and quality. The video shows that my luck with United Parcel Service ( UPS ) has not changed. When I received the motherboard the box’s upper corner was slightly damaged. I figured it was just cosmetic since it didn’t look all the way through. As it turns out I was wrong and that corner of the motherboard has a slight warp. You can see the USB slots in back are slightly out of joint. This is where the damage is. I was able to improve the placement somewhat – but you can still tell there is an issue. I’m beginning to take this UPS thing personally – makes me think it’s being done on purpose now.
So far I have had a bit of a love hate relationship with this motherboard. The BIOS setting administration is one the best I’ve ever seen and easy to use. I’m running the latest BIOS build – which claims it improves stability. I seem to have run into exactly the opposite. I’m not sure if it is the BIOS, a settings issue or other problem – but this machine has been a pain to get to boot. Even when not overclocked with default settings I’ve run into boot issues. Sometimes with new builds these gremlins pop up. When the machine runs it runs smooth.
Following along with the video – next stop is to have a look at the monster memory sticks. The RAM for this computer is Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR3 1866MHz CL10 Kit 4x8GB. My previous PC ran just 4GB of Corsair memory. RAM is a very important component of any machine – so it’s worth the $379 purchase price – that equals less than $12 a GB.
Now the video takes a spin towards the processor. The “brains” of the operation. I went with the AMD FX-8150 X8 3600MHZ 16MB 125W AM3+ for my CPU – that is 8 cores of power. After another look at the motherboard we jump to the liquid cooling water block. I had to replace my old Thermaltake block do to the processor upgrade being a different socket. I’m thinking I should have considered going with one of the more expensive water blocks. But I ended up purchasing a Zalman ZM-WB5 Plus CPU Water Block. So far I’m happy with my choice – although I wonder if I’d gone for something costing double – if I would have seen even better results. Right now with the CPU slightly overclocked with all 8 cores running – I’m seeing temperatures in the mid 20c range. This did jump higher during our recent heatwave. Yes I’m aware the water block wasn’t fully straight in the video. I did my best to correct this before connecting the tubes. In later videos I’m not so sure I got that 100% done.
As we head towards the end of the computer build – we come across my video card – which is the size of a small lunch box. I went with the XFX HD 7850 CORE ED 860MHz 2GB 2XmDP HDMI 2x DVI. I didn’t realize when I bought it online how huge this card would be. I had to completely rework my water cooling setup do to this. My liquid cooling reservoir now has to sit outside the case instead of inside. Which might actually be better for temperature performance.
In the last part of the video I really should have gotten the flashlight out to improve the lighting. What you can barely making out is my liquid cooled storage hard drive. This is a WD Caviar Green 3TB 64MB/SATA-6G. Just under that you might be able to see a smaller red drive. That runs my operating system – the drive is a Corsair Force GT Series 120GB Solid State Drive. The Western Digital replaces a similar hard drive that was full – the Corsair SSD replaces the smaller size V64 Nova 64GB I ran for the past year.
I’ll provide another video showing the complete build in another article. What you see above was filmed during various stages of the building process. For those of you who have never built a personal computer you can get an idea of what goes into putting one together.