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Norton's Build Log- Final 2012 rig?

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  1. Norton

    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    Power bill is higher than normal but I have some secondary locations I use where power use is not an issue.

    and it will help with the heat in the Winter :toast:
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    That it definitely will. Even when it's 45F outside and I have the windows open, the computers still keep it plenty warm :p

    Any new pics for us?
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    Pics- I'll just leave these here (sorry for the crappy cell phone pics :rolleyes:)

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    That's a really nice set of parts you have there! :rockout:

    When are you going to assemble it?
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    I have the blue variant of your 6870 and the reference 6870 as well. It idles real low but it's loaded temps at higher voltages don't get handled as well as the reference cooler. If you have the option for a side panel case fan, I would opt for it. The GPU will benefit from it.
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    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    Thanks- I plan to get everything together this weekend :)

    I've run this card before in the Fortress and it ran a little warm but never hot. This case will be running 6 fans total so I think the card should run pretty cool.

    - 2x135mm Zalman's in the Front (Intake)
    - 2x120mm Corsair's in the Top (Exhaust)
    - 1x140mm Fractal in the Rear (Exhaust)
    - 1x140mm Xigmatek in the Bottom (Intake)

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    Do you plan to bump the 8120 a bit higher? Up to 4 GHz on all cores for example?
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    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    I'll run the 8120 at 8150 settings at minimum (3.6Ghz) and yes as long as everything runs stable I will run at 4Ghz. The 8150 in my main rig is 100% happy crunching 24/7 at 4Ghz so I don't see any reason not to do the same with this one. :cool:
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    This nice EVO board has exellent DIGI-VRM, so I hope your system will be stable as a rock:toast:
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    looking good, sir!.. gamers too would be impressed with that build..


    135 size Zalman is non-standard i guess.. will it fit the R4 or you intend to use ties?
    i thought i saw 3 Xigmateks in the pics.. where do plan to use the other 2, CPU cooler?
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    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    Thanks- most decent gaming rigs also do well crunching so they are somewhat related. Will eventually replace these rigs with a server.

    The Zalman fans have 120mm mounting points and the Fractal R4 can fit 120 or 140mm fans so they should work fine and the other 120mm Xig's are just spares at this point (the Spire TME III cooler comes with 2x120mm PWM fans) ;)
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    ^ i am not much aware abt WCG crunching.. but i always thought it is cpu/compute/thread intensive.. would a gpu complement it further? and yes, multi-socket server builds should save some space too( besides adding performance) when compared to having separate single cpu mainboards..

    and as for the 135mm fans having 120mm mounting points.. u r right!.. i just noticed in the pics that the fans dont have a conventional full-square housing bracket, does make sense!
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    Crunching is all about cores/threads, clock speed, and stability. The more you have of each the better you can crunch. Stability wise- it's not just a matter of being Prime95 stable or anything like that.... in order to crunch w/o throwing errors you actually need to back off on gaming/benching grade overclocking.

    As far as GPU's, WCG is just now getting into GPU crunching and the modern cards seem to be doing very well with it. :toast:

    Sneekypete suggested those fans and I can't thank him enough for the assistance he provided with the case, cooler, and the fans.... He gave me a great deal on them :respect::respect:
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    nice rig that is going to be.
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    Mobo with cooler installed... ready to get installed in the case :toast:

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    :rockout:

    That's a really attractive HSF on there! :toast:

    Are you going to get it fully assembled and crunching tonight?
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    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    Should have it online by later tonight. Installed all of the fans a little while ago so that part's out of the way :cool:
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    Amazing, let's see if you can get 100k tomorrow! :eek: :rockout:
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    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    It's Alive!!! :D :rockout:

    Definitely need a better camera :eek:
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    M5A97 Evo.; Beautiful board isn't it? Looking nice man.
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    Thanks Bud! :) I have the 99X and 97 Evo's... only difference between the two is the 8x/8x Crossfire/SLI support on the 99X. The M5A99X in my main rig has been trouble free since I installed it (knocks wood..)

    Got this board from geeks.com as a refurb for $55 :rockout:
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    Before I decided to get mine, which is now not here, I was contemplating between it and the 970 Extreme 3 (for it's sli support). Deciding that I may not had a possibility of going SLI I skipped it and went Evo.

    Loved the board and wish I had a reason to get another.
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    Wicked setup! :toast:

    That MSI Twin Frozr card looks great!

    But I see your GPU and CPU idle..... :twitch: :shadedshu
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    The rig will be working this afternoon after all of the updates are finished :p
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    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    Got Windows all updated yesterday and let it crunch overnight on CPU and GPU work units and it did fine. It's still spooling up but I did manage to get 2-3,000 points generated overnight :rockout:

    Temps are OK (cores@43C, die@54C, VRM's@48C) and should improve somewhat as the AS5 TIM breaks in over the next few days. Will need to figure out how to get a fan blowing onto the VRM's so I can overclock it w/o getting them too hot.

    I shut it down for the day to give it a rest but will fire it back up this evening while I'm home so I can keep an eye on it. ;)
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