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Re: The new moose machine

Post by pawtrooper » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:03 pm

nice one still waiting for my mother board then can i can have a moose too
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Re: The new moose machine

Post by AnimusEradico » Fri May 04, 2018 1:53 pm

Apart from rediscovering the shocking photos from this post, I hadn't realised just quite how long ago it was that I got this rig! It has actually held up fairly well with only some RAM & a GPU over the years and a few fan replacements, however it was starting to show it's age with some restrictions to planned upgrades so decided it was time to replace the old gal - and also fed up with seeing the warning on the Oculus Rift home screen that "it didn't meet minimum specifications".. Thanks for the constant reminder of that Oculus :roll:

Having read Age's Pocket-Lint guide on building a rig, I decided I'd give it a go myself, rather than ordering a built 'build-you-own' rig and so ensued a couple of weeks of researching compatible, desirable and affordable components before taking the dive. I had planned to retain my existing GPU, HDD, Optical Drive, PSU and peripherals to keep costs down but didn't entirely work out as expected.

After sizing up the huge range of options out there I decided my goal would be to strike a balance between long term performance & not impoverishing me too much. The first agonising choice was whether to get a locked or unlocked CPU - having not touched my existing CPU I finally decided it would help reduce overall costs to go for a decent deal on an 8th Gen i7 8700 locked CPU. Without the need to overclock I wouldn't need to go mad on cooling or choice of motherboard and I'm confident this CPU will handle anything thrown at it for many years to come, especially as it performs very well with it's on-board turbo pushing the clock speed from 3.2 to 4.6 GHZ.

Going for an 8th Gen meant I had to get a 3 series motherboard chipset. Without worrying about powerful overclocking options, I opted for a mid-range MSI Z370 Tomahawk. It supported the options I wanted for port and memory handling capability plus offering me OC options for RAM & GPU, all at a very reasonable price and came out well in multiple reviews against other makes. Another decision here was not to go mad for full RGB on the Mobo itself, but it does support connections for RBG strips if I wanted this later on - it also has subtle red lighting though which I quite like.

Having got my CPU and Mobo choices made, next difficult decision was the case. I initially didn't want a huge case but struggled to find the look, front port connectivity and some mid-towers now don't facilitate an optical drive bay. Finally landed on a Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow full tower. It's bigger than my last but quite modular, easy tool-less installations and as the name suggests - seems to have great airflow.

Not needing super CPU cooling, I did without an enticing Liquid Cooler and went with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo air cooler for the CPU. This means any future replacements will still be cheap and the cost difference between a decent AirCooler and Liquid Cooling is huge.

Given that my previous windows was embedded to the system, I decided I'd donate my old rig including the HDD so opted for a new 1TB Barracuda HDD (Which came after initial build) and a 500GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD. Again there's a new model out but the performance difference is marginal where-as the price point of this SSD has dropped quite nicely. The only things I ended up taking to the new rig from the last is my GeForce GTX 1060 GPU (Which will be due an upgrade in the next few months) and optical drive. Due to gifting my old rig I got a new PSU which after deliberation of going for a modular option, again kept costs down by going for a CX650. Given that only DDR4 RAM is supported with my new set-up, I found a great deal on 2x8 GB Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz RAM (I can then double this in the future at a reasonable price if needed).

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After ordering and all (finally) arriving.. The CPU went 'missing' in the post but had this eventually replaced, I got to work on the build. This took me about 3 nights, so about 6 or 7 seven hours. A few tense moments but overall quite enjoyable, especially when she fired up first time!

The only really painful experience was swapping over files, pictures and music. I did this through setting up a HomeGroup via Ethernet cables. Thankfully Steam and origin are quite friendly in terms of moving game locations so that aspect at least was pretty straight forward. So, overall I'm pretty chuffed with having made all my own choices and putting it together and the end result too. It's much speedier, impressively quite and there's still plenty of opportunity for upgrading.

Apologies for the long post (if you managed to stay reading this long lol), this ended up being a bit of a memoir of my build.

The new Moose Machine:
i7-8700 3.2 ghz CPU
Corsair Obsidian 750D airflow full case
MSI Z370 Tomahawk ATX Chipset
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Aircooler
Corsair Vengeance 3000mhz 2x8 GB RAM
Barracuda 7200 1TB HDD
Samsung Evo 850 500GB SSD
CX 650 PSU
Windows 10 Home OS
(Existing) Geforce GTX1060 GPU
(Existing) Samsung Bluray optical drive

Total spent: £895

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Re: The new moose machine

Post by BillBailey » Fri May 04, 2018 2:32 pm

Nice rig Ani.

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Re: The new moose machine

Post by 0v3rz34l0u5 » Fri May 04, 2018 9:02 pm

I’ve got an Obsidian cease. They are beautiful!
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Re: The new moose machine

Post by Age. » Sat May 05, 2018 3:33 pm

"Having read Age's Pocket-Lint guide on building a rig, I decided I'd give it a go myself..."

Nice one Animus :)
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Re: The new moose machine

Post by BillBailey » Sat May 05, 2018 3:41 pm

0v3rz34l0u5 wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 9:02 pm
I’ve got an Obsidian cease. They are beautiful!
You really are an attention seaker.

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Re: The new moose machine

Post by Ztranier » Sat May 05, 2018 3:43 pm

:lolz:

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Re: The new moose machine

Post by 0v3rz34l0u5 » Sat May 05, 2018 8:31 pm

BillBailey wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 3:41 pm
0v3rz34l0u5 wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 9:02 pm
I’ve got an Obsidian cease. They are beautiful!
You really are an attention seaker.
Eh? It’s a nice case!
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overzealous (adjective)
Too zealous; too enthusiastic or fervent.
"With his overzealous attempts to impress, he only managed to annoy them."

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